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Taj and Deitrek

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Enjoy funny situations? Listen and see what happens when three co-hosts are given a topic that opens the imagination to places many have never gone before. Each will give their answer to what would be... Sit back and laugh as you listen to people going a tad too far.
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We're back with series three of Martin Shipton Meets. Listen to WalesOnline's chief reporter in conversation with leading figures from Welsh politics and public life during our turbulent times. Martin specialises in controversial and investigative stories and has been involved in covering the National Assembly since its outset.
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Academics Henry Jenkins and Colin Maclay use their combined knowledge to dig deeper and ask more ambitious questions than most pop culture podcasts out there – not doing recaps or just remaining on the level of entertainment coverage. For them, popular culture offers resources for asking questions about who we are and where we are going, questions that can be political, legal, technological, economic, or social, but often cut across all of the above.
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Robeson Taj Frazier is an associate professor of communication and director of IDEA (the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg), as well as the author of The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination and KAOS Theory: The Afrokosmic Ark of Ben Caldwell, and producer of IT'S YOURS: A Story About Hip-Hop and the Int…
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As a former volunteer and later employee of Fandom Forward (what was then called The Harry Potter Alliance) and a transgender man, Jackson Bird’s feelings about Harry Potter have certainly evolved, especially given the extremely divisive statements JK Rowling has made about the transgender community. He shares how what was once an important part of…
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Our guest today is Maggie Hennefeld, McKnight Presidential Fellow and Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who has co-curated a dvd set of the medium’s early female comedians titled Cinema’s First Nasty Women. Maggie talks us through the current resurgence in interest in sil…
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We’re thrilled to be joined by Academy-Award winning Production Designer Rick Carter, who has four decades of experience working on Hollywood productions, including with his own personal “Mt. Rushmore” of blockbuster directors: Stephen Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron and J.J. Abrams. Carter walks us through how he tackled his latest Oscar…
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We’re joined by Alexandria Arrieta, doctoral candidate at USC Annenberg and Christopher Cayari, associate professor of music education at Purdue University, about how music creators are using platforms like YouTube and TikTok to not just share performances but actually create content and hone their craft. By providing a distribution outlet for amat…
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We begin to talk about the story between MIT’s Open Doc Lab and our guests’ book Collective Wisdom with Kat’s experiences working for the National Film Board of Canada and how this provided a precious chance for her to dig into collective wisdom. William Uricchio brings in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT and two major characteristics o…
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We start by digging into each of our guests’ definitions of “meme” (in contrast to Richard Dawkins), zeroing in on the agency of the meming process, how it connects with politics, and the need to be responsive to the way popular culture and the participating communities are using and defining these terms. Whitney offers “trolling” as an example to …
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This week, we have Paul Mihailidis, Sangita Shresthova and Megan Fromm talking about their insights, stories, and theories in their book Transformative Media Pedagogies. We start with the three authors’ inspirations for their book, and then our guests share their definition of transformation, before discussing more detailed contexts for transformat…
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As one of the most influential musicians in Turkish history and the first modern pop star of Turkey, Zeki Müren gained huge popularity beginning in the 1950s across all different communities in Turkey, in spite of his groundbreaking behaviors like cross-dressing, and can be seen as an LGBTQ+ trailblazer. Even now, Zeki Müren continues to have a pro…
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In this episode, Lynn Spigel, Chair of Screen Cultures in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, and our hosts discuss her research and new book, TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life, on snapshot technology and TV history. While working on a research grant for smart houses, Lynn began researching the ways in which everyday…
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A lot of parents nowadays are concerned about their children spending too much time on screens. We begin by discussing how screen time is inevitable in this post-pandemic era and that screen time itself might not be the problem. Lynn shares her own parenting experiences to state that parents also can use screen time and technology to build a good c…
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Kevin Driscoll, author and associate professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia, discusses the history of BBSs, or bulletin board systems, and how they have been overlooked as part of the history of the internet. Developing out of his early experiences with local online communities, Kevin approaches the history of the internet from a gras…
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This week we are joined by archivist Jacqueline Stewart and historian Tyree Boyd-Pates to discuss the power of museum curation. The role of the museum curator is critical to the way that museums are experienced. We begin by discussing museums as “safe spaces for dangerous ideas” – in other words, how museums can be harbingers of racist and colonial…
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Our guest this week is Diana Williams, who, after 30 years in the entertainment media industry working on premier content like the Star Wars Marvel Cinematic universes, has founded a new company, Kinetic Energy Entertainment, focused on partnering with creatives to build new intellectual property (IP) for today’s rapidly changing media landscape. S…
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This week we are further diving into the recent banning of Art Spiegelman’s Maus by a school board in TN by speaking with comics scholar Hillary Chute, Distinguished Professor of English and Art + Design at Northeastern University and associate editor of MetaMaus. She discusses the history of the original publication of Maus and Spiegelman’s roots …
