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The Downfall of the US in Movies: Gone With The Wind

The Downfall of the US in Movies: Gone With The Wind

November 30, 2020

In our third instalment of The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies, we go back to the most iconic Hollywood movie ever made: Gone With The Wind. How does the highest-grossing movie in history (adjusted for inflation) tell the story of the American Civil War and the following Reconstruction? Gil and Rutger dive in.

The Downfall of the US in Movies: The Birth of the Nation

The Downfall of the US in Movies: The Birth of the Nation

November 23, 2020

In our second installment of The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies, we go back to the official and popular stories of the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, which led to the formation of a new nation. The movie we chose for that dramatic event is A More Perfect Union (1989), with a sprinkle of Hamilton the musical (2015).

Social Resistance in Movies: Psychoanalysis

Social Resistance in Movies: Psychoanalysis

November 16, 2020

In so many countries and societies around the world, social unrest is flowing out from homes social media into the streets. In this episode, Dr Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron to break down the psychoanalytical perspective of this very tense moment in history, through a wide array of movies depicting fictional and real civil unrests and revolts.

The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies: The Creation Story

The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies: The Creation Story

November 9, 2020

We launch a new series of episodes titled The Downfall of the U.S. in Movies to draw a line from American history - and more importantly, their depiction of American history - to the political, social, and economic crisis it is living through now. The first episode is about America's creation story - its War of Independence. Its so-called Revolutionary War. The movie we chose for that momentous occasion is The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, encapsulating all that is wrong in the way Americans think of their beginnings.

U.S. Elections: Global and Historical Analysis

U.S. Elections: Global and Historical Analysis

November 5, 2020

The 2020 elections in the United States have rocked the nation and the world. How do these recent events inform us about the world's empire? Should we look differently at its history and meteoric rise to world superpower status? Gil and Rutger rant, scream and cry.

Pod Academy 100th Episode: A Celebration of Democracy

Pod Academy 100th Episode: A Celebration of Democracy

November 2, 2020

One of the largest scheduled events in the world is set to take place this week, and so are the US elections. Gil and Rutger give the inside scoop and talk baseball. Inside baseball. Attention: this is not the only episode for the week, we will record another one on Wednesday.

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