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Podcast Profile: Cows in the field

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120 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 80 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

A movie podcast inspired by a Werner Herzog quote, “We have to articulate ourselves, otherwise we would be cows in the field.” Hosted by Justin Khoo (professor of philosophy at MIT) and Laura Khoo (art historian turned fundraiser).


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Film analysis • Philosophy discussions • Guest interviews • Exploration of movie themes • Cinematography insights • Mythmaking and storytelling • Cultural commentary • Genre-specific films • Celebrity and fame dynamics • Moral and ethical considerations

"Cows in the Field" is a podcast that delves deep into the thematic and philosophical underpinnings of a wide array of films. The podcast, hosted by Justin Khoo, a professor of philosophy at MIT, and Laura Khoo, an art historian turned fundraiser, derives its inspiration from a Werner Herzog quote about the necessity of articulation. This overarching mission manifests through discussions that explore both the profound and the quirky aspects of cinema.

Episodes typically feature guest experts ranging from film critics and philosophers to authors and filmmakers. The content spans various genres, including crime dramas, sci-fi epics, classic noir, and existential horror. Recurring themes across the episodes include explorations of human nature, the impact of historical and societal contexts on storytelling, and the relationship between film technique and thematic expression.

Philosophical inquiries are a staple of this podcast. Discussions frequently touch on moral and ethical dilemmas, the nature of celebrity and heroism, and the complexities of identity and personal growth. Interwoven with these deep dives are examinations of more tangible aspects of filmmaking, such as digital cinematography, narrative structure, and special effects.

Additionally, the podcast often contextualizes its film discussions within broader cultural and social frameworks, addressing issues like masculinity, celebrity culture, moral responsibility, and the socio-political influences on and of films. Discussions also extend to personal reflections and humorous anecdotes, providing a well-rounded and engaging listening experience.

Throughout, "Cows in the Field" maintains a balance between academic rigor and accessible conversation, making it a unique resource for both film buffs and those interested in the philosophical dimensions of popular culture.


