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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 368: Data Visualization

“How many times are we going to say ‘visualization’?”

Guest: Ximin Mi of the Georgia Tech Library.

First broadcast January 12 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/01/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-january-12th-data-visualization-episode-368/

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Supercontext: The Deuce, Season One

David Simon and George Pelecanos’ show makes us uncomfortable about sex work. But it’s to better understand capitalism. We discuss their exploration of community, corruption and the production of both this show and the labor that inspired it.

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Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

We try to unpack what little is known about this author, while providing a “succinct” description of the book. Along the way we discuss the publishing industry, book awards, obscenity, themes and the mythical reputation this tome has garnered over the years.

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Supercontext: Blade Runner 2049

Does this film change the way we look at the world the same way its 1982 predecessor and Phillip K. Dick’s original 1968 story did? We look at the aesthetics of this brutal dystopian vision and how it portrays women, fertility, power and agency… all while its financiers struggle with creative accounting to justify another sequel.

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Supercontext: Deadman, Book One

It’s our Christmas episode and as is our tradition, we’re covering a ghost story. While Deadman’s comics may seem to be about an acrobat solving his own murder… we find out that it’s also about censorship in the 1960s and collusion in the media industry.

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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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