Silent Film festival (four episodes) combines classic films mostly from the silent era with new audio commentaries. Films include Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Superman Goes to War, and D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Other episodes include lectures which explore how the Cold War changed the music of Pink Floyd, the lost Beach Boys' album, SMiLE, the music of the American Civil War, and representations of Native Americans in film and literature." />
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The Artist in American History




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How have writers, illustrators, film makers, and musicians shaped the American experience? In this podcast series historian Dr. Darren R. Reid explores American history through the lens of the artist. From classic comics books to music and film, this podcast examines how art and artistry has reflected and informed the American experience.

Featured iTunes podcast (January and February 2014), #1 episodes in Education and Higher Education. Current series, "Comic Book Studies" explores the historic and cultural significance of comic books and graphic novels, exploring issues relating to race, class, gender, and change over time in titles from Superman and Captain America to V for Vendetta and Art Spiegelman's Maus.

Silent Film festival (four episodes) combines classic films mostly from the silent era with new audio commentaries. Films include Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant, Superman Goes to War, and D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Other episodes include lectures which explore how the Cold War changed the music of Pink Floyd, the lost Beach Boys' album, SMiLE, the music of the American Civil War, and representations of Native Americans in film and literature.

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Custer's Revenge: Racism and Sexism in Early Videogames (Videogame History #2)


Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:46:32 -0400
Summary: Custer's Revenge on the Atari 2600 is an almost uniquely horrifying celebration of casual racism, sexism, and sexual assault. Released back in 1982, this novelty videogame is a type of revenge fantasy in which George Custer must cross a field of falling ..

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01 - Videogame History: E.T. on the Atari 2600


Published: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:04:16 -0400
Summary: E.T. by Atari is widely regarded as one of the worst videogames ever created. Based upon the wildly popular film Steven Spielberg, it was made in under six weeks by a single developer working on hardware that was, by 1982 standards, utterly archaic. The..

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Da Vinci's Spraycan - A Beginners Guide to Street Art


Published: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:42:52 -0500
Summary: How to appreciate street art - a beginners guide to the underworld. Join Dr. Reid as he explores a secret street art gallery somewhere in Scotland. The abandoned factory has had its interior covered in graffiti, tags, and illicit wall murals. It is a m..

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Election Special! The Trump Effect


Published: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:03:34 -0400
Summary: In this special episode Dr. Reid travels to New York to speak to ordinary Americans about their reaction to Donald Trump's divisive rise.  The resultant short film, co-directed by Brett Sanders and shot by the pair's history students, provides an insight..

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Guardians of the Forest: The Magna Carta and Colonial America


Published: Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:10:07 -0400
Summary: The Artist in American History is back with a special post-Brexit episode which deconstructs British and English claims to founding global democracy through the creation of the Magna Carta.  Rather than seeing that document as the basis of English democr..


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The Politics of Star Wars


Published: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:30:56 -0500
Summary: In this episode, Dr. Reid examines the rich politics which underpinned the original Star Wars film.  From the importance to the guerrilla fighters in the post-Vietnam era through to contemporary warnings of empires built upon technological advantages, St..


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The Present State of the Future


Published: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:44:30 -0400
Summary: Explore the meaning of science fiction as a means of uncovering difficult truths about world history and the human experience.  This episode uses the recent film Chappie to ask questions about how one of the most easily dismissed genres is able to speak ..


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Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Suicidal Clowns of New York


Published: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:47:27 -0400
Summary: Video Podcast + Trailer. Looking for Charlie; Or, Why Do Clowns Kill Themselves is the new feature length documentary from historians Darren R. Reid and Brett Sanders. It explores the thin line between happiness and despair among comedy legends from the e..

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Unfrozen - Gender and the Disney Princess


Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:00:00 -0500
Summary: Lecture by Dr. Darren R. Reid reflecting on the ways Disney have attempted to adapt their princesses to move away from out dated gender stereotypes...


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Why is 'Redskins' Racist - The History Behind the Controversy


Published: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:04:00 -0400
Summary: In this lecture we examine the history behind the name 'Redskins', looking at the history of race and racism in order to lay bare what, exactly, is so problematic with that label.  This lecture ties the history of race into the current controversy surro..


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Folk Music of the Civil War: Hard Times Come Again


Published: Sun, 03 Aug 2014 10:24:50 -0400
Summary: Bad food makes great music - in this mini-lecture Dr. Reid examines the role played by folk music in the American Civil War by examining the case study of 'Hard Times Come Again No More' and how that song was transformed for a lament about poverty into a ..


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5 Minute History: The Theatre of Charlie Chaplin's Youth


Published: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:58:00 -0400
Summary: In this 5 Minute History explores the importance of live theatre as a way of building community in Britain and America in the 19th and early 20th century, from Vaudeville to the Music Hall...

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5 Minute Histories: Charlie Chaplin and Kid Auto Races


Published: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:58:44 -0400
Summary: Celebrate one hundred years of Charlie Chaplin with this micro documentary exploring his early life and his earliest appearances as the "Little Tramp". In this five minute history, become a master of Chaplin's early years.   Charlie Chaplin, one of the e..

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006 - Comic Books Studies: Wonder Woman, Feminist Icon - A Brief History of Her Gendered Creation


Published: Tue, 27 May 2014 15:47:00 -0400
Summary: The sixth episode in the Comic Books Studies series examines the ways in which Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston tried to distill his complicated ideas about gender and female superiority into a single character.  Wonder Woman, who will make h..


