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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

Today, Aviv and Rachel are joined by a returning guest and author, Stephen Kearse, to delve into Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. This 1971 American independent blaxploitation action thriller film was written, co-produced, scored, edited, directed, and starred in by Melvin Van Peebles. His son Mario Van Peebles also makes an appearance in a small role, portraying the title character as a young boy. The film narrates the adventurous journey of a poor black man fleeing from the white police authorities.

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Clueless / Supermodel

How did the makeover scene in “Clueless” influence pop culture and beauty standards in media?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Best Music Moments

Jenny Owen Youngs joins Rachel and Aviv discuss “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” highlighting its music, feminist themes, character growth, and lasting impact on TV and popular culture. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/insync/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

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Law and Order (Mike Post feature) / Crime Drama Scoring

Composer Mike Post discusses his iconic TV themes, creative process, and latest album blending bluegrass, blues, and orchestral music. He emphasizes authentic storytelling through music, inspiring listeners to pursue their dreams with passion.

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After Sun / Under Pressure

Rachel Brodsky, Aviv, and Allison Wilmore explore music’s storytelling power in film, discussing emotional depth, societal reflections in karaoke culture, filmmakers’ music challenges, and music’s lasting impact on cinematic experiences.

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Marie Antoinette / Bow Wow Wow

Discussing Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” soundtrack and societal themes, including music industry exploitation, visual storytelling nuances, gender biases, critical responses, and societal expectations in the film.

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Girls / Dancing On My Own

Podcast analyzes “Girls” music influence, focusing on Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” Guest Jake Shane discusses how music enhances emotional storytelling. Epilogue previews Shane’s podcast “Therapus” and revisiting “Girls.”

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Office Space / Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta

“In Sync” explores “Office Space” relevance today with Somya Krishnamurthy. They discuss the film’s satire on office life, power dynamics, corporate culture, success, and Ghetto Boys’ hip-hop influence.

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