Author: Eleanor Patterson

Eleanor Patterson (University of Wisconsin - Madison) is a feminist media scholar focusing on how the past is represented through radio, television, and new media. This includes considering media production cultures that are producing historical media, and how labor practices shape these representations, alongside audience studies to understand how listeners/viewers engage with past through media.

From Mercury to Mars: War of the Worlds as Residual Radio

In Antenna’s first post in the From Mercury to Mars: Orson Welles on Radio after 75 Years collaborative series with Sounding Out!, Eleanor Patterson explores how it is that we are still listening to the 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” 75 years later, and in what ways its discursive and material circulation demonstrates the residual presence of radio drama in our media culture.


Talk of The Nation Signs Off

Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio’s (NPR) daily weekday call-in program, broadcast its final show on Thursday, June 27th. And with its cancellation goes one less venue for the public to actually access and participate in political debate and discourse on public radio.


So You Want to Be a Grad Student Mama

Performing motherhood while completing grad school is a complicated role to negotiate, and there are costs and benefits to consider. I write this post to discuss my own specific experiences as a media studies grad student mama, and propose considerations for a dialogue on the place of children and parenting within academe.


Impressions of masculinity in “The Trip”

British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play somewhat fictionalized versions of themselves in The Trip, a six episode comedy series which aired on BBC2 last fall. IFC Films is releasing an edited version of The Trip as a film June 10th, 2011.


Brit-Lit Fantasies and Their Fans

PBS premieres new period-piece Downton Abbey on Sunday, reminding us that Brit-lit mini-series, which construct variegated representations of mainly white, heterosexual, aristocratic, life, continue to be hugely popular.