Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

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Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-12-05 00:53
last episode published
2019-12-04 15:37
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4.12.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Wake up and smell the coffee!

Your host chases a great cup of coffee from Paris to Copenhagen and Kenya. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
12.11.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Guided By Voices (r)

 Philosopher Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us the story of Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and how Kant and Kepler both tried (and failed) to record the universal harmonies Pythagoras once heard. Your host sets out to make some money doing experimental me...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
24.10.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Deep State Revisited

On this episode we dig down into the substratum of the ToE archive to better understand the true meaning of the Deep State.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
10.10.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Going Karura

While reporting in Nairobi, Kenya a group of striking Uber drivers turn your host on to a revolutionary strategy of resistance. Plus: stuck in a broken elevator!
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
24.09.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The boy who cried wolf

The boy who cried wolf crosses paths with the Emperor with no clothes and little red riding hood. Plus Computer Pinocchio. A remix of the Fairy tales from last year’s False Alarm series.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
12.09.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Epstein's funeral

A million conspiracy theories are launched when Jeffrey Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10th 2019. Your host wonders if this is “the big one.” Cara tells us about what it feels like to have “Epstein Brain” and ToE’s special corresponde...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
20.08.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

1984 (the BOOK not the year)

Your host has always wanted to talk to someone about 1984 the book and Dorian Lynskey totally delivers. He just published The ministry of Truth a biography of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Dorian tells us why and how this book has helped genera...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
20.08.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

1984 (the year not the book)

In 1984 your host was twelve years old and like George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith, he kept a diary, for the citizens of the future. For this special installment of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything we travel back in time and give this diar...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
22.07.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Influencers (complete told you so version)

A couple of years ago I wrote a story for the truth podcast, Radiotopia’s one-of-a-kind audio fiction show. Part One ran on the Truth and Part Two ran here. Now that there are actual camps I believe this story warrants another listen.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
19.06.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

YouTube's Inferno

YouTube insists it is not liable for the hate speech in its platform. This is also what YouTube said about the copyrighted material back when it was a start up in 2006. We revisit YouTube’s history with Chris Stokel-Walker author of the new book Youtub...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
3.06.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Operation Three-Eyed Raven

ToE's special correspondent Chris tells us the truth about Game of Thrones, Trump, the CIA, and the importance of stories. Chapter seven in the new ToE Failure miniseries.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
16.05.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Authoritarian Schizophrenia

Right wing populists have stormed the world wide web. They even have a beachhead in China. Chenchen Zhang tells us about the racism and misogyny she found on the knowledge sharing platform Zhihu. And Leta Hong Fincher explains why patriarchal authorita...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
24.04.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The Greater Firewall

China’s next generation surveillance technology is being used to build out the world’s internet. But China is also exporting new philosophical and business models. Hao Wu explains how live streaming in China is powered by failures and James Griffiths e...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
3.04.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Bad Recommendations

John Herrman EXPOSES the truth about YouTube’s paranoid style. ToE’s Andrew Callaway DESTROYS Jordan Peterson. (Must listen!!!)
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
13.03.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Failure (interlude)

Failure Flashback! Failure has always been a key concept for your host so this week we pull two stories out of the Benjamen Walker podcast archive. First a musical number about the loser behind Blue Suede Shoes and second a morality tale about the arti...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
1.03.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Institutionalized

Critic Anand Giridharadas demystifies the rise of the thought leader, artist Chris Vargas rememorializes the Stonewall riots and your host clears up where he stands on the YouTube platform. Chapter three in the new ToE Failure miniseries.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
12.02.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The Cultural Marxism Industry

In the 1930's,Theodor Adorno fled Nazi Germany. In America, he studied the Authoritarian Personality. On YouTube, he’s the object of study in a massive conspiracy theory that many have tried (and failed) to debunk. Chapter two in the new ToE Failure mi...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
9.01.2019 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The People have Spoken

Filmmaker Astra Taylor asks "What is Democracy?" and YouTube creates the most disliked video in the history of the platform. Chapter One in the new ToE Failure miniseries.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
25.12.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Failure (prelude)

After Meghan Daum’s marriage falls apart she meets some new friends on YouTube. Also, reporter Paris Martineau tells us about a new game changing online harassment tool: the thotbot. Meghan wrote about her journey for Medium and Paris’s reporting is f...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
20.12.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Bonus 2018

