Benjamen Walker tracks on Soundclound

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Real costs extra (False Alarm! part v)
Benjamen Walker

Many of us are struggling with the real and the fake - but if you're willing to pay enough, you don't have to worry about it. Your host collaborates with 99% Invisible on a story about the Emeco Navy chair (the real one and the knockoffs). Artist Sam Stewart introduces us to a creature and his luxuriously useless furniture. Starlee Kine of Mystery Show explains that my real podcasting problem isn't the real vs fake but ads... and it's true, dear listeners, because without more ad money, this might have to let my amazing producer Andrew Callaway go! Unless our new ICO pulls in millions! Learn all about it.

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A Fake in the Crowd (False Alarm! part iv)
Benjamen Walker

The power of the fake person, multiplied! Curator Karen Patterson puts a fake outsider artist in the museum and artist David Levine puts on a museum show about the fake crowd. We hear from a 1937 radio play that featured both Orson Welles and the first fake crowd ever broadcast on the radio. And backstage on our Radiotopia live tour, your host turns to fellow 'topes Roman Mars and Helen Zaltzman for help deciphering an unexpected laugh. PLUS!!!! The long awaited return of ToE’s original extra: Peter Choyce.

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S*Coin (False Alarm! part iii)
Benjamen Walker

Our investigation of the real and the fake continues as your host hunts for a way to monetize it! We ask Alex Goldmark from Planet Money and Bitchcoin artist Sarah Meyohas for advice and author David Golumbia explains how bitcoin really works. Lyn Jeffrey takes us to China to learn about the multi level marketing craze of the mid 1990s and Jed Rothstein tells us about his new movie The China Hustle. Journalist Zeke Faux explains why scammers love Facebook and Toe’s Andrew Callaway visits Supreme to learn how to get rich off Streetwear. PLUS... the ToE coin!

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Fake Nudes (False Alarm! part ii)
Benjamen Walker

The future of face-swapping! The REAL deepfakes speaks! Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson tells us how technology has transformed the way she plays with fact and fiction. Dipayan Ghosh warns us about AI powered ad-targeting. Criminal’s Phoebe and Lauren drop knowledge on the untrue in true crime. Plus your host meets STORMY DANIELS!

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Jody Avirgan on "live-ish" podcasting
Benjamen Walker

I used to work with Jody Avirgan at WNYC, we were always scheming about a future that involved podcasts. Today he’s the host of the 538 politics podcast (and other ESPN shows like 30 for 30) Ever since the election he’s kind of pioneered this new genre of podcast I call “Live-ish” Here is his explanation of what he does:

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This Is Not A Drill (False Alarm! part i)
Benjamen Walker

Our New ToE series on the battle between the real and the fake begins with a text alert sent out to everyone in Hawaii on a balmy Saturday morning. We also hear from the man who has written the text alert that will go out to all New Yorkers in the event of a real emergency. Photographer Stan Douglas shows us how to reconstruct a future that makes sense, and your host turns to fellow podcaster Jody Avirgan for advice on how to own the "real-ish" podcast genre. Plus the little boy who cried wolf meets the Emperor with no clothes! Illustration by Jordan Crane and new series logo by Val Dorito.

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Utopia (part v)
Benjamen Walker

Our search for Utopia comes to an end at Christiania, an Anarchist haven in the heart of Copenhagen. In 2012 this Utopia went legit, the squatters become property owners. But now they must figure out how to preserve their alternative community, preserve the historical buildings they are now responsible for, and preserve their future. Plus your host loses his utopian tinted glasses during a musical theatre performance of one of his favorite dystopian novels (Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower).

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Utopia (part iv)
Benjamen Walker

Our search for Utopia takes Andrew far from Mundania to the magickal Den of Iniquity in a pagan community called The Valley of The Dragons. Plus, your host takes a tour of FDR’s New Deal Utopias in search of a future that is possible.

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Time Travelin' Trump
Benjamen Walker

Donald Trump says all his ‘nuclear knowledge’ comes from his favorite uncle John G Trump. According to ToE special correspondent Chris, Uncle Johnny also gave Donald a time machine ring. Learn all about how John Trump acquired this ring (from Nikola Tesla) and how Vladimir Putin stole it (from Robert Kraft) and what Donald Trump is prepared to do to get it back (nukes).

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Utopia (part iii)
Benjamen Walker

Artist and Filmmaker Ruth Dusseault tells us about how the internet has changed the American Commune. Plus ToE’s Andrew Callaway lets us in on an internet joke about Socialist Dolphins.

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False Flags
Benjamen Walker

Underneath a giant American Flag in a Midwest Airport Your host takes a knee in order to tie his shoe. Trouble. Big Trouble. Plus False Flag meets Dictionary.com.

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Utopia (part ii)
Benjamen Walker

Our series continues with ToE’s Andrew Callaway reporting from an off the grid fully sustainable little piece of heaven called Earthaven. Plus Will Wilkinson on Libertopia and the limits of Ideal Theory.

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Utopia (part i)
Benjamen Walker

A new ToE mini series on technology, society, work, art, love (the ToE basics) but this time your host dons a pair of Utopian tinted glasses, and sends Toe Producer Andrew Callaway on the road to visit Utopian communities. Plus Basic Income.

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Cthulhu Con (Revisited)
Benjamen Walker

A special Halloween week fall treat! We're revisiting a segment from my old podcast Too Much Information. I've always wanted to share it here, but this thing I dreamed about in 2010 (Cthulucon, a gathering dedicated to the writings and memory of the writer HP Lovecraft) actually became a real con! I didn't want my dream to compete with that... but well dreams are strong and my friend Luc Sante's essay on Lovecraft is still one of the best things ever written about the man.

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Bad Science (ToE live from the London Podcast Festival)
Benjamen Walker

When ToE's special corespondent Chris told me about Russian Gay Bashing Drones onstage during my performance in London I was certain he was once again putting me on - or this was Satire. I forgot that in 2017 anything is possible - except Satire!

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Iron and Lies (Wisconsin II of II)
Benjamen Walker

The ToE family Wisconsin road trip wraps up with a visit to the House on the Rock. Even though Alex Jordan's tourist attraction is one of the most visionary unique places in the world you still won't find it on any of the official Wisconsin art environment maps. This never bothered the guy who put it together Alex Jordan Jr, in fact the whole place was built on the idea of sticking it to the official arbiters of culture, plus it pulls in millions of dollars a year in admissions fees! Your host also visits the Forevertron, a place built on the idea of escape from pain, suffering, and failure.

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Concrete and Respect (Wisconsin part 1 of 2)
Benjamen Walker

Benjamen, Mathilde and Arthaud head off on a family trip to Wisconsin to see art environments built by immigrants using concrete and to discover what’s going on in rural America today. Plus: making Pawn America great again!

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Illicit Objects
Benjamen Walker

Rob Walker and Josh Glenn have a long history of getting writers to share stories about their objects, but when they told me the would be curating an audio collection of stories, and asked if I wanted to collaborate I said absolutely. So here we have it. A ToE/Project Object collaboration: storytellers sharing 100% true tales of objects that for one reason or another they might be reluctant to display in their living room – but that have a personal value or significance that makes them worth keeping, even if squirreled away.

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Private Ear
Benjamen Walker

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an internationally celebrated artist who works with sound and an internationally recognized expert forensic listener. He likes to call himself a Private Ear. Your host visits Lawrence in Beirut to hear more.

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