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Supercontext: Laura Jane Grace, Tranny

With a provocative book title, Laura Jane Grace is reclaiming a slur and repurposing it for her story of struggling with gender dysphoria and self-destructive behavior. Guest Alyson McManus helps us unpack this experience into something universal, with which we can all identify.

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Supercontext: Steven Universe

Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar has developed a warm, well thought out approach to family cartoons. We look at her goals, Cartoon Network’s business plans and the fight in fandom over how this show represents diverse identities. 

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Supercontext: The Shelf Life of Movies

Past guest Swain Hunt (Sidebar, The Metronome) returns to discuss what makes movies hold up? We each tackle a film from the last 30 years of cinema and try to understand why they hold up for us: Bull Durham, Contact and V For Vendetta.

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Supercontext: Johnny Cash, The American Recordings Series

It’s easy to connect with the symbol that is “Johnny Cash,” whether you’re a rebel, a wanderer, or even a Christian. But how do these contradictions come together as some kind of American identity? And how do these final recordings of a humble storyteller speak to our need for the man to come around?

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Supercontext: Frozen

After viewing the blockbuster Disney princess film Frozen with actual little kids, we look at all the cooks in this corporate cartoon kitchen. With this many people involved, how did they pull it off? And is this cartoon whitewashed? Too feminist? Not feminist enough? How is this fairy tale defining gender and ethnicity for an entire generation?

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Supercontext: Dischord Records: Part II — State of the Union

In the second part of our series on Dischord Records, we look at the politics of Washington D.C.’s music scene going into the 1990s… when art met commerce. 

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Supercontext: Dischord Records: Part I — Flex Your Head

In the first of our two episodes on Dischord Records we look at the punk community of Washington D.C. in the 1980s and its conflicting ethics of politics, violence and drug abuse. Follow along with the story of Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s label until its redefining summer of 1985.

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Supercontext: Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

Hellboy’s a charming, working class hero, despite being a demon’s spawn. We look at how creator Mike Mignola taps into the mythic simplicity of folk tales and how Hellboy itself has become a commodified franchise.

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