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A bi-weekly adventure into popular culture. Join Dr. Christopher Bell and his guest workers as they deconstruct everything from toys to Hamilton.

The Deconstruction Workers Dr. Christopher Bell

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

A bi-weekly adventure into popular culture. Join Dr. Christopher Bell and his guest workers as they deconstruct everything from toys to Hamilton.

    S04E09: Joanne Kathleen Rowling

    S04E09: Joanne Kathleen Rowling

    This week in the Deconstruction Zone, Dr. Lauren Camacci, Dr. Elizabeth Morrow Clark, and Tolonda Henderson are here to discuss the recent anti-trans statements by J.K. Rowling. Why do we care what Rowling has to say? Do her statements lessen the impact of her work? And how should the fandom respond?
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    S04E08: Hamilton: An American Musical (Revisited)

    S04E08: Hamilton: An American Musical (Revisited)

    In honor of the release today of Hamilton: An American Musical on Disney+, we are reissuing our Season One episode of The Deconstruction Workers Podcast on the show! Marley Steuver-Williford is in the studio to talk about the musical and its impact. Let's revisit and see if we were right two years ago about Hamilton.
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
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    Learn more about The Deconstruction Workers at http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com (http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com/).
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    • 57 min
    S04E07: Footloose

    S04E07: Footloose

    This week in the Deconstruction Zone, novelist Dale Bridges joins the crew for the first time to talk about popular culture in small town America. What is life really like in a very small town? Why does everyone think he grew up in Footloose? And what happens when you watch the same film every day for 365 days in a row?
    Our partner podcast this week is Cursed History. (https://www.facebook.com/cursedhistorypodcast/)
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
    If you'd like to discuss this episode, feel free to follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/deconstructionworkers/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheDeconstructionWorkers), or Twitter @PodcastDCW (http://www.twitter.com/PodcastDCW).
    Learn more about The Deconstruction Workers at http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com (http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com/).
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    • 55 min
    S04E06: The X-Men Part Two

    S04E06: The X-Men Part Two

    Part Two of a two-part episode on Marvel's biggest comic franchise, The X-Men! Dr. Rick Stevens and Chris Maverick kick around the finer points of translating the comics into film, what it means for the franchise with the Disney purchase of Fox, seminal storylines, and more! Plus, is Hugh Jackman really the face of the franchise?
    Our partner podcast this week is Twenty First Century Cinema (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/twenty-first-century-cinema/id1454077685).
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
    If you'd like to discuss this episode, feel free to follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/deconstructionworkers/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheDeconstructionWorkers), or Twitter @PodcastDCW (http://www.twitter.com/PodcastDCW).
    Learn more about The Deconstruction Workers at http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com (http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com/).
    Please consider supporting The Deconstruction Workers for as little as $1 a month via http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW (http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW)
    Thanks for listening! Support alternative scholarship and public engagement!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S04E05: The X-Men Part One

    S04E05: The X-Men Part One

    Part One of a two-part episode on Marvel's biggest comic franchise, The X-Men! Dr. Rick Stevens and Chris Maverick kick around the finer points of translating the comics into film, what it means for the franchise with the Disney purchase of Fox, seminal storylines, and more! Plus, is Hugh Jackman really the face of the franchise?
    Our partner podcast this week is Vox Popcast (http://voxpopcast.com/wp/about/).
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
    If you'd like to discuss this episode, feel free to follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/deconstructionworkers/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheDeconstructionWorkers), or Twitter @PodcastDCW (http://www.twitter.com/PodcastDCW).
    Learn more about The Deconstruction Workers at http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com (http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com/).
    Please consider supporting The Deconstruction Workers for as little as $1 a month via http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW (http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW)
    Thanks for listening! Support alternative scholarship and public engagement!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S04E04: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Part Two

    S04E04: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Part Two

    Part Two of a double-sized episode on one of the greatest television shows of all time! Dr. Lauren Camacci and Dustin Dunaway tag-team this discussion as we kick around Joss Whedon as feminist, Buffy's wardrobe, Faith, Willow, Cordelia, and our plan to Veronica Mars a revival.
    Our partner podcast this week is Born to Inspire (https://www.borntoinspirepodcast.com/).
    We're now on YouTube! Check us out on our new channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUL3W4zsPKKMi3PNPDiDAQ)!
    If you'd like to discuss this episode, feel free to follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/deconstructionworkers/), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/TheDeconstructionWorkers), or Twitter @PodcastDCW (http://www.twitter.com/PodcastDCW).
    Learn more about The Deconstruction Workers at http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com (http://www.thedeconstructionworkers.com/).
    Please consider supporting The Deconstruction Workers for as little as $1 a month via http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW (http://www.patreon.com/PodcastDCW)
    Thanks for listening! Support alternative scholarship and public engagement!

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Puffpiece ,

Make Yourself Feel Smarter

This is the perfect podcast for fans of both pop culture and of using the old noggin. Dr. Bell does a great job of introducing complex academic concepts and theories in super palatable and fun ways, and his guests are consistently knowledgeable and engaging. I particularly like how little fan judgement there is on this show. They might talk about what it means to police the borders of fandom; they are also very likely to state their own opinions & passions for various shows/movies/books/games as though they are Fact (yes, professors are fans too!!). But it’s unlikely a listener would walk away feeling like a schmuck for liking what they like. The more likely outcome is that you’ll continue to enjoy your chosen fandom, and you’ll be able to think critically about it too. I’ve loved every show I’ve heard and can’t wait to hear what they do next!

JonnyFNbenson ,

Great Show.

Dr. Chris knows his stuff! I learned about Toxic Femininity, James Bond’s sex appeal and Demolition Man. All on one episode. Looking forward to Giing down the rabbit hole for more episodes.

neddonovan13 ,

Simple and Fun

I love the deconstruction of each piece on this podcast. They do a tremendous job looking at the world around us.

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