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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.
||Clean19 - 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 re||11/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18 - 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.||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17 - 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,||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16 - 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 lik||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 - 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 a||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 - 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.||7/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 - JFK and The Day Camelot Died||Bruce reflects on his experiences of the day Kennedy died, and what occurred in the heart of the nation and the news media as remembered through the eyes of a young boy growing up in Akron, Ohio. Justin Edwards co-hosts this week and they get into what||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 - Disneyland, Elfego Baca and Mary Poppins: Disney's Impact in the 1950s and 60s||Disney played a prominent role in establishing animation as a mainstream medium for children and adults, but lesser examined might be their impact on American culture through television, live action film, and Walt Disney’s obsession with creating a to||6/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 - From Hootenany to Shindig: Music Television Circa 1964||TV played a surprisingly subversive role in diversifying musical genres and introducing some American pop and folk groups and Motown R&B stars that people otherwise may not have heard. We review shows such as Hootenanny, Shindig and Hullabaloo from the||6/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 - Sputnik: the Space Race and Disney’s Tomorrowland (Nostalgia for a Future That Never Happened)||Sputnik was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. It was visible all around the Earth and its radio pulses were detectable. A surprise launch. As was its success. Learn how the launc||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 - Comics in the 1950s and 60s -- Green Lantern is Too Yellow to Defeat Yellow||What was it like discovering comic books in the 1950s and 60s? Learn why Bruce favored DC Comics over pre-rebirth Marvel, his fascination with superhero origin stories, and what the first superhero tv shows were like. Finally, learn the fate of Bruce's||5/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 - Robot Parade: From Klaatu to the 6 Million Dollar Man||In cinema, robots have been our friends, our helpers, or our enemies and destroyers. This episode is a deep dive into how robots have been depicted in tv and film, including such classics as The Day The Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, and Kronos, t||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 - Our Nightly Noir: TV’s Dark Anti-Heroes in the 1950s and 1960s||Tracing its roots in German Expressionism and other sources, we examine the development of Noir as a genre in American cinema, including the careers of Roy Huggins and David Janssen, television shows like The Fugitive and Richard Diamond, Private Detect||4/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - I Don't Care If I Never Get Back: The Golden Age of Baseball Radio Broadcasts||How did baseball come to be America's national pastime? Also, a deep look at how and why radio dominated professional sports in the mid-century, and why baseball is still the sport of the future.||4/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - Watch Them Talk: The Evolution of TV Talk Shows in the 50s & 60s||An examination of the genesis of 'talk shows' in the 1950s and 60s and how they have evolved into the panoply of shows airing virtually round the clock.||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 - My Narnia, Not Yours: Why C. S. Lewis Mistrusted Film||1950’s Narnia-fantasist C. S. Lewis distrusted film’s ability to render a story well, convinced it short-circuited the imagination. Here’s why--and what may have changed his mind if he’d lived a little longer.||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - Brian Wilson - Surf, Sand, and Studio Revolution||A discussion of the revolution in music delivery and listener access in the transition from the 50s to the 60s.||2/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - How The West(ern) Was Won - and Lost||An analysis of three iconic TV westerns from the 1960s (Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Maverick) and the demise of their genre.||2/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 - The Signpost Up Ahead - The Twilight Zone||In this first issue we look at the phenomenon of a half-hour TV drama program that debuted in 1959 on the CBS television network, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. Special guests Justin & Michael Edwards join the conversation.||2/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Bruce takes us on a tour of mid-20th century art, media and technology and helps us understand them more deeply. Great conversations. Subscribed.
Refreshing change of pace
Unlike most pop culture themed podcasts, which tend to focus on reviews and broad statements about how current events are impacting our lives, Bruce chooses to dissect a very specific theme or moment in a time that meant a lot to him personally. He shares with us how that theme has influenced pop culture as we know it today, deeply and with elegance. Very well done.
Academic but approachable
A great deep dive into slices of pop culture. The conversations are deep and clever but you never fear getting lost; Bruce makes sure everyone listening stays on the same page (or channel, or track.)