Good Listening for Afternoon Dog Walks: Interchange Recommendations

A friend (flesh and blood, not Facebook) told me she’d listened to the recent Interchange shows on The Tempest and on Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, really liked them, and wanted recommendations for shows in a similar mode. Good pace, good music, not “too heavy” for an afternoon walk. This is what I shared with her.

Of Her Kind (about history of the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study – and specifically Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin, and Tillie Olsen)

Life After the Human Catastrophe (Sci-fi representations of the “future” framed as “for the children” – great energy in the studio)

The Persistence of Patriarchy: An Interview with Carol Gilligan (Gilligan is a legend, many will know her In a Different Voice. Also, the host flirts with the guest – not always so easy via Skype)

The Public University in Crisis: An Interview with Michael Burawoy (specifically about “CEOs” of Universities)

Speaking the Language of White America: Violence and the End of Slavery (despite the serious nature of this – it’s as fun an interview as it is important)

Living Deliberately: Laura Dassow Walls On The Whole Human Life of Thoreau (yes, it’s Thoreau but this biography was really good – T becomes a real person)

Roll Jim Crow: The Racial Project of the American Tobacco Company (exporting Jim Crow to China!)

Centering Black Film: From Spike Lee to Josephine Baker (What might be a revelation here is that Josephine Baker emerges as a comedian)

Queering the World: The Art of Barbara Hammer (a female filmmaker who has had a profound impact on queer filmmaking and art herstory)

Big Oil, Mickey Mouse, and Fascism in Latin America: The Tango War (Nazi’s, Standard Oil, and Henry Ford, oh my)

Police Story: The Myth of the Municipal Force (the music on this one is just fun!)

A Targeted Divide: What Bullets do to Bodies and Lives (last in a three part series – really illuminating)

Straightening Gayness: Mainstream Representation Under the Male Gaze (pop culture acceptance because it’s shaped as gender stereotypes)

Honey From a Weed: The Life of Patience Gray (entirely unknown to me and entirely captivating – and probably more necessary than ever)

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