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

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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Blake's Halloween episode brings us horror from the dark side of pop culture. What do you get when culture is turned inside out? Things like Too Many Cooks and Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared. But are these pieces really trying to scare, or are they simply trying to warn us of something else? Something lurking just off-camera? Will you heed the call...before it's too late?

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On this most haunted of episodes, we look at The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror I through V and ask spooky questions like: 

* Is it bad to see the parody before the original?
* Did The Simpsons do too good of a job a lampooning horror and sci-fi? 
* Has Homer been in a coma since 1992?
But mostly we just enjoy some slightly spooky parodies, and talk about old television, horror movies, and how Marge is the true M.V.P. We also sneak in some hot tips on hacking Ally's brother's bank account, and Kurt's grandma being a fan of "dat ass". It's all here in this newest episode...of the damned!

Episode Links:
Recut Movie Trailers:


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We're kicking off October with a special guest! James from Rocket Punch Radio joins us to look at scary movies for kids, and Ally wants to know just how scary they should be? Is Gremlins really about neglected latchkey children? Is Coraline about your parents getting a divorce? Are all children horrible people?

We also delve into scary movies from our childhood, scary sleepover stories, and why The Neverending Story must be German. 
Episode links:
Trailer: Gremlins

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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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August 22, 2016  

Ally has us look at The Time Traveler's Wife. What genre is this? Romance? Drama? Horror? Are these lovers destined by fate or merely codependent? 

We continue our look at how time travel makes it impossible to have normal relationships (to say nothing of a normal life). 


Come check out our most book-club-like episode and help us try to figure out who this mysterious "Harry" is that Ally seems to think was in the book. 

Links for this episode:
Extra Life team (Arc Aid), Ally and Kurt's Extra life page.

Our logo was made by Jay Garcia of Oddio Visual.
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August 8, 2016  

Come with us as we revive an old controversy: "Are video games art?" We look at Roger Ebert's original argument of why video games are not art and take our own spin. (Being three nerds of a certain age, our opinions are a bit different then Mr. Ebert.)

We also talk about favorite video game artful moments and what we'd like to see from the genre in the future. 

Links for this episode:
Roger Ebert's article "Video Games Can Never Be Art"

The following links are media we consumed before making this episode:
The following are Bonus links:
We Happy Few
Velvet Sundown (play footage from Giant Bomb)
Detroit: Become Human
 
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Seven episodes of The Simpsons to discuss whether the Simpsons changed the sitcom scene or were part of the larger change in getting dysfunctional families the representation they needed on network television. 

We also have Ally sit through these episodes to see how someone who didn't watch the show growing up fares with it's cynical sensibilities and discuss great/horrible childhood toys, our childhoods, politics, and substitute teaching. 

Links for this episode:
Simpsons Wiki
Patton Oswald - Talking for Clapping
Grudge Match

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July 17, 2016  

Hot off...my computer, our episode about Ghostbusters (2016), with our fastest turn-around time yet from recording to publishing. We look into the controversy surrounding this movie and also talk about our likes and dislikes, so no matter how you feel about it, there's a host for you!

Or perhaps this will be the episode where we piss off everyone.

Editor's Note: We changed recording locations and so we are having to re configure our audio, not our sharpest sounding episode. I apologize for any inconvenience to your eardrums. 

Links for this episode:
Ghost - Mystery Skulls
Ozark Ghostbusters - A couple members of this group showed up at our showing of the movie. And took a picture with "friend of the podcast" Jen.
 
 
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