Excerpt: /179/ The Hobbyist Left ft. David Swift

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-8qcdt-fc4aa3 How to address the political problems of leftwing parties today?   Liverpudlian historian David Swift argues that the problem is hobbyism - people for whom politics constitutes their identity rather than expressing their interest in social and political change.…

/161/ Culture is Bad for You ft. Mark Taylor (UNLOCKED)

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ak92q-f55eba On “culture”.   We discuss who produces culture and who consumes it – and what those inequalities reveal about culture today. Also, we ask what’s the ploblem with culture anyway and end up defending “low culture” from Red Hot…

/147/ The Past Doesn’t Go Away ft. Benjamin Moser

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6xh85-eb8c54 On modernism and its end.  We're joined by 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner Benjamin Moser to discuss the tensions between hating your national culture and wanting to leave it behind, and the effacement of national culture by postmodern homogenisation. We…