Podcast Lunch

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Building 56, 167
21 AMES ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up 
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Bring a lunch and enjoy listening to/discussing some incredible examples of audio storytelling.

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Andrew Whitacre, awhit@mit.edu

Monday Jan 8: "Crazy Like a Fox" (CBC Radio, 1999, 12 minutes) and "Turn on the Lights" (Snap Judgment, 2013, 9 minutes)

In "Crazy Like a Fox," Darren O'Donnell's months of psychosis leading up to his final breakdown were far from scary...they were some of the best times he's ever had. In "Turn on the Lights", the monsters of Shane Koyczan's night terrors tremble in fear of Shane's grandfather until his powers fail.

Tuesday Jan 9: "A Frank Conversation with a White Nationalist" (Reveal, 2016, 23 minutes)

Richard Spencer is among the tens of millions of Americans who are excited about Donald Trump's presidency. The 38-year-old white nationalist believes people of different skin color are inherently different, hate each other, and should live separately. Reveal's host Al Letson talked to Spencer the day after the 2016 election.

Wednesday Jan 10: "Jump Blue" (BBC Radio 3, 2016, 20 minutes) and "The Student and the Teacher" (Mortified, 2017, 20 minutes)

In "Jump Blue", hear how sound, text, and music create an immersive re-imagining of a Russian freediver's final descent. In "The Student and the Teacher", an adult reads passages from her teenage diary in front of a live audience, recounting what happens when an innocent crush on a teacher becomes not-so-innocent.

Thursday Jan 11: "A Girl of Ivory: Davecat + Sidore + Elena" (Love + Radio, 2016, 39 minutes)

Davecat and Sidore had a blissful marriage together in the suburbs of Detroit. One day, a Russian woman showed up unexpectedly at their doorstep, declared her love for both of them, and asked to move in. It was a complicated situation, but that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of this unusual threesome.

Friday Jan 12: "Mr. Holland's Opus" (This American Life, 2011, 35 minutes)

A cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a speech at his alma mater saying that people in his field really needed to think outside the box to find a cure. Afterward he was approached by his old orchestra teacher, who had something way out of the box--a theory that he could kill cancer cells with electromagnetic waves.

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