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Wonder Why 31: The Vapors

Wonder Why 31: The Vapors

October 27, 2020

Rising to fame quickly in the late '70s, The Vapors achieved one hit wonder status with their song "Turning Japanese."  After the success of that song and lack of success with a follow up album, the band went their separate ways.  On this edition of Wonder Why, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb looking into the history of the band and examine the other songs on their albums to try and discern why long term success eluded The Vapors.

Politicalamity 15: Home Stretch

Politicalamity 15: Home Stretch

October 20, 2020

Due to scheduling conflicts, this episode was recorded a week early. Given the amount of political news to come out on a daily basis, we didn't get to comment on the latest news.  Instead, we give brief thoughts on the debates and make final predictions for the election.  @chadsmart also questions why people would vote early knowing that there's going to be "shocking" information to come out before the November 3. 

Chad & Eric’s FAN-tastic Podcast 12:Can Theaters Survive Covid

Chad & Eric’s FAN-tastic Podcast 12:Can Theaters Survive Covid

October 12, 2020

As the world continues The Great Shutdown of 2020, Chad and Eric return after a few months off to look at the impact Covid continues to have on the movie industry.  From theaters still being shuttered to studios rescheduling movies over the next two years, what does the future hold for movies?  Chad and Eric discuss where they see the movie industry heading in the next few years. Will there be an increase in streaming and home rentals? Will the megaplex survive? Will budgets continue to rise?  There are no certain answers, just observations.

Popology 101 14: The Appeal of Horror Films

Popology 101 14: The Appeal of Horror Films

October 6, 2020

It's October, 2020 which means all podcasts must have a tie in to Halloween. Popology 101 takes a look at the appeal of horror films. Professor @TheTravisYates and @chadsmart are joined by horror film fan, @RobCady1 to discuss what inherent trait attracts us to what scares us. 

In addition, Rob gives recommendations on some lesser known horror films and we pitch some crossover horror film mashups.

If you like the show, please leave a review.  Then check out Travis and Rob's podcast, @StillUpPodcast.

Wonder Why 30: Mark Morrison

Wonder Why 30: Mark Morrison

September 29, 2020

In time to tie in with a popular Google ad, this episode of Wonder Why examines the career of "Return of the Mack" singer, Mark Morrison.  Like other One Hit Wonders, Morrison had a successful career outside of America but only manged to land one song in the Top 40 back in 1997. 

Hosts @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb look at the career and personal life of this British singer to try and decide why he only managed one hit in the USA.  There are similarities to an American R&B singer that may help explain the lack of continued success.

Politicalamity 14: RIP RBG and Political Hypocrisy

Politicalamity 14: RIP RBG and Political Hypocrisy

September 22, 2020

With the recent death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this episode of Politicalamity pays tribute to the most popular member of the bench.  The conversation then turns to topic of filling the vacant seat and the hypocrisy from both sides of the aisle regarding election year procedures. 

Popology 101 Episode 13: Stephen King Adaptations

Popology 101 Episode 13: Stephen King Adaptations

September 8, 2020

Class is back in session with more distance learning. Professor @TheTravisYates and class TA @chadsmart discuss the works of author Stephen King. Conversation focuses on some of their favorite books then moving on to film adaptations that left something to be desired and those that elevated the written word to a have a lasting cinematic history.

 

You can check out a Stephen King inspired short film Travis directed in film school here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxRFTzmJtv8 

Politicalamity 13:Convention wrap up

Politicalamity 13:Convention wrap up

September 1, 2020

After a month off, Politicalmity is back. @chadsmart and Brandon "@MrPartisan" Cooley attempt to catch up on everything that's happened.  With the DNC and RNC over, Kamala Harris being picked as VP for Joe Biden and ongoing riots and looting, there's a lot to discuss in 60 minutes.

30th Anniversary: Pump Up The Volume

30th Anniversary: Pump Up The Volume

August 25, 2020

"Pump up the Volume" rolled into theaters in August of 1990.  Showcasing the talents of Christian  Slater and introducing the cinema world to newcomer Samantha Mathis, the movie touched on what it was like to be a teenager at the time. @chadsmart was 16 when the movie was available on VHS. Watching the movie for the first time, Chad connected to the film on a level only "Star Wars" had reached.

In this episode, Chad is joined by film reviewer Matt Huntley to discuss why the movie resonated with him 30 years ago and why he still feels a connection today.  They break the film down and touch on the themes that are just as relevant today in an age when it's easier to "talk hard."

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity; Minimalism vs. Packrat 8 18 20

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity; Minimalism vs. Packrat 8 18 20

August 18, 2020

Continuing the Month of Positivity (#MOP) with a subject that may seem a bit unusual to associate with Positivity.  On this episode, @chadsmart is again joined by @kevinhunsperger from @My123Cents to talk about their difference in hanging onto material possessions. While Chad tries to live a minimalistic lifestyle, Kevin has possessions going back to his childhood. 

 

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