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Spaghetti For Brains

By Spaghetti For Brains
Transatlantic political comedy podcast in which Ben and Norm make fun of capitalism because it’s stupid.
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25: SERF N TERF
Is it called "The Frizzle Fry"? Ben & Norm reflect on last week's episode and the future of a revolutionary left that can't get its head around trans liberation. Norm gives an update on a bill going through the Connecticut legislature. Republicans want to know if legal weed is bad for the environment.
54:07
June 10, 2021
24a: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE "GENDER CRITICAL" LEFT
Ben reads a letter to the so-called "gender critical" left. Young people are growing into a politics that is radical and trans inclusive. If we're not responding to the changing dimensions of the working class, then who are we? You can read the letter on the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: https://spaghettiforbrains.substack.com/p/an-open-letter-to-the-gender-critical
11:35
May 29, 2021
24: END OF HISTORY SEASON TWO
After a totally planned hiatus, Ben & Norm are back. It's the End of History — Season Two. Israel, the movie. Fighting to lose. Chimps and Spaniards of Hartlepool. The Queen's Speech, Kill the Bill, long distance asylum applications and other Tory manoeuvres straight out of the Republican playbook. Cockhands' Voter ID law and how the US is like the UK a little further down the road. Also we call out Chapo Trap House.
01:05:38
May 14, 2021
23: OWNIN'-ISM
Norm loses the game. Ben adopted a cat and made it an honorary Italian. Constantine the influencer posted Christianity until it went viral. Corporations pretending to be human. White boy summer in a totally not-racist police state. Conspiracy is all well and good but have you heard of the valorisation of capital? If only the Chauvin trial really could put the criminal justice system in the dock. What 'Keir' stands for. The open letter about #killthebill that Ben talks about: https://spaghettiforbrains.substack.com/p/a-dark-stain-on-our-democracy Ben reading that open letter on Open Mic Podcast with Alfie Prendergast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3HNMvefv5MV7Vpwi72znZy?si=JEMy3jn6T5qh7I7rO5OdoA
01:19:29
April 6, 2021
22a: GHOSTS
Ben reads his essay 'Ghosts: Whiteness and the Spectre of Race in America'.
33:21
April 1, 2021
22: THE MAN OF THE MOMENT
W.E.B. DuBois and the history of American citizenship. The truth about Britain is not so "Priti". Noname does a bad communism. #killthebill. "Lesser Trumpism". Joe Biden falling up stairs is the perfect embodiment of America—truly he is the man of the moment. Ben & Norm celebrate a wonderful piece of writing in which the author imagines Jeff Bezos as a next-level piss pig: tinyletter.com/Aimee-BHB/letters/toilet-talk-amazon-and-derek-mccormack-s-castle-faggot-1 and a shout out to all the ladies. Listen to Ben read an open letter about #killthebill at Open Mic Podcast with Alfie Prendergast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/open-mic-podcast-with-alfie-prendergast/id1372552546 Read the letter at spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:13:28
March 27, 2021
21: A BEGGAR'S OPERA
Apple Johnson comes out as 'ex-gay.' Gif or Jif and fungible art. Why your veggie pizza is just wrong. Big bunny milkers get cancelled. Lastly, and in all seriousness, we talk about Sarah Everard, the police brutally cracking down on vigils held in her memory, and the context in which this is taking place: increasingly violent and arbitrary state repression against legitimate forms of protest. Ben gives a short history of British policing. If you have a problem with 'defund the police' then how about we do a Marie Kondo on these mfers? Check out and subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:08:27
March 17, 2021
20: ECCE CUOMO
For our milestone 20th episode, Norm & Ben gain exclusive access to a wet a** press conference. Norm takes a moment to be serious and address anti-Italian bias. Iranian history plays an understated role in present day geopolitics. A picture of Cuomo being a sex pest is worth a thousand words. Norm calls out a celebrity chef and drops truth about tahdig rice. Featured music: 'Del Dare' by Kourosh Yaghmaei Drone courtesy of The Unperson: https://theunperson.bandcamp.com/ Check out the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:12:01
