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Watchmen (HBO Series)



Host Erroll Southers is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Alex Ago, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss the first episode of the new HBO series Watchmen.

Starring Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, and an enormously talented ensemble cast, the series picks up beyond the first film and original DC comic series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. We are in an alternate version of the world, one in which the war in Vietnam was won and Vietnam annexed as a state. A world in which reparations of some sort were paid. A world in which the police wear masks and the great masked vigilantes of the past are now legends of a different kind.

We discuss the ability of pop culture to delved into deep societal issues, and what the responsibility of the creators is to historical content in a fictional setting.

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The Godfather (1972 – dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

Depending on who you talk to, The Godfather is either a story of an “aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son” or, the “greatest gangster film of all time.”

We discuss why the film is still watched … and loved almost 50 years later.

Listen as host Erroll Southers discusses the first of the trilogy, The Godfather, with Carla Della Gatta, Aubrey Hicks, and Jonathan Schwartz.

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Who Fears Death

In today’s episode, we discuss Nnedi Okorafor’s Afrofuturist novel Who Fears Death.Joining host Aubrey Hicks for this discussion are Marisa Turesky and David Sloane.

Joining host Aubrey Hicks for this discussion are Marisa Turesky and David Sloane.

White Fragility

Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by professors Chris Redfearn and Liz Falletta in a discussion of the New York Times bestselling book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.

On today’s podcast, we talk about how white fragility works to sustain and reproduce the racist institutions & socialization which we all inherited.

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Us (dir. Jordan Peele)

From the mind the brought us Get Out, is the new film scaring audiences across the states. In Jordan Peele’s latest film, Us, doppelgängers menace a family trying to enjoy their summer vacation. But … as in Get Out, everything isn’t quite that simple. Warning: Spoilers!

What mirror is Peele holding up for us now?

An Unkindness of Ghosts

This month, host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by David Sloane, Denise McIver, and Aubrey Hicks to discuss An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon. We talk about slave allegories, generation ships, spatial hierarchies, gender, autism … so much to talk about with this debut novel from Solomon.

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Body Horror

Gasp! The female body! So gross, so frail and faulty! We might all have loved Anne Elizabeth Moore’s BODY HORROR, listen to the #bookclub #podcast today! Host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Marisa Turesky, Chris Redfearn, and Aubrey Hicks.

The Death of Truth

Listen to Bedrosian Bookclub with Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Jeffery Jenkins, David Sloane, and Aubrey Hicks with the audio player below. This month, Aubrey, Ange-Marie, Jeff, and David discuss the new book from renowned literary critic Michiko Kakutani, The Death of Truth : Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump. Read more…

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