Monthly Archives: November 2017

Supercontext: Mr. Brooks

This 2007 thriller divides a lot of people over whether it’s good or bad. We try to take a high road and instead explore what the film says about us. Is it about ordinary monsters? Addiction? Or America’s guilt about its own dark side?

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ENCORE Episode 313: Data as Packet-Switching Glitch Art

Part 5 of DATA RULES

Guest: Joelle Dietrick of Davidson College.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-5th-2016-data-as-packet-switching-glitch-art-episode-313/

First broadcast August 5 2016.

“Sometimes I find the most interesting moment in my research is when I have a chance encounter with something I wasn’t expecting.”

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David Byrne, David Byrne

David Byrne’s self-titled album is a personal moment in his creative history, but do his lyrics have meaning? Or do they simply dredge up emotions for the listener? Also, how does an album that’s this diverse have such a white, middle class identity associated with it? 

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 363: Whose Data? My Data!

Guest: Antti “Jogi” Poikola of Aalto University.

First broadcast November 10 2017.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-10th-whose-data-my-data-episode-363/

“Radical times.”

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Supercontext: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel about the comedy of Armageddon seems to be the very definition of “twee.” We try to unpack what that concept means and how it contributes to the authors’ humanist message.

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Supercontext: Legion, Season One

This television show may be an adaptation of a superhero property, but it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. It takes the collage aesthetics from unusual comic books and turns them into Noah Hawley’s kaleidoscope of mental illness, 60s futurism and a good old fashioned love story. 

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