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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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    • 4.7, 99 Ratings

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.

    I Regret to Inform You We Are Discussing the Harper's Letter, with Elvis Bego

    I Regret to Inform You We Are Discussing the Harper's Letter, with Elvis Bego

    Do we and should we have free speech or not? Why can't anyone agree on that? Bosnian-born writer Elvis Bego joins Jessa to discuss how free speech went from being a leftist issue to a conservative talking point, the dangerous sentimentality of America, and why a media saturated with one demographic -- class-based, not race -- is the real issue.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Rich Getting Richer with Ashley Mears

    The Rich Getting Richer with Ashley Mears

    BU Professor Ashley Mears details the leisure of the wealthy in her new book, Very Important People, but also the men and "girls" who live in their periphery. Examining the nightlife of the moneyed, from the ecstatic destruction of wealth to the exclusive locales they circulate around, we discuss the gender of money and why being "chosen" will always feel good. 

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    • 44 min
    The Journalist as Moral Arbiter, with JoAnn Wypijewski

    The Journalist as Moral Arbiter, with JoAnn Wypijewski

    With all the media struggles lately, a conversation has emerged: should the journalist strive to be an objective observer, or should they be the moral arbiter? Who better to come on to help Jessa figure this out than JoAnn Wypijewski, who has been covering media moral panics for years? Author of the new collection of essays and reporting What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About MeToo.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Bechdel Test Returns, with Vincent Chabany-Douarre

    The Bechdel Test Returns, with Vincent Chabany-Douarre

    Somehow, the conversation around historical racism and bigotry and police brutality turned into a series of... resignations by white voice actors in cartoons? Yes, we're talking about representation in film yet again, and Vincent Chabany-Douarre, creator of the new Katharine's Kapital project, comes on to discuss what Depression-era films have to teach us, and why watching Katharine Hepburn films is praxis. 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Housing is a Public Health Issue, with Tara Raghuveer

    Housing is a Public Health Issue, with Tara Raghuveer

    While many cities and states offered protection from evictions during the beginning months of the pandemic, many of those protections have expired and people are losing their houses. Tara Raghuveer of KC Tenants speaks to Jessa about making housing the central issue for all local government, about the tenant bill of rights, and the spitefulness of landlords. 

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    • 49 min
    Re-Release: A Conversation with Brandon Scott, the Presumed Mayor of Baltimore

    Re-Release: A Conversation with Brandon Scott, the Presumed Mayor of Baltimore

    I know, we're all against voting and progress through elections right now, but the triumph of Brandon Scott over Sheila Dixon and assorted other neoliberal powerbrokers in Baltimore is potentially significant. I'm re-releasing the conversation I had with Brandon Scott before he announced he was running for mayor, about trying to turn leftist rhetoric and idealism into real policy in a troubled city.

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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 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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