Supercontext: an autopsy of media

Hosted ByChristian Sager & Charlie Bennett

A podcast autopsy of media: how we consume it and how it informs our everyday culture.

All Episodes


This podcast ran independently from 2016 to 2020. We reflect on our goals in creating it and how successful those were while trying to be transparent about the ins and outs of podcast production, marketing, and monetization.

From Hell

This graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell came out between 1989 and 1998, 100 years after the Jack the Ripper murders it’s based on. We look at the meticulous research they put into this to try to understand how this story manages to be about tr


This 1995 film by Michael Mann is considered a quintessential cops-and-robbers epic. We look at Mann’s attention to detail and his attempt at authenticity in light of the movie’s influence on audiences, filmmakers, and real-life criminals.

Hounds of Love

This 1985 concept album by Kate Bush is split into pop songs and a suite of music about someone drowning. We look at Bush’s career arc leading up to this record and how the support she received from those around her allowed to experiment and create this w


Dan Simmon’s 1989 science-fiction novel is acclaimed for its unique structure, references, and style. We take a closer look at how it interrogates our expectations of genre to explore a complex host of themes.

Withnail & I

This 1987 film is celebrated as a cult classic for its depiction of self-destructive young Englishmen at the end of the 1960s. We discuss how creator Bruce Robinson got it made, and whether it congratulates its characters for their alcoholism or criticize

The Moomins and the Great Flood

This 1945 children’s book by Tove Jansson began a publishing empire in Finland that is worth millions of dollars. We look at Jansson’s beloved allegory about a world where a family survives turmoil and everyone is accepted for who they are.

Lateralus by TOOL

This 2001 record is praised as being metal for the thinking man. We peel back the lyrics and the time signatures to understand why this band inspires an almost-religious devotion in its fans.

Paper Girls

This comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang started in 2015 as a story about four preteen girls coming of age in the 80s. We look into how the creators produced the comic while examining their skepticism of nostalgia in a post-Stran

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