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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 103 Ratings

Tired of the daily news doom and gloom? Looking to explore curious stories instead? Every Monday through Thursday, we bring a story on the theme of Power, Culture, and the Future, handpicked from The Outline. We guarantee you’ll feel smarter and more hydrated.

    The keto diet is a recipe for disaster

    The keto diet is a recipe for disaster

    The latest low-carb diet trend is merely a rehash of fad diets past.
    Read Yvette's story: https://theoutline.com/post/6133/the-keto-diet-is-a-recipe-for-disaster?zd=1&zi=lp6jlihl
    Follow Yvette on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thescibabe
    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
    Find the Dispatch on Twitter, @OutlineDispatch.
    Thank you for listening.
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    • 19 min
    Yellowstone National Park underwear?

    Yellowstone National Park underwear?

    Basically, clothing companies are funding our national parks because the government won't.
    Read Jen's story: https://theoutline.com/post/6051/the-national-parks-are-in-a-financial-crisis-please-buy-this-sweatshirt?zd=1&zi=sevmhymx
    Follow Jen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/byJenAMiller
    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
    If you’re interested in pitching a story to the Dispatch? Email james.green@theoutline.com.
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    • 6 min
    How to make a British woman sell you a Honda

    How to make a British woman sell you a Honda

    Rosa Lyster went into a "body language experts" k-hole and discovered some good news?
    Read Rosa's story: https://theoutline.com/post/6017/do-body-language-experts-actually-tell-us-anything?zd=1&zi=dypumcg3
    Follow Rosa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosalyster
    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
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    • 6 min
    Can we get some crazy broke Asians, too?

    Can we get some crazy broke Asians, too?

    Jeremy Gordon and Wei Tchou explore the many shades of Asian-American culture representation through the releases of ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,’ and Mitski’s ‘Be the Cowboy’.
    Show notes
    Read Jeremy's essay: https://theoutline.com/post/5979/crazy-rich-asians-mitski-to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before-asian-american-representation?utm_source=topic_culture
    Follow Wei on Twitter (@weitchou): https://twitter.com/weitchou
    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    "Ready for love" is a lie

    "Ready for love" is a lie

    Helena Fitzgerald pokes a hole in the idea that a romantic relationship is a prize for loving yourself enough.
    'There is no such thing as being ready for love' by Helena Fitzgerald → https://theoutline.com/post/5970/unconventional-wisdom-emotional-readiness-is-b******t?utm_source=topic_power

    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
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    • 19 min
    A day on an e-scooter

    A day on an e-scooter

    Ann-Derrick Gaillot spent the day zipping around Portland using only dockless e-scooters and documented her experience.
    We're hosted and produced by James T. Green. Our theme is by John Lagomarsino.
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    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

flyingdics ,

Generally good

I'm glad I put this in my regular rotation. It's definitely a "News of the World as experienced by freelance writers in Brooklyn" kind of production, but they're at least interesting and succinct freelance writers in Brooklyn.

WhiskeyKnight ,

A Performative Contradiction

I just listened to two obnoxious hipsters denounce capitalism for half an hour on a website supported by whiskey and car ads. On a show meant to be played on a smartphone designed and built by a multinational corporation. So yeah, that’s about the level of discourse you can expect here.

Keeping It Real NC ,

Childish, Insubstantial, and Mean

If you're looking for intelligent, objective reporting, go elsewhere. I gave this pod a two-episode audition, and it flunked. The first, about NYC taxis, was a weak This American Life knockoff, the dominant notes of which were the hosts' "Look at us!" vibe and the penchant of James T. Green for middle-school diction ("like ... like ... like ... like"). Not a big deal, just not worth listening to.

The pod's hatchet job on Jordan Peterson, on the other hand, is a very big deal. The reporter, Paris Martineau, came out of the chute blasting Peterson with sneering sarcasm. There is no doubt that public figures are fair game for opprobrium, but Martineu made no effort to support her case. She simply—and "simply" is the right adjective—categorized Peterson as a man to hate because, we are implicitly expected to understand, she says so. She played just a few seconds of a Peterson talk, and offered absolutely none of the substance of his ideas. She did, however, accuse him of racism and misogyny without offering a shred of evidence for these charges, and linked him to the nebulous "Alt-Right," again with no evidence. And she childishly dimished Dr. Peterson's significant professional credentials. The host, James T. Green, swallowed Ms. Martineau's harsh and conclusory claims whole, not once asking for evidence. The episode contained a long embedded excerpt from another pod on which Martineu disparaged Peterson in a likewise unsubstantiated manner, and host of that program played the fawning sycophant, just like Green. Ms. Martineau's lack of journalistic integrity and fairness of mind is matched by her lack of compassion for persons with depression who, it seems, often tune into Peterson's talks.

These are not serious people.

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