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A show about what you’re not supposed to say. Thaddeus Russell, author of A Renegade History of the United States, interviews people who break the rules of conventional discourse and expand the realm of the possible.
Linda Williams was the first American academic to make pornography a subject of serious scholarly work, so of course I had to interview her. In her house near the UC Berkeley football stadium, we talked about her courage to break through the conservatism of the academy, her motivations for doing so, and the history of … Continue reading Episode 108: Linda Williams →

On my recent appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast, I was able to talk in depth about several topics I don’t usually get to discuss on Unregistered, from the government-created higher education monopoly that Renegade University is challenging to the surprising and little-known racial history of Jews in America, the central importance … Continue reading Episode 107: A Higher Education (the Free Man Beyond the Wall interview) →

Warren Farrell was a national celebrity for being the leading male advocate for women’s liberation. Now he’s considered a pariah by many feminists for promoting the liberation of men. We sat down in his house among the redwoods in Mill Valley, California to discuss the importance of his career for me, for men, for women, … Continue reading Episode 106: Dr. Warren Farrell →

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman and I question the concept of reality, the meaning of space and time, the ability of scientists to show us the truth, and the lies our fathers told us. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/105/

The journalist Abby Martin and I sat down to discuss our mutual hatred of U.S. foreign policy, our disagreements about capitalism, her work as an artist, and why I think she’s a hero of American journalism. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/104/

In a grand tour of the renegade history of the 20th-century U.S., the great social historian Elliott Gorn and I talk about street fighting vs. state violence, examine the significance of John Dillinger’s penis, question the legacy of Muhammad Ali, and argue about whether racism is eternal. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/103/

In the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, famous as the shooting location for science fiction films set in the future, I talked with the author and public intellectual Venkatesh Rao about his mind-bending and time-bending project on the history and possible future of temporality. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/102/

In the heart of America’s historical capital of sex rebels, I spoke with sex educator and performance artist Midori about the very different sexual norms of the United States and Japan, San Francisco’s queer and kinky history, and what it’s like to be a social outsider who possesses the most intimate knowledge of a society. … Continue reading Episode 101: Midori →

For the 100th episode of the Unregistered podcast we decided to let listeners be the guests. I talk about the news of an Iranian attack against US military bases before I answer questions about my favorite guests and episodes and what the podcast means to me. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/100/

Half the country believes him and the other half never will. I talked with Joel Gilbert, the author and producer of The Trayvon Hoax. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/99/

In his Chicago apartment that also serves as a gallery of contemporary African-American art, I spoke with Kamasi Hill about his childhood in a family of black nationalist radicals in Detroit, the history of black radical movements in the United States, and his career as a renegade high-school history teacher. For full show notes, go … Continue reading Episode 98: Kamasi Hill →

I spoke with Deirdre McCloskey, the leading historian of “bourgeois virtues” and the author of a memoir about transitioning from a man to a woman, about the relationship between virtue and personal freedom and about whether my thesis that capitalism produces contradictory cultural impulses is nonsense. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/97/

Robert Mariani and I discuss what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land that is also your home. He is the former opinion editor for the Daily Caller and founder of the “post-political” magazine Jacobite. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/96/

The author Meghan Daum and I discussed the peril of asking too many questions about the world we inhabit. She is the author of the new book, The Problem With Everything: My Journey Through The Culture Wars. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/95/

Carol Queen, the legendary sex educator and activist, joined me in the Antique Vibrator Museum in San Francisco to make an argument for the revolutionary power of pleasure. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/94/

Chris Carlsson is a co-founder of the Critical Mass bicycle movement, co-founder and editor of the former Processed World magazine, and director of the Shaping San Francisco and Found SF historical projects. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/93/

I questioned David Skarbek, the leading expert on prison gangs in the United States, about the implications of his finding that gangs serve as alternative governments inside prisons. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/92/

I talked with Robbie Martin, the maker of the multi-part documentary film, “A Very Heavy Agenda,” about the history of the neoconservative movement and our shared fascination with a particular history professor. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/91/

Daniel Coffeen is a fellow academic exile, a philosopher and word magician, a “Jew-clown know-it-all,” and the future star of Renegade University. He also holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, where he was a lecturer for many years, and is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of … Continue reading Episode 90: Daniel Coffeen →

He’s been call the Willy Wonka of politics. He’s the author of a new book called, The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of Politics. He’s also the most requested guest on Unregistered. For full show notes, go to: http://thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/89/