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Split Reel Late-Night Comedy and American Politics, w/guest Russell Peterson

How much of our political information is gathered through the filter of comedic shows? What does it mean when the writers for Saturday Night Live seemingly have a concrete impact on the way that our elected officials are being perceived?

No format in recent years seems to have had as important an impact on how we view the political and governmental scene as late-night comedy shows, from Jay Leno’s Tonight Show to Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and SNL. Presidential hopefuls, who once rarely strayed from Sunday morning talk shows, are now frequently seen on these sorts of shows — even occasionally poking fun at themselves. Not exactly the sort of thing we’d imagine our Founding Fathers would do, eh?

My guest is Russell Peterson, who is an adjunct assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Iowa, as well as author of the recent book Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy Into a Joke.

For more information and archived shows, visit kevinfullam.net.

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Topics: comedy, politics, popular culture

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: July 20, 2012 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Electra” at Mary Arrchie Theatre, “A Steady Rain” at Chicago Commercial Collective and “Crowns” at Goodman Theatre.

And we have Special Guests: Leigh Barrett, Artistic Director of Babes with Blades and Marketta P. Wilder, starring as Yolanda in “Crowns” at Goodman Theatre. And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.

This July 20, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance.

Shot word of the day: hat

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Split Reel The Second Golden Age of Horror, w/guest Kendall Phillips

George A. Romero. Wes Craven. John Carpenter. These three icons revolutionized the horror genre of cinema during the late 1960s and ’70s via films like Night of the Living Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween — movies that were particularly attuned to the American zeitgeist at the time.

Why do many credit this trio of directors with ushering in a second “golden age” of horror? In what ways do we still feel their influence today? Returning as my guest is Kendall Phillips, a professor of communications at Syracuse University and the author of the new book Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film.

For more information and archived shows, visit kevinfullam.net.

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Topics: hollywood, horror

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chicago Theatre Off Book: July 13, 2012 Ed.

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Magic Parlour” at The Palmer House, “The Gacy Play” by Sideshow Theatre and “The Lover” by Soul Theatre.

Our special guests are Evan Jackson, Artistic Director at Idle Muse Theatre and Nick Sandys, Artistic Director at Remy Bumppo. And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.

This July 13, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance.

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Artist Interviews Zammuto

CHIRP DJ Dylan Peterson met up with Nick Zammuto (founder of The Books) under the marquee of the Chicago Theater before his new band’s show with Explosions in the Sky. They talked about the death of The Books, how family affects art, Steve Reich vs. John Cage, and new nostalgia.

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Topics: dylan peterson, zammuto

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