The podcast can be called part documentary and part memoir. But that description doesn’t quite communicate the full scope of how the two things intermingle in this production. This nine-part series follows WBUR’s managing editor, Maria Garcia, as she revisits and unpacks the legacy of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the late Tejano-music legend better known to fans simply as Selena. But as a Tejano woman herself whose identity was meaningfully formed by Selena’s presence in the public sphere, Garcia is as much a subject of this podcast as the icon being considered.
The Ezra Klein Show has been consistently bringing out interesting and surprising interviews for several years. The original show goes back to its original incarnation as a Vox Media podcast. Since its relaunch as a New York Times “Opinion” audio property earlier this year, the show hasn’t skipped a beat, balancing explicitly newsy interviews with conversations that align with Klein’s more personal interests (often of a geek-wonk nature, rich with sci-fi and questions of ethics).
An investigation into the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old Black girl who vanished from a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter in 2014, takes the basic architecture of the true-crime cold-case format and flips it into a determined study of the systemic breakdown that allowed a child like Rudd to fall off the map without a trace.
Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow... even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time -- from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how it's shaped our culture and how our culture shaped it.
In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere: On beefcake calendars and daytime TV. Gyrating on stages across the world in their signature cuffs, collars and spandex pants. Selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story.