Neil J. Young is a writer, he has written about politics, religion and culture for numerous publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Vox, Politico and the Los Angeles Times, he is a historian and author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics and co-host of the history podcast Past Present.
In this episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki discuss the controversial new Netflix film, Cuties. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:  Cuties, a French independent film released in the United States has inspired opposition. Niki referred to the connection between the critics’ fear of perversion and the current furor over pedophilia among some on the Right, discussed in Rolling Stone.   In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History: Natalia discussed Matthew Remski’s Medium GEN article, “Inside Kelly Brogan’s Covid-Denying, Vax-Resistant Conspiracy Machine.” Neil shared Doug Mack’s Lonely Planet article, “From Neon Shovels to Crystal Skulls – the Wild History of the Memphis Pyramid.” Niki recommended Amanda Mull’s Atlantic article, “Why Everything is Sold Out.”
In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss the racial dissembling of historian Jessica Krug. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:  George Washington University historian Jessica Krug has been posing as a Black woman for years, and recently outed herself online. Neil referred to Martha Sandweiss’ book, Passing Strange: A Gilded Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line. Natalia referenced this interview with Rachel Dolezal.   In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History: Natalia discussed the controversy over enforcing “video-on” while teaching remotely. Neil shared about Matthew Gilbert’s Boston Globe article, “The Brits do crime shows really, really well.” Niki recommended John Hodgman’s book, Vacationland, as well as his podcast, Judge John Hodgman.
In this episode, Niki, Neil, and Natalia discuss new charges of sexual assault against porn actor Ron Jeremy. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:  More than a dozen women have come forward to accuse porn actor Ron Jeremy of sexual assault. Natalia referred to historian Estelle B. Freedman’s book, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation and to Lorelei Lee’s personal essay about sex work in n+1.   In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History: Natalia discussed this petition put forth by the New York City dance community. Neil shared about the HBO documentary, Welcome to Chechnya. Niki recommended Nellie Bowles’ New York Times article, “God Is Dead. So is the Office. These People Want to Save Both.”
In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the new HBO series, Lovecraft Country. Support Past Present on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/pastpresentpodcast Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:  Lovecraft Country is attracting attention for its blend of historical drama and horror. Niki discussed this hybrid genre, as explained at Vox. She also mentioned the documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Neil compared Lovecraft Country to Colson Whitehead’s recent novel, The Underground Railroad. Natalia referred to this history of the “sundown town” at Slate and to historian Allyson Hobbs’ work on The Negro Motorist Green Book.   In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History: Natalia recommended the Netflix series, Selling Sunset. Neil reflected on Jerry Falwell Jr.’s resignation as president of Liberty University amid an alleged sex scandal. Niki discussed Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman’s new book, Big Friendship.
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New York, NY, USA
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269
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
1 week, 1 day
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