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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Funnies on SF Weekly's New Newspaper on the Radio

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Does your little alt weekly-reading, bike-riding, gluten-questioning, ignorance-intolerant liberal commie heart still not know where it stands on The Great Hillary Clinton-Terry Gross NPR Face Off of 2014? Soothe your stress with the most recent recording of SF Weekly's new online show, Newspaper on the Radio.

The online radio program has been running every other Sunday on, acting as a behind-the-scenes feature to illuminate the most recent issue of the weekly through conversations between writers and guest contributors, interspersed with music that heavily favors locals and oldies.

Here at the Exhibitionist we can admit that holding up a newspaper is sometimes too hard (though the weekly is way easier to handle than those tease daily newspapers that give you 3 inches of an article and then force you to search for another section deep within the paper until you're holding a pulpy tangle of tear-stained ink and Maureen Dowd's headshot, not to name names,) so we gave "Newspaper on the Radio" a listen. In this episode SF Weekly staff writer Rachel Swan talks with Matt Silady, chair of the comics department at California College of the Arts, about their collaboration in the recent comic issue.

The audio quality gives everyone a sexy disembodied sound; each speaker sounds like they're wearing a pair of thick-framed glasses and a scarf. Silady explains the gender divide in comics which has led more men focus on video games while young women tend to be drawn towards Japanese manga, resulting in an influx of successful women in a traditionally male dominated field. Swan talks through artist collaboration for her piece on the NSA while food editor Anna Roth describes her adventures in abalone fishing and foraging. In between segments of dialogue, the kind of unpretentious, eclectic music that default Coldplay listeners wished they listen to plays. If you, like us, only recognized one song, and only then because it was on the soundtrack of the movie Bend it Like Beckham, you too need this education.

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