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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: It’s Raining Superheroes!

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)

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

Race and Visual Imagery (w/guest Maurice Berger)

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. FromBirth 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 to...

Duration: 00:53:19