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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 157: Above the Law w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper

Nostalgia Trap

Release Date: 07/31/2019

Nostalgia Trap - Livestream 12.3.2020 w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Livestream 12.3.2020 w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

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On this week's livestream, Justin Rogers-Cooper drops by to offer thoughts on some weird moves from U.S. Congress on China this week, which for some reason no one is talking about. Plus, David continues his journey through 90s pop culture and considers the confluence of South Park, first person shooters like Quake and Duke Nukem, and the development of an "extremely online" cultural and political sensibility. Go to patreon.com/nostalgiatrap for full episode.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 236: Egg Noodles & Ketchup w/ Danny Bessner (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 236: Egg Noodles & Ketchup w/ Danny Bessner (PREVIEW)

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The 1990 Martin Scorsese-directed gangster saga Goodfellas remains one of the most rewatchable films of the 20th century, a kaleidoscopic ride through the ups and downs of mafia life that’s as exhausting as it is entertaining. From spaghetti and marinara to egg noodles and ketchup: what story is Goodfellas really telling us? Go to patreon.com/nostalgiatrap to hear the full episode.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 235: The Sorkin Effect w/ Jon Wiener and Danny Bessner show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 235: The Sorkin Effect w/ Jon Wiener and Danny Bessner

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Jon Wiener is an American historian and the author of a number of books on the 1960s and 1970s, including Conspiracy in the Streets: The Extraordinary Trial of the Chicago Seven. Jon returns to the Trap to talk with David and Danny about the Netflix film Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. From questionable casting choices to an outrageously ahistorical happy ending, how does Sorkin’s notoriously rosy, liberal take on American history color his depiction of 1960s radicalism?

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Nostalgia Trap - Livestream 11.26.2020 (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Livestream 11.26.2020 (PREVIEW)

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I wanted to take the Thanksgiving holiday, when very few were likely to be watching, to try something new on the livestream...I hope you enjoy it. Since we've begun talking so much about movies on the podcast lately, I thought I would start reflecting on my own connection to cinema and pop culture more widely, as a way of exploring larger questions of politics, art, spirituality, drugs, and so many other Nostalgia Trap obsessions. To listen, subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 234: Reality is Irrelevant w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper and Bill Black (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 234: Reality is Irrelevant w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper and Bill Black (PREVIEW)

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Justin Rogers-Cooper and Bill Black join us for our very first episode specifically dedicated to the JFK assassination, an event that connects a number of Nostalgia Trap obsessions, from deep state conspiracies and political violence to pop culture and generational division. To hear the full episode subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 233: The Social Dilemma w/ Kiara Barrow & Rebecca Panovka show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 233: The Social Dilemma w/ Kiara Barrow & Rebecca Panovka

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Kiara Barrow and Rebecca Panovka are the creators and editors of The Drift, a new magazine on culture and politics that promises to “introduce new work and new ideas by young writers who haven’t yet been absorbed into the media hivemind and don’t feel hemmed in by the boundaries of the existing discourse.” Barrow and Panovka join David and Danny for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of young left media in the post-Bernie era.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 232: Liminality is Survival w/ Daniel Traber show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 232: Liminality is Survival w/ Daniel Traber

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Daniel Traber is a professor of English at Texas A & M University at Galveston, a punk at heart, and an active member of the cult of Repo Man (dir. Alex Cox, 1984). In this conversation, we get into why Repo Man, a movie literally about Repo Men in 1980s Los Angeles (oh, and aliens) is such an important lens on punk, postmodernism, and the twisted knot of counterculture, capitalism, and reaction that defined the Reagan era.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 231: Four Dead in Ohio w/ Derf Backderf show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 231: Four Dead in Ohio w/ Derf Backderf

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Derf Backderf is a writer and artist whose graphic novels explore everything from the lives of sanitation workers (Trashed) to Derf’s actual high school relationship with future serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (My Friend Dahmer). His latest book, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, tells the story of the Kent State shooting in personal, often wrenching detail.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 230: Coop Dreams w/ Avi Garelick and Andrew Schustek show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 230: Coop Dreams w/ Avi Garelick and Andrew Schustek

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What happens when organized groups of working class Jewish communists pool their resources to create cooperative housing in New York City? Avi Garelick and Andrew Schustek have some ideas for us. Their detailed history, “The Rise and Fall of the Coops,” in the latest issue of Jewish Currents, examines the incredible story of the United Workers Cooperatives (or “Coops”), which were part of a wave of radical housing experiments built in the Bronx in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 229: Neoliberalism or Barbarism w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 229: Neoliberalism or Barbarism w/ Justin Rogers-Cooper (PREVIEW)

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Well, there was an election. And there was a result of that election. But what does it MEAN? Trap oracle Justin Rogers-Cooper joins us this week for a conversation about the multiple stories being born before our eyes, as neoliberalism’s representative politics come roaring back to life with Biden’s electoral victory and, all the while, Trump sits in the White House denying that he lost. How crazy is this gonna get? For full episode, go to patreon.com/nostalgiatrap.

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