19 episodes

An irregular discussion of current events, popular culture, unpopular culture, economics, hip-hop, and killer robots

Didactic SynCast Eric S. Piotrowski

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An irregular discussion of current events, popular culture, unpopular culture, economics, hip-hop, and killer robots

    DS #113: The Quality of Mercy

    DS #113: The Quality of Mercy

    This episode is all about the power of forgiveness, featuring stories from my own life, as well as people from all walks of life — from the Nazi Holocaust to post-9/11 hate crimes. Let us learn from their powerful examples how to live without hatred in our hearts. 
    Links
    PDF Slideshow
    CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    Forgiving Dr. Mengele
    Vox: The Story of Rais Bhuiyan
    Debbie Morris: How Can You Possibly Forgive? (Part 1)
    Debbie Morris: How Can You Possibly Forgive? (Part 2)
    Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi TED Talk

    • 43 min
    DS #112: Faith Stevenson

    DS #112: Faith Stevenson

    On this episode, I spend an hour with my friend and teaching neighbor Faith Stevenson. We discuss education, literature, race, geography, Waffle House, and a dozen other topics. Enjoy!
    Links
    ESP: @DukeSkath
    Books
    Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye
    Arthur Golden: Memoirs of a Geisha
    Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

    Movies
    The Color Purple
    School Daze
    13th (Full feature)

    Music
    Bryson Tiller: Exchange

    • 1 hr
    DS #111: Garrett Crowell

    DS #111: Garrett Crowell

    This episode features a raucous and entertaining conversation with my friend Garrett Crowell. He knows more about comics than anybody I know, so I asked him to discuss Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, and the movie Bob Roberts in the age of Trump. (Spoiler alert for all of those!) Along the way, we discuss the history of comics, documentary films, and why we enjoy screaming in parking garages. Enjoy!
    Timecodes:
    6:20 - Watchmen
    25:50 - V for Vendetta
    45:30 - Transmetropolitan
    70:20 - Bob Roberts
     

    • 1 hr 27 min
    DS #110: Vive La Révolution!

    DS #110: Vive La Révolution!

    After a year and a half, we're back with an hour of coronavirus chatter, economic ranting, and pop culture critiques. In this episode, Eric dives into the armed idiots reacting to Stay at Home orders in the US; French hip-hop; and Michael Moore's dumb new movie. Check it out! Listen now! DO IT LIVE.
    Links, baby:
    The Atlantic: Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing: A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend
    ESP on Medium: Chaotic Reflections: Mind Health in March 2020
    ESP: Resisting Oversimplification: Thoughts on Kony 2012
    NYT: ‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms.
    Vice: Where You’re Out of Work Makes All the Difference in the World
    Talib Kweli: The People's Party Interview with Chuck D
    Pumpkin & Vin'S da Cuero: Make Boom Bap Great Again
    ESP on Twitter: A thread about "Planet of the Humans" (lots of links there)

    • 57 min
    DS #109: Snow, Students, Stories, Socialism, Solidarity, and Stuff

    DS #109: Snow, Students, Stories, Socialism, Solidarity, and Stuff

    Join Eric S. Piotrowski as he rants and reflects on the MAGA/BHI/Indigenous Drumming incident; marginal tax rates; Donald Trump; what we didn't learn after the 2008 crash; the inactivity of Betsy DeVos; the influence of hip-hop; the political campaign of The Duchess; and a dozen other topics.
    Send feedback and links to @DukeSkath. Thanks for listening!

    • 56 min
    DS #107: Shae Crowell

    DS #107: Shae Crowell

    This episode features a superb conversation with my good friend Shae Crowell. She's a teacher, a singer + choral leader, a union thug, and many other things. She's got great things to say about how education works, why class size matters, what history is, and why music is important. 
    Enjoy!
    Topic Index:
    2:00 - Life as a student
    8:30 - Student teaching + early jobs
    27:00 - Teaching philosophy
    52:00 - African-American History
    64:30 - Economics
    70:00 - Unions
    80:30 - Parenting + education
    85:30 - Nashville in Harmony

    • 1 hr 42 min

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