February 21, 2019
On the 2019 Academy Awards. Maren Thom joins us again to see what we can learn from the Oscar nominations. We debate when exactly Hollywood's 'end of history' was, and take film criticism to task for its literal-minded desire for representation. Has Hollywood - like so many other liberal institutions - tried so hard to be relevant that it has made itself irrelevant?
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September 13, 2018
In which we ask whether political consumerism is still a thing. We chart its course from 90s Adbusters-style anti-branding, to 2000s ethical consumerism, through to today's woke outrage economy. Has commodification and cynicism overwhelmed all consumer activism?
Plus, we catch up with election results from Sweden and look forward to next month's Brazilian elections.
The Philanthropy Racket https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/the-philanthropy-racket
June 13, 2018
In which we talk about the politics of hosting the World Cup + the sublots & intrigues that will animate the tournament: hot and cold wars, Salah's revenge, Brazil after the 7-1. Featuring lots of hating on Sergio Ramos.
February 7, 2018
In which we discuss the Oscar nominees. Also lame battles over representation & why hopelessness has replaced catastrophism.
December 29, 2017
In which we hand out the prizes that really matter - the golden Bungas.
December 27, 2017
In which we discuss Fifa, football and corruption. Also why doping, diving and cheaing is actually good.
December 13, 2017
In which we take on morality, ethics, identity, and solidarity... and that Internet everyone's always going on about.
November 1, 2017
In which we talk to Karl Sharro about satire in an absurd age.