Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lost in the Stacks, Episode 315: Question My Authority

Guest: Liz Holdsworth of the Georgia Tech Library.

First broadcast August 26 2016

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-26th-2016-question-my-authority-episode-315/

“Please tell me that was originally like that.”

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Supercontext: The Hugo Awards

The 2015 Hugo Awards showed us what happens when science fiction/fantasy fandom turns on itself. A year later we look back at the arguments and manipulations of all the parties involved: Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies and everyone else. Given how similar this controversy’s rhetoric is to the 2016 presidential election, should we look at cultural moments like this as predictors of larger issues in society?

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The North Avenue Lounge: Arlo Aldo

Dave Manchester of Arlo Aldo.
Dave Manchester of Arlo Aldo.

Guest: Dave Manchester of Arlo Aldo

I spoke with the frontman for Pittsburgh-based Arlo Aldo about performance, recording, family, and playing in living rooms. Features three songs from the new album, House & Home.

Supercontext: DC Rebirth Special

Charlie and Christian examine DC Comics’ latest attempt to reinvent their publishing line. Is it really about defeating despair with hope, as writer/executive Geoff Johns has said? And is this friendly to new readers? We also look at the ethical implications of using characters from “Watchmen” in an attempt to create a shared universe with an emotionally compelling narrative.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 314: Chaotic Neutral

First broadcast August 12 2016.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-12th-2016-chaotic-neutral-episode-314/

“I want to talk about chaos, man.”

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Supercontext: The Dark Knight

Looking back on the Batman film “The Dark Knight,” does it stand for anything? Or does it simply soak up whatever morals we bring to it? Christopher Nolan’s intentions remain mysterious, but we do our best to figure them out.  

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