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Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change (No Major Spoilers)

Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change (No Major Spoilers)

October 14, 2019

In our first podcast review of Todd Phillips' Joker, starring Joaquin Pheonix, therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron on the podcast to psychoanalyze the way the movie portrays the masses and their relationship with the 1%, through Freud, Hegel, Winnicott and Jessica Benjamin. What is the underlining ideology of the movie and the ability of different populations to work together for the common good.


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In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

October 7, 2019

After last week's podcast with writer Ariella Yashar, airing out her beef with the great Albus Dumbledore, huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj comes to his defense with very compelling arguments. He is a powerful wizard, but not a deity, so he doesn't know everything that is going on in Hogwarts; his hiring practices are inclusive, look at the big picture and are oftentimes restricted by reality, and he knows that young wizards need to go through trials and tribulations to be prepared for the wizarding world, knowing and controlling their powers. Gil Kidron aves a white flag, apologizes to the great Dumbledore and tries to repent.


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Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

September 30, 2019

Harry Potter is a timeless story that has captivated millions and millions of people, with its world-building, loveable characters, steady narrative through the years and holistic feel. Even though we revere it and its writer, JK Rowling, we have to talk about Albus. Dumbledore. Writer Ariella Yashar has a beef with Dumbledore and she wants to set things straight - he's very bad at his job. Gil Kidron tries to rush to the legendary headmaster's defense

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Science in Movies: Epidemics | Hollywood Disease Movies And How They Change Over Time

Science in Movies: Epidemics | Hollywood Disease Movies And How They Change Over Time

September 23, 2019

In this Science in Movies podcast Gil Kidron welcomes again Dr. Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands - this time to talk about how global epidemics (known as pandemics) have been portrayed in movies. We talk about Outbreak (1993), starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Patrick Dempsey; Contagion (2011) directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winsle; Philadelphia (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; and Black Death (2010), starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Carice van Houten.

 We discuss the scientific aspects of this epidemics, fact-check their movie versions, how they have affected society in the past or will affect us in the future, and how the depiction of pandemics has evolved in the past few decades.


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Israeli Elections Review: Bibi Lost! We Won!! (Sort of)

Israeli Elections Review: Bibi Lost! We Won!! (Sort of)

September 22, 2019

For the second time in 2019 - Israelis went to the polls, to elections that were unlike any previous elections. Thankfully, we evaded the worst and acting prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to get the majority he needed to evade corruption charges. And not for lack of trying: he tried to postpone the elections by initiating a war, broke election laws several times and incited against the Israeli Arabs population. 

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2019 Israeli Re-elections on Sept 17: Fire, Blood and Chaos Are Coming

2019 Israeli Re-elections on Sept 17: Fire, Blood and Chaos Are Coming

September 16, 2019

For the second time in 2019 - Israelis are headed to the polls, but these elections are unlike any previous elections, because if current prime minister Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu gets his way - he'll be able to form a ruling coalition with the most racist, vile and violent parts of Israeli society in a coordinated effort to avoid standing trial on corruption charges, while dismantling what is left of Israel's democratic identity, replacing it with a strongman state, backed by factions who seek violence and apartheid. There are several better scenarios too - Gil Kidron elaborates on some of them in this shortened version and on all of them in the complete podcast, exclusively for patrons on https://www.patreon.com/posts/29981054

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Mindhunter: A Show About Misunderstandings and Miscommunications?

Mindhunter: A Show About Misunderstandings and Miscommunications?

September 9, 2019

Mindhunter by David Fincher is a Netflix show about the history of profiling serial killers by the FBI. There are clear psychological and historical elements to it, but in our conversation with contributor Mallory Aler, who is doing her Masters in linguistics, we want to focus on the linguistic aspects: language, performance, procedures, and the politics and society from which those are born.

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Tarantino’s Obsession With DEATH - Noga Ariel Galor’s Psychological Review

Tarantino’s Obsession With DEATH - Noga Ariel Galor’s Psychological Review

September 2, 2019

In our first podcast review of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood we talk about the death instinct in this movie and in the Tarantino filmography in general. And for this happy occasion we host our very own Noga Ariel Galor, on her first podcast appearance! She gives us the psychoanalytical angle on the various deaths in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: death of careers, characters, actual people who are about to die, people who actually died but are spared in this movie, and above all - the upcoming death of Tarantino's film career. 


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The Boys on Amazon: Forget Everything You Know About Superheroes

The Boys on Amazon: Forget Everything You Know About Superheroes

August 26, 2019

Welcome to another conversation with novelist, Literature Prof. and Writing Professor Theo Gangi and Gil Kidron. In this podcast we review The Amazon Prime show - The Boys. The Boys takes a subversive take on the superhero genre and injects realism into it - how would these kinds of people be like if they were real. How would their existence affect our society, politically, geopolitically and economically. What kind of people would these superheroes be? Would they be kind and smart or ego maniacal assholes? We debate those issues and how current this adaption to the 2006 comic book series actually is. 


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Linguistic Thoughts on Chernobyl and Tarantino

Linguistic Thoughts on Chernobyl and Tarantino

August 19, 2019

There are so many ways to looks at stories, and in this podcast we're looking at a couple of them from a linguistic point of view, with Mallory Aler, who is doing her Masters in linguistics. We're talking about the hit HBO show Chernobyl, that takes place in Ukraine, with Russian-speaking people talking in British English, and about a couple of Tarantino movies that have several languages in them, mostly Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill.

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