Patrick is joined by guest host and fellow teacher, Jesse Kiefer from @jessekiefer the Grawlix Podcast to discuss the concepts in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One. We discuss the themes of pop culture overdosing, the future of education, and the inherent dangers of big tech.
Alternate takes on Richard M Nixon mania takes hold when we dig down into different scenarios in which “Tricky Dick” is triumphant or king mutant of the radioactive slag pile. Could he win in 1960? Been convicted on national television? Started a major international conflict in the Middle East?
This week alternate North Americas are discussed. What would an America look like with a Norse Nova Scotian Empire? How would a cold war between New France, England, and their American colonies play out in 1820? What would America look like without a Puritan colony?
This week Patrick is joined by guest host Keith Foster from Tonight in San Diego and the podcast Jabber and the Drone to have a Twilight Zone draft. We discuss Keith’s effort to create a live improv version of the Twilight Zone, what makes Zone endure, and provide some cultural and historical context around the themes of the show. Plus we draft our favorite ten episodes and spoil them all.
Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians with Walt Disney. Would Walt have us all living in some retro-futuristic utopia by 2018? Would we be living in scaled-up Singapore? If Disney went under would we have Bugs Bunny fever for 80 years? Would we all just be living under the fear of Mouseketeer death squads? Four different alternate timelines are devised and debated.
Four Timelines are…
What would happen if Walt ran as Republican in 1952 presidential election?
What if Disneyland was followed up by a Disney World in Missouri, Branson?
What if Disney went under after the animator strike of 1941?
Epcot is constructed as a World’s Fair and industrial park that showcases city planning technology?
Patrick invites guest host Cassidy Robinson from Jabber and the Drone, on the podcast to discuss the John Carpenter cult classic They Live. We look at the film from its’ original Reaganomics and consumerist critique to its evolution as a Shepard Fairey skateboarding meme. We also take a look at the battle to save the iconography and thesis of the film from being co-opted by Neo-Nazi groups online. And wrap things up with discussing John Carpenter the Auteur
Patrick invites oldest and best friend of the show Professor Winston Conrad of the Red Lodge podcast to discuss all things lycanthropy. What do werewolves have in connection to the witch trials? Why no chick werewolves? How awesome is the Howling?