Category Archives: Radio and Podcasting

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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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 404: Community-Driven Archives

Guest: Chaitra Powell of UNC Chapel Hill.

First broadcast November 30 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-30th-community-driven-archives-episode-404/

“We hear there may be backpacks involved.”

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Supercontext: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, by Don Rosa

This 12-part comic series seems like a fan’s homage to Carl Bark’ Disney stories, but we uncover how the values of “hard work” within (and the corporate machinations of many publishers) led Rosa to quit making comics out of frustration and resentment.

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Supercontext: Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia

This 1987 filmed monologue changed the way mainstream media considered autobiographical performance art. We discuss how Gray made the film with director Jonathan Demme and the emotional themes throughout that resonate after his suicide.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 403: Literature As Information

Guest: Dr. Brad Rittenhouse of Georgia Tech.

First broadcast November 16 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-16th-literature-as-information-episode-403/

“I’m interested in material information, which computational I define as nouns.”

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Supercontext: Gang of Four, Entertainment!

This influential 1979 album combined art education with working class political activism to play with the meaning of pop music. We discuss the production of the record and the band’s conflicts (or lack thereof) with their record label and the BBC.

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