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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 205: Onward Christian Soldiers w/ Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Nostalgia Trap

Release Date: 08/04/2020

Nostalgia Trap - Episode 227: The Political Economy of Flavortown w/ Rax King and Danny Bessner (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 227: The Political Economy of Flavortown w/ Rax King and Danny Bessner (PREVIEW)

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Writer Rax King’s deservedly celebrated recent piece, “Love, Peace, and Taco Grease: How I Left My Abusive Husband and Found Guy Fieri,” is both an incredible feat of writing and a compelling take on the unlikely charm and cultural power of the yellow-haired star of the Food Network’s flagship program, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (or, the “Triple D”). She joins David and Danny for a discussion of millennial food culture. Visit patreon.com/nostalgiatrap for full episode.

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Trevor Beaulieu of the Champagne Sharks podcast joins us on our journey through 90s Los Angeles, as we explore John Carpenter’s batshit 1996 action film Escape from L.A. Dismissed by critics and ignored by audiences, the film now seems like a strange kind of masterpiece, and a vibrant window on the confused cultural politics of 1990s Hollywood.

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On our first live podcast episode, Danny Bessner, Courtney Rawlings, and Bill Black join us for a detailed look at the 1985 pop culture nostalgia monster Back to the Future (dir. Robert Zemeckis). We take on the film’s weird political economy, sexual psychology, and engagement with 20th century American history, discovering a disturbing, often racist, conservative vision at the heart of Zemeckis’ insanely popular filmography. And of course, we find out if Back to the Future really did predict 9/11.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 224: Losing My Edge w/ Mike Koncewicz show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 224: Losing My Edge w/ Mike Koncewicz

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Oliver Stone’s 1995 film Nixon, starring Anthony Hopkins as the haunted, duplicitous 37th U.S. president, marked both a turning point in the filmmaker’s career and a significant shift in public opinion about Richard Nixon. Historian and writer Michael Koncewicz, author of They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President’s Abuses of Power , joins us for a detailed discussion of the film’s complex engagement with the actual history of the Nixon administration.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 223: Plaid to the Bone w/ Danny Bessner and Courtney Rawlings (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 223: Plaid to the Bone w/ Danny Bessner and Courtney Rawlings (PREVIEW)

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As we continue our series on 90s L.A. movies, we arrive at the 1995 high school classic Clueless (dir. Amy Heckerling), one of a number of Jane Austen adaptations that dominated 1990s pop culture. Danny Bessner and Courtney Rawlings join us for an exploration of this sunny, satirical vision of affluent teen culture. For full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap. 

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Jared Yates Sexton is a professor and political analyst whose latest book American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World but Failed its People takes on some of the big foundational myths of American history, viewing them through the lens of an increasingly dark, apocalyptic 21st century. In this conversation, we talk about the toxic stew of capitalism, racism, power, and domination that have shaped the nation from its beginning.

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Nostalgia Trap - Episode 221: You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You w/ Danny Bessner (PREVIEW) show art Nostalgia Trap - Episode 221: You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You w/ Danny Bessner (PREVIEW)

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Our journey through 90s Los Angeles with Danny Bessner continues with an exploration of the Jon Favreau/Vince Vaughn indie bromance Swingers (1996). We talk about the film’s depiction of pre-gentrification Hollywood, when non-rich people could still afford a social life (or at least a beer and a burger), and analyze the wider historical forces that produced the somewhat bizarre mid-decade pop culture swing revival of which Swingers was a major part. For full episode, subscribe at patreon.com/nostalgiatrap

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Why are noir detective stories such fitting containers for exploring the greed, corruption, and violence of Los Angeles? As we continue our series with Danny Bessner on 90s L.A. cinema, Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House joins us for a conversation about Curtis Hanson’s 1997 neo-noir Hollywood masterpiece L.A. Confidential. Since Will and Danny are confessed James Ellroy fanatics, they explain how the famously enigmatic author’s dark, often reactionary vision of Los Angeles translates to the screen.

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Are we as trapped by the future as we are by the past? Continuing our exploration of fascism and resistance in the 20th and 21st centuries, Justin Rogers-Cooper returns to offer his insights on the history of Belarus from World War II to the present. We begin with the 1985 Soviet film Come and See, using director Elem Klimov’s searing take on Belarus’ experience of Nazi occupation to frame our discussion of political culture, violence, and historical memory.

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Rick Perlstein is a historian and the author of a series of bestselling, massively entertaining books on the rise of American conservatism in the late 20th century. In this conversation, Perlstein discusses his latest book Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976-1980, shares stories about the methods behind the construction of his labyrinthine historical narrative, and reflects on the ways that nostalgia functions to distort our vision of the past, present, and future.

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Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor of history at Calvin University whose work focuses on the intersection of religion, gender, and politics in American life. Her new book Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation traces the development of a white, militant, patriarchal Christian culture in the decades since the 1960s, when the rise of feminism and the civil rights movement triggered an evangelical backlash that led directly to the Trump era. In this conversation, she explains how a “tough guy” ideal gained traction in Christian culture, as white evangelicals came to embrace a brutal ideology of authority, domination, and violence.