Earlier this summer at a listener meet up in Vancouver your host learned the difference between Listeners and Fans. Find out why this distinction matters. And if you are a fan or a listener donate now to the 2018 Radiotopia campaign! Also: Benjamen and...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
11.12.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Victory is ours

Mark Galeotti takes us into the Soviet Gulag to tell us the brutal history of the Bitch War, ToE's Andrew Callaway checks in on the war on smoking and P.W. Singer explains how #likewar works. Plus Sleeper Net?
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
28.11.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Fake it till you make it (False Alarm! part xv)

The grand finale of False Alarm! This one has it all, the little boy who cried wolf, your host’s AI plant, the paintings of Hilma af Klint, the blockchain powered SingularityNet, and Nuclear Armageddon!  Centuries in the making plus a message from the ...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
6.11.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Night Wolves (False Alarm! part xiv)

The Night Wolves are a Russian biker gang. Their rallies and bike shows run on state TV and Putin gave members medals for their contributions to the annexation of Crimea. The Kremlin outsources violence, propaganda, and intelligence gathering to groups...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
24.10.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

JK After The Fact (False Alarm! part xiii)

A handful of tech barons now own the news but only one can rule the fake news. A chat with the comedy team behind the CBC’s This is That satirical news show turns into breaking news about Elon Musk.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
12.10.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Wolfgang (False Alarm! part xii)

The Hoaxers took over the Conspiracy Theory Championship Title from the Truthers in December of 2012 in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Eight years later the hoaxers are everywhere, the pizzagaters, the climate deniers, the national...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
25.09.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Mistakes were made

We’re taking a short break from False Alarm! because your host made a big big mistake. More on that when we return to False Alarm next episode… In the meantime, we raid Benjamen Walker’s audio vaults for a show about making mistakes and being wrong.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
12.09.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

True Lessons (False Alarm! part xi)

I set out on this False Alarm! journey with a quest to figure out how to better deal with this blurry line between fiction and reality. Phase Three of False Alarm! begins with a return to this question… can fiction help us see the truth? Jeffery Lewis,...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
23.08.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Second time as fake (False Alarm! part x)

The Nazis believed the secret to turning a lie into a truth was repetition, for the Spiritualists it was denial, have computers come up with something new? Phase two of our mega-mini series concludes and we return from our tour of the 1930s and 1880s. ...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
7.08.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Heavenly Truths (False Alarm! part ix)

A postmodern prehistory of post-truth and an alternative history of the Civil War. Our exploration of the Nazi Supernatural concludes with Werewolves and Mass Suicide. Plus: another installment in our False Alarm! fairy tale, the little boy from part o...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
24.07.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Pseudoscience (False Alarm! part viii)

As the border between border science and science dissolves we continue our examination of two other time periods when science tried to account for both the real and the unreal. In the 1800’s, so much new technology was revolutionizing the world… why no...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
11.07.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The Power of Magical Thinking (False Alarm! part vii)

Magic! That’s what alt-right face-punchee Richard Spencer claims brought Trump to the White House. Esoteric historian Gary Lachman investigates and discovers an unholy alliance of memes, chaos, and positive thinking. Michael Hughes, author of Magic for...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
22.06.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

It is happening again (False Alarm! part vi)

Little girls who can talk to ghosts! The Nazi Supernatural! The legacy of artist Iris Häussler’s first fictional character Joseph Wagenbach. Plus America’s Greatest Lie! 2018 is not the first time truth, fiction and lies have merged together. In the 18...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
6.06.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Real costs extra (False Alarm! part v)

Many of us are struggling with the real and the fake – but if you’re willing to pay enough, you don’t have to worry about it. Your host collaborates with 99% Invisible on a story about the Emeco Navy chair (the real one and the knockoffs).  Artist Sam ...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
21.05.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

The Fake in the Crowd (False Alarm! part iv)

The power of the fake person, multiplied! Curator Karen Patterson puts a fake outsider artist in the museum and artist David Levine puts on a museum show about the fake crowd. We hear from a 1937 radio play that featured both Orson Welles and the first...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
1.05.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

S-Coin (False Alarm! part iii)

