E75: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 7 Soul Force

This is our fifteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston has a dream of his mother. Winston remembers his selfishness and how he abandoned his family during the Chocolate Incident. Winston and Julia have a conversation. They conclude that the Thought Police can’t get inside you — they can’t make you change what you feel. Your inner heart is impregnable. That’s a very nice thought. Dystopia CAN get inside you. It leaves you worse than you were before, but it CAN get inside of you. Soul force is not enough. You need a strong soul to resist.

E74: 1984 Part 2, Chapter 6 Foreshadowing

This is our fourteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston finally meets O’Brien! Is this a signal? Is this a call from the resistance to the Party? It’s actually a false-flag operation by the Thought Police, but we’ll get to that in another episode. We see Orwell’s foreshadowing in full force.

E73: All the President’s Men, Pt 2 – Editorial Oversight

This is episode two of two on All the President’s Men, a film directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. In this episode, we look at what this film has to say about the media and how it works. Woodward and Bernstein did a lot of tedious checking up. In turn, their editor checked up on them! Editorial oversight really plays a big role in this film. Working relationships between the press and public officials are also very important for getting the truth out: if they can trust each other, they can help each other. The press bring moral confrontation against public evils, but how heavy is their burden of proof? What about anonymous source confidentiality?

E72: All the President’s Men, Pt 1

This is episode one of two on All the President’s Men, a film directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. In this episode, we look at the relationship between media and politics. Woodstein reporting brought down the Nixon presidency because it was truly on to something. The Fourth Branch of Government has real influence, but it must be truly independent and not fall to its own version of regulatory capture. The press aren’t the police, but they do have a responsibility to the public not to cry wolf. A bad press is like a compromised immune system.