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Academics Henry Jenkins and Colin Maclay use their combined knowledge to dig deeper and ask more ambitious questions than most pop culture podcasts out there – not doing recaps or just remaining on the level of entertainment coverage. For them, popular culture offers resources for asking questions about who we are and where we are going, questions that can be political, legal, technological, economic, or social, but often cut across all of the above.

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Academics Henry Jenkins and Colin Maclay use their combined knowledge to dig deeper and ask more ambitious questions than most pop culture podcasts out there – not doing recaps or just remaining on the level of entertainment coverage. For them, popular culture offers resources for asking questions about who we are and where we are going, questions that can be political, legal, technological, economic, or social, but often cut across all of the above.

    Increasing Visibility is Existential for Native Communities, with Crystal Echo Hawk

    Increasing Visibility is Existential for Native Communities, with Crystal Echo Hawk

    Crystal Echo Hawk is founder and CEO of IllumiNative, a research-driven initiative created and led by Natives that is challenging negative narratives and supporting accurate and authentic portrayals of Native communities in pop culture. We acknowledge the real-life consequences of media erasure on Native populations and highlight promising efforts to combat stereotypes and tell current stories.

    • 53 min
    Religion, Sports and Popular Culture Are The Same / Seeking Sanctuary During the Apocalypse with Varun Soni

    Religion, Sports and Popular Culture Are The Same / Seeking Sanctuary During the Apocalypse with Varun Soni

    The episode features Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life and much more, and covers the pandemic and higher education, our human need to look to the future, popular culture as a unique point of connection, sports as religion, and Bob Marley as a prophet.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Undocumented Document Themselves with Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

    The Undocumented Document Themselves with Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

    This week's guest, filmmaker Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, discusses their early love of Anime and how that led them to become a passionate storyteller, through documentary film and now other forms as well. Set discusses their resistance to approaching documentary subjects from a supposedly neutral perspective, as well as the tropes of tragedy porn and binary narratives of the undocumented immigrant experience, and also details their work with the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, striving to increase representation behind as well as in front of the camera.

    • 1 hr
    How the Baby-Sitters Club Changed Asian-American Culture with Sue Ding

    How the Baby-Sitters Club Changed Asian-American Culture with Sue Ding

    This week, we offer an episode which starts with The Baby-Sitters Club, ends with The Fast and the Furious, and in between, explores issues of documentary filmmaking, emerging media, and Asian-American identity. The episode features Sue Ding.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Power of Fan activism with Janae Phillips and Shawn Taylor

    The Power of Fan activism with Janae Phillips and Shawn Taylor

    This week, we are looking at fan-based activism with guests Janae Phillips, Director of Leadership and Education for the Harry Potter Alliance, and Shawn Taylor, a founder of Nerds of Color and the Black Comix Arts Festival. What do we mean by fan activism and how has fandom emerged as an important driver of movements for social change? How do the darker sides of fan activism, including links between “toxic fandom” and the alt-right, compare with how fandom has become a site for anti-racism work? From the Granger Leadership Academy to Afrofuturism, tune in for all this and more.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Business of Fandom with Susan Kresnicka and Suzanne Scott

    The Business of Fandom with Susan Kresnicka and Suzanne Scott

    Suzanne Scott, assistant professor at the University of Texas Austin and Susan Kresnicka, a cultural and business anthropologist, lead us through a discussion of how we define the word “fan” and who it applies to. Then, we discuss the relationship between fandom and industry: How do industry choices shape whose voices matter in fandom? How do companies strike the balance between capitalism and fan culture? Should fans be entitled to have a voice in new iterations of their favorite texts? Other topics Susan and Suzanne cover are the differences and similarities between sports fandom and entertainment fandom, how toxic fans and trolls affect fandom, and how fandom’s relationship to the industry is shifting as a result of COVID-19.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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