About Joel Tscherne

Master in Library Science, Kent State University; Master of Arts in History, Cleveland State University
Joel Tscherne is an Adjunct History Professor at Southern New Hampshire University and an Associate Faculty member at University of Arizona Global Campus. His Twitter handle is @JoelTscherne.

NBN Episodes hosted by Joel:

Sydney Stern, "The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics" (UP of Mississippi, 2019)

May 5, 2024

The Brothers Mankiewicz

Sydney Stern
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Herman J. (1897–1953) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909–1993) wrote, produced, and directed over 150 pictures. With Orson Welles, Herman wrote the screen…

W. K. Stratton, "The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" (Bloomsbury, 2019)

January 3, 2024

The Wild Bunch

W. K. Stratton
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

On June 18, 1969, "The Wild Bunch" premiered to critical success. Over the past 50 years it has been rightly recognized as one of the landmark films f…

Chris Yogerst, "The Warner Brothers" (UP of Kentucky, 2023)

September 8, 2023

The Warner Brothers

Chris Yogerst
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

One of the oldest and most recognizable studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros. is considered a juggernaut of the entertainment industry. Since its formati…

Jacob Bricca, "How Documentaries Work" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 2, 2023

How Documentaries Work

Jacob Bricca
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Previous guest Jacob Bricca (Documentary Editing: Principles and Practice) is a professional film editor and director, specializing in documentaries. …

Drew Morton, "After Midnight: Watchmen After Watchmen" (U Mississippi Press, 2022)

January 20, 2023

After Midnight

Drew Morton
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen fundamentally altered the perception of American comic books and remains one of the medium’s greatest hits. L…

Jeanne Theoharis, "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks" (Beacon Press, 2015)

November 23, 2022

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jeanne Theoharis
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Beacon Press, 2015) is the definitive political biography of Rosa Parks and the basis for a 2022 documentary, …

Bruce Davis, "The Academy and the Award: The Coming of Age of Oscar and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" (Brandeis UP, 2022)

November 8, 2022

The Academy and the Award

Bruce Davis
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Written by the former executive director of the Academy, this is the first behind-the-scenes history of the organization behind the Academy Awards. …

Kyle Stevens, "The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory" (Oxford UP, 2022)

October 25, 2022

The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory

Kyle Stevens
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Despite changes in the media landscape, film remains a vital force in contemporary culture, as do our ideas of what "a movie" or "the cinematic" are. …

Scott Bukatman, "Black Panther" (U Texas Press, 2022)

October 21, 2022

Black Panther

Scott Bukatman
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Black Panther was the first Black superhero in mainstream American comics. Black Panther was a cultural phenomenon that broke box office records. Yet …

Diane Negra, "Shadow of a Doubt" (Auteur, 2021)

October 18, 2022

Shadow of a Doubt

Diane Negra
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Today I talked to Diane Negra about Shadow of a Doubt (Auteur, 2021). Shadow of a Doubt (1943) was British-born Alfred Hitchcock's fifth American fil…

Erin Keane, "Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me" (Belt Publishing, 2022)

October 17, 2022


Erin Keane
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

From Erin Keane, editor in chief at Salon, comes Runaway: Notes in the Myths that Made Me (Belt Publishing, 2022), a touching memoir about the search …

Keri Blakinger, "Corrections in Ink: A Memoir" (St. Martin's Press, 2022)

September 22, 2022

Corrections in Ink

Keri Blakinger
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Corrections in Ink (St. Martin's Press, 2022) is an electric and unforgettable memoir about a young woman's journey-from the ice rink, to addiction an…

Julie A. Turnock, "The Empire of Effects: Industrial Light and Magic and the Rendering of Realism" (U Texas Press, 2022)

August 26, 2022

The Empire of Effects

Julie A. Turnock
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Just about every major film now comes to us with an assist from digital effects. The results are obvious in superhero fantasies, yet dramas like Roma …

Rebecca Weeks, "History by HBO: Televising the American Past" (UP of Kentucky, 2022)

August 12, 2022

History by HBO

Rebecca Weeks
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

The television industry is changing, and with it, the small screen's potential to engage in debate and present valuable representations of American hi…

Scott Meslow, "From Hollywood with Love: The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Romantic Comedy" (Dey Street, 2022)

July 18, 2022

From Hollywood with Love

Scott Meslow
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

An in-depth celebration of the romantic comedy's modern golden era and its role in our culture, tracking the genre from its heyday in the '80s and the…

Alison Macor, "Making The Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic That Inspired a Nation" (U Texas Press, 2022)

July 8, 2022

Making The Best Years of Our Lives

Alison Macor
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Released in 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives became an immediate success. Life magazine called it “the first big, good movie of the post-war era” to …

Charles Elton, "Cimino: The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and the Price of a Vision" (Abrams Press, 2022)

June 15, 2022


Charles Elton
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Cimino: The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and the Price of a Vision (Abrams Press, 2022) is the first biography of critically acclaimed then critically …

Chris Wade, "The Films of James Woods" (Wisdom Twins Books, 2022)

May 30, 2022

The Films of James Woods

Chris Wade
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

James Woods is one of the most versatile and captivating actors in American film history. From his breakthrough performance as Greg Powell in The Onio…

Craig Calcaterra, "Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game" (Belt Publishing, 2022)

May 5, 2022

Rethinking Fandom

Craig Calcaterra
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Sports fandom isn't what it used to be. Owners and executives increasingly count on the blind loyalty of their fans and too often act against the team…

The 15 Best Films about the Holocaust

January 27, 2022

The 15 Best Films about the Holocaust

Rich Brownstein
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

In this special follow-up episode in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I again speak with Rich Brownstein, author of Holocaust Cinema …

Henry K. Miller, "The First True Hitchcock: The Making of a Filmmaker" (U California Press, 2022)

January 25, 2022

The First True Hitchcock

Henry K. Miller
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

This untold origin story of the filmmaker explores its transatlantic history. Alfred Hitchcock called The Lodger "the first true Hitchcock movie," one…

Dana Polan, "Dreams of Flight: 'The Great Escape' in American Film and Culture" (U California Press, 2021)

January 21, 2022

Dreams of Flight

Dana Polan
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Caught on film, the iconic jump of escaped POW Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) over an imposing barbed wire fence on a stolen motorcycle has become an un…

Rich Brownstein, "Holocaust Cinema Complete: A History and Analysis of 400 Films, with a Teaching Guide" (McFarland, 2021)

December 31, 2021

Holocaust Cinema Complete

Rich Brownstein
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

Holocaust movies have become an important segment of world cinema and the de-facto Holocaust education for many. One quarter of all American-produced …

Kate Fortmueller, "Hollywood Shutdown: Production, Distribution, and Exhibition in the Time of COVID" (U Texas Press, 2021)

December 9, 2021

Hollywood Shutdown

Kate Fortmueller
Hosted by Joel Tscherne

By March 2020, the spread of COVID-19 had reached pandemic proportions, forcing widespread shutdowns across industries, including Hollywood. Studios, …