49 episodes of Outsider Theory since the first episode, which aired on January 31st, 2021.
Romancing the Deep State; or, Dan Brown, Part 1 (Origins) with Pseud Dionysius MPH
January 18th, 2022 | 2 hrs 14 mins
alphabet agencies, dan brown, deception point, digital fortress, information bomb, nasa, nro, nsa, paul virilio, robert langdon, semiotics, symbology, the cathedral, the deep state, umberto eco, wasps
Dan Brown is one of the best selling authors of all time, but is largely forgotten. Pseud Dionysius MPH returns to the show to investigate the unlikely rise of Brown, his protagonist, Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, and the fictional discipline of "symbology" out of the demise of the cold war techno-thriller and the new threats of the information age.
Hubbard, Burroughs, Foucault with Dr Benway
January 7th, 2022 | 1 hr 41 mins
dianetics, gilles deleuze, l. ron hubbard, michel foucault, psychoanalysis, scientology, technologies of power, technologies of the self, william s. burroughs
Dr Benway returns to the show to discuss his extensive research on the vast oeuvre of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, as well as William S. Burroughs's prolonged engagement with Hubbard's doctrines and practices and their odd resonances with post-structuralist thought.
Plague and Myth with @fitnessfeelingz
December 22nd, 2021 | 1 hr 57 mins
coronavirus, covid-19, divinity, myth, pharmakon, pharmakos, religion, rené girard, ritual, sacrifice, scapegoating
@fitnessfeelingz joins me to explore what René Girard can teach us about the Covid pandemic.
Monetary Long Covid with Fabio Vighi
December 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 27 mins
agamben, baudrillard, biopolitics, covid-19 pandemic, finance capital, marx, monetary stimulus, zizek
"[The pandemic] is a monetary event aimed at prolonging the lifespan of our finance-driven and terminally ill mode of production."
The Very Online Novel with Timothy Wilcox
December 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 39 mins
donald trump, hari kunzru, hyperconnectivity, internet novel, lauren oyler, literature, patricia lockwood, social media
Timothy Wilcox joins me to discuss three very online novels released in the past year: Hari Kunzru's Red Pill, Lauren Oyler's Fake Accounts, and Patricia Lockwood's No One is Talking about This.
Deep Internet History with Default Friend
November 24th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
fandom, identity, multi-user domains, postmodernism, sherry turkle, the internet, theory, tumblr
Default Friend joins me to discuss Sherry Turkle's early sociological studies of the effects of the internet on identity, community, and the popularization of theory.
The Paper of Record's Dismal Record
November 18th, 2021 | 1 hr 19 mins
1619 project, bari weiss, fake news, hitler, jayson blair, judith miller, misinformation, new york times, stalin, sulzberger family, walter duranty, wmds
Ashley Rindsberg joins me to discuss his book "The Gray Lady Winked: How the New York Times's Misreporting, Distortions and Fabrications Radically Alter History."
Postmodern Medicine with Dr Benway and Pseud Dionysius, MPH
November 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 29 mins
evidence-based medicine, medicine, postmodernism, postmodernity, science
My native informants from the realm of Science make the provocative case that medicine is now postmodern.
Poetry, Fascism, and Madness: the Fall of the House of Panero with Aaron Shulman
November 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
addiction, alcoholism, fascism, federico garcía lorca, felicidad blanc, juan luis panero, leopoldo maría panero, leopoldo panero, literature, madness, michi panero, poetry, roberto bolaño, schizophrenia
The Panero family were literary royalty in fascist Spain; their descent into alcoholism, madness, and debauchery was the subject of the cult 1976 documentary "El desencanto." Aaron Shulman joins me to discuss his collective biography of the Paneros, "The Age of Disenchantments."
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars: On Bill Cooper with Mark Jacobson
October 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
conspiracy theory, hip-hop, mark jacobson, militia movement, william cooper, wu tang clan
William Milton Cooper was one of the most influential conspiracy theorists of the 20th century. Mark Jacobson, author of Pale Horse Rider, joins me to discuss Cooper's life, ideas, and eclectic cultural impact.
"In the Stubborn, Bright Sun of Polish Liberty": Foucault in Warsaw with Remigiusz Ryziński and Sean Bye
August 4th, 2021 | 1 hr 29 mins
communism, homosexuality, michel foucault, poland, police, queer theory, surveillance
Writer and philosopher Remigiusz Ryziński and translator Sean Bye join me to discuss "Foucault in Warsaw," a fascinating new investigation of a pivotal but little-known episode in Michel Foucault's career.
The Death and Life of Pagan America: On Dave Hickey, with Daniel Oppenheimer
July 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 42 mins
aesthetics, art, beauty, criticism, dave hickey, institutions, las vegas, populism, robert mapplethorpe
Daniel Oppenheimer joins me to discuss his new book on the legendary art critic Dave Hickey, "Far From Respectable."
Fukuyama avec Berlusconi with Philip Cunliffe
July 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 34 mins
donald trump, end of the end of history, francis fukuyama, jair bolsonaro, jeremy corbyn, left populism, nigel farage, political outsiders, silvio berlusconi
Phil Cunliffe joins me to discuss his new (co-authored) book about our topsy-turvy political moment: The End of the End of History.
The Department of Social Praxis with Sam Munson
June 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
administrative state, argentina, biopolitics, borges, cesar aira, dog symphony, plague
Sam Munson joins me to discuss Dog Symphony, his prescient 2018 novel of plague and biopolitics.
Anaesthetic Aesthetics with Sterling Bartlett
June 9th, 2021 | 55 mins 49 secs
accelerationism, aesthetics, capitalist realism, hipsters, minimalism, postmodernism, recycling, retromania
Illustrator and designer Sterling Bartlett joins Outsider Theory to discuss his comic book "How Did We Get Here?"
"A Thousand Unpieced Suns": On Jameson's Postmodernism, with Emmet Penney
June 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
fredric jameson, postmodernism, postmodernity
Emmet Penney, writer and co-host of ex.haust podcast, joins Outsider Theory to discuss Fredric Jameson's canonical essay "Postmodernism, or the Culltural Logic of Late Capitalism."