Fresh off of their hit podcast, Running Mates -- Lars and Michael pick up discussing your favorite postwar presidents through the lens of films released in the era. Each episode, Lars and Michael each watch a movie chosen by the other from that presidency and discuss how the silver screen reflects the particular administration.
Barack Obama: Gran Torino / Sicario
America's first Black president comes to office offering a vision for a united country and promising change, but is bogged down in the policies and crises of the prior administration, as Lars and Michael explore through the films "Gran Torino" and "Sicario."
Trailer for Politics Express
Watching Mates co-host Lars Emerson introduces The Postrider team's newest general interest politics podcast, Politics Express. Subscribe now and check out the first episode, available wherever podcasts are found and on thepostrider.com.
George W. Bush: Team America World Police / The Dark Knight
The world changes dramatically over the course of George W. Bush's presidency. One place it changes most visibly is Hollywood, as Lars and Michael unpack through "Team America: World Police" in his first term and "The Dark Knight" in his second.
Bill Clinton: Wag the Dog / The American President
As American presidencies approach the modern day, Lars and Michael dive into the world of scandal, neoliberalism, and partisanship in the Clinton era through the films "Wag the Dog" and "The American President."
George H.W. Bush: They Live / Roger & Me
America gets a little grungier as President George H.W. Bush comes into office and Lars and Michael explore trends in cinema during his brief tenure, focusing on a zeitgeist of decline and the new American economic reality through the films "They Live" and "Roger & Me."
Ronald Reagan: Back to the Future / Back to the Future Part II
Knock knock, McFly! Lars and Michael discuss their film picks for the Reagan era -- how a decade of nostalgia viewed both the past and the future -- through the lens of the films "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future Part II."
Lars and Michael are excellent! Very intelligent and informative Podcasts!