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There can be no doubt that Russell Brand's incredible interview with Jeremy Paxman on BBC newsnight has struck a chord with, to quote Brand himself, "a disenfranchised, disillusioned, [and] despondent underclass that are not represented by [the] political system." Guy Evans provides analysis to this spectacular battle between paradigms old and new, in Episode 103 of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast. Enjoy!

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Predictive programming is the theory that the public's responses to events such as grand-scale terrorism are pre-conditioned through cultural production. Proponents of this theory point to elements in television, film, and literature that have seemingly foreshadowed catastrophes before they have occurred, and suggest that the collusion between intelligence agencies and media institutions is much deeper than is given credit for.

Tom Secker, the British-based writer, researcher, and filmmaker, argues that we can be quite certain that this is a real phenomenon. In this episode, we critically examine some of the main tenets of the predictive programming concept, discuss his recent article on the CIA's Operation Mockingbird, and take a look at the reasons why we have seen a rise in the 'morally ambiguous protagonist' in popular culture. Listen, share, and enjoy!

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For Episode 13 of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, we are lucky enough to be joined by an internationally known award winning-author and lecturer - Michael Parenti. Michael received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, and has taught at a number of colleges and universities all over the world. He is as powerful and engaging in public speaking as he is on the page, and his work covers a wide range of subjects, including U.S. politics, culture, ideology, ancient and modern history, imperialism, the news and entertainment media, and war. In his highly influential magnum opus Democracy For The Few, now in its ninth edition, Parenti presents a stunning critical analysis of American society, economy, and political institutions. 

In this interview, he elucidates on the overarching ideological production that impacts on corporate-owned news media. Areas of discussion include how the mass media favors elite interests, divides the working class against each other, and prevents the public at large from achieving independent thinking about world events.

You do not want to miss this!

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