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NEON is a different way of sharing historical knowledge. NEON takes a pop culture phenomenon and turns it on its head by revealing lesser known facts, real-life events and history behind your favourite Netflix shows, movies or video games. From how the A-Team took inspiration from Vietnamese history and resistance leaders, to the Aryan purity and Harem breeding programs behind the Handmaid’s Tale. Even some of the most successful video games – Assassins Creed, God of War, and Fortnite – are ...
 
Interviews with Scholars of Popular Culture about their New Books
 
Not So Popular Culture is a podcast that will talk about all of your favorite things games movies tv music and web series
 
Once a month, I talk to someone working in the field of religion and popular culture
 
The aim of this series is to offer insights into key moments in the story of Irish popular culture since the publication of Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies in the early nineteenth century. If the story of transnational Irish popular culture begins with Thomas Moore in the early nineteenth century, it wasn't until the end of the 1800s that writers and intellectuals began to theorize the impact of mass cultural production on the Irish psyche during the industrial century. In 1892 Douglas Hyde, s ...
 
What does ‘2001: a Space Odyssey’ have to do with Odysseus? How does Brad Pitt's Achilles in 'Troy' match up to Homer's original hero? And is Arnold Schwarzenegger the new Heracles? This collection of video animations and audio discussions examines how the heroes of Greek mythology have been represented in popular culture, from ancient times to the modern day. Odysseus is the archetypal questing hero - a blank canvas on which every era has projected its own values. Heracles is the original s ...
 
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Mark D. White's new book Batman and Ethics (Wiley Blackwell, 2019) focuses on the comic book character Batman, particularly from the early 1970s through 2011, exploring Batman’s motivations, his mission, aspects of the mission that do not always work together, and how Batman implements and executes his mission. This book aims at two goals, one ...…
 
Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Producer: Dan Morelle Music: The Herbaliser - The Sensual Woman Subscribe to the podcast and follow us on Twitter ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: https://instagram.com/NEONpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/NEONpodcast NEON ...…
 
Tim Ingold (2000), Perception of the Environment Keith Basso (1996) Wisdom Sits in Places Follow me on twitter: @vivianasimos Check out my website: god-mode.orgBy The Religion and Popular Culture Podcast.
 
COMPETITION TIME: Win a pair of Apple AirPods. Enter now: neonpodcast.com/win Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Producer: Dan Morelle Music: The Herbaliser - The Sensual Woman Subscribe to the podcast and follow us on Twitter ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: h ...…
 
One of my talking points when hanging out with my fellow diplomatic historians is the painful absence of scholarship on Hawaii. Too many political histories treat Hawaii’s statehood as a kind of historical inevitability, an event that was bound to pass the moment the kingdom was annexed. As I would frequently pontificate, “nobody has unpacked t ...…
 
As the title suggests, Jerry T. Watkins III’s Queering the Redneck Riviera: Sexuality and the Rise of Florida Tourism (University Press of Florida, 2018) re-queers this North Florida tourist destination showing how people who defied gender and sexual normalcy found their space in the “Sunshine State” after the Second World War. Despite concerte ...…
 
The TV show Lucifer is back on Netflix. One of the few hit movies Keanu Reeves has done that doesn’t involve gunplay is the devils advocate. So it’s the perfect time to talk about the devil. In this episode of Neon we take these 2 pop culture views of satan and explore this most ancient of evils. It takes us to areas that will genuinely surpris ...…
 
The TV show Lucifer is back on Netflix. One of the few hit movies Keanu Reeves has done that doesn’t involve gunplay is the devils advocate. So it’s the perfect time to talk about the devil. In this episode of Neon we take these 2 pop culture views of satan and explore this most ancient of evils. It takes us to areas that will genuinely surpris ...…
 
American gods is a supernatural drama set in contemporary America, and yet its characters date back thousands of years from across the globe. Allow Neon to take you on a journey from the dark forests of central Europe to the Savannah grasslands of Africa. Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Producer: Dan Morelle Music: Brian Reitzell - Main Title ...…
 
American gods is a supernatural drama set in contemporary America, and yet its characters date back thousands of years from across the globe. Allow Neon to take you on a journey from the dark forests of central Europe to the Savannah grasslands of Africa. Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Producer: Dan Morelle Music: Romare - Work Song Subscrib ...…
 
In 2012 George Lucas shocked the entertainment world by selling the Star Wars franchise, along with Lucasfilm, to Disney. This is the story of how, over the next five years, Star Wars went from near-certain extinction to the release of a new movie trilogy, two stand-alone films, and two animated series. In Star Wars after Lucas: A Critical Guid ...…
 
With the army of the dead baring down on Winterfell Jon Snow finds it’s hard to get the houses to fight for a common goal. Realistic? Yes, there have been many occasions in history where factions squabble as the real danger is on the horizon. This episode of Neon looks at real examples of the challenges Jon Snow faces. Written & Presented by Je ...…
 
