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The Nostalgia Trap podcast features weekly conversations about history and politics with some of the left’s most incisive thinkers, writers, and extremely online personalities, exploring how individual lives intersect with the big events and debates of our era.

Nostalgia Trap David Parsons

    • History
    • 4.8 • 177 Ratings

The Nostalgia Trap podcast features weekly conversations about history and politics with some of the left’s most incisive thinkers, writers, and extremely online personalities, exploring how individual lives intersect with the big events and debates of our era.

    Poddin' 'bout My Generation w/ Kyle Riismandel (PREVIEW)

    Poddin' 'bout My Generation w/ Kyle Riismandel (PREVIEW)

    Kyle Riismandel, author of Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture, 1975-2001, returns to talk about the idea of generations, both as useful historical dividers and as complicated, constructed cultural identities. Are you Gen X? Boomer? Millennial? Zoomer? Does any of this shit matter? To listen to the full episode and access all our bonus content, subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap.

    • 3 min
    NAM-TV: Oval Room (PREVIEW)

    NAM-TV: Oval Room (PREVIEW)

    On Episode 5, we take a look at the period 1956-1963, when the United States attempted to create an anti-communist state called South Vietnam, with a well-connected Catholic-Confucian politician named Ngo Dinh Diem as its president. For full episode subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap. 

    • 3 min
    You Don't Belong Here w/ Elizabeth Becker

    You Don't Belong Here w/ Elizabeth Becker

    Elizabeth Becker is an award-winning author and journalist; her latest book, You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War (2021), profiles three journalists whose groundbreaking work rearranged the history of the Vietnam War. In this conversation, Becker explains how Kate Webb, Catherine Leroy, and Frances Fitzgerald each developed critical journalistic practices that brought new insights to the conflict, and offers some jaw-dropping stories from her own extraordinary career.

    • 59 min
    At a New Life We Took Aim w/ Donald Borenstein (PREVIEW)

    At a New Life We Took Aim w/ Donald Borenstein (PREVIEW)

    Donald Borenstein is a freelance video director and editor, and one of my favorite online friends. This week we talk about two of our respective favorite films, Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames (1983) and Slava Tsukerman’s Liquid Sky (1982), both of which are essential viewing for anyone interested in radical politics and radical filmmaking practices. For full episode subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap. 

    • 2 min
    NAM-TV: Secret Agent Men (PREVIEW)

    NAM-TV: Secret Agent Men (PREVIEW)

    On this week’s episode we explore the world of CIA spookery unleashed in Vietnam as the French exited the region and the United States began escalating its involvement in Vietnamese affairs. For full episodes of NAM-TV go to patreon.com/nostalgiatrap. 

    • 3 min
    Just One More Pod w/ Bill Black (PREVIEW)

    Just One More Pod w/ Bill Black (PREVIEW)

    The kids are crazy for Columbo! This week our friend Bill Black drops by to talk about the long-running detective show starring Peter Falk that’s seen an unlikely resurgence in the COVID era. From its weird class dynamics and parade of villainous guest stars to Falk’s truly iconic performance, we try to wrap our minds around Columbo's sudden popularity among a new generation. To listen to the whole episode, subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap. 

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Virginia Ellen ,

Fantastic - recommend subscribing to Patreon

Love this podcast!

wiseguy2590 ,

Thanks David

David and Justin are the Shaq and Kobe I need in my life. Enjoying the livestreams!

Honest Abe69 ,

Best Lefty History Podcast on the interwebs

I love this podcast! It’s such a breath of fresh as David Parsons is a brilliant historian and interviewer whose interviews expose me to some of the most thought provoking and mind expanding thinkers on the Left. I can’t get enough of this podcast.

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