TERRIFIC CITY is creating a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America
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Thanks for listening to and supporting TERRIFIC CITY, a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America, by journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant and filmmaker Cheyenne Picardo.

(If you haven't yet, you can find all of our episodes at terrific.city and on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.)

The first season of TERRIFIC CITY is our gift to you. We want to make more. With your patronage, we can.

About the show

TERRIFIC CITY is where we get to chase our mutual obsessions. Each episode takes us from city life to screen life. We discuss the film and television of the 70s that captures something nothing else can about the politics and social issues of the day. We delve into news and film criticism from the time, in field pieces recorded in the places that inspired them. We visit experts, in their homes or invite them into ours, to learn more about everything we find along the way. And we cover a lot of ground: in our debut season, on Times Square in the 70s, we move from Klute and "Barney Miller" to Last Tango in Paris and "The Deuce," and from policing and urban development to political debates about violence in the media and the power of social movements.

We work full-time in writing (MGG) and filmmaking (Cheyenne). We research, record, and edit each episode in a (modest, yet very capable) home studio in New York City, and we conduct original interviews and record field pieces around the city. Each episode this season takes about twenty hours to produce, in addition to a month of pre-production research ahead of the season. 

Share the showsubscribe, and become a patron.


About your hosts

Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist and author, covering sexual politics, criminal justice, and human rights. She is a contributing writer for Pacific Standard and the Village Voice. Her feature reporting has been published in the Guardian, BuzzFeed, VICE, and The Nation, and her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and Jezebel, among other publications. Her latest book is Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, which the Baltimore City Paper named one of their top ten non-fiction books of the year. In 2016 and 2017, she was a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. To learn more about her work, visit her website or follow her on Twitter (@melissagira).

Cheyenne Picardo received her BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia College, determined to be a film critic and theorist. Then she fell in love with editing and documenting self-described freaks of the New York performance scene, eventually earning her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Just before grad school, Picardo took the job that inspired her first feature film REMEDY, that of a pro-switch (dominatrix/submissive) at a commercial dungeon in New York City. Her focus recently has been using subjective storytelling techniques to explore sexuality, gender, mental health, memory, and marginalization. Her recent work includes Bob the Drag Queen's Suspiciously Large Woman and Bob's upcoming docu-comedy special A Queen for the People. She hopes to harness the power of the mass-media’s influence over culture to destroy outdated and dangerous tropes. In short, she is committed as a filmmaker and film educator to dismantling the destructive legacy of the Hays Code, one frame at a time. You can follow her on Twitter (@RemedyTheMovie).

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"You'll feel terrific afterwards."
$1 or more per month

  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"A1 Terrific"
$5 or more per month

  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"That's terrific!"
$15 or more per month

  • Exclusive "dinner and a movie" episode each month, where we go deep on one film or series, with appropriate pairings
  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"Terrific." (as spoken by Jane Fonda)
$100 or more per month

  • A handwritten New York City postcard with a personalized film or television recommendation and rumination (sent at the end of each month you remain a patron at this level)
  • Exclusive monthly "dinner and a movie" episode, where we go deep on one film or series, with appropriate pairings
  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
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Thanks for listening to and supporting TERRIFIC CITY, a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America, by journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant and filmmaker Cheyenne Picardo.

(If you haven't yet, you can find all of our episodes at terrific.city and on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.)

The first season of TERRIFIC CITY is our gift to you. We want to make more. With your patronage, we can.

About the show

TERRIFIC CITY is where we get to chase our mutual obsessions. Each episode takes us from city life to screen life. We discuss the film and television of the 70s that captures something nothing else can about the politics and social issues of the day. We delve into news and film criticism from the time, in field pieces recorded in the places that inspired them. We visit experts, in their homes or invite them into ours, to learn more about everything we find along the way. And we cover a lot of ground: in our debut season, on Times Square in the 70s, we move from Klute and "Barney Miller" to Last Tango in Paris and "The Deuce," and from policing and urban development to political debates about violence in the media and the power of social movements.

We work full-time in writing (MGG) and filmmaking (Cheyenne). We research, record, and edit each episode in a (modest, yet very capable) home studio in New York City, and we conduct original interviews and record field pieces around the city. Each episode this season takes about twenty hours to produce, in addition to a month of pre-production research ahead of the season. 

Share the showsubscribe, and become a patron.


About your hosts

Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist and author, covering sexual politics, criminal justice, and human rights. She is a contributing writer for Pacific Standard and the Village Voice. Her feature reporting has been published in the Guardian, BuzzFeed, VICE, and The Nation, and her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and Jezebel, among other publications. Her latest book is Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, which the Baltimore City Paper named one of their top ten non-fiction books of the year. In 2016 and 2017, she was a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. To learn more about her work, visit her website or follow her on Twitter (@melissagira).

Cheyenne Picardo received her BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia College, determined to be a film critic and theorist. Then she fell in love with editing and documenting self-described freaks of the New York performance scene, eventually earning her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Just before grad school, Picardo took the job that inspired her first feature film REMEDY, that of a pro-switch (dominatrix/submissive) at a commercial dungeon in New York City. Her focus recently has been using subjective storytelling techniques to explore sexuality, gender, mental health, memory, and marginalization. Her recent work includes Bob the Drag Queen's Suspiciously Large Woman and Bob's upcoming docu-comedy special A Queen for the People. She hopes to harness the power of the mass-media’s influence over culture to destroy outdated and dangerous tropes. In short, she is committed as a filmmaker and film educator to dismantling the destructive legacy of the Hays Code, one frame at a time. You can follow her on Twitter (@RemedyTheMovie).

Recent posts by TERRIFIC CITY

Tiers
"You'll feel terrific afterwards."
$1 or more per month

  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"A1 Terrific"
$5 or more per month

  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"That's terrific!"
$15 or more per month

  • Exclusive "dinner and a movie" episode each month, where we go deep on one film or series, with appropriate pairings
  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks
"Terrific." (as spoken by Jane Fonda)
$100 or more per month

  • A handwritten New York City postcard with a personalized film or television recommendation and rumination (sent at the end of each month you remain a patron at this level)
  • Exclusive monthly "dinner and a movie" episode, where we go deep on one film or series, with appropriate pairings
  • Special episodes, including behind-the-scenes, in-the-archives, and additional interview tape
  • Sneak peaks of upcoming episodes and seasons
  • Our thanks