EP 157: Ready Player One

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.  

It is All Elseworlds

Why are we trying to create Ready Player One’s terrifying, nostalgia-fueled dystopia?

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline on how his gamer fantasy became a Spielberg film

Ready Player One’ is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie

Why won’t 541,000 young Japanese leave the house?

Study: Virtual schools tend to attract and harm lowest-performing students

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

EP 155: Nixons

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?

1. What if Nixon won in 1960

Nixon Wins 1960

Alternate Nixon’s Part 1

2. A Third-Rate Burglary: No Watergate

Slow Burn Podcast

No Watergate Timeline

3.  Yom Kippur War

Nixon Drunk During Yom Kippur War

Nuclear Yom Kippur War

CIA Declassified files on Nixon Arab Israeli War

Nuclear War while Nixon Slumbered

4. Nixon On Trial 

Watergate Counterfactual

America in Revolt During the 1960s and 1970s

EP 152: Norse America or Nouveau France

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?

Notes

New France Forever

Vinland Empire

European Population Maps

The Peshawar Lancers, by S.M. Stirling

Clash of Eagles

The Years of Rice and Salt

What if the Vikings Stayed In America?

EP 151: Twilight Zone Draft

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.  

Links

Tonight in San Diego

Jabber and the Drone

Simpson’s and Twilight Zone

Rod Serling’s Vast Promised Land: Battling Sponsors, Debating the FCC and Fighting for Mature Television, 1959–1966

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 145: They Live

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

They Live Trailer

Why ‘They Live’ Is a Subversive 1980s Masterpiece – Rolling Stone

Why Do Internet Nazis Think ’80s Cult Classic They Live Is an Anti-Jewish Conspiracy?

ADVERTISING AND CONSUMPTION IN THEY LIVE. A CRITICAL
ANALYSIS ON AD IDEOLOGY

Against the Fascist Creep

John Carpenter music

EP 143: Werewolf Study Session

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?  

Show Notes

The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition

A Lycanthropy Reader 

15-Minute History: Episode 55: Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe

The Howling Film review Rotten Tomatoes 

Winston Conrad’s Website