Hey, have you see that video up there? The one with Beyoncé? Of course you have. It’s literally all anyone has been able to talk about since it dropped on Saturday. (Well, some people were talking about the presidential race, but still.) We are all, metaphorically speaking, in “Formation” now.


Nowhere is that more true than on this week’s Monitor podcast. Yes, friends, we too have many wonderful thoughts on Beyoncé’s new song and video. We also have all kinds of opinions about the Super Bowl, where never-not-ubiquitous Queen Bey also performed, and the myriad (mostly terrible) commercials that came with it.

We have other stuff in the mix, too. Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and our now-almost-weekly check-in on American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. It’s time to tune in. Editors and contributors Peter Rubin, Angela Watercutter, and K.M. McFarland are in the booth and we promise there are no Red Lobster jokes or puns in this podcast. Probably.

A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:

-K.M. McFarland’s piece on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
-WIRED’s Super Bowl liveblog
-A smart essay on how “Formation” is “a metaphor, a black feminist, black queer, and black queer feminist theory of community organizing and resistance.”
-Brian Raftery’s story on The People vs. O.J. Simpson
-Angela Watercutter’s piece on Beyoncé’s last surprise release

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Culture Podcast: Beyoncé! And Apparently People Played Football Too