We are now half a century away from the end of the 1960s, an era that in many ways still defines American life and culture. In this episode we talk with Dr. Ben Alpers of the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma about why the Sixties still loom so large in our culture and the meanings we can take from a re-evaluation of that pivotal decade.
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Links to additional information about topics discussed in this episode:
View the trailer for The Apartment, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture of 1960, which foreshadows some of the decade's controversial social issues.
Read Hank Steuver's piece about the weight of the cultural memory of the 1960s, written for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
View the Saturday Night Live skit "Millennial Millions" and its portrayal of Baby Boomer stereotypes discussed in this podcast episode.
Listen to Merle Haggard's "Okie from Muskogee" for a (possibly ironic?) portrayal of the 1960s counterculture.
"Where were you in '62?" View the trailer for American Graffiti, the 1973 film by George Lucas that helped inspire waves of 1960s nostagia.
About our guest:
Dr. Ben Alpers is a professor of American Intellectual and Cultural History at the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. Ben is also a member of the Oklahoma Humanities Board of Trustees, and he is the founder of the Society of U.S. Intellectual History blog. Ben recently contributed a chapter to the book American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times.