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This post originally appeared on the Critical Studies in Television blog. Like Proust and his madeleine, the simple act of eating in Anthony Bourdain’s television shows usually became an occasion for memory. Whether it was over mohinga in Yangon, egusi soup in Lagos, or clams at the Jersey shore, sharing a meal with Bourdain often became a portal to […]

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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Television Crusade

This post originally appeared on the blog of the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) When it premiered on the ABC (U.S.) network in the spring of 1949, Crusade in Europe, the 26-part adaptation of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s best-selling war memoir was hailed as long-awaited confirmation of TV’s capacity for cultural enlightenment – proof positive […]

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Rethinking History Article – History bites: mashing up history and gothic fiction in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abstract The premise of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2010 mash-up novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is clearly ridiculous. Latching on to the popular fascination with all things vampire and the perennial marketability of Lincolnalia, the book serves up a twisted romp through the Great Emancipator’s well-trod biography, whose sole aim seems to be sheer ironic novelty – […]

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Journal of Radio and Audio Media Article – Podcasting the Past: Hardcore History, Fandom, and DIY Histories

Abstract This article discusses the podcast Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History as a work of fan (non)fiction and a significant intervention by an amateur, non-historian into a discourse typically dominated by scholars and professionals. Frequently listed among the top “Society and Culture” podcasts on iTunes, in Carlin’s hands podcasting technology has been used as a means of engaging […]

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Hardcore Historian: The Amateur as Expert

This post originally appeared on In Media Res. Curator’s Note In the past ten years, podcasting has often been characterized as a disruptive technology, capable of opening new digital spaces for independent, grassroots content production and distribution. But can podcasting also change the way in which we understand historical expertise and historical discourse? For Dan […]

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That Infernal Racket: Sound, Anxiety, and the IBM Computer in AMC’s Mad Men

This post originally appeared on SoundingOut! [Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Folks Not Caught Up with Season 7, Episode 5!] In one of the more memorable – and squirm-inducing – scenes of this season of AMC’s Mad Men, brilliant but eccentric copywriter Michael Ginsberg (Ben Feldman) presents his colleague, agency copy chief Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) with his […]

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DIY Histories: Podcasting the Past

This post originally appeared on SoundingOut!   Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolph Hitler? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? According to Dan Carlin’s website, these are the kind of speculative “outside-the-box” perspectives one might expect from his long-running Hardcore History podcast. In Carlin’s hands, the podcast is a vehicle […]

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