Ep. 55: Lipsync for Your Life: From Milli Vanilli to Sarah Cooper w/ Sarah Kessler


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By Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Wynter and Karen visit USC--this time virtually--in Sarah Kessler’s class on Audio(visuality). Sarah is a media studies scholar, TV editor of Public Books, and KT’s spouse aka quarantine hostage. The three get into a discussion of the role lip-syncing has played in U.S. pop culture as entertainment, the source of scandal, and as a means of building a following all the way to a Netflix special a la Sarah Cooper’s Everything’s Fine. Wynter gets into the chart daddies of election coverage, John King & Steve Kornacki, Sarah tells us why this season’s The Bachelorette mimics the 2020 election cycle, and Karen delves into the “privilege porn” of HBO’s The Undoing. Plus, a bonus nuo-lingo session about social media platforms and three songs of the moment.

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