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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #39b - The Man Who Knew Too Much

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 5:36pm

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. So, it's June of 1956, you've come to the end of the first season of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and you've seen all the repeats that are being shown through the summer. What do you do? Well, there's always that Hitchcock film starring James Stewart and Doris Day currently playing in the theaters.

The movie poster for "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

 

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Body of Work: Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, 01/17/2022 - 9:14am

We talk about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as a pop culture figure. Also, the words "hot preacher" may have been involved....

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for January 2022: Martin interviews Eddie Muller, author of Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (Revised and Expanded Edition).

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 1:49pm

The new edition of Eddie Muller's Dark City (first published in 1998) is a film noir lover's bible, taking readers on a tour of the urban landscape of the grim and gritty genre in a definitive, highly illustrated volume.

Dark City expands with new chapters and a fresh collection of restored photos that illustrate the mythic landscape of the imagination. It's a place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen avatars to whom they gave life. Eddie Muller, host of Turner Classic Movies' Noir Alley, takes readers on a spellbinding trip through treacherous terrain: Hollywood in the post-World War II years, where art, politics, scandal, style -- and brilliant craftsmanship -- produced a new approach to moviemaking, and a new type of cultural mythology.

Martin’s interview with Eddie Muller was recorded on November 18, 2021.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for December 2021: Martin interviews Michael Spitzer, author of The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 2:01pm

165 million years ago saw the birth of rhythm.

66 million years ago was the first melody.

40 thousand years ago Homo sapiens created the first musical instrument.

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #39a - Jack Seabrook

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 1:09pm

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 special installment, Al talks to Jack Seabrook, the author of "The Hitchcock Project" blog, about the AHP first season, Batman of the 1980s, author Jack Finney, and the crazy number of hits Jack's blog of the later episode "A Bottle of Wine" gets.

Alfred Hitchcock looks up at a large unblinking eye.

 

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #39 - Momentum

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 6:25pm

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, Dick Paine misses all the hints that would tell him that his wife Beth has already taken care of the errand that, instead, puts him on the road to murder. It's all a bit contrived which may be why they made it the last episode of the season.

 

Dick dies in Beth's arms.

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The Gayest Generation Ep. 9 - Lisa Middleton

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 4:04pm

Welcome to The Gayest Generation, where we hear LGBTQ older adults speak for themselves. Every episode, we sit down with a different member of the LGBTQ community who laid the foundation for the freedoms we have today. Their stories make noise where there is silence and that silence has lived for far too long. 

In this episode, we speak with Lisa Middleton. We learn about what it’s like to be one of first openly transgender people elected to an American city council, how libraries played a role in her quest to live authentically, and how true love can look like driving around the same roundabout for three hours.

AADL is excited to announce that you can listen to this episode, or any episode of The Gayest Generation, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube!

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for November 2021: Martin interviews Ana Araujo, author of No Compromise: The Work of Florence Knoll.

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 8:17am

Florence Knoll (1917–2019) was a leading force of modern design. She worked from 1945 to 1965 at Knoll Associates, first as business partner with her husband Hans Knoll, later as president after his death, and, finally, as design director. Her commissions became hallmarks of the modern era, including the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe, the Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia, and the Platner Collection by Warren Platner. She created classics like the Parallel Bar Collection, still in production today.

Knoll invented the visual language of the modern office through her groundbreaking interiors and the creation of the acclaimed "Knoll look," which remains a standard for interior design today. She reinvigorated the International Style through humanizing textiles, lighting, and accessories. Although Knoll's motto was "no compromise, ever," as a woman in a white, upper-middle-class, male-dominated environment, she often had to make accommodations to gain respect from her colleagues, clients, and collaborators. No Compromise looks at Knoll's extraordinary career in close-up, from her student days to her professional accomplishments.

Martin’s interview with Ana Araujo was recorded on July 22, 2021.

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #38 - The Creeper

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 4:13pm

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, a mysterious killer known as the Creeper is strangling blonde women whose husbands work at night, leaving them alone. And as Ellen Grant's husband Steve realizes, "Ellen's alone and she's blonde."

 

Terrified, Ellen turns her back on the "stranger" who shines a light on her.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers for October 2021: Martin interviews Charles Casillo, author of Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship.

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 8:31am

Violet-eyed siren Elizabeth Taylor and classically handsome Montgomery Clift were the most gorgeous screen couple of their time. Over two decades of friendship they made, separately and together, some of the era's defining movies--including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Misfits, Suddenly, Last Summer, and Cleopatra. Yet the relationship between these two figures--one a dazzling, larger-than-life star, the other hugely talented yet fatally troubled--has never truly been explored until Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of their Intimate Friendship.

When Elizabeth Taylor was cast opposite Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun, he was already a movie idol, with a natural sensitivity that set him apart. At seventeen, Elizabeth was known for her ravishing beauty rather than her talent. Directors treated her like a glamorous prop. But Monty took her seriously, inspiring and encouraging her. In her words, "That's when I began to act."

To Monty, she was "Bessie Mae," a name he coined for her earthy, private side. The press clamored for a wedding, convinced this was more than friendship. The truth was even more complex. Monty was drawn to women but sexually attracted to men--a fact that, if made public, would destroy his career. But he found acceptance and kinship with Elizabeth. Her devotion was never clearer than after his devastating car crash near her Hollywood home when she crawled into the wreckage and saved him from choking.