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The Nose Does Weird Deer [Stuff]: Deepfaked Bourdain, Black Rifle Coffee Company, And ‘Sweet Tooth’

Sweet Tooth
Christian Convery as Gus in Netflix's 'Sweet Tooth.'

The disclosure that a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain uses an artificial intelligence-generated version of his voice for three lines of its dialogue has raised a number of questions of ethics. Are documentaries journalism in the first place?

And: A profile of the Black Rifle Coffee Company in The New York Times Magazine has started some new conversations about consumption as political spectacle and more.

And finally, this paragraph will take a bit of a turn at the end: Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy drama series on Netflix. It is mostly set following a devastating viral pandemic, and the main character is a 10-year-old boy who is half deer.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Irene Papoulis - Teaches writing at Trinity College
  • Bill Yousman - Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident.
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