Jul 4, 2016
We're back to chat about the first week of Wimbledon 2016, upsets and all. Later in the episode, Michael Lewis returns for his second appearance on the show to tell us about his first trip to the All England Club. We close the show by issuing a few thumbs up and thumbs down before getting into #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas.
2:00 Both French Open winners are out!
13:00 Looking at the women's draw: who's left, great match-ups, Serena-Sveta XIII
23:30 Shall we talk about court assignments?
27:45 Men's draw
36:45 Interview with Michael Lewis, who just came back from his first visit to Wimbledon - the quiet, the pomp, and poppin' bottles
44:30 A few players he saw: Federer on Centre, Venus, Dustin Brown, Vandeweghe, Vinci-Riske
59:00 Sneaking into good seats with the aid of Body Serve friend @stephintheus
1:06:30 Thumbs Up to Marcus Willis, Queen Venus
1:13:30 Thumbs Down to boys behaving badly
1:17:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas Serena gets petty af; or, the "we all hate each other" fallout
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Jun 25, 2016
It seems like Roland Garros just ended, but tennis barrels forward. In episode 47, we talk about who's prepared for Wimbledon, who might Brexit early (we're looking at you, Roberta), and checking in with the Sisters Williams. Who are your picks? Can Thiem reach another semi? Will Madison break through in a big way? Is Novak unstoppable?
3:30 The quest for 22, Part IV: Serena's draw
9:30 Early exits: Vinci, Bencic, Errani?
13:30 Venus gets the #8 seed
20:00 Men's draw, starting with Djokovic & Federer
27:00 Men's bottom half - is anyone stopping Andy?
33:00 Five players with a shot
35:45 Ranking and seeding chatter
40:00 Mouratoglou's messy comments
43:30 Celebrating Pico Monaco, 2016 Thirst Trap Points Leader
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Jun 8, 2016
We start episode 46 with a last-minute discussion of the news of Sharapova's 2-year ban. We break down the ITF report, talk about what "intent" actually means, and what this all might mean for Sharapova and tennis' future. Then, we chat about the second week of Roland Garros, which turned out to be, well, disappointing for us. Ignore how petty James is and enjoy our discussions about Bartoli's verbal diarrhea, more Kyrgios vs. Kitty Chiller drama, and what the future holds for Muguruza.
0:00 Breaking news! Sharapova gets 2-year ban
2:15 What "intentional" means
19:30 Roland Garros recap: Serena's loss to Muguruza
26:00 Is Muguruza the real deal?
34:30 The Rant: Taking aim at Serena's fairweather "fans"
41:30 The warring fandoms
45:00 Serena passes currently banned Sharapova as top-earning female athlete
50:30 Bartoli's major gaffe exposes the blurred lines in tennis
55:00 Men's results: Novak wins Career Slam, 4 in a row, and we are petty af
1:01:15 Kyrgios' withdrawal and questioning the "Olympic spirit" fallacy
1:08:45 Some good news: Venus is back in the top 10!
1:12:25 Comebacks by Ashleigh Barty and del Potro
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May 29, 2016
Presenting episode 45: simultaneously mourning Rafa's withdrawal and basking in Venus' run to the fourth round. We also talk the Murresmo split, Lepchenko's silent ban, Cornet's drama, McEnroe's new pupil, the round of 16 matchups, and give our dream finals. Oh, and we begin the show with a recap of seeing Beyonce at her #FormationWorldTour.
1:00 First, we went to see Beyonce!
8:30 Rafa's withdrawal
14:20 Varvara Lepchenko serves a silent ban for failed drug test
17:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Cornet is far too much
24:00 Andy Murray's split with Mauresmo & his 5-set matches
27:30 Serena's snapchat & the Williams Invitational
34:45 You say zebra, I say hideous
39:00 Raonic hires John McEnroe
46:15 Stacked doubles draws
48:45 Breaking down the women's Round of 16
53:30 Venus def. Cornet in 3rd round, sans drama
59:30 Bacsinszky, Kuznetsova, Muguruza, Stosur, etc.
