Urban legend has it that when President Woodrow Wilson first saw D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), he said "it is like writing history with lightning." While the first epic movie in American film history was as deeply innovative as it was deeply racist, The Birth of a Nation ushered in a new era of blockbuster movie making in the early history of the medium.
Weddings are ceremonies steeped in cultural traditions. From the costumes to the carefully-selected color schemes, marriage ceremonies often become orchestrated events more than a public celebration of love. But where do these traditions originate? In this episode, Lesley explores the surprising history of "jumping the broom" at wedding ceremonies throughout history.
For early movie-goers, film was a magical experience, but also sometimes a crowded and stuffy one. From the magic lantern shows of the eighteenth century to the heyday of the nickelodeon in the twentieth, in this episode we'll look at the origins of film as a medium and the early decades of the film industry.
For decades, comic book fans across the globe have reviled Dr. Fredric Wertham as the man who single-handedly brought down the "Golden Age" of comics. But is he truly the Lex Luthor he's been made out to be? Today's podcast takes a deeper look at one of the most controversial figures of the twentieth century.
Bart Beaty. Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture. University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
David Hadju. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Jim Trombetta. The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! Abrams ComicArts, 2010.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
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