About the podcast

TERRIFIC CITY (http://terrific.city) is a podcast on the city and screen life of 1970s America, by journalist and author Melissa Gira Grant and filmmaker Cheyenne Picardo. It is made in New York City.

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Melissa Gira Grant is a journalist and author, covering sexual politics, criminal justice, and human rights. She is a contributing writer for Pacific Standard and the Village Voice. Her feature reporting has been published in the Guardian, BuzzFeed, VICE, and The Nation, and her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and Jezebel, among other publications. Her latest book is Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, which the Baltimore City Paper named one of their top ten non-fiction books of the year. In 2016 and 2017, she was a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. To learn more about her work, visit her website or follow her on Twitter (@melissagira).

Cheyenne Picardo rreceived her BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia College, determined to be a film critic and theorist. Then she fell in love with editing and documenting self-described freaks of the New York performance scene, eventually earning her MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts. Just before grad school, Picardo took the job that inspired her first feature film REMEDY, that of a pro-switch (dominatrix/submissive) at a commercial dungeon in New York City. Her focus recently has been using subjective storytelling techniques to explore sexuality, gender, mental health, memory, and marginalization. Her recent work includes Bob the Drag Queen's Suspiciously Large Woman and Bob's upcoming docu-comedy special A Queen for the People. She hopes to harness the power of the mass-media’s influence over culture to destroy outdated and dangerous tropes. In short, she is committed as a filmmaker and film educator to dismantling the destructive legacy of the Hays Code, one frame at a time. You can follow her on Twitter (@RemedyTheMovie).



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