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  • Nihilists' Corner was a monthly cable TV show in Southern California and New York City. It started in November of 1992 and stopped production in 2008. For the first year the show featured representatives of different belief systems (i.e. minister, rabbi, communist) . Then the show featured some of the most interesting artists in Southern California. The interviews concern the art and media and world views of the artists. Starting in 1999, Nihilist productions started a new project called Lunatic Fringe. This was a live current events panel show that is replayed in the normal Nihilists' Corner time slot. Lunatic Fringe featured commentary on the events of the day from perspectives not normally heard on TV. LA artists talk about politics and art. It was fun and smart.

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    NIHILISTS' CORNER SHOW LIST

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    Show number 1 November 1992

    On the eve of an election, Linda Albertano and James Colbrook debate whether voting makes sense.


    Show number 3 January 1993

    LA curator Josine Ianco-Starrells discusses the meaning she finds in art.


    Show number 4 February 1993

    Video artist Ming Ma talks about gay politics and his work.


    Show number 5 March 1993

    Elisha shows some nihilist videos.


    Show number 6 April 1993

    Carla Sinclair and G. Frauenfelder explain cyber-culture.


    Show number 7 May 1993

    Socialist candidate for LA Mayor, Kim Allen, talks socialist politics.


    Show number 8 June 1993

    Methodist Minister and former Santa Monica Mayor, James Conn, explains his take on Christianity.



    Show number 9 September 1993

    Buddhist teacher, Bhante Piyananda, explains how Buddhism and Nihilism are different and similar.



    Show number 10 October 1993

    Dr Yahia Rahman explains his belief in Islam.



    Show number 11 November 1993

    Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben talks about Judaism.



    Show number 12 December 1993

    Jon Nelson, of Atheists United, explains why he is an atheist.



    Show number 13 January 1994

    One Year at Nihilists' Corner is edited segments from each of the above shows.



    Show number 14 February 1994

    Ted Brown from the Libertarian Party explains his political beliefs.



    Show number 15 March 1994

    Louise Leigh from the LA County Republican Party explains her political beliefs.



    Show number 16 April 1994

    DR Michael Giannelli, an animal rights activist, talks about ethical treatment of animals.



    Show number 17 May 1994

    Congressional candidate, Jon Rappoport, talks about his race against Henry Waxman, and about the AMA.



    Show number 18 June 1994

    Elisha runs for LA County Sheriff. Videos and platform.



    Show number 19 July 1994

    Barbara Hertz from the Communist Party explains communism and why it is still an important force.



    Show number 20 August 1994

    Spoken work artist, Linda Albertano, co-hosts this episode with Elisha. They show videos by artists from the Cactus Foundation, including Joey Santarroma, Jacki Apple, Linda Albertano and Anna Homler.



    Show number 21 September 1994

    Sex priestess, Sabrina Aset, explains why she feels sex is the key to spirituality.



    Show number 22 October 1994

    Psychic Jacqueline Welles discusses psychic powers and where they come from.



    Show number 23 November 1994

    Peace & Freedom Party candidate Tom Condit explains what the party stands for.




    Artist Shows Start here.

    Show number 24 December 1994

    Performance artist Johanna Went discusses her intense and radical work and shows a video.



    Show number 25 January 1995

    Idiosyncratic musician, The Dark Bob, talks about his work and vision, and shows a music video.



    Show number 26 February 1995

    Performance artist, Linda Sibio, talks about her mental illness and her powerful and personal work, and shows a video.



    Show number 27 March 1995

    The creator of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, David Wilson, explains his vision for this remarkable installation.



    Show number 28 April 1995

    One Year At Nihilists' Corner -- repeat from 1-94



    Show number 29 May 1995

    Media artist, Jacki Apple, discusses her work and shows a video.



    Show number 30 June 1995

    LA installation artist, Michael McMillen, discusses his wor. Video included.



    Show number 31 July 1995

    Installation artists, Molly Cleator and Ann Bray talk about a recent project and show a video.



    Show number 32 August 1995

    Ianco-Starrells -- repeat from 1-93



    Show number 33 September 1995

    Comedian and mime, Marty Pollio, talks about his darkly funny work and also talks about show biz. He shows a clip from a Johnny Carson appearance.



