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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Donald Glover once described his FX sitcom Atlanta as “Twin Peaks for rappers.” As residents of the eponymous city, we were doubtful. But this show came through with a weird, wondrous take on our local African-American culture. Special guest Swain Hunt (Sidebar, The Metronome) joins us to discuss.
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Supercontext: 2017 Inauguration Day Special: PREZ
It’s Inauguration Day for Donald Trump… so is a comic book about the first teenage president essential reading for American citizens now? We look at both the 1973 and 2015 versions of PREZ from DC Comics while discussing the cyclical nature of politics and satire.
Supercontext: Luke Cage, Season 1
Marvel’s latest Netflix series Luke Cage incorporates ideas about diversity into the comic adaptation formula so more kids have heroes to look up to. We look at how its inclusivity and symbolism strive to achieve this forward thinking mission.
Supercontext: Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”
“G.G. Allin could have been a Flannery O’Connor character.” Charlie & Chris discuss the murderous short story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and the difference between an author’s intent and a reader’s response. Why this isn’t considered a horror story? And is it punk rock?
Supercontext: Steve Albini, Ally?
Chris and Charlie struggle with their history with, and love for, Steve Albini, and their desire to be decent people. Can music with lyrics hostile toward women be feminist?