The Message is a new podcast following the weekly reports and interviews from Nicky Tomalin, who is covering the decoding of a message from outer space received 70 years ago. Over the course of 8 episodes we get an inside ear on how a top team of cryptologists attempt to decipher, decode, and understand the alien message. [more inside]
One of the only podcasts I consistently listen to is Writing Excuses, a 15-minute weekly writing instruction podcast with a focus on SF. Is anyone else into it? I know we have a whole bunch of writers on the site, and if people were down it might be a neat way to talk about the writing process and the tips and prompts that they give.
Laura Jane Grace, founder and lead singer of the band Against Me!, tells Marc about her experiences as a trans woman in a punk rock world. Laura tells Marc how she got her start in music, why punk rock was such a natural fit and the many ways her life changed as she transitioned. This episode is sponsored by The Jim Gaffigan Show on TV Land, Casper Mattress and Me Undies. [more inside]
Are there many/any listeners to The Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast here? Would there be interest if I started posting TAH episodes on here? If so, should I start with recent episodes or from the beginning? Some of the recent episodes aren't exactly accessible to newcomers, and the show is probably going to be winding down soon, so I'm torn between starting with the most recent episodes; starting from the beginning; or doing a re-listen that follows a single sequential storyline (eg. Sparks Nevada).
Julius Robinson had killed for revenge before, and so when his sister was brutally murdered in her sleep last year, he says he planned to "get" the killer. He felt like his family expected him to get revenge, because that's what he'd always done, both in and out of prison. But when he learned that the killer was actually his 17-year-old nephew, he struggled against his family's expectations and his own.<
This week, producer Stephanie Foo talks about her own and other asian women's experience with online dating. [more inside]
I was considering posting ToE's recent two-part series on the growing popularity of French wine in China to the Blue, but I think it would be much better suited to FanFare: people can listen at their own pace, etc. And ToE is a pretty good series in general and would mesh well with the other podcasts already on FanFare.
Police officer John Edwards was patrolling a quiet neighborhood in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. It was just before 2am on December 31, 2008. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. When his computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. It wasn't until later that he realized he'd typed the wrong license plate number into his computer. He was off by one digit. By the time he realized his mistake, one of the men had already been shot in the chest at close range. But there's a major difference between this shooting case and so many others that we've heard about recently. This is the story of Robbie Tolan.
Here's our live show from this past weekend in beautiful Minneapolis! We discussed a lot of important topics, made a lot of really great friends and absolutely, completely fell apart there, towards the end. Suggested talking points: Baby Pants, Two Dad Jokes, Disney Companions, Tim Curry Family Secrets, Live Show Black Hole, Ghost Puke, Beard Auction, Antiques Roadshow Hacks, Hate Pizza, Bad Texter, Food-Skin Jacket, Zayn Replacement
Another oddly-specific BCS question: I'm one of the people who have been referring to the podcast in the regular show threads, but I've been doing so sparingly because it feels kinds of weird to talk about it too much. On the other hand, having a podcast-only discussion seems even weirder. Thoughts? [more inside]
On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while reentering the earth's atmosphere. John Roderick, singer and songwriter of The Long Winters, wrote "The Commander Thinks Aloud" about that fateful moment. This episode was made from an interview I did with John Roderick in front of a live audience in Seattle, where we discussed how and why he made this song. [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
Merle, Taako and Magnus complete their rescue mission, but then completely fail an entirely new, far more important mission. Taako acquires a powerful artifact, and doesn't seem so stoked about it.
In November 2014, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan released his 11th album, called 36 Seasons. [more inside]
Chapter 38: H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes the creator of James Bond himself, Ian Fleming (Matt Gourley) to the Dead Authors stage. Mr. Fleming is a troubled soul who only wants to be a monstrous misogynist. Is that so much to ask? Apparently so. [more inside]
Two comedy giants this week. First, Jesse talks to Chris Rock about what it was like to become one of the world’s best stand-up comics in the 1990s. Rock’s got a new movie out. It’s called Top Five. Then, Jesse sits down with Monty Python member John Cleese. They’ll talk about his early life and about what Cleese really thought about the recent Python reunion. Cleese’s new memoir is called So, Anyway. Plus, we ask Scott Aukerman what piece of culture he wishes he had made. His answer? Twin Peaks. Lastly, Jesse tells you about a TV show that lets people just be people.
Adventure Time: Jake the Brick Season 6, Ep 20
Jake turns into a brick to fulfill a childhood fantasy of being a brick in a wall as it collapses, but ends up narrating the drama of a rabbit caught in a storm.
Anybody interested in doing a FanFare for serial? We can pretend that it's a TV Show.