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Ep 36 // Adam Strauss and ‘The Mushroom Cure’ / ‘I, Tonya’

12/15/2017
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This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Adam Strauss, the award winning performer behind the one-person shows The Mushroom Cure and The Uncertainty Principle. They discuss Adam’s exploration of psychotropic substances for the purpose of treating his OCD and the ways those experiences led to his shows. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Sooler to discuss the recently released movie, I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Margot Robbie, Allison...

Duration: 01:11:34


Ep 35 // Steven Pestana & Shout! / ‘The Shape Of Water’

12/8/2017
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This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Steven Pestana, who was one of the DJs and organizers behind the influential party known as ‘Shout!’ that took place in New York City between 1997 and 2006. The party, which invited people to dance to retro rock and roll, was an early part of the scene which eventually gave rise to bands such as The Strokes, Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol. Steven describes the origins of the party, what accounted for its success, and...

Duration: 01:07:46


Ep 34 // Torah Talk, Part 2 / ‘Call Me By Your Name’

12/1/2017
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This week, we have the second installment of our segment with contributors Matt Ruby and Charles Gould in which they read passages from the Torah and connect the text to things going on in both the world today and in their own lives. Among the topics covered in this edition are Noah building his ark, the differences between Israeli and American Jews, effective parenting, successful men and their need for praise, and why God is praised. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller for a...

Duration: 00:57:48


Ep 33 // Movie Catch Up: Thunder Gods, Nuns, & Lawyers

11/24/2017
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This week, our two contributors on movies, Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw, join us to catch up on a few movies released in recent weeks not yet covered on the podcast: - Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Jeff Goldblum. - Roman J. Israel, Esq., directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, and Carmen Ejogo. - Novitiate, directed by Margaret Betts and...

Duration: 00:58:58


Ep 32 // Louis CK / ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

11/17/2017
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This week, Kate Willett and Matt Ruby join us to discuss the fall from grace of comedian Louis C.K. since stories about his sexual harassment of women rose to higher prominence in recent weeks. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson. Along the way, we’ll also hear from a woman named Cupcake about some meaningful...

Duration: 01:00:09


Ep 31 // Myq Kaplan on Ayahuasca / ‘Lady Bird’

11/10/2017
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This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, comedian Myq Kaplan, about Myq’s experience with the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca and the ways in which it has affected his life. Myq latest album, ‘No Kidding,’ is available now via iTunes; his special, ‘Small, Dork, and Handsome,’ is available via Amazon Prime; and he’s also the host of a podcast called Hang Out With Me. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss the recently released movie, Lady Bird,...

Duration: 01:06:47


Ep 30 // Mueller Makes Moves / Retiring Republicans / ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’

11/3/2017
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This week, contributors Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby return to discuss the recent moves made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign that this week resulted in indictments for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, as well as the announcement that George Papadopoulos had earlier plead guilty to charges and has been cooperating with the investigation. We’ll also discuss the Republican lawmakers who have recently...

Duration: 01:03:06


Ep 29 // NYC Night Mayor / ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

10/27/2017
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This week, Jonah Levy joins us to discuss the creation of and expectations for the New York City Office of Nightlife, which will be headed up by a so-called “Night Mayor.” We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, and Grace Van Patten. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her...

Duration: 01:12:04


Ep 28 // Twitter Moments / ‘The Florida Project’

10/20/2017
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This week, Matt Ruby joins us for another edition of Twitter Moments, in which we talk about these topics that were trending on Twitter as we recorded: Roger Goodell addresses player protests: 'Everyone should stand for anthem' 'Fake Melania' sparks absurd conspiracy theory meme Congresswoman fabricated his words to soldier's widow, Trump says Matthew McConaughey inspires Texas and memes Ted Cruz just acknowledged the Zodiac killer meme We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss the...

Duration: 01:00:04


Ep 27 // Torah Talk / ‘Blade Runner 2049’

10/13/2017
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This week, we have a new segment with contributors Matt Ruby and Charles Gould in which they read passages from the Torah and attempt to connect the text to things going on in both the world today and in their own lives. Among the topics covered in this inaugural edition are Noah, the flood, Pat Robertson, hurricanes, Jewish grandmas, righteousness, and many more. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw for a special expanded discussion of the recently released movie,...

