In the conclusion to the Breaking Point series, @chadsmart and @KevinHunsperger try to make sense of current events. They discuss separating protestors from looters. The harm of unchecked false social media reports being circulated and unchecked bias leading to irrational decisions.
On the lengthy conclusion to the Breaking Point double episode, @chadsmart and @KevinHunsperger move the discussion to issues affecting daily life. Chad's focus is on what he perceives as a media bias in covering stories that shouldn't be political. How does social media play into the perceived bias? This discussion is meant to be a civil discourse in modern politics. One of our greatest weaknesses is the inability to listen in order to hear instead of listening to talk.
After being under quarantine lock down for 9 weeks and reading too much political news, @chadsmart has reached a breaking point. In the first of a special 2 part series, Chad welcomes @KevinHunsperger back to the show to discuss the hypocrisy of media and politics in the Age of Trump. Is objective journalism a thing of the past? Does the President's words betray the prestige of the office?
Chad and Kevin spend the first episode looking at how the media and President Trump feed off each other before moving onto more topical discussions in the second part.
On this episode of Wonder Why, we look at probably the most uniquely titled one hit wonder. "Mmm mmm mmm mmm" by the Canadian group Crash Test Dummies hit the top ten in 1994. With the distinct vocals of singer Brad Roberts, the very descriptive song stood out from the rest of the songs on the charts at the time.
Why didn't the follow up songs chart well? Why did future Crash Test Dummies albums fail to make much of a dent in America? @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the career and try to figure out why the band became a subject for Wonder Why.
The lesson on guilty pleasures wraps up with a discussion on movies. @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates are fans of movies that some may consider less than stellar. Travis co-hosts the podcast Still Up All Night (@StillUpPodcast) that examines the movies shown in the '80s and '90s on the weekend on the USA Network. In this episode of Popology 101, Chad and Travis discuss what it is about these "lesser" movies that makes them entertaining.
With theaters being shuttered due to the COVID-19 lockdown, VOD has risen in popularity. On this episode of the FANtastic podcast, @chadsmart and Eric Bennett discuss if studios will try more day and date releases for theatrical and home video once the lockdown is lifted. They also discuss if going to the theater is something the younger generation doesn't care about the same way people in the '70s and '80s did.
Another aspect in this debate is AMC theater chain refusing to show any films released by Universal Studios. Will they work things out before the next Universal blockbuster or is AMC willing to take the financial hit to make a point?
We've achieved something never expected on Wonder Why. We've found a one hit wonder that host @chadsmart has never (at least he thought) heard. Yes, @MikeDeKalb was able to stump Chad with the 1978 Walter Eagan hit, "Magnet and Steel."
Who is Walter Eagan? How did he come to have a top ten hit? What did he do after that hit? Where is he today? What do Flying Burritos, Rumors and an all sister group have to do with this story? All those questions are answered on this episode of Wonder Why
Continuing the current lecture plan, @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates reveal some of their musical guilty pleasures. While most of their choices fall into similar categories, the main takeaway is there shouldn't be any guilty pleasures. If you enjoy something, enjoy it. Don't care what other people think.
Joining the growing trend of podcasts focusing on Covid-19 podcasts this episode of the FANtastic podcast looks at the effect the quarantine is having on the entertainment industry. @chadsmart and Eric "Not on Twitter" Bennett discuss films delayed by theaters being shut down and how people will react when they can once again go out.
There's also talk about quarantine marathon viewing. Shockingly, there is no talk about Tiger King.
Hang the fuzzy dice from the mirror, make sure the gas tank is full and lets hit the open road cause "Life is a Highway." On this episode of Wonder Why, @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb look at the career of Canadian superstar Tom Cochrane. From his early days in the band Red Rider to being a solo superstar, Tom Cochrane's career has span over 40 years.