Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Challenge 32: Episodes 1-5 with Matt Liguori and Brian Scally


Through five episodes of Final Reckoning, we've seen four showmances, three eliminations, two main matches, and one Califiore brother determined to be unemployed forever. Today Colin is back with Big Brother Twitter icons Matt Liguori and Brian Scally to talk through all the drama from the first month and forecast how each remaining pair stacks up below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Tyrant Saw Us Brexit: Deal or No Deal?



With Donald Trump offering policy advice, hiring recommendations, and general moral support to a beleaguered Britain, saner voices are desperately need to explain what on earth is happening on that side of the pond; none were available, so Colin once again enlisted Dom to break down the Brexit progress (or lack thereof) two years in. How have his and his compatriots' opinions changed since 2016, and what do people expect to happen next? With important deadlines approaching, what might the final deal look like? And, if there isn't one, will there be panic on the streets of London, Birmingham, and/or Carlisle? Find out below, here, or on iTunes here.

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Background
Further Analysis
Check-in
UK Election 2017

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Unlocking The Room with Mario Lanza


The Room defies all explanantion, but that won't stop us trying. We decided not to leave our stupid comments in our pockets this time as we invited comedy writer and official staff pick Mario Lanza on a journey into The Room and through the mysterious mind of Tommy Wiseau. Dom has a Wiseau-esque struggle with the English language to find words to convey the majesty of watching the film with the man himself and dozens of spoon-bearing superfans. Get the results of your test back below, here, or on iTunes here.

Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 3: Character Studies

(This is Part 3 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work herehere, or everywhere)

Any story is only as good as its stars, and Survivor has given us a deep well of compelling and confusing characters to chew over in our minds. We may all be water hyacinth plants, but who grows and flourishes while others wilt on the vine? We take a deep dive into the social dynamics that make the show so appealing and illustrate those with a deconstruction of Dawn Meehan's disintegration. Taylor then wraps up this marathon by conclusively settling the Michele vs Aubry debate as a final gift to the fanbase.

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Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 2: Survivor Storytelling

(This is Part 2 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work herehere, or everywhere)

At its best, Survivor has as much to enjoy and analyze as any classic work of art or literature; and if you can't handle it at its worst, it's probably because you've experienced it at its best and hold out hope that it can recapture that glory. In this segment, we discuss which stories the show is trying to tell, how it tells them, and how well it tells them, and track the changes in all of those over its 18-year run.

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Squaring the Survivor Circle with Quack Wabbit, Part 1: Writing + Internet Fandom

(This is Part 1 of a three-part episode on all/some/many things Survivor with writer, amateur anthropologist, and Abi-Maria apologist Taylor, better known to many as Quack Wabbit; shift your gestalt by reading his work here, here, or everywhere)

In a time when there are more podcasts about any show than hours in the day, the hive mind's judgment is meted out in 140 280 character fragments, and nobody has an attention span any more, what place is there for long-form writing? Are blogs and forum posts relics of a bygone era or the last refuge of communal, thoughtful discussion? And, with the internet fandom evolving and proliferating every day, how do you engage in and encourage those conversations while keeping the trolls from doing yoga in your rock garden? Taylor weighs in with thoughts that all authors - whether of their own fate or of delightfully trenchant screeds on trashy television - will find valuable.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Consulting Ghost Island Management with James Lim

Channeling our inner Tony Robbins, we're harnessing the universe's positive energy by reliving one of the most popular pre-merges in history as Ghost Island blindsider/blindsee James Lim joins us for a deep dive that will hopefully go better than his dive in Fiji. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.