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DoctorJonPaul and Kevin talk being ready for COVID to die, songs that make them cringe, and small problems with the otherwise great Emmys.
Outro music: Bonnie Tyler -- "Holding Out For A Hero"
On the syllabus, is Rachel Dolezal Part. Deux, Jessica Krug, who outed herself as a white woman this week. In music, we discuss the Brandy and Monica Verzuz battle. And complain about people that think the pandemic is over in the sandbox.
Syllabus: Performative acts of solidarity.
Pop Culture: The Chicks, Beyoncé, and Brandy
Let's Go There: Annoying social media demands and butting in to conversations to be contrary.
Exit Music: "Gaslighter" by the Chicks.
What is freedom? What is liberation? How do we move beyond social media activism into strategy? Kevin and DoctorJonPaul take on all these questions and more in the new episode of LEARNT., extending the conversation from the previous episode and hopefully imagining the beginnings of a way forward...
Wondering what to text your Black friend during this current moment of unrest? Looking for tips on how to best navigate the current moment and confront racism as a white person? Trying to find the best anti-racist reading list available? DoctorJonPaul and Kevin have some thoughts...
Outro music: Nina Simone -- "Mississippi Goddamn" from Nina Simone's In Concert (1964, Philips Records)
Returning to "cancel culture" on the syllabus in light of recent calls for everyone from Doja Cat to Ellen Degeneres and Tyra Banks be "canceled." Pop Culture break takes a look at Insecure and How To Get Away With Murder. Plus, sandbox gripes from quarantine.
Everyone's talking about it, so Learnt. will too. Tiger King. Whether you've watched or not, DoctorJonPaul and Kevin take you on a wild ride. Also discussed: Instagram battles, the plight of Karens all over, and quarantine etiquette.
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin are back in LEARNT.'s first episode in 2020--talking the difference between quality and craft and basic content. Tyler Perry may or may not serve as the impetus for the conversation. 👀
Outro Music: Yola, "I Don't Wanna Lie" (from the album Walk Through Fire)
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin are back and with new segments: the Newsletter, the Syllabus, the Music Room, and the Playground. Listen in on them discussing politics and the latest news, the state of higher education today, their favorite music releases and what's got them annoyed currently. And join the conversation yourself by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Outro Music: "Drop the Pilot" by Joan Armatrading from The Key (1983)
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin do a recent events in pop culture rundown: talking IT chapter 2, Chelsea Handler, Shaun King and Deray, Felicity Huffman's 14 day jail sentence, and Beyoncé at the Creative Arts Emmys.
Outro Music: "Mood 4 Eva" from The Lion King: The Gift
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin run through a few current pop culture moments and discuss advice they'd like to give their 20-year-old selves (and maybe some advice their 20-year-old selves could give them currently!).
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin dive into MA, the new horror film starring Octavia Spencer and what it means to be included in an exclusive society. Includes some spoilers for the movie.
Outro Music: Beyoncé -- "Top Off" (From Homecoming: The Live Album)
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin discuss the new documentary Leaving Neverland, among other current events. (CW for frank discussion of sexual abuse).
Outro music: "Sound of Rain" by Solange from When I Get Home
DoctorJonPaul & Kevin discuss the Grammys and the non-stop racist scandals of Black History Month 2019.
(Syllabus mentioned can be downloaded from Kevin's website here: https://bit.ly/2ShZIZt)
Outro Music: Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"
DoctorJonPaul talk faux allyship and some recent think pieces that have made waves on social media recently. And are constantly surprised at how damn long 2018 has been already.
Outro music: Janet Jackson's "All for You" (mostly to prove to Jon that Janet's not a mumble singer -- you'll understand after listening to the episode.)
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin celebrate Kevin's forthcoming book on an all-new episode of LEARNT.! Ain't I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy is out 6/11/19 from the Feminist Press at CUNY, but available for pre-order NOW! This Beyonce-themed episode features some details from the book and DoctorJonPaul and Kevin naming 3 favorite Beyoncé songs and 3 favorite performances each. And it's a whole lot of fun!!
Preorder Ain't I A Diva at Feminist Press: https://bit.ly/2zDRu1I
Or from Amazon: amzn.to/2PyHYH7
Outro music: Beyoncé - "Schoolin' Life" from the 4 Bonus Disc
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin put politics on the back burner this episode and talk about the ups and downs of loving pop culture while getting older and answer questions about what it takes to become a writer!
Outro music: Robyn - "Honey"
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin discuss Beyoncé's new Vogue September Issue takeover, the On The Run II Tour; Kathy Griffin, privacy, publicity & toxicity on social media in Trump's America; the LoveLoud Festival and lack of diversity in writers' rooms; and some other tangents in between.
Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) - I Can't Date Jesus
Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) - Well That Escalated Quickly
Chidera Eggerue (@theslumflower) - What A Time To Be Alone
Outro Music: Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé - "Part II (On The Run)" from Magna Carta Holy Grail
DoctorJonPaul and Kevin talk Pose on FX, the politics of representation, current events, Nanette Gadsby's brilliant Netflix special "Nanette," the importance of minding your business, and more on this all-new episode of LEARNT.!!
Outro Music: "Home" by Whitney Houston (from the Merv Griffin Show)
Civility in politics and otherwise is on the Syllabus today. Plus, DoctorJonPaul and Kevin talk about Beyoncé and Jay-Z'z (The Carters') new video for Apeshit and the Everything Is Love album through the lens of disobedience, and the increased police presence that makes Pride events less safe and enjoyable.
On today's syllabus, Kevin and DoctorJonPaul dive headfirst into the topic of religion using their own respective stories of growing up within and being excommunicated from the Mormon Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses. They also chat Pose on FX, the Tony Awards, why we should all be saying "Fuck Trump" more, and being kinder to one another.
(Pardon the intermittent audio crackle that shows up this episode. We had slight technical difficulties while recording.)
Intro music: "Baltimore" by Nina Simone
Outro music: "Shine" by Cyndi Lauper
It's both graduation and LGBTQ Pride time, so LEARNT. co-hosts DoctorJonPaul and Kevin Allred talk both! This episode dives into the state of higher education today, straight folks at Pride events; and dishes on the Billboard Music Awards among much more...
This week's episode could easily be alternately titled "It's All Capitalism's Fault." DoctorJonPaul and Kevin chat pandering to and within the queer community using Rita Ora's new song "Girls" as a jumping off point.
Office Hours features a listener question on allyship. During Recess, DoctorJonPaul shares thoughts on Donald Glover's "This Is America" video and Kevin dissects social media in general.
Finally, Bibliography picks this episode include Viceland show "My House" and Darnell Moore's upcoming memoir "No Ashes in the Fire" (out 5/29).
Toxic Masculinity is on the Syllabus for LEARNT.'s official premiere--which leads to conversations involving Kanye West, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Harvey Weinstein, & more.
During Recess, DoctorJonPaul & Kevin question why straight women are so often chosen as queer icons over queer-identified folks and discuss fake allies.
A conversation about Janelle Monáe's new album Dirty Computer rounds out the episode as the Bibliography pick of the week.