Episodes:
Episode Image 119. Scarface (w/ Glenn Kenny)
2024-Jul-12
52 minutes
Episode Image 118. Public Enemies (w/ Liam Billingham and Phil Gawthorne)
2024-Jun-28
88 minutes
Episode Image 117. Bull Durham (w/ Noah Gittell)
2024-Jun-14
78 minutes
Episode Image 116. Hot Tub Time Machine (w/ Mitchell Beaupre)
2024-May-31
68 minutes
Episode Image 115. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (w/ Edward Lewis)
2024-May-17
93 minutes
Episode Image 114. Sympathy for the Devil (w/ Yuval Adler and Matt Strohl)
2024-May-03
64 minutes
Episode Image 113. Dogville (w/ Agnes Callard)
2024-Apr-19
84 minutes
Episode Image 112. Red Dawn (w/ Nat Hansen)
2024-Apr-05
80 minutes
Episode Image 111. Dune Part Two (w/ John DeVore)
2024-Mar-22
111 minutes
Episode Image 110. The 2024 Blobscars! (w/Sean Burns)
2024-Mar-08
123 minutes
Episode Image 109. The Iron Claw (w/ Fran Hoepfner)
2024-Feb-16
71 minutes
Episode Image 108. Anatomy of a Fall
2024-Feb-02
65 minutes
Episode Image 107. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (w/ Nick Riggle and Matt Strohl)
2024-Jan-19
82 minutes
Episode Image 106. The Blair Witch Project (Reprise) + 2023 Cows Super Quiz
2024-Jan-05
70 minutes
Episode Image 105. Fred Claus (w/ Emily St. James)
2023-Dec-22
92 minutes
Episode Image 104. LA Confidential (w/ Blake Howard)
2023-Dec-08
78 minutes
Episode Image 103. Joe Vs. The Volcano (w/ Chad Perman)
2023-Nov-24
92 minutes
Episode Image 102. 24 Hour Party People (w/ Mattia Acetoso)
2023-Nov-10
61 minutes
Episode Image 101. Aliens (w/ Brendan Hodges)
2023-Oct-27
100 minutes
Episode Image 100. The Virgin Suicides
2023-Oct-13
78 minutes
Episode Image 99. King Arthur (2004) w/ Jon Gabrus
2023-Sep-29
93 minutes
Episode Image 98. Starship Troopers (w/ Liam Billingham)
2023-Sep-15
81 minutes
Episode Image 97. Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace (w/ Matt Teichman)
2023-Sep-01
90 minutes
Episode Image 96. Roma (w/ Agustín Rayo)
2023-Aug-18
64 minutes
Episode Image 95. Oppenheimer (w/ Bilge Ebiri)
2023-Aug-04
110 minutes
Episode Image 94. What Maisie Knew (w/ Daniela Taplin Lundberg)
2023-Jul-21
64 minutes
Episode Image 93. Tar (w/ Emily St. James)
2023-Jul-07
79 minutes
Episode Image 92. Gremlins (w/ Brandon Polite)
2023-Jun-23
70 minutes
Episode Image 91. Solaris (2002 version, w/ Phil Iscove)
2023-Jun-09
94 minutes
Episode Image 90. The Box (w/ Matt Strohl)
2023-May-26
59 minutes
Episode Image 89. Manhunter (w/ Carly Severn)
2023-May-12
87 minutes
Episode Image 88. Body Double (w/ Matt Belenky)
2023-Apr-28
71 minutes
Episode Image 87. Almost Famous (w/ Paul Keelan)
2023-Apr-14
66 minutes
Episode Image 86. Match Point (w/ Mary Beth Willard)
2023-Mar-31
92 minutes
Episode Image 85. That Thing You Do! (w/ Matt Pais)
2023-Mar-17
79 minutes
Episode Image 84. The 2023 Blobscars (w/ Emily St. James)
2023-Mar-03
106 minutes
Episode Image 83. Willow (w/ John DeVore)
2023-Feb-17
84 minutes
Episode Image 82. Inside Man (w/ Roxana Hadadi)
2023-Feb-03
80 minutes
Episode Image 81. Interstellar (w/ Jon Gabrus)
2023-Jan-20
117 minutes
Episode Image 80. Minority Report (Reprise)
2023-Jan-06
77 minutes
Episode Image 79. It's a Wonderful Life (w/ Emily St. James)
2022-Dec-23
71 minutes
Episode Image 78. Fight Club (w/ Brian Martinez)
2022-Dec-09
86 minutes
Episode Image 77. Dogtooth (w/ Jack Draper)
2022-Nov-25
75 minutes
Episode Image 76. The Babadook (w/ Libby Hill)
2022-Nov-11
73 minutes
Episode Image 75. The Exorcist (w/ Carly Severn)
2022-Oct-28
88 minutes
Episode Image 74. Bram Stoker's Dracula (w/ Bilge Ebiri)
2022-Oct-14
92 minutes
Episode Image 73. Return of the King (w/ Jamelle Bouie)
2022-Sep-30
62 minutes
Episode Image 72. The Two Towers (w/ Agnes Callard and Robin Hanson)
2022-Sep-16
78 minutes
Episode Image 71. The Fellowship of the Ring (w/ Bennett Eckert and Rebecca Kuang)
2022-Sep-02
91 minutes
Episode Image 70. Jurassic Park
2022-Aug-19
62 minutes
Episode Image 69. Closer (w/ Carly Severn)
2022-Aug-05
105 minutes
Episode Image 68. North by Northwest (w/ Adam Kane)
2022-Jul-22
81 minutes
Episode Image 67. Sully (w/ Chris Kaiser)
2022-Jul-08
72 minutes
Episode Image 66. Repo Man (w/ Toby Levers)
2022-Jun-24
70 minutes
Episode Image 65. Friday Night Lights (w/ Edward Lewis)
2022-Jun-10
71 minutes
Episode Image 64. Top Gun (w/ Sean Burns)
2022-May-27
60 minutes
Episode Image 63. It Follows (w/ Alison Willmore)
2022-May-13
70 minutes
Episode Image 62. National Treasure (w/ Keith Phipps)
