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California Tiki: Beach Party Was a Secret Subversive Tract

California Tiki: Beach Party Was a Secret Subversive Tract

California Tiki: Beach Party Was a Secret Subversive Tract

This week we introduce a new podcast on America's fascination with Tiki, that odd culture that made everyone suddenly put on Hawaiian shirts and start downing rum drinks.

Tiki Culture was everywhere from the '40s to the '70s, and the reasons why are surprising, often involving exorcising America's wartime demons. We start out with a look at Beach Party, the 1963 film that kicked off the beach movie trend and also introduced the pairing of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. But at the center of the film is Robert Cummings, who plays a scientist yearning for a simpler life — a key element of Tiki.

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The Team: Jason Henderson, one of the writers for Bungie's Destiny 2 and creator of the HarperTeen novel series Alex Van Helsing, and Adam Foshko, Director of Story Development for Activision's Call of Duty, Skylanders and Destiny franchises, Including Story consultant on Destiny 2.

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Jason HendersonAbout Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.
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