8. The Precarity is the World. [Beth Martin.]

Beth Martin grew up in rural Ontario, in a farming community near Lake Huron—the kind of place you'd recognize from the fiction of Alice Munro. Music was a tool Beth used to establish a cohesive identity, and later to probe her relationship with the outside world. She recently completed a PhD in English Literature, and is one of the co-founders of the Megaphonic podcast network, where she co-hosts It’s Just a Show, a deep-dive into 90’s cult classic show Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Beth and Michael discuss escapism, futurism, modernity's terrifying velocity, and raising a child in a world that sometimes feels doomed.

And hey: MEGAPHONIC PARTY! We'll be celebrating at The Bastille, 16 Walmer Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, March 24th, 7-11pm. Join us! Free drinks and snacks! Me, Beth, and all the other Megaphonic crew will be there to meet and greet.

Her Songs:

Book of Days (Gaelic Version) by Enya.
Army of Me by Björk.
Winter's Love by Animal Collective.
Vessels by Philip Glass.
4 Degrees by Anohni.

Show Notes.

It’s Just a Show. Beth's Mystery Science Theatre 3000 podcast.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. An episode of 99% Invisible about the failed housing project Beth discusses in the context of Philip Glass's Vessels.

This Is Your Playlist! A Spotify playlist of every song from every episode of This Is Your Mixtape [if it is on Spotify].

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