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Origin Story: Where Do We Come From?

8/16/2018
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Where does the world come from? From the Bible, to 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...

Duration:01:06:21

[Culture Bite] Hitchcock and the Terror of Anticipation

8/13/2018
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In this Culture Bite, 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/ TheGreatEverything.com

Duration:00:12:34

[Culture Bite] In Defence of the Scumbag, Alex Jones

8/9/2018
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In this Culture Bite, 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: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/ TheGreatEverything.com

Duration:00:25:34

[Culture Bite] Changin' Status

8/9/2018
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In this Culture Bite, 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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In this Culture Bite, I ramble about what works and what doesn't in Sacha Baron Cohen's new show - Who Is America?

Duration:00:16:54

Farewell Joël Robuchon - Is Food Culture? (TGE Season 4!)

8/6/2018
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In this first "Culture Bite" of Season 4, I discuss the genius of chef Joël Robuchon and explore the notion of food as culture. Also, what the hell is a "culture bite"?! 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: www.facebook.com/thegreateverything/ TheGreatEverything.com

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 other people and cultures? What moral standard should they be measured against? Does morality necessarily involve choice? And 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: twitter.com/TGEcast...

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",...

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...

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/TGEblog Instagram:...

Duration:00:19:51

The Riot of Spring and Controversial Art

5/29/2018
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- ART - 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...

Duration:00:15:03

The N Word (and Kendrick)

5/27/2018
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- TRANSFORMATION - 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/...

Duration:00:25:58

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

5/26/2018
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-DONUTS- 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 -...

Duration:00:19:44

Wagner, Musical Blue Balls & Isolde's Orgasm

5/23/2018
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- ART - 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...

Duration:00:22:16

J.S. Mill on the Tyranny of Public Opinion

5/21/2018
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- TRANSFORMATION - 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...

Duration:00:17:50

Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero

5/17/2018
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- DONUTS - 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...

Duration:00:16:10

Sidney Bechet ❤️ Paris

5/14/2018
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- ART - Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 – May 14, 1959) was a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from New Orleans. His larger than life personality, violent temper and booming sound all contributed to making him one of early jazz's legendary characters. Music: - ' Si Tu Vois Ma Mère', Sidney Bechet - 'Texas Moaner Blues', Clarence Williams' Blue Five - 'Petite Fleure', Sidney Bechet Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter:...

Duration:00:06:20

Happy Mothers' Day!

5/13/2018
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A few months ago, my mother was diagnoses with an inoperable glioblastoma, one of the deadliest brain tumours known to us. On Mothers' Day, I reflect on the bond between mothers and their children, my decision to give up my goals to become her carer, and the canyon between our expectations for our lives, and what our lives actually are. Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show love on: Twitter: twitter.com/TGEblog Instagram:...

Duration:00:10:49

New Orleans: A Cultural Gumbo

5/12/2018
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New Orleans is a city that understands pleasure. Pleasure of the ear, pleasure of the loins, pleasure of the gut. In other words, New Orleans is the urban representation of Donuts. But the Big Easy is so much more than visceral pleasure. At its best, New Orleans embodies the highest ideals that America should aspire to. Music: "Ring Shout (Peace of Mind)", by Wynton Marsalis (with JLCO, Yacub Addy and Odadaa!) Be the glue in the cracks of my fractured ego. Leave a review on iTunes and show...

Duration:00:17:23