Nov 14, 2017
A few decisions transformed "A Different World" from a struggling, rudderless sitcom to the classic it became. Much of that was due to Debbie Allen stepping in as creative force and aligning the set, characters and plots to align more closely with an authentic Historically Black College & University...
Oct 17, 2017
Southgate Media Group podcast marathon, Elgin, IL
Feb. 26, 1996 CBS Monday night line-up, 4 women-centric sitcoms
Elizabeth Taylor's "Black Pearls" perfume line launch
The Nanny, Fran Dresher, 3rd season - directed by Dorothy Lyman
Can't Hurry Love, one season, starring Mariska Hargitay and Nancy McKeon
Oct 13, 2017
Special live taping at Chicago's iO Theater, PodSlam is a fundraiser for pediatric cancer (Connor's Cure) & the V Foundation
Women wrestling on TV, frequent plot during the 70s & 80s; good vs. evil, Americans vs. Russians
Physical conflict, agency, defense, aggressiveness - all real aspects of life that we SHOULD be...
Sep 18, 2017
Norman Lear & Tandem Productions winning streak
All in the Family > Maude > Good Times
1965 Federal Report: “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”
Good Times family structure: single mother or nuclear family
Esther Rolle & John Amos stand firm
6 difficult seasons
Esther Rolle's lifetime record of civil...
Sep 16, 2017
International understanding of American feminism with Austrian cultural studies student Julia Krassnik
Susan Sontag's 1972 article on stereotypes
Timing and ensemble cast of Battlestar Galactica 2004-9
Roslin character's defiance of stereotypes
Roslin character's interest in power & Lean In's "tiara...