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Welcome to Major League Rugby Kickoff . The official podcast of Major League Rugby hosted by Dan Power and Pete Steinberg. Bringing breaking news, exclusive guests, and high level analysis every week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Virtual Memories Show 430: Jesse Sheidlower Lexicographer, bartender and bon vivant Jesse Sheidlower rejoins the show to talk about his new project, the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. We get into the 20-year-old origins of the project and the ways it mirrors the development of the internet over that span, the importance of fandom and com…
 
Lexicographer, bartender and bon vivant Jesse Sheidlower rejoins the show to talk about his new project, the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. We get into the 20-year-old origins of the project and the ways it mirrors the development of the internet over that span, the importance of fandom and community in science fiction, how the culture t…
 
Dan and Pete sit down to discuss week three's matches as they noted how tight the Eastern conference remains. The competition on the weekend certainly showed how physical and tight the Eastern Conference teams can play while also being extremely efficient where it matters. The Rookie, better known by his teammates as The Sheriff, Mason Koch joins t…
 
Virtual Memories Show 429: Nate Powell “It was a lifesaver, having Congressman Lewis in my life during this period — his temperance, his playing the long game, his absolute lack of compromise on a moral and ethical level — a lot of this helped me on a personal basis.” How will we remember (and recover from) the last 5 years? National Book Award-win…
 
How will we remember and recover from the last 5 years? National Book Award-winning cartoonist Nate Powell's new collection, Save It For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams ComicArts) explores America's fractures and its hopes for the future. We talk about the impetus of the book, how it follows his work adapting Rep. Jo…
 
Dan and Pete review the second week of Major League Rugby, they notice that there are already some clear favorites. That some teams have shaken their old ways and are playing at a new standard. Then, some of the mighty have struggled early. Harrison Goddard has marshalled the Giltinis attack to two early resounding victories for the LA Side continu…
 
Virtual Memories Show 428: Michael DeForge I think one of the ways art can be politically useful is by reimagining different ways of being.” Cartoonist Michael DeForge joins the show to celebrate his amazing new graphic story collection, Heaven No Hell (Drawn & Quarterly). We get into his prolific comics career, his compulsion to jump genres, the w…
 
Cartoonist Michael DeForge joins the show to celebrate his amazing new graphic story collection, Heaven No Hell (Drawn & Quarterly). We get into his prolific comics career, his compulsion to jump genres, the ways we relitigate the traumas of our lives, and why he digs he self-imposed challenge of a daily comic strip (on top of his other comics and …
 
Come listen to this episode as we interview Dr. Rachel Fish, the Founding Executive Director of the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism about what the foundation does and how to combat Antisemitism. We also take it to the streets of MSU Hillel to ask fellow students about their favorite thing about Passover. IG: @togetherbeathate https://www.together…
 
After a wild opening weekend Dan and Pete sit down to discuss the Opening Weekend of Major League Rugby. The weekend defied expectations of putting on a spectacle for Rugby in North America as well as delivering four Rugby matches into the homes of the North American Rugby fans via The Rugby Network. Danny Tusitala was selected as Player of the Wee…
 
Virtual Memories Show 427: Kate Lacour “The part of taxidermy that’s meaningful to me is my personal interest in interacting with physical bodies. There’s a lot of emotional weight and personal tickle involved.” It’s been a year since I started the COVID Check-In series of podcasts, so I decided to return to the very first guest in that series, art…
 
It's been a year since I started the COVID Check-In series of podcasts, so I decided to return to the very first guest in that series, artist Kate Lacour, to celebrate! (You know what I mean.) We talk about how her life has changed over a year in Pandemia, and how the urge to document those first few months gave way to other outlets. In her case, K…
 
Virtual Memories Show 426: Laura Lindstedt “I’m very aware that I see the world through a woman’s eyes and experiences. I think that all my novels do have female main characters and themes that can be considered feminist. There’s something that comes from my femininity into the writing, but it’s not without ambiguity.” Finnish novelist Laura Lindst…
 
Finnish novelist Laura Lindstedt joins the show to celebrate the US publication of My Friend Natalia (Liveright, tr. David Hackston). We get into the challenges of translating a novel that's all about the therapy sessions of an extremely literate and hypersexual patient, how the therapist's method parallels Laura's writing process, and my meta-theo…
 
The smell of Rugby is in the air as season four fast approaches. Commissioner George Killebrew joins the show to discuss the rapid commercial strides that Major League Rugby has achieved over the past three months establishing deals and partnerships with national and worldwide brands such as American Airlines. He made it a point to discuss why MLR …
 
Virtual Memories Show 425: Vivian Gornick “I’m a writer who developed around the practice of lucid, simple, compact writing. I turned out to be something of a minimalist. . . . but for a long time I felt myself a negligible writer because I couldn’t write big.” Literary and feminist legend Vivian Gornick joins the show to celebrate her new collecti…
 
Literary and feminist legend Vivian Gornick joins the show to celebrate her new collection, Taking A Long Look: Essays on Culture, Literature, and Feminism in Our Time (Verso Press). We talk about the biggest shock of looking back at her work for this career-spanning collection, why she organized it from most recent to oldest, and the difference be…
 
With the days counting down to opening weekend. Dan and Pete sit down with members of the Toronto Arrows and San Diego Legion. The Toronto Arrows ended 2020 just behind the San Diego Legion in the Major League Rugby standings when the season was called off. Dan sits down with both Head Coach Chris Silverthorn and Co-Captain Lucas Rumball. Chris get…
 
Virtual Memories Show 424: Jen Silverman “What strikes me is how our culture has evolved such that if we’re not being witnessed we feel like we don’t exist. The desire for fame is really just the desire to be witnessed to such a degree that you feel like you HAVE to exist.” What price fame? With her debut novel, We Play Ourselves (Random House), wr…
 