1:04:00 We share our dream finalists
1:05:00 Men's Round of 16: Djokovic, Thiem, Stan, Nishikori, Gasquet, Murray
1:11:00 Dream men's finalists
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May 21, 2016
Episode 44 is our Roland Garros preview. We start with the men's side, which got a whole lot more interesting a few weeks ago, with Rafa's resurgence, Andy's rebirth on clay, and Novak suffering a few setbacks. Next, enjoy our chat with Caitlin Thompson, co-founder of the new print-only Racquet Magazine and co-host of The Main Draw podcast. Stay tuned for info on how to subscribe or donate to Racquet's Kickstarter. Finally, we talk about the women's draw and, honestly, your guess is as good as ours.
1:30 Honoring Roger Federer's streak of 65 straight majors
4:45 Is Rafa's draw "shockingly horrible," as James thinks?
7:00 We can agree, though, that Novak's is a cakewalk
11:30 Debating the merits of playing the week before a major
15:30 Men's bottom half: wtf
25:00 Our chat with Caitlin Thompson
30:00 Previewing Racquet Magazine & why you should be as excited as we are!
50:30 How to subscribe, donate, and get some awesome gifts
54:15 Previewing the women's draw - starting with Serena, as always
57:00 Is Azarenka really the second favorite?
1:00:00 Checking in with Venus, Timea, Kerber, Madison
1:06:15 Women's bottom half: your guess is as good as mine
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May 16, 2016
In episode 43, we attempt to digest ALL that happened in Rome last week. First things first, Serena's back with a big win. Andy Murray finally beats Novak again in a big final, with assists from Rafa and Kei. Were you as perplexed by Djokovic's erratic behaviour all week as we were? We try and get to the bottom of it during our extended "Rant" which also includes discussions of Tomic, the Aussie Olympic fiasco, and Grigor's meltdown in Istanbul. As usual, the episode is timestamped for your listening convenience.
2:12 - Serena Williams, "back right smack dab in the middle of everything."
6:43 - Keys a future #1, so says Serena
12:50 - A yet improved Rafa, sifting through the positives
18:20 - Andrew Murray, Baron of Clay
20:40 - Murresmo call it quits
22:18 - Getting to the bottom of Novak's erratic week in Rome
42:30 - Tomic, Kyrgios & the Kitty Litter of Aussie Olympics
47:12 - Grigor's abomination
52:20 - Coco's coach tells her to "quit being a pansy" #GoReadABook
61:11 - Venus back in the top 10?
May 1, 2016
00:30 #LEMONADE Discussion: our favorite songs and more
15:00 Big Ups to Safarova, Bacsinszky, Schwartzman, and Giorgi beats Errani
17:20 Serena withdraws from Madrid: work-life balance!
24:00 Are we worried about 2016 and her no. 1 ranking?
29:30 Rafa sues Roselyne Bachelot for defamation
33:30 Olympic qualifications - how do they work?
38:15 Male Objectification Hour: Our Thirst Trap Lists
47:00 Who are we attracted to but feel slightly shameful about?
52:30 Jonathan's spelling pedigree
54:45 The Spelling Bey: we spell the toughest ATP & WTA names
Apr 25, 2016
1:00 Lemonade is here!!! Serena shares her throne
9:15 RIP Prince
12:30 A week in the life of Serena Williams: Laureus, Snapchat, Beyonce, tacos
15:00 Rafa Nadal changes the ATP season
17:30 Turning point of Rafa's season: Thiem? Zverev?
22:30 Winning without his best
26:00 Kerber defends Stuttgart title: What slump?
28:00 Other standouts: Buyukakcay, Falconi, and Laura Siegemund
32:00 Good Petra was back, for a week at least
33:30 Giorgi update
37:00 Kei on Klay
40:00 Djokovic's Monte Carlo loss
44:00 The Nadal-Murray matchup and the ugliness it brings out of Andy
48:00 Shoutout to a few of our old faves, Fed Cup captains Conchita Martinez and Amelie Mauresmo
Nadal Wins Again, Kerber Keeps Rising - Vol 16 of "This Week In Tennis"
Apr 11, 2016
Episode 40 is here! We're covering Miami, the Giorgi-Italian Federation guerra, doubles domination, and taking a much-needed break from "issues."
