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Podcast Profile: Always Already Podcast, a critical theory podcast

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80 episodes
2016 to 2023

Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Tune in to the Always Already Podcast for indulgent conversations about critical theory (in the broadest read of the term!). Our podcast consists of two episode streams. The first is a discussion of texts spanning critical theory, political theory, social theory, and philosophy. We work through and analyze main ideas, underlying assumptions, connections with other texts and theories, and occasionally delve into the great abyss of free association, ad hoc theory jokes, and makeshift puns. The second stream, entitled Epistemic Unruliness, consists of interviews and discussions with activists, artists, and academics whose “disobedient” work builds upon the themes of that arise in the texts we discuss and in our ongoing podcast conversations.

In the first stream we also entertain the questions of friends and strangers and dole out slapdash advice about everything from massaging a head of Brooklyn kale to sweet talking a nebechy philosopher and dealing with the vagaries of academic life. We also put on our Freud-Klein-Lacan-Irigaray hats as we provide dream analysis to (always already anonymized) listener dreams.

Be a part by sending us text suggestions, interview ideas, advice questions to answer, and dreams to analyze.

The Always Already Podcast is created by B Aultman, Rachel Brown, Emily Crandall, John McMahon, and James Padilioni, Jr.
The text discussion episodes also entertain the questions of friends and strangers as we dole out slapdash advice to audience queries on everything from how to massage a head of Brooklyn kale to how to sweet talk a nebechy philosopher to how to deal with the vagaries of academic life. We also put on our Freud-Klein-Lacan hats as we provide dream analysis to (always already anonymized) listener dreams.

Tune in, and send us text suggestions, interview ideas, advice questions to answer, and dreams to analyze.

The Always Already Podcast is created by B Aultman, Rachel Brown, Emily Crandall, John McMahon, and James Padilioni, Jr.


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

➤ Critical theory discussions • Political philosophy • Social theory analysis • Dream analysis • Interviews with activists, artists, academics • Epistemic injustice • Racial capitalism • Neoliberalism critiques • Feminist phenomenology • Political theory pedagogy

The Always Already Podcast is a platform that offers in-depth discussions and interviews centered around critical theory, political theory, social theory, and philosophy. The show is divided into two main episode streams: text discussions and interviews under the banner of "Epistemic Unruliness." The discussions focus on analyzing and unpacking a wide range of theoretical texts, delving into main ideas, underlying assumptions, and connections to other theories. These discussions often include a playful excursion into ad hoc theorizing and humor, along with segments offering slapdash advice on various academic and personal topics.

The "Epistemic Unruliness" interviews feature conversations with activists, artists, and academics whose work intersects with the themes explored in the text discussions. These episodes tackle subjects such as racial justice, abolition, decolonization, and various other forms of political and social upheaval. Both episode types aim to provide a robust and critical examination of contemporary and historical issues through a theoretical lens.

Recurring themes across the episodes include analyses of race and racism, the impact of neoliberalism, the nature of capitalism, and various forms of resistance and activism. Discussions also explore the intersections of identity, such as Blackness, Latinx feminism, and queer theory, with an emphasis on how these identities shape and are shaped by broader social and political structures. Episodes frequently engage with the works of prominent theorists and philosophers, examining their relevance and application to current issues.

By drawing on a diverse range of texts and voices, the Always Already Podcast aims to foster a deeper understanding of complex theoretical concepts and their real-world implications. This orientation provides listeners with a rich and multilayered perspective on the dynamics of power, knowledge, and resistance.


