The Tragicomic with Jeannie Gaffigan


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FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is a podcast by Sam Rocha. This episode kicks off the interviews in conversation with Jeannie Gaffigan discussing her book When Life Gives You Pears and Gaffigan comedy in general with an excursus into the tragicomic, Divine comedy, and the human and religious need for wit.

FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY: SEASON ONE will air every Tuesday from July 6 to November 16, 2021. Please follow the show on your favorite app or platform and share it on social media; here is the universal link.


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June 1 | TRAILER

June 29 | Episode 0 | Folk Phenomenology with guest host Sofia Rocha

July 6 | Episode 1 | The Interview

July 13 | Episode 2 | The Tragicomic with Jeannie Gaffigan

July 20 | Episode 3 | Writing and Composition with Kaya Oakes

July 27 | Episode 4 | Philosophy and Math with Sarah Hogarth Rossiter

August 3 | Episode 5 | Abolition and Immigration with Sophia Gurule

August 10 | Episode 6 | Liberation Theology with Vanesa Zuleta Goldman

August 17 | Episode 7 | Translation with Catherine Addington

August 24 | Episode 8 | El Ser y la Persona con Rodrigo Guerra

August 31 | Episode 9 | Powerlifting with Ogechi Akalegebere

September 7 | Episode 10 | Black Lives with Rebecca Christian

September 14 | Episode 11 | The Evil of Racism and Black Joy with Gloria Purvis

September 21 | Episode 12 | Debate

September 28 | Episode 13 | Debating Critical Race Theory with David Gray

October 5 | Episode 14 | Critical Race Theory and Catholic Social Teaching

October 12 | Episode 15 | Augustine and Historical Fiction with Suzanne Wolfe

October 19 | Episode 16 | Black Catholics and Story with Alessandra Harris

October 26 | Episode 17 | Debating Communism with Dean Dettloff

November 2 | Episode 18 | Debating Capitalism with Trent Horn

November 9 | Episode 19 | Music with Jaya Lakshminarayanan

November 16 | Episode 20 | Miles and Trane


Musical intro and outro tracks are "Gabe's Up Late (Intro)" and "Sleeping Tomas" from the abandoned draft Upi Dupi La La project by Sam Rocha. Voiceovers feature Angela Davis, James Balwin, Paulo Freire, Toni Morrison, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder. Mastered with LANDR using Kamasi Washington's "Clair de Lune" from The Epic as a reference track.

All audio and visual content for FOLK PHENOMENOLOGY is created by Sam Rocha.

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