1:30 Catching up with us - Kinky Boots & Diana Ross!
7:30 LaPorsha & the "lgbt lifestyle." Huh?
12:00 Becoming a Sloane Stephens fan, by James
19:00 Instagram fave Pico wins Houston!
22:00 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Camila Giorgi vs. the Italian Federation
28:30 Vika wins Sunshine Double
35:00 Veterans Kuznetsova & Monfils step up
38:00 Catching up with doubles: Bucie, Santina, Bryans, Mahut/Herbert
41:30 French photo journalist's equipment stolen in Miami, Cornet starts crowdfund
44:00 Previewing the upcoming European clay season
Mar 25, 2016
2:00 James revisits Djokovic's comments and follow-up
10:30 Roger Federer tries to add some nuance, and fails
14:00 Warring fandoms and how we interpret players' words
17:00 Tennis Twitter's Manic Monday: Nicole Gibbs stands up
24:00 Andy Murray drops in to read Stakhovsky down
30:00 Neil Harman stops by for no reason
33:00 Going to bat for Andy Murray, currently the only ATP advocate for women
38:45 The trouble with allies/having a daughter makes you a feminist?
46:00 Hashing out the major arguments for/against equal prize money, briefly
50:00 Higher-faster-stronger is not the only measure of athleticism
55:30 Our case for the moral argument in favor of equal prize money
57:30 In praise of Billie Jean King
1:01:00 BJK and Chrissie Evert share great anecdotes about the 70s
1:06:00 Why are the men not focusing on pay disparity on the ATP? Instead, they prefer to blame women.
1:11:00 Big ups! Gibbs, BJK, Andy, and more
Mar 21, 2016
1:00 Getting right into the Sharapova announcement
4:30 Debunking the myth of the purity and virtue of drug testing
15:00 The spirit of the law: what can players do to gain an advantage?
19:00 Maria's true colors come out in her Facebook post
23:00 Reactions from Serena, Venus, WTA, sponsors
29:00 White privilege is real
39:30 Venus' return to IW and her Players Tribune essay
45:00 Raymond Moore, misogyny, and our continued gross feelings about Indian Wells
53:45 Novak Djokovic's ill-considered comments on women's tennis
1:01:30 Players should take a sport history course at WTA/ATP University
1:04:15 Talking tennis, briefly: women's final, Rafa, Novak, and a few others who had a good week
Vol. Eleven of #ThisWeekInTennis: "Sexism Row Casts Another Shadow on Tennis at Indian Wells"
Feb 29, 2016
0:30 Oscar Recap: white people laughing
12:00 Fresh Off The Boat's tennis episode starring BJK!
14:45 Appreciating Michael Chang
17:30 Big news: a listener happened upon Serena Williams at the gym while listening to The Body Serve!
19:00 New segment: #WheelAndComeAgain - Rafa, Simona, Petra
26:30 #BigUp to Sloane Stephens, now a 3-time WTA champion
30:45 Dominic Thiem: All I Do Is Win
36:00 Marcos Baghdatis, finalist in Dubai
38:30 Stanley's 9-match win streak in finals
42:00 Carla Suarez Navarro wins Doha, destroys ARad in the process
47:30 Verdasco's #thirsttrap
48:30 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas: Novak's eye problems
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Feb 20, 2016
3:00 Venus, Ambassador to Asia
11:30 New residents of the Top 10: Bencic & Vinci
17:00 Dubai carnage. What top 10?
21:15 Good news! The Delpo and Barty comebacks
28:00 Mega Thiem
32:30 Justin Gimelstob's appearance on Beyond the Baseline podcast - why???
38:45 Gimelstob addresses his bad behavior
45:00 OK, ladies now let's get in formation
53:00 Why Formation is not for white people (and why they're mad about it)
59:30 Super Bowl halftime show: the art of upstaging
1:05:30 The Rant: The Grammys and Taylor Swift, demon
1:11:30 What creative heights must black artists reach in order to be recognized?
1:18:00 Cam Newton, the Williams sisters, and expectations of black athletes
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Feb 1, 2016
Melbourne crowns a new women's major champion and cements Djokovic's dominance over all opponents, while we debut a (hopefully) long-running segment called The Rant.