Our investigation of the real and the fake continues as your host hunts for a way to monetize it! We ask Alex Goldmark from Planet Money and Bitchcoin artist Sarah Meyohas for advice and author David Golumbia explains how bitcoin really works. Lyn Jeff...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
17.04.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Fake Nudes (False Alarm! part ii)

The future of face-swapping! The REAL deepfakes speaks! Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson tells us how technology has transformed the way she plays with fact and fiction. Dipayan Ghosh warns us about AI powered ad-targeting. Criminal’s Phoebe and Lauren drop...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
3.04.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

This Is Not A Drill (False Alarm! part i)

Our New ToE series on the battle between the real and the fake begins with a text alert sent out to everyone in Hawaii on a balmy Saturday morning. We also hear from the man who has written the text alert that will go out to all New Yorkers in the even...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
22.03.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Utopia (part v)

Our search for Utopia comes to an end at Christiania, an Anarchist haven in the heart of Copenhagen. In 2012 this Utopia went legit, the squatters become property owners. But now they must figure out how to preserve their alternative community, preserv...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
6.03.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Utopia (part iv)

Our search for Utopia takes Andrew far from Mundania to the magickal Den of Iniquity in a pagan community called The Valley of The Dragons. Plus, your host takes a tour of FDR’s New Deal Utopias in search of a future that is possible. ********* click o...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
14.02.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Time Travelin’ Trump

Donald Trump says all his ‘nuclear knowledge’ comes from his favorite uncle John G Trump. According to ToE special correspondent Chris, Uncle Johnny also gave Donald a time machine ring. Learn all about how John Trump acquired this ring (from Nikola Te...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
2.02.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Joe Frank

Radio Genius Joe Frank recently passed away. At joefrank.com Joe’s wife Michal Story has posted a number of wonderful tributes. Here is mine, a recording we did together in 2005. It was an absurd situation. Joe was hooked up to a dialysis machine, he l...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
22.01.2018 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Utopia (part iii)

Artist and Filmmaker Ruth Dusseault tells us about how the internet has changed the American Commune. Plus ToE’s Andrew Callaway lets us in on an internet joke about  Socialist Dolphins. ***********Click on the image for details about this episode ****...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
30.12.2017 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

False Flags

Underneath a giant American Flag in a Midwest Airport Your host takes a knee in order to tie his shoe. Trouble. Big Trouble. Plus False Flag meets Dictionary.com
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
20.12.2017 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Utopia (part ii)

Our series continues with ToE’s Andrew Callaway reporting from an off the grid fully sustainable little piece of heaven called Earthaven. Plus Will Wilkinson on Libertopia and the limits of Ideal Theory. **********************Click on image for more li...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
28.11.2017 Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything

Influencers (complete version)

A couple of months ago I wrote a story for the truth podcast, Radiotopia’s one-of-a-kind audio fiction show. Part One ran on the Truth and Part Two ran here. I thought I would run the complete version before the whole thing becomes documentary.
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
16.11.2017

Utopia (part i)

A new ToE mini series on technology, society, work, art, love (the ToE basics) but this time your host dons a pair of Utopian tinted glasses, and sends Toe Producer Andrew Callaway on the road to visit Utopian communities. Plus Basic Income. **********...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
3.11.2017

CthulhuCon (Revisited)

A special Halloween week fall treat! We’re revisiting a segment from my old podcast Too Much Information. I’ve always wanted to share it here, but this thing I dreamed about in 2010 (Cthulucon, a gathering dedicated to the writings and memory of the wr...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
20.10.2017

Bad Science

When ToE’s special corespondent Chris told me about Russian Gay Bashing Drones onstage during my performance in London I was certain he was once again putting me on – or this was Satire. I forgot that in 2017 anything is possible – except Satire! A few...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
16.10.2017

Iron and Lies (Wisconsin part II of II)

The ToE  family Wisconsin road trip wraps up with a visit to the House on the Rock. Even though Alex Jordan’s tourist attraction is one of the most visionary unique places in the world you still won’t find it on any of the official Wisconsin art enviro...
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author
21.09.2017

Concrete and Respect (Wisconsin part I of II)

Benjamen, Mathilde and Arthaud head off on a family trip to Wisconsin to see art environments built by immigrants out of concrete and to discover what’s going on in rural America today. Plus: making Pawn America great again!
Benjamen Walker & Radiotopia author