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?
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.
The duo choose 10 superheroes and try to figure out their religious and political affiliations. Is Batman a libertarian? Spider-Man a nice Jewish boy from Queens? What makes Superman an FDR era Democrat? Would the Punisher vote Trump?
Patrick goes solo and tells the tale of General Smedley Butler, the marine who went from super solider to outspoken critic of the military industrial complex. From his roots as a son of Quakers to the man that exposed the plot to overthrow FDR. Things are wrapped up with a love letter to Captain America.
Patrick invites Rod from the Listening Party Podcast to discuss Star Wars, What is like to watch Star Wars for the first time and not speak a bit of English? Why is the Empire so appealing? Does it matter that the Expanded Universe is no longer in canon? All of these are sorta answered… Star Wars.