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Episodes

[Culture Bite] My First Love

8/29/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about my first true love: Michael Jackson. Do the thing on: Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/ TheGreatEverything.com

Duration:00:11:31

[Culture Bite] Hegel and the Spirit of History

8/28/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I talk about the patterns hidden within and that govern history. “[...]We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively”. This quote is from the late Great comedian Bill Hicks. But it might as well have been the German philosopher Hegel. Do the thing on: Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Twitter:...

Duration:00:16:13

[Culture Bite] Galileo's Dad and the "Secret Sanskrit of Nature"

8/24/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. Did you know that Galileo's father, Vincenzo Galilei, was an instrumental figure in the invention of opera? In this Culture Bite, I ramble about the Ancient Greek origins of opera, Galilei's radical musical theories, and the mysterious, supernatural power of music. Music: Carlo Gesualdo, 'Quando ridente e bella' Jacopo Peri, ' Io, che d'alti sospir...

Duration:00:18:16

Origin Story: Where Do We Come From?

8/16/2018
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Where does the world come from? The Bible, Greek myths, to cosmological accounts of the Big Bang, we've been grappling with the question of our origin since the dawn of civilisation. But when did our approach to this question transition from the religious to the scientific? In this episode of The Great Everything, I explore the ideas of Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes, the first to come up with rational theories about the creation and constitution of our world. As such, today these...

Duration:01:06:21

[Culture Bite] Hitchcock and the Terror of Anticipation

8/13/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss Hitchcock's quote: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it". What does this truth tell us about our psyche and how we approach our own suffering? Do the thing on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/...

Duration:00:12:34

[Culture Bite] Defence of a Scumbag

8/9/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss the ban from major media platforms of fake news purveyor extraordinaire, Infowars' Alex Jones. Do social media companies have a duty to preserve free speech? Is this a free speech issue? What are the perils of censorship? Do the thing on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:25:34

[Culture Bite] Changin' Status

8/9/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about Ricky Gervais, the philosophical problem of change and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Yes, it's one of those ones. Do the thing on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/ TheGreatEverything.com

Duration:00:09:30

[Culture Bite] Who Is America?

8/8/2018
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Culture Bites are ad-libbed bonus episodes of TGE, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I ramble about what works and what doesn't in Sacha Baron Cohen's new show - Who Is America? Do the thing on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/ TheGreatEverything.com

Duration:00:16:54

[TGE Season 4!] Farewell Joël Robuchon - Is Food Culture?

8/6/2018
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TGE is back with season 4! Introducing "Culture Bites", ad-libbed, unresearched bonus episodes, in which I share bits of research, random musings and mad ravings - raw, uncut and unedited. In this one, I discuss the genius of chef Joël Robuchon and explore the notion of food as culture. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:34:24

How Does Moral Judgment Work?

7/17/2018
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In this 'Transformation' episode, a listener's question on moral relativism ("when is racism a moral failure?") prompts a philosophical musing on ethics - how do we assess the moral worth of people from different times and cultures? What moral standard should they be measured against? Does morality necessarily involve choice? What's really going on when we express a moral judgment? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:...

Duration:00:39:12

John Coltrane: Jazz Mystic

7/6/2018
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To many, John Coltrane is more than just one of the Greatest musicians who ever lived - he's a religious figure. Worshipped as a Saint, what stands out most about him is the spiritual intensity of his music. In celebration of last week's release of the newly-discovered album "Both Directions At Once", we take a close look at the man, the music and the myth of John Coltrane. Music: * "India - Live at the Village Vanguard 1961", John Coltrane * "Freedom Now Suite", Max Roach * "Alabama", John...

Duration:00:33:11

Dracula: Monster to Sex Symbol

6/26/2018
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In this episode of The Great Everything, I take a look at the evolution of one of pop culture's greatest and most terrifying icons - Count Dracula. From his monstrous, hairy-palmed origins to his current status as dark, romantic heartthrob, Dracula's main power has always been the ability to adapt with the times, and embody the desires and fears of current society. What do the various versions of Dracula through the ages tell us about ourselves? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego....

