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Complicated conversations with complicated people about complicated topics. Let's get into the real mess of gender, feminism, punishment, class, politics, and culture and leave easy rhetoric and jingoism behind. Hosted by Jessa Crispin.

Public Intellectual Jessa Crispin

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Complicated conversations with complicated people about complicated topics. Let's get into the real mess of gender, feminism, punishment, class, politics, and culture and leave easy rhetoric and jingoism behind. Hosted by Jessa Crispin.

    A Lady's Guide to Fascism, with Victoria de Grazia

    A Lady's Guide to Fascism, with Victoria de Grazia

    In Victoria de Grazia's new book Perfect Fascist, she tells the story of Lilliana Weinman--a beautiful Jewish heiress, attracting love and devotion in opera houses around Europe--and Attilio Teruzzi, head of the blackshirts in Mussolini's Italy. Their love story resonates with what drives men to fascist groups today, the political misdeeds of women, and why instead of starting a war you should maybe just go to the opera instead.

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    • 47 min
    Re-Release: Beyond Pro-Choice and Pro-Life with Alissa Quart

    Re-Release: Beyond Pro-Choice and Pro-Life with Alissa Quart

    With the death of RBG and the Supreme Court once again in a position to overturn Roe v Wade, journalist Alissa Quart and Jessa attempt to complicate the abortion debate. We discuss how the pro-choice movement often fails to take care of women, how legality does not mean accessibility, and why pro-lifers are not your enemy.

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    • 47 min
    Pope Says Property is Theft, with Eugene McCarraher

    Pope Says Property is Theft, with Eugene McCarraher

    Just a few days before the Pope release a barnfire of an encyclical about the evils of neoliberalism and capitalism, Eugene McCarraher (The Enchantments of Mammon) and Jessa discussed the tangled relationship between Christians and the Left, the soulfulness of anarchism, and how capitalism became the religion of modernity.

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    • 48 min
    Living in Strange Times, with Darran Anderson

    Living in Strange Times, with Darran Anderson

    In his new memoir Inventory, Darran Anderson recounts growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the 80s, amid all of the humiliation and intimidation by police and an occupying army, the polarized politics, and the roughness of working class life. He talks with Jessa about the inheritance of anger and violence, and what such an immersive experience tells us about how to live today.

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    • 52 min
    Our Anxious Relationship to Stuff, with Jen Howard

    Our Anxious Relationship to Stuff, with Jen Howard

    We continue our series on the stress the pandemic is putting on domestic spaces. Jen Howard, the author of the new book Clutter, talks to Jessa about pandemic hoarding, why Marie Kondo drives some (mostly white upper class people) absolutely insane, how we imbue the material world with meaning it doesn't actually deserve, and what to do with all of our stuff. 

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    • 40 min
    California Fires and California Dreams, with Mark Arax

    California Fires and California Dreams, with Mark Arax

    Mark Arax (The Dreamt Land) is one of our finest chroniclers of the American West, and he joins Jessa to discuss the wildfires, the mismanagement of resources like water and timber, and why California is our land of extremes. 

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

Princess Moonsprout ,

The kind of critical thinking we need

With activism and radicalism as co-opted as it is right now, it’s more important than ever to be able to see through the bs. This pod does just that and is the perfect antidote to black-and-white thinking. Be prepared to be a little uncomfortable, as the truth is not as sweet, tidy, or triumphant as we want to believe.

buddhatim ,

Egomania

What an obnoxious podcast. If you’re seeking a center left forum where self-appointed ‘intellectuals’ blather on about how the world doesn’t quite appreciate just how clever and relevant they are, this blather fest is for you. Personally, I felt like jumping out the window after one episode. Enjoy.

heatcanady ,

I could listen to Jessa talk about anything.

Public Intellectual makes me feel smarter.

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