100 episodes

The Nostalgia Trap podcast features weekly conversations about history and politics with some of the left’s most incisive thinkers, writers, and extremely online personalities, exploring how individual lives intersect with the big events and debates of our era.

The Nostalgia Trap David Parsons

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The Nostalgia Trap podcast features weekly conversations about history and politics with some of the left’s most incisive thinkers, writers, and extremely online personalities, exploring how individual lives intersect with the big events and debates of our era.

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 174: Engineering Addiction w/ Sarah Milov

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 174: Engineering Addiction w/ Sarah Milov

    Sarah Milov is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the author of The Cigarette: A Political History. In this conversation, she describes how the intersection of private capital and state power combined (with astounding success) to promote the consumption of cigarettes to the American public, and how activists engaged ideas around public space, health, and consent to fight back.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 173: The Farmer is the Man w/ Sarah Taber

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 173: The Farmer is the Man w/ Sarah Taber

    Sarah Taber is a crop scientist and ex-farmworker with a wide knowledge of agricultural history and practice, which you can hear in action on her excellently-named podcast Farm to Taber.  In this conversation, we talk about the role of the “farmer” in the American imagination and survey some of the most critical moments in the development of American food and farming policy.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 172: Empire of Cruelty w/ Luke O'Neil

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 172: Empire of Cruelty w/ Luke O'Neil

    Luke O’Neil is a writer whose work chronicles the dark edges of 21st century America, capturing the horrific tenor of our age on his incredible blog and in his latest book, Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia. From murderous cops and fascist dads to suicidal veterans and imprisoned children, O’Neil connects the dots of the American nightmare in a voice that’s compelling and authentic and genuinely enraging.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 170: The Extraterrestrial Left w/ A.M. Gittlitz

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 170: The Extraterrestrial Left w/ A.M. Gittlitz

    A.M. Gittlitz is a writer on radical politics, counterculture, and the paranormal, and the producer of a wonderful podcast called The Antifada. In this conversation, he catches us up on the worldwide UFO phenomenon, detailing how the U.S. government is pouring resources into investigating alien spacecraft, with big corporations (and the guy from Blink-182!) getting in on the action.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 169: Gaming the Future w/ Mike Pearl

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 169: Gaming the Future w/ Mike Pearl

    Mike Pearl is a writer and self-described “apocalypse expert” whose new book The Day It Finally Happens explores the increasingly bizarre scenarios that threaten to totally ruin our collective future. From internet blackouts and antibiotic-resistant superviruses to collapsing governments and mass extinction events, Mike tracks the actual probability of these nightmares coming true as a way of helping us navigate an anxious present.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 168: Fight Club, But Woke w/ Sam Yang

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 168: Fight Club, But Woke w/ Sam Yang

    Sam Yang is the host of Southpaw, a podcast about the intersection of leftist politics and combat sports. Yang is on a mission to reclaim fighting culture, forging connections between physicality, spirituality, and a more humane engagement with the planet and each other. In this conversation he discusses his background in martial arts, explaining how ethical ideas embedded in his combat training inform his political perspectives.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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