    Show number 34 October 1995

    Radical LA poet, Jessica Pompei, reads, sings and chats.



    Show number 35 November 1995

    Show number Sculpture and conceptual artist, Martin Kersels, discusses his very delightful work. He shows a video.



    Show number 36 December 1995

    Musicians of the Diva Complex talk about music, and they sing and show a tape. The four singers who make up the Diva Complex are Amy Fogerson, Lori Marie Beesley, Ruth Ballenger and Allison Graff.



    Show number 37 January 1996

    LA video artist, Joey Santarromana, discusses his work and shows a video.



    Show number 38 February 1996

    Choreography and dancer, Rudy Perez, talks about his career and performs one of his signature pieces live.



    Show number 39 March 1996

    Linda Sibio show from 2-95 is rerun.



    Show number 40 April 1996

    Conceptual artist (and Nihilists' Corner host) Elisha Shapiro creates a special episode in which he explains what Nihilism means to him.



    Show number 41 May 1996

    Street artist, Becca, talks about painting on buildings without permission, and shows slides of her work.



    Show number 42 June 1996

    A 1984 conceptual art project called the Nihilist Olympics is the subject of this episode. This is also the work of Elisha Shapiro. Video is included



    Show number 43 July 1996

    LA Spoken Word artist, Linda Albertano, talks about her work and performs live.



    Show number 44 August 1996

    Repeat from 2-95 with David Wilson from the Jurassic Museum.



    Show number 45 September 1996

    Western novelist, Judith Freeman, discusses her latest novel, Desert of Pure Feelings, and reads a passage.



    Show number 46 October 1996

    The Cacophony Society is discussed by Cacophonist, Reverend Al. Videos of these guerrilla pranksters are shown.



    Show number 47 November 1996

    Another large-scale conceptual piece by Elisha Shapiro is featured. This one is Vote Nihilism '88 in which Elisha runs for US president on the Nihilist Party ticket. Videos are included.



    Show number 48 December 1996

    LA's last alternative gallery, The Zero One, is featured on this episode. Gallery owner, John Pochna, discusses the history of the gallery, and shows some work from several Zero One artists.



    Show number 49 January 1997

    Performance art pioneer, Rachel Rosenthal, talks about her art career and shows a video.



    Show number 50 February 1997

    Comedian and magician, Larry Wilson, discusses his career. Entertaining videos are shown

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    Show number 51 March 2nd 1997

    Brian Karl, director of L.A.C.E. (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), comes on to chat with Elisha about the future of this important venue. They also discuss art in LA in the 90s.



    Show number 52 April 6th 1997

    Performance artist, Dan Kwong, talks about his art career, his ethnicity and the themes in his work. Dan show a very entertaining video of his work.



    Show number 53 May 4th 1997

    Musician Ed Munter explains his spiritual world view and how it is connected to his art. He plays a selection from his CD and sings a song live.



    Show number 54 June 1st 1997

    In 1994, Elisha ran for LA County Sheriff. This episode features the campaign, complete with comercials and new sheriff uniform designs.



    Show number 55 July 6th 1997

    repeat of show #13 from 1-94. One Year at Nihilists' Corner is edited segments from each of the first year's shows.



    Show number 56 August 3rd 1997

    Repeat of show #40 from 4-96. Conceptual artist (and Nihilists' Corner host) Elisha Shapiro creates a special episode in which he explains what Nihilism means to him.



    Show number 57 September 7th 1997

    Expect Nothing

    A brand new video performance by your host, Elisha Shapiro. On this show he explains why he hates spirituality.



    Show number 58 October 5th 1997

    Art Gallery owner, Rosamund Felson, visits Elisha and chats about her gallery, art in LA, and what art means to her. She shows slides and talks about some of her gallery artists, including Chris Burden and Jeffery Vallence.



    Show number 59 November 2nd 1997

    Artist and videography, Janice Yudell, shows her work and part of her most recent video. Elisha and Yudell chat about the disorder in her art and in life.




