Monthly Archives: June 2017

Supercontext: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree

By becoming a more vulnerable frontman, Nick Cave has transformed after a major tragedy. To understand this better, we cover his latest album Skeleton Tree, the companion film One More Time With Feeling and the Bad Seeds’ latest North American tour.

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Supercontext: Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger

As part of the big four bands breaking out of the Seattle “grunge” scene in the early 1990s, Soundgarden was a combination that was not quite metal or punk. We look at why their record Badmotorfinger acts like such a strong signifier of meaning in the wake of Chris Cornell’s death.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 347: 129,864,880

Guest: Laura Burtle, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Digital Library Services at GSU

First broadcast June 16 2017.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/06/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-june-16th-129864880-episode-347/

“I realized libraries need lawyers.”

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Supercontext: The West Wing, Season 1

With a comparison of their staff rosters, we try imagining a television show that idolizes the White House today, the way The West Wing did in 1999. Believe it or not, Aaron Sorkin’s fantasy of public service let some people admire civics again.

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Supercontext: Atlanta

Donald Glover once described his FX sitcom Atlanta as “Twin Peaks for rappers.” As residents of the eponymous city, we were doubtful. But this show came through with a weird, wondrous take on our local African-American culture. Special guest Swain Hunt (Sidebar, The Metronome) joins us to discuss.
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Supercontext: China Miéville’s Kraken

China Miéville’s novel Kraken is a meandering fantasy comedy full of political themes and a love for weird monsters. How does this author manage to weave together so many themes and genre into one book? And why does he think J.R.R. Tolkien is a “wen on the arse of fantasy”?
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