37 episodes

Inquiry. Travesty. Not like other podcasts.
@stanleypicnic: @georgelazenby, @juskewitch, @erikk38

The Relentless Picnic Stanley Picnic

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Inquiry. Travesty. Not like other podcasts.
@stanleypicnic: @georgelazenby, @juskewitch, @erikk38

    Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

    Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet

    Are we further apart? Are we being fooled? This is an episode about our phantom selves, how we're doing right now, and the feeling that something important has gone wrong.


    - "Ep. 27: The Wreckage," The Relentless Picnic (Feb. '18): bit.ly/2GhA6CW ;
    - "How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood, Tin House (Apr. '18): bit.ly/2Gfyj1p ;
    - "In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker (Nov. '18): bit.ly/2zwnggK ;
    - "Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurk in U.S. Lakes. But Should You Worry?" PBS NewsHour (Aug. '11): to.pbs.org/2IviXbF ;
    - If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, by Wm. Faulker (1939) ;
    - music from the episode: bit.ly/2UFK6QM (ft. "All Fires" by Moonface, from Spencer Krug: patreon.com/spencerkrug ).
    - Image: Hundertacht House, Bonn-Kessenich, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2007, Uwe Schröder Architekten. Photo: Stefan Müller

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

    Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck

    The world is a snakepit of competing takes and diverging minds. How is anybody supposed to live? In this episode, we play a game called Passage Potluck to straighten it all out. We assembled a packet of short excerpted texts, and forced ourselves to connect dots between, through, and around them, at random.

    The passages we wound up discussing are assembled for listeners here: bit.ly/peoplespacket ; but the full packet we had in front of us is for our Patreon supporters here: bit.ly/patreonpacket .

    Music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2B7rUnc ;
    Image credit: Thomas Prior.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

    Ep. 31 - Just Citizens

    The confidence we’ve always had as a people isn’t simply some romantic dream, or a proverb in a dusty book we read just on the Fourth of July. In this episode we’re talking democracy and consumerism through those American specters John Dewey, the thirty-ninth President James Earl Carter, and the citizen-reviewers of Amazon dot com.

    - Jimmy Carter, Address to the Nation on Energy (Nov. 8, 1977): bit.ly/2R3bFNo ;
    - John Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (1927): a.co/d/aRa9JvB ;
    - John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty (1929) ;
    - WaPo "Presidential" podcast, "Jimmy Carter: Keeping the Faith." transcript: wapo.st/2POYTlk ;
    - Peanuts to the Presidency: the Jimmy Carter Campaign (1978): youtu.be/kHgMS2xVyJY ;
    - American Experience: Jimmy Carter, PBS Films (2002):
    youtu.be/FXyeIklDDEI ;
    - footage from "The Made-for-TV Election 1980" film, dir. William Brandon Shanley, starring Martin Sheen (1986): youtu.be/LeJxuOVXEm8 ;
    - Jimmy Carter, "Crisis of Confidence" speech (July 14, 1979), transcript: bit.ly/2Jc6AQf , video: youtu.be/kakFDUeoJKM ;
    - "A Former President, A Person of Faith," interview with Jimmy Carter on 1A (March 2018): bit.ly/2CWH40Y ;
    - "John Dewey's Radical Critique of the New Deal," by Daniel O'Connor (2010): bit.ly/2Any2rB ;
    - John Dewey, "The Teacher and the Public" (1935) ;
    - James Fallows, "The Passionless Presidency: The trouble with Jimmy Carter's Administration, " The Atlantic (May 1979): bit.ly/2yssLNJ ;
    - cover image: Stefan Czapsky, 1990 ;
    - music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2AouMw9 .

    • 2 hr 2 min
    Ep. 30 - The Mandala

    Ep. 30 - The Mandala

    Let's talk about movies. How would you talk about a movie if it wants you to shut up? Climb aboard for a one-way trip down the river of striking images, dream-like sequences, and too many meaningful looks. From the ridiculous to the sacred, we examine the examinations of the unspeakable silence at the heart of life.


    - 2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1968) ;
    - Plato, Republic (514a & ff.) ;
    - Song to Song, dir. Terence Malick (2017) ;
    - Paul Schraeder's review of Song to Song: bit.ly/2vqghom ;
    - Paul Schraeder, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, with new introduction, "Rethinking Transcendental Style" (2018): a.co/eiNRfRh ;
    - Stalker, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky (1979) ;
    - Late Spring, dir. Yasujirô Ozu (1949) ;
    - Five Dedicated to Ozu, dir. Abbas Kiarostami (2003) ;
    - cover image: Lucas Samaras, 1975
    - music from the episode: bit.ly/2AN40zL .

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Ep. 29 - The Swarm

    Ep. 29 - The Swarm

    This week it’s fourteen conversations about one thing. We do a little research on the symptoms of fascism and begin to feel like an expendable character in the first act of a horror film. Plus: TED talks are blindfolds at the museum, why you must laminate the best parts of your body, and the moral arc of the universe bends toward destruction, but also hope? Q.E.D., friends.