    Show number 60 December 2nd 1997

    Writer Jim Krusoe chats with Elisha about his latest book of short stories. He also read a portion of one of the odd, surreal, disturbing yet funny stories.



    Show number 61 January 4th 1998

    Video artist Joey Santarromana returns for the New Years show with clips from his latest project, a video show with several artists. He also brings Fun Fur who performs for the Nihilists' Corner audience.



    Show number 62 February 1, 1998

    The fabulous Molly Cleator returns to Nihilists' Corner in February. Last year she came on with Ann Bray to discuss their installation work. Now she shares her powerful, funny and agressively personal spoken word work. She reads several pieces with a Valentines Day theme and then chats with Elisha about relationships and art.



    Show number 63 March 1, 1998

    The performance/movement group Shrimps brings its idyocyncratic work to the show. Shrimps Pam Casey, Steve Nagler and Weba Garrettson talk about the serious intent behind their work and the fun and entertaining results. They perform two short pieces live with lots of broken eggs and stuffed ducks.

     

    Show number 64 April 5 1998

    David Wilson, the creator of The Museum of Jurassic Technology, is the guest on Nihilists' Corner for May. This show was originally shown February of 1995, but due to the problems this unique cultural resource has suffered recently, we decided this facinating interview would be of great interest to our viewer now.


    Show number 65 May 4th 1998

    Writer Jill Peacock drops by Nihilists' Corner to chat with Elisha about her quirky short stories which have been included in several literary journals. Peacock, an English professor at Santa Monica College, reads from one of her stories and talks with Elisha about writing and her inspiration, family relationships.



    Show number 66 June 6th 1998

    Musician and performance artist Anna Homler visits with Elisha to celebrate the beginning of Summer. He chats about her spirituality, touring Europe and performing her oddly amusing hybid of music and performance. She performs her delightful "Bongo" piece for the NC audience.


    Show number 67 July 5th, 1998

    Installation artist Michael McMillan is the guest in July. This facsinating interview from June of 1996 is being replayed for any of those who missed it the first time around. It includes a tape about McMillan's wonderful "Central Meridian" piece, which is part of the LA County Museum of Art's collection. McMillan is one of my favorite artists, and it's great to hear him discuss his work.



    Show number 68 August 2nd, 1998

    Chicago's Dada King John Wirtz drops by Nihilists' Corner on his way through LA on his World Dada Tour. Wirtz, one of the founders of Nuemerz, talks about his organization, his tour, the Nuemerz web site, and his love of dada. He also reads one of his poems and part of his group's manifesto.



    Show number 69 September 4th, 1998

    KPCC News Director and Airtalk host Larry Mantle is the guest in September. This facsinating interview is the beginning of a new series about media and how it shapes our reality. Mantle, who is one of LA's best interviewers, chats about his station and his show. The talks about public radio, news and media in general. He also shares his insights into how media does and doesn't work.



    Show number 70 October 4th, 1998

    Historian and popular Santa Monica College professor Harvey Stromber is the guest in October. This is the second a the Nihilists' Corner examination of media. Stomberg offers his insights into how the public influences media, now and in the past. He also makes astute observations about the way American media covers world news. For such an erudite fellow, Harvey is very entertaining in this interview.



    Show number 71 November 1st, 1998

    Television and film writer and producer John Mankiewicz drops in at Nihilists' Corner in November. Mankiewicz pioneered what has come to be called "reality television." He chats with Elisha about his latest projects and discusses the way his corner of the entertainment industry works. This includes how films get made and who makes the decisions. John shows a clip from his latest project, "Where's Marlow" and talks about some of his inspirations.



    Show number 72 December 6th, 1998


    Artist and creator of the L.A. Freewaves video festival, Ann Bray, continues the Nihilists' Corner examination of mass media. On the December episode, Ms. Bray shares her insights about the limitations of commecial video and the value of video art. She shows two amazing examples of the work shown at the Freewaves festival.



    Show number 73 January 3, 1999


    Nihilists' Corner takes two months off the mass media series to bring back the show about the Nihilist Olympics. This show was first shown June 1996. This show highlights some of the fun parts of the nihilist alternative games staged during the 1984 LA Olympics.