3:00 Are there any emerging storylines in the men's game?
7:30 Odds and ends in the women's game: Konta, Zhang, and Venus returning to IW
12:00 Serena def. Maria #19, Serena def. Radwanska
17:45 Women's final
31:45 Being happy for Kerber; Serena giving praise where it's due
39:00 A sidebar on Rafa in light of Novak's dominance of every top player
42:30 Is Novak becoming more beloved? Or at least more respected?
47:00 Spare a thought for Andy Murray
49:30 Melbourne commercial
52:30 Stuff we saw on Twitter: 1) Sharapova fans out in force
55:00 2) Superfans taking journalists to task for 'negativity'
58:00 New segment: The Rant! Tennis is not only men's tennis
Jan 23, 2016
We're attempting a rare mid-Slam podcast; we're chatting about the tennis and some bigger issues floating around tennis this week: match fixing, bad commentary, and Hewitt's retirement.
1:30 We wade into the match-fixing scandal
10:30 Unloading on ESPN for preempting Serena Williams for "journalism"
14:15 Poll results: your least favorite commentators, male and female
24:00 Your landslide female commentator winner (well, loser)
26:00 James' anti-Pam Shriver rant
32:00 Bad news first: Venus & Rafa upset
35:00 The (overcooked?) brouhaha over Venus skipping her press conference
44:30 Having fun despite the carnage
47:00 How are the pre-tournament faves doing? (SW, Aga, & Igloo domination)
55:00 The top men have a great first week: breaking down the quarters
58:30 Talking through the Lleyton Hewitt retrospective
Jan 15, 2016
Welcome to Season 2 of The Body Serve! It's time to preview the first major of the year:
:30 What's going on with us.
5:00 Oscar nominations, Golden Globes, RIP Alan Rickman
14:45 #SeeWhatHadHappenedWas is back! Muguruza steps in it.
18:00 Azarenka gets a new nickname, some grief from us
23:45 Other Week 1 winners - Sloane, Aga, Novak, Milos, Stan
34:00 Australian Open fashion: Double Milos Sleeve
38:30 Women's draw - 1st rounds and potential QF matches
47:30 Nobody's healthy and everybody's questionable (WTA injury report)
52:20 Men's draw - 1st rounds and potential QFs
55:30 Where are all the men's dark horses?
Dec 30, 2015
Our last episode of 2015 is completely tennis-free. Here's a discussion of our favorite TV of 2015, including James & Jonathan's individual top 10 shows, plus some surprises and disappointments.
2:00 The wealth of great TV & why TV is better than the movie industry right now
9:00 Shows on the bubble of our top 10s (Nashville, Americans, Parks & Rec, etc)
21:00 Jonathan's top 4-10 shows of the year
24:45 James' top 3-10
25:15 UnReal is remaking the Lifetime network!
28:25 The wonderful final season of Downton Abbey
30:00 Some disagreement on season 3 of Orange is the New Black
37:00 Jonathan's top 3
40:00 James' top 2
47:30 Transparent & why it is singularly great
59:00 Debating Fargo's violence
1:04:30 The biggest disappointments of 2015
1:12:30 The biggest surprises (hint: Fargo and its women)
1:18:45 Even MORE TV shows we liked but didn't make the top 15-20
1:23:00 The huge number of impressive leading actress in comedies
Dec 15, 2015
Episode 31 is our season finale, as we finally recap the ATP season. Plus, women's tennis always finds its way in, and we're talking about SI's choice of Serena as Sportsperson of the Year and Jennifer Capriati's twitter diarrhea.
1:00 Serena Williams is SI's Sportsperson of the Year! But how does the horse feel about this?
8:00 New York trip: Mariah's Christmas show and Lea Salonga!
18:00 Capriati's twitter. GIRL.
24:00 Back to tennis: Novak Djokovic's all-time great season
31:00 Rafa's, well, not as good season
35:45 Stan & his haters
38:00 Davis Cup: Murray goes undefeated
41:30 Where is the next generation?
