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The way people talk about fine art sucks, but it doesn't have to. Every Thursday join Mason Hershenow (a classically-trained photographer and educator), Sean Ang (a classically-trained violinist and vocalist), and Christopher Scott McNeill (a freelance writer and journalist) as they discuss the art world in a truly groundbreaking way: like real people. Welcome to Meaning What, a space for conversations missing in contemporary art and culture.

Meaning What it's no sam studios

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The way people talk about fine art sucks, but it doesn't have to. Every Thursday join Mason Hershenow (a classically-trained photographer and educator), Sean Ang (a classically-trained violinist and vocalist), and Christopher Scott McNeill (a freelance writer and journalist) as they discuss the art world in a truly groundbreaking way: like real people. Welcome to Meaning What, a space for conversations missing in contemporary art and culture.

    Point Break

    Point Break

    It's that Meaning What Movie Club time again, folks. This month we're discussing the 1991 cops-and-robbers-who-are-also-surfers blockbuster Point Break. Not without its flaws, this is a surprisingly complex (and surprisingly progressive thriller) that even the acting chops of early-90s Keanu couldn't sink.
     
    If you want to help keep us from resorting to robbing banks in rubber masks, join our Patreon! For as little as $3/month, you'll get access to just so much bonus content you don't even know. Go now! Patreon.com/meaningwhatpod
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    Meaning What is a product of it's no sam studios
    Created by Mason Hershenow
    Produced by Sean Ang and Christopher Scott McNeill
    Edited by Christopher Scott McNeill
    Mixed by Mason Hershenow
    Original music by Mason Hershenow
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    BONUS: Thanks India!

    BONUS: Thanks India!

    Welcome to a special preview episode of our Patreon-only podcast The Subscription Show! Enjoy and we'll see you again on Thursday for our regularly scheduled programing. 
    This month we saw our podcast break out internationally. And by "internationally" I mean just in India. And by "our podcast" I mean specifically our episode about Moonlight. You know what, just listen to the episode. You'll see what I mean.
    Other topics include Space Bezos and Jackass: The Movie: The New One
    If you would like access to more content like this while simultaneously funding our promising expansion into the international podcasting market, consider joining our Patreon!
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    Original music by Mason Hershenow, with special contributions this episode by Sean Ang and Christopher Scott McNeill.

    • 26 min
    Spy Movies

    Spy Movies

    This week we're looking at secret agents in cinema. From the genre-defining silliness of Sean Connery's James Bond to the shaky-cam-defining realism of Matt Damon's Jason Borne, we discuss how the films defined politics and masculinity for generations, and how new generations are beginning to redefine the genre in return.
    If you would like to help make future commentary on Pierce Brosnan's bowties possible, join our Patreon! for as little as $3/month, you'll help keep this podcast going and get even more content in return. Patreon.com/meaningwhatpod
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    Meaning What is a product of it's no sam studios
    Created by Mason Hershenow
    Produced by Sean Ang and Christopher Scott McNeill
    Edited by Christopher Scott McNeill
    Mixed by Mason Hershenow
    Original music by Mason Hershenow
     
    Advertising provided by Voxnest

    • 1 hr 4 min
    East, West, & Twelve Bronze Heads

    East, West, & Twelve Bronze Heads

    This week, we discuss the tenuous relationship between the Western fine art market and the People's Republic of China. We cover the Old Summer Palace bronze heads, why westerners find it easy to love Ai Weiwei, and the Second Opium War because global conflict was the most popular means of art collecting in 19th century Europe.
    For more on the sacking of the Summer Palace, its bronze heads, and the theft of Looty the dog, listen to this excellent 99% Invisible episode.
     
    If you would like to help fund Mason's one-man war against government-backed global art theft, join our Patreon! for as little as $3/month, you'll help keep this podcast going and get even more content in return. Patreon.com/meaningwhatpod
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    Meaning What is a product of it's no sam studios
    Created by Mason Hershenow
    Produced by Sean Ang and Christopher Scott McNeill
    Edited by Christopher Scott McNeill
    Mixed by Mason Hershenow
    Original music by Mason Hershenow
     
    Advertising provided by Voxnest

    • 42 min
    Hudson River School & Manifest Destiny

    Hudson River School & Manifest Destiny

    This week we discuss one of the United States' first fine art movements—the Hudson River School—and it's inextricable relationship with Manifest Destiny. We also discuss the legacy of these two ideas in American art, and Mason rants some more about Ansel Adams. A good time is had by all.
     
    And if you want to keep the good time going, consider joining our Patreon. There you'll find bonus content of all kinds, and be directly contributing to Mason's mission to dethrone Ansel Adams once and for all. Patreon.com/meaningwhatpod
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    Meaning What is a product of it's no sam studios
    Created by Mason Hershenow
    Produced by Sean Ang and Christopher Scott McNeill
    Edited by Christopher Scott McNeill
    Mixed by Mason Hershenow
    Original music by Mason Hershenow
     
    Advertising provided by Voxnest

    • 48 min
    Play Up – Hiatus

    Play Up – Hiatus

    In his special segment Play Up, Meaning What producer and co-host Christopher Scott McNeill explores unique and innovative storytelling in video games. This month, Chris has a message about his recent experience video games and the future of the segment.
    Click here to donate to the McNeill's GoFundMe.
     
    We have a Patreon, and are on Instagram and Twitter. Call to action!
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    Play Up is a product of it's no sam studios
    Created, written, and hosted by Christopher Scott McNeill
    Produced Christopher S. McNeill, with help from Mason Hershenow and Sean Ang
    Edited by Christopher S. McNeill
    Mixed by Mason Hershenow
    Theme music: "CopyLoop" by Mason Hershenow
     
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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

SinisteaParty ,

A Podcast by Artists for Everyone

A considerate interview-style format podcast that delves into how artists approach their art in the modern context. Each episode has unique perspectives of artists talking about their influences and their individual struggles, but as you binge more episodes you discover a common thread that underlines the problems and barriers of entry into the world of Art. The hosts are intelligent but also self aware and do not come off as pretentious as you would expect. Worth a listen and very interested in where they go next!

fauxhawkmcnelly ,

Insightful

Great interview-focused pod that delves into important personal and interpersonal stories related to art and artists. I think that anyone who is an artist or enjoys art will get a lot out of Meaning What’s content.

CayLW ,

Fun and educational

Listening to this is like pretending I’m in a very intelligent conversation with two friends discussing art and life. Can’t wait for more!

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