The Pop Culture Lens Episode 2: Freaks (1932)

The second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast is up and live!

In the second episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by young scholar Clelia Sweeney to discuss the counterculture cult horror classic Freaks (1932). Their guest brings to bear her research on freak shows, reality TV and serial killers as the discussion considers why we humans are so fascinated with abnormality.

Our basic conclusion: while there are great similarities between this film and contemporary reality TV, the biggest difference is in how they treat people who are considered to be abnormal in some way. And the eighty year-old horror movie about a freak show seems to treat them more like humans than modern reality TV! Listen to find out more!

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