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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Supercontext: Refused – The Shape of Punk To Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts

We discuss the history of this influential record in light of the band’s breakup and subsequent reformation. We also examine their rhetoric of anti-capitalism in relation to the production and distribution of this album.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 385: Here There Be Sea Dragons

Guest: Dr Laura Hoopes of the Georgia Aquarium.

First broadcast June 1 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/06/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-june-1st-here-there-be-sea-dragons-episode-385/

“The science of caring for aquatic and terrestrial animals.”

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Supercontext: The Hurt Locker

This 2008 military film claims to be about realism and a soldier’s addiction to war. But we learn that despite writer Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow’s best intentions, it doesn’t accurately reflect the experience of veterans.

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Supercontext: Doug Loves Movies

This 12-year running comedy game show features celebrities from the entertainment industry celebrating their love of cinema. But it’s also a fascinating intersection between business and marijuana culture. We discuss its trajectory alongside the legalization of the drug here in parts of the United States.
 
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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 380: “What’s New in the Public Domain?”

Guest: Laura Burtle, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Digital Library Services at the Georgia State University Library

First broadcast May 18, 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/05/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-may-18th-whats-new-in-the-public-domain-episode-384/

THIS EPISODE IS DECLARED TO BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN (except for the music)

 

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Supercontext: The Divided States of Hysteria by Howard Chaykin

This controversial comic series about terrorism and identity politics predicts a dystopia that not everyone is willing to agree with. We look at the angry arguments from both Howard Chaykin and his detractors about whether this is artistic expression or just shock value. And… we ask what no one else seems to address. Does Chaykin’s story successfully meet its intended goal?

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