11 episodes

American essayist, cultural critic, novelist and screenwriter, Michael Ventura offers commentary in this moment of history before the 2020 election.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

American essayist, cultural critic, novelist and screenwriter, Michael Ventura offers commentary in this moment of history before the 2020 election.

    Season Finale: An Election On Another Planet

    Season Finale: An Election On Another Planet

    What is the interplanetary meaning of this election?

    • 12 min
    Trump's Rallies - If They PERMIT You To Murder Them, Is That Still Murder

    Trump's Rallies - If They PERMIT You To Murder Them, Is That Still Murder

    Trump's super-spreader rallies should be reported as what they are: Murder. The electorate is too crazy to predict, but as we near Election Day it's not crazy to think Biden can win.

    • 13 min
    Re-Wiring? Really? Climate Change, Are You Kidding?

    Re-Wiring? Really? Climate Change, Are You Kidding?

    No, your brain is not being rewired, and, yes, climate change changes everything.

    • 14 min
    Zeitgeist, Zeigeist, Who's Got The Zeitgeist?

    Zeitgeist, Zeigeist, Who's Got The Zeitgeist?

    We are part of an enormous project, whether we know it or not: the redefinition of human nature.

    • 11 min
    Today in this country, tell me -- who do you think is really important?

    Today in this country, tell me -- who do you think is really important?

    This is about who's REALLY important. (It's also about merry-go-rounds.)

    • 12 min
    Is this election the beginning of the end of a bad time, or the end of the beginning of a horrible time?

    Is this election the beginning of the end of a bad time, or the end of the beginning of a horrible time?

    What's happening here is a 21st century crossroads, and I've got a feeling the whole century's riding on it.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Fwill620 ,

Pure gem

Ventura is one of my chief intellectual influences. I discovered him in the LA Weekly back in the late ‘80s. His column in the Austin Chronicle was a regular internet stop for me, and I’ve read his novels and books, and he’s turned me on to so many gateways…
This show doesn’t disappoint. In some ways, stumbling into it almost a year after it was uploaded has served to remind me of the stakes and emotion of the Pandemic and the Election. But Ventura has a gift for, while he’s being topical, to write about the timeless within a topic. He’s liminal.
Why he’s not a huge force of contemporary ideas is beyond me. Highly recommended.

Charleelu ,

Perfectly put

It is so nice to hear a voice that impacted me so much 13 or so years ago. Mr. Ventura as I know him is a writer that uses universal words to express complex and emotional things.... ready for anyone to digest. Brilliant podcast. It is a little bit if needed light in these odd and scary times.

KD-Ren ,

Love this!

Indeed, we don’t wish to hear the weeping, if only shutting the window would shut out the reality we all know is before us, we could get on with our lives. Thank you for calling us to address the current conditions of our lives through the lens of humanity. And such a rich voice for audio! Love this!

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