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The official podcast for HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Every Sunday, Ashley C. Ford and Lovecraft Country writer Shannon Houston discuss the latest episode of the series. Listen every week as Ashley and Shannon share their thoughts on the ties between the horror genre and black culture and explore how the show’s themes connect to contemporary social issues.

Stream new episodes of Lovecraft Country, starting August 16th, Sundays at 9 PM on HBO and HBO Max.

12 Episodes
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10: Full Circle

10: Full Circle

2020-10-1956:2013

In this final episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts. Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 10: "Full Circle." First, they break down the episode and all its narrative throughlines. Then, they sit down with showrunner Misha Green along with Jurnee Smollett, who plays Leticia Lewis, to discuss what went into making the show. Recommendations: - Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (The WB)  - The Americans (FX) - The Leftovers (HBO) - Arrival (2016)  - “The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake” by David Brooks - “Let The Dead Bury Their Dead” by Randall Kenan  - Toni Morrison's 1993 Nobel Prize Speech  - The poetry of Gwendolyn brooks - Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson - The art of Afua Richardson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9: Rewind 1921

9: Rewind 1921

2020-10-1255:296

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 9: "Rewind 1921." The hosts follow the characters as they unpack generational trauma while traveling through space and time. They also sit down with Aunjanue Ellis, the actress who plays Hippolyta, to discuss her character's journey this season. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Recommendations: The Burning: Massacre, Destruction and the Tulsa Race Riot by Tim Madigan “The E-Snuff of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile” by Courtney Baker “American Horror Story” by Ezekiel Kweku Sonia Sanchez, “Catch the Fire” "Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America" by Tonya Bolden "Flyin’ West" by Pearl Cleage "Mamas Baby Papas Maybe" by Hortense Spillers, "Reading Black, Reading Feminist," which is an iconic anthology of essays with works from Spillers, Hazel Carby, Zora Neale Hurston, Bell Hooks, and so many more. Research: J.B. Stratford (of the Stratford hotel) Research: Olivia Hooker, the last survivor of the Tulsa massacre, who passed away in 2018 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8: Jig-A-Bobo

8: Jig-A-Bobo

2020-10-0501:04:0017

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 8: “Jig-A-Bobo.” The hosts discuss Dee’s journey following the death of her best friend, and the adult characters who abandon her while in the midst of their own chaos. Then, they sit down with film scholar and producer Tananarive Due discuss the episode’s relationship to horror. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Recommendations: Organizations Supporting Black Youth:  - The Hustlers Guild - Black Girls Code - Wings Films: - Child’s Play (1988) - Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - It Follows (2015) - The Girl With All The Gifts (2016) - Anatomy of Wings (2020) Books:  Spare the Kids by Dr. Stacey Patton Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beacher Stowe Misc.  - Naomi Wadler’s Speech at the March for our lives (2018) - Topsy and The Golden Fleece (Sculpture by Alison Saar) - The Langston League Lovecraft Syllabus - Self Care: Back That Azz Up (Juvenile) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7: I Am

7: I Am

2020-09-2852:5112

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 7: "I Am." The hosts discuss Hippolyta's journey as she travels through the multi-verse. They talk about self-exploration as therapy and Shannon gives her insider perspective on being one of the lead writers on the episode. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. RECOMMENDATIONS: Afropessimism by Frank B. Wilderson III Fugitivity and the Border to Social Death by Paula Von Gleick In Search of Our Mother's Gardens by Alice Walker Lemonade by Beyonce Aunjanue Ellis' The Clark Sisters and Undercover Brother Pleasure Activism written and gathered by Adrienne Maree Brown FKA Twig's Two Weeks music video Pillar Point's Dove music video Dreams Deferred by Langston Hughes A Wrinkle in Time directed by Ava DuVernay Fast Color directed by Julia Hart and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6: Meet Me In Daegu

6: Meet Me In Daegu

2020-09-2143:1816

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 6: "Meet Me In Daegu." First, they sit down with Jamie Chung, who plays Ji-ah, and discuss the episode's themes of monstrousness and the character's coming-of-age journey. Then, they're joined by Inkoo Kang, TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter, to discuss representation of America and Imperialism in the episode. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Recommendations:  Films:   A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) dir. Kim Jee-won  Train to Busan (2016) dir. Yeon Sang-ho Books/Essays: Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut  Kim Jiyoung, Born In 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo  Pachinko by Min Jin Lee  A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer  My Family’s Shrouded History Is Also A National One for Korea by Alexander Chee (NYT) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5: Strange Case

5: Strange Case

2020-09-1445:246

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 5: "Strange Case." Eric Eddings, host of The Nod Show and For Colored Nerds, joins the conversation to discuss how black male anger is portrayed in the episode. The hosts also discuss the different forms that code-switching can take and what it means for a Black woman to be "interrupted." This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4: A History of Violence

4: A History of Violence

2020-09-0748:4911

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 4: "A History of Violence." The hosts follow the characters as they embark on another cross-country journey, adventure through secret underground tunnels, and grapple with their violent past. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3: Holy Ghost

