The Nostalgia Trap

The Nostalgia Trap

is creating radical history

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Hi everyone. David Parsons here.

I’m a historian of the Vietnam War era, an adjunct college professor, and host of a podcast called The Nostalgia Trap. I want to tell you more about the show—what it’s about, how it’s evolved over the past few years and, with your help, where we want to take it.

The Nostalgia Trap is a podcast about radical history and politics, featuring interviews with some of today's most incisive writers and commentators, including Robin D.G. Kelley, Heather Ann Thompson, Kate Aronoff, Conner Habib, Maximillian Alvarez, and many more. In addition to stories about the lives of our guests, these episodes focus on a wide range of historical topics, including slavery and the Civil War, the antiwar movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the politics of sex work, 19th century labor insurrections, the history of prisons, and 1990s grunge culture, to name just a few. Our conversations often take on troubling subjects like climate apocalypse, financial collapse, mass shootings and rising global fascism, putting these events in historical context, and explaining how they fit into the bigger picture.

We also post regular bonus episodes for subscribers, where we analyze the political economy of our historical moment. Our recent trilogy on Amazon’s failed attempt to establish a headquarters in New York City, with frequent guest Justin Rogers-Cooper, presented a more comprehensive and radical critique of Amazon’s plan than was found in most major publications, and was cited by a number of media sources. When we’re not doing hard political commentary, our bonus episodes feature plenty of paranoid leftist analysis of movies, TV shows, and other bits of pop culture. You can hear me talking more about the podcast in the video above.

SO, HERE'S THE THING: Our show is pretty explicitly anti-capitalist, so we don’t do ads, and we can’t rely on support from big institutions like universities, magazines, or (especially) private companies. It’s important to us that we remain independent, so we can create content that doesn’t adhere to any particular political line and that’s totally uncensored by the dirty little hands of capital. That means we depend entirely on our listeners to keep the whole thing going.

We’re currently developing two exciting new projects that build on the ideas from the show, and we need your help. Here’s what we’re up to:

1. NOSTALGIA TRAP: THE MOVIE(S)

Like history teachers across the country, I’ve grown absolutely exhausted with the Ken Burns style of historical documentary. Let’s face it, the format is stale, the tone is condescending, and the politics are awful. We want to change that. Along with our genius editor, Peter Sabatino, we’re working on creating a new vocabulary for telling visual stories about American history, beginning with a series of short films to be produced in 2019 and 2020. Our team has years of experience in both the theoretical and practical/technical elements of media production, and we want to put those skills to work making movies about history that pack an aesthetic and political punch. We’re confident that, with enough support from our patrons, we can create compelling historical films that are entertaining, informative, and revolutionary in both form and content.

2. NOSTALGIA TRAP: THE BOOK

A companion to the podcast, the book aims to curate the most compelling excerpts from more than 200 hours of conversations with some of the most vital voices from the American left. We want to create a volume that includes supplemental material, guest profiles, photos and graphics, suggestions for further exploration, and lots of other fun stuff. In other words, a book that’s full of radical ideas about American history, designed to engage a 21st century audience. 

REWARDS!

On the sidebar you can check out our different subscription levels and the cool stuff we’ll give you for supporting our work, including access to bonus content, t-shirts, and books. Every patron can also submit questions for our monthly bonus episode, where I answer your burning inquiries about history, politics, online drama, grad school, or any other feature of our collective socioeconomic nightmare. 

Whatever you choose, infinite thanks for joining the Nostalgia Trap community and helping us grow. 

Tiers
Street Captain
$5 or more per month

Access all our bonus episodes, including biweekly Bookshelf capsules, where I give expanded, subscribers-only analysis of some of the show’s most name-checked books, writers, and ideas.

Propaganda Minister
$20 or more per month

Access all our bonus episodes and Bookshelf capsules, PLUS we’ll send you either a Nostalgia Trap t-shirt featuring our Karl Marx guitar logo, or a signed copy of my book Dangerous Grounds, your choice!

