27 episodes

Your resident discourse nerd and host, Claire, tackles the unspoken, bizarre, and banal features that make up our society and our lives. Each episode a new or recycled guest joins to add their own spice to the discourse stew, all in the spirit of inciting more discussion in your life and our society. The public space might be dead or dying, but public discourse certainly doesn't have to be!

Anyway, We're Pretentious Claire Stemen

    • Philosophy

Your resident discourse nerd and host, Claire, tackles the unspoken, bizarre, and banal features that make up our society and our lives. Each episode a new or recycled guest joins to add their own spice to the discourse stew, all in the spirit of inciting more discussion in your life and our society. The public space might be dead or dying, but public discourse certainly doesn't have to be!

    Episode 025: Two Memers and a Dog

    Episode 025: Two Memers and a Dog

    Episode 025: Two Memers and a Dog


    Guest Madi Alten wanted to hop onto last episode's conversation about memes and how important they figure in culture. Dog Moses shares some encouraging barks as well. Where is the gap between generations and understanding memes? What will the murky legality surrounding memes look like in the future? All this and more in Episode 025.


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    • 55 min
    Episode 024: Post-post-neo-meta-modernism

    Episode 024: Post-post-neo-meta-modernism

    What movement does art exist in nowadays? It's easy to blurt "post-modernism!" but that movement was active in the 1970s! John Armour, an artist and printmaker himself, and I explore art in the age of mass reproduction and the internet. Of course, we touch on memes and hardly find a true answer. 


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 023: Not Actor, Storyteller

    Episode 023: Not Actor, Storyteller

    This week Claire and her guest Sarah, a thespian, explore the notion of who owns a story. If your story has personal details or inflammatory portions about family, friends, lovers, and more—can you share it? Is it yours to share? Who owns the spaces where stories take space?


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 022: It's a TINA world Part 2

    Episode 022: It's a TINA world Part 2

    It's part two of the human rights discussion, but this time Dakota takes the reins with a bit of economic theory while Claire rides along. Does it get them closer to an answer? Who knows?


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    • 45 min
    Episode 021: It's a TINA world Part 1

    Episode 021: It's a TINA world Part 1

    Reoccuring guest Dakota Potts launches into the heavily contested idea of human rights. World organizations, philosophers, and idealists alike struggle to define quite what they are—will these two have any better luck? Probably not, but they will certainly attack from all sides.


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 020: Are We Live?

    Episode 020: Are We Live?

    Why the hell do we love the hype? Why have hypebeasts dominated men's fashion? Where do women factor in this and why is it a boy's game? Jack and Claire tackle this baffling trend with an appropriate amount of criticism, skepticism, and admittance.


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    • 1 hr 7 min

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