In this special episode recorded and published on Labor Day, Andrew Schlegel narrates Einstein's 1949 essay in which the famed physicist explains what he sees as the great social ill of his time and what must be done to ensure a better future.
Narrator Andrew Schlegel reads a foundational text written by the father of public relations, Edward Bernays, which examines the tenets of public relations and the methods through which the public's consent is to be engineered.
5. “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” by Walter Benjamin (guest narrated by Riley Quinn)
In this installment, guest narrator Riley Quinn (@raaleh) of the TRASHFUTURE podcast (@trashfuturepod) reads Walter Benjamin's seminal essay, in which he thoroughly investigates the process of change in art and how it mirrors changes in the methods of production and re-production, as well as how fascism co-opts these changes and inherently aestheticizes war and violence.
In this special mini-episode, co-host and narrator Andrew Schlegel reads a transcription of a 1988 speech by Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers of the eponymous children's television program. This speech examines the importance of male participation in child care and challenges everyone to get involved in nurturing children through open and honest self-expression.
In this installment, Andrew Schlegel reads "Monster Culture: 7 Theses," an essay pulled from Dr. Cohen's book, "Monster Theory: Reading Culture." This piece examines what it means to be monstrous, as well as the processes by which someone or something becomes a monster and how we can interpret not only the "monsters" themselves, but the cultures and societies that create them.
"War is a Racket" is a transcription of the famous speech given by Major General Smedley Butler on a tour of America in the 1930s, after the conclusion of his military career. Narrated here by host JR Shaw, the speech focuses on war profiteering in WWI and examines the duplicitous, unseen forces that drive modern warfare.
For our first installment, host Andrew Schlegel narrates the 1966 essay "Civil Religion in America," written by Yale sociologist Robert Neelly Bellah (1927-2013). Special thanks to the family of Robert Bellah, who have graciously granted us permission to use this piece.