49:00 Young men's drama far exceeds women's drama
53:00 Revisiting Andy Murray's feminism: complicating the concept of 'ally'
57:30 Our biggest surprises of the year
1:01:45 Murray's bad performances vs. Roger & Novak
1:04:30 Our favorite moments
1:06:30 Congrats to first-time title winners & farewell to the retirees
Dec 4, 2015
We've reached 30 episodes! Here's our recap of the year in women's tennis:
4:30 Serena's year in review
9:00 Is it fair to compare her season with Novak's?
14:30 The intangibles of Serena's season, especially Indian Wells return
18:00 All hail Queen Vee's triumphant season
22:00 James' controversial pick for favorite Venus moment
26:00 Czechs win 4th Fed Cup in 5 years
28:30 Underachievers: Petra & Caroline
32:30 Topsy-turvy Top 10
39:00 Sharapova, the consummate pro
41:45 A quick recap of doubles: Hingis/Mirza and Safarova/Mattek-Sands
44:30 Bouchard's career quagmire & USTA lawsuit
53:30: Quickly, where's Vika at?
55:00 Our biggest surprises of the 2015 WTA season
59:00 Kerber's banner year
Nov 9, 2015
In Episode 29, we're celebrating Venus' big win in Zhuhai and her return to the top 10. In #TennisDivas, we try to find diva counterparts for tennis players.
:30 Effervescing because of Venus' Zhuhai win
5:00 Venus' run to the title: Madison, Saisai, Vinci, Pliskova
7:00 Final vs. Pliskova
14:00 Jonathan does some serious rankings math, Olympic qualification scenarios
18:30 Venus as ambassador for the WTA, taking advantage of WTAsia
25:30 Tennis Divas: what is a diva?
31:00 Which diva is Venus?
34:00 Is Serena a Mariah? Or a Beyonce?
40:00 The non-divas: Ariana, Ashanti, Demi, Selena Gomez
44:00 Sorry, Caroline
46:30 Who gets to be Aretha?
50:30 Sharapova's perfect diva match
55:00 A few male tennis divas: Roger & Rafa get paired with all-time musical greats
1:00:00 The perfect opportunity to shade Justine
1:02:00 Adele and her tennis equivalent, with a digression on Sam Smith
Nov 4, 2015
1:30 First things first: Justin Bieber is making good songs. What is going on?
5:00 Toronto is winning pop culture right now
7:00 Masculinity and fandom: how men perform gender through watching sports; excluding women from sports fandom
15:00 TV time! Why Jane the Virgin works (especially for James)
19:00 Nashville, Jonathan's non-guilty pleasure
23:30 James Blake on Jon Wertheim's podcast; avoiding the topic of race
31:30 A sort-of tangential discussion of desegregation and racism in Normandy, Missouri (see This American Life's "The Problem We All Live With")
39:00 Talking Singapore
41:00 Does winning the WTA Finals predict a Grand Slam win?
43:00 Radwanska a victim of bad press for winning fair and square
47:00 Fedal is back!!!
54:00 Our hopes for the rest of the season
56:30 Venus: #thankful #blessed #bringiton
Nov 4, 2015
Episode 27 features an interview with Twitter friend Frith (@pluckyloser), who attended the WTA Finals in Singapore:
2:45 Interview with Frith, correspondent in Singapore
7:30 Frith's impressions of Singapore, the tournament facilities, fan experience
13:30 Serena's absence
18:00 Pros of the round robin format
23:45 Sharapova's form and warm reception: biggest takeaway of the tournament?
29:30 Muguruza: "she looked scary"
33:50 Hingis-Mirza: Sania Superstar
37:30 Pennetta's farewell: "I didn't want her to Bouchard the tournament"
41:00 Our favorite WTA moments of the year
46:45 Tournament attendance, the Serena effect?
Oct 1, 2015
In episode 25, we welcome our special guest Lindsay Gibbs, co-founder of The Changeover and sports reporter at ThinkProgress.
2:30 Lindsay's introduction
3:30 Lindsay talks The Changeover and the online tennis landscape
8:15 "How To Talk About Women's Tennis"
15:00 The infamous Inside Tennis "autopsy" of SW which is racist racist racist
20:00 Media literacy & learning to listen
24:30 "That's not how, like, feelings work" OR checking your privilege
27:00 Serena Williams, Viola Davis, and the burden of history
34:00 Julie DiCaro's piece on online abuse targeting women in sports writing - dealing with Twitter trolls
39:45 Stakhovsky and the ATP's failure to address lgbt issues
43:30 Can the WTA teach the ATP anything about handling lgbt issues?
