a philosophy podcast from zero books
Diet Soap Podcast #28: Better Bad News
October 21, 2009 01:37 AM PDT
This week's podcast features an interview/panel discussion with the fine people at Better Bad News. It also features a podcast sound collage with Slavoj Zizek, Jason Horsley, Robert Scheer from Truthdig, and his holiness Osho Rajneesh. Mother Teresa should jump in a lake. Also there is Gracie Coates singing Twisted Truths, Chris "Isto" White singing Black Orpheus, and a Titanic factoid from Miriam.
Diet Soap Podcast #27: The Bardo of Waking Life
October 14, 2009 02:32 AM PDT
This week's podcast features an interview with author and publisher Richard Grossinger, and we discuss his books Waiting for the Martian Express, and the Bardo of Waking Life. We also discuss President Obama, President Bush, Yeats, the American Avant Garde of the 40s and 50s, and Zest Soap. This week also features a voicemail from listener and organic dairy farmer Terry I, music from Negativland, and a Titanic factoid. Check out the new dietsoap youtube videos. Oh. And France.
Diet Soap Podcast #26: The Spectacle/A Skeleton Key
October 07, 2009 03:33 AM PDT
This week's episode does not feature an interview with a guest, but instead is a collaged plea to reject Capitalism. I read from Larry Law's chapbook series from the early 80s entitled the Spectacular Times and collage together several voices from several podcasts including NPR's Planet Money, KMO's C-Realm, the Alan Watt's podcast, and Dennis Perrin's video blog among others. The Music ofChris "Isto" White is featured, once again, as well as a Titanic Factoid from Miriam.
Diet Soap Podcast #25: This Podcast is a Lie
September 30, 2009 03:00 AM PDT
Author and philosopher Ben Burgis is this week's guest on episode # 25 of the Diet Soap podcast. Burgis discusses paraconsistent logic and the recent alien invasion. His story "Sing, Goddess, Sing Me to the Stars" is presented in a condensed form, and this week's collage includes cuttings from the Jerry Lentz podcast and the C-Realm. Music from Chris "Isto" White is included, along with Chopin, Idle, Seeger, and many other composers and musicians.
Diet Soap Podcast #23: Dreams and Everyday Life
September 16, 2009 01:13 AM PDT
Penelope Rosemont, the co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group, is the guest on this week's podcast. She discusses her book Dreams and Everyday Life, Andre Breton, the Chicago Surrealist Group, and the culmination of forty years of progressive struggle in the personage of Obama. Also this week features a multiple podcast montage featuring the C-realm, Electric Politics, and Shamanic Freedom Radio.
Diet Soap Podcast #22: C stands for C-Realm
September 09, 2009 01:19 AM PDT
KMO of the C-Realm podcast joins us this week to discuss WTC 7, agnosticism as a survival strategy, the need for structural rather than personal change, and podcasting. KMO's C-Realm podcast is one of the handful of independently produced podcasts that inspired the Diet Soap podcast and conversing with him directly rather than through collages and guests was enjoyable. Also on the podcast is the music of Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Utah Phillips, and Ani DiFranco. Listen for the Asch Experiment and see if you conform.
Diet Soap Podcast #21: Life as Advertising
September 02, 2009 12:52 AM PDT
Commercial filmmaker Jon Kane joins the Diet Soap podcast this week to discuss his work with Godfrey Reggio on the nonnarrative film "Naqoyqatsi." Also included this week is Genevieve Valentine's story "Synergy" as read by MK Hobson. Sound Collage's featuring clips from Pepsi ads, Mountain Dew ads, and the pro-situationist film Call it Sleep are also featured. And Miriam pops up in the end with another Titanic factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #19: The Dream Years
August 19, 2009 02:21 AM PDT
Author Lisa Goldstein joins the podcast this week to discuss her 1985 book "The Dream Years," along with her feelings about surrealism, cultural appropriation, Barack Obama, and the proposal of marriage she received from Philip K. Dick. Also in this episode are Bessie Smith's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," an excerpt from Todd Machover's operatic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel "Valis," and the Titanic factoid of the week.
Diet Soap Podcast #15: Wheels Fall off of Recovery
July 22, 2009 10:26 AM PDT
David Lindorff is the guest on this week's episode. Lindorff is a journalist, a regular contributor to Counterpunch, and a folk musician. His website This Can't Be Happening features many of his articles including Where's the Anger: The Wheels are Coming off the Recovery. Also included in this episode are Bob Ferguson's 1931 hit Bank Failures and Miriam's Titanic factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #14: Anarchism and Art
July 16, 2009 01:54 AM PDT
Allan Antliff is this week's guest on the Diet Soap podcast. Antliff is the author of the book "Anarchy and Art" and a self described anarchist. We discuss art history and the possibility of an anarchist future. Also included are clips from Negativland, Philip Glass, Noam Chomsky, and a Titanic factoid.
Zero Squaredis a philosophy podcast from Zero Books. Zero publishes radical philosophy, aesthetics, film theory, experimental fiction, and anything else that smells faintly of the avant-garde. Our books aim not only to demonstrate how philosophical ideas are relevant to every day life, but also to change the terms of it. Douglas Lain is the host of this podcast and the publisher of Zero Books. He hosted the Diet Soap podcast out of this feed for five years. Zero Squared will continue the tradition of Diet Soap while giving Zero Books authors a chance to talk about their work.
Douglas Lain is the publisher of zero books. He is also a novelist and podcaster. His novel “Billy Moon” tells the story of Christopher Robin Milne’s fictional involvement with the French general strike in May of 1968, and was published by Tor Books in 2013.
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