The Theory of Everything debuts with a three part expedition to the center of the cloud. In part one Twitter employee number 7 Britt Selvitelle tells us what happened when Justin Bieber joined Twitter in 2009 and how everything had changed by the time the Bieb joined Instagram in 2011. Harper Reed, CTO for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, explains why cloud infrastructure is awesome, Matt Wood, Amazon’s principal data scientist, explains how the cloud is changing our relationship with technology, and Parse’s Charity Majors shows us what it is like to work in the Cloud. But when your host attempts to get inside the cloud itself he runs into difficulties…
Your host tries to start an American Idol like show about truth starring famous journalist fakers, Writer Aaron Bobrow Strain tells us the story of White Bread, artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña tells us about making matches, and artists Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe tell us about the fake books in their new show “Stray Light Grey.” PLUS TMi corespondents Josh Glenn and Chris tell us about White Skin and White Horse.
Writer Bill McKibben uses simple math to explain why the planet is toast. Your host goes to Atlanta to learn about the HOT lanes, Laura Mayer shares a tale about a hot bike and TMI’s Chris tells an impossible tale about America’s #1 Hot Topic. PLUS the debut of brand new regular TMI corespondent Josh Glenn.
A Derecho grounds TMI’s Chris in an elevator. Peter Choyce discovers blogging and Tim Kreider discovers what it means to be “krazy busy.” Photographer Lowell Handler teaches homeless mentally ill women how to take pictures. And Margaret Atwood reminds your host that the internet is magic. PLUS Humility.
Your host talks with Hillary Chute about “comics, philosophy and practice” the comic book academic conference she organized. Also your host digs up some interviews he did in 2004 with a bunch of cartoonists for a piece he never finished Also a studio visit with cartoonist Kim Deitch. PLUS a chat with Françoise Mouly about her new book Blown Covers.
Your host speeds three curves ahead of the curve others are behind to release TMILY: the too much information social app. TMILY is for those who need some entrepreneurial verve and innovational vim in their lives. And for the skeptics: Tim Hwang tells us about his Hype Up Weekend and Michael Wolff discusses the ridiculously popular piece he wrote on Facebook for MIT’s Technology Review PLUS TMILY’s IPO! Yes, that’s right I. P. O. !!!
TMI’s Peter Choyce is down in the dumps even though he was an extra on the season finale of Glee. Artist Conrad Ventur experiments with redoing Andy Warhol’s screen tests but Ivy Nicholson makes it difficult. Damien Macdonald tells us about his summer with the French cartoonist Moebius (who passed away this past March). Herbert G tells us about his College feud with Conan O’Brein and Your host takes a few trips down memory lane.
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.