Dispatched from Mars

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

25 episodes of Dispatched from Mars since the first episode, which aired on March 17th, 2018.

  • Segregation

    July 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 13 secs
    anthony bourdain, hasidic jews, immigration, integration, segregation

    On racial segregation and integration. We talked about Anthony Bourdain’s criticism of “Northeastern Liberals,” exploitation of immigrants, slavery, Hasidic Jewish community, public vs. private schools.

  • Who We Are

    June 16th, 2018  |  55 mins 44 secs
    identity, japan, new orleans, new york, woman in the dunes, wyoming

    In the West, we tend to assume that who we are is an unchanging essence of ourselves but when our lives change dramatically, we realize that it's impossible to define our identity without the context in which we live.

  • Wisdom

    June 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 7 mins
    knowledge, learning, smart, wisdom

    We tend to use the words "wise" and "smart" in different ways. We postulate that smartness can be taught, shared, and passed on, but wisdom cannot be. We all have to become wiser on our own from scratch.

  • Street Smart

    June 6th, 2018  |  54 mins 8 secs
    politics, self-reflection, trump

    We discuss how the perception of being street smart and book smart impact politicians' careers.

  • Specializing

    June 1st, 2018  |  1 hr 3 mins
    capitalism, eastvswest, generalists, mba, medicine, specialists

    In the West, specializing is how we gain authority, but it is a form of ignorance and has adverse consequences.

  • Suicide

    May 18th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    suicide

    If you think about it, it's rather strange that people would want suicide to be illegal. Why would you want your right taken away?

  • Cecil Taylor

    April 6th, 2018  |  51 mins 9 secs
    ceciltaylor, jazz

    We discuss the life and music of Cecil Taylor. We planned this podcast before Cecil Taylor died.

  • Leonard Cohen

    March 25th, 2018  |  36 mins 57 secs
    leonardcohen, music

    We discuss the life and work of Leonard Cohen.

  • Loneliness

    March 17th, 2018  |  49 mins 1 sec
    loneliness

    Recently there have been many articles about loneliness. Everyone is feeling lonely these days. Why?