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Terrific City

Melissa Gira Grant & Cheyenne Picardo

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TERRIFIC CITY is a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America, by journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant and filmmaker Cheyenne Picardo. It is made in New York City.

Latest Episodes

Goodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)

EOn this episode no mourning for Ruby / "When someone shows you who they are, believe them" / #SayHerName / making Candy complicit in the disposability of other sex workers / "the tricks of the trade" / despondently eating a slice of pie /Deep Throatas letdown / "representation" is a cop-out / listener mail from Matthew / Shine Louise Houston / 70s porno chic vs 90s porno chic / Serpico / extra: Franco's porn thing / call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 NOV 8
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Goodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)

Like Nobody Knows The Rules (Times Square Episode 7)

EOn this episode The mob's landlords / Mayor Lindsay recruits Archie Bunker / Election Year vice crackdowns / the Public Morals Taskforce /Fantasia& "now the pimps wear blue uniforms" / stealing sex workers' dresses for slumming / "the whore who wants saving" / "the police are too busy being pimps to be art critics" /The Boys in the Sand/ the whitening of the sex industry / Jeremiah Moss and wanting to be where things happen – in Times Square / "the innards of these places... they felt so exposed"/ "to have empathy for spaces" /Flaming Creatures / the Fortas Film Festival / watchSerpico/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 27
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Like Nobody Knows The Rules (Times Square Episode 7)

Indoors / Green Doors (Times Square Episode 6)

EOn this episode Crackdown season's here / everyone's on the take / obscene courtroom boredom / porn defies definition / into the parlors and off the streets / "not really in the holiday spirit" / a weak Mob / a good soldier / inventing the private porn viewing booth / the Velvet Underground is always on somewhere / Behind the Green Door/ Lynch, Kubrick, and the Mitchell Brothers / the WPA of porn / so Northern California / watchFlaming Creatures/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 19
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Indoors / Green Doors (Times Square Episode 6)

Disco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)

EOn this episode: Theatre raids / proto-disco, all genders, all the time /a safe space, an outlaw space / OT / time-and-a-half at the massage parlor / "white savior Barbie" / Johnny and the rentboys / The Gaiety / The Haymarket /8 shows for 8 dollars / bodacious ta-ta's / "when you think of it connected to Lauren Bacall" / The Boys in the Band / "a goddamn laugh riot" / "The Gay Bar," Maude / "Archie Bunker in an ascot" / watchBehind the Green Door / call us! / become a patron / so long

71 MIN2017 OCT 12
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Disco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)

Hustling (Times Square Episode 4)

EOn this episode A very special gay episode / more temporal hubris / Jean Naté / "What did you use in Vietnam?" / an anti-porn PR gambit / Ebert on Deep Throat/ Channel J /soul porn, Ella Baker, Huey Newton / before The Deuce: "Hustling" / loitering with intent / johnalism: of editors & ethics / watchThe Boys in the Band and "The Gay Bar"/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 5
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Hustling (Times Square Episode 4)

Hardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)

EOn this episode You're nobody, Dean Martin / "Hippies vs Hardhats" / Abbie Hoffman is not a bitch / "Lindsay's a Red!" and "the city needs to look good behind him" / getting paid to watch Mildred Pierce/ the porn director with no film in his camera / "one loop and A Star Is Born" / “Today New York's grimiest is being replaced by New York's finest" / white girl innocence / the city as America's bad boyfriend / "I got something fine for New York's finest!" / watch "Hustling"/ call us! / become a patron / so long

71 MIN2017 SEP 28
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Hardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)

Peeps, Police, and Marquees (Times Square Episode 2)

EOn this episode Does David Simon not fully understand his own show / Communism? / we called the shag / Edison and one-man peep shows / porn with a soup can of art/ pandering feminist catchphrases / goodbye Village Voice / Siberia / the Times Square Redevelopment Corporation / "the crossroads of nowhere" / "loitering with intent to Elmo" / lost little rich girls/ unpaid police companionship / watch Fort Apache, The Bronx/ call us! / so long

69 MIN2017 SEP 21
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Peeps, Police, and Marquees (Times Square Episode 2)

From Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)

EOn this episode "Nixon is pimp" / What year is it? 1971 / Darlene's tour of the SRO / Candy does some bookkeeping / Franco's Death Wish /Critics agree: "sex work is work" / Ellsberg, paranoia, and the plumbers / the Watergate years of porn /KLUTE, and Bree Daniels as everywoman / One of the two schools of police reform thought:"The Mod Squad"/ the other isn't "Barney Miller" but you should watch it / call us! / so long

80 MIN2017 SEP 14
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From Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)

Terrific City (Pilot)

EFeaturing Our origin story / Why cities, why film and television, why the 1970s / "The Deuce" (inspired by but not limited to) / When the New York Timesran a front page story about there being no prostitution arrests on one day in 1971 / A preview of "The Deuce" through the eyes of the television press / "Brown bagginess" / Not preachy, not porn / an interview with podcaster and author Tina Horn about media representations of sex work, feminism, and pornography / watch "Klute" / so long

69 MIN2017 SEP 7
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Terrific City (Pilot)
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Latest Episodes

Goodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)

