Author, The Warner Brothers
This week, Ira spoke with Chris Yogerst, author of The Warner Brothers (published by University Press of Kentucky). In this golden-age episode of “Ira’s Everything Bagel,” Chris talks about why Harry Warner (rather than Jack) was the business and ideological backbone of the studio; why the company made very few “escapist” movies; the surprising things he discovered about the brothers; the “casting couch” myths that didn’t seem to apply to the Warner Brothers, as opposed to other studio moguls; why the brothers didn’t hide their Jewishness; and how the Warners proved that movies can be both entertaining and enriching.
Chris Yogerst is a film and media historian who focuses on the social and cultural impact of popular culture. His research shows that popular culture often mirrors society in ways that add important context towards understanding our world. Yogerst has been cited as an expert in interviews published in NPR, The Times of London, Utah Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, and numerous podcasts.