Didactic SynCast
DS #121: Mom and Rob

DS #121: Mom and Rob

November 25, 2021

On this very special episode, I give thanks for my mom Linda and step-dad Rob! Listen as we discuss their lives and loves, their jobs and journeys. We recorded these conversations in Florida during the summer of 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

DS #120: No Angels, No Demons

DS #120: No Angels, No Demons

August 9, 2021

A discussion of fake binaries, the need to resist oversimplification, and how to sustain the complexity. Featuring audio from Alan Watts.

Plus: A first look at the Nimbus X book!

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DS #119: Teacher Appreciation Poetry

DS #119: Teacher Appreciation Poetry

May 4, 2021

A short little SynCast, especially aimed at my teacher friends. As some of you know, Teacher Appreciation Week is a sick joke. But I was inspired by Sarah Kay to share some of my teaching-related poems. So … enjoy!

Poem Titles:

  1. Shove Yer Appreciation
  2. Pandemic Polemic
  3. Get Off My Cape!
  4. Mental Salary
  5. The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done
  6. I Should Have Learned By Now
DS #118: Epistemological Security

DS #118: Epistemological Security

April 17, 2021

or: How Scientology Helped Me Better Understand #BLM

On this episode I dig through a documentary about Scientology, how it connects to my fascination with NXIVM, and what it can teach us about the psychological torment of Black folks (and people of color) all over the United States.

DS #117: Ontological Security

DS #117: Ontological Security

March 25, 2021

On this episode, I discuss how we find purpose, what it means to "be yourself", and how people become convinced that true happiness lies in a cult, a political affiliation, a street gang, a corporate logo, or a social media brand.

I'm still trying to master the art of simultaneously broadcasting live on Facebook and recording the SynCast at the same time, so I apologize for any hiccups I didn't fix. 

Thanks for listening and let me know: How did you figure out who YOU are? (Or maybe you're still figuring that out. Tell me about it.)

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DS #116: Masks, Militancy, and Meme Markets

DS #116: Masks, Militancy, and Meme Markets

January 27, 2021

On this episode, for the first time ever, I also broadcast LIVE on Facebook! If — for some reason — you want to see me wave my hands and bumble around with my cell phone as I talk, check out this link: https://www.facebook.com/eric.s.piotrowski/videos/10225133308901262

Otherwise, enjoy a brief discussion of masks, militancy, and meme markets. Special shout-out to JASOGOLLECGHHERR for that last article!

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DS #115: Greg DeLacy

DS #115: Greg DeLacy

January 17, 2021

In the first SynCast after the insurrection at the US Capitol, I'm speaking with my video game buddy Greg DeLacy. We don't agree on much, but we had a good conversation that debated some important issues and exchanged vital points of view. We started with Trump and wound up discussing Obama, Reagan, the Clintons, South Africa, Sarajevo, East Timor, police brutality, antifa, and dozens of other topics. 

If nothing else, we proved here that civil discussion is still possible in the US, so long as we remember our shared humanity and commitment to a better world.

Enjoy!

(In the show, Greg brought up a guy named John Sullivan. Here are two articles about him.)

DS #114: The Wire

DS #114: The Wire

August 18, 2020

On this episode I'm joined by Chinny + Stu from the VeteranGamers to discuss The Wire, perhaps the greatest television program ever made. We dig into every season, lots of characters, and plenty of background info. 

Obviously there are bad words and beaucoup spoilers. Beware and enjoy!

DS #113: The Quality of Mercy

DS #113: The Quality of Mercy

August 10, 2020

This episode is all about the power of forgiveness, featuring stories from my own life, as well as people from all walks of life — from the Nazi Holocaust to post-9/11 hate crimes. Let us learn from their powerful examples how to live without hatred in our hearts. 

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DS #112: Faith Stevenson

DS #112: Faith Stevenson

July 1, 2020

On this episode, I spend an hour with my friend and teaching neighbor Faith Stevenson. We discuss education, literature, race, geography, Waffle House, and a dozen other topics. Enjoy!

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