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Hollywood’s Strikes Will Disrupt Podcasts, Games, and TikTok Too


Lauren Goode: Awesome.

Michael Calore: That’s nice. And that’s Bey, B-E-Y.

Kate Knibbs: B-E-Y, yeah. Y-A-Y-A, B-E-Y.

Michael Calore: Nice.

Lauren Goode: Kate, I saw on your Instagram, if I may share this, you posted a photo of your son standing in a field of grass wearing these cool sunglasses. He’s a little guy. And you posted at Pitchfork and I honestly thought it was ironic. Like I was… Because he looked like a little festival goer and then…

Kate Knibbs: No, he was really at Pitchfork.

Lauren Goode: And then I saw your next photos and I was like, “Oh, rad. Kate’s at Pitchfork. Cool.”

Kate Knibbs: He only lasted two hours and then we had take him home.

Lauren Goode: Still, baby’s first Pitchfork. That’s amazing.

Kate Knibbs: Yeah, baby’s first music fest. It was fun.

Michael Calore: Nice.

Lauren Goode: So great. And you were there with our friend Puja Patel.

Kate Knibbs: Yes. She’s the best.

Lauren Goode: Cool. She was on Have a Nice Future, our other podcast recently, which everyone should go check out.

Michael Calore: I was waiting for that.

Lauren Goode: You’re welcome. Mike, what’s your recommendation? I’m surprised you weren’t there. You’re such a music guy.

Michael Calore: Yeah, it was like halfway across the country.

Lauren Goode: Clearly you’re not that big of a music guy.

Michael Calore: I guess not. I would have flown out to see Julia Jacqueline. But I understand that her set was cut short by…

Lauren Goode: Oh, yeah. Your girlfriend. Why?

Michael Calore: By a storm, right? Didn’t a storm blow through during Julia Jacqueline’s set?

Kate Knibbs: Julia Jacqueline, yeah. There was like Julia Jacqueline, Panda Bear, Snail Mail all got cut short because they, we had to evacuate. It was a bummer.

Michael Calore: OK. So my recommendation this week.

Lauren Goode: Yeah, tell us.

Michael Calore: I want to recommend a movie about a bunch of brainy do-it-yourselfers who go out to the desert in order to construct a bomb…

Lauren Goode: OK, so Oppenheimer.

Michael Calore: That they think will cause great change in the world and promote peace among humanity.

Lauren Goode: And it’s not Oppenheimer.

Michael Calore: It’s not Oppenheimer. It’s called How to Blow Up a Pipeline.

Lauren Goode: OK.

Michael Calore: It’s a narrative feature. It’s very low budget. It looks like it was shot for a few thousand dollars and some coffee, but it’s very good, very good acting, really great direction, great writing, and a wonderful message. It is about a group of people who go out to the desert. They don’t know each other. They’ve all met… Well, some of them know each other, but most of them are strangers to each other. They all meet over Signal and they go out to the desert in Texas to blow up a pipeline. And they’re doing it because they believe that the destruction of corporate property that disrupts the industry of oil production is the thing that is going to draw attention to the climate crisis. And it’s a movie about putting those beliefs into action. It’s a movie about how strong are your convictions, what are you willing to sacrifice, and what are your motivations for doing these things? So you learn about the inner lives of the characters and what is driving them to make these decisions. It’s really excellent, especially right now. I mean, the movie’s very urgent. People feel very urgently about the climate crisis and the movie is not necessarily encouraging people to go blow things up, but it is showing how to do that, which is also feels a little transgressive, I think, a little bit dangerous. And I like that about it, because I like things that are edgy, but it’s also just a beautiful experience. I really liked it.

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