The Deconstruction Workers

The Deconstruction Workers is a bi-weekly podcast dedicated to bringing the academic power of professional scholars to bear on popular culture. From My Little Pony to Hamilton, everything is fair game for the Deconstruction Workers.

A good bit of fun. A whole lot of interesting. A metric tonne of smart. 

 

Season One, Episode One

Welcome to The Deconstruction Workers podcast! Just a quick overview of the aims and goals of the podcast, and what you can expect in the episodes to come. 
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. No Guest Worker this episode. 


SEASON ONE, EPISODE TWO

Join us this week as we kick around the concept of transgressive fandom, Bronies, girls and women who dig "sportsing," and more. Why are you a fan of some things that aren't "for you," and why do some other people get so angry when they find out? 
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest Worker this week is Dr. Kyle Kontour. 


SEASON ONE, EPISODE THREE

This week in the zone, let's talk about action figuresWhy are we not allowed to play with toys anymore as grown ups? Why have you forgotten how to play? And why do other grown ups get so bothered if you do play? 
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Jonathan Alexandratos. 


SEASON ONE, EPISODE FOUR

With everything going on the country right now, it seems like a good time to talk about Hamilton: An American Musical. This week in the Deconstruction Zone, we talk about the cultural impact of the show, and why it has become such a phenomenon.
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Marley Steuver-Williford.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE FIVE

This week in the Deconstruction Zone, we are on a deep dive into fan culture. What does it mean to be a "fan" of something? How does being a part of a fan community work? And why does it seem like fans are always at war with each other?
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Rick Stevens.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE SIX

This week in the Deconstruction Zone, Harry Potter Studies. Harry Potter Studies? What the heck is Harry Potter Studies? That's a thing that exists? Why? And why is it so important?
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Lauren Camacci.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE SEVEN

It's gonna be a good old fashioned barn burner this week in the Deconstruction Zone as we break down professional wrestling. Where did pro wrestling come from? What is it like today? And why does anybody even still watch it? 
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dustin Dunaway.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE EIGHT

This week in the Deconstruction Zone, it's time for crime. True crime, that is. We're discussing American fascination with murder, serial killers, and unsolved mysteries. Why are we so interested in the unexplained deaths of other people? 
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Tracy Bealer.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE NINE

In the Deconstruction Zone this week, we are taking a good, long look at the people who make our favorite popular culture and asking, what happens when we find out the person who made this thing that we love is a horrible person? We’re talking #MeToo, Bill Cosby, public racist tirades, and more.
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Shannon Sindorf.

SEASON ONE, EPISODE TEN

It’s the season finale of The Deconstruction workers, and this week in the Deconstruction Zone, we’re breaking down fan fiction. What is fan fiction? Who writes it? Who reads it? And what do the original authors of the characters used in fan fiction think about the practice?
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Natalie Sheppard.



SEASON TWO, BONUS EPISODE!

It’s a special bonus Christmas extravaganza in the Deconstruction Zone, as we tackle the traditions of the holiday season. Why do we do all of those things that we do at Christmastime? Where do those traditions come from? And who is this guy we all know as Santa Claus?
Written and produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Dan Yezbick.


SEASON TWO, EPISODE ONE

Welcome to the premiere of Season Two! This week in the Deconstruction Zone, we’re dealing with the concept of the Mary Sue. What is a Mary Sue? Who counts as a Mary Sue? What about a Gary Stu?

Written and Produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dr. Rick Stevens.


SEASON TWO, EPISODE TWO

It's a supersized episode in the Deconstruction Zone this week as we tackle the subject of dystopia and dystopian fiction. What is a dystopia? What kinds of stories get told in dystopian worlds? Why do we love these stories so much? And, most importantly, what do they have to do with our real world?

Written and Produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest worker this week is Dustin Dunaway.


SEASON TWO, EPISODE THREE

This week in the Deconstruction Zone, we are taking a look at the field of rhetoric. What do we mean by rhetoric? What does rhetoric have to do with popular culture? Is the President of the United States popular culture? And what do rhetoricians do anyway?

Written and Produced by Dr. Christopher Bell. Guest Worker this week is Dr. Lauren Camacci.