We all have images that we find unwatchable, whether for ethical, political, or sensory and affective reasons. Yet what does it mean to proclaim something “unwatchable”: disturbing, revolting, poor, tedious, or literally inaccessible? With over 50 original essays by leading scholars, artists, critics, and curators, this is the first book to tra ...…
 
With the army of the dead baring down on Winterfell Jon Snow finds it’s hard to get the houses to fight for a common goal. Realistic? Yes, there have been many occasions in history where factions squabble as the real danger is on the horizon. This episode of Neon looks at real examples of the challenges Jon Snow faces. Written & Presented by Je ...…
 
Music has always been integral to the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, with songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s "Alright," J. Cole’s "Be Free," D’Angelo and the Vanguard's "The Charade," The Game’s "Don’t Shoot," Janelle Monae’s "Hell You Talmbout," Usher’s "Chains," and many others serving as unofficial anthems and soundtracks for ...…
 
What does it mean to be famous on the Internet? How do people become Internet celebrities, and what can that celebrity be used to do? Dr. Crystal Abidin offers anthropological insight into these questions in her book Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online (Emerald Publishing, 2018). Drawing on case studies from around the world, Dr. Abid ...…
 
#36 - Avengers Endgame: How You Think About Thor Every Week Today Thor is a superhero but a thousand years ago he was worshipped. Thor takes us into the meaning of our calendar and how legends evolve. Allow Neon to guide you through more than a millennia of history, culture and religion. Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Producer: Dan Morelle M ...…
 
In Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London, 1884-1914 (Wayne State University Press, 2018), Vivi Lachs, social and cultural historian, Yiddishist, performer, and associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, looks at London's Yiddish popular culture. She positions it in historical perspective wi ...…
 
Producer: Dan Morelle Music: Tom Rogerson, Brian Eno - Motion in Field Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: https://instagram.com/NEONpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/NEONpodcast Twitter: https://twit ...…
 
Today, is something a little different. We’ve got an informal roundtable discussing fieldwork. We talk about issues regarding representations and access, and the importance of following what’s weird. Featured in this episode: Aled Thomas - @AledJLlThomas Alison Robertson - Her staff page Theodora Wildcroft - @TheoWildcroft Follow me on twitter: ...…
 
Since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, conspiratorial thinking has taken deep root in contemporary Russia, moving from the margins to the forefront of cultural, historical, and political discourse and fueled by centuries-long prejudices and new paranoias. In his characteristically witty, irreverent style, Eliot Borenstein (Professor of R ...…
 
The story of popular entertainment in American immigrant communities is only just beginning to be told. Chinatown Opera Theater in North America by Nancy Yunhwa Rao from University of Illinois Press (2017) addresses the history of Cantonese Opera performed in Chinatowns in cities across North America with a primary focus on San Francisco, New Y ...…
 
Racquel J. Gates’ new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018), interrogates understandings of African-American representations on screen. This book is an important analysis of the concepts of negative and positive representations, especially in regard to the narrow space that these binary classif ...…
 
In space no one can hear you scream - oh wait, that was last week wasn't it? Right! This time around Jem explores the real history behind movie posters and an artist whose work your probably love but whose name you probably don't even know. Producer: Dan Morelle Music: Portishead - Cowboys Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twi ...…
 
Today we are joined by Ron Keurajian, author of the book Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide (Second Edition)(McFarland, 2018). Keurajian is a commercial banker by trade but has spent 35 years documenting and cataloging autographs. This second edition, which expands on his original 2012 work, contains more than 100 new pages of ...…
 
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)--Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric at SUNY Geneseo--interviews Dr. Michael Mario Albrecht (he/his)--to discuss a sweeping exploration of masculinity, economic crisis, and some of the great television shows of the last decade: Masculinity in Contemporary Quality Television from Routledge ...…
 
In space no one can hear you scream. In this episode Jem discusses the history of cinema, human phobias and fears and how disgusting creatures have been reproducing for millions of years! Producer: Dan Morelle Music: DJ Shadow, Nils Frahm - Scars Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter --------------------------------------- ...…
 
In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic. How can publishers and authors contribute to this process? This podcast addresses this issue. We interview Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, whose book, The Good Drone: How Social Movem ...…
 
The prodigal podcast returns! We have an interview with Dr. Ruth Penford-Mounce from the University of York, recorded last summer. We talk about celebrity, the changing nature of popular culture, and, of course, consuming the dead (but not cannibalism). Want to know more about Ruth? Twitter: @DeathandCulture Find her on her staff page here Find ...…
 
Claire Pamment’s book Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a fantastic new book centered on the Punjabi folk art of the Bhānd, or comic performance. Pamment explores the history and present of the Bhānd and Bhānd artists through a thoroughly interdisciplinary lens that engages performance studies, ethnography, ...…
 
