I’m the Host A slightly deeper look at the media we all consume

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine.

We're back, and Kurt has us prepping for the zombie apocalypse by reading/listening to World War Z by Max Brooks. We discuss how the meticulous research and exacting details of this book really make the horror out of the minor engineering problem that is the "Zack" invasion.

We also talk about memorable and favorite parts of the book, Kurt's time in the army, and our own Zombie Survival Teams.

Articles for this episode:

Nerdist: Max Brooks interview 

Wikipedia: “Sticky Bomb”

Radiolab: “Playing God” 

U.S. News.com: “Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack” -

Wikpedia: “Pearl Harbor advance-knowledge conspiracy theory”

Cowcatchers on tanks - from World War 2 database - only a blurb in the article though. Search cowcatcher to find easier.

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How best to parent takes the front seat on this episode. We look at Captain Fantastic and The Wolfpack and discus the alternative path the fathers of these movies take to child rearing. When does guidance become control? How much of the differences are just fiction vs non-fiction? And why is The Mountain going around fracturing a kid's hand? 

Links for this episode:

Meet the Robinsons clip - T-Rex Arms

Wikipedia: The Simpsons - Spanking episode

YouTube: The Wolfpack trailer

YouTube: Captain Fantastic trailer

Drew Carey Show - Ryan Stiles' Cheeto...I mean...Pasta Brows.

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Welcome to the future! Our first episode of 2017 finds us staring into the void of what is yet to be with four episodes of Black Mirror. We also ask some near-future what-ifs of our own about how society will progress. Topics include: athletics, prosthetics, driverless cars, policing technology, manufactured meat, veganism, and using apps to lie to your children. Will we survive the future? Don't wait! Download now and find out. 

Episodes for this...episode

    - The Waldo Moment (Season 2 Episode 3)

    - White Christmas (Christmas Special)

    - Nosedive (Season 3 Episode 1)

    - San Junipero (Season 3 Episode 4)

Links for this episode:

Hello Internet - Ep.75 “World’s Most Interesting Podcast” - Episode involving Santa Claus App. 

Friends at the Table podcast 

“You Had One Job” by Scott Brown, as featured on This American Life Ep.603 “Once More With Feeling”

RadioLab - “Eye in the Sky”

The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan promo

The Toast - “Next on Black Mirror” 

Editor Note: Blake was ONCE AGAIN wrong: it was in fact NOT Jon Hamm on the 2016 Big Fat Quiz of the Year show, but rather Rob Delaney. 

Blake Note: But seriously, just look at them; can you blame me for thinking they were the same guy? http://i.imgur.com/jqeBf0c.jpg

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Kurt brings Dr. Emmett L. Brown to stand trial for his crimes against the space-time continuum. We try hold time travelers to our sense of justice here in Hypothetical Time Court. Can "Doc" Brown explain his involvement with Libyan terrorists, setting fire to public roads, and endangering minors? 

Does time travel put the Doc beyond the reach of law and ethics? How much responsiblity does the inventor have over the misuse of their invention? 

Great Scott, this is heavy!

Links for this episode:

Why Doc Brown is the real villain of Back to the Future. (Gizmodo)

Doc Brown linked to 40 hit and runs over 500 year period (Reel News Network)

Why Back to the Future is Secretly Horrifying (Cracked - After Hours)

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

Epic Rap Battles of History: Doctor Who vs. Doc Brown

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Ally promises us a fun look at objectivism when we watch to see if Brad Bird is trying to turn your kids on to Ayn Rand's philosophy. Ally also gives us a primer on the finer points of Objectivism so you can follow along.  

We also look at other uncomfortable ideas in media. Is Wreck-It Ralph about the futility of unions? Is Totally Spies a show about negative body image? Is Firefly about presenting a nicer face for the Confederate States of America? These answers or fewer on this week's episode!

Episode links:

Objectivism - Wikipedia

Ayn_Rand - Wikipedia

Mr._A - Wikipedia

Introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas - Atlas Society

No,Brad Bird isn't a disiple of Ayn Rand. - Slate

Is Totally Spies fetish fuel?

Blake's Wreck-it Ralph review aka The Blood Soaked Hands of Capitalism.

 
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September 19, 2016  

Snake Vaughn ("I thought he was dead!") stealthily infiltrates our recording studio to tell us all about the recent lawsuit that found the creators of Lockout (2012) guilty of infringing on the intellectual property of Escape from New York (1981). 

We look at the copyright laws in the U.S. and France, ponder whether this is the best for the arts, and wonder why Lockout got hit with this when there are so many other properties which have aped Escape from New York's plot and style.
 
Kurt also calls Lockout by a couple different names. (It was that memorable.)

Episode Links:

 
Mystery Ben's trilogy of Mystery Skull videos (MoneyGhost, and Freaking Out)
Yuramec's unrelated Mystery Skull Video: Magic
 
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Cannibals and cops and zombies! (Oh my!) Our media this week is Chew from Image Comics and the CW TV show iZombieThis time we're exploring why we want to humanize our monsters and whatever was going on in early 2010 that made ghoulishness en vogue. We also discuss if the monster love story books are related to the "fix the bad boy" trope in teen lit. 

Hopefully there's something here you can...sink your teeth into? ...I'll see myself out. 

Links for this episode:

 

 
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Blake suggests that two unrelated movies are the same movie: Clerks (1995) and Friday (1995). Different coasts, different cultures, surprisingly similar movies! Come with us to experience a day in the lives of Dante and Craig, hanging out with their best friend (Randal/Smokey), while they consider a new love interest (Caitlin/Debbie) at the expense of their current girlfriend (Veronica/Joi). Coincidence or independent invention? You decide!  
 
Links for this episode:  
 
 
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For our second episode, host Kurt has us watch Lucky Number Slevin, a 2006 film about gambling, assassination, misdirection, and anorexia. We'll be taking a hard look at misdirection and the use of characterization in the film.

...and how Bruce Willis is a ghost who learns to love.


Things referenced in this episode:
Lucky Number Slevin Script
 
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