45:30 Patenting the Erecto-meter, coveting Ferraris
50:30 Our questionnaire: first up, Lindsay's dream tennis comeback
55:30 Who would you put in tennis time-out?
59:00 The most important question: Whitney, Mariah, or Celine?
1:02:00 Remembering the Bravermans and the Gilmores
Sep 14, 2015
Episode 24 marks the end of our Grand Slam season. Here's Part 2 of our US Open recap:
1:30 The men's tournament: maybe a bit boring?
3:15 Retirements, the heat, cashing that 1st round check
9:00 Mardy Fish's farewell; his courage turns sports cliches on their head
16:30 James Blake and the NYPD
23:00 Apology does not equal justice
25:00 Stakhovsky update: statements from ATP Players' Council & Sergiy himself
28:30 The inadequacy of "be-who-you-are" politics
31:45 Stako's gaydar and locker room hijinks
37:00 Talking actual tennis: a tough tournament for our faves
38:30 Fabio Fognini def. Rafael Nadal
43:45 Men's QFs; hear Jonathan's (unfair?) disdain for Gasquet
46:30 Tsonga's untapped potential, again
51:00 Men's final - SABR drama and Jonathan lets loose on Boris
57:00 Letting go of resenting Federer
59:45 James on why he can't love Roger, and why he does love Serena
1:03:00 Late-era Roger vs. Sampras
1:06:30 Djokovic's dominance and the nasty NY crowd
1:08:00 Putting the GOAT debate to bed for now
Mardy Fish in The Players Tribune
Stakhovsky, USA Today
Stakhovsky, New York Times
Sep 13, 2015
In episode 23, we're recapping the women's side of the US Open:
1:00 James gets a special celebrity serenade for his birthday
4:00 Depth on the women's tour, weakness of the top 10?
14:00 Bouchard and the Kyrgios curse
16:30 Althea Gibson documentary
21:30 Serena-Venus XXVII
29:00 Venus' year and what we can expect in 2016
33:00 Perceptions of the Williams sisters from non-tennis fans
37:30 Simona-Flavia semifinal
39:00 Serena-Vinci, "upset of the century"
48:00 Don't blame Drizzy! The real enemy: Kim K
52:30 Women's final
57:30 Chrissie the hypocrite
59:00 The Flavia/Roberta lovefest & Flavia's big announcement
1:05:00 Max Eisenbud's rude tweet, since deleted
Aug 25, 2015
We're back from Cincinnati to regale you with tales from the final leg of our summer tennis odyssey!
1:00 Drake + Serena = Aubrena
6:00 The Mason, Ohio Applebee's, tennis hangout
10:00 Meeting new friends!
20:00 Food food food
23:30 The tournament venue
28:30 Rafa's much bigger in person
32:00 Pospisock doubles & new fave Vasek
41:00 A "what-in-the-actual-fuck" moment
50:30 Annoying fans
54:00 Some things we didn't like
Aug 14, 2015
We wade into the NK fracas, but first we recap our only day at Rogers Cup Toronto this year, highlighted by a Petkovic Q&A, a Vika-Petra night match, and Halep's efficiency.
1:45 Our day at Rogers Cup Toronto: Simona Halep vs. Jelena Jankovic
5:00 The Toronto crowd & tennis etiquette
8:00 Petko vs. Watson
11:00 Stosur practice (and autograph!), Safarova holding babies
16:00 Azarenka vs. Kvitova, Wednesday night's marquee match
20:00 Lahyani superstar
23:00 Petkovic Q&A!!! And our high-tech audio clip
28:45 He Who Must Not Be Named takes over Tennis Twitter
33:00 Stanley's official response
36:00 Why do folks assume tennis "needs" a character like NK?
41:00 The Kyrgios Family Attack Squad
43:00 Hewitt as mentor
49:00 Bandwagonists is a word, says Jonathan
50:00 Sincerity vs. irony, the great postmodernist battle