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Culturally Determined


Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with guests about culture in all its forms—pop, high, and low—and American society in general.

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Memes and the Left (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Mike Watson)

Nov 23 • 01:00:00
Mike's new book, The Memeing of Mark Fisher: How the Frankfurt School Foresaw Capitalist Realism and What To Do About It ... Subconscious narratives today and in interwar Germany ... Walter Benjamin and Herbert Marcuse in the digital world ... Mike wants memes that will slow people down ... How "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" has been misread ...

Live from New York, It's Class Struggle! (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Seth Simons)

Nov 16 • 01:00:00
Seth's newsletter covering comedy from the left, Humorism ... Seth: Saturday Night Live is conservative ... Is being hired by SNL a Faustian bargain? ... Lawsuit alleges SNL ignored Horatio Sanz's sexual abuse of a minor ... The bizarre nature of SNL as a cultural institution ... How the pandemic has and hasn't changed comedy ... Is standup comedy an inherently cons...

How Social Media Swallowed Real Life (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Justin E. H. Smith)

Nov 8 • 01:00:00
Justin: It is morally imperative to not say true things on social media ... Why Justin loves Substack ... Pros and cons of writing without an editor ... AOC's real audience at the Met Gala ... Are social media editors purposefully riling up the mob? ... Sally Rooney and Israel, the Twitter Discourse perfect storm ... The "false representative class" of online pundit...

Special Thriller Edition (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Kat Rosenfield)

Nov 1 • 01:00:00

"Dead Jews" and Living Jews (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Dara Horn)

Oct 18 • 01:00:00
Dara's new book, People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present ... Anne Frank, Jewish self-erasure, and the actual lessons of the Holocaust ... Unique features of Jewish literature and history ... The case for Jewish anger ... The myth of Jewish immigrants' names being changed at Ellis Island ... Debating Shylock ... The dark truth behind the comic relief ...

The Bard of Twitter (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & William Shakespeare)

Oct 11 • 01:00:00
A new YouTube channel for Culturally Determined ... Meet the man who tweets as William Shakespeare ... The most secret and most grave truths of @Wwm_Shakespeare ... Spying a kind of hope in Shakespearean ambiguity ... Have you heard the joke about the old lady who reads Hamlet for the first time? ... Productions that hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature ... Shake...

War of Shadows (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Gershom Gorenberg)

Oct 4 • 01:00:00
Gershom's new book, War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East ... How Gershom rediscovered forgotten heroes from Bletchley Park ... Fascist mythology and Italian colonialism ... The strategic importance of the North African front ... Debunking the myth of Rommel as a military genius and "good German" ... The ...

Returning to Roth (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jacques Berlinerblau)

Sep 27 • 01:00:00
How #MeToo shaped Jacques's new book, The Philip Roth We Don't Know ... Jacques: Roth aimed to obliterate the critic ... Is it unethical to write a nasty fictionalization of an ex? ... Three levels of analysis of the misogynist charge ... Fiction and morality ... Roth's underexamined ideas about the existence of the self ... The fallout from the sexual assault all...

Small Moments of Delight (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Sophie Haigney)

Sep 20 • 01:00:00

The Nickelodeon Generation (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Katie Baker)

Sep 13 • 01:00:00

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