Of the next edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer/host Ted Coe says, “I’m very excited to welcome a good friend onto today’s program. Historian Paul Hirsch, who recently completed his doctoral studies at UC Santa Barbara, will preview a public talk he is giving tomorrow night (7pm, Tuesday, October 23, at the Unity Church in downtown Santa Barbara), discussing how the U.S. government used comic books to fight the cultural Cold War.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, we’ll hear more about the U.S. government’s propaganda initiatives both at home and abroad, and reflect on how those methods relate to us today during this time of perpetual war.

Historian Paul Hirsch, Ph.D.

The program will also touch on the larger impact of the medium of comic books, from the ‘Golden Age’ of Superman, Batman, and Captain America to today’s era of ‘graphic novels’ and the digital revolution.

Along the way, we’ll also reflect on (and celebrate) the pop art medium with music and other audio clips related to the world of comics.”

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon.