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Talking To A Beautiful Mind:  Conversation w/ Schizophrenic About John Nash, Illusions, Life

Talking To A Beautiful Mind: Conversation w/ Schizophrenic About John Nash, Illusions, Life

June 29, 2020

What do we know about schizophrenia? What do we know about the lived experience of those who suffer from it? Should we treat them as sick weak people, or as people with their own abilities and ways of viewing the world? We have a very special guest on this episode, David Israel Cohen, a schizophrenic who break down with Gil Kidron the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russel Crowe, depicting the life of schizophrenic math legend, Nobel Laureate John Nash, the Father of Game Theory.


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Exit Strategy - Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies: Frozen, Tangled, Moana & More | Psychology in Movies

Exit Strategy - Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies: Frozen, Tangled, Moana & More | Psychology in Movies

June 22, 2020

Disney movies have a surprising number of characters who are coming out of some sort of lockdown, after going through voluntary or, more often, involuntary social isolation. In this episode, therapist Noga Ariel Galor and Gil Kidron explore the different kinds of exit strategies and challenges, as depicted in movies such as Frozen, Tangled, Moana, The Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Up, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and more. What are the difficulties, the pitfalls, the opportunities and straight-up dangers?


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Paris in Movies: Moulin Rouge, Midnight in Paris, Amelie, La Haine | Places in Movies

Paris in Movies: Moulin Rouge, Midnight in Paris, Amelie, La Haine | Places in Movies

June 15, 2020

In our inaugural "Places in Movies" podcast, we tell the story of Paris through four movies from different time periods that represent the evolution of the French capital in the 20th century: Moulin Rouge (1998) takes us back to the year 1900 and the bohemian wave that took over the city (La Belle Epoque); Midnight in Paris (2012) hearkens back to the Roaring Twenties (Les Annes Folles) when post-WWI Paris was a Mecca for artists from around the world; then we leap over WWII, the Nazi occupation and the fall from grace as the US ascents to dominance, to get to Amelie (1997), a French fascist movie masquerading as a rom-com; and finally we end with the hit drama La Haine (1995) that brings reality into the forefront, with its intense portrayal of the downtrodden minorities that live around The City of Light but were never part of its story. Does Paris live up to its hype? Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos disagree. 


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Police Violence in Movies: Do The Right Thing, La Haine, Crash, Ajami, Fruitvale Station

Police Violence in Movies: Do The Right Thing, La Haine, Crash, Ajami, Fruitvale Station

June 8, 2020

Police violence has been on display in the United States since George Floyd's murder became an international story, but the problem with policing is unfortunately a global phenomenon. In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos explore five movies (three Americans, one French and one Israeli) to better understand what kind of system has human societies around the globe have put in place that produce the same result, over and over in so many places. The movies are: Do The Right Thing (1989), La Haine (1995), Crash (2004), Ajami (2009) and Fruitvale Station (2013).


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Final Corona Special: What Went Wrong and Why?

Final Corona Special: What Went Wrong and Why?

June 1, 2020

The Corona pandemic seems to be on its way out of our lives, at least for now, so it's a good opportunity to go over the mistakes, bungled models and government policies that turned the global effort against the virus to be less than stellar. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron again to break down the scientific angles of the virus. 


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Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

May 25, 2020

Westworld has a lot of philosophical and psychological themes and elements, and in this episode therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron to breakdown how Westworld season 3 addressed the relationship between our bodies and our minds, how separate or integral they are to eacho ther, as well as the differences between free will and having a choice between options.

 


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Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

May 18, 2020

The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls Netflix documentary says a lot about the 1990s, as well as about today. Theo Gangi, Knicks fan extraordinaire joins Gil Kidron to talk about the political and social angle of the hit documentary series that chronicles the greatest basketball team of all time and the greatest basketball player of all time.

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Evaluating Daenerys’ Use of Airpower with Ret. Airforce Lt. Col. Dan Mosqueda

Evaluating Daenerys’ Use of Airpower with Ret. Airforce Lt. Col. Dan Mosqueda

May 11, 2020

 Daenerys Targaryen used the only planes on her planet to conquer Westeros, much like her ancestors did some 300 years before her. Gil Kidron welcomes Dan Mosqueda, a retired Lt. Col. from the US Airforce to talk about how realistic was her use of air power (i.e. dragons) compared to real world use of it, by American forces in conflicts around the world.

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Game Theory in Movies: A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Strangelove, WarGames, Fail Safe | History in Movies

Game Theory in Movies: A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Strangelove, WarGames, Fail Safe | History in Movies

May 4, 2020

When you interact with somebody else and you have to decide whether to cooperate with them or cheat them, the difference between the choices can sometimes be expressed in simple cost/benefit analyses. If we are generous with each other we might both reap the rewards. But maybe cheating is cheaper - unless you punish me for it. The mathematical analysis of these choices is called game theory.

When the cost of making the wrong choice is exceptionally high - such as in the case of nuclear standoffs - it is prudent to weigh the different options very carefully and hope that your opponent follows predictably similar logic. This is why game theory was widely applied in the context of the cold war.

In this review, Gil and Rutger explore four movies on this topic. A Beautiful Mind (2001) depicts the life and times of John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory. Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Fail Safe (2000), based on the same book and basic plot, take nuclear retaliation to its horrifying logical extreme. WarGames (1983) shows that sometimes it is best not to play this game at all.


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Native Americans In Movies: Why We Are Stupid

Native Americans In Movies: Why We Are Stupid

April 30, 2020

We made a glaring omission in our Native Americans in Movies podcast and we'd like to set the record straight and mention this guy Christopher Colombus. We also need your help for a new name for the podcast!

 


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