Monthly Archives: December 2017

Supercontext: Blade Runner 2049

Does this film change the way we look at the world the same way its 1982 predecessor and Phillip K. Dick’s original 1968 story did? We look at the aesthetics of this brutal dystopian vision and how it portrays women, fertility, power and agency… all while its financiers struggle with creative accounting to justify another sequel.

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Supercontext: Deadman, Book One

It’s our Christmas episode and as is our tradition, we’re covering a ghost story. While Deadman’s comics may seem to be about an acrobat solving his own murder… we find out that it’s also about censorship in the 1960s and collusion in the media industry.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 366: Homestar Runner, Gone in a Flash

Guests: The Brothers Chaps of Homestar Runner.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-15th-homestar-runner-gone-in-a-flash-episode-366/

First broadcast December 15 2017.

“We wanted to tell some people some funny stuff, and video was not an option.”

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Supercontext: Grimes, Art Angels

How do we respond to a pop music auteur who’s been described as the “patron saint” of her generation? We look at her DIY production work ethic to find out. Additionally, we get very upset about how some try to sexualize, infantilize or demean her with criticism and even death threats.

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Supercontext: Mindhunter, Season 1

This Netflix program is about the early days of studying serial killers at the FBI. We look at David Fincher’s meticulous storytelling here, as well as the show’s attempts to disrupt the glorification of murder and the methodological portrayal of criminal profiling.

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Supercontext: Ray Bradbury, “How To Keep and Feed a Muse”

In this essay, one of America’s most beloved storytellers provides advice on consuming media, thinking critically about it and applying it to your own work. We get real personal while trying to figure out who our respective “muses” are. 

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