Ira Harmon's Pop Machine
Ira Harmon's Pop Machine
IHPM - Episode #16
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Synopsis:

Listen as Ira Harmon continues his discussion on body parts, tries to channel Wendy Williams, ponders jelqing, and delves into koro.

Recommended Reading:

ThePeripheral The Peripheral by William Gibson (ISBN: 0399158448) – Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.
Neuromancer Neruomancer by William Gibson (ISBN: 0441569595) – Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
TheUltimateWeapon The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace by Mary H. Kaldor and Shannon D. Beebe (ISBN: 1586488236) – The twenty-first century has seen millions unemployed. It has seen livelihoods undermined by environmental degradation. Middle-class cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa have become cauldrons of violence and resentment. Tribalism, ethnic nationalism, and religious fundamentalism have flared dangerously, from Russia to Spain. The use of force is unlikely to help. What works when counter-insurgency has run its course: in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond?
DickGregorysPoliticalPrimer Dick Gregory’s Political Prime by Dick Gregory (ISBN: 0060116013) – Much of the information on the American political system contained herein — presented in the form of lessons complete with review questions — approximates the sort of common causality you might find in any standard Power-to-the-People handbook (straight talk on how Congress operates, the nature of political parties, campaign costs), but throughout it’s revved up with choice Gregorian gassers, e.g., “”‘Reagan’ pronounced backwards is ‘nigger'”” and if Ronnie ever becomes president, “”Then we could say we have a backward nigger in the White House.”

Playlist:

  1. Excerpt from “The Shining”
  2. The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) – John Williams (The Empire Strikes Back OST)
  3. The Main Title – John Williams (Superman the Movie)
  4. Flying Theme – John Williams (E.T. The Extra Terrestrial)
  5. Theme – John Williams (Born on the Fourth of July)
  6. Cadillac of the Skies – John Williams (Empire of the Sun)
  7. Theme –  John Williams (Jaws)
  8. Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra – John Williams (Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade)
  9. The Raider’s March – John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  10. Hymn to The Fallen – John Williams (Saving Private Ryan)
  11. Theme – John Williams (Jurassic Park)
  12. Theme – John Williams (Schindler’s List)
  13. Parade of the Slave Children – John Williams (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
  14. Duel of the Fates – John Williams (Star Wars Episode 1)
  15. The Battle – Hans Zimmer (Gladiator Soundtrack)
  16. Superman and the Clan of the Fiery Cross Episode 13
  17. SneakersBill Cosby (I Started Out As A Child)
  18. Street Football – Bill Cosby (The Best Of Bill Cosby)

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