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The Bullshit Artists.

The Bullshit Artists

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This is the simple premise of The Bullshit Artists, an experimental new longform podcast focused on discussion of politics and the human condition from Rory Varrato and Jack Crittenden, professor emeritus of political theory at Arizona State University.

Jack and Rory have known each other for more than ten years, first as teacher-student and later as friends. During that time, they have had countless conversations over coffee together, and some of those chats have even been interesting.

The purposes of this biweekly podcast, then, are to provide a new venue for these cross-generational conversations (especially now, during the pandemic) and to enable these dialogues to reach an audience of more than two.


Both of the interlocutors identify as what comedian Mel Brooks fondly calls "bullshit artists," and they hope that—at their best—they can offer to each other and to their listeners something like the lighthearted verbal jousting of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee crossed with the stimulating pleasures of a My Dinner with Andre-caliber conversation: organic, cerebral, funny, unguarded, and chock-full of bullshit.

Please subscribe if you find this project intriguing. New episodes will be posted every other Friday, or whenever Rory gets around to it.

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Jack Crittenden and Rory Varrato at the Village Coffee Roastery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Rory Varrato is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University in the City of New York. He is also a co-founding member of Extinction Rebellion NYC.


Jack Crittenden received his doctorate in political theory from Oxford University and is now professor emeritus at Arizona State University. His most recent book is What Hath Trump Rot?: How Republicans Betrayed American Ideals.

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