Given its expanding multimedia presence in Asia and around the world for many years now, K-pop is a phenomenon that is hard to ignore. This “animal that thrives on excess,” as Suk-Young Kim puts it (p. 6) is more than just music, however, as it offers us a way of looking at a host of fascinating and important subjects in politics, economics, an ...…
 
What does it mean to consider trauma and media from the perspective of technology and not from that of the subject of trauma, the clinician or the witness? In Transmitted Wounds: Media and the Mediation of Trauma (Oxford University Press, 2019), Amit Pinchevski carries out this thought experiment to great effect. By bringing media theory to bea ...…
 
Jem discusses how humans have stored and consumed information over the millennia. Order Jem's new book, Echoes here. Producer: Dan Morelle ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instagram: https://instagram.com/NEONpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/NEONpodcast Twitter: http ...…
 
Reece Peck's Fox Populism: Branding Conservatism as Working Class (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a unique argument of why the Fox News Channel has been both a commercial successful and wielded enormous political influence. Peck focuses on the importance of the tabloid sensibilities and populist style of Fox News. He traces the histor ...…
 
What happens after you die? The book brings together fascinating theological and religious studies perspectives on a controversial yet pervasive idea: reincarnation. An estimated 1 on 5 Americans subscribe to this belief, despite their religious background. Why is this? What are the philosophical, spiritual, pragmatic merits of subscribing to r ...…
 
Alexander Langlands is a British archaeologist, historian, writer, and broadcaster. His most recent book, Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts, was published by Norton to great acclaim in 2017 and has just been reissued as a paperback. Cræft is an antiquated spelling of “craft” and in the book, Langlands exp ...…
 
How can insights from psychoanalysis help us understand digital culture? in Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2018), Jacob Johanssen, a senior lecturer in the University of Westminster's School of Media and Communication, draws on the work of Freud and Anzieu to explore both traditional and ne ...…
 
Women get into stripping for money, writes Dr. Bernadete Barton, and the experience the girls have throughout their career in exotic dancing varies. Dr. Barton uses Stripped: More Stories from Exotic Dancers, Completely Revised and Updated Edition (NYU Press, 2017) to take readers inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road ...…
 
On this episode of New Books in Communications, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Bradford Vivian (he/his) of Penn State University on his fabulous new book Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture (Oxford University Press, 2017). In this book, Dr. Vivian asks readers to reconsider our almost s ...…
 
Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Produced by Dan Morelle Music: DangerDoom - Sofa King Be awesome, support us on Patreon Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter
 
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (she/they) interviews Dr. Kendall Phillips (he) of Syracuse University on his fabulous new book A Place of Darkness: The Rhetoric of Horror in Early American Cinema (University of Texas, 2018). In it, Phillips explores the emergence of the horror film genre before it was horror and a post-Civ ...…
 
Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Produced by Dan Morelle Music: Halsey - Don't Play Be awesome, support us on Patreon Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter
 
On June 18, 1969, "The Wild Bunch" premiered to critical success. Over the past 50 years it has been rightly recognized as one of the landmark films from the end of the Hollywood studio system. Yet it was developed out of chaos, with a controversial director who had already largely burned his bridges with Hollywood studios. Sam Peckinpah worked ...…
 
Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Produced by Dan Morelle Music: Run the Jewels - A Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters Be awesome, support us on Patreon Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter
 
The so-called Urban Crisis of the 1970s continues to loom large in narratives of US urban politics and history, but what can we learn about the period from movies? In Welcome to Fear City: Crime Film, Crisis, and the Urban Imagination (SUNY Press, 2018), Nathan Holmes burrows down into some key visual texts -- including Klute, Serpico, and the ...…
 
The Super Bowl is a singular spectacle in American culture. More than just a championship football game, the Super Bowl has become an unparalleled display of nationalism, consumerism, and culture. But despite its impact in the United States, the Super Bowl has never caught on around the world the way many Americans might assume. Peter Hopsicker ...…
 
Folklorist David J. Puglia is an assistant professor at the City University of New York and in his latest book - Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore “Hon": The Folk in the City (Lexington Books, 2018) – he considers the term “hon” and its significance to residents of Baltimore. In that city, the word has a particular salience and is of ...…
 
How has the council estate been represented on stage? In Social Housing In Performance: The English Council Estate On and Off Stage (Methuen Drama, 2018), Dr. Katie Beswick, a lecturer in drama at the University of Exeter, explores this question using a mixture of dramatic and social theory, along with examples from a variety of theatre perform ...…
 
Written & Presented by Jem Duducu Produced by Dan Morelle Music: Alpinestars - Burning Up Be awesome, support us on Patreon Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and follow us on Twitter
 
In Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Algonquin Books, 2018), Tim Mohr examines East Germany punk rock and its role in the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Starting in the late 1970s, a small group of East Berlin teens started listening to the Sex Pistols through British military radio broadc ...…
 
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