Episode 15

Published on:

9th Nov 2020

How Difficult is it to Explain the Plot of O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000)? w/ Dr. Alaina Rajagopal

Dr. Alaina Rajagopal, one of the hosts of the Emergency Docs Podcast, is our guest this week as we discuss the 2000 Grammy Album of the Year recipient, O Brother, Where Are Thou? We discuss how the soundtrack connected us to bluegrass music for the first time and the songs that we connect with. We also discuss how the music is used in the film and how the Coen Brothers started working on the soundtrack with T Bone Burnett before they started filming. We also talk about George Clooney’s relationship with the Coen Brothers and how this film helped solidify Clooney as a Hollywood leading man and how the success of the soundtrack made my friend from high school not want to watch the film at all because the TV spots made the movie look like it was about George Clooney becoming a famous singer.

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Ryan Pak takes a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, he discusses personal connections to the soundtrack, either with a guest and/or co-hosts, Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!