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Sam Goldman interviews Dr. Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, and her latest book The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal Am…
 
Step right up as we guess The Price of Salt in our coverage of Todd Hayne’s Carol (2015). Recently crowned by BFI as the “best LGBT film of all time”, the Deep Cut Trio revisit this critical favorite and find its place in the New Queer Cinema Canon. Ben gets lost in the eyes of leading ladies Blanchett and Mara, Wilson considers the film’s legacy i…
 
Coco Das interviews Jonathan Friedman, PEN America, about their new report titled "Educational Gag Orders" about the onslaught of legislation restricting public education in the US about race, gender and American history (pen.org/report/educational-gag-orders). Friedman is the director of free expression and education at PEN America, where he overs…
 
Looking for arson, psychosexual manipulation, and reggaetón? It’s a good old-fashioned fight on this week’s episode as the Deep Cut Trio steps up to Pablo Larraín’s 2019 anarchic dance feature, Ema. Wilson adores the movie’s arresting intensity, while Ben finds Ema’s motivations oblique. But where does Eli land? He builds the suspense while everyon…
 
Sam Goldman and Coco Das discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in the proper context of the fascist movement he is a part of. Recommended reading: Coco’s recent article The Rittenhouse Trial and Two Sides in Contention: A Beautiful Rising or Rising Fascism and Reflections on Kenosha by Paul Street. Follow Coco Das on Twitter at @Coco_Das and Paul at @…
 
Just in time for the release of Spencer, the Deep Cut trio revisits Jackie, the dreamy 2016 biopic that made Chilean director Pablo Larraín an (art)household name. Eli entrees the film by looking at construction of Jackie the character as purposefully distinct from the real Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, while Wilson remarks on Larraín’s use of physical s…
 
Legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig discusses what we know about the January 6th insurrection and any chances for real accountability (hint: the DOJ/Merrick Garland would have to take action and there is zero indication that they are going to do so). In addition to watching him on CNN, you can follow on Twitter @eliehon…
 
What would you choose? Love…… or terrorism? The trio are joined by special guest Thanmye Lagudu to talk about Mani Ratnam’s most popular film, Dil Se, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala. Wilson marvels at Ratnam’s ability to trojan horse a radical ideology into mainstream Bollywood screens, Eli wraps his head around the audience’s critical…
 
Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves, discusses his recent piece for The Nation America as a “Shining City on a Hill”—and Other Myths to Die By with Sam Goldman. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gregggonsalves. More recommended listening on the politics of the pandemic: COVID: A Case Study with Life & Death Stakes: Science, Epistemology, Conspiracy & Fascism.…
 
Strap in for a conversation on one of the greatest romantic epics put to screen and Deep Cut’s first foray into South Asian Cinema. Our special guest Thanmye Lagudu baptizes the three hosts into the “Church of Mani Ratnam” by bringing his 1995 historical fiction epic Bombay based on the Bombay riots. Wilson theorizes how this film probably served a…
 
Valerie Elverton Dixon, Ph.D., discusses her recent essay When It Is Time to Break the Law with Sam Goldman, along with the abortion rights emergency and the strategy and tactics that will meet the current crisis. Follow Dr. Dixon's writings at justpeacetheory.com. Send your comments about the Refuse Fascism podcast to samanthagoldman@refusefascism…
 
Another Rohmer film, another incredible ending. We end our series on Rohmer with Ben’s second Deep Cut pick and favorite Rohmer film, the effortlessly loveable and relatable Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987). Listen to us swoon as we recollect our favorite moments from this classic romantic tale. Wilson celebrates the film’s reverence for young peo…
 
Coco Das (@coco_das) interviews Ana Ramón (@ana_ramon89), Director of Advocacy for the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) about the new legislation that takes aim at anti-racist and truthful teaching of social studies and other subjects for students in Texas. Follow IDRA @IDRAedu and Texas Legislative Education Equity Coalition (…
 
Sink into moral quicksand with us as we discuss the final of Éric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales: Love In The Afternoon (1972). Wilson contemplates the duality of man from the sidelines as Eli and Ben have a “straight man-off” with wildly different takeaways from the film’s heartstopping moral ending. We also get into the film’s stylistic deviations from…
 
Walter Masterson is a comedian known for going deep into Trump territory. Follow him on Instagram: waltermasterson Twitter: @waltermasterson or TikTok: @waltermasterson and watch his YouTube videos. He talks with Sam Goldman about why the Trump movement is deadly serious. Then, Sam talks to Andy Zee, one of the initiators of Refuse Fascism and a ho…
 
Join us as the trio journey into a bout of summertime sadness with The Green Ray (1986), the first of our episodes on Éric Rohmer’s breezy films on love and longing. We learn about Rohmer’s secretive private life, the improvisational process behind The Green Ray, and we all fall in love with Delphine a little bit. Is lettuce a friend? Tell us in th…
 
