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Talking Classic Hollywood and New Media with Karina Longworth



Welcome to Episode 34 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with Karina Longworth, historian, author, and host of the You Must Remember This podcast.

“I was looking for a way to do what I felt like I should be doing and what I could be doing, but I couldn’t really find the right format. When I started thinking about this podcast and sort of hearing what it would sound like in my head, I was pushed to this point where I felt like I really had to make something and I had to give it a try. “

Today’s show features the host of the You Must Remember This podcast: Karina Longworth. Karina’s interest in Old Hollywood might be obvious to listeners of her show, but less well-known is the history that preceded the top-ranked podcast.

Karina grew up in L.A., albeit with relatively minimal exposure to Hollywood. She developed a passion for writing and criticism with a focus on classic movies and television. Karina discusses her struggles in finding the right niche in academia and the job market challenges in a changing entertainment/media industry.

We’ll learn about Karina’s contributions to the blogs Cinematical and Spout, and how working through an industry in transition helped propel her to her current role. Of course she’ll also tell us about some of the challenges of beginning her new show and how her vision for the show helped define it before it even began. Plus we talk about how her stories about women and minorities in Classic Hollywood reflect the struggles and challenges of underrepresented groups today.

All this and more today with Karina Longworth.

Karina is @karinalongworth on Twitter.

Links and honorable mentions:

  • Karina’s page
  • LA Weekly
  • Margaret Herrick Library
  • Mark Rappaport IMDB
  • An interesting (and most definitely biased) article on the story of Cinematical and AOL.

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The Credits

Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi.

The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Whit Harris.

The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!

This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram

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