    Show number 74 February 7, 1999


    Then in February, Nihilists' Corner brings back the show about Elisha's 1988 presidential campaign, Vote Nihilism '88. This includes a campaign video and tape from the Nihilist Party nominating convention. This show was first shown in November 1996.



    Show number 75 March 7, 1999


    Nihilists' Corner gets back to examining the media with a visit from Michael Masucci, the director of EZTV. Masucci is dedicated to subverting the culture by making sophisticated video technology available to everybody. He talks about his organization and how technology is becoming cheaper and better.




    Show number 76 April 4, 1999


    Public access coordinator, Gail Fetzer, is the guest in April. She chats about how and why she became involved in Public Access television production. She also recounts some entertaining stories about the odd things she's seen over the years.



    Show number 77 May 2, 1999


    In May, the topic is the new Santa Monica College Academy for Entertainment Arts. The guests are academy Dean, Katherine Muller, and academy organizer Dale Franzen. These two women talk about the philosophy behind this high-tech training center for the entertainment industry. They also explain the unique participation of the major studios in creating the academy.


    Show number 78 June 6, 1999

    In 1994, Elisha ran for LA County Sheriff. This episode features the campaign, complete with comercials and new sheriff uniform designs. This episode was originally shown in June of 1997.



    Show number 79 July 4, 1999

    Nihilists' Corner host Elisha Shapiro creates a special episode in which he explains what Nihilism means to him. This episode was originally shown in April 1996.



    Show number 80 August 1, 1999

    Lunatic Fringe is a new adventure for Nihilist Productions. It is the kind of public affairs show we all want to see, featuring the points of view we never get to hear on TV. Radical Feminist Linda Albertano, Union Officer Lantz Simpson, Ooga Booga Queen Anna Homler and Nihilist host Elisha Shapiro chat about current events with idiosyncratic insights and humor. Lunatic Fringe was shown live on April 3, 1999 for Media One viewers in LA. It is reshown now for everyone who couldn't catch it. This is the first in an occassional series.



    Show number 81 September 5, 1999

    Nihilists' Corner continues its on-going examination of mass media with a look at the LA Times and print media in general. Our guest in September is Barbara Baird, jounalism professor and former Times reporter. Professor Baird has some fascinating insights into the workings of newspapers.



    Show number 82 October 3, 1999

    The fabulous Molly Cleator returns to Nihilists' Corner to share her powerful, funny and agressively personal spoken word work. She reads several pieces with a Valentines' Day theme and then chats with Elisha about relationships and art. This episode was originally shown in February of 1998. If you missed it the first time around, don't miss it this time.



    Show number 83 November 3, 1999

    Spoken word artist Linda Albertano returns to Nihilists' Corner with her idiocyncratic poetry and music. She performs several of her entertaining and insightful pieces and chats with Elisha about art and politics. This episode was originally shown in July of 1996 (see show 43 below). If you missed it the first time around, don't miss it this time.



    Show number 84 December 3, 1999

    Our new project Lunatic Fringe returns to Nihilists' Corner with another panel of people with opinions not acceptable on regular TV. This episode, live on 7-24-99, features a discussion of the SLA, the presidential election and youth culture now and in the 60's. If you couldn't watch this show live on Media One cable, this is your chance to catch it.



    Show number 85 January 3, 2000

    David Wilson from the Museum of Jurrasic Technology comes to Nihilists' Corner as his amazing museum struggles to buy a building to protect its collection of displays. This episode was originally show in 1995. Catch the repeat and check out the museum.



    Show number 86 February , 2000

    The third edition of Lunatic Fringe is presented on Nihilists' Corner in February. Again the panel of lunatics discuss issues of the day. This episode was shown live on Century Cable on August 28, 1999. If you couldn't catch it then, tune in in February.



    Show number 87 March , 2000

    The fourth edition of Lunatic Fringe is presented on Nihilists' Corner in March. The panel discusses sex in the workplace, Bradely and Gore, Republicans and arms control, and the Brooklyn Art Museum furor. This episode was shown live on Media One on October 16, 1999. If you couldn't catch it then, tune in in March.



