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Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies

Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney 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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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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Biological Apocalypse in Movies

Biological Apocalypse in Movies

April 13, 2020

Hollywood's disaster movie industry has created the sub-genre of biological apocalypse movies, which are now more relevant than ever. In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos talk about movies that depict scenarios that were once farfetched but are now mostly just exaggerated.

in 12 Monkeys (1997) a deadly virus wipes out 5 billion people, 28 Days Later (2002) follows a "rage virus" that we gave to animals and then they infected us with is which led to a total breakdown of society, and Contagion (2011) famously depicts how the Chinese animal industry got us all into lockdown and social distancing.


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Malicious Code Injection in Movies

Malicious Code Injection in Movies

April 6, 2020

Both nature and computing are at certain levels digital. Code organized in discrete symbols (DNA bases, bits) can be understood, decoded, and manipulated. But do we understand these systems well enough to meddle with them?

In this episode, Dr. Rutger Vos explores this question in a review of three movies: The Imitation Game (2014), Jurassic Park (1993), and Independence Day (1996). And, how will our ability to manipulate these codes affect our fight against the coronavirus?


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Corona Special: Cabin Fever and Isolation in Movies

Corona Special: Cabin Fever and Isolation in Movies

March 30, 2020

As 3 billion people find themselves in isolation, quarantine or lockdown, our lives might seem unrecognizable. So we go to classic movies who feature isolation, alone or with families, to see what we can learn or derive from them: Cast Away (2000), The Martian (2015) and The Shining (1980).


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Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

March 23, 2020

Scientists from all over the world are working tirelessly on three fronts: 1. testing 2. treatment 3. vaccine. In this podcast, Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron and details where we're at now, how does it work and what is being done in order to get to the Holy Grail that will save humanity from the virus that has upended civilization and will win the Nobel prize.

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Corona Special: Political Change According to George R R Martin

Corona Special: Political Change According to George R R Martin

March 19, 2020

In this podcast we welcome patron Omri Goldshtrom to discuss political change according to the epic story George R R Martin is still writing. What can we gleam from the political processes that are occurring and from Martin's views on government, reform and history. This was recorded pre-Corona, but is made all the more relevant and pertinent now that the entire world has changed and political institutions are adapting to an increasingly unsustainable reality.

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Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

March 16, 2020

As the world changes so rapidly because of the spread of the Corona virus, it is a time for us humans to take stock of the society we have created for ourselves and make decisions about the world we want to live in moving forward. After this historical ongoing event, some conventional wisdoms and ideological dogmas will have to be cast aside. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron for a conversation about the world after the Corona pandemic.

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