Duration:00:41:03

Was Einstein A Racist?

6/14/2018
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Yesterday, a newly published travel diary by Albert Einstein shocked the world, revealing his "racist and xenophobic" thoughts on the Chinese, Levantine and uhhhh... well, mainly just the Chinese. Was Einstein a racist? Is that even the right question? In this episode, I ramble about what's going through our minds when we use, and hear, generalisations. BBC Article: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44472277 Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes...

Duration:00:18:49

Happy 100 TGE!

6/2/2018
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On the 100th episode of TGE, I brought in Marc, with whom I founded TheGreatEverything.com long ago during the Peloponnesian War. We talked about career change, pursuing your dreams, and the challenges of marketing a blog and podcast about, well, everything! Thank you all for helping me get TGE to 100! Here's to 100 more... Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEcast Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/...

Duration:00:19:51

The Riot of Spring and Controversial Art

5/29/2018
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Today's Art episode is a culture bite about a musical piece so radical, so erotic, so goddam crazy, it's premiere provoked a riot! Igor Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du printemps", The Rite of Spring. In today's culture, would any piece of art provoke a similar reaction? Might Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie "The House That Jack Built", which provoked mass walkouts at the Cannes Film Festival, become a future classic? Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes...

Duration:00:15:03

The N Word (and Kendrick)

5/27/2018
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Kendrick Lamar's recent debacle, when a white girl he had invited onstage sung the 'N word' has highlighted a worrying tribalism surrounding uses of that word. Here are some reflections on what happened, on the 'N word' and the power of language. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIbkUbdpBMs Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_great_everything/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:25:58

'Uhh' to 'Ayy': Weird Rap Ad-Libs

5/26/2018
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If you’ve ever listened to hip hop, you’ve heard rappers spit out grunts and various other strange noises. From Biggie’s “Uhh!”, to Kanye’s “hahn?” to “ayy” to “skrt skrt” to farm sounds, in this episode we take a look at some of the weirdest hip hop ad-libs. Music: - Notorious B.I.G - ’Hypnotize’ - Ol’ Dirty Bastard - ’N***a Please’’ - Fetty Wap - ‘Aye’ - Drake - ‘Free Smoke’ - Chance the Rapper - ‘Mixtape’, ’14,400 Minutes’ - Run the Jewels - ’Hey Kids (Bumaye)’ - Rick Ross - ‘Devil in a...

Duration:00:19:44

Wagner, Blue Balls & Isolde's Orgasm

5/23/2018
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Richard Wagner is one of the most influential musicians of the 19th century, and is widely considered a pioneer of modern music. In this ART episode, I take a look at his revolutionary opera, Tristan und Isolde, and how his use of recurring themes (leitmotifs) and delayed gratification, lead to one of the great musical orgasms of all time. Yes, I’m talking literal orgasms. The opera ends with a lady singing, dying and climaxing, all at the same time. Yuck. But also hey, pretty sounds! Music:...

Duration:00:22:16

J.S. Mill on the Tyranny of Public Opinion

5/21/2018
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In his essay "On Liberty" (1859), the philosopher John Stuart Mill formulated a cogent, and some would say definitive, statement on the importance of free speech. Rather than the interference of the State in private affairs, Mill was concerned with a type of social opprobrium he called "the tyranny of public opinion", and its ability to enforce conformity and stifle individuality. Unpopular opinions need the most protecting, not just because they encounter the most resistance, but because...

Duration:00:17:50

Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero

5/17/2018
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Marvel has been killing it at the movies, with Avengers: Infinity War now officially the highest-grossing summer blockbuster of all time. But one department they haven’t been doing too well in is female representation. Where are Marvel’s badass superheroines? Luckily, Infinity War’s post-credits scene hinted at the debut of one such hero in the next Avengers movie - Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on...

Duration:00:16:10