‘Easy Rider’ with The Bear (J. Peter Thoeming)

Episode 15

I’ve said from the beginning that this podcast represents the freedom of the individual … specifically my freedom to beg far-flung thinkers to talk about movies.

This week, our Motorcycle Rebel kick arrives at “Easy Rider” (1969), and motorcycle bard/journalist J. Peter Thoeming, aka THE BEAR, is on the show. Relying on The Bear’s half-century of riding motorcycles and exploring the world, we dig into the countercultural touchstone that is Easy Rider and how it relates to Faust, road safety, backaches, and the endless search for America.

Keep up with The Bear’s writing here; check out his book here (I read it; it’s very enjoyable!); and here’s his Easy Rider essay.

About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.