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A podcast autopsy of media: how we consume it and how it informs our everyday culture.

Supercontext: an autopsy of media Charlie Bennett

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 102 Ratings

A podcast autopsy of media: how we consume it and how it informs our everyday culture.

    Supercontext

    Supercontext

    This podcast ran independently from 2016 to 2020. We reflect on our goals in creating it and how successful those were while trying to be transparent about the ins and outs of podcast production, marketing, and monetization.

    • 2 hr 15 min
    From Hell

    From Hell

    This graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell came out between 1989 and 1998, 100 years after the Jack the Ripper murders it's based on. We look at the meticulous research they put into this to try to understand how this story manages to be about true crime while indulging in deep themes like English identity, psychogeography, and the nature of time.
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    From Hell Additional Resources:
    A Look Back at ‘From Hell’ by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell Delivering the Twentieth Century, Part 1: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell Delivering the 20th Century, Part 2: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell The Great Alan Moore Reread: From Hell, Part 1 The Great Alan Moore Reread: From Hell, Part 2 Eddie Campbell explains why he's coloring From Hell for the first time Michael J. Prince (2017) The magic of patriarchal oppression in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8:3, 252-263 Vollmar, R. (2017). Northampton Calling. World Literature Today, 91(1), 28–34. The House That Jack Built – An Interview with Alan Moore (2002) From Hell And Back: The Eddie Campbell Interview Superhuman Cognitions, Fourth Dimension and Speculative Comics Narrative: Panel Repetition in Watchmen and From Hell Postimperial Landscapes "Psychogeography" and Englishness in Alan Moore's Graphic Novel"From Hell: A Melodrama in Sixteen Parts" Author(s): Elizabeth Ho Source: Cultural Critique, No. 63 (Spring, 2006), pp. 99-121 Published by: University of Minnesota Press

    • 2 hr 22 min
    Heat

    Heat

    This 1995 film by Michael Mann is considered a quintessential cops-and-robbers epic. We look at Mann's attention to detail and his attempt at authenticity in light of the movie's influence on audiences, filmmakers, and real-life criminals.
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    Heat Additional Resources:
    Interview w/ Eliot Goldenthanl Michael Mann Launches Book Imprint; ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel A Priority Life imitates art in Colombia robbery The long warm-up to Heat Heat Crime in the emptiness of Los Angeles Why Is Heat So Great? Let’s Ask Michael Mann. What Michael Mann Changed, and What He Didn’t, for the Anniversary Edition of Heat Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’: A Complex, Stylistically Supreme Candidate for One of the Most Impressive Films of the Nineties The Loneliness Of Los Angeles In Michael Mann's 'Heat' 10 Intense Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Heat Michael Mann eyes 'Heat 2' film as book nears completion Decades Later, Viewers Still Feel The 'Heat' For Michael Mann's 1995 LA Crime Saga REVISITING THE L.A. OF ‘HEAT’ 24 YEARS LATER WITH THE ICONIC CRIME DRAMA’S LOCATION MANAGER La Story: The Making of Michael Mann’s “Heat” – by Tom Ambrose [Empire] Michael Mann on ‘Heat,’ 22 Years Later: What We’ve Learned from His Recent Interviews

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Hounds of Love

    Hounds of Love

    This 1985 concept album by Kate Bush is split into pop songs and a suite of music about someone drowning. We look at Bush's career arc leading up to this record and how the support she received from those around her allowed to experiment and create this wholly unique music.
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    Hounds of Love Additional Resources:
    Kate Bush Kate Bush rules, OK? Hounds of Love Landmark Productions: Kate Bush – Hounds of Love Classic Album: Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush Cowley, J. (2005). The Wow factor. New Statesman, 134(4726), 38–39. Sinclair, D. (1994). Dear diary: The secret world of Kate Bush. Rolling Stone, 676, 13. Moy, R. (2007). Kate Bush and Hounds of Love. Ashgate.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Hyperion

    Hyperion

    Dan Simmon's 1989 science-fiction novel is acclaimed for its unique structure, references, and style. We take a closer look at how it interrogates our expectations of genre to explore a complex host of themes. Thank you to Chris Marlton for coproducing this episode.
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    Hyperion Additional Resources:
    Throwback Thursday: The Mind-Altering Scope of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos Better to travel hopefully: Dan Simmons’s Hyperion Dan Simmons World-class maker of worlds Dan Simmons. By: Shindler, Dorman T., Writer (Kalmbach Publishing Co.), 00439517, Feb2001, Vol. 114, Issue 2 THRALL, J. H. (2014). Authoring the Sacred: Humanism and Invented Scripture in Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Simmons. Implicit Religion, 17(4), 509. Shea, B. (2015). Evolution and Neuroethics in the Hyperion Cantos. Journal of Cognition & Neuroethics, 3(3), 139. The one huge problem with Dan Simmons’ sci-fi mystery Hyperion Eschatology and Pain in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Senior, W. (2012). Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos: The Fantasy Within. Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS), 18(1/2), 213-226.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    This 1987 film is celebrated as a cult classic for its depiction of self-destructive young Englishmen at the end of the 1960s. We discuss how creator Bruce Robinson got it made, and whether it congratulates its characters for their alcoholism or criticizes their generation and the end of that era of British culture.
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    Withnail & I Additional Resources:
    How "Withnail & I" Became a Cult Withnail and I BRUCE ROBINSON Interviewed by Peter Murphy The World According To Grant 13 Loaded Facts About Withnail and I Withnail & I Comes Of Age This Year - If Only The Fans Would Too Withnail and I Facts and Trivia The Cult of Richard E. Grant’s Withnail and I Is Finally Having Its Moment We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful: “Withnail & I” Withnail and Brexit: Why the cult classic is the perfect movie for our troubled times https://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2020/03/09/withnail-and-i-fans-prepare-for-lakeland-alfresco-screening-of-cult-film

    • 1 hr 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Lokesh Dhakar ,

My favorite podcast about culture by a long shot

There are 100s of podcasts you can listen to if you want to hear people riff about movies and books, but Supercontext is the only one where the hosts, Christian and Charlie, consistently do the research and formalize how they evaluate each piece of work (see Circuit of culture). This doesn’t mean that it’s dry or academic, it’s always engaging, and there is still plenty of room left for tangents and personal introspection – it is a podcast after all.

I’ve learned a tremendous amount listening to this podcast, about art, the creators, and the context around the creation. I’ve also been introduced to lot of new work that was not on my radar, comics in particular.

Thanks to Christian and Charlies for a great run. Looking forward to future projects. 👏

Dr. Hilarius ,

Fantastic podcast

I started listening to Supercontext episodes if I knew a lot about the topic under discussion, but now I find myself listening to all of them. Sad it’s gone, but there’s a lot of good stuff here.

WhatDidKeefeSay? ,

Pretentious and judgemental

They also get quite a bit wrong despite their “research”.

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