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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 22, 2020
Watching the world burn and talking about it has gotten tedious. So on this episode of Politicalamity, @chadsmart and Brandon "@MrPartisan" Cooley decide to tackle a lighter subject. They discuss movies and television series that feature real and fictional Presidents.
Looking at which Presidents have been portrayed the most and how a President is portrayed varies depending on when the movie or show was made, they talk about some of their favorite portrayals.
July 14, 2020
A summer time tradition on the Positive Cynicism podcasts is to do a San Diego Comic Con preview episode. Normally Eric Bennett would be making his list of panels to see and merchandise to buy while @chadsmart would start feeling regret of not making the trip to San Diego for the annual "nerd culture" event of the year. Due to Covid-19, the SDCC was cancelled for the first time. Instead of having to travel to sunny southern California, fans will now be able to watch panels on the official SDCC YouTube channel.
Chad and Eric discuss if they're looking forward to this change and if this could lead to future conventions making more content available to people to watch from home. They also speculate on if SDCC has reached it's peak of pop culture promotion leading Hollywood to scale back their presentations.
July 8, 2020
Taking a break from the seriousness of the world, @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates turn their attention to the small screen of entertainment. When the Coronavirus shut down most of the world, one impact it had was prematurely ending some television seasons. Chad and Travis discuss if the importance of ending on a strong note still exists in today's digital world. They debate the pros and cons using various finales from television history to formulate their opinion.
June 30, 2020
Hoping in the One Hit Wonder time machine, this episode of Wonder Why travels back to 1979 to explore the career of the hardest artist to Google, M. Achieving a number one hit with the song "Pop Muzik," M (AKA Robin Scott) quickly climbed the Billboard charts and then, almost as quickly, faded from the spotlight.
@chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the pre and post "Pop Muzik" career of M to see why he only had one hit. The reason may surprise you.
June 23, 2020
After a three month hiatus due to the Covid-19 lockdown, @chadsmart is joined by Brandon "@MrPartisan" Cooley to discuss current political events. With all that has happened since they last talked, the conversation takes several twists and turns. The main focus is whether or not the political party definitions we've used for the last century are applicable to today's voters. There's also talk about the Seattle section of "CHOP" and what does socialism actually mean.