Monthly Archives: November 2018

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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Supercontext: Nameless


This horror comic by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn purports to act symbolically like our archetypes of myth. We ask whether it’s successful in getting into our subconscious and if cosmic horror and lack of meaning even scare us anymore.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 401: How To Write A Book: Engaging Design


Guests: Emy Decker (Georgia Tech) and Seth Porter (Princeton University).

First broadcast November 2 2018.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2018/11/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-november-2nd-how-to-write-a-book-engaging-design-episode-401/

“The world is chaos.”

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Supercontext: Taboo, Season One


We discuss Tom Hardy’s television passion project and how he produced it with his father and a string of well-known storytellers. We also examine the show’s symbolic demonization of corporations and what that says about historical accuracy and our present understanding of modern economics.

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