Monthly Archives: November 2019

Supercontext: Aeon Flux


This animated series was an MTV oddity, televised between 1991 and 1994 in a blur of non-linear, ambiguous chunks. We talk about how creator Peter Chung got this made while inserting symbolic references to the limits of 1990’s storytelling. We also wonder why we’re so nostalgic for a simpler time when our entertainment was more nebulous and weird.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 447: Delete Yourself From Social Media


Guest: Liz Holdsworth of the Georgia Tech Library.

First broadcast November 22 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-22nd-delete-yourself-episode-447/

“I deleted my Facebook to change my behavior.”

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Supercontext: Danny, The Champion of the World


This 1975 children’s book by Roald Dahl is about class conflict and an idealized relationship between a child and their parent. We talk about Dahl’s notoriously disagreeable personality while trying to reconcile it with this genuinely joyful story.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 446: Invest in Open


 

Guest: Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Scarborough

First broadcast November 15, 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/?p=32455

“The development of these open tools should be driven by the community. The community should have a say as to how the data should be used, and who has a right to use it.”

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Supercontext: Spinning by Tillie Walden


This 2017 graphic novel is a memoir about growing up, figure skating, and coming out of the closet. We talk about how Walden approached the project with guidance from her editor while we look at the comics industry as a whole and the tensions between the book market and the direct market.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 445: On Record: Tracing the Lifecycle of Political Archives


Guest: Sheryl Vogt, Director of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia Libraries.

First broadcast on November 8 2019.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2019/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-8th-on-record-tracing-the-lifecycle-of-political-archives-episode-445/

Trust your archivists, folks!”

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Supercontext: Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe


This 2018 concept album is about reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming what it means to be American. We discuss how Monáe uses her platform to advocate for queer and black women while working with big record labels to also produce commercial success.

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Supercontext: Brian De Palma’s Carrie

 

This is a special repost of the first episode of our Patreon-only series, SuperKINGcontext.

Stephen King’s first novel was adapted into this 1976 cautionary movie about adolescence, bullying, and female representation by a team of middle-aged men. How does the male gaze impact this story that is so often referred to as “feminist”?

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