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The Necessary Bullshit Podcast is an experimental, ongoing conversation podcast, between a thespian and a philosopher. Hosts Josh Simpson and Ian Savage tackle issues in philosophy, politics, society, culture, the media, film and entertainment.

Josh received his BFA in performance arts from Southern Oregon University. He was a 2013 company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and spent four years with the non-profit Free Shakespeare in the Park (Eugene, OR). He is also a writer and social commentator, writing on issues of love, relationships, mental illness, and optimism. He writes on his personal blog at

Ian studies philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is a writer and novelist, writing about topics varying from Nietzsche, nihilism and pessimism, values, liberalism in politics, science fiction and its commentary on current issues, and existentialism. He writes on his personal blog at

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