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

Ally takes us to the theater for our first recent release, Wonder Woman (2017). There are spoilers galore, but we also talk about blind casting, feminism, and the female gaze. (Is that even a thing yet?)

And because this is a super-long episode, we'll also get into the troubles of casting a historical figure as a villain, the horrors of World War I, and how best to accessorize your sword and shield when visiting another culture.

Links for this episode:

Wikipedia - General Erich Ludendorff

YouTube - Wonder Woman Theme

Box Office Mojo - Wonder Woman Box Office Figures

 

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From another dimension (another dimension (another dimension)), a soundtrack for a movie that this world had never seen (Sunset Blood by Starcadian) fell into our hands! We peer into this artifact with our ear-eyes and try and decipher the plot to the missing movie.

Who is Ronnie? What is a Pompey Pirate? What is the significance of the floppy disk? The game is afoot!

Links for this episode:

Now You See It - “How Film Scores Play with Our Brains”

Sideways - “How Pixar uses Music to make you Cry”

YouTube - Interview with Starcadian

Extra Credit: Sideways - “The Song that Changed my Life”

Extra Credit 2: Sideways - “How Robin Hood Transformed” (goes into Lietmoteifs and thematic transformations)

Amazon.com - J. Patrick Allen's Dead West (paid advertisement)

 

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In this episode about how to make a good remake, we're looking at westernized anime Voltron in two incarnations: Defender of the Universe (1984) and Legendary Defender (2016). We also poke fun at the sillier parts of Voltron and talk about good remakes of past, present, and (we hope) future.

Dept. of Corrections: Kerberos is an actual moon of Pluto that was descovered in 2011. Kurt was unaware of it's name. 

Links for this episode:
Voltron Defender of the Universe Intro

Voltron Legendary Defender Intro 

World Events Productions' Wiki page

Thundercats (1985) Intro
Note: Thundercats (2011) has only a title card and no intro, so a link is not provided here.

Patton Oswald expalins My Little Pony

TMNT (2006) Intro

Ducktales (2017) Trailer

Lasertime's Disney Afternoon episode

MC Frontalot - "I'll Form the Head"

 

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The battle for animation supremacy rages on. In the meantime we're looking at RWBY and Soul Eater to see how culture defines the heroes, villains, gender norms, teamwork, and badass weapons therein, and what--if anything--this tells us about eastern and western cultures. We also look at how to give souls to inanimate objects, the origins of all evil, and whether it's safe to use pure evil as a power source.

Media for this episode:

Rwby Volume 1

Soul Eater Episodes 1-7

World of Remnant: The Four Maidens 

Extra Credits: The Myth of the Gun

Rwby Vol. 4 Ch 8: A Much Needed Talk - Creation myth for Grimm and humanity @ 4:35 - 8:15 

World of Remnant Series - short videos that explain some parts of Rwby’s world in a deeper light

Links for this episode:

Seinfeld - “The Junior Mints”

Buzzfeed - “How The Comics Code Killed the Golden Age of Comics”

Thundercats Outtakes

Deptartment of Corections:
Blake’s “Wrong Fact” (trademark pending) of the episode was indeed about the definition of “akatsuki”: in English “akatsuki” directly translates to “dawn” or “daybreak”; what Blake was likely thinking of was that, if written phonetically using different kanji, “aka[i]” means “red” and “ “tsuki” means “moon”.

Not to be outdone, Kurt combined the technobabble terms "dynotherms" and "mega-thrusters" into dynothrusters. Whoops

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As a follow up to Blake's copyright episode, we look at the first volumes of RWBY and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for ways the public domain can be used by creators to make original works. We also dig into some of the weird issues around the public domain and copyright, such as... Why a letter from 1755 is still not in the public domain, how a president's letters to his mistress are now fair game for smutty fiction, how an affidavit of a liar is a brilliant move, just how prevalent remixed public domain works are, and why the public should stand up to get the mouse out of the house.

Editor's Note: We had some microphone problems in this episode, so this recording may sound rough. Sorry. I've tried to clean it up as best as I can. Just know that if this is your first episode they usually sound better than this. Thanks. 

Companion episode: Copywrong: the Twin Blakes

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Eddie Izzard - "Hannibal on Skis"

Vicious promo

The Guardian - "Deadmau5 and Walt Disney settle mouse ears legal dispute"

Art Law Journal - "How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law"

The Cut - "You’re Not Old Enough to Read This Steamy Erotica Written by an American President" 

Baron Von Munchausen's preface/affidavit

Myths & Legends podcast: Thor episodes

TV Tropes - "Captain Ersatz"

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It's going to be the future soon, so Ally's taking us on a detailed tour of vat-grown proteins and lab-created organs coming soon to a grocers/hospital near you! We also talk briefly about the media this week--Repo! the Genetic Opera and The Island--although we don't spend much time on these so you're probably safe to listen without watching these unless you're big worried about small spoilers.

This week's episode links will be found on the following pdf. Since Ally's notes were so long and comprehensive, this was taken from our shared Google doc. It also may give some insight into how we make our episodes? Free behind-the-scenes features below!

https://imthehost.podbean.com/mf/web/b28ptu/_028_-_Ally_-_Petri_Dish_-_Google_Docs_1_.pdf

 

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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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