On today's show:
Let's put on a (podcast) show!
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Most hit podcasts fall into categories such as true crime, history or pop culture. But “Anthem: Homunculus” occupies a category of its own. Created by and starring actor, playwright and Tony Award-winner John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and the Angry Inch"), “Anthem” is a fictional podcast told from the perspective of a live-streamer with a brain tumor … and it’s a musical. Thirty-one songs weave through the 10 episodes and range between rock, soul, jazz and punk. And it has an all-star cast of almost 40 performers, including Glenn Close, Patti LuPone, Ben Foster and Marion Cotillard. “Anthem” is one of the many original podcasts on the controversial platform, Luminary. John Horn spoke with Mitchell about creating his ambitious, first podcast.
Disney made a bad bet on Vice Media
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Eyebrows were raised a few years ago when family-friendly Disney invested $400 million in Vice Media. Writing for Vox.com, Recode executive editor Peter Kafka reports: "Disney says all of the money it put into Vice has been incinerated: In investor filings Wednesday, Disney said it no longer thinks it will ever get any return on the investment it made in Vice." John Horn talks with Kafka about what went wrong.
A Campaign to take the hate out of gaming
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Media critic and feminist Anita Sarkeesian became something of a household name several years ago for her work spotlighting sexist and misogynist depictions in video games. Her criticism also triggered threats of violence and virtually non-stop online harassment as part of what became known as "Gamergate." Sarkeesian’s latest project, produced via her non-profit media collective, Feminist Frequency, is a three-part video series that aims to root out toxic depictions of LGBTQ characters in gaming that can fan the flames of hateful speech and intolerance. The series also highlights games that are responding to the call with more inclusive characters and storylines. The Frame contributor Steven Cuevas recently spoke to Sarkeesian and has our story.