Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Challenge: Vendettas Draft with Haley Strong, Matt Liguori, and Brian Scally

As an homage to the overarching theme of the year 2017, our final podcast is the trashiest yet as Haley Strong, Matt Liguori, and Brian Scally join Colin to draft the cast of MTV's The Challenge: Vendettas before Tuesday's premiere. Impatient listeners can find the complete results here and purists can listen on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Survivor 35: Season in Review

As debate rages over the twists and turns (mostly the twists) of the Survivor finale, we look at why this season ended the way it did and the implications for future seasons. How 'deliberate' was Ben's win, and how tainted is the season - and the franchise - by it? With this new final four format for the foreseeable future, how can and should players adapt to it? And, with Chrissy apparently inspiring mothers everywhere, what will it take for one to finally win Survivor? All this and more on this season's final show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

F4 Analysis on Reddit

~29:30 End of F4 fairness discussion
~74:00 End of F4 strategy discussion

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Single Listener Healthcast with Mike Botta

With Christmas around the corner, healthcare economist Mike Botta joins Dom again to unwrap the hundreds of layers of nonsense around the American healthcare system and demystify healthcare policy in general; and, as the Grinch's tax bill strikes down the individual mandate, we look at the political struggle over healthcare reform and where it's likely to go from here. As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

The Lie Factory

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Decrypting Bitcoin with Daniel McNally

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen the hysteria over Bitcoin's meteoric rise in value (and probably kicked yourself for not buying some years ago). We invited our longtime friend and cryptocurrency expert Daniel McNally to explain what the fuss is about, why the underlying blockchain technology is so important, and whether this recent surge is sustainable or just another bubble that's primed to pop. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Blockchain is Overhyped and Misunderstood

Big Brother All-Stars: Weeks 7-8

We're making up for a long absence by breaking down an action-packed double-eviction week. Did Mike get greedy by winning HoH, and did he use it well? Will James ever be the same after Janelle brutalized him? And as yet another detractor walks out the door, just why is Janelle so hated? All this and more on this episode, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Survivor 35: The Ben Ultimatum -- Pre-Finale Predictions/Analysis

The royal wedding may be overshadowed as King Ben prepares to reclaim his throne, but can the coronation still be cancelled? With yet more twists threatening to upend the game, is the integrity of the show under threat? And what should we hope and expect to happen on Wednesday night? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Survivor 35: Idol Chatter -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis

In the most #epicblindside of the season, this week's show comes to you the same week of the actual episode. Ben may have saved himself for a round, but does he have a path to the end - and can he even win if he makes it? Why was everyone gunning for him in the first place? And is the case for Devon finally clear, or is the truth still out there? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Survivor 35: Episodes 10 & 11 Recap/Analysis

The round table has collapsed, JP and the other guy are gone, and the edit zone is leaking again. We cover an action-packed double bill of Survivor in our latest episode available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Survivor 35: Cole Slaughtered -- Episode 9 Recap/Analysis

Safely home in Old England and New England respectively, Dom and Colin are finally back together to dive deep into the latest Survivor action, plus waste plenty of time on outdated action they weren't able to debate when it was relevant. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Survivor 35: Episode 8 & Quantifying Edits with Amanda Rabinowitz

With both Colin and Dom's microphone out this week, this episode comes to you via two cans on a string from another dimension (aka England). The audio quality may be bad but the content is good, as psychologist Amanda Rabinowitz drops by to discuss the backlash against Chrissy, the new twists springing up every episode, and an interesting approach to quantifying edit analysis. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

(repost) Restoring Sanity: Life After RTV

Some listeners reported problems listening to this episode on iTunes and other platforms, so hopefully this will do the trick.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Survivor 35: Merge Recap/Analysis with Austin Trupp and Casual Anna

