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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #1 - Revenge

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:30am

Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma delves into "Revenge," the first episode. Amy Cantu later joins Al for a discussion of "Revenge," "Vertigo," and Hitchcock's treatment of women.

​​​​Carl and Elsa, moments before Elsa "identifies" her attacker.

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #0

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:30am

Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this initial installment, Al Sjoerdsma explores the details behind the series' creation.

The Alfred Hitchcock Presents logo from the first episode.

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Behind The Marquee: Bonus - Bo Burnham LIVE From Cinetopia 2018

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 2:53pm

After the Opening Night screening of 'Eighth Grade' at the Cinetopia Film Festival, Writer/Director Bo Burnham joined Shelley Schulz on-stage for a live Q&A. Recorded May 31, 2018.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 9 - "Eighth Grade"

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 1:08pm

Nick, Sarah, and Makenzie discuss their reactions to seeing Bo Burnham's 'Eighth Grade', their own 8th Grade memories, favorite movies from Middle School, and as always, their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for August 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews Robert Gordon, author of Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music’s Hometown.

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:38am

From the publisher of Memphis Rent Party - "The fabled city of Memphis has been essential to American music--home of the blues, the birthplace of rock and roll, a soul music capital. We know the greatest hits, but celebrated author Robert Gordon takes us to the people and places history has yet to record. A Memphis native, he whiles away time in a crumbling duplex with blues legend Furry Lewis, stays up late with barrelhouse piano player Mose Vinson, and sips homemade whiskey at Junior Kimbrough's churning house parties. A passionate listener, he hears modern times deep in the grooves of old records by Lead Belly and Robert Johnson.

The interconnected profiles and stories in Memphis Rent Party convey more than a region. Like mint seeping into bourbon, Gordon gets into the wider world. He beholds the beauty of mistakes with producer Jim Dickinson (Replacements, Rolling Stones), charts the stars with Alex Chilton (Box Tops, Big Star), and mulls the tragedy of Jeff Buckley's fatal swim. Gordon's Memphis inspires Cat Power, attracts Townes Van Zandt, and finds James Carr always singing at the dark end of the street.

A rent party is when friends come together to hear music, dance, and help a pal through hard times; it's a celebration in the face of looming tragedy, an optimism when the wolf is at the door. Robert Gordon finds mystery in the mundane, inspiration in the bleakness, and revels in the individualism that connects these diverse encounters."

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 8 - "Midnight Movies"

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 2:58pm

Nick, Makenzie, and Fred celebrate the return of Midnight Movies at the State Theatre with a discussion of their history, the current state and potential future, and some of their personal favorites. 

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for July 2018: Martin talks to author Ryan H. Walsh about Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968.

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 9:15am

Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album's fascinating backstory--along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968.

On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh's book follows a criss-crossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar.

A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks: James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place.

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AADL Talks To: U-M Emeritus Professor of English Bert Hornback

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 1:58pm

In this episode, AADL talks to beloved University of Michigan emeritus professor of English Bert Hornback, who stopped by to chat with us during a recent return visit to Ann Arbor from Saarbrücken, Germany. Between 1964 and 1992, Hornback received two university awards for distinguished teaching. He was influential in bringing students and faculty together for literary adventures great and small, and is best remembered for his annual public reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

In this conversation, Hornback brings back an Ann Arbor when poets were rock stars and students gathered at his Blunderstone Rookery to recite Ulysses through the night. He recalls bringing UK Prime Minister Edward Heath to U-M's campus; the night he ate a pig with former poet laureate, Donald Hall; and gives us his pick for the best Charles Dickens novel to help us navigate these tumultuous current times. 

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Donald Hall Reads "Eating the Pig," 1978

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 1:12pm

Listen to 2006 Poet Laureate of the United States, Donald Hall, read his poem "Eating the Pig" in 1978. 

Audio file courtesy of the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University.

You can read "Eating the Pig" here or visit Eating the Pig: A Dinner Party in Poetry, Photography & Painting for more information about the Ann Arbor dinner party that inspired the poem.
 

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 7 - "Won't You Be My Neighbor? and Other Things That Make Us Happy"

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 2:59pm

Nick, Ariel, Sarah, and Taylor delve into the world of cinematic nostalgia with a discussion of the new Mr. Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" before reminiscing about the TV shows and movies that make them happy; plus, their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.