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Charles Bursell Presents

Social critic-at-large Charles Bursell presents podcasts, radio art, and commentary in a variety of formats and genres ranging from one-on-one conversation to full company experimental audio improv. Current podcasts include "Stream of Consciousness Talk Radio Theatre" and "Conversations with Charles Bursell"
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Oct 24, 2017

Ep.35: "Happiness" - The harder you try to find happiness the more elusive it is. Better to cultivate meaning and purpose, say the experts. Host Charles Bursell explores the issue with The SCTRT Players.

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Oct 17, 2017

Ep.34: "Personal Responsibility" is the worst of all BS self-help canards. It takes a nice little idea and elevates it to a religious tenet that crumbums use to dodge their own social responsibility.  Host Charles Bursell and the SCTRT Players elucidate.

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Oct 11, 2017

Ep.33: "Tech Addiction" - The makers of apps, games, and other video content know exactly how to keep you glued to their screens. Host Charles Bursell and the SCTRT Players provide a half-hour of audio acetone to get you unstuck.

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Oct 4, 2017

Ep.32: "Gender" - If you're holding on to outdated gender norms you're on the wrong side of history, not to mention science. So says host Charles Bursell as he attempts an earnest exploration of the issue only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Sep 27, 2017

Ep.31: "Bad Advice" - Shamelessly sharing your ill-informed homespun philosophy with friends and family? Many people are these days and host Charles Bursell would like to put an end to it. That is, until the thoughts in his head take over the show.

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Sep 20, 2017

Ep.30: "Work and Jobs" - We are  inventing unnecessary jobs to serve an outdated system that serves only a few at the top and sentences most of us to drudgery. Host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of the issue only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Sep 13, 2017

Ep.29: "Diversity" - How does a white, hetero, cisgender male, Christian-raised radio host discuss the importance of diversity in America without sounding like a jerk? Host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of the issue only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Sep 6, 2017

Ep.28: "Open Line." Host Charles Bursell welcomes listener calls on any topic. As usual, the show is hijacked by the "thoughts in his head" as portrayed by a talented cast of comedy improvisers.

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Aug 30, 2017

Ep.27: The rise of amateurism is killing our ability to discern between experts and pretenders in politics, philosophy, health, the arts, and more. Each week, host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of issues and ideas only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Aug 28, 2017

Ep. 9: "Three Millennials and a Boomer" - Robert, Tom, and Andres, self-proclaimed spokesmen for their generation, talk with host Charles Bursell about privilege, travel, and the boomer/millennial divide.

Aug 23, 2017

Ep.26: Are those in the military fighting for freedom or dying for profit? And since terrorists are "inspired" to kill, let's replace the 600 billion dollar military budget with a Department of Inspiration. Each week, host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of issues and ideas only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Aug 16, 2017

Ep.25: Why are we so busy? Maybe we're just really bad at time management. Each week, host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of issues and ideas only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Aug 9, 2017

Ep.24: The Case for Minimalism. Having less stuff is better for you, for others, and for the planet. Each week, host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of issues and ideas only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Aug 2, 2017

Ep.23: Charity is elitist, undemocratic, and ineffective. Each week, host Charles Bursell attempts an earnest exploration of issues and ideas only to have the show hijacked by the "thoughts in his head."

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Jul 30, 2017

Ep. 8: Guest Bill Nowicki, a conservative, hard-working, suburban family man talks with host and notorious non-conformist Charles Bursell about their very different ways of navigating life, work, and politics.

Jun 28, 2017

Ep. 7: Guests Jonathan Wachala and Crysta Jarczynski, cast members of Stream of Consciousness Talk Radio Theatre, discuss being weird in the real world, the intricacies of improv, and if and where to draw the line in comedy... oh, and beekeeping. 

Jun 23, 2017

Ep. 6 - Singer/songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Peter Donalds talks about his life and work, and about the creation of his alter ego Charles Bursell. Wait, what?

May 25, 2017

Ep. 5 - Columnist and funeral director Patti Potter Fitchett discusses the role of humor and the growing options in planning your last send-off.

Apr 29, 2017

Ep. 4: Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst Dr. Jan Van Schaik discusses the intersection of politics and mental health. Is there such a thing as "Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder"? What does psychiatry have to offer on the question of how to get along in a politically divisive era? And is it a misguided goal to be "well adjusted" to a sick society? 

Mar 31, 2017

Guest: painter, performance artist, and vlogger, The Skrauss

Mar 14, 2017

Ep. 22: “The Nature Show” – Stream of Consciousness Talk Radio Theatre is a weekly issues/ideas talk podcast hijacked by the subconscious, as portrayed by an ensemble of unscripted actors, musicians, and sound artists.

Mar 7, 2017

Ep. 21 “Astral Projection” — SCTRT is a weekly issues/ideas talk podcast hijacked by the subconscious, as portrayed by an ensemble of unscripted actors, musicians, and sound artists.

Mar 1, 2017

Ep. 20: "High School Days" -- SCTRT is a weekly issues/ideas talk podcast hijacked by the subconscious, as portrayed by an ensemble of unscripted actors, musicians, and sound artists.

Feb 24, 2017

Charles Bursell in conversation with artist, poet, and performer Anja Notanja Sieger.

Feb 21, 2017

Episode 19. "The Awards Show" -- SCTRT is a weekly issues/ideas talk podcast hijacked by the subconscious, as portrayed by an ensemble of unscripted actors, musicians, and sound artists.

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