Episodes:
Interview: Dr. Vincent Lloyd on Black Dignity and the Struggle Against Domination — Epistemic Unruliness 38
2023-Jan-09

Interview: Breea Willingham on Incarceration, Higher Ed, and Abolition – Epistemic Unruliness 37
2021-Sep-16

Ep. 72 – Miguel de Beistegui, The Government of Desire
2021-Aug-09

Ep. 71 – Jedidiah Purdy, After Nature
2021-Jul-01

Ep. 70 – Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus
2021-May-11

Interview: Jane Gordon and Drucilla Cornell on Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg — Epistemic Unruliness 36
2021-Apr-15

Interview: Eric Bayruns García on Race and Epistemic Injustice — Epistemic Unruliness 35
2021-Mar-29

Ep. 69 – Dorfman and Mattleart on Disney and Imperialism
2021-Jan-25

Ep. 68 – W.E.B. Du Bois, Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil
2021-Jan-15

Interview: Jessica Blatt on Race and the Making of American Political Science — Epistemic Unruliness 34
2020-Sep-28

Interview: Mutual Aid and Black Queer Futurities, with Empty Your Venmo Fund — Epistemic Unruliness 33
2020-Sep-14

Interview: Joanna Steinhardt and Tehseen Noorani on the Psychedelic Revival — Epistemic Unruliness 32
2020-Aug-24

Interview: Joel Schlosser on Herodotus in the Anthropocene – Epistemic Unruliness 31
2020-Aug-11

Ep. 67 – Joel Olson, The Abolition of White Democracy
2020-Aug-04

Interview: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson on Becoming Human — Epistemic Unruliness 30
2020-Jul-02

Interview: Michael Sawyer on the Political Philosophy of Malcolm X – Epistemic Unruliness 29
2020-Jun-01

Interview: Frank B. Wilderson III on Afropessimism – Epistemic Unruliness 28
2020-May-11

Ep. 66 – Juliet Hooker, Race and the Politics of Solidarity
2020-Apr-28

Interview: Practicing Critical Care Through COVID-19 and Beyond – Epistemic Unruliness 27
2020-Mar-16

Ep. 65 – Race, Capitalism, and Intersectionality
2020-Feb-20

Ep. 64 – Robin James, The Sonic Episteme: Acoustic Resonance, Neoliberalism, and Biopolitics
2020-Jan-15

Ep. 63 – Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch
2019-Aug-13

Interview: Jason Ortiz on #RickyRenuncia and Puerto Rican Sovereignty Movements – Epistemic Unruliness 26
2019-Aug-02

Caribbean Carnival Complex – Epistemic Unruliness 25
2019-Jul-30

Awks AF: The Democratic Presidential Debates – AAP After Dark 4
2019-Jun-28

Ep. 62 – Rosa Luxemburg, The Accumulation of Capital Part III
2019-Jun-19

Ep. 61 – Rosa Luxemburg, The Accumulation of Capital Part II
2019-Feb-25

Interview: J.T. Roane on Plotting the Black Commons – Epistemic Unruliness 24
2019-Jan-17

Ep. 60 – Eugene Thacker, In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy
2018-Dec-27

James Padilioni on the Wild Mind Collective: Visionary Scholarship Beyond Recognition with the Ancestors
2018-Dec-10

Ep. 59 – Rosa Luxemburg, The Accumulation of Capital Part I
2018-Dec-04

Ep. 58 – Mariana Ortega on Latina Feminist Phenomenology, Multiplicity, and the Self
2018-Nov-05

Interview: James Chamberlain on Undoing Work, Rethinking Community – Epistemic Unruliness 23
2018-Jul-09

Ep. 57 – Sylvia Wynter, “Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom”
2018-Jun-28

Ep. 56 – Donna Haraway, When Species Meet
2018-May-23

Ep. 55 – Kylie Jarrett: Feminism, Labour, and Digital Media
2018-Apr-25

Interview: Kyla Schuller on Race Science and the Biopolitics of Feeling – Epistemic Unruliness 22
2018-Mar-19

Ep. 54 – Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive
2018-Feb-06

Ep. 53 – Byung-Chul Han, The Burnout Society
2017-Dec-27

Ep. 52 – Geraldine Heng, The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages
2017-Nov-21

Ep. 51 – Anna L. Tsing on Capitalism, Mushrooms, and the End of the World
2017-Oct-12