EOn this episode no mourning for Ruby / "When someone shows you who they are, believe them" / #SayHerName / making Candy complicit in the disposability of other sex workers / "the tricks of the trade" / despondently eating a slice of pie /Deep Throatas letdown / "representation" is a cop-out / listener mail from Matthew / Shine Louise Houston / 70s porno chic vs 90s porno chic / Serpico / extra: Franco's porn thing / call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 NOV 8
Comments
Goodbye City (Times Square Episode 8)

Like Nobody Knows The Rules (Times Square Episode 7)

EOn this episode The mob's landlords / Mayor Lindsay recruits Archie Bunker / Election Year vice crackdowns / the Public Morals Taskforce /Fantasia& "now the pimps wear blue uniforms" / stealing sex workers' dresses for slumming / "the whore who wants saving" / "the police are too busy being pimps to be art critics" /The Boys in the Sand/ the whitening of the sex industry / Jeremiah Moss and wanting to be where things happen – in Times Square / "the innards of these places... they felt so exposed"/ "to have empathy for spaces" /Flaming Creatures / the Fortas Film Festival / watchSerpico/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 27
Comments
Like Nobody Knows The Rules (Times Square Episode 7)

Indoors / Green Doors (Times Square Episode 6)

EOn this episode Crackdown season's here / everyone's on the take / obscene courtroom boredom / porn defies definition / into the parlors and off the streets / "not really in the holiday spirit" / a weak Mob / a good soldier / inventing the private porn viewing booth / the Velvet Underground is always on somewhere / Behind the Green Door/ Lynch, Kubrick, and the Mitchell Brothers / the WPA of porn / so Northern California / watchFlaming Creatures/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 19
Comments
Indoors / Green Doors (Times Square Episode 6)

Disco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)

EOn this episode: Theatre raids / proto-disco, all genders, all the time /a safe space, an outlaw space / OT / time-and-a-half at the massage parlor / "white savior Barbie" / Johnny and the rentboys / The Gaiety / The Haymarket /8 shows for 8 dollars / bodacious ta-ta's / "when you think of it connected to Lauren Bacall" / The Boys in the Band / "a goddamn laugh riot" / "The Gay Bar," Maude / "Archie Bunker in an ascot" / watchBehind the Green Door / call us! / become a patron / so long

71 MIN2017 OCT 12
Comments
Disco Overtime (Times Square Episode 5)

Hustling (Times Square Episode 4)

EOn this episode A very special gay episode / more temporal hubris / Jean Naté / "What did you use in Vietnam?" / an anti-porn PR gambit / Ebert on Deep Throat/ Channel J /soul porn, Ella Baker, Huey Newton / before The Deuce: "Hustling" / loitering with intent / johnalism: of editors & ethics / watchThe Boys in the Band and "The Gay Bar"/ call us! / become a patron / so long

66 MIN2017 OCT 5
Comments
Hustling (Times Square Episode 4)

Hardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)

EOn this episode You're nobody, Dean Martin / "Hippies vs Hardhats" / Abbie Hoffman is not a bitch / "Lindsay's a Red!" and "the city needs to look good behind him" / getting paid to watch Mildred Pierce/ the porn director with no film in his camera / "one loop and A Star Is Born" / “Today New York's grimiest is being replaced by New York's finest" / white girl innocence / the city as America's bad boyfriend / "I got something fine for New York's finest!" / watch "Hustling"/ call us! / become a patron / so long

71 MIN2017 SEP 28
Comments
Hardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)

Peeps, Police, and Marquees (Times Square Episode 2)

EOn this episode Does David Simon not fully understand his own show / Communism? / we called the shag / Edison and one-man peep shows / porn with a soup can of art/ pandering feminist catchphrases / goodbye Village Voice / Siberia / the Times Square Redevelopment Corporation / "the crossroads of nowhere" / "loitering with intent to Elmo" / lost little rich girls/ unpaid police companionship / watch Fort Apache, The Bronx/ call us! / so long

69 MIN2017 SEP 21
Comments
Peeps, Police, and Marquees (Times Square Episode 2)

From Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)

EOn this episode "Nixon is pimp" / What year is it? 1971 / Darlene's tour of the SRO / Candy does some bookkeeping / Franco's Death Wish /Critics agree: "sex work is work" / Ellsberg, paranoia, and the plumbers / the Watergate years of porn /KLUTE, and Bree Daniels as everywoman / One of the two schools of police reform thought:"The Mod Squad"/ the other isn't "Barney Miller" but you should watch it / call us! / so long

80 MIN2017 SEP 14
Comments
From Port Authority to the Shoeshine Scene (Times Square Episode 1)

Terrific City (Pilot)

EFeaturing Our origin story / Why cities, why film and television, why the 1970s / "The Deuce" (inspired by but not limited to) / When the New York Timesran a front page story about there being no prostitution arrests on one day in 1971 / A preview of "The Deuce" through the eyes of the television press / "Brown bagginess" / Not preachy, not porn / an interview with podcaster and author Tina Horn about media representations of sex work, feminism, and pornography / watch "Klute" / so long

69 MIN2017 SEP 7
Comments
Terrific City (Pilot)
the END
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