Duration: 01:25:06


Ep 26 // Kate Willett / ‘American Made’

10/6/2017
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This week, we hear a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Kate Willett. Kate is a comedian, actress, and writer known for telling intelligent, relatable stories that are both feminist and raunchy. Her comedy album, Glass Gutter, is available now and she stopped by to speak with Matt in a conversation that touches on feminism, sexism, sexuality, and politics. We’re also joined by Jacqueline to discuss the recently released movie, American Made, directed by Doug Liman...

Duration: 01:04:58


Ep 25 // Take A Knee / ‘Battle Of The Sexes’

9/29/2017
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This week, contributors Shalewa Sharpe and Matt Ruby return to discuss the “Take A Knee” protests of the past weekend, as well as many related issues like police brutality, mass incarceration, race in America, and President Trump. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her...

Duration: 01:11:03


Ep 24 // Sean Spicer & Issa Rae Go To The Emmys / ‘mother!’

9/22/2017
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This week, contributors Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby return to discuss the politics on display at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards -- mainly Sean Spicer’s appearance and how that relates to conversations about “normalization” and issues of diversity and representation in relation to some historic wins by nominees of color and comments by Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO’s Insecure. We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, mother!, directed by Darren...

Duration: 01:18:24


Ep 23 // Twitter Moments / ‘The Unknown Girl’

9/15/2017
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This week, we’re joined by contributor Matt Ruby to discuss four Twitter Moments trending at the time of recording: 1. Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls for firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill 2. One dead, multiple injured after active shooter situation at Spokane school 3. Why Hillary Clinton sees herself as Cersei Lannister 4. For many, bodegas are a part of the immigrant experience We’re also joined by Charles Hinshaw to discuss the recently released movie, The Unknown Girl, directed by Jean-Pierre...

Duration: 01:05:24


Ep 22 // Rabbi Avram Mlotek on Judaism Today / ‘Wind River’ / ‘Ingrid Goes West’

9/8/2017
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This week, we hear a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Rabbi Avram Mlotek, on the role of Judaism in our current times. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Soller to discuss the recently released movies Wind River, directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, and Graham Greene and Ingrid Goes West, directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. Along the way, we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s Molly Knefel with her...

Duration: 01:16:06


Ep 21 // Fall Movie Preview

9/1/2017
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This week, we welcome both our regular contributors on movies, Jacqueline Soller and Charles Hinshaw, to preview and discuss the top five movies we’re each most looking forward to this fall. Among those discussed are: All The Money In The World, American Made, Battle Of The Sexes, Blade Runner 2049, The Current War, Darkest Hour, Downsizing, The Florida Project, Happy End, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Lady Bird, Last Flag Flying, Lucky, Mary Magdalene, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and...

Duration: 00:59:19


Ep 20 // After Charlottesville / ‘Logan Lucky’

8/25/2017
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This week, contributors Rena Karefa-Johnson and Matt Ruby return to discuss the many topics that have arisen from the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month in which a white supremacist rally led to the death of one counter-protester and two state police officers. Also, Jacqueline Soller returns to discuss the recently released movie, Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, and Riley Keough. And...

Duration: 01:26:26


Ep 19 // NYC’s No Dancing Law / ‘Detroit’

8/18/2017
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This week, we welcome new contributor Jonah Levy to to discuss the effort to repeal NYC’s Cabaret Law (also known as the ‘No Dancing Law’). Also, Charles Hinshaw returns to discuss the recently released movie, Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. And along the way, a woman named Latishe tells us about her experience with a relationship that taught her the importance of being true to herself; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Bonelang from an episode of BTR Live...

Duration: 01:06:04


Ep 18 // Anti-Choice Democrats / DOJ vs. Affirmative Action / ‘Good Time’

8/11/2017
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This week, we welcome new contributor Rena Karefa-Johnson to discuss the Democratic Party establishment’s potential willingness to support anti-choice candidates in upcoming election cycles and moves by the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions to undo affirmative action in college and university admissions. Also, Jacqueline Soller returns to discuss the new movie, Good Time, directed by Ben and Joshua Safdie and starring Robert Pattinson. And along the way, Radio...

Duration: 01:11:21


Ep 17 // Blue In A Red Town, Pt 2 / ‘Atomic Blonde’

8/4/2017
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This week, we return to a topic from a previous episode: Lafayette, Louisiana. Lafayette is a large town or a small city, not quite urban and not quite rural, right in the heart of the Southwest Louisiana region known as Acadiana -- otherwise known as Cajun country. There’s a strange dichotomy at play in Lafayette between its artistic spirit and conservative values, which we get into with Jean Ancelet, who offers many interesting perspectives on the possible causes for Lafayette’s cultural...

Duration: 00:53:45

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