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How have writers, illustrators, film makers, and musicians shaped the American experience? In this podcast series historian Dr. Darren R. Reid explores American history through the lens of the artist. From classic comics books to music and film, this podcast examines how art and artistry has reflected and informed the American experience.

Featured iTunes podcast (January and February 2014), #1 episodes in Education and Higher Education. Current series, "Comic Book Studies" explores the historic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels, exploring issues relating to race, class, gender, and change over time in titles from Superman and Captain America to V for Vendetta and Art Spiegelman's Maus.

Silent Film festival (four episodes) combines classic films mostly from the silent era with new audio commentaries. Films include Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Superman Goes to War, and D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Other episodes include lectures which explore how the Cold War changed the music of Pink Floyd, the lost Beach Boys' album, SMiLE, the music of the American Civil War, and representations of Native Americans in film and literature.

The Artist in American History Dr. Darren R. Reid

    • History
    • 3.5, 11 Ratings

How have writers, illustrators, film makers, and musicians shaped the American experience? In this podcast series historian Dr. Darren R. Reid explores American history through the lens of the artist. From classic comics books to music and film, this podcast examines how art and artistry has reflected and informed the American experience.

Featured iTunes podcast (January and February 2014), #1 episodes in Education and Higher Education. Current series, "Comic Book Studies" explores the historic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels, exploring issues relating to race, class, gender, and change over time in titles from Superman and Captain America to V for Vendetta and Art Spiegelman's Maus.

Silent Film festival (four episodes) combines classic films mostly from the silent era with new audio commentaries. Films include Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Superman Goes to War, and D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Other episodes include lectures which explore how the Cold War changed the music of Pink Floyd, the lost Beach Boys' album, SMiLE, the music of the American Civil War, and representations of Native Americans in film and literature.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

shana mcgee ,

very nice

great job. i love the insight you bring to the comics and early cinema. Keep it up. Your the only one who really covers this kinda thing. And about the other comment, if it was made because of racism, then it is important to show why and how they convey that racism. 5 stars for you. ;)

krsdolbow ,

You've got me thinking.....

which is exactly what I was looking for. I don't want to gather new knowledge to file away in my grey matter. I want challenges to my old software, an intel chip this pod thing provides. Thanks!

Lopkijuh ,

The fun police have arrived and there will be no fun allowed

Is the Lone Ranger racist? Wow, what a struggle it was to get through this mess. It is people like this who teach in our universities and in one way or another just need to lighten up. Racial stereotypes, being offended by anything and everything, this is how this guy felt about watching the Lone Ranger. It must be sad to go through life thinking history of the past was all about racism, predjudice and unfairness related to color of skin or race. This person's view is obviously slanted left where everybody and everything is offensive unless they fall in line with their liberal views.

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