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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.

Lovecraft Country Radio HBO

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 3.5K Ratings

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.

    Introducing Trade Secrets (with Misha Green and Kamilah Forbes)

    Introducing Trade Secrets (with Misha Green and Kamilah Forbes)

    HBO Max presents Trade Secrets, a podcast that gives listeners a VIP pass into the rooms of the world’s best storytellers. We wanted to give you a taste of our first episode, where Misha Green, creator and showrunner of HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country,’ interviews Kamilah Forbes, the director and executive producer of HBO’s film adaption of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Between The World And Me.’ Misha and Kamilah dig into what it’s like to be both “a player and a coach” in Hollywood and finding home on set, in music, in Black institutions and beyond. They also take us inside the process of creating Lovecraft Country and Between the World and Me: from working with the actors to the ways that filming during a pandemic changed everything. Subscribe to Trade Secrets now to listen to the full episode.
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    • 7 min
    Introducing In Session: The In Treatment Podcast

    Introducing In Session: The In Treatment Podcast

    Ashley C. Ford is here to give you a taste of HBO's newest podcast, In Session: The In Treatment Podcast. The fourth season of In Treatment features Emmy-Award winning actress Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) as Dr. Brooke Taylor. Each week, hosts, writer and actor Brandon Kyle Goodman (Big Mouth; Modern Love), and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Janelle S. Peifer, will break down Dr. Taylor’s week, demystify the process of therapy, and examine the relationship between therapy and patient, all with a healthy dose of good humor and joy. 

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    • 43 min
    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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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

DD Thompson ,

Necessary listening

I waited for all of the episodes of LC to be released before watching; over the course of a weekend, I binged the entire season.

After finishing season 1, with the myriad of questions I had, this podcast was recommended by a family member.

After listening to the entire series, I must say that many questions were answered; also, many answers/revelations I did not have questions about were received.

I will be rewatching LC with insights and knowledge from this podcast. It will def increase my joy and view of season 1.

It was a pleasure listening to this podcast, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants added knowledge; knowledge about life, love and Blackness, not just LC.

Thanks.

mavis1978 ,

Enlightening

I just finished listening to the first episode of this podcast (after watching the first episode of the television series). The hosts are incredibly insightful and knowledgeable. They provide a profound perspective on how the show’s circumstances, plot, and characters reflect the racial tensions and injustices of the past and present. They provide excellent analysis of and insight to how Black people view and experience the world. Not only does the discussion make an already creative television production even more compelling, but it adds educational value by making the subject matter more accessible and meaningful. Excellent! I look forward to more! Thanks.

Marktbn ,

Disappointing

I was so glad that a show like Lovecraft Country has a companion podcast, but it’s disappointing when the podcast barely digs into the show. The hosts just say they “love” everything and aren’t really critical or do much analysis of the show. Occasionally there would be some interesting insights, but the hosts spent so much time patting themselves on the back that it was hard to get through.

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