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Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.

Zero Squared Douglas Lain

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    • 4.4, 14 Ratings

Zero Squared is a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Tom G O'Brien ,

Great Podcast

Diet Soap is a great podcast for those interested in the radical left. Full of interesting audio clips and collages, and replete with great in depth interviews on everything from Karl Marx to Karl Marx! More please...

Rowan Fortune ,

Marxist podcast

Diet Soap is fiction author Douglas Lain’s unashamedly (and refreshingly) partisan Marxist podcast. Because the host’s idiosyncratic curiosities set the agenda, the interviews can initially seem somewhat eclectic and it is doubtful anyone will equally enjoy all the content. Some may elect to skip a psychoanalytic discussion on anxiety about death featuring excerpts from Wood Allen films. Others may be less interested in conversations with Andrew Kliman defending Marx's idea of a decline of the rate of profit against advocates of the neoliberal theory of capitalist hegemony. However, if any of the breadth of subjects has some pull than the relevant episodes will be a treat. There are certain topics that crop up repeatedly (e.g. the Situationist International, Hegelianism, Slavoj Žižek and aesthetics) and a few regular contributors: like the aforementioned Kliman, David Blacker and C Derick Varn. Generally these are the strongest episodes. As well as the new releases, the archive is worth browsing; especially the old pop the left pieces, which include informative elucidations of left history.

There are a number of pedagogic podcasts I like: History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps; From Alpha to Omega; In Our Time and The Partially Examined Life. None have engaged my attention as consistently as Diet Soap.

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