Infamous internet troll Weev tells us all about the day when the Lulz was born. Gabriella Coleman schools us in Lulz theory. Director Brian Knappenberger tells us why he put lulz in his new movie (and why the moral fags hate the lulz). Daniel Hernandez, and Shauna Dillavou tell us about Narco Lulz, and Molly Sauter tells us what the media makes of the Lulz. + TMI’s “Chris” does whippits with Krazy Freddy from the FBI!
Photographer Mitch Epstein traverses the USA in search of American Power, Nichola Raihani tells us about the power dynamics of the cleaner wrasse, Sara Marcus tells us the about the power of Riot Girrrl, Valtteri Viljanen demos Spinoza’s geometry of power, “David” gets caught in Foucault’s web of power, and Joe Turow explains to us how Advertising holds all the real power.
In search of a plot, your host turns to Martha Alderson the Plot whisperer. Paul Collins tells us about PLOTTO a 1928 plot generating system devised by William Wallace Cook. We also get a high school senior’s view of the plotting of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, plus we check in with TMI regulars Peter Choyce and Chris.
This week’s show is a series of convergences, but none of them are harmonic. Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us about Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and why Kant and Kepler both considered themselves Pythagoreans. Quintan Ana Wikswo explains why she uses nasty nazi cameras in her art. Nina Mitchell explains what happened when her mind went pop! and Paola Antonelli gives us a tour of her latest MoMA blockbuster Talk To Me. PLUS your host tries to make some money doing experimental medical testing.
The ancients said that the Pirate was the enemy of all mankind. Mzwakhe Mbuli wants to Shoot the Pirate, and Olga Sezneva says Russia is doing its best (in its own way) to solve the problem as well. We hear from a real Somali Pirate who will be in an upcoming documentary made by David Cálek. Adrian Johns tells us about the birth of the Pirate listener and the death of Pirate Radio. PLUS Tim Kreider on Errol Flynn!
This week TMI explores the world of pseudonyms. Carmela Ciuraru talks about some of the authors she profiles in her book Nom de Plume, Dan Sinker tells us about @MayorEmanuel the fake twitter pseudonym he created for Rahm Emanuel, Andy Carvin, Jillian York and Meg Worley weigh in on #nymwars. And Artist Chris Collins attempts to learn the story behind the handle Tyepilot. PLUS TMI’s special corespondent takes us inside the top secret world of rebranding.
Host Benjamen Walker is joined by the journalists Jonathan Kay and Petra Bartosiewicz and they take listener calls. Jonathan Kay is the author of “Among the Truthers” a book about America’s growing conspiracy theory movement and the people who believe in them. Petra Bartosiewicz has been writing about the FBI’s hunt for terrorist networks and sleeper cells. Her soon-to-be-published book is called “The Best Terrorists We Could Find,” an investigation of terrorism trials in the U.S. since 9/11.
This week we celebrate the 50th episode of Too Much Information! Your host decides to clean out his drawers and air all the recordings he hasn’t yet used. Peter Choyce explains why some of his problems are first world problems while others are third world problems. Laura Mayer tells us about her history with Weather Problems and Pierre-Louis Colin takes us on the streets of Paris to pass time watching girls. PLUS we hear from two cartoonists: Tony Millionaire and Christophe Blain (the oldest recording of the bunch – July 2009).
The conclusion of our TMI three part summer series. We learn the history behind Edward Everett Hale’s original tale of Philip Nolan – the man without a country, and the various remakes that have been made over the years. We visit Gene Atwood’s Fort Awesome and Patri Friedman’s ocean city states. PLUS your host turns bread into wine.
This week we continue our summer reboot of “The Man Without a Country,”. Your host continues his journey across America in his hot air balloon. John Fea gives us his answer to the question “Was America Founded as a Christian Nation,” and Stephen Nichols tells us about “Jesus, Made in America.” PLUS Glynn Washington tells us what it’s like to grow up black in a white supremacist Jesus Cult.
This week we begin a new TMI three part summer series. Your host reboots the classic red-neck patriotic history lesson “The Man Without a Country,” some tape from a 2005 interview we did with Howard Zinn about the myth of American Exceptionalism, two Daves dream of a making a historical musical about the war of 1812, and Energumino Garcia tells us about a botched ATF operation.
French blogger M.A.B. tells us about Le Barbe and the real certain truth about l’affair DSK. Your host examines the roles conspiracy and serendipity play in explaining how things really work. Justin Blum explains why the Justice department hasn’t charged anyone with wrecking the economy yet. Nancy Koan finds a laptop still streaming emails from Goldman Sachs. We meet a band of Ayn Randians upset about the critical reaction to “Atlas Shrugged: the movie” PLUS: “Chris” lands a bizarre rent-a-cop gig woking for Alan Greenspan!
Cartoonist Chester Brown talks about his new book “Paying For it” – a graphic novel about his life as a john. In 1996 Brown, a well known Canadian cartoonist, breaks up with his girlfriend. After three years without sex, he decides to investigate Toronto’s prostitution scene.
This week McKenzie Funk tells us the story of Guantanamo detainee Muhibullo Abdulkarim Umarov. Also filmmaker Dustinn Craig explains why Geronimo is a ill advised choice for a code name for Osama Bin Laden. Adam Pash tells us how we can avoid misinformation and your host attempts a disinfo trick. Plus: Dog Cam!
Is it possible to understand the relationship we have with Porn in the digital age without sounding like wankers or prudes? This is an attempt:@jim_colgan tells us how the rest of the world does it, @gramponante explains what a Porn journalist does, @girlvert talks about her porn memoir, @ColleenKane was one of the last people to work at the porn magazine, @rollertrain still works at the porn shack, Ruwen Ogien talks porn philosophy and Gemma Sieff shows us a connection between porn and war.
Your host wants to make millions working at home, Peter Choyce explains that work produces nothing of value, and “Chris” learns the secret behind Wall Street’s exotic financial instruments. Also Laura Mayer gets a braintumor blog and Mathilde Billaud gets a vet bill. Plus Anne Dick (Philip’s wife #2) talks about her memoir “The Search for Philip K. Dick,” and her thoughts about money, and being married to an artist.