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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #12 - Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 2:37pm

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 celebrates Christmas in July with Barry Fitzgerald as the original Bad Santa.

Stretch Sears meets the Tenth Avenue Kid

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for July 2019: Martin interviews John Wall, author of Streamliner: Raymond Loewy and Image-making in the Age of American Industrial Design.

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:42am

Born in Paris in 1893 and trained as an engineer, Raymond Loewy revolutionized twentieth-century American industrial design. Combining salesmanship and media savvy, he created bright, smooth, and colorful logos for major corporations that included Greyhound, Exxon, and Nabisco. His designs for Studebaker automobiles, Sears Coldspot refrigerators, Lucky Strike cigarette packs, and Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives are iconic. Beyond his timeless designs, Loewy carefully built an international reputation through the assiduous courting of journalists and tastemakers to become the face of both a new profession and a consumer-driven vision of the American dream.

In Streamliner, John Wall traces the evolution of an industry through the lens of Loewy’s eclectic life, distinctive work, and invented persona. How, he asks, did Loewy build a business while transforming himself into a national brand a half century before "branding" became relevant? Placing Loewy in context with the emerging consumer culture of the latter half of the twentieth century, Wall explores how his approach to business complemented―or differed from―that of his well-known contemporaries, including industrial designers Henry Dreyfuss, Walter Teague, and Norman Bel Geddes. Wall also reveals how Loewy tailored his lifestyle to cement the image of "designer" in the public imagination, and why the self-promotion that drove Loewy to the top of his profession began to work against him at the end of his career. Streamliner is an important and engaging work on one of the longest-lived careers in industrial design.

Martin Bandyke’s interview with John Wall was originally recorded on February 6, 2019.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 28 - Fourth of July Movies

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:36am

Nick, Makenzie, and Andi sit down to talk about their favorite movies to watch around the Fourth of July that you can find on the shelves of the Ann Arbor District Library, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week. 

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 27 - Tales from the Front of House

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:08am

Nadeem, Nick, Andi, and Thomas discuss their time working in Front of House in this much looser episode of the Behind the Marquee. They give some Michigan & State Theatre history, what they love most about working in a 90 year old building, what they’ve learned, dig into the “FOH Log”, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.

 

Visit https://www.michtheater.org/2019/06/18/behind-the-marquee-ep-27/ to see discussed photos.

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #11 - Guilty Witness

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 7:26pm

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 looks at an episode that seeks to determine if an abused wife has murdered her husband. But who is the witness and why are they guilty?

Mrs. Verber wonders if Stanley knows about Dorothy.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for June 2019: Martin interviews Ian S. Port, author of The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 4:58pm

“A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.

In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock ’n’ roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender’s tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an “axe” that would make Fender’s Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world’s most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo.

While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker’s guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable.

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Behind The Marquee: Episode 26 - Summer Movies

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 9:11am

Nick and Nadeem recap the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival before discussing what movies they're looking forward to this Summer, favorite summer movie memories, and which films they predict to be huge successes. And as always, they end with their Movie Magic Moments. 

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #10 - The Case of Mr. Pelham

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 3:32pm

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 and Amy Cantu look at the one episode for which Hitchcock earned an Emmy nomination; a strange story in a literary tradition that runs from Euripides to Jordan Peele.

Mr. Pelham confronts himself.

 

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AADL Reads: Brigit Young

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:24pm

In this episode of AADL Reads, we got to talk with Brigit Young about her debut children's novel, Worth a Thousand Words. We also couldn't miss the opportunity to discuss the ever-controversial topic of movies that are better than the book (and more!) 

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AADL Reads: Michelle Kuo

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:23pm

Michelle Kuo, author of the memoir, Reading with Patrick, was kind enough to talk with us about her own writing, books that we would be shocked she loves, and also about what is currently on her reading list!