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27 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
Episode 56 - Collectible Card Games (Netrunner)
Sure, we may have done an episode on card games, but we’re narrowing our focus to collectible card games in this episode. We welcome our friend Tim Lenard into the studio, and he gives us his hot take on Netrunner. We also talk about some of the different mechanics behind collectible card games and discuss some of our favorites. And, yes, we talk about Magic: The Gathering and it’s new push to become a creative universe for storytelling across different media platforms. Get into it!
27 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
Episode 55 - Good Eats
This week we’re talking about the return of Good Eats. We discuss the show’s influence on the broader ecosystem of food shows, and we also talk a bit about food’s connection to culture. Get into it!
19 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
Emergent Culture 8 - GateHouse/Gannett Merger
We’re back from summer vacation with another Emergent Culture episode. In this one, we’re talking about a large merger in the newspaper industry, which will combine GateHouse Media and Gannett. We talk about the implications of the merger, why it is happening, and whether this is good or bad for democracy. Our discussion is based on this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/05/gannett-merge-with-gatehouse-media/ Get into it!
32 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
Episode 54 - Children's Programming (TV & Movies)
Ben and Roberta are expecting a baby girl in October, which means Ben has been thinking about children’s programming again. In this episode, we talk about our early memories of watching television as kids, some of the dominant themes across the generations of children’s programming, and some of the more current trends. Get into it!
16 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
Emergent Culture 7 - The UMG Fire
In this installment of emergent culture, we talk about the fire at the Universal Music Group studio that burned hundreds of master tapes from famous musicians. We talk about why master recordings are important, the extent of the damage, and the cover up by UMG. The fire happened nearly ten years ago, but we’re only now finding out about the true extent of the damage. Get into it!
39 minutes | Jul 4, 2019
Episode 53 - Comedy with Rachel Katz
Just a warning that this episode has some curse words in it. We’re talking comedy again! This time we welcome in our friend Rachel Katz to talk about her experience with writing and performing comedy. Rachel founded the Wolf Pack Comedy Club at the University of Nevada, which is still going strong today. We talk broadly about the craft of comedy, but we try to focus on the production side of comedy instead of simply consumption. Get into it!
14 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
Emergent Culture 6 - no more iTunes
On this weeks episode of Emergent Culture Ben and Joey talk about the news that Apple is doing away with their longtime software iTunes. In its place will be several services including Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. While it’s the end of an era Joey and Ben feel like iTunes will not be missed. Get into it.
28 minutes | Jun 18, 2019
Episode 52 - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Pretty, pretty, pretty good episode here. We’re talking about Curb Your Enthusiasm, primarily, but we also talk about Seinfeld and Larry David too. We comment on the nature of the comedy in the shows, why some people love it and others…well…don’t. We also talk about some of our favorite moments from the shows. Get into it!
13 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Emergent Culture 5 - Bill Clinton Gets a Podcast
For this Emergent Culture episode, we discuss recent reports that former President Bill Clinton will be starting a podcast with his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, called “Why Am I Telling You This?” The podcast is aimed at being a promotional tool for The Clinton Foundation. We discuss this story in light of the fact that each of us recently listened to Season Two of Slow Burn, a podcast from Slate, which focused on the Clinton impeachment proceedings and the scandals surrounding Bill Clinton. Get into it!
38 minutes | May 29, 2019
Episode 51 - Reggae, Ska, Dancehall
In this episode, we welcome Prince Nesta, aka The Reggae General, into the studio to talk about reggae, ska, dancehall, and other related music. Prince Nesta worked as a reggae DJ in Nairobi, Kenya, and we talk about his love for the music as well as the broader cultural significance of roots, rock, rebel music. We’re super excited about this episode. Get into it!
16 minutes | May 22, 2019
Emergent Culture 4 - Too Many Streaming Services
In this Emergent Culture episode, we discuss the proliferation of streaming platforms, especially in light of Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming platform. We discuss various services and also comment on the historical push to have “a la carte” choices for television. However, we’re not quite sure the emerging pattern of multiple streaming services really solves the problem. Get into it!
33 minutes | May 14, 2019
Episode 50 - James Bond
We’re back with another full-length episode of Residual Culture. This week, we welcome Isaac Morrison, who recently watched ALL the James Bond films. We begin with some general discussion of Bond as a cultural figure, and how he has changed over time. Isaac gives us a rundown of some of the characters, plot lines, and problematic relationships with women that we may have forgotten over time. The conversation is especially relevant because James Bond 25 is set to be released soon. Get into it!
17 minutes | May 7, 2019
Emergent Culture 3 - Social Media Banning Extreme Views
We’re back with another Emergent Culture episode where we discuss a news story related to the media and/or cultural production. In this episode, we talk about Facebook’s recent decision to ban extreme views on its platform, including people like Alex Jones, Infowars, and Louis Farrakhan. We talk about this specific decision, but we also talk about the migration of public life onto private platforms more generally. Get into it!
32 minutes | Apr 23, 2019
Episode 49 - Game of Thrones
This week Joey and Ben are joined by Jacob Solis, a friend of theirs who has seen a little bit more of Game of Thrones than Joey. They get into why it’s so popular, what makes it good (and bad) and how to end a show with such a huge fan base behind it. Get into it.
13 minutes | Apr 18, 2019
Emergent Culture 2 - Disney Takes Over 21st Century Fox
The Walt Disney Company has acquired most of the media properties of 21st Century Fox. We discuss the implications of this merger, as well as how this positions Disney to dominate culture. We also talk about the history of Disney a bit, including the ways it helped export American culture during the Cold War. For more on the recent acquisition, see Cynthia Littleton’s article “Disney Completes Fox Deal” in Variety: https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/disney-fox-deal-complete-1203167374/
28 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
Episode 48 - Live Music
In this episode we talk about our experiences with live music. We talk about our best and worst concert experiences, the most popular and most obscure artists we’ve seen, and other memorable concert-going experiences. Get into it!
14 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Emergent Culture 1 - The Race for the Podcast Market
We’re trying something new! We’ve turned our Emergent Culture segments into shorter episodes where we provide brief commentary on how emerging issues will affect some of the cultural products we consume. In this first episode, we discuss the ongoing race to dominate the podcasting market. Our discussion is based on the following article: “Podcasting’s Netflix Moment: The global Battle for Domination” by Mark Sweney, which was published in The Guardian on 30 March 2019, which can be found here https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/mar/30/podcastings-netflix-moment-the-global-battle-for-domination
45 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
Episode 47 - Jim Carrey
All-righty, then! In this episode, we welcome special guest Daniel Rothberg onto the podcast to discuss the career of Jim Carrey. From his early movies to his zany comedies and eventually his serious dramatic roles, we reflect on the actor’s career. We talk about some of our favorites and what they meant for us. For emergent culture, we watch a trailer for the second season of Kidding, and we also talk about Carrey’s upcoming role as Dr. Robotnik in the Sonic The Hedgehog movie. Get into it!
37 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
Episode 46 - Deep Cuts (movies)
The Deep Cuts series continues! In this episode, we talk about some of our favorite movies, whether they are lesser-known movies from well-known directors or simply obscure films that we think you should see. Do you have a favorite? Have you seen the movies we recommend? Let us know! Get into it!
34 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
Episode 45 - Deep Cuts (music)
We’re starting a new mini-series on “deep cuts,” which highlights some of our favorite obscure elements of culture. In this first episode, we talk about obscure music. Deep cuts can be either relatively unknown or under-appreciated songs from famous artists or just really obscure artists. We each give approximately ten examples in this episode and talk about why each is important to us. Get into it!
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