Jill Lepore and John Cassidy join Dorothy Wickenden to talk about what’s wrong with Donald Trump’s dystopia and with the slick packaging of Hillary Clinton.
Jill Lepore: The Feminist and the Superhero
The Harvard historian Jill Lepore – prolific, impish, a super-mom, politically engaged and still professorial – is giving us the kinky inside story of Wonder Woman that you never suspected reading the old comic book. Lepore stumbled on it while she was researching a New Yorker piece on Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger. It turns out that the man who invented Wonder Woman in 1941 – as a match for Superman – was related by common-law marriage not just to Sanger but to the birth control and feminist movements in their World War I heyday.
William Moulton Marston was a Ph.D. psychologist (and inventor of the lie detector), a bigamist by conviction and a female-supremacist in doctrine. He lived a radical bohemian life under one roof with two women and had children with both of them. Wonder Woman was Marston’s model of the new woman he thought should rule the world.
But when Marston died after World War II, Wonder Woman was domesticated and diminished. In other writers’ hands, Wonder Woman became a babysitter, a fashion model and a movie star in the 1950s. In Jill Lepore’s telling, Wonder Woman is a morphing mirror of the women’s movement itself.
WWII-era “Wonder Woman” panel, done by cartoonist H. G. Peter.
Right now, she says, that story is missing its happy ending — but where there are Wonder Women, there’s a way.
Years ago, two New Yorker articles told the story of a Harvard dropout who claimed to be writing the longest book ever. Did he succeed? In Joe Gould’s Teeth, Jill Lepore tries to answer that question.
Ben and Don are joined on this episode by special guest John "if I was a rock star you would have heard of me" Roderick. John does not like potatoes, but he does ask lots of great questions.
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To hear more from John, check out his other podcasts Roderick on the Line and Road Work.
The first episode was my proudest moment: a chat with the legendary Merlin Mann about an album that changed his life: The Meadowlands by The Wrens. It was an incredible experience, and I’m happy to share it with you all again.
“Stranger Things”: Season 1 review
Grab your Wrist Rockets and toast some Eggos—it’s time to talk Stranger Things! Even though only one of our panel was alive when the show takes place, we talk ’80s influences, our favorite characters, theories about Season 2, and much more.
More ridiculous definitions, both real and imagined. Plus, we’ll take your orders for some disgusting mixed drinks, and ponder a Slovenian proverb.
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This talk by the late David Foster Wallace might just change the way you see the tiny, sometimes annoying, details of life. This was the commencement speech he gave at Kenyon College in 2005. The speech is published in a short book called This is Water.