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32: Deep Thoughts about The Electric Company

April 16, 2024


On this week’s Deep Thoughts, Tracie revisits a classic of GenX childhood: The Electric Company. This children’s sketch comedy program with an all-star cast (Morgan Freeman! Rita Moreno! Bill Cosby?) showcased the wonderful ways that informal education can be intentional, subversive, funny, and validating. While not everything from The Electric Company has aged well (the Spell Binder relied on racist stereotypes about Arabs and did we mention Bill Cosby?), there is much to enjoy in this staple of 1970s television.

Make like Fargo North, Decoder, and apply your mustache and headphones to take a listen!

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