With Dom out looking for new ways to avoid England, Colin is joined by Survivor: Maryland creator Austin Trupp to break down the merge dynamics and talk through each player's story thus far. Plus, another haphazard Edit Zone monologue and a bonus interview with a living/breathing casual fan when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Austin -- 2:04
Anna -- 1:24:30
Edit Zone -- 1:47:45

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 6

As Janelle excels herself expelling Marcellas, we're here for another week of BB7 discussion. With Season 6 nominally regaining power after the fall of their leader (again), was there any chance of them regrouping? How does Marcellas being crowned mayor of the jury house affect the future jury dynamics? And just how does Chilltown keep getting away with it? All this and more on this week's episode, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Restoring Sanity: Life After RTV

Last year's episode on RTV fans ignoring boundaries covered just one aspect of the confusing, complicated, and often lengthy process of readjusting to life after reality TV; this follow-up takes another dive into that broader topic. Poker pro and TV veteran David Williams and Big Brother contestant and commentator Jordan Parhar share their experiences as contestants and then alumni, while Big Brother Canada's official psychologist Dr Steven Stein explains his work from the other side of the curtain preparing contestants for what comes next.

As always, you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here. If you want to give feedback, feel free to reach out via the links on the sidebar!

01:45 - Steven Stein
27:00 - David Williams
1:00:45 - Jordan Parhar

(Music: Strangers - Passenger)

Other links:
Jordan Parhar - Why I'm Retiring
David Williams - Masterchef Blogs

Survivor 35: Merge Preview with Lita Brillman

While Dom is off vigorously breastroking the English Channel to make it to America in time for Know-It-Alls, Colin is joined by RHAP fixture Lita Brillman to take a look at where everyone stacks up entering the always electric #Survivor merge.  Plus, was Ali's blindside a satisfying episode or just blatantly dishonest editing? Which combination of haphazard duos might come together to form a new majority? And after a tumultuous couple of rounds, is Ryan's star beginning to fade? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Survivor 35: Roark Walks -- Episode 5 Recap/Analysis

Roark-a-holics everywhere are drowning their sorrows this week as the club of pre-season favourites who left before their time adds another member. We drag each other over the sand dunes as we break down Ryan's decision, the threat posted by the Healers, and much more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here

Thursday, October 26, 2017

(fixed) Society, Games, and Society Game with Myles Nye

(some listeners reported that the episode was cutting off, so I've uploaded it again in its entirety)

In case you haven't watched an even more obscure Korean game show than The Genius, don't worry! The ins and outs of Society Game are just one of many topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation with Survivor challenge consultant, game and event designer, and skilled raconteur Myles Nye. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Check out Myles' work at Wise Guys Events.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Survivor 35: That Is Not an Advantage -- Episode 4 Recap/Analysis

The Survivor gods have breathed new life into the game and today we're back to break down both a promising swap as well as the Gimmick Advantage of the Week. What might have led Jessica to cancel Devon's vote, and was doing so actually defensible?  Might all six Healers make the merge? Plus, we weigh in on the fan community's fiercest debate: is Roark getting screen time or not? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Society, Games, and Society Game with Myles Nye

(image from Wise Guys Events)

In case you haven't watched an even more obscure Korean game show than The Genius, don't worry! The ins and outs of Society Game are just one of many topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation with Survivor challenge consultant, game and event designer, and skilled raconteur Myles Nye. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 5

The midgame is on the horizon and today we're back to break down life in the BB7 house now that Season Six's month-long reign of terror has come to and end. With a floater finally in power, how did the Sovs go from solid to shambles in seven days? Plus, a point-by-point analysis of the greatest Veto competition of all time when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Survivor 35: Scott Tenorman Must Die -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis with Brent Wolgamott

With Dom out making England great again, RHAP LFC VIP Brent Wolgamott sits in to break down the latest action in Fiji and talk through how the entire cast stacks up entering the swap. Which power duos seem built to last and which might join Ali and Patrick as one-vote-stands? Do Joe and Ryan have the winner upside of their spiritual predecessors or are they merely cheap knock-offs? And does anyone know if Lauren plays softball? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Muttisplaining the German Elections with Pia Virolainen

