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Episode 41 – Race on TV with Alvyn Haywood

This week join us for a special conversation between Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan with Steve’s friend and colleague, Alvyn Haywood. Mr. Haywood, a professor of Communication at Mercer County Community College, brings his knowledge, gleaned from years as an educator both in the classroom and out in the community, to the topic of race on television during the 1980s. Steve moors the conversation around Sut Jhally’s early 1990s analysis of The Cosby Show, but the conversation also touches upon issues of class, cultural representation, and the medium’s tendency towards cultural amnesia at best, and invisibility at worst.

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Episode 15 – Audience Agency

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they delve into the question of audience agency. Can we interpret any and all content irregardless of producer intention? How does the industry conceptualize audiences? How did TV audiences pre-social media exercise their agency exactly? What the heck does Subway sandwiches have to with it anyway? Or Jaws 4 for that matter? Take a listen as Steve indulges in one of his TV subject passions.

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Episode 13 – Max Headroom Signal Intrusion – Part 2

This week continue the conversation with Andrew, Jonathan and their first special guest Frank Bridges as they continue to discuss the Max Headroom Signal Intrusion event of November 22, 1987. Hear about Guy Fawkes, Max as an interstitial character, other signal intrusions and why the film Used Cars (1980) fits into all of this.

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Great article on the signal intrusion here: Knittel, Motherboard

Great oral history of Max Headroom: Bishop, Verge

Episode 11: Vietnam in 1980s Television

This week join Jonathan and Steve as they discuss early 1980s television protagonists who each have a Vietnam background. We talk about when representations of Vietnam vets began; some differences between ’70s and ’80s depictions; and have a little fun with the TV tropes associated with representing the Vietnam experience.

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Episode 10: Superheroes Inside the Box: 1980s

This week join Jonathan as he flies solo through the sparse history of superheroes on television during the 1980s. Why did so many TV representations reinterpret the Superman archetype while late ’80s comic books were deconstructing it? What was Jerry O’Connell doing reading comic books? What does Dean Martin have to do with TV superheroes anyway? Take the slow long ride through ’80s TV heroes as we collectively wait for 1989’s Batman feature film.

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Episode 08: All-Star Party for “Dutch” Reagan

This week Jonathan, Steve, and Andrew attend the All-Star Party for Ronald “Dutch” Reagan. Do you like barely warmed over jokes? Do you love generic sound stages in Burbank? Want to see Sinatra struggle through a song that should be an easy home run? Want to see a group of aged genuine Hollywood stars pretend Reagan was a star? Well, rent your tux, call your driver, let us know whether you’d prefer the fish or the steak and join us for a lighthearted episode through one of the most surreal parties ever held on TV.

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