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The official podcast for HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Every Sunday, Ashley C. Ford and Lovecraft Country writer Shannon Houston discuss the latest episode of the series. Listen every week as Ashley and Shannon share their thoughts on the ties between the horror genre and black culture and explore how the show’s themes connect to contemporary social issues.
Stream new episodes of Lovecraft Country, starting August 16th, Sundays at 9 PM on HBO and HBO Max.

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The official podcast for HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Every Sunday, Ashley C. Ford and Lovecraft Country writer Shannon Houston discuss the latest episode of the series. Listen every week as Ashley and Shannon share their thoughts on the ties between the horror genre and black culture and explore how the show’s themes connect to contemporary social issues.
Stream new episodes of Lovecraft Country, starting August 16th, Sundays at 9 PM on HBO and HBO Max.

    Between The World And Me

    Between The World And Me

    In this special bonus episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston are back to discuss the HBO’s new film “Between The World And Me,” based on the 2015 book by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the 2018 stage adaptation directed by Kamilah Forbes at the Apollo Theater, as well as the companion podcast produced by HBO, Spoke Media and Domino Sound. First they debrief what it’s been like to see audiences react to Lovecraft Country since its finale. Then, they unpack a few favorite moments in “Between The World And Me” that caused them to reflect on how white supremacy impacted the entertainment they grew up with and the gut-wrenching fear that comes with Black parents’ love. You can subscribe to HBO’s Between The World And Me Podcast right now and you can stream the special on HBO MAX. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. 

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    • 25 min
    10: Full Circle

    10: Full Circle

    In this final episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts. Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 10: "Full Circle." First, they break down the episode and all its narrative throughlines. Then, they sit down with showrunner Misha Green along with Jurnee Smollett, who plays Leticia Lewis, to discuss what went into making the show.
    Recommendations:
    - Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (The WB) 
    - The Americans (FX)
    - The Leftovers (HBO)
    - Arrival (2016) 
    - “The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake” by David Brooks
    - “Let The Dead Bury Their Dead” by Randall Kenan 
    - Toni Morrison's 1993 Nobel Prize Speech 
    - The poetry of Gwendolyn brooks
    - Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson
    - The art of Afua Richardson
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    • 56 min
    9: Rewind 1921

    9: Rewind 1921

    In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 9: "Rewind 1921." The hosts follow the characters as they unpack generational trauma while traveling through space and time. They also sit down with Aunjanue Ellis, the actress who plays Hippolyta, to discuss her character's journey this season.
    This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.
    Recommendations:
    The Burning: Massacre, Destruction and the Tulsa Race Riot by Tim Madigan
    “The E-Snuff of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile” by Courtney Baker
    “American Horror Story” by Ezekiel Kweku
    Sonia Sanchez, “Catch the Fire”
    "Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America" by Tonya Bolden
    "Flyin’ West" by Pearl Cleage
    "Mamas Baby Papas Maybe" by Hortense Spillers,
    "Reading Black, Reading Feminist," which is an iconic anthology of essays with works from Spillers, Hazel Carby, Zora Neale Hurston, Bell Hooks, and so many more.
    Research: J.B. Stratford (of the Stratford hotel)
    Research: Olivia Hooker, the last survivor of the Tulsa massacre, who passed away in 2018
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    • 55 min
    8: Jig-A-Bobo

    8: Jig-A-Bobo

    In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 8: “Jig-A-Bobo.” The hosts discuss Dee’s journey following the death of her best friend, and the adult characters who abandon her while in the midst of their own chaos. Then, they sit down with film scholar and producer Tananarive Due discuss the episode’s relationship to horror. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.

    Recommendations:

    Organizations Supporting Black Youth: 
    - The Hustlers Guild
    - Black Girls Code
    - Wings

    Films:
    - Child’s Play (1988)
    - Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    - It Follows (2015)
    - The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
    - Anatomy of Wings (2020)

    Books: 
    Spare the Kids by Dr. Stacey Patton
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beacher Stowe

    Misc. 
    - Naomi Wadler’s Speech at the March for our lives (2018)
    - Topsy and The Golden Fleece (Sculpture by Alison Saar)
    - The Langston League Lovecraft Syllabus
    - Self Care: Back That Azz Up (Juvenile)
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    7: I Am

    7: I Am

    In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 7: "I Am." The hosts discuss Hippolyta's journey as she travels through the multi-verse. They talk about self-exploration as therapy and Shannon gives her insider perspective on being one of the lead writers on the episode. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.

    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III
    Fugitivity and the Border to Social Death by Paula Von Gleick
    In Search of Our Mother's Gardens by Alice Walker
    Lemonade by Beyonce
    Aunjanue Ellis' The Clark Sisters and Undercover Brother
    Pleasure Activism written and gathered by Adrienne Maree Brown
    FKA Twig's Two Weeks music video
    Pillar Point's Dove music video
    Dreams Deferred by Langston Hughes
    A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay
    Fast Color directed by Julia Hart and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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    • 52 min
    6: Meet Me In Daegu

    6: Meet Me In Daegu

    In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 6: "Meet Me In Daegu."
    First, they sit down with Jamie Chung, who plays Ji-ah, and discuss the episode's themes of monstrousness and the character's coming-of-age journey. Then, they're joined by Inkoo Kang, TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss representation of America and Imperialism in the episode. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.

    Recommendations: 

    Films:  
    A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) dir. Kim Jee-won 
    Train to Busan (2016) dir. Yeon Sang-ho

    Books/Essays:
    Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut 
    Kim Jiyoung, Born In 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo 
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 
    A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer 
    My Family’s Shrouded History Is Also A National One for Korea by Alexander Chee (NYT)
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    • 43 min

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Adding depth and context to Lovecraft Country

This podcast adds greater depth and meaning to the excellent show Lovecraft Country. The thoughtful and charming hosts give context to the historical and literary references in the show as well as insight into the shows writers room. But maybe most significantly they discuss the complex themes raised in the show and how they mirror what is happening today.

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