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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 390: The Common Good

Guests: Dr. Sarah Higinbotham and Bill Taft of The Common Good, and Karen Viars of Georgia Tech.

First broadcast July 13 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/07/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-july-13th-the-common-good-episode-390/

“Why a librarian? Why prison?”

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Supercontext: The Final Programme by Michael Moorcock

This first part in the Jerry Cornelius saga is literary science-fiction that challenges the politics of its time through transgression. But we find eerie parallels to our current zeitgeist and wonder if Cornelius is the perfect device to question our thoughts about subversion and morality.

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Supercontext: Nightcrawler

This psychological thriller about an unethical photojournalist has us asking all kinds of questions. Are we complicit in the horrible narratives of the news? Do supportive families enable creative storytelling? And if the qualities of a villain are synonymous with “success” now, how do we tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy?
 

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 389: The Great Speckled Bird

Guests: Traci Drummond of Georgia State University, Andrew Reisinger of Georgia State University, and Steve Wise of The Great Speckled Bird.

First broadcast June 29 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/06/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-june-29th-the-great-speckled-bird-episode-389/

“It’s a really horrible way to do a really great thing.”

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Supercontext: Miracleman: A Dream of Flying

This deconstruction of the superhero genre was mired in legal debacles and intellectual property battles for decades before we could get a chance to read it. We look at that convoluted history, in light of Alan Moore’s attempt to reimagine and criticize the themes of superhero comics.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 388: The Southeast Data Librarian Symposium

LITS 388: “The Southeast Data Librarian Symposium”

Guests: Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh of Georgia State University; Jennifer Doty of Emory University; Ximin Mi of Georgia Tech.

First broadcast JUNE 22, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/06/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-june-22nd-the-southeast-data-librarian-symposium-episode-388/

“I hope there’s a lot of hacking!”

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Supercontext: Twin Peaks: The Return

This eighteen-hour continuation of a beloved twenty-five year old television series evokes emotions of both love and hate. So we discuss how Mark Frost, David Lynch and Showtime made and distributed this project while adhering to the original themes of good-versus-evil and unconventional storytelling.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 387: The Accidental Mentor

Part 2 of REPORT FROM K-12

Guest: Zoƫ Rascoe of Druid Hills High School.

First broadcast June 15 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/06/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-june-15th-report-from-k-12-ii-the-accidental-mentor-episode-386/

“And it’s like BOOM, but a good boom.”

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Supercontext: Learning To Die In The Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, by Roy Scranton

This treatise on climate change argues that we should just accept that our civilization is going to die. We might survive however, by remembering our cultural heritage. We discuss Scranton’s experience at war, as well as the variety of reactions to his claim that we should just confront our own mortality, even when we’re posting to social media.

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