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This week Henry and Colin are joined by writer and comics critic Jeet Heer and Jeff Trexler, Interim Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to discuss the broader context for the censorship of graphic novels in schools. Jumping off from the recent censorship of Art Spiegelman’s Maus by a TN school board, we review the long history and reaso…
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In this episode Stephanie Toliver, Assistant Professor of Literacy and and Secondary Humanities at University of Colorado Boulder and lifelong sci-fi nerd chats with Henry and Colin about her experience writing her hybrid PhD dissertation. As part of her PhD, Stephanie got the opportunity to work with the DEEP Center’s Block to Block Program teachi…
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This week Henry and Colin are joined by Cathy Cohen, a distinguished professor at the University of Chicago and Jen Humke, a senior program officer at the MacArthur Foundation to discuss Participatory Civic Media. Cohen discusses her work with The Black Youth Project and GenForward, projects that are focused on building independent institutions and…
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Mónica Guzmán, author of I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, is the Director of Digital and Storytelling at Braver Angels which is a cross-partisan nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging America's widening political divide. Mónica’s background in journalism and her own lif…
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This week Henry and Colin catch up with AnnLab Civic Media Fellow Josie Duffy Rice to talk about the stories we hear and tell about our criminal justice system, and how we can reframe them to focus on people, not punishment. Josie recalls how her early experiences as a journalist covering public prosecutors quickly made her realize how opaque the s…
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Rebecca Williams and Lauren Sowa discuss Disney theme park fandom from Disneyland California to Disney theme parks across the globe. Williams and Sowa share their history with Disney films and how that love has translated into their love for the theme parks as adults. We then dive further into the theme park as a space of play for adults and why be…
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This week we’re joined by a whoopensocker of a guest - Erica Halverson. After telling us all what a “whoopensocker” is, she brings us up to speed on her education intervention of the same name, where teaching artists employ the rules of improv to encourage kids to express themselves and engage in collaborative storytelling. Those stories are then p…
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This week Henry & Colin are joined by Lori Kido Lopez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, to discuss her new book, Micro Media Industries: Hmong American Media Innovation in the Diaspora. Lopez shares some background on this little-known ethnic community’s p…
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This week, Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author, joins Henry & Colin to discuss her new memoir, The Empathy Diaries. Sherry and Henry talk about their shared experiences of teaching arts & humanities at MIT. Since Sherry’s work is usually interpreted as a critique of technology and Henry’s work is interpreted as a support of technology, they bot…
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This week, Henry & Colin are joined by three fan studies scholars, andré m. carrington,author of Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction; Abigail De Kosnik, author of #identity: Hashtagging Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation; and Rukmini Pande author of Fandom, Now in Color and Squee from the Margins. We talk about how race ha…
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After looking back at a 150 episode we need a break, however we are not going to take one. Instead we are going on quest to find the missing 'o' in our name. We will be returning in 2022 better, stronger and a TAD too far. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email u…
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This episode we doing a fantasy draft for baseball but we are picking video game characters as players. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).…
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This episode we doing a fantasy draft for basketball but we are picking video game characters as players. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).…
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This episode we doing a fantasy draft for football but we are picking video game characters as players. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).…
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This episode we taking a TV show and putting it in a different situation or theme What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).By Taj and Deitrek
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This episode we taking a TV show and putting it in a different situation or theme What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).By Taj and Deitrek
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This episode we taking a TV show and putting it in a different situation or theme What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com).By Taj and Deitrek
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. This is our final episode on this topic What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tad…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we doing something different we taking an old cartoon show and comparing it to a new cartoon show (something made on or after 2000). Only one comes out a winner. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and ot…
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This episode we talk about what other party candidate would you have be on a fictional council, committee, ect. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com). Also check out othe…
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This episode we talk about what Democratic would you have be on a fictional council, committee, ect. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com). Also check out other shows tha…
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This episode we talk about what Republican would you have be on a fictional council, committee, ect. What is your thoughts? Please leave comments and/or questions at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter sites. You can also email us at tadtofar@gmail.com. Find these links and other episodes at our Website (tadtofar.com). Also check out other shows tha…
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