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Following the purchase of Zer0 Books and the imprint’s parent company JHP by Watkins Publishing, Zer0’s former editorial staff have created a new project that includes, but is not limited to, publishing books. The name of it is Diet Soap Media. Picking up the original name of Douglas Lain’s (Zer0 former editor-in-chief’s) podcast, the new company aims at making left and socialist theory accessible and at avoiding the worst aspects of leftist culture.
 
Former Universal tour guide, screenwriter and stand-up comic Jim Farris joins science fiction author Douglas Lain in a movie review podcast that contrasts two movies every month. All genres are covered, all eras analyzed, and all cheap sources for movies exploited. Watch along with your hosts every month! No really, watch along with us! We mean it.
 
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How Doug came to run the leftwing book publisher Zer0 Books, and why he got kicked out ... Dave Chappelle, cancel culture, and the attention economy ... Doug narrates his ejection from Zer0 ... Doug's new company, Diet Soap Media ... How Bloggingheads was ahead of its time (yet failed to conquer the globe) ... How you can help shape the future of C…
 
Mickey’s plan to install Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office ... Who can convince Biden not to run for reelection? ... Mickey’s comeback strategy for Biden ... Bob takes the Parrot Room into untested waters ... Is Boris Johnson in trouble over Covid protocols or policy failures? ... Are seditious conspiracy charges warranted for the Oath Keepers? What …
 
The significance of Sidney Poitier’s Caribbean origins ... Revisiting the Lani Guinier controversy ... How Guinier’s views eventually triumphed ... Where are the “heterodox” black women? ... Glenn: I’m worried about the stability of our electoral process ... Are we on the precipice of violent political conflict? ... An update on John’s prodigious o…
 
Dan Melo is the author of Borderlines and is currently working on a book on violence for Sublation Press. He is also a contrinbutor to Cosmonaut Magazine and the author of a recent essay entitled "Why Bordiga Got Democracy Wrong." In this episode of Diet Soap he discusses just what Bordiga's critique amounted to and describes what it's like to be r…
 
Bob’s early encounters with LGBTQ visibility and invisibility ... How the pros talk about gender ... The uses of “queer” ... A writerly defense of the singular “they” ... Agustín: We need a national conversation about the trans bathroom issue ... What was the intent behind J.K. Rowling’s controversial tweets? ... What counts as an “advantage” when …
 
The strange history of the Transformers action figures ... Diving into Transformers: The Movie (1986) ... Unicron, the giant planet-eating robot god voiced by Orson Welles ... Why the film is more than a glorified toy commercial ... Does the movie have any sort of politics? ...By bloggingheads.tv
 
Mickey: Biden is too scared of his base ... Bob: Biden privileged loyalty over competence in his staffing ... Are January 6 rioters getting off too easy? ... How can an election get overturned? Bob and Mickey count the ways ... Bob’s January 6 epiphany ... Where’s the love for Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker? ... Can Omicron save us from Delta? ... I…
 
Todd McGowan teaches theory and film at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Enjoying it Right and Left, which will be the first book from Sublation Press, which is the name of Diet Soap Media's book publishing wing. He is also the author of Emancipation After Hegel, Capitalism and Desire, and Only a Joke Can Save Us. He is also the co-ho…
 
Bob: “There is no monolithic ‘Black Community’” ... How much anti-poverty spending actually goes to poor people? ... Recalibrating welfare’s perverse incentives ... Can community faith-based interventions scale up? ... The moral inconsistencies of progressive policy ... What should we focus on instead of race? ... How the Woodson Center is working …
 
Has sociobiology been vindicated? ... Why the term ‘evolutionary psychology’ survived ... Is there room for free will in a modern scientific world view? ... Science, religion, and “provisional deism” ... Is the “theory of intelligent design” even a theory? ... How religion informed Ed's approach to science ... Facing death without hope of an afterl…
 
This episode of Pop the Left features a debate between Conrad Hamilton and Chris Cutrone as they both attempt to judge the 20th century left and the contemporary left. Has there been any progress for the socialist struggle in the last 100 years? How are we to judge the contradictory "progress" brought on by industrialization and modernity? Special …
 
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