Society & Culture

Something is going crazy in this world. Sometimes its funny and sometimes its not, especially when it feels like life is kicking you in the ass. We know how you feel.

Episodes

September 20, 2022

Cheating at Chess?

This week:
Candy goes to Georgia
Crazy chess scandal
Making the Cut
Thirteen Lives
Lizzo's Watch Out For the Big Grrrls
Delhi Crime Season 2
....and more

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September 15, 2022

Ghost Army

Eugene is fine-tuning his passions and Candy is lost in space. The agents read a listener's email, get their cards read, and prepare for a literary conference.

What do Bill Blass, Star Wars, spy novels and fiddles have in common? Who knows but this podcast brings them all together!

We would love to hear what you are reading and watching and hope you will email us at:

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Can you separate the artwork from the artist?

“I have assumed as axiomatic that a creation, a work of art, is autonomous,”

T.S. Eliot. Eliot himself now an artist who challenges critics in hindsight about his own work. Eliot scholars debate the possible prejudice and anti-semitism in his work. Does it mean the poet, rather than the poem's narrator, is prejudiced? Is a comedy routine with sexist or inflammatory viewpoints reflecting the performers own ethics or is it part of reflecting the culture to create such humour?

Eugene and Candy talk bout whether or not they can, or should, separate art from it's creator. And what are the perimeters of objectionalble actions that would stop them from listening or viewing.

The incredible Art Rosenbaum is not an artist leaving doubt of his great worth. This episode is in honour of Art Rosenbaum and his body of work that has inspired Eugene. The opening music is Art Rosenbaum performing "Shout Lulu" at the Tiki Parlour. You can find the video on Youtube....Filmed and Recorded by David Bragger www.OldTimeTikiParlour.com

 

Or here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QUROydAbFA

 

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August 23, 2022

Sky Dancers

Eugene finished  fermenting for his homemade hot sauce. Candy learns some new sewing techniques. 

 

Do you watch Jeopardy? Do you watch Game of Thrones and it's new prequel HOUSE OF THE DRAGON? Are serial killers extra smart?

 

The agents both saw Jordan Peele's new movie NOPE. Their review begins at 34:45.

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August 16, 2022

Don’t Think, Rethread

The Agents talk about the economy, culture and desire for truffles. Eugene watched "The Truffle Hunters: this week, setting off a train of thoughts on "tradition " and "initiation." They both watched Melissa McCarthy's new series "God's Favorite Idiot." Eugene fermented something special and Candy has been taking sewing lessons.

Thank you for listening and please send emails to:

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The agents go to the movies for BULLET TRAIN. They also watch a pirate treasure hunt on Netflix. 

 

Candy encourages Eugene to watch Ethan Hawke produced THE LAST MOVIE STARS.

 

We want to hear from you about cultural representation, treasure hunting, Joanne Woodward, what you're cooking...or is Tru,p going down with stolen documents? O just about anything! Email us at:

 

theagency.podcast@gmail.com

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August 2, 2022

Ozarks Rabbit Hole

Special thanks this week to our guest, Lauren Willette. Lauren is a doctoral student in the Heritage Studies Program at Arkansas State University. Many of us know little about the region known as The Ozarks, beyond what we see on the Ozark TV show. Lauren takes us down an Ozarks rabbit hole and gives us a much better picture.

Also this week:
We visit the Comfort Food Diner to talk brownies. Walnuts, yay or nay?
Reality TV: from F-Boys to home cooks
The Gray Man
Shania
Candy's sewing update

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July 27, 2022

Hack The System

Candy and Eugene welcome documentary filmmaker Nico Edwards to discuss outlier travel,  adventure and filmmaking on a 120 foot sailboat going to Antarctica. That's a mouthful. The agents saw two documentaries directed by Nico Edwards and found them both compelling. The conversation with Nico stands out as one of their favorites.

The 2017 feature documentary "Sea Gypsies:The Far Side of the World" is the center of the discussion but both the film and Nico's conversation are generative. The documentary follows " a small group of modern seafaring gypsies as they strike out across the largest expanse of of uninhabited geography on earth, in search of adventure, awe and whatever else lies at the far side of the world. The vessel is Infinity,a 120-foot hand-built sailboat crewed by a band of miscreants. The journey, an 8.000 mile Pacific (crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia with a stop in Antartica." IMDB)

 

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This week the agents watch a German comedy. They talk about learning a new skill and Michael Pollan's new documentary HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND. 

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July 12, 2022

Elvis is Everywhere

This week:
Opening: from Elvis is Everywhere by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper
The Agents discuss a fab cat & mouse cop show called We Hunt Together + (you guessed it) Elvis.

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