The Mad Men Pre-Game Show
By WNYC Studios
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The booze-filled, Technicolor roller coaster that was Mad Men ended its epic seven-year run in May 2015. Relive the highs and lows, the affairs and the sudden deaths, the lies and the cold hard truths, in this short-run podcast series. Host Ellen Horne talks to writers, historians, psychoanalysts and her fellow show fanatics about what it has all meant. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org
||CleanDon't Do it, Don! Suicides, Rebirths and the Art of the Finale||Don confronts his life deceptions in Kansas, Pete is wooed by the prospect of a simpler life—maybe including Trudy—and Betty gets a devastating diagnosis. Then, Ellen calls up Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore—who's in Scotland||5/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Don Draper of Cats||Don goes on the run, Joan battles egregious sexism at McCann and Roger and Peggy send off the SC+P offices in proper fashion. Then, Ellen talks with video producer Amy Pearl. She makes videos about New York for New York Public Radio which are strange,||5/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDawn vs. Don: Mad Men’s Missed Opportunities||Peggy finally talks about the baby she gave up for adoption, and the team gets back together for one last pitch to save their agency. It was an episode people have been waiting for a long time, so what else do we expect? Mad Men has taken a lot of knoc||4/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAd Men Talk 'Badvertising'||Don hits on a 17 year old! A grown-up Glen propositions Betty! And Sally sells herself on the idea of a one-way bus ticket. There's a whole lot of persuading going on. This is a show about advertising, after all. But how realistic is its portraya||4/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeeting the Real Sally Draper||Megan got her divorce, Don got dumped by the diner waitress and Harry Crane's true pervy nature was revealed. But whither Sally Draper? We miss that kid. This week, we talk to On the Media's Brooke Gladstone about growing up Sally, a girl who "is||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMad Men Goes to Therapy||As we learned on last week's episode, the partners at the agency are now filthy, stinking rich. So why are they all still so unhappy? While we saw some glimmers of hope for Don, Peggy and Ken in the first episode of this second half of the season, you||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome Back to the '60s||At its best, Mad Men brilliantly deconstructs things like family dynamics, corporate influence, and the gigantic cultural shift that took us from Eisenhower's '50s to the louche '70s. It paints a vivid portrait of America in the 1960s and - at the s||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Catch up on Mad Men
This is a quick way to get up to speed on where we last left the whole boozing, adulterous gang. The episode got me excited for the new episode now that I’m reminded of where we left off a year ago. The interview with the historian was good - it made me think - especially when she talked about the “youth bomb” that the protests of the last half of 1969. Looking forward to more.
Smart n Breezy
A delightful way to get caught up from week-to-week on the show, while hearing from super smart people who can address all the big issues from the show.
Loved the podcast, but they got a bit lost talking about "lady computers". Ellen and her guest didn't realize that back in the days before computing machines people (both men and women) who did computing were called "computers" (like how people did baking were called 'bakers', or who did welding were called 'welders'). Only after we invented machines (initially called 'electronic computers; or 'digital computers') to do it did the meaning shift from the people to the devices. It had nothing to do with "dehumanizing" women in the 1960's workplace. Otherwise, a fascinating podcast. Looking forward to the rest of the season.