(apologies for the audio quality in this episode; should be back to normal in future)

They didn't feature the disturbing #blindsides or glitzy drama of other recent elections, but the lack of interest surrounding last month's federal elections in Germany belies their importance for the world and the uncertainty over their consequences. Honorary German and longtime friend of the show Pia Virolainen calls in to discuss the remarkable continuity of Angela Merkel and the surprising changes to the political landscape in Germany and beyond. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 4 with Ian Terry

The BB7 rewatch is in full swing and joining us to break down Week 4 is someone with firsthand insight into several of the season's key figures, BB14 winner Ian Terry. How did leftover animosity from All-Stars impact the dynamic between Boogie and Janelle six years later? What hilarious pregame drama led to Diane's innocuous eviction? And might the the greatest Big Brother player of all time be someone not named Will, Dan, or Derrick? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Survivor 35: Aquadumped -- Episode 2 Recap/Analysis

The action is rising in Fiji as the players are pairing up and the idols are literally coming out of the woodwork and in today's podcast we break down which of the Day 1 duos is best poised to make a deep run and which might be split up early. Plus, who would have been a better fit for Survivor: Borneo? And are Cole and Devon completely interchangeable? All that and more below, here or on iTunes here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 3

After BB19 immediately tilted us too hard to even think about Big Brother over the summer, we're back to carry on with our BB7 rewatch series as we dive into the now-legendary third week of the game. Catch up on our previous coverage here, here, and here, then find this week's episode below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Big Brother 19: Season in Review with Liana Boraas

In an effort to put this whole mess behind us, RHAP staple Liana Boraas returns to talk us through that crazy finale and decompress after another long, largely useless summer of Big Brother. What could Paul have done differently, and what kind of impact will his pillar-to-post rampage have on future seasons? Where does Josh stack up in the pantheon of BB winners, if anywhere? And what's the early scuttlebutt about #BBCelebrity? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Survivor 35: Season Premiere Recap/Analysis

With the undersized season premiere in the books, we're finally back to judge these people as human beings now that we've gone from zero minutes of televised content to a much more comfortable forty-two. Did Chrissy make the right move sitting on the #SuperIdol and could it still have value going forward? Did Ryan take the optimal approach in how he used it in the first place? And how might future contestants game the supply scramble to get a secret advantage of their own? All that and more on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Australian Survivor: The Kings Are Dead, Long Live The Kings

It's been an eventful week on Australian Survivor and we invited back Adam Rida, the only Australian we've ever met, to talk about it. Of all the twists unleashed since our last check-in, which are fair or interesting? Is the editing as good as advertised? And, with the game's biggest player gone, who can fill the void? All this and more on this episode available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Survivor 35: Cast + Season Preview

It's time for another season of Survivor that absolutely does not have any known tagline. Will there be any correct predictions for a change? Any hot takes, or any takes at all? Will the draft picks finally reflect reality in any noticeable way? We'll see what happens.

You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Charlottesville + Fighting Fascists with Curtis Morrison

In the wake of the chaos in Charlottesville, white nationalism is back in the spotlight. Are these wannabe Nazis just sad teenagers in their basements podcasting gaming all day or do they represent a larger threat? Whatever this threat is, what tactics are morally justifiable and tactically effective at fighting it? And how has Trump's victory enabled and emboldened fringe movements? We cover these questions and more on the first of what may be a series of political episodes, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Michael Rapaport's viral tweet/video; Roqayah Chamseddine's response
VICE documentary on Charlottesville
An activist and former neo-Nazi's reaction

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Catching Up on BB19 with Andy Herren

Closing out Catch-Up Week in style, Colin welcomes BB15 winner Andy Herren to break down the latest developments from the Big Brother: Redemption Island house. What are the larger implications of Paul's stranglehold over the group and where's the line between a smart social game and needless bullying? How will his eventual win stack up compared to the all-time greats? And can anything be done to stop him? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Diagnosing House MD with Taran Armstrong

No, you're not in a Vicodin-induced haze: at long last, we're taking a deep dive into everyone's favourite medical drama. Taran Armstrong makes his return to discuss the show's impact, its evolution over time, and the ultimate merits of its philosophy. As always you can listen below, here,
or on iTunes here.

