a philosophy podcast from zero books
Diet Soap Podcast #51: Hope and Faith are Good For Walking
April 01, 2010 12:54 AM PDT
Author Robert Jensen is the guest this week and we discuss his essay Getting Rid of Hope and Faith, his relationship with Abe Osheroff, and the possible uses of utopian visions. The music in this episode includes Woody Guthrie singing Jarama Valley, Wayne King's cover of Dream a Little Dream of Me, the Bill Murray Experience's cover of Bill Murray's "Shine on Harvest Moon", Robert Crumb's cover of the Wall Street Rag, and Chris 'Isto' White's cover of "When You Wish Upon a Star." The Titanic Factoid this week is a warning: Thinking about the Titanic can drive you insane.
Diet Soap Podcast #50: Is There No Alternative?
March 25, 2010 12:54 AM PDT
Dmitry Orlov is a blogger, author of books and essays comparing the collapse of the Soviet Union to the current US collapse, and he's the guest this week. Also featured is music from Chris "Isto" White whose new album Let's Get Friendly is available on iTunes. George Bush and the Vitamin String Quartet offer up covers of REM's hit It's the End of the World as We Know It. We also hear from KMO who wishes the podcast a happy 50th, and the Titanic Factoid comes with quotes from Emma Goldman.
Diet Soap Podcast #49: Late Capitalist Blues (or Big Slide)
March 18, 2010 01:26 AM PDT
Self described centrist James Howard Kunstler is this week's guest and we discuss capitalism, collapse, suburbs, Jim's play Big Slide, and how the American public may or may not be to blame. There is no free lunch, unless you work for Goldman Sachs. If you work for Goldman Sachs there may be such a thing as a free luncheonette. Also featured this week is music from the Bill Murray Experience, Chris 'Isto' White, Scott Joplin, Antonio Quijano and Edgar Abraham, MIA, and Fabian Andre.
Diet Soap Podcast #46: Radical Permaculture
February 25, 2010 12:36 PM PST
Frank Aragona, the host of the Agroinnovations podcast is the guest this week and we discuss the word "radical," permaculture as a radical approach to life, and briefly the ideas of Stanislav Grof. Also featured this week is the Vitamin String Quartet's cover of REM's Shiny Happy people, the voices of Slavoj Zizek and Stanislav Groff, and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And let us not forget Miriam's Titanic Factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #41: On A Human Scale
January 21, 2010 05:36 PM PSTTakis Fotopoulos is a libertarian socialist, an economist, and this week's guest on the Diet Soap podcast. He is also the founder of the Inclusive Democracy movement, the author of many books, and the editor of the Inclusive Democracy journal. KMO of the C-Realm Podcast and Neil Kramer of the Cleaver join in this week as they are in Portland for their Transitional Alchemy Tour. The music this week includes Brian Eno's "Ambient Music," East Forest's "York City" and Chris Isto White's "The Sky is Not a Ceiling." Listen carefully for a revelation in this week's Titanic Factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #40: The Crisis and The Growth Economy
January 15, 2010 03:23 AM PSTTakis Fotopoulos is a libertarian socialist, an economist, and this week's guest on the Diet Soap podcast. He is also the founder of the Inclusive Democracy movement, the author of many books, and the editor of the Inclusive Democracy journal. The Music this week includes Gill Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not be Televised," Tibet2Timbuk2's "Dawey Wola," and "Colonel Bogey" and "the Blue Danube" performed on a Calliope. Also you hear a reading from "the Coming Insurrection," and Miriam's Titanic Factoid.
Diet Soap Podcast #39: Process This-"Utopia Now!"
January 07, 2010 01:56 AM PSTChris Carlsson the former editor of the 'zine Processed World and author of the book Nowtopia is the guest on this week's podcast. Also featured is the music of Tibet2Timbuk2, Peggy Lee, John Sebastian Bach, and 3 Leg Torso. There is also a reading from the book "The Coming Insurrection." We are two weeks out from KMO and Neil Kramer's arrival in Portland for their Transitional Alchemy Tour, and we have a confirmed space for the two day event at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub on January 20th. The second night will most likely take place at Portland State University and will likely be hosted by Students for Unity.
Diet Soap Podcast #36: The Mechanism that I Am
December 16, 2009 02:47 AM PST
Cyberpunk author and Fourth Way practitioner John Shirley is the guest this week on the podcast, and we discuss his new novel Bleak History along with the teaching of the mystic Gurdjieff, Situationalist ideas (whatever those are), and our Star Trek future. This week's podcast also features clips from Videodrome, Johnny Mnemonic, Meetings with Remarkable Men, and a BBC documentary about Postmodernism and the Bonaventure Hotel. A reading from the Coming Insurrection is also included. This week Miriam talks about the dogs on the Titanic.
Diet Soap Podcast #35: Are We Nobodies?
December 09, 2009 02:57 AM PST
Freelance journalist and author John Bowe discusses his book Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy on this week's podcast. This week also features the collaged voices of Slavoj Zizek, Noam Chomsky, Groucho Marx, and Frank Rottering. Miriam chimes in with a Titanic Factoid. Send email to douglain at dietsoap dot org, or call 971-285-4604 and leave a voicemail.
Diet Soap Podcast #34: How to Cut Your Life to Pieces
December 02, 2009 11:24 AM PST
This week's episode does not feature an interview, but instead features my short story "How to Cut Your Life to Pieces," which was originally published at Farrago's Wainscot. Also this week we hear from Scott from Tokyo on the Surrealist Project. Kevin G sent me a link to an art exhibit at Yale last week called "The Postwar Avant-Garde and the Culture of Protest", and Terry I sent a link to the All in the Mind Podcast. Music this week includes Wendy Carlos' theme from Tron, pop songs from Nirvana, Janes Addiction, Cyndi Lauper, Matthew Wilder, Steve Reich's composition for 18 musicians, and Moog Synthesizer music by Johann Sebastian Bach. Send email to douglain at dietsoap dot org, or call 971-285-4604 and leave a voicemail.
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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