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The History of Zombies | Exhumed

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The History of Zombies

Fri., Oct. 30 at 10:30 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Unearth some of the most significant moment of zombie pop culture over the last two centuries. 

Exhumbed: A History of Zombies is written and presented by Monstrum's Dr. Emily Zarka. She’ll take audiences deep into the lore of the zombie throughout American history, examining zombie legends and tales to share what these creatures reveal about shifts in society, history and our deepest anxieties. The special also provides unique insight into America’s dark past of slavery and foreign occupation, as well as modern-day uncertainties about pandemics and bioterrorism.

Monstrum also presents three new short-form episodes on PBS Storied, a YouTube channel that’s home to arts and humanities content from PBS Digital Studios. The channel's mission is to show how we can better understand ourselves through the art and culture we create, from mythology to movies to design and much more. With dozens of Monstrum episodes available, viewers can learn more about their favorite spooky creature, from Dracula to El Chupacabra and the Kraken to the Banshee.  

The Origins of the Zombie, from Haiti to the U.S. | Episode 1 | Monstrum
In the first episode of the Monstrum's three-part special series, explore the complex history of the zombie—from its origins in the spiritual beliefs of the African diaspora to the development of Vodou in Haiti. 

Why George Romero Changed Zombies Forever | Episode 2 | Monstrum
One of the most influential movies in the zombie canon is George A. Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead. Monstrum examines the impact of the iconic “Romero zombie,” how it took shape in the racially charged civil rights era and why it altered zombie history forever. 

Why Modern-Day Zombies Are So Terrifying | Episode 3 | Monstrum
Most zombies today are fast, strong, travel in hordes and continue to terrify us in new ways. In this final episode of our zombie trilogy, Monstrum looks into how racism along with current fears of pandemics and bioterrorism in our society significantly change the characteristics of the modern zombie in video games, Hollywood—and beyond.

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