Category Archives: Radio and Podcasting

Lost in the Stacks, Episode 366: Homestar Runner, Gone in a Flash

Guests: The Brothers Chaps of Homestar Runner.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/12/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-december-15th-homestar-runner-gone-in-a-flash-episode-366/

First broadcast December 15 2017.

“We wanted to tell some people some funny stuff, and video was not an option.”

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Supercontext: Grimes, Art Angels

How do we respond to a pop music auteur who’s been described as the “patron saint” of her generation? We look at her DIY production work ethic to find out. Additionally, we get very upset about how some try to sexualize, infantilize or demean her with criticism and even death threats.

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Supercontext: Mindhunter, Season 1

This Netflix program is about the early days of studying serial killers at the FBI. We look at David Fincher’s meticulous storytelling here, as well as the show’s attempts to disrupt the glorification of murder and the methodological portrayal of criminal profiling.

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Supercontext: Ray Bradbury, “How To Keep and Feed a Muse”

In this essay, one of America’s most beloved storytellers provides advice on consuming media, thinking critically about it and applying it to your own work. We get real personal while trying to figure out who our respective “muses” are. 

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Supercontext: Mr. Brooks

This 2007 thriller divides a lot of people over whether it’s good or bad. We try to take a high road and instead explore what the film says about us. Is it about ordinary monsters? Addiction? Or America’s guilt about its own dark side?

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ENCORE Episode 313: Data as Packet-Switching Glitch Art

Part 5 of DATA RULES

Guest: Joelle Dietrick of Davidson College.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2016/08/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-august-5th-2016-data-as-packet-switching-glitch-art-episode-313/

First broadcast August 5 2016.

“Sometimes I find the most interesting moment in my research is when I have a chance encounter with something I wasn’t expecting.”

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David Byrne, David Byrne

David Byrne’s self-titled album is a personal moment in his creative history, but do his lyrics have meaning? Or do they simply dredge up emotions for the listener? Also, how does an album that’s this diverse have such a white, middle class identity associated with it? 

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