March 5, 2021
19: STARMFRONT
This week Ben & Norm look at Neera's chances, compare German guilt with Anglo-American guilt, recount the foibles of Keir "Daily" Starmer, why you should give up on Labour and just go for a party who also won't win but will at least lose with dignity, the Biden admin launch Coolag Junior, Mr & Mrs Potato Head's God-given biology, why "normal" people are perverts and psychopaths, Sophia the Robot vs. Shamima Begum, and Cuomo the sex pest. Check out the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:05:54
March 1, 2021
18: CANNOLI CRONIES
This week Ben & Norm look at the headlines: education as an over-priced commodity, the supreme court ruling in the UK that Uber drivers are workers (as opposed to bots with pulses), Adrian 'Voodoo' Chiles' admission that over-70s have a lower attention span than zoomers, a moment of "silence" for Rush Limbaugh, libs' sociopathic take on the Texas deep freeze, Dick Stormer's old fashioned New Labour worm brain, Cuomo the Medici of cannoli corruption, CISA at the heart of a new Cold War, and (finally some good news) the rover landing on Mars. Check out the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:20:27
February 20, 2021
17: IS IT WORTH IT
Ben revisits the most disgusting thing he's ever done in public. Neera Tanden frightens America's enemies by dropping it, flipping it and reversing it. The Queen has a thing or two to learn about consent. Norm does Barstool Sports. Gina Carano vs. Nathan J Robinson. Dunning-Kruger antisemitism. Fragmentation, storytelling, and why Ben is going to sue Adam Curtis for stealing his ideas. Here's the David Graeber article we refer to: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/first-time-my-life-im-frightened-be-jewish/ And here's the Felix Biederman article about MMA fighters and conspiracy theories: https://deadspin.com/why-are-so-many-mma-fighters-truthers-conspiracists-a-1782042590/amp Check out the Spaghetti For Brains Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:21:30
February 14, 2021
16a: SALES SOAR AT THE EVERYTHING STORE
Ben reads the latest instalment in a series of pamphlets on the “Orwellian”: ‘Sales Soar at the Everything Store: Orwell, Power-Worship and the “Story of America”’. The piece looks at Orwell’s many critiques of James Burnham, whose 1940s works inspired 1984’s nightmare vision of an Anglicised Soviet surveillance state. Ben also explores the relationship between traditional intelligence methods (mostly leading to mass murder in the name of “anticommunism”) and the modern ‘data companies’ role in running that game for the ruling class. It’s easy to forget that power and control are not the same thing, and that sometimes our desire to feel like the ship is being steered entices us into believing that things are not going haywire. Hence Biden’s (and others’) guff about ‘the story of America’. Read the piece on the Substack: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com/p/sales-soar-at-the-everything-store and subscribe for free to read future pamphlets in the newsletter. Opening music: 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody. Closing music: 'The Chestnut Tree' by Glenn Miller
21:52
February 12, 2021
16: ALL THUMBS
***BREAKING NEWS*** Jeff Bezos: a thumb or a different member? English people doing American accents. Barney from the Simpsons (including OJ) wins an Oscar. Ben goes deep on the triangular torture device known as the Labour Party/Brexit/Scottish independence. Just so you people don't get mad at us, here are some articles: Agriculture needs subsidies: https://fullfact.org/economy/farming-subsidies-uk/ EU rules mean Holyrood and Westminster let BiFab tank: https://www.energyvoice.com/renewables-energy-transition/283594/bifab-administration-unite-gmb/ Production vs. Trade: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/years-eu-debate-has-been-dominated-talk-trade-its-time-start-talking-about-production Closing music: 'I Love Europe' by Christer Sjögren Read the first part of Ben's essay on the 'Orwellian' at spaghettiforbrains.substack.com and sign up to the newsletter to read the second part as soon as it's published.
