The Caves of Altamira

The Caves of Altamira

Dear Listeners, The Caves of Altamira podcast is being folded in to my new Substack site. Thanks so much for supporting the show! All future episodes can be found at: theinterestingtimes.substack.com

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December 24, 2021 70 min

For this episode we welcome the immanently estimable and multi-talented Dr. Miles White. Dr. White is both an accomplished jazz artist and a scholar of music and music culture. We use his exceptional book From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity (Univ. of Illinois Press) to dig into hip-hop culture, its politics, and evolution over the past several decades. It is a true honor to have such an authority o...

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We welcome George Khoury and Chris Tharp back down into the friendly confines of The Caves of Altamira. Beginning with a discussion of the recent elections we leave no stone unturned during our journey into the ever-widening chasm that is U.S. politics and society more generally. This one is a real humdinger nested in a doozy with nary a shred of poppycock, so stretch your ears, suit up, and hit the field.  

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After a summer respite The Caves of Altamira is back. For this inaugural episode of what we are dubbing Season II, the good Dr. James Batcho once again drops into the caves. Fresh off completing the manuscript for his latest book James sketches out a set of perspectives that help make us sense of the ongoing interplay between compounding  social ruptures and the ever-accelerating sphere of social media 'knowledge' productio...

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After a brief respite we are back in The Caves of Altamira with Turkish political journalist Sevgi Akarcesme. Due to the increasingly dangerous situation for independent journalists in Turkey, Sevgi has been living in exile in the U.S. for nearly 5 years. Her harrowing story tells us not only a great deal about the rise of despotism in Turkey but also the gathering pace of authoritarianism across the globe. Despite being forced to ...

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This is the second half of a wide-ranging discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Mike Hilkowitz. If you haven't listened to Part I yet it is highly recommended to check that out first.

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This week we welcome Mike Hilkowitz to The Caves of Altamira. Our conversation takes a relatively deep dive into several significant historical undercurrents shaping the most recent wave of violence in this long-simmering dispute. Our conversation winds its way from a property dispute surrounding two houses in East Jerusalem to the Camp David negotiation in the late 1990s to a broader discussion of Yasser Arafat, Hamas, and Israel’...

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Amid the endless churning of outrage and mutual recriminations we often find ourselves drifting further and further from the underlying rationale or purpose that motivated our engagement with the political discourse in the first place. We tend to be motivated by some notion of the good life and justice but yet increasingly devote little time to investigating these perennial questions. To help us dig into to such matters Dr. Gene He...

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The force of nature that is Chris Tharp wafts into The Caves of Altamira as we traverse the ever-burgeoning frontlines of the woke wars. Join us for a spirited discussion and debate over what exactly it means to be cancelled, the fundamental nature of the issues at hand, and ultimately what is at stake. We also try to place these contemporary contretemps in their broader historical context. All said, this is a conversation that mov...

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The intrepid Simone Lee drops into The Caves of Altamira to discuss existentialism and the pursuit of an authentic life amid a world of hyperized everything. Simone breaks down some of existentialism’s core insights and demonstrates the many ways they can offer practical guidance for our everyday lives. In our discussion we delve into questions of what is natural, authentic, and artificial in terms of our own experiences as well as...

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Professor Thakur Subedi drops by The Caves of Altamira for a fascinating discussion about both broad trends in Asian migration and some of the specific ways they have played out within the context of South Korea, Japan, and Nepal. Professor Subedi brings a host of academic knowledge and real-world experience to these topics which comes across throughout this deep dive into migration in Asia. Also, feast your ears upon our new theme...

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Please join me in welcoming noted author and artist Ryan Estrada to The Caves of Altamira for a discussion of his multi-award winning, highly acclaimed, graphic novel Banned Book Club. Listen to our real time reactions to an authoritarian plot in 2020s America as we prepare to discuss a book about combatting authoritarian plots in 1980s South Korea. Hear Ryan recount only learning after years of being together that his wife was onc...

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Urban life has become so ubiquitous around the world that we may take for granted just how much is has shaped and continues to shape our lives from day-to-day travails to the increasingly fraught nature of politics to eroding social cohesion. Fortunately, two experts on urban life and the politics of cities drop by The Caves of Altamira to help us better understand the effects of living around a bunch of people. Hear our guest Dr. ...

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Welcome to Episode 2 of The Caves of Altamira. Please join me and the good Dr. James Batcho as we contemplate why we've all decided to become annoying second year grad students and obsess endlessly over matters of ontology. Hear James warn me about unwittingly obliterating my son's soul. Join us again in welcoming the tortured souls of Nietzsche and Marx to the caves as they as they encounter their ebullient predecessor Jea...

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Where do Donald Trump, Adam Smith, Sam Harris, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kellyanne Conway, Karl Marx, Jordan Peterson, and Saddam Hussein all meet up and converse over a tacocoptered meal? But of course within the depths of The Caves of Altamira. Join me and my guest George Khoury for a wide-ranging exploration of the contemporary state of American society and the forces past and present shaping the times. Hear us confront our looming m...

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