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Performing Arts October 26, 2020

Radical Ritual

How Burning Man Changed the World

Neil Shister

Hosted by Emily Ruth Allen
Written from Neil Shister’s perspective as a journalist, student of American culture, and six-time participant in Burning Man, Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World (Counterpoint, 2019) presents the …

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Literary Studies October 26, 2020

Transmedia Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century

Lissette Lopez Szwydky

Hosted by Miranda Corcoran
In this episode of New Books in Literary Studies we speak with Lissette Lopez Szwydky, author of the new book Transmedia Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio State UP, 2020) …
Art October 20, 2020

Theory of the Gimmick

Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form

Sianne Ngai

Hosted by Michael Eby
In Theory of the Gimmick: Aesthetic Judgment and Capitalist Form (Harvard University Press, 2020), Sianne Ngai continues her theoretical work of demystifying the vernacular aesthetic categories encountered in late capitalist …
Film October 20, 2020

The Films of Martin Scorsese

Gangsters, Greed, and Guilt

Eric San Juan

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
Few mainstream filmmakers have as pronounced a disregard for the supposed rules of filmmaking as Martin Scorsese. His inventiveness displays a reaction against the “right” way to make a movie …
Popular Culture October 16, 2020

Teen Spirit

How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World

Paul Howe

Hosted by Michelle Newhart
Paul Howe's book Teen Spirit: How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World (Cornell UP, 2020) is a “big idea” book. It proposes that some of the woes of contemporary life can …
Popular Culture October 16, 2020

The Ideal of Global Sport

From Peace to Human Rights

Barbara Keys

Hosted by Keith Rathbone
Today we are joined by Barbara Keys, Professor of US and International History at Durham University, and author and editor of The Ideal of Global Sport: From Peace to Human …
Literary Studies October 13, 2020

Queen of the Gangsters

Stories by Margie Harris

John Locke, ed.

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
Queen of the Gangsters: Stories by Margie Harris (Off-Trail Publications, 2011), is the first anthology of work of crime fiction writer Margie Harris. Edited by John Locke, Queen of the …
Music October 13, 2020

Memoir of a Roadie

Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé

Joel Miller

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his new book, Memoir of a Roadie: Axl said I made a great Cup of Tea…Scott Weiland liked The Carpenters…and Ozzy Drinks Rosé (2020) Joel Miller recounts his time …
Art October 12, 2020

Culture is Bad for You

Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries

Dave O’Brien

Hosted by Stephen Dozeman
It would be hard to overstate the importance of culture. It teaches us, heals us, rips us apart and puts us back together in new and surprising ways. Given its …
Film September 30, 2020

Made Men

The Story of Goodfellas

Glenn Kenny

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
For the thirtieth anniversary of its premiere comes the vivid and immersive history behind Martin Scorsese’s signature film Goodfellas, hailed by critics as the greatest mob movie ever made. In …
Popular Culture September 25, 2020

Pulp Vietnam

War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines

Gregory A. Daddis

Hosted by Rebekah Buchanan
In his compelling evaluation of Cold War popular culture, Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Cold War Men’s Adventure Magazines (Cambridge UP, 2020), Gregory Daddis explores how men's adventure magazines …
Architecture September 22, 2020

Living on Campus

An Architectural History of the American Dormitory

Carla Yanni

Hosted by Bryan Toepfer
Every fall on move-in day, parents tearfully bid farewell to their beloved sons and daughters at college dormitories: it is an age-old ritual. The residence hall has come to mark …
Music September 21, 2020

Selling Out

Culture, Commerce and Popular Music

Bethany Klein

Hosted by Dave O'Brien
How does the music industry work in the modern world? In Selling Out: Culture, Commerce and Popular Music (Bloomsbury, 2020), Bethany Klein, a Professor of Media and Communication at the …
Literary Studies September 21, 2020

Women of Valor

Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture

Karen E. H. Skinazi

Hosted by Zalman Newfield
Media portrayals of Orthodox Jewish women frequently depict powerless, silent individuals who are at best naive to live an Orthodox lifestyle, and who are at worst, coerced into it. In …
Music September 18, 2020

A Social History of Early Rock ‘n’ Roll in Germany

Hamburg from Burlesque to The Beatles, 1956-69

Julia Sneeringer

Hosted by Mark Klobas
The Beatles’ sojourn in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg during the early 1960s is part of music legend. As Julia Sneeringer reveals in A Social History of Early Rock …
Folklore September 17, 2020

Public Performances

Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque

Jack Santino

Hosted by Isabel Machado
Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque (University Press of Colorado) offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political …
Popular Culture September 14, 2020

Run, Spot, Run

The Ethics of Keeping Pets

Jessica Pierce

Hosted by Mark Molloy
A life shared with pets brings many emotions. We feel love for our companions, certainly, and happiness at the thought that we’re providing them with a safe, healthy life. But …
Literary Studies September 10, 2020

Gothic Queer Culture

Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma

Laura Westengard

Hosted by Andy Boyd
In Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma (University of Nebraska Press), Laura Westengard examines the intersection of queerness and the gothic. Westengard’s scope is broad …
Literary Studies September 8, 2020

Mafalda

A Social And Political History of a Global Comic

Isabella Cosse

Hosted by Rachel Newman
Isabella Cosse’s Mafalda: A Social And Political History of a Global Comic (Duke University Press) is the definitive account of the most famous comic from Latin America, the Argentine strip …