It has been lower than a month because the podcast “S-City” arrived, and in that point it has develop into a juggernaut, with hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of downloads and buckets of reward. The present comes from the folks behind “This American Life” and “Serial,” which had beforehand damaged obtain information. In “S-City,’’ there’s a intelligent bait-and-switch. Come for the promise of a homicide thriller and a treasure hunt. Keep for the X-ray of a rural Alabama county and its most colourful resident, John B. McLemore.
We listened to “S-City” and wished to speak about what its reputation means and the way the present solely glances at some necessary questions, most of which contain race, American historical past and what to do with the previous. These unasked and unanswered questions received us occupied with another current popular-culture flash factors: Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Get Out” and a scandalous Pepsi industrial, starring Kendall Jenner, that hit the web final week.
We wish to tease out what all three have in frequent. And sure, we thought we have been completed with “Get Out,” too (it got here out on the finish of February and have become a cultural phenomenon), however Peele’s satirical race thriller refuses to be completed with us. Race works that manner. A technique or one other, it’s on the middle of what America is watching, listening to and protesting.
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