In this episode of Hip Squared, we visit two worlds in conflict: America in the 1960s and the Marvel Universe. First, Troy talks about Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein. This is a history of America in the 1960s, a nation torn apart by civil strife, racial conflict and the Vietnam War. Troy describes how Richard Nixon catalyzed these forces to ascend to power and transform the country he led.
Then John talks about Wolverine: The Long Night, Marvel’s first scripted podcast. The story follows two FBI agents sent to Alaska to investigate a series of grisly murders. As their investigation unfolds, they learn how Wolverine, one of Marvel’s flagship characters, is involved in a dark web greed, deceit and violence. John talks about how this different form of story-telling echoes classic radio dramas with a modern edge.
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