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

Ally has us take a look at the book A Monster Calls, while we chat about grief and mourning: it's not not just for kids anymore!

We also explored some of the differences between the book and it's movie adaptation, e.g. the relative merits of Jason Isaacs vs Liam Neeson.

Kurt's notes: We changed the way we recorded again. And it sounds great...except for my audio track, because I had my microphone set to omnidirectional instead of personal, so I'm echo-y but that will be fixed by next episdoe. Sorry. 

Links for this episode

Ally's notes for this episode

Grieving in the Classroom - NPR.org

GrievingStudents.org 

Sesame Street in Communities

Coping with Grief - SNNLA.org

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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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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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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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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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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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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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