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Mecha Madness 2: Giant Robots, but Depressed

Updated 2/5/2020.

Ryan and Reed (@wingulls1312) discuss the pinnacle of mecha anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion

The show notes cover even more than the episode, highly recommend checking them out!

Sorry about Reed's sound quality, he wasn't turned up enough so I had to compress it like crazy.

Note: I said the most popular toy was Asuka in bandages, but I meant Rei. Also, when I say "anxiety" I actually meant "dread".

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514: “I have no plan to solve anything” w/Minion Death Cult

Alex and Tony of Minion Death Cult join us to delve into the wild world of libertarian thought.

If I sound weirdly quiet at the beginning it's because I had to re-record some lines. If I sound normal then it's because the recording actually went perfectly and there were no technical issues.

420: Stealing Bouillon for the Global Souperpowers

An episode about pirates, with a return appearance by our favorite drunken sailor, Soyboi of the Deep (@halfasstroknot)

Show Notes


416: Socially Socialist, Fiscally Liberal

Kris and Ryan go over a debate that flared up on Jacobin about MMT

Show notes

Correction: Ryan said Gerald Connolly (his rep) when he meant John Conyers. Gerald hasn't been cancelled yet.

Anime discussion:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life 
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu


311: “The Gang Tries to Learn LTV”

In this corner, weighing in at 210 IQ, representing the infallible modern future sight of the ghost ideology, Ryan "the greatest epic genius of all time" Salisbury!

And in this corner, weighing in at 209 IQ, representing 150-year old pseudo-intellectual pig slop, Kris "pretty good but not quite as good as Ryan" Nivens!

Ding ding ding!

Here's the (still WIP) article we're talking about

P.S. Guess what, I was right about the Google search URL. This is a useful talent that I am proud of.

228: Total Derailment

An episode where we give in to random segues and talk about things that don't warrant entire episodes. I finished editing this on Saturday and got distracted before posting it. That's not a joke, I'm just explaining why it's going up late.

106: Slaves, but not exactly the bad kind (Energy Series Pt. 3)

The third part of our energy series. We talk about energy on the global industrial scale, artificial intelligence and sustainability, Jevons paradox, and low-tech. After the TED talk Ryan was able to ask Mr. Musk a question about his life, and Pieter gets another call from Mnuchin.

105: Energy Sculpting the Future (Energy Series Pt. 2)

The second part of our energy series. We talk about storing energy in batteries, heated rocks, abandoned mines, hot water heaters, and giant refrigerators. We have more from the exclusive Elon Musk TED talk, and a return call from Secretary Mnuchin. Outro music: This is Not Mine by I Would Set Myself On Fire for You.

104: How Renewables Blew Us Away (Energy Series Pt. 1)

We're back after a few months with a multi-part series on energy. The first part is about sustainability and energy sources. We also have a clip from an exclusive TED talk, with a famous hero as the speaker. Outro music: Ghost by Hong Kong Express.

Neighbor Science Episode 3: Now for Only $19.99

Business Industries, Inc. decides that it's going to downsize in the price-setting department. Pieter talks about how ridiculous yachts are, and Ryan lays out his general theory of political economy. Outro music by Köshrimp.

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