Catching Up on Survivor New Zealand (/Australia) with Adam Rida

We venture to the farthest reaches of the world today to cover Survivor: Australians But Nicer as well as Survivor: Australia with honorary Kiwi and genuine Aussie Adam Rida. He talks through Survivor's popularity in Australia, its translation onto Australian TV, and the stark cultural differences on display in its next-door neighbour's version before racing to catch up with the ongoing chaos on the Australian show. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Catching Up on The Challenge: Dirty 30 with Alex Kidwell

Catch-Up Week continues as Colin welcomes LFC member Alex Kidwell to talk through the latest drama and hijinx on MTV's The Challenge: Dirty 30. Starting with Bananas and working down through the rookies, we hot-take our way through the entire cast and try to predict how the season will play out going forward. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Catching Up on Australian Survivor 4 with Mike Bloom

While Probst and the Facebook casuals enjoy the salad days of the Summer offseason, the game is still very much afoot down under, and today Mike Bloom fills in for Dom to break down all of the madness from the first 9 episodes, so dig up your novelty-sized jar of assorted cookies and listen as we analyze each player's spot in the game, forecast the impending merge, and dissect how the franchise continues to evolve on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Need to get caught up on Australian Survivor? Start here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Romance Is Dada: Deconstructing The Bachelor and RTV Representation with Lita Brillman

This week Dom atones for sins in his past lives by talking about The Bachelor for an hour while sounding like he's dying from the plague. Luckily he's in good company, as Lita Brillman takes a break from dragging Jessica/Cody fans to school him and you on The Bachelor's complicated relationship with race and gender as well as the wider issue of representation on reality TV. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

For more material, see Lita's piece on Jerri Manthey and some of her other writing. If you're interested in reading more about these topics in the context of The Bachelor, a recent Longreads reading list can be found here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 2

After a hectic start to the game in Week 1, we're back to break down Kaysar's reign as HoH, Will's efforts to torture him, and the early stages of BB5 and BB6's respective implosions. Plus, a closer look at how floaters once got by without life-vests, and the full backstory on how Richard Spencer became head of casting for CBS when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episodes 1-3 Small Council

There was some interest in (yet another) Game of Thrones podcast so we decided to try our king's hands at it. We enlisted the lords of Houses Mazzaro and Bloom to discuss the show's increasing divergence from the books, the tension between politics and fantasy, and who is destined to meet a gruesome end. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 1

After an extensive look at the pre-game dynamics in Part 1, today it's time to tear off the mask and dive deep into the circuitry and wires of the opening round.  With the power to strike first, what was the Season 6 alliance looking for in an initial target, and did they make the right decision?  As the two tightest and least reliable players in the game, what really went into Chilltown staying off the block? And which classic Big Brother tropes need to make an immediate comeback? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Big Brother All-Stars: Season Retrospective - Introduction

It's been a decade since it aired, and forever since we talked about it, but Big Brother: All Stars still stands tall as one of the greatest seasons of any competitive reality show. This marks the beginning of a season-long retrospective covering the twists and turns of the game from the moment the cast entered the house to the moment the winner was crowned.

...but first, we have to choose a cast! The gimmick of Big Brother has always been allowing audience control over the houseguests but this season took that to the next level by letting the fans and cats at home decide who they would get to judge all summer; and, of course, any all-star season only starts after a frenzy of pre-game paranoia and scheming. In the first episode of this series, we follow the campaigning in public, the plotting in private, and the growing hype for what promised to be an incredible season of televisoin.