Teaching the Political Theory Canon – AAP Pedagogy Hour
2017-Aug-29

Interview: Charles Mills on Racial Liberalism
2017-Aug-01

Ep. 50 – Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway
2017-Jul-24

Interview: Kai M. Green on Transracialism – Epistemic Unruliness 21
2017-Jul-05

Psychoanalysis, Liberalism, and Trump – AAP After Dark 3
2017-Jun-26

Ep. 49 – Eric L. Santner on Sovereignty, Flesh, and Biopolitics
2017-Jun-13

Interview: Mark Padoongpatt on neoliberalism and the (under)commons – Epistemic Unruliness 20
2017-May-15

Ep. 48 – Calvin Warren and Frank Wilderson III on Antiblackness, Nihilism, and Politics
2017-May-05

Ep. 47 – Jürgen Habermas on Secularism and Democracy; Review of Get Out
2017-Mar-06

Interview: Barbara Sostaita on Immigration Urgencies – Epistemic Unruliness 19
2017-Feb-24

Ep. 46 – Martijn Konings, The Emotional Logic of Capitalism
2017-Jan-10

Ep. 45 – Rebecca Jordan Young, Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences
2016-Dec-20

Interview: Banu Bargu on the Weaponization of Life
2016-Dec-14

Always Already On the Road: Voices from ASA, Part 2 – Epistemic Unruliness 18
2016-Nov-22

Always Already On the Road: Voices from ASA, Part 1 – Epistemic Unruliness 17
2016-Nov-22

Neoliberal imaginaries and electoral failures: or, what the hell happened last week?- AAP After Dark 2
2016-Nov-16

Interview: Suhaly Bautista-Carolina on the Radical Futurity of Art – Epistemic Unruliness 16
2016-Nov-08

Ep. 44 – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick on theory, paranoid reading, and reparative reading
2016-Oct-25

Ep. 43 – Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
2016-Oct-04

Interview: Mary Hawkesworth on Embodied Power
2016-Sep-21

Interview: Sandra Harding on Objectivity and Diversity
2016-Sep-09

Roundtable on the Movement for Black Lives – Epistemic Unruliness 15
2016-Aug-16

Ep. 42 – Queer Inhumanisms
2016-Aug-09

Interview: Joanna Steinhardt on Mushrooms, Ecological Movements, and the Anthropocene – Epistemic Unruliness 14
2016-Aug-02

Interview: Simone Kolysh on Activist Pedagogy – Epistemic Unruliness 13
2016-Jul-19

Ep. 41 – Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony
2016-Jun-28

Muhammed Ali, Race, and Sports – Epistemic Unruliness 12
2016-Jun-14

Ep. 40 – J.K. Gibson-Graham, The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It)
2016-Jun-07

Ep. 39 – Marcuse and Radiohead: A Special Episode with Theory for Turntables podcast
2016-May-17

Ep. 38 – Annemarie Mol on Ontology, Science, and Politics
2016-Apr-27

Interview: Richael Faithful on Black folk occultism and Black power – Epistemic Unruliness 11
2016-Apr-22

Ep. 37 – Daniel C. Barber, Deleuze and the Naming of God
2016-Apr-12

Interview: Amy Allen on Decolonizing Critical Theory – Epistemic Unruliness 10
2016-Mar-22

Interview: Lester Spence on Neoliberalism and Black Politics – Epistemic Unruliness 9
2016-Mar-15

Ep. 36 – Max Horkheimer, Eclipse of Reason
2016-Mar-08

Interview: Bad Infinity on Making Deleuze-Inspried EDM Music – Epistemic Unruliness 8
2016-Feb-16

Ep. 35 – Gayatri Spivak, In Other Worlds
2016-Feb-09

Interview: Alfie Bown on Candy Crush and Capitalism’s Injunction to Enjoy – Epistemic Unruliness 7
2016-Jan-28

AAP After Dark 1: The Badness of Academia; Willow and Jaden Smith
2016-Jan-19