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.

Beth’s Five 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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