Ten years after "The Great Immensity," received a National Science Foundation grant that drew the ire of Congressional Republicans, The Civilians' Artistic Director Steve Cosson discusses the complicated relationship between the government and arts organizations.
How do we know what to believe when everyone in power seems to be lying? In the early 2000s, inspired by the “truthiness” of the Bush-Cheney Administration, the Civilians launched an investigation called “(I Am) Nobody’s Lunch.” In this recording, Emily Rossell plays a Columbia student who joined a cult, Donnetta Lavinia Grays plays a Jamaican facialist, and Aysan Celik plays a “remote viewer” with a special technique for accessing truth. Closing the episode, Mike Madison plays a Michael Friedman song called “Super Secret Places.”
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