What price fame? With her debut novel, We Play Ourselves (Random House), writer and playwright Jen Silverman tells a comedic tale of theater life gone wrong, internet humiliation, a teenage feminist fight club, queer absurdist puppetry, the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, and a lot more. We get into the roots of her novel, what writing for th…
 
With the season less than two weeks away, the smell of Rugby is in the air. Dan and guest host James Paterson dig into one of the tastiest match ups of Opening Weekend. Los Angeles Expansion side the Giltinis versus the New England Free Jacks. Darren Coleman drops by to talk about the pre-season and the choices made in quick succession which put th…
 
Virtual Memories Show 423: Leslie Stein With her latest graphic memoir, I Know You Rider (Drawn & Quarterly), Leslie Stein reveals a piece of her life that she’d never shared with anyone: her decision to have an abortion. We talk about why she chose to tell that story, how her family reacted to the book, why she told the story in a direct, unmediat…
 
With her latest graphic memoir, I Know You Rider (Drawn & Quarterly), Leslie Stein reveals a piece of her life that she'd never shared with anyone: her decision to have an abortion. We talk about why she chose to tell that story, how her family reacted to the book, why she told the story in a direct, unmediated narrative, what it was like to have t…
 
Virtual Memories Show 422: Anahid Nersessian “I’ve never had a period of separation from Keats, like I’ve had with other authors (or bands) that I love.” Let’s commemorate the 200th anniversary of John Keats’ untimely death with a conversation with Anahid Nersessian, author of Keats’ Odes: A Lover’s Discourse (University of Chicago). We get into ho…
 
Let's commemorate the 200th anniversary of John Keats' untimely death with a conversation with Anahid Nersessian, author of Keats' Odes: A Lover's Discourse (University of Chicago). We get into how she read Keats' letters to Fanny Brawne at WAY too young an age, how she's lived with his poems since childhood and how they've changed for her over the…
 
Featuring the opening round match up of the Austin Gilgronis and the Utah Warriors. Dan and Pete take time to check in and discuss the pre-season with coaches Sam Harris and Shawn Pittman. Sam Harris joins the show to discuss the pre-season efforts that the Gilgronis have started, but have abruptly put on pause due to the extreme weather conditions…
 
Virtual Memories Show 421: Kate Maruyama “We’re all dealing with this, but I think we’re all processing what this new reality means, how it’s changing everything.” Author, editor and activist Kate Maruyama rejoins the show to celebrate the publication of her wonderfully creepy new novella, Family Solstice (Omnium Gatherum). We get into why she wrot…
 
Author, editor and activist Kate Maruyama rejoins the show to celebrate the publication of her wonderfully creepy new novella, Family Solstice (Omnium Gatherum). We get into why she wrote a haunted house story at a time when everyone's stuck in their homes, how she pushed herself to finish the book during the early months of the pandemic, and how F…
 
With Drawn & Quarterly publishing new editions of King-Cat Classix, Map of My Heart, and Perfect Example, what better time for John Porcellino to return to the podcast? We talk about how King-Cat Comics & Stories has evolved over the ~30 years (!) he's been making it, how the refinement of his art and storytelling mirrors the battle of intuition vs…
 
Description- With a shift in the schedule, Dan and Pete check in with the Houston SaberCats and the Seattle Seawolves. Paul Healy joins the show to go over his preseason philosophy and his chance to fill in some holes in the roster with the Dallas dispersal draft. Zach Pangelinan stops by to catch up with two of his old friends with Dan having play…
 
With her debut memoir, Aftershocks (Simon & Schuster), Nadia Owusu explores the fault lines of identity, race, and justice, and the ways trauma and myths are transmitted through the generations. We talk about her upbringing in Europe (UK& Italy) and Africa (Ghana, Tanzania & Ethiopia), the meanings of skin color in different cultures, her social ju…
 
Come listen to episode 4 of season 2 while we interview Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz about his rap career and being Jewish in the rap scene! We also talk about International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan 27) and Tubishvat! To follow and listen to Kosha Dillz, go to where ever you listen to music. IG: @koshadillz Tiktok:@koshadillz826 http://koshadill…
 
Is it unhip to search for a meaningful pattern in life? Sven Birkerts rejoins the show to talk about his new book, Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory: Bookmarked (IG Publishing), which explores time, memory, and those aforementioned meaningful patterns. We get into Sven's history with Nabokov's memoir, his own impulse toward memoir as he approached 5…
 
Come and listen as we interview fellow Jewish podcaster Stephanie Butnick of the Unorthodox Podcast about herself, being apart of the world's leading Jewish podcast, Jews in the News, and insight about being a podcaster. To listen to the Unorthodox podcast, go to https://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/unorthodox or wherever you listen to podcasts (such…
 
Dan and Pete continue the road to Opening Weekend of Major League Rugby's Fourth Season. This week diving into the second match up featuring Rugby ATL v. Rugby United NY. Head Coach Scott Lawrence and Scrum-Half Duncan Van Schalkwyk sit down with Dan and Pete to discuss the extended offseason and preparations for the upcoming season. Head Coach Gre…
 
A series of deaths and personal losses in 2018 hang over Mark Wunderlich's poems in his new collection, God of Nothingness (Graywolf Press). We talk about that writing, how living through it unwittingly prepared him for the past year in Pandemia, and how the current situation compares with his arrival in NYC at the height of AIDS. We get into the u…
 
"At 50, everyone has the face he deserves," said George Orwell, but he died at 47, so what does he know? To celebrate turning 50, I use an obscure Woody Allen movie to talk about why I can't take stock of my life. Then the good part: I ask nearly 40 guests of the podcast one question, "What do you wish you'd done before the pandemic?" (You can skip…
 
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