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Review - 24: Live Another Day (Premier)


Published: Wed, 07 May 2014 09:26:00 -0400
Summary: In this special episode we examine the just broadcast return of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day.  Always a political creative vehicle, 24 is perfect for discussion and analysis.  In this episode Dr. Reid reviews the two hour return of the show, exami..


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005 - Comic Book Studies: Why Comic Books Matter


Published: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:54 -0400
Summary: Comic books are not always seen as a valid subject of academic discussion but in this episode, Dr. Reid lays out a case for why that should not be the case by exploring Alan Moore's V for Vendetta and Watchmen, and Art Spiegelman's pulwitzer prize winning..


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004 - Comic Book Studies: Race and Racism in Early Superhero Comics


Published: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:05:29 -0500
Summary: A short film that explores how fundamental ideas about race manifested themselves in the first wave of superhero comics...

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So, The Lone Ranger Has Been Nominated for an Oscar...


Published: Sat, 01 Feb 2014 04:14:57 -0500
Summary: In the same week that the producers behind hit sitcom, 'How I Met Your Mother' had to apologise for their use of 'yellow face' in a recent episode, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated The Lone Ranger for the Oscar in 'Best Hair and M..


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004 - Film Festival: Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant + Audio and Visual Commentary


Published: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:43:40 -0500
Summary: In the final part of the 2013-2014 film festival we explore Charlie Chaplin's seminal 1917 film, The Immigrant.  When Chaplin was exiled from the United States in the 1950s for his leftist politics, this film was used as evidence against him.  This epis..

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003 - Film Festival: Scenes From The Birth of a Nation + Audio Commentary


Published: Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:06:10 -0500
Summary: In the third part of 'The Artist in American History' film festival we examine the finale of 'The Birth of a Nation' (1915), one of the most important films in the history of cinema.  From the imagination of director D.W. Griffith, this deeply racist fil..

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002 - Film Festival: Superman Goes to War + Audio and Visual Commentary


Published: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:38:35 -0500
Summary: In the second episode of "The Artist in American History" film festival we examine the racial coding present in the 1942 Superman short film, "Eleventh Hour".  This episode contains the complete short film + a brand new audio and visual commentary track...

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001 - Film Festival: D.W Griffith's The Mended Lute + Audio Commentary


Published: Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:57:00 -0500
Summary: Native America on film - in this special video presentation we examine a short film by D.W Griffith (director of The Birth of a Nation)that was made in 1909. This episode includes the entire original film with a special academic audio commentary...

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A Song of the South: Decoding 'Dixie'


Published: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 18:52:20 -0500
Summary: In this episode we explore one of the most controversial American songs, the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America, 'Dixie'.  This enduring song continues to be performed in a variety of contexts today, but in this study we will examine ..


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The Bad Death of William Crawford (Native America in literature)


Published: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:14:49 -0500
Summary: Not the faint hearted.  We head back to early America for this episode, as we explore anti-Indian propaganda in literature from the 1780s. In 1782 Colonel William Crawford led a military expedition into the Ohio Valley.  His campaign was defeated by the..


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Race, Classic Comics Books, and Why WWII is No Excuse


Published: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:24:58 -0500
Summary: In this discussion, I consider the argument which dismisses racism in classic comics.  Racism in the Golden Age of comic books was rooted in ideas which predated the Civil War which de-humanised both African-Americans and Asian-Americans.  The Golden Ag..


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John Brown's Body: An Introduction to the Artist in American History


Published: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:15:17 -0500
Summary: This episode is an introduction to the podcast series "The Artist in American History".  By examining the evolution of the popular folk song "John Brown's Body" and how that track was transformed into "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" this episode aims t..


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The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and SMiLE: The Lost 1960s Masterpiece


Published: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:03:00 -0400
Summary: In 1966, Brian Wilson led The Beach Boys into the studio to begin work on the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, Pet Sounds.  What should have been the band's masterpiece turned into their biggest calamity as the SMiLE album unraveled and colla..


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Pink Floyd and the Cold War


Published: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:33:00 -0400
Summary: In this episode we explore the resurgent Cold War of the 1980s through the music of Pink Floyd and their chief songwriter, Roger Waters.  Starting with a critical overview of the 1983 album, The Final Cut, this episode explores how the Cold War transform..


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Is The Lone Ranger Racist? Disney and Race in 2013


Published: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:56:52 -0400
Summary: The Lone Ranger has been no stranger to controversy since its announcement. In this episode we will examine the finished product in order to see whether or not claims of racism directed at the movie are justified...


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The Man Who Laughs: The Changing Face of the Joker, from Gangster to Terrorist


Published: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:53:52 -0400
Summary: The second American Studies lecture again looks at classic American comic books, this time turning its attention on Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker. Throughout his long career the Joker has been portrayed as everything from a Chicago-inspired gangster, ..


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Up, up, and Away: Analysing Classic American Comic Books


Published: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:53:29 -0400
Summary: Superman first appeared during the Great Depression in 1938 in a comic book which reflected the period's strong stereotypes against women. In this episode the first superhero comic will be given a scholarly reading and compared to its modern equivalent to..


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Captain America, Race, and Racism


Published: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:52:53 -0400
Summary: Captain America first appeared in 1940 but shortly after his introduction he was joined by sidekick team "The Young Allies" among whom was one of the most openly racist characters in superhero history. In this episode we explore how and why men like Jack ..


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