Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 18-05

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Reworking a Classic

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is a film classic. The story of a man spying on his neighbors and witnessing a murder has been the inspiration for countless books and movies. Now comes author AJ Finn’s version “The Woman in the Window,” which uses Hitchcock’s film as a jumping-off point to tell a story close to Finn’s heart about the anxiety disorder agoraphobia.

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Maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be tricky. We hear tips from an expert clinical psychologist on how couples can communicate better, understand each other more deeply, and work through some of the issues common in modern marriages.

Culture Crash: TV Theme Songs

TV theme songs: they’re the soundtrack to our childhoods, adolescence, and Sunday nights. But have you ever stopped to think about their evolution… or how many of them you’ve grown fond of?

18-04 Segment 1: The Real History Behind the Evacuation of Dunkirk

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In the last year, two movies including Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster have introduced the story of Dunkirk to American audiences. We talk to Michael Korda, a historian and author, who explains some of the real history, including why Hitler and Churchill acted the way they did throughout the ordeal.

Guest:

  • Michael Korda, author, Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory

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18-04 Segment 2: Working to Maintain a Healthy Marriage

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Maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be tricky. We hear tips from an expert clinical psychologist on how couples can communicate better, understand each other more deeply, and work through some of the issues common in modern marriages.

Guest:

  • Dr. Daphne de Marneffe, clinical psychologist and author, The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together

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Culture Crash 18-04: The Ringer’s Binge Mode podcast

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Welcome to Culture Crash, where we examine American culture. What’s new and old in books, film, and entertainment.

One of the biggest trends over the last few years in our culture is our gravitation toward podcasts. They help us get through long commutes, they entertain us, inform us, and ever since season one of Serial, they have been obsessing us.

One podcast that is built for the obsessive fans among us is the Ringer podcast called Binge Mode.

It began last year with a quest: to recap and analyze every episode of Game of Thrones before the HBO fantasy show’s seventh season. Hosts Jason Concepcion and Mallory Rubin are hardcore fans who have pored over every word of the books and every moment of the show multiple times. They guided listeners through all 60 previously aired episodes and then the entirety of season seven as it aired. For their work, they were lauded, even being named Time Magazines best podcast of 2017.

This year, they were faced with a conundrum: Game of Thrones won’t be airing until 2019, so how would they fill the time?

They decided to launch Bing Mode weekly, a more traditional format where they interrogate different subjects every week. One episode focused on coming of age stories and the film Coco and then a few weeks later, they were discussing what it means to be a hero or a villian within Star Wars.

But the secret to Binge Mode’s success is that they don’t just recap and discuss. They truly inform the audience with their deep-dives. They don’t just recount the story of Coco, the discuss the themes of family bonds, feeling like an outsider, and growing jaded by the cruelties of the world within the context of the Pixar family, comparing the film extensively to other Pixar movies like Up, Wall-E, and Inside Out.

Listening to Binge Mode feels less like listening to a pop culture podcast and more like going to a college-level course on storytelling.

In a world of hot takes and broad strokes, Binge Mode uses pop culture as a launching point for larger discussions relevant to the themes and ideas that serve as motivation for much of the art we all appreciate so much in the first place.

Binge Mode is available on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

I’m Evan Rook.

Coming Up On Viewpoints Show 18-04

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The Real History Behind the Evacuation of Dunkirk

In the last year, two movies including Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster have introduced the story of Dunkirk to American audiences. We talk to Michael Korda, a historian and author, who explains some of the real history, including why Hitler and Churchill acted the way they did throughout the ordeal.

Working to Maintain a Healthy Marriage

Maintaining a relationship or a marriage is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be tricky. We hear tips from an expert clinical psychologist on how couples can communicate better, understand each other more deeply, and work through some of the issues common in modern marriages.

Culture Crash: The Ringer’s Binge Mode podcast

There are so many podcasts these days that it can sometimes be tough to sort through them all. We highlight Binge Mode, a podcast made for obsessive fans of cultural touchstones, like Game of Thrones, Pixar’s Coco, and Star Wars.

18-03 Segment 1: American Cities: Why they matter and a plan to save them

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Cities, from New York and Chicago to New Orleans and San Francisco, are a vital piece of our country. We talk about the reasons for cities, their role as cultural epicenters, and a radical plan to stop American cities from decaying under our very feet.

Guest:

  • Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, co-author, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas
  • William Goldsmith, retired professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University and author, Saving Out Cities: A progressive plan to transform urban America

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18-03 Segment 2: Our Unconscious Minds

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We like to think we’re in control of our own actions… but are we? We talk to Dr. John Bargh, a professor of psychology at Yale University and author of Before You Know It: The unconscious reasons we do what we do, to discuss just how much of what we do is dictated by our unconscious minds.

Guest:

  • Dr. John Bargh, Professor of psychology at Yale University, author, Before You Know It: The unconscious reasons we do what we do

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