Aug 28, 2020
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Dr. Jack Hamilton is a professor of Media Studies at The University of Virginia. He is a cultural historian who studies sound, media, and popular culture, and his other areas of interest include film, sports, television, and journalism. His first book, Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination, focused on the transatlantic interplay of popular music and racial thought during the 1960s, and explores how rock and roll music moved from an interracial form to being widely understood as a "white" one by the end of the decade.
Since 2013 he has also been the pop critic for Slate magazine where he writes about music, sports, and other areas of culture, and in 2016 he hosted the Slate podcast series “Pop, Race, and the ‘60s”. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, NPR, ESPN, Transition, L.A. Review of Books, and many other venues. Prior to arriving at UVA he received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, and was the inaugural postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado - Boulder's Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture.
Brian Kahn is a journalist covering climate change, easily the world's most important issue. He is currently the managing editor after serving as a senior reporter for two years. Brian has an MA in Climate and Society from Columbia University and is currently a faculty member for the program.
Brian's writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Grist, the Daily Kos, Mashable, Quartz, Salon and Yale Climate Connections and been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post and Slate. I've done TV and radio interviews on CBC, Sirius XM, Al Jazeera, NPR, SkyNews, i24 News and Wall Street Journal Live.