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Terrific City

By Melissa Gira Grant & Cheyenne Picardo

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TERRIFIC CITY is a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America, by journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant and filmmaker Cheyenne Picardo. It is made in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Fascinating scope and approach

Only one episode has dropped so far, but I'm hooked. The potential scope and overall approach are promising. The hosts have deep knowledge and (just as important) passion for their topic: the city of the 1970s. As someone around their age, just old enough to remember the era and its representations first-hand, I share their fascination. The focus for the first "season" looks to be the politics of sex work at the time, and specifically in its representations in HBO's latest boutique drama, The Deuce. The discussion was refreshingly deep and nuanced on this topic, which all too often drops into stereotypes in most mainstream coverage. The hosts have a sharp sense of the politics of representation, but also direct experiences of its realities. I look forward to where this goes as The Deuce actually airs.

My only concern at this point is when the range of the series title and description will be realized. If this season is all about sex work in 1970s NYC, and representations thereof, that's great and appropriate. But I hope eventually it'll broaden out to more of the crucial developments of the time, including topics like segregation, white flight, debt crises, suburbanization, the evacuation of downtowns and the like. Also, while a primary focus on NYC is understandable, I hope that we'll also take excursions to what was going on elsewhere. Lots to be addressed about 1970s LA, SF, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Cleveland, etc. Cheyenne knows and champions 1970s film and TV, and even there there were intriguing representations of urban life.

All in all: fantastic start, and looking forward to where it goes!

Exciting and engaging

I've been a fan of Melissa Gira Grant's work for a while, so I was interested when I heard she was cohosting a podcast. This review are based on my impressions after the first episode. I don't know a lot about film/ the 70s but I didn't find that to be an obstacle. The hosts are smart and clear and produce an engaging, conversational podcast. I'm look forward to the rest of the season and to all of the guests they'll bring in. I would (and have) recommend this to anyone interested in film/TV critiques, cultural critiques or social issues- specifically labor, women's labor, sex work and underground economies.

Delightful dive into issues that edify

Haven’t had a chance to watch the show that serves as the excuse for this podcast, but that hasn’t hindered enjoyment of this smorgasbord. Anyone interested in the history of NYC during the period covered, and the intersections of the many topics covered, would be engaged by the knowledgeable and entertaining hosts, and thoughtfully selected guests. Now I’m going to have to find time to watch “The Deuce”! Though to be honest I suspect this podcast may be more enjoyable.

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