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Veterans, Part II: Sex, Violence, and Identity

TAA 0046 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood continue their discussion about veterans. They expand the topic by exploring the ways sexuality and potency are intertwined with violence. Why are "men in uniform" so often the object of sexual...

What’s Going On: Where Do You Get Your Information?

TAA 0044 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss information. To live responsibly in a democracy requires access to knowledge about the world we inhabit. But acquiring that knowledge can be difficult. Where does it come from, and who can be trusted to dispense it? How does ideology interfere with or enhance our ability to make sense of the world? The hosts discuss their media diets, and how they can be improved.

Halloween, Horror, and Hamlet: What Scares Us and Why?

TAA 0043 – In honor of Halloween, C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss their favorite horror films. They explore why some movies affect them more than others, and what those susceptibilities say about their world views. Some of the films discussed include: Carrie, The Changeling, Prince of Darkness, The Skin I Live In, Ringu, and Cabin in the Woods.

Social Media Selves

C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss their social media profiles and what their profiles both reveal and conceal about their identities. Is it possible to remain nuanced and effective on Twitter or Facebook? Can one use social media without being leveled by it, or reduced to a caricature?

Potlatch Sneakers: The Economics of Social Status

TAA 0040 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss why human beings of limited economic means purchase luxury items–such as expensive sneakers. Who gets to ask the question, how does it manifest across culture, what do these items mean?

Triangulating #MeToo: Morality, Ideology, and Desire

TAA 0039 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss the #MeToo movement and the way in which mainstream American culture over-simplifies sexual desire. Woody Allen, The Son’s of Anarchy, and Brett Kavanaugh are dissected and analyzed.

Brett Kavanaugh Meets #MeToo

TAA 0038 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh in the light of the #MeToo movement. The conversation turns to issues of personal responsibility, power, integrity, and, as always, the history of civilization. This is part I of a multi-part discussion.

Fathers, Part II: How Do We Create Possibility from Pain?

TAA 0037 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood continue their discussion about fathers. Picking up from last time, they consider what is and isn’t possible in our intimate relationships. From fathers to history, we are born into dynamic contexts that both injure and inspire us. What tools do we have to manage these overwhelming forces?

Picking Your Battles: How to Fight with Principle

TAA 00035 – C. Travis Webb talks about narrowing our critical targets to those who truly oppose progressive agendas. He argues against generalizations that describe Republicans as “racist,” “greedy,” “homophobes,” and suggests these generalizations are the equivalent of indiscriminate machine gun fire. Only by committing ourselves to principles of empathy and courage can we hope to defeat those who oppose progressive politics.

Fathers

TAA 0035 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss fatherhood. Being sons and having sons informs their exploration of masculinity, pride, misfortune, and the culture’s ambivalence towards traditional masculine values.

The Noble Lie: Are Some Myth’s Necessary? Part I

TAA 0033 -C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Plato’s “noble lie.” Are some kinds of myths necessary to promote comity between strangers? Is the American Dream a worthwhile national story? How might we update it in the twenty-first century so that it remains relevant today?

Why Meme: what’s a meme and why do we make them?

TAA 0032 – C. Travis Webb discusses memes. He argues that typical discussions about memes, from their silliness to the gene-meme theory of Richard Dawkins, miss something very important about their function. He explains why The American Age produces memes and how they’re related to Buddhist prayer flags.

Is a Post-colonial Museum Possible?

C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Seph’s recently completed book project. Seph has spent years studying how art museums cadre to and shape public expectations. Is it possible for the museum to be a neutral space of aesthetic engagement, or is it hopelessly bound to a political agenda?

Working to Music

TAA-0030 C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss the various ways that music does and does not shape the work they do. Does music boost or distract from your work? Just as musical tastes differ, so do preferences for listening.

Angry Races: Why Do We Care So Much About Color?

TAA 0029 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood begin by discussing Rachel Dolezal, but quickly move to a free-ranging discussion of why we’re so bound up in racial narratives. What’s at stake, and what do African and European Americans gain by focusing on it?

Toxic Masculinity

TAA 0026 - C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss "toxic masculinity." What do healthy models of masculinity look like, and is it possible to be manly without being misogynist? [music]  C.T. WEBB 00:18  Good afternoon, good...

Space Force! Necessity or Inanity

TAA 0025 - C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Trump's announcement of a space force. While many pundits spent the week laughing, the show considers the rough and tumble arena of international politics, and asks whether it's crazy to...

