About Joel Tscherne

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

NBN Episodes hosted by Joel:

Film November 11, 2020

Cary Grant

The Making of a Hollywood Legend

Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend (Oxford University Press, 2020) tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolize. The first biography to be based on Grant's own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor's difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals …
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 …
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 …
Film September 28, 2020

The Art of Pure Cinema

Hitchcock and His Imitators

Bruce Isaacs

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators (Oxford University Press) is the first book-length study to examine the historical foundations and stylistic mechanics of pure cinema. Author Bruce …
Film September 15, 2020

News Parade

The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle

Joseph Clark

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence” of the news. In News Parade …
Film August 28, 2020

Hollywood Hates Hitler!

Jew-bating, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures

Chris Yogerst

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
In September 1941, a handful of isolationist senators set out to tarnish Hollywood for warmongering. The United States was largely divided on the possibility of entering the European War, yet …
Film August 21, 2020

Music by Max Steiner

The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer

Steven C. Smith

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
During a seven-decade career that spanned from 19th century Vienna to 1920s Broadway to the golden age of Hollywood, three-time Academy Award winner Max Steiner did more than any other …
Film August 7, 2020

Abjection Incorporated

Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence

M. Hennefeld and N. Sammond

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
From the films of Larry Clark to the feminist comedy of Amy Schumer to the fall of Louis C. K., comedic, graphic, and violent moments of abjection have permeated twentieth- …
Film July 7, 2020

The Beginning or the End

How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Greg Mitchell

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
Soon after atomic bombs exploded over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, MGM set out to make a movie studio chief Louis B. Mayer called “the most important story” he would …
Film June 24, 2020

A Long, Long Way

Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation

Greg Garrett

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
In his powerful new book, A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford University Press, 2020), Greg Garrett brings his signature brand of theologically motivated cultural …
Film June 8, 2020

Screening Reality

How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America

Jon Wilkman

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America (Bloomsbury, 2020) is a widescreen view of how American “truth” has been discovered, defined, projected, televised, and streamed during more than one hundred …
Art June 5, 2020

Comics and Pop Culture

Adaptation from Panel to Frame

Scott Henderson

Hosted by Joel Tscherne
It is hard to discuss the current film industry without acknowledging the impact of comic book adaptations, especially considering the blockbuster success of recent superhero movies. Yet transmedial adaptations are …