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

Alright, settle down, class. Settle down... This is Bowie 102 covering the last thirty-seven years of David Bowie's career: early 80's rise to popularity, late 80's decline, 90's revival, and death. If you came here looking for "Classical Knives of America, 1830 to Present" you are in the wrong room--that's down the hall in 118 with instructor Sharp yes that IS her real name...

Alright, for the five of you who are left, thank you for coming back for another semester. If you haven't already ordered your course materials yet don't bother--just look the songs up on YouTube, read summaries on Wikipedia, and guess. That's what I do...

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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Welcome to your first day of Bowie 101! This introductory course covers thirty-two years of David Bowie, from 1947 to 1979, spanning his vaudville, pop rock, glam rock, heavy metal, and funk/soul periods, as well as the Berlin trilogy. 

Our full two-part course will also span such topics as suing Napster, musical numbers from A Knight's Tale, bad haircuts, the roadways of West Berlin, and raps about hats. If you have any questions, your instructor Blake or your classmates Ally and Kurt will be happy to fill you in on the details. Take notes--there will be a test at the end. Enjoy!

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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Strange things are afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart this week as we look into the documentary The Problem With Apu and three classic Apu-centric episodes of The Simpsons to see if these charges are warrented, and if the writers ever got better at writing Indian characters.

We also take time to talk about James Woods' career (or lack thereof), Indian covers of Western pop songs, and airlines treating people like cattle.

Links for this episode:

Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make people say my name.

Deadpool 2 trailer

Washington Post - “A beloved restaurant owner was deported; a community was in uproar, then it moved on”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - Civics Practice Test 

This American Life: Our Town (Part One) 

This American Life: Our Town (Part Two)

Psychology Today - “Why Are So Many Indian Arranged Marriages Successful?” 

Buzzfeed - “15 Times Indians Slayed With Their Covers Of Some Of Your Favourite Songs” 

The Simpsons - Lisa the Vegetarian clip

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It's Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman, as Kurt has us watch the Rumble in the Jungle and then duke it out with much bigger questions about society versus publicity. 

We also get into major events of the 60s and 70s, why this match was held at 4 A.M., and how George Foreman's dog was a bad ambassador. Come watch as three people who know virtually nothing about boxing try unravel the story around one of the biggest brawls of all time. 

Links for this episode:

Rumble in the Jungle - Youtube.com

Kurt's notes

"I'll Show You How Great I Am" - Youtube.com

The Robe and Crown photo

Clay vs United States - Wikipedia.org (I found this after we recorded and I though it important to include how fragile his victory in the Supreme Court actually was - Kurt) 

Other Media used by Kurt (supplied by Sean Dale)

When We Were Kings - amazon.com

Facing Ali - amazon.com

Charity Link 

Kurt and Ally's Extra Life page

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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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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 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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A very special Christmas episode were we all reminisce about holiday movies, music, and media that we still love. Also Blake sings carols and the podcast dogs decide to let themselves be heard.

We also find time to throw out theories on why people want less traditional Christmas movies and whether there's a benefit to setting a film during the holiday season. 

LINKS/THINGS MENTIONED IN EPISODE

YouTube: N00b Boyfriend

Rocket Punch Radio episode re: Garfield & Xmas music?

YouTube: Family Guy - “KISS Saves Santa” 

Killer POV - “Holiday Horror!” (note: Blake believed this was a Scriptnotes episode but it was actually an episode of Killer POV from about 2 years ago) 

InternetArchive.org: “Dinner For One” 

YouTube: The Muppet Family Christmas

YouTube: Jonathan Coulton - “Chiron Beta Prime”

YouTube: “Feliz Navidad - Big Bird Ice Skating” 

YouTube: Barenaked Ladies - “Barenaked for the Holidays”

YouTube: It’s A Wonderful Life (trailer)

YouTube: Christmas Vacation (trailer)

YouTube: Krampus (trailer)

YouTube: The Nightmare Before Christmas (trailer)

YouTube: Die Hard (trailer)

YouTube: In Bruges (trailer)

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Our longest episode ever! We take a look back at Saturday morning cartoons for the naked cash grabs that they were. We're watching Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain N: The Game Master, and Captain Planet.

We look at how this weekly event came to be and what led to the eventual fall of the phenomenon. (And also, how much would it cost for you to buy an entire episode worth of toys?)

Links for this episode:

Marvel Wiki: Transformers Vol 1, Issue 3 (Guest-Starring Spider-Man!)

The Power Team (intro)

The Power Team (episode 1)

BraveStarrr: The Legend (1988) Intro (mistakenly called “Lonestarr” in episode)

Neil Cicierega - “Numbers”

http://www.unicron.com/ - Transformers Toy Index

http://www.tmnttoys.com/ - Ninja Turtles Toy Index

https://www.figurerealm.com/ - misc. Toy indexes

http://toyworth.com/ - toy pricing, old and new

Gizmodo: This is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

The Turner Foundation

The Planeteer Movement

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