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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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."
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.