If you like what you hear - or just the idea of an audience being in control - consider supporting us via our new Patreon page! This Big Brother series is free but Patrons will get to choose which shows we give this treatment to and have exclusive access to those episodes in the future, among many other things.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We Have a Robcast 2 with Rob Cesternino

Five years after his first podcast with us, Rob Cesternino returns for a deep dive on life at the helm of RHAP, the future of TV podcasting, and his place in the Survivor media.  Find out how a web show became a community and where it's headed next when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother 19: Lowder and Lowder -- Weeks 1/2 Recap/Analysis

(image credit: Reddit)

The first official eviction hasn't even happened yet and two have already fallen with others trying their best to get medevaced. We wanted to talk about the show while there are still people left to talk about so today we bring you an in-depth look at the first two weeks, from a serious discussion of 'pandas' and PTSD to a curious discussion of Paul and his powers. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Big Brother 19 Premiere Week with Liana Boraas

We were somehow tempted to watch Big Brother again this season and, before that wears off, we wanted to break it down. Since somebody on the podcast should know what they're talking about, we enlisted Liana Boraas to give us the lowdown on who these people are, whom we should like/hate, and what to expect from this season of silliness. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Snake/apple competition breakdown

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Remembering The Genius: ID Exchange with Mike Bloom

Two years ago, we waited impatiently for the premiere of what promised to be the greatest ever season of reality TV. Esteemed sunbae Mike Bloom joins us today to look back with hindsight on an episode that set the bar very high and easily cleared it. How well does the premiere frame the rest of the season? Does any of the craziness make more sense in retrospect? And are any of us over the loss of our idol and his lurid pink sweaters yet? All this and more on the first of hopefully many more Genius podcasts, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Survivor 34: Season in Review

Survivor: Game Changers is officially in the books and today we're back to evaluate Sarah's win, offer our parting thoughts on the cast, and debate how history will remember the season as a whole. Plus, what other tweaks could be made to Final Tribal Council? What will be the lasting impact of Advantage-geddon? And who's coming back for another shot?  All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(Take the survey here)

(music: Michael Jackson)

UK Snap Election with Michael Botta

Put the kettle on and settle in for a leisurely edited podcast about a hastily convened election. Michael Botta joins me as I figure out what just happened and explain it to you as if I knew the whole time.

If you're reading this, take a moment (or several) to answer our listener survey! Then come back and start listening below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Listener Survey

We always love hearing from you but haven't made any formal attempts to solicit feedback. As we think about how to improve the show moving ahead, it seemed like a good time to fix that. I set up a listener survey that you can give as much or as little attention to as you like; feel free to skip questions that don't seem relevant, but as far as we're concerned there's no such thing as too much detail. All answers appreciated!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Survivor 34: Finale Recap/Analysis with Antonio Mazzaro

With Dom off on another mission for MI6, Post Show Recaps' Antonio Mazzaro fills in to offer early thoughts on the finale and speculate about the long-term legacy advantage of Game Changers. Where does Sarah's win stack up historically and how will her success impact future seasons? What are the pros and cons of the new jury format and might it actually affect strategy going forward? And how will the producers adjust the twist ratio after Advantage-geddon took out the possible GOAT? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Sturgill Simpson)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Survivor 34: The Fine Print -- Episode 13 Recap/Analysis

As always we have no idea what's going on, and for once we're not alone. In an episode that flummoxed players, Probsts, and fans alike, what sense can we make of what happened? Will the much-hyped Twist-a-geddon be even worse? And who - Sarah or Brad, Dom or Colin, vanity or charity - will emerge triumphant? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Bonobo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Sierra Missed -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis

It's family week in Fiji and today we're back to declare our eternal love for the true game changers of the season: the editors. With only two weeks to go and several winner candidates still in play, which of Sarah or Brad has the inside track, and might one of them fall before Day 39? How realistic are Cirie's chances of making it to Final Tribal Council, and could she still lose if she gets there?  And how many times in a row can we pick Andrea to be the next one out? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Travis)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Survivor 34: An Officer and a Gentle Lineman -- Episode 11 Recap/Analysis

It's Derby weekend in Kentucky and as the castaways approach the home stretch, we're back to handicap the latest odds. Is it still just a two-horse race, and if so, who's the front-runner? Having blindsided yet another Brooklynite, might Andrea have jumped to the front of the pack too early? And even if she's next out, has she already put up Hall of Fame numbers? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Dandy Warhols)

Friday, May 5, 2017

13 Reasons Why: An Extended Tape

We don't know much about teenagers nowadays but we do know that many of them are talking about 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher's popular novel warmed the hearts of many but also caused a social media firestorm with scorching hot takes and hastily written thinkpieces everywhere. Cody (@codyhateswheels) fills in for Colin to run through the criticism and counter-criticism of the show's handling of important topics ranging from suicide to sexual assault.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Survivor 34: New Sheriff in Town -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Kos

It was President Sheriff Sarah's time to shine Wednesday night and today we're back to break it all down with our old friend Kos. Was this the right time for her to flip, and if so, how is she hoping to proceed from here? What are the odds she plays her new advantage correctly? Setting guest appearances on The Jeff Probst Talk Show aside, how is Cirie looking now that she's back in the numbers? And is Brad Culpepper the new Ken? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Gnarls Barkley / Daniela Andrade)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Survivor 34: Ozzymandias -- Episodes 8/9 Recap/Analysis

It's back to business this week with one two episodes, a merge, and a disturbing amount of partial nudity. As Cirie makes her tribal council debut in striking fashion, was her effort worth it? Who stands to win the civil war within Nuku? And just what does Zeke have in mind? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Inside Outing -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Seth

This week's episode of Survivor launched the show into the public consciousness for the first time in years. Jeff Varner's decision to out Zeke Smith horrified their castmates and sparked a heated discussion that reached beyond the typical Survivor fanbase into major news outlets across the world.

Missing from much of that discussion was any detailed insight from members of the community that Zeke represents; this special episode is a partial attempt to rectify that. Seth wrote in as a Survivor fan who has had to confront these issues during his own transition. We spoke to him about his thoughts on Wednesday's events, the appropriate response from all parties, and wider misconceptions about transgender people. He sticks around when normal business resumes at 1:28:32 for a brief preview of next week's merge.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

National Center for Transgender Equality
Zeke's Hollywood Reporter column

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Survivor 34: Adios -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis

After a contextually remarkable run to the late pre-merge, Queen Sandra's torch has finally been snuffed. But how does the loss impact her overall legacy, and could she have done anything to survive yet another vote? More importantly, does the queen stay queen? Plus, what in the WORLD is going on with hiding idols? How beneficial were each of Debbie's advantage options? And might this be merely the beginning of Cochran as an NPC on Survivor? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Smiths)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Survivor 34: Sugar is for Closers Only -- Episode 5 Recap/Analysis

After springing forward with #SurvivorDST, we're back to break down all the latest drama between JT, Michaela B, SD-T and more. How did things go so wrong for Juicy Thicc and what made him think they were going so right? After another epic swing-and-miss, do we have to reevaluate his win in Tocantins? Might Sandra and Varner quietly be the closest pair in the game? And is there any chance next week's visitor is someone besides Rupert? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Alabama Shakes)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Survivor 34: The Red Wedding -- Episode 3 Recap/Analysis

It was a particularly uneventful episode of Survivor this week but we somehow managed to concoct a few talking points. Among them: Was there anything Malcolm could have done differently, and how soon will he be back? What the hell's going on with idols this season? Should there be a rule against private meetings at Tribal Council? And in a world where Culpepper is a legit winner candidate, could JT be his goat? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Muse)