3: Holy Ghost

2020-08-3149:1314

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 3: "Holy Ghost." The hosts are joined by writer Daniel José Older to discuss the themes of spirituality and religion in the episode. They also dig into what it means to be a pioneer, celebrate black joy, and discuss the cultural inspirations for the episode. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. RECOMMENDATIONS: Count of Monte Cristo Dracula 13 Ghosts The Exorcist Beloved Shirley Caesar and Dorinda Clark God's Monsters and H.P. Lovecraft's Uncanny Legacy The My House series Precious Ebony 100 Years of Weird Fear Shadowscaper by Daniel José Older Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2: Whitey’s on the Moon

2: Whitey’s on the Moon

2020-08-2449:1023

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss Episode 2: "Whitey’s On The Moon." The hosts map the characters’ stay at Ardham Lodge, where they discover magic as a tool of white supremacy. They also uncover family secrets and the power of lineage. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1: Sundown

1: Sundown

2020-08-1753:5029

In this episode of Lovecraft Country Radio, hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston discuss episode 1: "Sundown." The hosts explore the characters’ journey through sundown towns and map the horrifying links between racists and Shoggoths. This podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hosts Ashley C. Ford and Shannon Houston talk about the inspiration behind the HBO series Lovecraft Country. They track the show's history from writer H.P. Lovecraft, to Matt Ruff's novel "Lovecraft Country" and Misha Green's TV adaptation. Shannon describes what it was like to be in the writers room and shares some of the works that influenced the show. Ahead of the series premiere on August 16th, the hosts share what movies, books, and artists will serve as a primer before you dive into the world of Lovecraft Country. Lovecraft Country Radio is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Lovecraft Country Radio is the official podcast for HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Every week, host Ashley C. Ford discusses Lovecraft Country with one of the show’s writers, Shannon Houston. Join them as they dig into what inspired the writers room and explore how the show's 1950’s setting reflects contemporary issues. Lovecraft Country Radio is produced by HBO in conjunction with Pineapple Street Studios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (23)

ID20062728

I lost count on the “F-bombs,” from one of the female commentators. I guess it’s a personal preference for me but dang it was distracting while trying to listen to the podcast.

Oct 22nd
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Nichelle Hickman

this episode phucked me up. I cried so hard for days. this was not a viewing it was an experience. #masterpiece

Oct 21st
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La Shawn Middleton

I just stumbled upon this Podcast and although I am totally got up on Lovecraft country I wanted to listen to this episode Before any of the others. I watched this episode twice because I thought it was so powerful. Saw and felt so much of what you guys were discussing but you pointed out things that I didn't see and you took it to another level thank you for this podcast, your insight and suggestions.

Oct 9th
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booskie45

this episode gave me thriller vibes with the creepy twins

Oct 9th
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Grace Shickler

oh no!! where's the end?

Oct 8th
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Sabrina Boswell

It stops before the end. :(

Oct 5th
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Michelle Coffey

I love this podcast so much!! I have recommended it to everyone. It's a perfect pleasure to watch the show, listen to the podcast, then watch again. I'm getting so much out of this!!

Oct 1st
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Jimmy Zegar

thank you so much your insights make me get through this show

Sep 28th
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John-Sebastian Barrera

A popular myth exists that the White House was first painted white to cover the scorch marks left after British soldiers set fire to the house during the War of 1812. Actually, the White House first gained a lime-based whitewash in 1798 to protect the exterior stone from moisture and cracking during winter freezes.

Sep 21st
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John-Sebastian Barrera

I'm two episodes deep and just started listening to the podcast. Enjoyed this first podcast. Allowed me to understand the various undertones within the backstory to the series

Sep 21st
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Ron Grant

This episode, once again, was SO heavy. And you guys breakdown was even heavier! There's so much going on in episode 5 that I don't think that anyone watching can help but to look at their own life choices and moral code and begin to ask questions. thanks for another great episode of the show AND podcast!

Sep 18th
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Cavonta Davis

I just watched the first show of Lovecraft and I enjoyed it. The story has many layers and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Also Jordan Peele’s additions of period photographers ( Gordon Parks and Margaret Bourke-White) in a scene was a wonderful surprise!

Sep 18th
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Jennifer Marshall

I love the break down of each show! This is what we need right now!

Sep 18th
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Jami Iacabone

Watched the first 3 episodes and was so hooked. Last night I left it play n check the credits. I seen the ad for the podcast im so gonna listen after I finish playing teacher.

Sep 14th
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LaCorey Thomas

Great breakdown of a great show

Sep 14th
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Ron Grant

My wife and I can't get enough of this show AND podcast! The way the hosts dig so deep and make connections with black culture and current affairs is mind blowing!

Sep 5th
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Angela Williams

That was Dorinda Clark playing as Leti smashed those cars not Shirley Caesar.

Aug 31st
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Carl Walker

this episode had me yearning to be over so that I could listen to this podcast! The two together makes my mind do somersaults between reality and science fiction!

Aug 24th
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K Milton

I love the commentary you ladies are giving. This is awesome!!

Aug 21st
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STARCADE2084

Nope, this is NOT for me. Was hoping it'd be the same overall feel of the Chernobyl podcast but this isn't even close. I'm sure it's for someone, I'm just not that demographic. I'll just stick to the actual show.

Aug 18th
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