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Residual Culture is a podcast out of the Reynolds School of Journalism produced and edited by Joey Lovato and Ben Birkinbine. Joey is a student at the Reynolds School and Ben is an assistant professor of Media Studies. Together their knowledge spans a wide range of media artifacts, from movies and TV to video games and music. This podcast is them exploring, arguing, and hopefully better understanding those topics.
 
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Sure, we may have done an episode on card games, but we’re narrowing our focus to collectible card games in this episode. We welcome our friend Tim Lenard into the studio, and he gives us his hot take on Netrunner. We also talk about some of the different mechanics behind collectible card games and discuss some of our favorites. And, yes, we talk a…
 
We’re back from summer vacation with another Emergent Culture episode. In this one, we’re talking about a large merger in the newspaper industry, which will combine GateHouse Media and Gannett. We talk about the implications of the merger, why it is happening, and whether this is good or bad for democracy. Our discussion is based on this article: h…
 
Ben and Roberta are expecting a baby girl in October, which means Ben has been thinking about children’s programming again. In this episode, we talk about our early memories of watching television as kids, some of the dominant themes across the generations of children’s programming, and some of the more current trends. Get into it!…
 
In this installment of emergent culture, we talk about the fire at the Universal Music Group studio that burned hundreds of master tapes from famous musicians. We talk about why master recordings are important, the extent of the damage, and the cover up by UMG. The fire happened nearly ten years ago, but we’re only now finding out about the true ex…
 
Just a warning that this episode has some curse words in it. We’re talking comedy again! This time we welcome in our friend Rachel Katz to talk about her experience with writing and performing comedy. Rachel founded the Wolf Pack Comedy Club at the University of Nevada, which is still going strong today. We talk broadly about the craft of comedy, b…
 
For this Emergent Culture episode, we discuss recent reports that former President Bill Clinton will be starting a podcast with his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, called “Why Am I Telling You This?” The podcast is aimed at being a promotional tool for The Clinton Foundation. We discuss this story in light of the fact that each of us recently listened t…
 
In this episode, we welcome Prince Nesta, aka The Reggae General, into the studio to talk about reggae, ska, dancehall, and other related music. Prince Nesta worked as a reggae DJ in Nairobi, Kenya, and we talk about his love for the music as well as the broader cultural significance of roots, rock, rebel music. We’re super excited about this episo…
 
In this Emergent Culture episode, we discuss the proliferation of streaming platforms, especially in light of Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming platform. We discuss various services and also comment on the historical push to have “a la carte” choices for television. However, we’re not quite sure the emerging pattern of multiple streaming services…
 
We’re back with another Emergent Culture episode where we discuss a news story related to the media and/or cultural production. In this episode, we talk about Facebook’s recent decision to ban extreme views on its platform, including people like Alex Jones, Infowars, and Louis Farrakhan. We talk about this specific decision, but we also talk about …
 
The Walt Disney Company has acquired most of the media properties of 21st Century Fox. We discuss the implications of this merger, as well as how this positions Disney to dominate culture. We also talk about the history of Disney a bit, including the ways it helped export American culture during the Cold War. For more on the recent acquisition, see…
 
We’re trying something new! We’ve turned our Emergent Culture segments into shorter episodes where we provide brief commentary on how emerging issues will affect some of the cultural products we consume. In this first episode, we discuss the ongoing race to dominate the podcasting market. Our discussion is based on the following article: “Podcastin…
 
We’re starting a new mini-series on “deep cuts,” which highlights some of our favorite obscure elements of culture. In this first episode, we talk about obscure music. Deep cuts can be either relatively unknown or under-appreciated songs from famous artists or just really obscure artists. We each give approximately ten examples in this episode and …
 
Are card games “media?” We say “yes,” and discuss some of our favorites in this episode. We begin with some early memories of playing card games, then we talk about the significance of collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone. We also talk about other card games, both digital and analog, and some of the innovative ways that …
 
What’s going on? Oh us? We’re just sitting down for a talk with Dr. Paul Mitchell in this episode. He recommended we listen to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” so we could discuss its influence on Dr. Mitchell’s life, the ways in which it reflected some of the social, political, cultural, and racial conflicts of its time…and how it still remains re…
 
This week Ben and Joey talk about the phenomena that has been dominating the film industry for the last several years, reboots and remakes. The guys talk about all the good and bad that comes with remaking a movie or rebooting a franchise. Joey is blown away by the number of movies being remade and the guys also are really off base with a comment m…
 
In this special episode, Ben takes the show on the road back to Wisconsin, and his son, Caden, serves as a special guest host. Ben and Caden talk about the media that is important to Caden, including some of his favorites from 2018. Caden makes some recommendations for the audience, and they also talk about what they are looking forward to in 2019.…
 
Joey and Ben get together to talk about the popularity of “chill music,” why it became so popular in recent years and what it’s doing to the music industry. Plus they give some recommendations to what to listen to while working and the impact of having things on in the background. They also look into the culture around Lo-Fi Hiphop, Vaporwave and m…
 
We were saddened to learn of Stan Lee’s passing today. We decided to dedicate this special episode to a discussion of superheroes and Stan Lee’s contributions to culture. We talk about some of our favorite (and least favorite) superheroes, especially from the Marvel Universe. We also wax philosophical about the allure of superheroes more generally.…
 
This week, we welcome special guest Casey Bell into the studio to talk about short stories, literature, and creative writing. We begin by discussing our recommendations from last week, which included The Bet by Anton Chekov and The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft. Then we talk generally about literature and creative writing before a special s…
 
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