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Welcome to the Race Trader podcast! A place where Boston and J trade ideas on race by way of discussing culture through a black and white perspective. They bring a nuanced look into older and contemporary black culture and its impact on the racial dialogue in America.

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Welcome to the Race Trader podcast! A place where Boston and J trade ideas on race by way of discussing culture through a black and white perspective. They bring a nuanced look into older and contemporary black culture and its impact on the racial dialogue in America.

    033 / Discussion #1: On Racist Intent

    033 / Discussion #1: On Racist Intent

    After a long break, we're back! This time we don't discuss a movie, we just sit down and talk. We felt the need to hash out a few conversations we've been having behind the scenes for some time now. This episode was recorded on May 31st, 2022. Enjoy!



    Discussed: the context of this discussion; defining racism; racism v prejudice; institutional racism; white supremacy; the Daughters of the Confederacy; on racist intent; a fixed game; Lauren Boebert; white despondency; white supremacy; Thomas Sowell; Things Fall Apart; changing minds; camping; friendship; ripe for a con; scarcity mindsets; white privilege.



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    032 / Insecure S5 (2021)

    032 / Insecure S5 (2021)

    This episode was recorded on January 25th, 2022. Enjoy!



    Discussed: how we got into the show; comedy first, drama second; inside black jokes; Insecure’s relatability; the soundtrack of Insecure; opportunities; Love Life; Boston’s take; Curb Your Enthusiasm; aspirational black shows; swag as an engine; Sex & The City for black women; Nathan; black masculinity; Nathan & Issa; Insecure and class; fatherhood; Lawrence & Condola; and f*****g Derek.



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    • 56 min
    031 / Mulholland Drive (2001) w/ Scary Thoughts

    031 / Mulholland Drive (2001) w/ Scary Thoughts

    Welcome to our White History Month episode! We are joined by our friends Marc and Chad from Scary Thoughts! This episode was recorded on February 26th, 2022. Enjoy!



    Shameless plugs:


    Check out Marc and Chad’s podcast Scary Thoughts here: scarythoughts.org
    Check out My Heart, An Inverted Flame, Marc Kate’s experimental music project here: myheartaninvertedflame.bandcamp.com



    Discussed: microphone troubles; Marc Kate’s My Heart, An Inverted Flame show report; first impressions of Mulholland Drive; our introductions to David Lynch; Blue Velvet; black corporal punishment; the freedom to explore unknown worlds; Donald Glover’s Atlanta; what is Lynchian?; mysteries; the story behind Mulholland Drive’s creation; Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; the Hollywood machine; Harvey Weinstein; the audition scene; artifice; duplicity; David Lynch’s casting choices; the genetic code of America; DEI and work environments; Lynchian settings; darkness; Mulholland Drive’s sound design; Betty’s naïveté; Jordan Peterson; how actually scary the movie is; the sex scene; dream logic; doppelgängers; metaphor; plot vs. character headspace; a tangent on literary fiction; art and mental illness; meditation; the cowboy; the spiritual energy of objects; Club Silencio; David Lynch and race and gender; and more!



    Articles mentioned:


    David Lynch Keeps His Head by David Foster Wallace: www.scribd.com/doc/27992934/David-Lynch-Keeps-His-Head
    What Does David Lynch Have to Say About Race? by Frank Guan: ww.vulture.com/2017/09/david-lynch-racial-politics.html



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    • 2 hr 17 min
    030 / Fargo (1996)

    030 / Fargo (1996)

    This episode was recorded on December 19th, 2021. Enjoy!



    Discussed: Why this movie?; our relationship with the Coen Bros; the Coen Bros. focus on characters; the Marge character appearing in other Coen Bros. movies; characters v. caricatures; the proto-Breaking Bad; Marge’s visit with Mike; Marge & Norm’s relationship; cultural contrast; “Minnesota nice”; good and evil; ordinary people; The Office; careerism; Se7en; relationships with violence.



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    • 57 min
    029 / Beasts of No Nation (2015)

    029 / Beasts of No Nation (2015)

    This episode was recorded on November 17th & 21st, 2021. Enjoy!



    Discussed: Why this movie?; Cari Fukunaga’s attention to detail; war movies; child soldiers; brown-brown; no clear enemy; the movies political context; the book by Uzodinma Iweala; Boston’s trip to Ghana; Agu’s family dynamic; “Good morning”; Fukunaga’s research; Liberia; Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow; Charles Taylor; the humanity in the film; trauma bonds; “It can always get worse.”; Idris’s performance as the Commandant; the Commandant v. Heath Ledger’s Joker; Abraham Attah’s performance as Agu; the parallel’s between child soldiers and American gangs; Non-white gangs v. the KKK & Neo-Nazis; Menace II Society v. Beasts of No Nation; J brings up The Wire again.



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    028 / Candyman (1992/2021) w/ Ralph

    028 / Candyman (1992/2021) w/ Ralph

    This episode was recorded on October 15th, 2021. We are once again joined by Ralph. Enjoy!



    Discussed: the history informing both Candyman films; the Candyman film franchise; how each Candyman movie depicts violence; Philip Glass and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe’s scores; the realism behind the original Candyman; Candyman compared to other slasher movie boogie men; the development of the Candyman lore; urban legends; you reap what you sow; Billy Burke as John the Baptist; the history of Black America; Helen Lyle is subjected to the black experience; white savior trope subverted; Vampires; old criticisms; score placement; the Chicago Police; overstuffed with ideas; Easter eggs; Tony Todd; why horror movies; the complex black villain; and Leprechaun vs. Candyman.



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    • 1 hr 8 min

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