Patrick is joined by guest host Mike “Red Wizard” Fallek to discuss bunk, hoaxes, junk science and general groupthink in American society. We start with PT Barnum and end with TED Talks. This one is hard to pin down we go in all over the place, there is a thesis in there someplace.
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 goes solo to ponder a more uplifting Alternate History topic. On Dec 25th, 1914 after seven horrific months of fighting during the first World War German and British Soldiers played soccer and exchanged gifts during a brief truce. What if things went differently?
What if Jean Jaures had not been assassinated and could have stayed a voice of dissent in France?
What if the New York Times ran the story the day after the revolt? Instead over a week later?
What if leadership was slow to respond to protests at home and Op-Ed columns ran?
What if Wilson took advantage of the situation and have pressured matters from America?
Enjoy some historical profiles along with some high-level dorkish drafting as Patrick and Dennis pick their six of the “toughest” American political figures. Then we explain how the epic fight would shake out. What follows is a long and wild Dragon Ball Z meets WWE Royal Rumble.