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Episode 211: Winter of Wayback, 1950!

This week we’re kicking off another Winter of Wayback season, but this year with a new wrinkle: instead of visiting randomly selected years each week, we’ve chosen a decade–the 1950s–and will spend the winter working through it one year at a time. What does that mean, in practice? Each week we’ll read either a book, a story, or an essay we’ve selected from that year. We’ll also talk about other literary and cultural goings-on from that year, to help put the selected reading into a broader context.

Some weeks the readings will be things you’ve likely heard of; other weeks they’ll be deeper cuts. This first week (1950) we chose a popular story, J.D. Salinger’s “For Esme … With Love and Squalor.” We also talked about McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist, new food innovations of 1950, and various other important goings-on from the year.

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