Necessary & Sufficient is an exploration of ideas (including those of duality, bifurcation, and hierarchy), a meditation on communication, a map of my mind, and a document of its own creation.
Each week I record a conversation with a guest about a pair of related yet distinct concepts. The guest doesn't know about the topic in advance (I send them a set of index cards through the mail, which they open on-air) but I try to match up people with ideas that they will have some knowledge or opinion about. This isn’t a quiz, but an attempt to capture extemporaneous conversation and thoughts as they unfold between two people. Some topics are technical, some are general knowledge, but all are all open-ended in some way.
165: Mamas & Papas with Hillary Frank
Oops, another long break! But I am thrilled to return with another conversation with Hillary Frank, of the Longest Shortest Time.
164: Art & Artifact with Alex Tunstall
Why did it take me so long to have Alex on N&S? Was I waiting for her to finish her degree? Well, done and done.
163: Lick & Riff with Seth Kibel
Yeah, it’s been quite a while. But let’s jump back on this like nothing ever happened, okay? I’m glad we can agree to agree.
162: NBA & NCAA with Brian Levinson
Sporting correspondent Brian Levinson almost, but not completely, convinces me to watch March Madness. I think his one misstep was comparing game-day action to a Michael Bay movie. Bayhem!
161: Melodrama & Melancholy with Joshua Gaylord
Josh does me the courtesy of provisionally accepting my homebrew definition of one of this week’s words. Always a treat to have him back.
160: Spoilers with Josh Anderegg & Jess Mason
It’s always a pleasure to have this dynamic duo back on the podwaves. The conversation was as lively as you would expect, which is to say, lively.
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fun & refreshing!
Forman has such a fun & refreshing approach to the conversation of two seemingly similar words. None of his guests are pretentious & I always find myself thinking about the discussion long after it’s over. High five!
Novel Idea Excecuted Excellently
Parsing out the distinctions between related concepts was a skill beaten into my brain from a young age by my English professor parents, so I appreciate where this show is coming from. I love to hear humanities types talk ruminate on high-falutin' ideas, art theory in particular, so I'm definitely a committed listener and recommend that you become one, too.
favorite of the week
necessary & sufficient is the podcast i wait most longingly for every week. it would be an oversimplification to say it's just two people talking about two words since evan does such a great job preparing open ended and engaging questions, but the conversations are so natural it does seem like two people are just chatting.