    Show number 88 April , 2000

    For April Fools' Day, Nihilists' Corner celebrates with Elisha and comedian Larry Wilson telling their favorite jokes. We had fun, and you will too.



    Show number 89 May , 2000

    One of the more interesting films from the 1999 Nihilist Film Festival is featured on the May episode of Nihilists' Corner. Film maker Dean Testerman discusses his film, V-Code. He shows a clip and talks about media and sex and how he wants everyone to use art to resist mass culture.




    Show number 90 June, 2000

    In June, we present the fifth edition of Lunatic Fringe, from February. The panel discusses how the world ended on New Years, has a laugh about Elian Golzalez, whines about tv news, wonders about the art scene in LA, and illuminates the primary results.




    Show number 91 July, 2000

    In celebration of Independence Day, Nihilists' Corner reshows the show about Elisha running for president on the Nihilist Party ticket. The piece was called Vote Nihilism '88. See the campaign video and tape from the Nihilist Party Convention of 1988. If you wonder why our politics is, watch this.



    Show number 92 August, 2000

    This show features our April Fool's Day edition of Lunatic Fringe. The panel discusses April Fool's news stories, as well as gas prices, Gore and Elian, and the up-coming election. A funny episode.




    Show number 93 September, 2000

    This is a replay of Expect Nothing from September 1997. Expect Nothing is a performance for video by Elisha. He explains why he doesn't like spirituality. If you ever wondered, tune in.




    Show number 94 October , 2000

    This is the Lunatic Fringe from May. The panel chats about Elian, Globalization, sexually harrassed Generals, and Gore vs Nader.




    Show number 95 November, 2000

    In November, Nihilists' Corner prepares for the 2000 Nihilist Film Festival by featuring was of the more interesting film makers from the 1999 Festival. John DeFazio chats with Elisha about film making, USC Film School and Hollywood. Then he shows his surreal and witty film, "Divisions."




    Show number 96 December, 2000

    This is the Lunatic Fringe from July. The panel discusses the Mapelthorpe exhibit, the Democratic Convention and protests, and some recent Supreme Court decisions.



    Show number 97 January, 2001

    For New Years, Nihilists' Corner shows One Year at Nihilists' Corner which comprises clips from the first year of this show. A fascinating group of guests discuss what they believe, including a Rabbi, a Minister, a Buddhist teacher, a Moslem leader, a witch, a soicalist, and an athiest.




    Show number 98 February, 2001

    The Dark Bob joins the panel on this episode of Lunatic Fringe from September. They chat about the anti-Hollywood campaign of Gore and Lieberman and the state of performance art in LA. Janice also reports on the demonstations at the Democratic Convention.

     





    Show number 99 March, 2001

    This episode of Lunatic Fringe in from October 2000, just as the election was getting exciting. The panel discussed the drug war, artists and grants, international hot spots, and of course Bush and Gore.




    Show number 100 April, 2001

    It's April and that means April Fools Day again. This show is a replay of last year's April Fools show where Larry Wilson and I tell our favorite jokes. We have a great time, and maybe you will too, if you have as sick a sense of humor as we.




    Show number 101 May, 2001

    This Lunatic Fringe is only two days before the election of 2000. The panel chats about W. Bush, who looked like he might actually win. We take live calls from viewers, talk about Hate Crime laws, Ralph Nader and vote swapping, and Clinton and the Republican Congress. By the time this airs again in May, we will all be missing Clinton.





    Show number 102 June, 2001

    Just after the election, the Lunatic Fringe panel could talk about nothing else besides the Supreme Court decision. We all made our predictions for what would happen during the Bush administration. Tune in to see if we were right.





    Show number 103 July, 2001

    Nihilists' Corner returns to our regular format to discuss the art of Lisa Brenneis and Adriene Jenik. They perform cyber street theater in DeskTop Theater. Sound cool? Tune in and see what it's like. You can even visit their web site at http:www.desktoptheater.org.





