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The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 148: ‘Watchmen: Episode 1 – It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice’

The Arkham Sessions, hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward, is a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychological analysis of pop culture, including Batman: The Animated Series and Doom Patrol. Nostalgic, humorous, and even a little educational, each episode promises to lend some insight into the heroes, villains, and classic stories of the Dark Knight!

The Arkham Sessions, Ep. 148 – Watchmen: Episode 1

Brian and Drea rewatched the first episode of HBO’s series, Watchmen, and discussed some of the themes very relevant to issues we’re exploring and confronting today: racial violence, police brutality, and mask-wearing. The 2019 series uses a sci-fi lens to identify and depict a variant of our world; one close enough to our realities of anti-Blackness, mistrust of law enforcement, and rampant hate groups.

We reflect on the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, as depicted in Watchmen–cited as one of the worst events of racial violence in American history–and describe some parallels from our lived experiences 100 years later. We also share ways that our own identities intersect with (and benefit from) systems of racism. Finally, we give ideas and resources to our listeners, specific to how they can act for racial justice.

We want to hear from you–please share the ways that fiction helps you talk about issues such as oppression, racism, and liberation.

Ways that Allies can act for racial justice



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