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The Diet Soap podcast began in 2009 in response to the economic crisis of 2008. Since then it has gone through many transformations, including becoming the podcast for a critical theory imprint out of the UK. Today the Diet Soap podcast is running under its original name for Sublation Media. Sublation Media includes a book publishing effort for critical theory and left politics, a magazine that covers current events and theoretical issues, youtube videos on theory and politics, and finally t ...
 
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.
 
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Sacha Altay is a cognitive scientist and researcher at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. His research is focused on misinformation and (mis)trust. In this not-to-be-missed conversation, Sacha and KMO discuss: 03:20 – The difference between dis- and misinformation 06:40 – The varying levels of trust in science and media 07:40 – Bias…
 
Ben Tarnoff, a tech writer and co-founder of Logic Magazine joins Douglas Lain to discuss Tarnoff's book "Internet for the People." From the back of the book: "In Internet for the People, leading tech writer Ben Tarnoff offers an answer. The internet is broken, he argues, because it is owned by private firms and run for profit. Google annihilates y…
 
Tom Bunyard is a university lecturer at Brighton in the UK. He is the author of the book "Debord, Time and Spectacle," a book from Brill, and he nicely agreed to talk to me about Debord, Time, and chapter four of Society of the Spectacle last week. This conversation came before I finished the script for the Critical Cuts video "Did Marx Ruin Marxis…
 
Dr Adam Izdebski is a paleo-scientist and historian. He leads a multi-disciplinary research group at the Max Planck Institute which explores climate change, historical epidemics and their causes, the economy of past European societies, early attempts at regional integration and their traces in today's landscape, and many other things. In this conve…
 
Stefania Barbaglio (Steffy B, @stefixy) is an international businesswoman, a podcast host, a keynote speaker, and a former fashion model. She also runs an award-winning PR-IR agency which has helped many a blockchain application-focused company. In this conversation, Steffy helps KMO go somewhere he has never ventured before as a host, subject-wise…
 
Ryan and Lavit discuss San Francisco's new Compassionate Alternative Response Team program and ask whether it's possible that the "unhoused population" in San Francisco will truly benefit from a program that does not spend more to address the material needs of the homeless but instead attempts to change the attitude and social framing around the ca…
 
Jesse Berger is a media and technology entrepreneur and also, a movie producer whose six films, combined, have generated over $850 million worldwide. In this eclectic conversation, KMO and Jesse discuss: 01:20 – Studying film and getting into the biz 03:30 – What a film producer does and what the "executive" label means 06:20 – 'Oblivion' (2013) an…
 
Former president of the Platypus Affiliated Society discusses his recent publications in Compact and Sublation Magazine. On July 1st Compact published "The End of Millennial Marxism" and we at Sublation published "Dogmatization and Thought Taboos on the “Left.” Cutrone attempts to discuss both of these essays while Doug persists in demanding Cutron…
 
Richard Firth-Godbehere is an independent researcher and consultant in the history, language, and science of emotions. He is also a witty, entertaining, charismatic, and "occasionally funny" man. This conversation goes "all over the place" with stops at: 01:50 – Feelings throughout history and the changing vocabulary to describe them 04:15 – Narrat…
 
Ryan and Lavit discuss Mark Fisher's 2013 essay "Exiting the Vampire Castle" and Ryan Grimm's Intercept essay "The Elephant in the Zoom." How has it happened that the Vampire Castle Fisher described as a trap for the radical left has come to define the progressive bureaucracy? Why are the institutions ranging from the ACLU to the Audubon Society so…
 
Filip Dousek is the Prague-based founder of a recently acquired AI-augmented analytics startup, a connoisseur of the "illusions that create our world," and the author of "Flock Without Birds," a book which actually seeded his startup idea… and took him more than a decade to write. The conversation focuses mostly on Filip's literary output and touch…
 
Doug and Jason discuss the early 70's Blaxploitation era, the conditions that led to its rise and demise, and its mid 80's return. Back on June 8th Jason released his video essay, "Same As it Ever Was: Black Power to Blaxploitation." Despite his jealousy and competitiveness Doug asked him on to discuss the found footage film he created.…
 