    Show number 104 August, 2001

    The deadline for films for the 2001 Nihilist Film Festival is in September, so the August show presents two of the film makers from the 2000 film festival. Emmy Collins and Larry Wessel chat with Elisha about their films, and the other people they work with making films that do not fit into the commercial mold. Wessel shows his film, Lip Stick Liz. If you want to send in your own film for this years festival, check out our Film Festival page.





    Show number 105 September, 2001

    As the new year began, the Lunatic Fringe panel discussed the Bush cabinet, which Republican Senator will die first and give the majority to the Democrats, how we can undermine the Bush presidency, and we talk about the California electric crises.

     

     

    Show number 106 October, 2001

    The Lunatic Fringe panel still hates Bush on day 16 of his term. Clinton pardons, pranks, and furniture thefts are also discussed. discussed--not to mention Jesse Jackson's love child. John Ashcroft is examined by the panel also.

     



    Show number 107 November, 2001

    After another heart attack, Lunatic Fringe starts the Cheney Death Watch Contest, offering $20 American to the viewer who guesses closest to the date of the VP's demise. The panel reviews Spike Lee's King's of Comedy. After another school shooting, the panel discusses shooting bullies.




    Show number 108 December, 2001

    The Lunatic Fringe panel chats about the upcoming McVey execution. Quebec was having a trade meeting, and the panel discusses anarchist kids these days. Linda introduces the panel to the Furries subculture of stuffed animal sex freaks.

     



    Show number 109 January, 2002

    The Bush foreign policy was falling apart, and the Lunatic Fringe panel has fun with that. Bush's energy policy, star wars and civility in Washington all are the source of great amusement for the panel members.

     



    Show number 110 February, 2002

    Elisha talks about the Residents' concert he saw. He also discusses Mr. Bill doing tv commercials. The LA mayoral election is examined by the panelists, along with Bush's tax plan.

     



    Show number 111 March, 2002

    For Bastille Day, Anna makes a presentation about dolls. Bush's polls are falling, stem cells are debated, the surplus is disappearing, and the Lunatics talk about it. A mom kills her kids, and we chat about the pros and cons.

     



    Show number 112 April, 2002

    The panel talks about the movie, Quills. They also chat about their favorite TV shows. The anniversary of the bombing of Japan is part of Janice's presentation. And Bush is on vacation.

     

     


    Show number 113 May, 2002

    Radical Feminist poet, Jessica Pompei is the guest on this episode of Nihilists' Corner. She reads her poetry, sings a song or two, and chats with Elisha about artand sex. Not for the easily fightened. This show was originally show in October of 1995.

     


    Show number 114 June, 2002

    This is the first Lunatic Fringe after 9-ll, so the panel talks about Bush's war, Tony Blair, the Democratic response and self-censorship of artists.

     


    Show number 115 July, 2002

    The Nihilist Film Festival is the subject of this special episode of Nihilists' Corner. Keir Serrie is the guest, and he shows his very funny film from the 2001 festival, "How to be a Cyber-Lovah." He also chats with Elisha about his work as an idependant filmmaker.



    Show number 116 August, 2002

    The panel talks about the campaign reform, Enron and the energy crisis, Bush's war and Israel. We also chat about the movie Bamboozled and what it has to say about satire.




    Show number 117 September, 2002

    On last year's Valintine's Day show, the panel talks about Gray Davis' election, more Enron, capitolism and democracy, and more Afganistan and Camp X-Ray.




    Show number 118 October, 2002

    The panel talks about Letterman vs Kopple, and Calilfornia politics. We also take a few live phone calls.

     



    Show number 119 November, 2002

    The panel talks about Ashcroft and privacy, choices in pronography, and Sharon vs Arafat.

     

     

    Show number 120 December, 2002

    The lunatics discuss the canellation of Politically Incorrect, internet radio, war, Enron and the "power crisis."



    Show number 121 January, 2003

    The lunatic panelists discuss Andy Wahol, Bill Mahre, India and Pakastan, and Bush's wars.

     


    Show number 122 February, 2003

    This Lunatic Fringe focuses on economic scandals, middle east problems with the US, Kids in the Hall, the Midnight Special bookstore, and women in Iran.

