Episode 56: Shayne Lee

Shayne Lee is a professor of sociology at the University of Houston and the author of four books: Tyler Perry's America: Inside His Films; Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture; Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace; and T.D. Jakes: America's New Preacher. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, ABC, and Fox, while also providing commentary in the New York TimesWashington PostChicago Tribune, AtlanticHuffington Post, U.S.A. Today, CNN.comChristian Science Monitor, and numerous other periodicals.

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Episode 55: Heidi Matthews

Heidi Matthews is an assistant professor of international law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Her recent work on the #MeToo movement and women's sexual agency has caused considerable controversy in all the best ways. 

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Episode 53: Swami Prem Niren (a.k.a. Philip Toelkes)

Swami Prem Niren, also known as Philip Toelkes, was the chief counsel for the Rajneesh spiritual organization and for its leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. Niren is featured in the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, which covers the dramatic conflict in the 1980s between the Rajneesh community in Oregon and local, state, and federal governments. Niren now works as a counselor at his own practice, Niren Conscious Coaching. He is working on a book about his time with Osho. 

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Episode 52: Kliph Nesteroff

Kliph Nesteroff is the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels & The History of American Comedy. His work has appeared in Vice, The New York Times, CNN, LA Weekly, and the National Post. He also worked as a stand-up comic for many years and he is the chief curator of George Carlin's personal archive.

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Episode 51: C. Derick Varn

C. Derick Varn is a poet, book editor, podcaster, and public school teacher in Utah. He previously taught in private education in South Korea, Mexico, and Egypt. He is also the author of the new book of poetry, Apocalyptics

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Episode 50: Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008, and has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. Her newest book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, is now available for sale and in Audible format performed by Nadine herself!

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Episode 49: Marvin Mutch

Episode 48: Dar Williams

Dar Williams is a musician and author. The New Yorker has described her as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters." Her latest album is the self-produced and critically acclaimed Emerald, and her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, combines anthropological field work she conducted as a touring musician with scholarly research on the renaissance of American towns and small cities.

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Episode 47: Michael Malice

Michael Malice is the author of Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, the subject of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story, a columnist for The Observer, and a cable news renegade.

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Episode 46: Janet Capron

Janet Capron is the author of the memoir Blue Money, which chronicles her time as a prostitute in New York City in the early 1970s. 

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Episode 45: Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen is a stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster. He hosts the podcasts The Fighter & The Kid with Brendan Schaub and Mixed Mental Arts with Hunter Maats. His one-hour comedy special, Never Grow Up, is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.

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Episode 44: Angela Nagle

Angela Nagle is the author of Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-RightHer work has appeared in The Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, and the Irish Times. She's the co-editor of Ireland Under Austerity from Manchester University Press.

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Episode 43: Dave Smith

Dave Smith is a stand-up comedian, CNN and HLN contributor, host of the podcast Part of the Problem, and co-host of the Legion of Skanks podcast. He can be seen regularly on CNN's S.E. Cupp Unfiltered

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Episode 42: Elisa Albert

Elisa Albert is the author of After Birth, one of the most acclaimed works of fiction of recent years. Her work has appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, Commentary, Salon, Tablet, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, The Rumpus, Time Magazine, on NPR, and in many anthologies. She is currently Visiting Writer at Bennington College.

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Episode 41: Michael Boldin

Raised in a family of Christian conservative activists, Michael Boldin took a very different path. In 2006 he founded the Tenth Amendment Center, which has promoted the efforts of states and municipalities to block the enforcement of federal laws.

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Episode 40: Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan is an author, podcaster, and troublemaker who puts out a weekly podcast called Tangentially Speaking. His work has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, TimeThe Atlantic, and Salon, and he has been a featured speaker all over the world, from TED to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

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Episode 39: The Reason Interview (with Nick Gillespie)

In a fantastically fun interview for the Reason podcast, Nick Gillespie and I talk about the work ethic in contemporary America, the puritanism of John Locke, why libertarians should be postmodernists, and "the massive higher-education scam you've never heard about."

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Episode 38: Douglas Lain

Douglas Lain is the publisher of Zero Books, the host of the Zero Squared podcast, and the author of the Philip K. Dick Award nominated After the Saucers Landed and the forthcoming Bash Bash Revolution.

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