Max Osbon is a mathematician, an athlete, and the founding partner at Osbon Capital Management. This conversation covers: 02:10 – State of the crypto market (and KMO's alt-coin portfolio) 05:00 – Tokenizing real assets and the significance of USTC 06:45 – Lack of safe havens and inflation hedges 10:50 – Linking stagflation and complex systems theor…
 
For this first episode of Social Justice Incorporated Ryan and Lavit talk to Freddie deBoer about his response to Daniel Bergner's New York Times Magazine article "Doctors Gave Her Antipsychotics. She Decided to Live With Her Voices." Freddie describes his own experiences with mental illness as he rejects Bergner's notion that psychosis is somethin…
 
Margaret Kimberley is the author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," she is a regular contributor to the Black Agenda Report, and a returning guest. In this episode of Diet Soap she discusses the situation in the Ukraine in the context of US Imperialism. GCAS is our sponsor https://gcas.ie/ Support Us on Patreon https://patreon.com…
 
Conversation with Douglas Lain on: 01:45 Good old times 04:55 Doug's podcasting and publishing career 09:54 Producing a personal interview podcast under a corporate brand 11:40 The challenges of transitioning to a different brand 14:49 Hedging one's bets in the age of cancel culture 20:26 Listener engagement on YouTube vs in audio podcasts 23:00 Lo…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we are going to take a look at the concept of the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization). You will first (02:30) hear from Jimmy D, who is part of a group called the Uplift. The Uplift is an online world. It is a place where people gather together and build and it uses the game Minecraft as a game engine, but th…
 
Bryan D. Palmer teaches in the Department of History at Queen's University, edits the journal Labour/Le Travail, and is the author of "James P. Cannon and the Emergence of Trotskyism in the United States, 1928-38." In this interview, he traces the history of American and international socialism by telling the story of James P. Cannon.…
 
Terry Pinkard is a professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Hegel: A Biography, Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason, and Hegel's Dialectic: The Explanation of Possibility. In this episode of Diet Soap Pinkard explains the significance of Hegel and addresses whether Hegel should be conceived of as a "worldly p…
 
A conversation with Gordon Eriksen on:02:15 Gordon’s film pedigree07:45 Making films with iPhones09:15 Podcasting explosion11:00 Selling film rights and living to regret it12:05 The changing nature of movie-going13:45 Making food movies17:30 Martial arts films19:45 Curing Instagram Attention Disorder24:45 Crashing Chelsea gallery opening parties wh…
 
Vishnu Seesahai is a systems architect, mathematician, and former indie film actor. In addition to that, he is a martial artist and he served as a fight choreographer in several films.01:33 – “Zombie Strippers” and film production04:00 – Getting into bitcoin mining10:37 – Decentralized finance 17:15 – Cyber attacks, the energy marketplace, and quan…
 
In his essay for News and Letters entitled "Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine puts the future of humanity in doubt" Ron Kelch wrote, "On Feb. 24, in the dark of night, Russian president Vladimir Putin started a totally unprovoked invasion of Ukraine from three sides after a months-long buildup of 190,000 troops." This interview starts by questioning Ke…
 
Deep State Kuba from This is Revolution and Stefan Bertram-Lee give us an update on the war in Ukraine. What is happening tactically? What explains the conflict and level of Ukrainian resistance? What has NATO's role been and what will it continue to be? Will there be a negotiated resolution in the immediate future? Support GCAS (the Global Center …
 
This week's Pop the Left was set up as a conversation about Guy Debord and the errors of the Situationist Internationale but ended up being a conversation about the sexual revolution, Roe vs. Wade, and the question of the party. As always, Chris Cutrone pushes against the current limits of "left" politics on this week's Pop the Left.…
 
How did Lacan naturalize the failure of Marxism? What is critical about the Frankfurt School? Doug speaks with Andreas and Stefan about the Frankfurt School and about how the Left takes up psychoanalysis in its understanding of freedom and socialism. GCAS Belfast Seminar “The Lack of Desire and the Desire of Lack: The Body, Conversion, and Art” htt…
 
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