The Pop Culture Lens: Episode 4 – Bewitched (1964-1972)

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 fourth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Megan Stemm-Wade, contributor to the Zilch podcast about The Monkees, joins us as we discuss the classic American TV sitcom Bewitched (1964-1972). Together, we examine how the television series subverts notions of feminine roles in the United States in the 1960s, which saw the beginnings of second wave feminism with the sexual revolution and the women’s movement as a civil rights issue. The discussion even includes references to the “magic girl” and “riot grrl” pop cultural phenomena that began in the 1990s as a refutation of the “superwoman” conceptualization of the 1980s.

You 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 this episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).

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