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Hear me on The Criterioncast, Radio Korea, and G.I.O. Get It On

I appeared on the latest episode of The Criterioncast, the podcast dedicated to discussing the classic and contemporary films issued on video by The Criterion Collection, to talk about Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. When the show’s host Ryan Gallagher offered me the chance to return to the show — I last went on for Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry — I jumped at the scheduled discussion of this particular movie. A picture so intimately tied up with the mechanics of food preparation would feel perfectly to think about at Thanksgiving time.

But also, I’d already watched Jeanne Dielman four times since Criterion issued it in two or three years ago and had been jonesing to pop it in for a fifth. I’ve watched it more frequently in these recent years than anything but maybe Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndromes and a Century. (You can read my Humanists columns on the former here, and the latter here.) Not everybody feels this way about Jeanne Dielman, apparently, and you’ll get a taste of that in the episode. (You’ll also get a little bit of previously unspoken information about my next project!)

About a month ago, I made my third appearance on G.I.O. Get It On, the podcast of unofficial (but highly dedicated) Loveline archivist Giovanni Giorgio. As two guys in their late-mid-twenties who came up in western Washington state cultivating insatiable desires for the teachings of the radio show’s 1995-2005 “golden age” pairing of Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew, we have a lot to talk about. In this latest conversation, I bring my Podthinking skills to the table and Giovanni brings his voracious podcast-listening skills to the table, and we try to nail down just what makes the best podcasts the best.

Shortly after I moved to L.A., I received an invitation to come on Radio Korea’s only English-language talk show, K-Town Tonight. The intersection of radio, Korea, and Los Angeles? I couldn’t say no. Hosts Mike and Elli ask me about my interest in Korean culture, how I decided to move to Koreatown, and whether I think that one island is called Dokdo or Takeshima. I also say a few words in Korean, which, on a 50,000-watt station, surely has to count for something in my language-learning progress.

So here’s the list of all my guest appearances on other podcasts, publications, radio shows, and television shows to date:

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