Trashy movies, Shared public spaces

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The opening scene of “Jaws” plays on the opening night of the Tribeca Drive-In, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Complimentary access was offered to essential workers for the first night of the limited-engagement drive-in film series. Chris Pizzello/AP Photo

We talk to a film professor about the movies that are so bad that they’re good. Then a sociology professor and author of a book about social infrastructure defends public gathering places, especially libraries, which are drawing attacks from conservative groups across the country for sharing certain books.

Featured in this Show

  • Why viewers like bad, low-budget movies

    The movie “Cocaine Bear” is the latest example of a low budget movie to draw commercial success. A film professor who teaches on “trash cinema” joins us to explore why viewers like movies that don’t fit traditional Hollywood standards.

  • The case for shared public spaces

    We talk about the value of third spaces — such as libraries and other venues where people can gather — in the health of our social infrastructure.

Episode Credits

  • Lee Rayburn Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece Guest
  • Eric Klinenberg Guest

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