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Pop Literacy

Aug 17, 2021

TV scholar Kathleen Collins grew up loving television before it was cool—while others fancied themselves sophisticated for digging film and music, she was unapologetically obsessing over Square Pegs. In her book From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole, she shares her nostalgic journey as a kid growing up with a four-channel, cathode-ray set, to her choice to study television as an academic pursuit, and through our national obsession with streaming today.

In this conversation, we travel back in time with her to discuss why Norman Lear’s 1970s shows stand the test of time, why the only way to do homework in the ‘80s was with MTV playing in the background, and how the shift to the Streaming Era’s infinite choices has made TV so much more stressful.

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