EP 156: Very Online Problems

Patrick is joined by guest host Hinton to have a wide-ranging conversation about the areas in which internet subculture bleed into American political culture.


Timeline of Gamergate

Comicsgate Is Gamergate’s Next Horrible Evolution

Gamergate vs. Trump

What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left

Worst of Reddit

Reddit Bans ‘Incel’ Group for Inciting Violence Against Women

Exclusive: Reddit Says It’s Cooperating With Russia Investigations. They’ve Handed Over Zero Documents.

EP 150: The Alternate History of Walt Disney

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?

Dark Timeline

Happy Timeline

Disney Animators Strike 1941

FBI, Hoover, Disney Snitch

Drawing the Line Book

Trump and Disney hot take

EP 138: The Red Wizard Returns

Patrick sneaks out a special show with long time friend of the show and guest Mike Fallek from the Let’s Start a Cult Podcast.  Mike is on the show to promote Sound Byte an app designed for podcasters and to throw down a challenge to Dennis for a future show topic that will fundamentally change the rules of baseball.

DOWNLOAD SOUNDBYTE! https://www.soundbyteapp.com/

EP 135: Teaching 1984 in 2017

This week Dennis and Patrick explore how they teach 1984.  Is it a true literary work of fiction or is it a science fiction masking a philosophical treatise?   How well does French existentialism marry with Orwellian thought?  How does one teach 1984 under the era of Trumpism?

Anti-Semite and Jew

1984 Explainer

Teaching 1984 Lesson Plans

A Complete Reading of George Orwell’s 1984: Aired on Pacifica Radio, 1975

Teaching 1984 in 2016

EP 117: Putin and Doctor Doom

Patrick goes solo and plays real life supervillains comparing  Vladimir Putin to one Victor Von Doom of Latveria.  It is not an A for A comparison but the two rulers share many qualities including, arcane mysticism, technological mastery of espionage and the undying love of their respective people.

Show Notes

Doom Links

Doom War

Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment

Secret Wars

Books of Doom

Putin Links

How the 1980s Explains Vladimir Putin

In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower

FULL: Vladimir Putin Annual Press Conference (12/23/2016) ORIGINAL

Freedom House Russia

Russia’s presidential election results by province: mapped and listed

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

Invasion of the troll armies: from Russian Trump supporters to Turkish state stooges

Why Vladimir Putin’s People Love Him

How to understand Putin’s jaw-droppingly high approval ratings


Dissecting Worlds Podcast

War is Boring
The War College Podcast


EP 111: Art, Academics, and Fandom

Patrick invites the Red Wizard Mike Fallek of Our Hero Comic and the new GTH Podcast to discuss internet culture, fan interpretations, Ray Bradbury and why our head canon is better than George Lucas.  

Show Notes

Our Hero Comic

GTH Podcast

Ray Bradbury, RIP: Fahrenheit 451 Is Still Misinterpreted. We, Not Government, Are Enslaving Ourselves

Uncle Ray’s Dystopia

‘Batman v Superman’ Wasn’t Made “For the Critics” But What the Hell Does That Mean?