01:19:40
February 6, 2021
15a: "ORWELLIAN"
A short bonus episode. Ben reads the first part of an essay on the concept of the "Orwellian". Read it at spaghettiforbrains.substack.com where you can also subscribe to the newsletter and read the rest of the essay as it's published. Music: 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody.
12:50
February 1, 2021
15: EAT MY SHORTS
Jon Hamm has beef with Norm but Obama's got his back. Norm and Ben talk about the stock shorting attack radiating from the sulphurous bowels of Reddit. Is it a form of online organising? Trolling in the style of 4chan Trump "supporters"? Or are these guys just Jokers in it for the lols?  Stay tuned later in the week for a *BONUS EPISODE* where Ben reads an essay on the concept of the "Orwellian." Theme music: 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains Substack & newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:03:23
January 28, 2021
14: MANIFEST DENSITY
Don Draper makes a guest appearance to read the 'hard' poetry of our greatest living William. Inauguration intubation across the nation. Sea Ashanti. Bible studies with Ben & Joe. Blessed be the grifters, for theirs is the kingdom of MLM. Americans abroad are only as bad as Brits at home. The United States is a nation of Mad Men. Special thanks to The Unperson for the synth drone. Opening theme: 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody. Check out the Spaghetti For Brains Substack where you can read articles and subscribe to the newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com.
01:11:13
January 22, 2021
13: LET THEM EAT BEANZ
Can fiction be revolutionary? Banksy sucks. The jury is out on Star Trek. Ben talks about Burroughs again. Establishment Republicans prefer their right wing barefoot and pregnant. Labour's partying like it's 2014. Meanwhile the Tories think children can survive on a fun-size sfogliatella. Sheldon Adelson visits that great Coolag in the sky. Opening theme: 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody. Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter (spaghettiforbrains.substack.com) for fun-size brain sfogliatelle.
01:18:40
January 15, 2021
12: RAT CHOWDER
Was it a coup? Was it a protest? Or was it the latest twist in the kayfabe? We bid farewell to the king of posters, Ben explains a basic fact about Italian-Americans, language is a virus and "discourse" is the symptom, and never listen to Banana Republicans. Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:17:45
January 11, 2021
11: GOODBYE 2020, WE HARDLY KNEW EU
We recorded this on New Years Eve. Everything about 2020 was bad. Even the good stuff, which just made the rest feel worse.  Both tunes are taken from Gerry Nobody's tribute to Thelonious Monk: He Saw. Sign up to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter and learn how you can be clutch, bruh: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:12:54
January 4, 2021
10: AM I THE BADDIES
We discuss Joel Schumacher's classic 1993 film Falling Down, what it can tell us about the AIDS crisis and the sliding scale of value applied to American lives, the LA Riots, Biden’s ‘94 Crime Bill, and how empires crumble in the shadows of their own nostalgia.  Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:23:34
December 17, 2020
09: HOPE ADDICTS
'Oh, Cymru'. The Big "D" Word. Dick Stormer, Keir Starmer's Iranian avatar. SpyCops. Lying to children. The Easter Bunny's endocrinology. Abandon all hope, ye who enter politics. On a personal note, 2020 made me a communist. The opening music, as ever, is Gerry Nobody's 'Now That I Can See'. Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:27:32
December 11, 2020
08: RELEASE THE COOLAG
Bangin' Martins, verbal flatulence about Elliot Page, a cutting edge workspace called The Coolag, Release the Kraken, what happens to your dog Kevin when you ascend to Paradise, and Save Our Rights UK who are only as wrong as libs. Opening music, as ever, 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:16:15
December 3, 2020
07: BUTTS UP
Ben reads a short story: 'Butts Up'. Then Norm and Ben talk about Walter Benjamin and turning war into art, Gulf War The Movie, America's relationship to the spectacle of violence—and baseball cards.  Opening music, as ever, 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody. Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter for nuggets of brain genius and to see images of the Desert Storm baseball cards: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:34:27
November 27, 2020
06: HUBBLE ULTRA DEEP FEELS
Welcome to the Four Seasons Landscaping Podcast. Ben & Norm have a totally light and casual conversation about death, the meaning of life, astronomy, right-wing ideology as a placebo for community, and absolutely nothing else, I swear.
