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Making Trouble, Asking Questions

When he was 16 your host mistook the Hollywood movie The Manchurian Candidate for real life. This confusion led to decades of trouble. This episode is both an interlude for our How to tell the truth about lies miniseries and the official TOE contribution to the 2022 Radiotopia fundraiser. 

This year to celebrate our annual fundraiser shows across the network are releasing episodes on the theme “Making Trouble.” You can listen,  learn more and donate to support our work at radiotopia.fm.

How to tell the truth about lies (part i of ii)

Journalists may write the first draft of history but Hollywood prints the legends and the myths. The 1976 film All the President’s Men remains our most authoritative account of Watergate. The film is also responsible for the myth of Deep Throat. Your host follows the myth … from 1976 to the present. This is the first half of a new ToE miniseries about America’s complicated relationship with truth and lies.




After testing positive in Lisbon, your host assesses Portugal’s expat and exile scenes.  Plus! lunch with the writer Joseph Roth at a hotel on the waterfront.


Herdest Immunity Special (New York after Rona part v of v)

Our New York after Rona miniseries comes to an end just in time for the latest Variant. The WHO turns to podcasts for a new endless stream of naming possibilities. Plus a ToE favorite playwrite returns with a new musical production of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.



Afterschool Special (New York after Rona part iv)

New York Schools were closed for most of the pandemic. Education reporter Anya Kamenetz explains why she calls it a stolen year. Plus we meet up with  Lenore Skenazy to hear what parents can learn from her classic (and recently updated) Free Range Kids.



Below and Beyond (New York after Rona part iii)

Back in Summer 2020 a New Yorker named James Altucher penned a LinkedIn post proclaiming New York is Dead Forever. The piece went viral even Jerry Seinfield emerged with a rebuttal.  For journalist and curator Alex Brook Lynn, this was one of the low points in ‘New York is Dead’ discourse. Her new immersive multimedia exhibition “Eulogy for New York City” offers a much smarter and provocative take on the city’s never ending end. You can listen to all the Eulogies she collected here.

Plus your host visits  New York City’s first post covid ComicCon in search of post covid Batman.

Faraway, So Close (New York after Rona part ii)

March 2020, writer Craig Taylor believed he was finally done with his 11 year oral history project featuring the voices of people who live and work in New York City. He wasn’t. His incredible new book New Yorkers provides us with a number of first person accounts of the Covid19 crisis and primes us to think about what’s next for the city. Plus: photographer Renate Aller on the social distancing pictures she took on the street outside her Soho loft during the worst of the crisis.

That Was Real(New York after Rona part i)

We kick off our new ToE miniseries with a radical rethink on surveillance and the post pandemic city with theorist and writer Benjamin Bratton. His new book Revenge of the Real , both chronicles what went wrong during the crisis and offers a roadmap for how we can survive the next one. Also, your host visits the only New York city neighborhood that has gotten worse after covid, Hudson Yards, with journalist Charlie Warzel. Plus: we look back at one of the first viral videos shot in pandemic time.


Performance Peace

George Bush celebrates the 20th anniversary of 911 with some new ‘dark’ paintings. Your host marks the occasion with some high stakes performance art. Plus art lessons from the $150,000 banana.

Charlie Brown’s America

Cartoonist Charles Schulz  wrote and drew Peanuts every day for half a century. In his new book Charlie Brown’s America, Historian Blake Scott Ball uses the strip (and the fan mail archive at the Schulz museum) to illuminate the Wishy Washy politics of Cold War America.