Rafia Zakaria, attorney, political philosopher, and author of the new book Against White Feminism talks about abortion, Afghanistan, empire, individualism, white supremacy and more with Sam Goldman. Follow Rafia on Twitter at @rafiazakaria. Mentioned in the conversation: The Other Afghan Women by Anand Gopal. Rallies for abortion rights were held a…
 
Is it Deep Cut’s darkest movie? The trio talks about Lynne Ramsay’s impressionistic family tragedy, 2011’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. Everyone considers the links from We Need to Talk About Kevin to the genre of The Women’s Picture. As Eli recounts his awe at the edit’s approach to creating the feeling of memories, Ben praises Ramsay’s closeups a…
 
The extreme Texas Abortion Ban caught most people by surprise. Next month, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a direct challenge to the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. This round table aims to sound the alarm on this assault on women’s fundamental rights, deepen understanding of the stakes, arouse people’s fighting s…
 
Before he went on Robert Deniro’s talk show, Joaquin Phoenix starred in Lynne Ramsay’s dark vigilante thriller from 2017, You Were Never Really Here. Eli kicks off Deep Cut’s look at one of his favorite directors by detailing Ramsay’s distinct, jarring approach to conveying the trauma of her characters. Wilson finds gentle human relationships in th…
 
Ankush Khardori talks about the Merrick Garland DOJ and the (dim) prospects of real accountability for the Trump regime. Articles discussed include Merrick Garland's Moderation to Excess and Who Will Answer For this Cruelty? Read more of his writings at khardori.com. Then, Tony Norman talks about his recent article Fugitive Slave Act Redux: On the …
 
Deep Cut is visited by the Queen of Sensual Cinema herself, writer/director/actress Isabel Sandoval (Lingua Franca, Señorita, Apparition) to discuss her favorite Eliza Hittman feature, It Felt Like Love (2013). Isabel describes her personal connections to Hittman’s sensitive presentation of adolescence and presents her big theory about debut featur…
 
Anthropologist Dr. Nazia Kazi recently wrote What We Forget, a piece commemorating the global aftermath of 9/11 illustrated by Anuj Shrestha; Sam Goldman interviews Dr. Kazi about the US empire and related root causes of the fascist stew that is politics today. Follow Dr. Kazi on Twitter at @NaziaKaziTweets and read her book Islamophobia, Race, and…
 
Deals deals deals. The trio discuss Juzo Itami’s underseen workplace treatise. The comedy draws light talk of women in the workplace, artisanship, and big ol’ capitalism. Wilson goes down a real life true crime rabbit hole, Ben adorns Nobuko Miyamoto with more laurels, and Eli discovers hentai culture. Fresh produce over at the discord server.…
 
A few days after the Supreme Court refused to block the extreme Texas abortion ban, Sam Goldman (@SamBGoldman), Coco Das (@Coco_Das) and Sunsara Taylor (@SunsaraTaylor) discuss the roots and ramifications of this dangerous new law. All abortions, without exception for rape or incest, are now illegal just two weeks after a first missed period; plus …
 
Sam Goldman interviews Khaled Beydoun, law professor and author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. Order the book at khaledbeydoun.com and follow him on Twitter at @KhaledBeydoun. Then, Sam speaks to Coco Das about her latest article on RefuseFascism.org: Genocidal and Deadly Serious: Dan Patrick, Texas Fascist Luna…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Matthew Hoh, former Marine and State Department official who served in and then was the first to resign over the unjust war in Afghanistan all the way back in 2009. Then, we're sharing an interview with educator Tamara Anderson about the upcoming Teach Truth Days of Action, a project of the Zinn Education Project happening Au…
 
The Deep Cut trio is joined by writer/director Andrew Ahn (Spa Night, Driveways and the upcoming Fire Island) to discuss one of his personal favorite movies, Jonathan Glazer’s masterful, mournful Birth (2004). As Andrew reflects on Glazer's expressive directorial style, Ben is stunned by Nicole Kidman’s central performance, Eli interrogates how her…
 
Sam Goldman interviews writer Paul Mason about his new book: How To Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance. From the publisher: The far right is on the rise across the world. From Modi's India to Bolsonaro's Brazil and Erdogan's Turkey, fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again -…
 
Deep Cut concludes its four-episode series on the Coen brothers with Ben's old favorite, Raising Arizona (1987). Ben considers the power of the movie's marriage of humor and sentiment, Wilson praises the once-in-a-lifetime couple casting of Nic Cage & Holly Hunter, and Eli presents his final Skip Lievsay Corner... for now. To finish, the trio discu…
 
Coco Das (@Coco_Das) guest hosts; Sam Goldman interviews Wajahat Ali, author of the new book Go Back to Where You Came From. Pre-order the book at wajali.com. Read his columns for the Daily Beast here and follow him on Twitter at @WajahatAli. Mentioned by Coco Das at the start of the episode: The Big Money Behind the Big Lie and Andy Zee on The RNL…
 