01:21:10
November 13, 2020
05: MASK OFF
The election came and… it’s still happening. While it looks like Biden will probably win, the Dems have taken a real beating getting there. Ben & Norm talk turkeys voting for Christmas, how the establishment need to be afraid of us, and—of course—how Bernie would have won. Theme song, as ever, ‘Now That I Can See’ by Gerry Nobody: https://gerrynobody.bandcamp.com/album/arse-poetica The other song is ‘Nothing’ by The Fugs Image by Norm SIGN UP TO THE SPAGHETTI FOR BRAINS NEWSLETTER: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:14:50
November 6, 2020
04: KING OF ASHES
Ben & Norm reunite to make idiots of themselves trying to clap at the same time, then discuss Corbyn getting done dirty like Bernie, voting as vice or virtue, Trump as the King of Ashes, and whether we're going to survive this election.  Intro music, as ever, 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody: gerrynobody.bandcamp.com/album/now-that-i-can-see Closing music: 'Yankee Doodle' by Pete Seeger Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
01:23:08
October 30, 2020
03: ASHES
This week Ben talks to his old friend Norm, a comedian and political organiser in Connecticut. They discuss healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis, the legacy of a failed Obamacare, perform a post-mortem on the Bernie 2020 campaign and try to figure out where the movement can go from here. 
01:19:13
April 21, 2020
02: DUAL CITIZENSHIP
This week Ben talks lockdown, #GeneralStrike2020, working at the grocery where people keep asking for takeaway coffee, the possibility of getting sick, losing friends and lovers and acquaintances, and what it means to still be here. Ben reads 'DUAL CITIZENSHIP or I AM LOST TO THE WORLD', about loss and language.  You can buy a copy at www.burninghousebooks.com or http://goodpress.co.uk/writing-1/dual-citizenship-or-am-i-lost-to-the-world-by-ben-kritikos as well as copies of Ep01's 'ROUGH SLEEP', both in stock from today.  Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains Newsletter: https://spaghettiforbrains.substack.com/.  Title track 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody: https://gerrynobody.bandcamp.com/track/now-that-i-can-see-2 Closing track 'The Plague' by Herons: https://open.spotify.com/track/2OPVIbi4VDk6GJMCKovudJ?si=7WrqW7p8RcqchmP2VYPPzQ
58:30
April 2, 2020
01: ROUGH SLEEP
It's the first day of spring. Coronavirus is spreading. The economy is tumbling because neoliberalism sucks and Tories are not fit for purpose (unless that purpose is pillory). Austerity has picked Britain's bones clean but no one knows if capitalism will survive this crisis or what will come next. Where is Brexit? Who cares? Most of us are stuck inside anyway. In our first episode, Ben reads 'Rough Sleep', an essay that should have been published this week but all the shops are closed. Except Burning House Books, which is an online shop, where you can buy a copy. 'Rough Sleep' charts the passing clouds of history as they cast shadows on the author's life: from working for low pay and being a homeless teenaged drop-out in the US in the late '90s; working for low pay while in an abusive relationship in London when the Tories first came to power in 2010; working for low pay in a cafe and volunteering at a food bank in Cornwall during the Brexit vote; to finally working for low pay at a soul-destroying call centre in Glasgow in 2019. Buy a copy of 'Rough Sleep' at www.burninghousebooks.com Subscribe to the Spaghetti For Brains newsletter: https://spaghettiforbrains.substack.com
51:07
March 22, 2020