Twenty-Something Looking at Middle-Age

TAA 0024 - C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss what their twenty-year-old selves would think of their middle-aged selves. How do our measures of success change overtime? C.T. WEBB 00:18 Good afternoon, good morning or good evening and...

Roseanne: The Weight of an Apology

C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Roseanne Barr’s apology. How much credit should she get? Can we fight for a progressive political agenda and make room for forgiveness and empathy?

Politics in Art: How Much is Too Much

C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss the role of politics in art. Artists have always been politically engaged, but can too much politics interfere with what is moving and provocative about great art?

The Blackening: Playing with Race and Racism

TAA 0020 - C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss Comedy Central's recently aired skit, "The Blackening." From dissecting the underlying racial codes, to discussing what constitutes racial "progress," they examine some of the dynamics...

UFOs

C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss UFOs. From the validity of their sightings to the possibility that they are a conscious manifestation…

Unwanted Opinions

TAA 0017 – C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss whether or not its fair to ostracize intellectuals that have unfashionable opinions…

Liberty vs. Security

TAA 0014 - C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood talk about the natural tensions that exist between liberty and safety. You cannot maximize both, so what does the current balance between the two in our society say about our priorities and prejudices....

Trump or Social Progress

TAA 0016 – C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss the perils and the possibilities of a Trump presidency. Does symbolic cultural progress matter, and if it does, what does Trump’s election mean for the country?

Being a Middle-Aged Graduate Student

TAA 0015 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss their decision to go back to graduate school late in life. What does it take to participate in the pursuit of human knowledge, and is it worth the cost? C.T. WEBB 00:17 [music] Good afternoon,...

Madness in America: Part III

TAA 0013 - C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood continue their discussion on madness in America. Is it a kind of madness to focus so exhaustively on race? Why do we so often return to race as a way to categorize ourselves in America?...

Conservatives in the Trump Age

TAA 0011 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss writer David Roberts recent take down of the New York Times opinion page, and its attempt to incorporate conservative leaning writers. Is conservatism just a series of "irritable mental gestures" or a vital...

Madness in America: Part I

TAA 0010 - C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss the history of denial in America, from Thomas Jefferson to the 2016 election. Should denial be considered a form of collective madness, and has social media made our denial worse? [music]...

Context Collapse

TAA 0009 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss "context collapse." This is the idea that "new media" has decontextualized the facts of our lives and cultures. We don't have enough information to make judgments about one another. Is this a new...

Are Corporations Democratic Guardians?

TAA 0007 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss corporate responsibility. What does it mean when corporations become the guardians of democracy? [supsystic-social-sharing id='1'] C.T. Webb: …In reality how much our sense of time- leaving aside the...

Violence in a Free Society

TAA 0008 - C. Travis Webb and Steven Fullwood discuss whether free, heterogeneous societies must tolerate some degree of violence. Is violence the cost we all must bear to live with difference? C.T. WEBB 00:16 [music] Hello and welcome to The...

Moral Responsibility in Corporate America

TAA 0007 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss corporate responsibility. What does it mean when corporations become the guardians of democracy? [music] C.T. WEBB 00:17 Good evening, good afternoon, or good morning. Welcome to The American...

Secrecy in Intimate Relationships

TAA 0005 - Secrets are an inextricable part of intimate relationships--not only keeping them together, but keeping them from each other. A wide ranging discussion between C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood. C.T. WEBB 00:17 [music]...

Public Outrage: Part II

TAA 0004 - C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney continue their discussion about public outrage. Does expertise bring wisdom? Is outrage at elites justified? This and much more is discussed in this second of a two part discussion. C.T. WEBB 00:00...

Public Outrage: Part I

TAA 0003 - In this episode, C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss the coarsening of civic culture. What are the results and causes of public outrage? Are they historical or psychological? (Part I of II) C.T. WEBB 00:15 [music] Good afternoon...

Faith in the Future

TAA 0002 - In this episode C. Travis Webb and Seph Rodney discuss faith in the future. Is faith in the future justifiable or naive? Contrasting Ta-Nehisi Coates with Jeffrey Goldberg (the editor of The Atlantic), Webb argues that "faith" isn't the point,...

Unlucky Days

Podcast, Ep. 001 – In reality how much our sense of time–leaving aside the biological markers of time, and old age, and all the other things that go…

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