December 1, 2020
The Positive Cynicism podcast was launched in January 2017 the same week Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Initially focusing more on politics, the #PCPN was developed with the creation of the shows, "Wonder Why," "Popology101" and "The FANtastic Podcast."
As the election of 2020 comes to a (possible) conclusion, it feels this is the best time to bring Politicalamity to an end as well. After nearly four years of discussing politics, analyzing the hypocrisy and looking to the future of even greater hypocrisy would lead to less positivity and more cynicism. So with that in mind, the time has come to retire Politicalamity unless some major news comes up that deserves our attention.
Thank you for listening and hopefully you'll continue to support the Positive Cynicism Podcast Network.
November 24, 2020
How soon is too soon to label a band a one hit wonder? That's the question asked by this episode of Wonder Why as we delve into the success, or lack thereof, for Foster the People. Busting onto the scene in 2011 with "Pumped Up Kicks," a song that reached number three on the Billboard chart, success seemed likely for the Alt-Pop band. Surprisingly in the following 9 years, Foster the People have had limited success on the main charts. They did come close to another Top 40 hit falling just two spots shy.
@chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb examine three studio albums to try and understand the challenges Foster the People have failed to overcome to achieve more hits. Their conclusion puts the blame less on Mark Foster and group and more on the state of the modern day music industry.
November 17, 2020
Class is back in session with the latest Popology 101. On this session, @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates look at the proliferation of streaming services. What was once thought to be the alternative to rising cable costs are now becoming just as expensive due to the number of options available. What affect will this have on the output of new content? Will the focus be on quality or quantity?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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