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New York, NY

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TOE is an ongoing attempt at understanding the many diverse and seemingly unrelated threads that make up human experience. Host and creator Benjamen Walker employs monologues, drama, telephone conversations, interviews, reported pieces and investigative fiction in this ongoing adventure. Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

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Episodes

Illicit Objects

8/8/2017
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Rob Walker and Josh Glenn have a long history of getting writers to share stories about their objects, but when they told me the would be curating an audio collection of stories, and asked if I wanted to collaborate I said absolutely. So here we have it. A ToE/Project Object collaboration: storytellers sharing 100% true […]

Duration: 00:38:59


Private Ear

7/19/2017
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Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an internationally celebrated artist who works with sound and an internationally recognized expert forensic listener. He likes to call himself a Private Ear. Your host visits Lawrence in Beirut to hear more.

Duration: 00:26:39


Emergency

5/29/2017
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A special ToE emergency pod: Chris explains the Orb, Andrew dives into the mystery of Twin Peaks and your host tries attempts SpaCasting.

Duration: 00:23:52


Protest

5/16/2017
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Direct action saved the gardens in your host’s neighborhood, activist and author L.A. Kauffman explains why it is once again time for more good old fashioned American Radicalism. Plus ToE’s Andrew Callaway maga-ups with the Alt-right on Mayday. Find L.A. Kauffman’s Direct Action book here

Duration: 00:27:38


Droning for Dollars

4/26/2017
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Can a Self-Droning drone start up save the Trump Presidency? Our special correspondent Chris fills us in on YouFired!

Duration: 00:14:00


Art Districts

4/11/2017
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Empty buildings, run down neighborhoods and cheap rents. This is the bait you need to attract artists, speculators and urban revitalizers. But in order to attract pioneers you also need illusion and myth. We tour the art districts of New Orleans, Los Angeles and Detroit with writer Peter Moscowitz, activist Maga Miranda, and artist Maya Stovall.

Duration: 00:29:35


1984 (the year not the book) r

3/20/2017
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Wrote a short piece on my 1984 “where’s the beef” record collection for Hilobrow’s Political Objects series and thought I would re-up this episode. In 1984 your host was twelve years old and like George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith, he kept a diary, for the citizens of the future. For this special installment of Benjamen […]

Duration: 01:07:47


Nothing to Hide

3/10/2017
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Potemkin apps, Fake ads, and the return of little pepe the frog. Your host busts out all his best deep state moves for the grand conclusion of our Surveillance miniseries. Plus Finn Brunton pitches AdNauseum and Siva Vaidhyanathan gives us a tour of the Cryptopticon.

Duration: 00:38:09


The Rainbows of Inevitability

2/23/2017
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We take a tour of the sprawl with Metahaven to learn about the propaganda of propaganda and we travel beyond the Facebook wall to learn the real truth about targeted advertising. Plus Project Madison Valleywood!

Duration: 00:34:16


Doomed to Repeat

2/8/2017
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Your host examines the targeted advertising and fake news that some say put Donald Trump in the White House. Plus: the colonial history of Biometric Surveillance. Thanks to Mira Waits, Ethan Zuckerman and Hannes Grassegger

Duration: 00:33:03


The Twentieth of January

1/20/2017
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A spy novel from the 80’s gives Donald Trump and his Russian friends some ideas. PLUS your host inspires the youth with cowardice.

Duration: 00:21:39


Entrapment

1/16/2017
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The FBI builds more surveillance traps that don’t work, and your host shares a few of his earliest adventures in surveillance.

Duration: 00:35:39


The fairest of them all?

12/28/2016
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Our Surveillance miniseries continues with a special holiday episode. Your host visits both the glass room ( a fake pop up store) and the Google pop up store (a real pop up store).

Duration: 00:18:20


Useful Idiots

12/12/2016
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Your host discovers you can’t beat the Russians at the fake game and ToE’s Chris reviews Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden. Plus: Vladislav Surkov and the Potemkin Panopticon.

Duration: 00:36:44


Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

11/23/2016
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Donald Trump promises women he will make Surveillance great again. Plus Digital Security Training!

Duration: 00:21:55


Honeypot

10/25/2016
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Your host decides to follow back a Joy Division T-shirt that is following him around the internet. Plus the surveillance that powers behaviorally targeted personalized advertising.

Duration: 00:31:20


Burning down the Panopticon

10/11/2016
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Our new miniseries on Surveillance begins with your host tripping over the corpse of Jeremy Bentham, the man who gave us the Panopticon.

Duration: 00:26:18


You are so Pretentious

9/20/2016
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Writer Dan Fox wants to reclaim the word pretentious. Take it back from those who use it like a stick to beat down the curious and the adventurous.

Duration: 00:19:34


revolutionary slogans will be written by the winners

8/25/2016
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As the 2016 American presidential election heads into the final round - we are featuring a story your host stumbled upon during the last election in October of 2102. Radio producer Silvain Gire tells us about an impossible encounter between Mitt Romney and Guy Debord in Paris 1968. *** Benjamen Walker will join Silvain Gire to talk radio and podcasts at La Maison de Poésie September 11th 2016. details

Duration: 00:13:32


pass (r)

8/16/2016
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Your host dreams the future of Self Driving Cars.

Duration: 00:09:43

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