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CHIRP Radio Podcast: Split Reel

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Split Reel is CHIRP's podcast on film, television, and societal attitudes, where host Kevin Fullam tackles the world of mass media with the help of academics and cultural critics around the country. For more information, visit www.kevinfullam.net.

Split Reel is CHIRP's podcast on film, television, and societal attitudes, where host Kevin Fullam tackles the world of mass media with the help of academics and cultural critics around the country. For more information, visit www.kevinfullam.net.
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Chicago, IL

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Split Reel is CHIRP's podcast on film, television, and societal attitudes, where host Kevin Fullam tackles the world of mass media with the help of academics and cultural critics around the country. For more information, visit www.kevinfullam.net.

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English


Episodes

Split Reel: It’s Raining Superheroes!

6/18/2014
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For that segment of Nerd Culture which longed for the day when Hollywood studios would pump out an endless stream of big-budget superhero flicks... that day has arrived. And once again, the story is "Be careful what you wish for." When a certain genre of film is successful, moviegoers will be treated to more of them -- but when they're wildly successful, studios can hardly be bothered to release anything else. Is Hollywood's raging emphasis on action franchises, reboots, and remakes...

Duration:00:53:37

Split Reel: The Films of Quentin Tarantino (with guest Katherine Rife)

8/16/2013
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It's been nearly 20 years since writer/director Quentin Tarantino's second film, "Pulp Fiction," cemented his status as a Hollywood icon and inspired a whole theatrical wave of wise-cracking gangsters. A B-movie junkie, Tarantino has drawn from decades of cinema during his career, paying tribute to genres as diverse as spaghetti westerns ("Django Unchained") and samurai films ("Kill Bill"). Joining host Kevin Fullam is Chicago film blogger Katherine Rife, author of the new book, "If You...

Duration:00:29:42

Split Reel: Cultural “Sophistication” (with Guest Leonard Pierce)

6/3/2013
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We live in an age where we have nearly limitless access to not only mass media, but also the critical dissection of said culture via the internet. What sort of impact has this had on our "sophistication" regarding film, television, and music? And what does it mean to be "sophisticated" in the first place -- has that definition shifted over time in response to various trends in art? Joining me is cultural critic Leonard Pierce, who has written about film and music for numerous...

Duration:00:37:46

Looking back at “The Terminator”

12/18/2012
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Released in 1984, the unheralded The Terminator not only propelled director James Cameron and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to stardom, but would eventually become recognized as a landmark work that would influence cinema for decades to come. Sitting at the center of a hub of themes ranging from corrupt A.I.s to dystopian futures, The Terminator is the focus of a new book from Scott Von Doviak: If You Like The Terminator, Here Are Over 200 Movies, TV Shows, and Other Oddities That You Will...

Duration:00:39:42

Race and Visual Imagery (w/guest Maurice Berger)

8/21/2012
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It’s long been said that perception becomes reality, and for much of our nation’s history, mass media has not been kind to minorities — in particular, the African-American community. From Birth of a Nation (where the Ku Klux Klan were portrayed as crusading heroes) to the bumbling, shiftless TV characters of Mantan Moreland and Stepin Fetchit, early film and television did much to portray black America as an underclass deserving of pity and ridicule. But images were also used as weapons...

Duration:00:53:19

The “War on Terror” and Popular Culture

8/14/2012
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What were the “flash points” which signified the “War on Terror” was having a concrete impact on popular culture? If the Hollywood norm over the past decade has been to showcase films that highlight the failures of American policy rather than champion it… then how does this fit within the framework of rah-rah patriotism that erupted in the wake of 9/11? And what sort of impact will the new strain of anti-government movements have in the wake of the Obama White House administration? My...

Duration:00:47:02

Generation X in Cinema (with guest Christina Lee)

8/7/2012
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How has Generation X been defined in film over the past few decades, from the landmark John Hughes films of the ’80s through the “slacker” movies of the ’90s and beyond? What distinct qualities do Gen X films possess which differentiate them from those of previous (and later) generations? We’ll be discussing everything from Pretty in Pink to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. My guest is Christina Lee, lecturer at the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, and the author of...

Duration:00:47:18

Crime Cinema (with guest Leonard Pierce)

7/31/2012
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It’s been over four years since the infamous “Cut to Black” finale of The Sopranos polarized America — while many vociferously protested the lack of closure, some argued that the ambiguous (or perhaps not?) closing was simply the last in a long line of masterful strokes from the paintbrush of creator David Chase. What can’t be debated is the show’s status as a landmark television achievement, one that has undoubtedly had a monumental impact on narrative TV storytelling in the 21st...

Duration:01:35:48

Late-Night Comedy and American Politics, w/guest Russell Peterson

7/24/2012
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How much of our political information is gathered through the filter of comedic shows? What does it mean when the writers for Saturday Night Live seemingly have a concrete impact on the way that our elected officials are being perceived? No format in recent years seems to have had as important an impact on how we view the political and governmental scene as late-night comedy shows, from Jay Leno’s Tonight Show to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and SNL. Presidential hopefuls, who once rarely...

Duration:00:51:10

The Second Golden Age of Horror, w/guest Kendall Phillips

7/19/2012
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George A. Romero. Wes Craven. John Carpenter. These three icons revolutionized the horror genre of cinema during the late 1960s and ’70s via films like Night of the Living Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween — movies that were particularly attuned to the American zeitgeist at the time. Why do many credit this trio of directors with ushering in a second “golden age” of horror? In what ways do we still feel their influence today? Returning as my guest is Kendall Phillips, a professor...

Duration:00:47:03