The Sound and the Furious
Two professors use humor, curse words, and hopefully some insight to connect today's events with American history.
info_outline Whatever Happened to the Wetlands? 03/25/2020
Whatever Happened to the Wetlands? We're joined by Anthony Wilson, expert on all things swamp, to discuss the importance of swamps and wetlands. The Trump administration is rolling back protections of these important spaces, and we sink deep into why these landscapes are so captivating in American culture. Swamp Thing, Swamplandia, Peanut Butter Falcon, Harriet Jacobs, and more!
info_outline Episode 15, "Green Book and the Inter-Racial Buddy Film" 05/01/2019
Episode 15, "Green Book and the Inter-Racial Buddy Film" We explain why you too should be mad that Green Book won Best Picture. The film carries on a long--and ugly--history of viewing racism through white eyes, asserting that all that's needed to end it is biracial friendship. Actually just one biracial friendship. Plus the movie's not very good.
info_outline Update: Ding! Dong! Silent Sam is Dead! 01/21/2019
Update: Ding! Dong! Silent Sam is Dead! Andy and Elizabeth discuss the news surrounding the complete removal of Silent Sam. Why should anyone outside of UNC care? What does this tell us about monuments to the Confederacy? Who should we thank?
info_outline Hot Takes #2: Best Albums of 2018 01/02/2019
Hot Takes #2: Best Albums of 2018 While editing some heavier episodes, we recorded this "hot takes" of our favorite albums of 2018. We only talk in detail about records we haven't talked about on the podcast before. This includes bonding over Lucy Dacus, making up with Jeff Tweedy (at least for Andy), crushing on Soccer Mommy, breaking down Robyn's "beats," and extolling the many virtues of The Glands. Listen!!!!
info_outline Ep 9, The Zombie White Working Class: Representations of Class and Labor 05/24/2018
Ep 9, The Zombie White Working Class: Representations of Class and Labor A big episode in which we talk to Erik Loomis, labor historian and film buff, thinking about how photos and films affect our understanding of class, from early photography to Roseanne. We also dismantle capitalism!
info_outline Ep 7, "Self-Righteous Indignation and Free Speech" 04/13/2018
Ep 7, "Self-Righteous Indignation and Free Speech" John McGowan, Professor of English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina, joins Andy and Elizabeth to discuss the issue of free speech on campus.
info_outline 5: The "Super Duper Harmful" Culture of Guns 03/17/2018
5: The "Super Duper Harmful" Culture of Guns In the wake of Parkland, we talk guns and the Constitution. Elizabeth talks Garrison burning the Constitution and Frederick Douglass changing his views. Andy delves into policing, Stand Your Ground, and racialized gun laws.
info_outline 2: A perverted, demonic Republican was rejected!!!! 03/16/2018
2: A perverted, demonic Republican was rejected!!!! Unbelievably, Doug Jones won! But how did we get Roy Moore??? Elizabeth talks the history of sexual consent, bringing in Harriet Jacobs and how "consent" is racialized. Andy reminds us of marital rape in Gone with the Wind and "white southern exceptionalism" in To Kill a Mockingbird. And, of course, the crisis of the humanities.