The Pop Culture Lens Podcast: Episode 2 – Freaks (1932)

The Pop Culture Lens is a scholarly podcast hosted by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. In each episode, we seek to offer fresh perspectives on past media as we attempt to determine whether or not it holds any relevance to the contemporary sociocultural experience. We structure the podcast so the format loosely resembles an academic paper, but we present the information in a way that everyone can understand.

In the first episode, we discussed the lasting cultural relevance of the film Easy Rider (1969, dir. Dennis Hopper). In this second episode, young scholar Clelia Sweeney of DePaul University joins us to discuss the counterculture cult classic Freaks (1932, dir. Tod Browning). Clelia brings to bear her research on freak shows, reality TV, and serial killers as the discussion considers humanity’s enduring fascination with the abnormal.

freaks-posterYou can listen to the full episode below, or you can download it by visiting our Podbean site. If you like what you hear, you should consider following The Pop Culture Lens Podcast on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook so you never miss an episode.

We’re always looking for ideas for new episodes, and for guests who can come on and chat about the media with us. Therefore, if you have any ideas for future topics and/or guests, or would even like to talk about some aspect of popular culture with us, please let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy the second episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).

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