A retrospective meditation on media, art, and technology from the 1950s onward. Hosted by Bruce L. Edwards gregariously and with wit and wisdom up until his passing.
19 - The Tweet Is Not All: Books in the 20th Century and the Future of Reading
In this final episode with Bruce, we discuss the rise of the paperback, the heyday of 20th century publishing, science fiction’s origins in magazines, and the meaning of books and reading. Also, some good old fashioned speculation on the future of reading and literacy: Why haven’t ebooks overtaken physical books in popularity? How is social media affecting literacy? And are writers being reduced to simple soundbites and Good Reads quote pages and bad graphic design posters?
18 - Politics in the Mid-20th Century
What were presidental and congressional elections like in the pre-internet era? What were the clichés and labels of political discussions of the time? This and much more discussed as we examine politics in the mid-20th century.
17 - California Dreaming
Many of us in the Midwest grow up with California dreams. So this podcast is about what this dreaming consists of, where it comes from, and how it is or is not achieved. Some people do make this dream come true. Some people make it to Denver or Alaska, but two of the four of us, Matt and Justin, made it all the way to San Diego and L. A., with some detours.
16 - The Men from A.C.R.O.N.Y.M: The Golden Age of Cold War Narratives in 60s TV, Film, and Fiction
Why did millions of Americans flock to NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1964 and remain rapt viewers until Batman destroyed their showrunning savoir faire? What do writers like Ian Fleming, Stan Lee, and John Le Carre, have in Common? How did organizations like MI6, CIA, KGB, U.N.C.L.E., THRUSH and SPECTRE become commonplace lingo with the moviegoing public?
15 - Imagine There's No Internet: The Rise of Personal Computers in the Life of an Academic
Computers in the 50s and 60s were glorified calculators, existing as giant mainframes in large rooms, before the personal computer revolutions of the 70s and 80s. See how these dramatic changes affected the lives of normal citizens through the lens of an english professor at a university who brought computers to the classroom in the early 80s and sent his first email in 1983, travelled to Africa with a laptop in the 90s, and still plays with the latest gadgets to this day.
14 - School’s Out: 4 Ever? Hey, What About Chess Club? Schooling from the ‘60s to the ‘10s
What is schooling in a democratic society? Focus on the schooling this Akron boy received in the 1960s, from grade school to junior and senior high and the differences and similarities between now and then--through the eyes of a boy, dad, now a grandpa.
As a foreigner I think this is a great way to learn more about pop culture in America. Five stars!
Family Story Time
Had fun learning about early days of Sci-fi and hearing about The Twilight Zone.
great podcast, I never tire of the insights