    - Umberto Eco, "Ur-Fascism" (NYRB, June 1995): https://bit.ly/1mXBPS6 ;
    - Plato's Meno, 72a ;
    - "How we can build AI to help humans, not hurt us," a TED talk by Margaret Mitchell (03/12/2018): https://youtu.be/twWkGt33X_k ;
    - "How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction," a TED talk by Lauren Sallan (11/21/2017): https://youtu.be/rtcrqLWZr_0 ;
    - "Capitalism isn't an ideology -- it's an operating system," a TED talk by Bhu Srinivasan (03/06/2018): https://youtu.be/Y0UB6g8Rsyw ;
    - clip from George Carlin, "Doin' it Again" (1990): https://youtu.be/hNd_x3w-yNo ;
    - Masha Gessen, "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" (NYRB, Nov. 2016): https://bit.ly/2fGj4PY ;
    - Reggie Watts at TEDx Berlin (12/05/2013): https://youtu.be/Y7IxzpB-UMM ;
    - episode cover image: "Ministers Meeting, Rome, Italy, 1940" by Carl Mydans ;
    - music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2KCdI8R .

    • 2 hr 4 min
    Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

    Ep. 28 - Ragnarok

    It’s time to talk about America. We’re looking at ways to deal with what’s coming, from that bug-out bag full of spare magazines, to terrifying self-sacrifice on South Carolina’s spiritual battlefield, to Hollywood’s last-ditch play for immortality with the forces of global capital. Join us on the beach to watch the blood-dimmed tide roll in.

    BONUS SCENE for our patreon supporters: https://bit.ly/2v5yF8x ;

    - "In A Dark Time" by Theodore Roethke (1963): https://bit.ly/2wYW33A ;
    - "Preppers are Crazy" by SensiblePrepper (03/2012): https://youtu.be/6_AJljHYww8 ;
    - "7 Worst Rookie Prepper Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" by SNO Multimedia (09/2014): https://youtu.be/byKqaGUiaFM ;
    - from Melville, Moby Dick: chapter XCIII, The Castaway ;
    - "I'm the Girl Who Clawed Her Own Eyes Out. This Is My Story: Twenty-year old Kaylee Muthart speaks out for the first time since the incident that made national news," by Kaylee Muthart as told to Elizabeth Narins, in Cosmo (Mar. 9, 2018): https://bit.ly/2FIMVbu ;
    - "Top 10 Sheep Dog Gangs That Will Form After The Collapse" by Reality Survival & Prepping (08/2017): https://youtu.be/EAUbsTQ-PPc ;
    - "The Second Coming" by W.B. Yeats (1919), as read by Dominic West: https://youtu.be/QI40j17EFbI ;
    - "Secrets of the Marvel Universe," by Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair (Nov. 27, 2017): https://bit.ly/2iUyVyw ;
    - music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2GAWtCw ;
    - cover image: https://bit.ly/2GEwfiy .

    • 2 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

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Rather than try and avoid the cliches of an effusively saccharine review, I'm going to lean right into it. That they share their friendship in such honest dialogues has honestly changed how I approach and think about my own personal relathionships. Film, love, democracy, literature, capitalism - somehow they manage to have trenchant, cogent insights in every partition of their (our) modern lives and then suddenly cut to discussions about ignorantly pooping on the rim of a toilet in a devastatingly compelling manner. Honest to God, I love you guys.

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They Capture the Zeitgeist of Our Time

I discovered TRP in 2017 and I'm ashamed I'm only reviewing now as we approach 2020 and the episodes have become less frequent this year. It's the sort of podcast that is easy to relate to, yet it's DENSE with a wide range content and references. There's always something to learn from Adam, Nick, and Erik. They all have similar worldviews at a macro level but unique reactions and opinions that keep discussion colorful, even moving through darker content. It's also "dense" in the sense that a relisten to episodes a few months later always seems to reward me with new connections and insights I didn't pick up on the first playthrough.

On one hand it's the sort of podcast that you urgently want to recommend to everyone; I think because it's so dang therapeutic to listen to others acknowledging how insane of our world can be, but in a nuanced and analytical way. As a show covering a such wide range of topics, it's not exactly a show that neatly fits into the traditional podcast genres that people actively seek out. When I do recommend it, I feel a deep dread, an insecurity that the other party might reject it, or - almost worse - not have the patience to give TRP the chance it deserves. On the other hand, I only found the Picnic through word-of-mouth myself, so maybe I should be more trusting of my friends' tastes.

I deeply hope the guys find a way to get back to monthly recordings, because they have made a real and permanent impact on real people, for the better.

Pedre0008 ,

This is so wonderful.

Relentless picnic makes me also feel okay about myself, that there are other people out there that think like me and want to talk like I do and think like I do. Wish I could listen to this everyday / just talk with you all. Thank you.

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