A podcast about America and Modernity. Why does it often feel like the world has only recently become a simple, disenchanted thing, with no final purpose? Is it really solid all the way through? Perhaps it’s better not to think about it. But what if rather than trying to forget this feeling, you face it, grab hold of it, and follow it around for an hour and a half? — Recorded by a more than moderately perplexed youth in Boston, MA.
Captain of the Iceberg
EMERGENCY EPISODE: the United States has descended into a state of chaos, and everyone is passing blame around. Who started it? Who's ultimately behind it? What will happen tonight?
Civilization is Canceled
We are all more or less quarantined, the economy is blowing up, and people are starting to come around on the effectiveness of masks. What does this crisis ultimately mean? Which old traditions will be crushed? What new contradictions will emerge? At World's End returns with the Corona virus in the background, and the background in the foreground.
The Life and Death of Hubert Dreyfus
We are in a bad age, an age defined by decadence and isolation and false alliances. But will it be remembered for its vices? for tech giants or political siren songs? Maybe, but maybe not. The 19th century was in some ways defined by industrialization, and imperial conquest. But the 19th century also had Beethoven. Where is our Beethoven? We have the bad, should not some good come too? This episode is about Prof. Hubert Dreyfus, and why he's the good.
Commencement Special: Harvard, Facebook, and the Arc of Justice
In this special commencement episode, we look at five speeches delivered during commencement week at Harvard. Students, Deans, and celebrities alike find themselves promoting familiar (some would even say cliché) ideas in their speeches. Featuring speeches by Al Gore, Sheryl Sandberg, and others, this episode raises the question: do these speeches have anything left to say? The answer: it depends.
Tony Soprano, Jay Gatsby, and the American Dream
The story of two Americas, one plastic, the other entropic.
Trailer: Tony Soprano, Jay Gatsby, and the American Dream
Full Episode coming Thursday, 4/18/19. The story of two Americas, one plastic, the other entropic.
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Where did you go?
Why did you stop? You have new perspectives not heard anywhere else. I enjoyed your podcasts and wish you’d produce more.
Finn makes easy work of some complex topics and speaks to his audience honestly unlike many in todays society. A unique podcast unlike anything I've tuned in to before. Excited for more to come
Peter Thiel of Harvard
Great podcast that will be huge in a year...totally brilliant