     


    Show number 123 (119) March, 2003

    The panelists talk about Ashcroft and civil rights, and Ascroft and pornography. This led to a general discussion of our favorite pornography and problems in Iraq and Sharon vs Arafat.


    Show number 124 April, 2003

    For April Fools' Day, Nihilists' Corner celebrates with Elisha and comedian Larry Wilson telling their favorite jokes. We had fun, and you will too. This is a repeat of an April Fool's show from 2000.

     

     

    Show number 125 November, 2002

    Film maker Tom Ballatore talks with Elisha about his film, Timmy's Wish, which won first prize in last year's Nihilist Film Festival. Ballatore talks about the comedy group, Teeny Monkey, which made the film. He discusses comedy, show bizz and film making.




    Show number 126 May, 2003

    The panel talks about last year's election and Gray Davis. We also chat about the Nihilist Film Festival, habius corpus, violent video games and Iraq.


    Show number 127 June, 2003

    A 1984 conceptual art project called the Nihilist Olympics is the subject of this episode. This is also the work of Elisha Shapiro. Video is included. This show was originally shown in 1996.

     

     

    Show number 128 July, 2003

    This Lunatic Fringe, we talk about Jacko, cross buring and free speech, Kissinger and Trent Lott, the Nihilist Film Festival and "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

     

     

    Show number 129 August, 2003

    The panel talks about the documentary, Two Towns of Jasper, the axis of evil and foreign policy, war protests and Gray Davis' problems.

     

     

    Show number 130 September, 2003

    This episode, the Lunatics discuss tax cuts, Ashcroft and civil liberties, the Midnight Special Bookstore and necrophilia.

     

     

    Show number 131 October, 2003

    The Fringe pundits chat about centralization and globalization of culture and media, the California budget, and The Other Network show.



    Show number 132 November, 2003

    In preparation for next months Nihilist Film Festival, Elisha interviews Sebastian Smith and Richard Stiles. They are London filmmakers whose film, Hit and Run, won the second prize in the 2002 festival. It's a fun interview, and Smith and Stiles show their film.

     


    Show number 133 December, 2003

    The Lunatic Fringe panel talks about the war in Iraq, the 2004 election, w.m.d., and the Cockettes movie.

     


    Show number 134 January, 2004

    The Lunatics discuss the book Nickel and Dimed, the Nihilist Film Festival, the California Recall, and Dean vs Kusinich.


    Show number 135 February, 2004

    The panel talks about whether George W. is secretly brilliant, the 2004 elections, more war and recall stuff.


    Show number 136 March, 2004

    The topics are the war and the economy, Arnold and the recall, and why voters are so stupid. Also, the Israelis and the Palistinians are discussed.


    Show number 137 April, 2004

    Linda, Janice and Wil join Elisha to chat about the book The Lovely Bones, exporting democracy to Iraq, Bush and Arnold, and partial birth abortion.

    Show number 138 May, 2004

    The topics are The Nihilist Film Festival, Sadam's capture, Howard Dean, The Hours, and W Bush.

     

    Show number 139 June, 2004

    The Lunatic topics are Sharon's "Peace" proposal, Bush lies, The Battle of Algiers, the California Budget, and the war and the economy.

     

    Show number 140 July, 2004

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about the Democratic primary, Arnold's bond issue, Ralph Nader, and Diane Arbus.

     

    Show number 141 August, 2004

    From 2003, Elisha interviews Sebastian Smith and Richard Stiles. They are London filmmakers whose film, Hit and Run, won the second prize in the 2002 festival. It's a fun interview, and Smith and Stiles shows their film.

    Show number 142 September, 2004

    The topics are The Nihilist Film Festival, Sadam's capture, Howard Dean, The Hours, and W Bush.

     

    Show number 143 October, 2004

    The Lunatic topics are Sharon's "Peace" proposal, Bush lies, The Battle of Algiers, the California Budget, and the war and the economy.

    Show number 144 November, 2004

    From 2002, Film maker Tom Ballatore talks with Elisha about his film, Timmy's Wish, which won first prize in the 2001 Nihilist Film Festival. Ballatore talks about the comedy group, Teeny Monkey, which made the film. He discusses comedy, show bizz and film making.


