Monthly Archives: March 2019

Lost in the Stacks, Episode 418: Peer Review and the Cold War

Guest: Melinda Baldwin of Physics Today.

First broadcast March 29 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-march-29th-peer-review-and-the-cold-war-episode-418/

“There were other consequences, don’t you think?”

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Supercontext: Angel Dust, by Faith No More

This 1992 album is celebrated as one of the best of the era but we look at the dysfunctional, toxic relationships between the five band members, and we find that the pressures of the music business, touring, and getting older, led to internal conflicts that made it harder for Faith No More to just be a group of goofy weirdos.

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Supercontext: The Prisoner

This 1967 British TV show is revered as a cult classic that was radical and countercultural, while symbolizing philosophical arguments about individualism vs. collectivism. We take a deeper look at star Patrick McGoohan and the commercial interests behind the show to ask if it’s ultimately more conservative than pop culture likes to remember.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 416: Teaching The Archives

Guest: Nick Sturm of Georgia Tech.

First broadcast on March 16 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-march-16th-teaching-the-archives-episode-416/

“Bringing them into these materials is just amazing to me.”

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Supercontext: The White Album, by Joan Didion

This 1979 collection of essays attempts to reveal the 1960s and California as stories without narratives. We discuss how Didion’s work was branded because of her gender, class, and lack of politics, despite her insistence that writing was only an attempt to make sense out of chaos.

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ENCORE Lost in the Stacks, Episode 267: Authors: Flannery O’Connor

Part 2 of AUTHORS

Guest: Monica Miller of Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication.

First broadcast August 7 2015.

Playlist at http://www.wrek.org/?p=12577

“What are thinking of when you say ‘weird Georgia’?”

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Supercontext: Tamasha

This 2015 Indian romantic comedy uses a meta-narrative to deconstruct expectations about identity and everyday life. We question the assumptions writer/director Imtiaz Ali makes about gender roles, while wondering how much the real infidelity between the lead actors complicated the film’s big theme.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 415: How To Write a Book II: Transformer

Guest: Ezra Furman

First broadcast March 1 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/03/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-february-22nd-how-to-write-a-book-ii-transformer-episode-415/

Ambiguity is a major building block of queerness, and Lou Reed may be the most ambiguous rock star who ever lived.”

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