453 episodes

Conversations about history, politics, and pop culture.

Nostalgia Trap David Parsons

    • History
    • 4.7 • 192 Ratings

Conversations about history, politics, and pop culture.

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 388: Doom Loop w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 388: Doom Loop w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

    It’s been a minute since Justin and I have shared our takes on “the news,” so this week we have a typically dark, unhinged conversation about what’s coming for us in 2024, with an American population frothing at the mouth to BUILD THE WALL and weapons-crazy madmen lashing out around the globe. It’s an incredible time to be alive.  
    Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/102232361?pr=true

    • 3 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 387: Touching the Octopus w Justin Rogers-Cooper

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 387: Touching the Octopus w Justin Rogers-Cooper

    Conspiracy theories are a hell of a drug. Justin and I know this from experience, so watching the new Netflix documentary American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders brought up some deeply identifiable thoughts and emotions for both of us. Do you REALLY want to know the exact details of the dark forces at work within our most sacred institutions? As we discuss here, there’s a heavy price to pay for that knowledge, one way or another.
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 386.5 - The History of America in Six Cars, Part Four - The Fall of Detroit (1st Half)

    Nostalgia Trap - Episode 386.5 - The History of America in Six Cars, Part Four - The Fall of Detroit (1st Half)

    This is the first half of this week's episode, go to our Patreon page to listen to the whole thing!
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-386-of-98833719
    It’s Part Four of our six-part adventure through the history of American automaking and car culture, and we’ve finally reached the moment when everything starts to unravel: the 1970s. When Arab nations decide to flex their oil muscle against the United States in 1973, they deliver American consumers into an entirely new economic reality, and Detroit struggles to meet the era’s new demands for fuel efficiency, safety, and lower emissions. Meanwhile, Japan enters the market with a new approach to cars and the production process that further erodes Detroit’s power – until an unlikely hero, the minivan, takes over the 1980s suburbs and points to a rocky road ahead.
     
     

    • 31 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 385: The History of America in Six Cars, Part Three - Sweetheart of the Supermarket Set (PREVIEW)

    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 385: The History of America in Six Cars, Part Three - Sweetheart of the Supermarket Set (PREVIEW)

    In Part Three of our journey through the history of American car culture, we explore how the massive cultural and political shifts of the 1960s made an impact on American automaking. From the Chevrolet Corvair spinning out and making Ralph Nader a household name, to the Ford Mustang turning boring housewives and husbands into hip celebrities, this was a wild era. When Detroit takes a sinister turn with the 1965 Pontiac GTO, a muscle car war grips American street racing subcultures, before it all burns out when the gas gets too expensive and the smog chokes the skies. 
    Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-385-of-98244614

    • 5 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 384: The History of America in Six Cars, Part Two - Size is Everything (PREVIEW)

    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 384: The History of America in Six Cars, Part Two - Size is Everything (PREVIEW)

    As we continue our story of America’s love affair with the automobile, it’s time to look at the tailfin behemoths of the 1950s, the cars that look like “guns you can fuck.” With the automakers morphing into weapons manufacturers to help Uncle Sam win World War II, the postwar consumer reaped the strange benefits of military technology and imperial ideology seeping into the design of his suburban luxury sedan. Meanwhile, a cute little car produced by the Nazis was slowly stealing the hearts of America’s budding counterculture. 
    Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/97593008?pr=true

    • 2 min
    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 383: Fast and Furious - Hamas Drift w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

    Nostalgia Trap - Ep 383: Fast and Furious - Hamas Drift w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

    This week we watch Fast Five (2011), the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, and contemplate how these movies embed radical ideas about criminality, subversion, insurgency, and family in often goofy stories about driving really fast cars, furiously. 
    Full episode here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-383-fast-97420130
    For more reflections on car culture, check out Part One of our new series, The History of America in Six Cars: https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-382-of-t-97179277
     

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

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Great deep dives

Interesting guests with eclectic subject matter

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Fantastic - recommend subscribing to Patreon

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Revised review:

Dude you gotta stop starting every ep with “wassup nostalgia trappers”

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