How EarBuds Podcast Collective works:

Each week, a theme is chosen by one of our curators. That curator finds 5 podcast episodes (from anywhere!) to go along with that theme. Listen to these podcasts by clicking on the links above, through the RadioPublic app, or you can find (most of) them on your favorite podcast app (iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast…)

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WHY THIS THEME?: To some extent all of us are unreliable narrators; we tell ourselves what we want to hear. Thus, identifying objective truth is a fool’s errand.

MONDAY EPISODE (8/7): RadioLab – The Fact of the Matter62 minutes

The unreliable eyewitness.

TUESDAY EPISODE (8/8): Joe Frank: Return Engagement – Soul Mate – 60 minutes

The practice of self-delusion.

WEDNESDAY EPISODE (8/9): CBC Radio – Renowned Writer John Banville Says all of his Novels have been Failures – 25 minutes

John Banville is a highly respected writer. In his novels, there is always an unreliable narrator. In this interview, he seems to cast doubt, in a very unhumble manner, on his reliability.

THURSDAY EPISODE (8/10): DCH/ART – John Currin5 minutes

I like John Currin. He is the rare contemporary painter who specializes in representational work, yet he represents what he sees, not necessarily what we might see.

FRIDAY EPISODE (8/11): Politics and More Podcast – Donald Trump and the Culture of Lying19 minutes

We finish this week with the unreliable narrator we don’t deserve.

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