Hi everyone. David Parsons here.

I’m a historian of the Vietnam War era, an adjunct college professor, and host of a podcast called The Nostalgia Trap. I want to tell you more about the show—what it’s about, how it’s evolved over the past few years and, with your help, where we want to take it.

The Nostalgia Trap is a podcast about radical history and politics, featuring interviews with some of today's most incisive writers and commentators, including Robin D.G. Kelley, Heather Ann Thompson, Kate Aronoff, Conner Habib, Maximillian Alvarez, and many more. In addition to stories about the lives of our guests, these episodes focus on a wide range of historical topics, including slavery and the Civil War, the antiwar movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the politics of sex work, 19th century labor insurrections, the history of prisons, and 1990s grunge culture, to name just a few. Our conversations often take on troubling subjects like climate apocalypse, financial collapse, mass shootings and rising global fascism, putting these events in historical context, and explaining how they fit into the bigger picture.

We also post regular bonus episodes for subscribers, where we analyze the political economy of our historical moment. Our recent trilogy on Amazon’s failed attempt to establish a headquarters in New York City, with frequent guest Justin Rogers-Cooper, presented a more comprehensive and radical critique of Amazon’s plan than was found in most major publications, and was cited by a number of media sources. When we’re not doing hard political commentary, our bonus episodes feature plenty of paranoid leftist analysis of movies, TV shows, and other bits of pop culture. You can hear me talking more about the podcast in the video above.

SO, HERE'S THE THING: Our show is pretty explicitly anti-capitalist, so we don’t do ads, and we can’t rely on support from big institutions like universities, magazines, or (especially) private companies. It’s important to us that we remain independent, so we can create content that doesn’t adhere to any particular political line and that’s totally uncensored by the dirty little hands of capital. That means we depend entirely on our listeners to keep the whole thing going.

We’re currently developing two exciting new projects that build on the ideas from the show, and we need your help. Here’s what we’re up to:

1. NOSTALGIA TRAP: THE MOVIE(S)

Like history teachers across the country, I’ve grown absolutely exhausted with the Ken Burns style of historical documentary. Let’s face it, the format is stale, the tone is condescending, and the politics are awful. We want to change that. Along with our genius editor, Peter Sabatino, we’re working on creating a new vocabulary for telling visual stories about American history, beginning with a series of short films to be produced in 2019 and 2020. Our team has years of experience in both the theoretical and practical/technical elements of media production, and we want to put those skills to work making movies about history that pack an aesthetic and political punch. We’re confident that, with enough support from our patrons, we can create compelling historical films that are entertaining, informative, and revolutionary in both form and content.

2. NOSTALGIA TRAP: THE BOOK

A companion to the podcast, the book aims to curate the most compelling excerpts from more than 200 hours of conversations with some of the most vital voices from the American left. We want to create a volume that includes supplemental material, guest profiles, photos and graphics, suggestions for further exploration, and lots of other fun stuff. In other words, a book that’s full of radical ideas about American history, designed to engage a 21st century audience. 

REWARDS!

On the sidebar you can check out our different subscription levels and the cool stuff we’ll give you for supporting our work, including access to bonus content, t-shirts, and books. Every patron can also submit questions for our monthly bonus episode, where I answer your burning inquiries about history, politics, online drama, grad school, or any other feature of our collective socioeconomic nightmare. 

Whatever you choose, infinite thanks for joining the Nostalgia Trap community and helping us grow. 

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Tiers
Street Captain
$5 or more per month

Access all our bonus episodes, including biweekly Bookshelf capsules, where I give expanded, subscribers-only analysis of some of the show’s most name-checked books, writers, and ideas.

Propaganda Minister
$20 or more per month

Access all our bonus episodes and Bookshelf capsules, PLUS we’ll send you either a Nostalgia Trap t-shirt featuring our Karl Marx guitar logo, or a signed copy of my book Dangerous Grounds, your choice!