Monthly Archives: December 2018

Supercontext: American Horror Story: Murder House

It’s our third annual Christmas ghost story episode and we’re looking into this 2011 debut of the popular horror anthology series by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. We discuss Murphy’s mission, the show’s popularity and its contrast of trashy excessive violence and sex, with themes of mainstream, heteronormative patriarchy.

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Additional Resources:

    • Keetley, D. (2013). Stillborn: The Entropic Gothic of American Horror Story. Gothic Studies, 15(2), 89.
    • Nussbaum, E. (2018). Mk. Big. New Yorker, 94(13), 52.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 406: The Frontiers of Privacy

Guest: Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney and Adams Chair for Internet Rights at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

First broadcast DEC 14, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-14th-the-frontiers-of-privacy-episode-406/

“There’s a lot to like about [the California Consumer Privacy Act], but there are a lot more things we could do.”

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Supercontext: Kamasi Washington, The Epic

This 3-disc debut by an accomplished saxophonist was universally acclaimed as a sea change in music. We discuss how Washington was influenced by friends, family, history and dreams, while trying to challenge his listeners with genre-defying sounds.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 405: Skynet Fail: AI in Libraries

Guests: Edmond Chow, Associate Professor in School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech.

First broadcast December 7, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-7th-skynet-fail-ai-in-libraries-episode-405/

“All glory to the algorithm!”

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Supercontext: The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time, by Brooke Gladstone

This long-form essay by one of the hosts of On the Media argues that our current sociopolitical conflicts stem from a dissolution of facts and reality. We look at Gladstone’s manifesto for producing her radio show to unpack her project here, while considering her advice for bolstering our own personal realities.

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