January 20th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
civil war, gender studies, history, lavender men, lgbtq, lincoln, los angeles, playwrights, queering dramaturgy
Our first episode recorded in the Seattle studio! Playwright Roger Q. Mason joins us from his home in Los Angeles -- close enough to my old place that we totally could have recorded together in person if I just had a short-term time machine. And on the topic of time machines, we also had a slight technical glitch, which I think Andy patched so seamlessly that you won't even notice [your short trip to 1980]!
October 31st, 2018 | 49 mins 2 secs
audience engagement, cultural anthropology, dramaturgy, halloween, history, judaism, las vegas, magic, mentalism, paul draper, religious studies, salt lake city, sorcery, stagecraft, witchcraft
Happy Halloween birthday to our first recorded guest, Paul Draper! He was kind enough to be my Context guinea pig back in August, and what with the birthday and all, today seemed like a great time to share his wisdom with the world. Paul is a stealth dramaturg, but he's best known for his work as a magician and mentalist. He's also a cultural anthropologist! So we talked about the historic role of magic in society and its evolution from religious practice to a form of entertainment and commerce! Because when you have magical anthropologist on-hand, you gotta ask all these questions.