Our first podcast episode investigates the hit television series Ted Lasso. We discuss the ways in which season one subverts the expected conventions in sports comedies, especially when it comes to race and masculinity. We also take a critical look at some of the areas where the show misses the mark. Two guests join host Jonathan McIntosh for this conversation: professor of literature and culture Felicia Lopez and writer/filmmaker Imran Siddiquee.
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About the podcast
Just like our video essays on YouTube, this podcast series will offer a critical look at the meaning and messages embedded in movies, tv shows, and video games. New episodes will be published once a month (for now) and feature an in-depth discussion covering a range of sociopolitical issues including representations of masculinity. In many ways this new audio series will be very much like our video essays, only in a more casual format and with more voices contributing to the media analysis. Podcasting will also allow us to comment on media news or new releases in a much more timely manner.
Future audio file investigations will include an episode examining the politics of the MCU, an episode exploring where The Rise of Skywalker went wrong, and an episode analyzing Hollywood’s representation or rather misrepresentation of Black radicals. I hope you’ll join us again next time!
Support this project
All of our Pop Culture Detective media projects, including this one, are 100% funded by listeners and viewers. You’ll never hear ads and all episode will be made available for free online. So if you enjoy the kind of in-depth media criticism you just heard, please consider supporting our work over on Patreon.
All multimedia clips included in this podcast constitute a ‘fair use’ of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright law, which allows for criticism, comment and scholarship. Learn more about fair use via New Media Rights!
Audio production: Jonathan McIntosh
Intro music: Simon Stålenhag
Outro music: Rick Lopez