In this episode we deconstruct what is probably the worst Steven Spielberg movie – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We discuss the film’s misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples and dig into the ways that media tropes about ancient aliens and alien uplift contribute to the problem. Professor of literature and culture Dr. Felicia Lopez lends her expertise to this conversation.
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Audio production: Jonathan McIntosh
Intro music: Simon Stålenhag
Outro music: Rick Lopez