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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. 

 

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity; For Kid’s Sake

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity; For Kid’s Sake

August 11, 2020

As August rolls on, we continue the month of Positivity.  This episode we're talking with Shema Ruperto, the Director of For Kid's Sake in Carbondale, IL. For Kid's Sake is getting ready for their annual Superhero 5K the last week of September.  Due to the ongoing restrictions due to Covid-19, for the first time ever the Superhero 5K is going virtual. No matter where you live, you can register and take part.

During the course of this episode, Shema discusses the challenges with moving events to the virtual realm as well as how she has managed to stay positive during the last few months.

If you're interest, visit the For Kid's Sake  website and register today.  Every little bit helps.

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity (August 4, 2020)

Positive Cynicism: Month of Positivity (August 4, 2020)

August 4, 2020

For the month of August, 2020, we're taking a break from the normal rotation of shows. Being in "lock down" for the better part of the past 5 months, I have been struggling with my mental health and having more negative thoughts than positive. Due to that, I made the decision to not have to spend a lot of time coming up with topics and producing shows. Instead, we're going to focus on one of the aspects that led to the creation of the Positive Cynicism podcast, spreading positivity.

 

For the first episode in the Month of Positivity series, I'm once again joined by my good friend @KevinHunsperger from the @My123cents podcast. I had joked with him that we were going to do a show called "Yelling at Clouds." The first 10 minutes do focus on some of the negative issues we have with the current state of the world. From there we move on and talk about podcast and other media that brings us joy.

 

If you're a loyal listener, thanks for your support. If you're new to the show, thanks for listening. I'd like to hear what your thoughts on the shows here on the #PCPN.

Wonder Why 29: Murray Head

Wonder Why 29: Murray Head

July 28, 2020

We have a first and a second on this episode of Wonder Why.  This is the second time we're talking about an artist that technically has two Top 40 hits. The first is neither song appears on a studio album by the artist in question.  How did Murray Head come to have two hits? And why didn't he have any hits from his own albums?  What connection does he hold to Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  Listen to this episode of Wonder Why to get the answer to these questions.

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