2022-Apr-29
56 minutes
Episode Image 61. The Da Vinci Code (w/ Andrea Rosen)
2022-Apr-15
90 minutes
Episode Image 60. Collateral (w/ Katie Walsh)
2022-Apr-01
67 minutes
Episode Image 59. The First Annual Blobscars
2022-Mar-18
119 minutes
Episode Image 58. Basic Instinct (w/ Matt Belenky)
2022-Mar-04
86 minutes
Episode Image 57. Twilight (w/ Matt Strohl)
2022-Feb-18
117 minutes
Episode Image 56. The Usual Suspects (w/ Erich Hatala Matthes)
2022-Feb-04
84 minutes
Episode Image 55. Spider-man 2 (w/ Sam Adams)
2022-Jan-21
68 minutes
Episode Image 54. The Matrix Resurrections (w/ David Chalmers)
2022-Jan-07
85 minutes
Episode Image Bonus Episode: Revisiting Forrest Gump (1994)
2021-Dec-31
106 minutes
Episode Image 53. A Charlie Brown Christmas (w/ Emily VanDerWerff)
2021-Dec-17
85 minutes
Episode Image 52. Eyes Wide Shut (w/ Carly Severn)
2021-Dec-10
106 minutes
Episode Image 51. 12 Monkeys (w/ Barry Lam)
2021-Nov-26
68 minutes
Episode Image 50. Sunshine (w/ Vishal Dave)
2021-Nov-12
80 minutes
Episode Image 49. Dune (w/ John DeVore)
2021-Oct-29
83 minutes
Episode Image 48. Punch Drunk Love (w/ Sean Burke)
2021-Oct-15
87 minutes
Episode Image 47. In the Line of Fire (w/ Bilge Ebiri)
2021-Oct-01
91 minutes
Episode Image 46. The Mummy & The Mummy Returns
2021-Sep-17
58 minutes
Episode Image 45. George of the Jungle
2021-Sep-03
58 minutes
Episode Image 44. Encino Man
2021-Aug-27
57 minutes
Episode Image 43. Office Space (w/ Robert and Sheryl Khoo)
2021-Aug-13
95 minutes
Episode Image 42. Rounders (w/ Anders Schoubye)
2021-Jul-30
92 minutes
Episode Image 41. The Last Days of Disco (w/ Whit Stillman)
2021-Jul-16
55 minutes
Episode Image 40. Ali (w/ Blake Howard)
2021-Jul-02
124 minutes
Episode Image 39. Tampopo (w/ Nick Riggle)
2021-Jun-18
79 minutes
Episode Image 38. Inception (w/ Tom Shone)
2021-Jun-04
70 minutes
Episode Image 37. Amadeus (w/ Edward Lewis)
2021-May-21
104 minutes
Episode Image 36. Mission Impossible (w/ Adam Kane)
2021-May-07
114 minutes
Episode Image 35. Midsommar (w/ Emily VanDerWerff)
2021-Apr-23
79 minutes
Episode Image 34. True Lies (w/ Van Lathan)
2021-Apr-16
113 minutes
Episode Image 33. Bonus Episode: Another Round (w/ Paul Keelan)
2021-Apr-09
88 minutes
Episode Image 32. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans w/ Keith Phipps
2021-Mar-26
114 minutes
Episode Image 31. The Brood (w/ Jed Shepherd)
2021-Mar-12
96 minutes
Episode Image 30. Clueless (w/ Andrea Rosen)
2021-Feb-26
94 minutes
Episode Image 29. The Master (w/ Dan Harris)
2021-Feb-12
103 minutes
Episode Image 28. Groundhog Day (w/ Kieran Setiya)
2021-Jan-29
110 minutes
Episode Image 27. Tenet
2021-Jan-22
80 minutes
Episode Image 26. The Conversation (w/ Robert Pierce)
2021-Jan-15
140 minutes
Episode Image 25. Excalibur (w/ Bilge Ebiri)
2021-Jan-01
80 minutes
Episode Image 24. Happy Gilmore (w/ Tim Gilman)
2020-Dec-18
87 minutes
Episode Image 23. Bonus Episode: On the Rocks (2020)
2020-Dec-12
42 minutes
Episode Image 22. Fargo (w/ Molly Perkins)
2020-Dec-04
82 minutes
Episode Image 21. Space Jam / Kazaam (w/ Vishal Dave)
2020-Nov-20
84 minutes
Episode Image 20. Bottle Rocket / Hard Eight (w/ Mattia Acetoso)
2020-Nov-06
102 minutes
Episode Image 19. Scream / The Craft
2020-Oct-23
58 minutes
Episode Image 18. Independence Day
2020-Oct-09
67 minutes
Episode Image 17. Mulholland Drive (w/ Agnes and Abe Callard, and Ryan Clark)
2020-Sep-25
71 minutes
Episode Image 16. Identity
2020-Sep-11
62 minutes
Episode Image 15. Forrest Gump
2020-Aug-28
104 minutes
Episode Image 14. Titanic
2020-Aug-14
57 minutes
Episode Image 13. Vampire's Kiss / The Assistant
2020-Jul-31
55 minutes
Episode Image 12. Searching for Bobby Fischer
2020-Jul-17
64 minutes
Episode Image 11. Children of Men (w/ Vishal Dave)
2020-Jul-03
70 minutes
Episode Image 10. The Blair Witch Project
2020-Jun-19
61 minutes
Episode Image 9. No Country For Old Men (w/ Edward Lewis)
2020-Jun-05
85 minutes
Episode Image 8. The Social Network
2020-May-25
65 minutes
Episode Image 7. Contact (w/ Molly Perkins)
2020-May-17
89 minutes
Episode Image 6. Minority Report
2020-May-07
76 minutes
Episode Image 5. Five Streaming Double Features
2020-Apr-18
55 minutes
Episode Image 4. Can't Hardly Wait
2020-Apr-13
43 minutes
Episode Image 3. Joy Ride
2020-Apr-05
54 minutes
Episode Image 2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2020-Mar-30
64 minutes
Episode Image 1. The Departed
2020-Mar-19
33 minutes