    Show number 145 December, 2004

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Reagan's death, Iraq torture, Daniel Elsberg, Urinetown and LA's Cabaret Voltaire.

    Show number 146 January, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about HIV in porn, Castro and Bush, Michael Moore and Found Magazine.

    Show number 147 February, 2005

    Christian Meoli comes on Nihilists' Corner to talk about his project, Cabaret Voltaire, a monthly Dada cabaret in LA. Meoli discusses his theatrical background and his inspiration for his entertaining cabaret.

    Show number 148 March, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Carl Rove, presidential debates and religion, the Nihilist Film Festival, South Park's The Passion of the Jew.

    Show number 149 April, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about the election results, the political religious right, GOP semantics, and Team America.

    Show number 150 May, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats Clear Channel and Indie Rock, Abstinence Ed, the "Ownership Society" and Social Security, and more about the election.

    Show number 151 June, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about the Iraq election and Iran nuks, the State of the Union, the LA mayor race, and the Body Works show.

    Show number 152 July, 2005

    Nihilists' Corner presents an interview of Rudy Perez from 1996. Rudy talks about his long sucessful career as a choreographer, and he performs a short piece.

     

    Show number 153 August, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about the LA Mayor race, sex ed and virginity, Bush and the courts, and Terry Schiavo.

    Show number 154 September, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Earth Day, Arnold at SMC, No Child Left Behind testing, health insurance, the Pope, and interesting tv shows.

     

    Show number 155 October, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about governor Arnold, Bolton at the UN and Tom Delay in prison.


    Show number 156 November, 2006

    In preparation for next months Nihilist Film Festival, Elisha shows last years interview with Sebastian Smith and Richard Stiles. They are London filmmakers whose film, Hit and Run, won the second prize in the 2002 festival. It's a fun interview, and Smith and Stiles show their film.


    Show number 157 December, 2005

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Howard Dean, the Patriot Act, Hillary for Prez and Warren Beatty for Gov,

     

    Show number 158 January, 2006

    Elisha chats with Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. She shows two fun videos and talks about her band and the business.

     

     

    Show number 159 February, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Chief Justice Roberts, more on the engery bill, the London bombings, 2006 elections, and local performances of Linda Albertano, The Muffs and the Fountains of Wayne.

     


    Show number 160 March, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about Katrina and FEMA, Israeli settlers, The Nihilist Film Festival, The Blind Boys of Alabama and John Water's A Dirty Shame.

     

    Show number 161 April, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats about incompetent Bush cronies, the Republican Energy Bill, Halloween, Elisha's campaign for Governor against Arnold, and war spending.

     

    Show number 162 May, 2006

    Getting ready for the 2005 Nihilist Film Festival, Elisha chats with Peter atencio and Elysia Skye, writer, star and director of Donut Run, this year's first-place prize winner. They show the film and talk about making it.


    Show number 163 June, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats the Iraq election, the Patriot Act, the 06 Congression election, Arnold and Tooky, and torture.

     

    Show number 164 July, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chatsJustice Alito, Oregon and suicide, the Bush drug plan, Abramoff and Google.


    Show number 165 August, 2006

    Elisha is running for Governor or California as the Nihilist Party Candidate, and his platform is secession from the United States. In this episode of Nihilists' Corner, Elisha Chats with political science professor Alan Buckley and history professor Harvey Stromberg about the feasibility of secession.


    Show number 166 September, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel chats the the Mohammed cartoon, the Ministry of Unknown Science, Ray Nagin and The Smartest Guys in the Room.

    Show number 167 October, 2006

    This month, the Lunatic Fringe panel discuss the Cheney shooting, Elisha's campaign and Wil reads a poem.


    Show number 168 November, 2006

    This is the last Nihilists' Corner before the election for California Governor, so the entire show is dedicated to Elisha's candidacy. An entertaining campaign video is included, along with details of his state-wide campaign tour.

     

     

    Show number 169 December, 2006

    The Lunatic Fringe panel chat about Elisha's attempts at stand-up comedy. They also talk about the up-comming Nihilist Film Festival, YouTube and Zarqawi.






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