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.
||ExplicitGoodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne say so long to The Deuce. We revisit Serpico, the film and the man, whose life became a myth borne from the 1970s. Our special guest is award-winning filmmaker Shine Louise Houston, on how 70s film influences her wo||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLike Nobody Knows The Rules (Times Square Episode 7)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne line up everyone making money off the sex trade, including the landlords. And we expose the connection of art film/porn film obscenity prosecutions, with a look at Flaming Creatures. Our special guest is Jeremiah Mo||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIndoors / Green Doors (Times Square Episode 6)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne track the indoor move of Times Square's sex trade. And we screen one of the first porn features of this era, Behind the Green Door. Our special guest is Annie Sprinkle, internationally known artist, prostitute and||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDisco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne stay out late for the birth of NYC nightlife. Then we revisit the history of the 1970 film The Boys in the Band and refresh ourselves with "Maude." Our special guest is Ed Dixon, actor and author of the memoir Secr||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHustling (Times Square Episode 4)||Melissa and Cheyenne have questions about The Deuce and its gay cliches. Especially after screening Hustling, the TV movie that may as well be The Deuce if it really had been made in 1975. Our special guest is the author of A Taste for Brown Sugar: Bl||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne broach two generational clashes over war and sex, from Vietnam to Times Square. Plus: proto-warrior cops in Fort Apache, The Bronx. Our special guest is the author of Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 197||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPeeps, Police, and Marquees (Times Square Episode 2)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne take us from the illicit porn sets of the Bronx to the cascade of billboards of Times Square in the 70s. Our special guest is former Manhattan borough president Ruth Messinger.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrom Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)||On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne tour Times Square social scenes in the 70s, through the pilot episode of "The Deuce." Our special guest is Alex Vitale.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTerrific City (Pilot)||Introducing our exploration of the city and screen life of Times Square in the 1970s.||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.