Monthly Archives: September 2018

Supercontext: The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

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This dystopian television series presents a horrifying, totalitarian society that forces women to bear children as slaves. We discuss its streaming based production and reception, and then turn to multiple articles on representation, politics, religion and intersectionality to try to provide a perspective the two of us might not normally find.

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Supercontext: The Killing Floor by Lee Child (Jack Reacher Book 1)

This crime novel follows a wandering problem-solver who always wins. We discuss why these books are so immensely popular and the vicarious consolation we get out of the hero, his nobility and his alienation.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 395: Citizen Science in the Fossil Lab

Guest: Jenny McGuire, Georgia Tech professor of Biology and head of the Spatial Ecology and Paleontology lab.

First broadcast September 14th, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/09/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-september-14th-citizen-science-in-the-fossil-lab-episode-395/

“Something about finding things visually by being able to do pattern recognition is very meditative and relaxing.”

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Supercontext: Touch of Evil

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This 1958 Orson Welles’ picture has been called the last of the classic film noir era. We discuss Welles’ approach to filmmaking, his conflicts with the movie studio and the thematic tensions displayed by the genre at the time. Oh, and Charlton Heston’s makeup. That gets a good 10 minutes.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 394: Where Are We Going?

First broadcast September 7 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/09/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-september-7-where-are-we-going-episode-394/

“So we should have done homework on this one.”

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Supercontext: Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Series 3

This British comedy series is a deconstruction of humor in a jazz-like improvisation. We discuss Lee’s persona, the BBC’s decision-making process and the fine lines between self-absorption, art and masturbation. In fact, we take a masturbation metaphor way too far. So brace yourselves.

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