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Category: Society & Culture

The BetaFiles podcast is a place where Gen-X ideas, reactions to events, and basic babbling in a poor surfer boy / southern accent come together to create an hour of non-sense. So join us to kill an hour of your time!

July 8, 2020

The BetaFiles: What Happened to the Album?

In another observational history, I look at the demise of the album and why I think we have moved away from one of music's greatest contributions in art.

July 6, 2020

The Optic Poet - The One About Gen-X Music

In this episode, Jay and I discuss the music that we grew up listening to from 80s pop to 90s Rock and the country music that spanned it all.

July 3, 2020

The BetaFiles: The Hate Machine Part 3 - Guns and the National Media

***CORRECTION*** In the Podcast I mention that Tucker Carlson is a graduate of Georgetown. I am wrong in this and apologize. Tucker Carlson went to St. George's school for boys then to Trinity College of Connecticut where he received a BA in History. ***CORRECTION***


Dr. J stops by again this week to discuss how the news media has ruined any form of debate over guns.

July 1, 2020

The BetaFiles: Optimus Prime and GI Joe - What Happened?

In this episode I talk about the merits of two of Gen-x's most iconic male role models -  Optimus Prime and Duke - and how their style of masculinity has been silenced for better or worse...

June 30, 2020

The Optic Poet - The One About Gen-X TV

In this episode, Jay and I talk about Gen-X TV and how it shaped the world we entered into as adults.

June 26, 2020

The BetaFiles: The Hate Machine Part 2

Count this as an observational history of the media from 1980 to today where we look at all of the influences that have contributed to the current media landscape.

June 26, 2020

The BetaFiles: Masculinity

Special guest Dr. J sits down and discusses masculinity with me - what does masculinity mean for us today and where do we think it is headed?

June 24, 2020

The BetaFiles: Thomas Jefferson Cancelled - When is enough enough?

So, I put masculinity off...again...because millennial activists brought down a statue of Thomas Jefferson and it led me to want to discuss it. So, here we are with the first of what will be many episodes on cancel culture and the now scary politics of the hard left.

June 23, 2020

The Optic Poet - The One About Gen-X Movies

In this episode, Jay and I discuss the different movies that not only defined our generation, but also how they can still inform us today. 

June 19, 2020

The BetaFiles: “Red Pilling”

Beginning with The Matrix, the idea of the "Red Pill" has been appropriated by a range of movements from Men's Rights Activists to the Alt Right to the extreme left to represent the idea of seeing beyond the "official" narrative. But what does it really mean to "red pill"? This episode tries to make some kind of sense of it from a Gen-X perspective.