We’re better; we’re back...Deep Cut’s investigation into the Coen brothers continues with Eli’s favorite comedy, 2008’s Burn After Reading. As Eli makes the case for the movie’s inane combination of national security and physical fitness, Wilson extols John Malkovich’s shout-acting and Ben contemplates how dumb a character can be written before it’…
 
Trigger warning: this episode contains Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn’s testimony regarding what he encountered as a Black officer defending the Capitol during the January 6 failed fascist coup attempt. His testimony contains racial slurs which he was subjected to that are disturbing/triggering. Sam Goldman interviews Tim Wise, anti-racism educa…
 
Deep Cut’s first ever musical episode (featuring two songs performed on-air!) takes your co-hosts deeper into the world of the Coens. Their discussion on 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis sees Wilson gush about his love for musicals, Eli drop some knowledge on folk music history, and Ben ruminate on the cyclical plot structure’s reflection of Llewyn’s per…
 
Sam interviews Teri Kanefield, lawyer and author of multiple books and articles which you can read about at terikanefield.com. Follow Teri on Twitter at @Teri_Kanefield. Then, Sunsara Taylor interviews Derenda Hancock, abortion rights activist and defender of the one abortion clinic in the entire state of Mississippi (this interview originally aire…
 
The Deep Cut trio returns for season 2 with the first of four whole episodes on the renowned American writer/director/editor brothers, Joel & Ethan Coen. First up is the popular pick, No Country for Old Men (2007). Ben, Wilson, and Eli track down knowledge on sound designer Skip Lievsay’s focused audio, appreciate the menace of Javier Bardem (and h…
 
Sam Goldman talks with Dr. Mia Bloom, member of the Evidence-Based Cybersecurity Research Group, professor of communication and Middle East studies at Georgia State University and a fellow with New America’s International Security program. Her new book, co-authored with Sophia Moskalenko is Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of Qanon. Follow h…
 
David Atkins writes, "What will the institutions of liberal democracy do when Republican officials simply refuse to concede Democratic victories? The question isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem, and the reckoning may be coming far sooner than most expect." Sam Goldman interviews David about his recent article for Washington Monthly, talks about CP…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Jessica Mason Pieklo, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at Rewire News and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered. Follow her on Twitter at @Hegemommy. Then, The RNL Show’s Sunsara Taylor interviews long-time abortion provider Dr. Warren Hern. Follow Sunsara at @SunsaraTaylor and watch The RNL Show on YouTube. Send yo…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Dahlia Lithwick, columnist for Slate.com and host of the podcast Amicus about the Supreme Court: https://slate.com/podcasts/amicus Read her recent piece The Price of No Consequences for Trump: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/06/no-consequences-for-trump-garland-biden.html Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusef…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Chanelle Wilson, assistant professor of education and the director of the Africana Studies program at Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Wilson has been vocally arguing for anti-racist approaches in education and uses critical race theory as a tool for identifying oppressive structures in the educational system and beyond. Read her profi…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, columnist for MSNBC and author of a new book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. Order her book here and follow Dr. Butler via her website antheabutler.com or on Twitter at @AntheaButler.…
 
"We're a small group of reactionary film podcasters who wanna turn back the clock in film criticism a thousand years." Fire up the mother box with us to resurrect this Spring’s hottest movie discourse: Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Our friend, writer/director Russell Goldman, joins us to battle it out over Snyder’s confident maximalism, The Flash’s…
 
Sam Goldman talks to Caroline Duble, the Political Director of Avow Texas (https://avowtexas.org/) about the abortion ban set to go into effect September 1st and the larger fight for abortion rights. Avow Texas' slogan is "Unapologetic Abortion Advocacy" (cheers for that!). Then, we play the speech given by the valedictorian at Lake Highlands HS in…
 
Sam Goldman interviews long-time activist and voice of conscience Dr. Walden Bello about Trumpism and the global spread of fascism. Dr. Bello is currently International Adjunct Professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton and received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in Stockholm in …
 
Sam Goldman interviews Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) about her new book American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy. Then, Coco Das and Sam talk to a couple local organizers with Refuse Fascism chapters in Philadelphia and Texas, summing up their activism under Trump and going forward. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefasci…
 
Coco Das talks with historian Priya Satia about her recent article for the LA Review of Books: Fascism and Analogies — British and American, Past and Present. Priya Satia is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University, focusing on the history of Britain and its empire. She is the award-winning author of Spies i…
 
Society wide repudiation of American fascism requires people from every corner of society speak up and take a stand. Coco Das (Contributing Editor of RefuseFascism.org) interviews Steve Hofstetter on getting loud in the face of fascist threats & noise. Hofstetter is an outspoken progressive comedian who unfortunately became the cover story of neo-N…
 
Sam Goldman interviews Brynn Tannehill (@BrynnTannehill) about the spate of anti-trans laws across the country and the larger fascist agenda it's a part of. Order her book American Fascism: How the GOP is Subverting Democracy here. Send your comments to samanthagoldman@refusefascism.org or @SamBGoldman. Connect with the movement at RefuseFascism.or…
 
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