Podcast Lookout: Bicameral Killers, Blackface DJs

Podcast Lookout: Bicameral Killers, DJ Blackface
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I recently spent a lot of time in the car for a family vacation -- and such a jaunt always provides me with a chance to catch-up on podcasts. So once more, I'd like to share a few choice episodes from podcasts outside the Stuff network.

First up, I've been a fan of Glynn Washington's Snap Judgement podcast for years, so I happily dove into the spooky spinoff Spooked. Episode 1 "The Watcher" features "Voice in the Woods" (segment 3), in which a mysterious voice aids a woman in evading a terrifying stranger in the wilderness. Fans of our episodes on bicameralism will appreciate this one as the seemingly-hallucinated voice of compulsion matches up nicely with Jillian Jaynes' theory of the bicameral mind.

During the drive, my wife and I also listened to several episodes of Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History and the excellent NPR podcast Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed. They're both fine shows -- and I especially appreciated Gladwell's anti-golf episode "A Good Walk Spoiled" -- but the long-time electronic music fan in me really enjoyed a particular episode of Code Switch: "Give It Up For DJ Blackface!"

The episode explores the gay African American roots of house music and the degree to which black identity has been appropriated by European electronic artists. As such, it's both a fascinating dive into the history of electronic music and the complexities of race. Give it a listen: