Sunday, May 21, 2017

Survivor 34: The Fine Print -- Episode 13 Recap/Analysis



As always we have no idea what's going on, and for once we're not alone. In an episode that flummoxed players, Probsts, and fans alike, what sense can we make of what happened? Will the much-hyped Twist-a-geddon be even worse? And who - Sarah or Brad, Dom or Colin, vanity or charity - will emerge triumphant? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Bonobo)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Sierra Missed -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis

It's family week in Fiji and today we're back to declare our eternal love for the true game changers of the season: the editors. With only two weeks to go and several winner candidates still in play, which of Sarah or Brad has the inside track, and might one of them fall before Day 39? How realistic are Cirie's chances of making it to Final Tribal Council, and could she still lose if she gets there?  And how many times in a row can we pick Andrea to be the next one out? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Travis)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Survivor 34: An Officer and a Gentle Lineman -- Episode 11 Recap/Analysis


It's Derby weekend in Kentucky and as the castaways approach the home stretch, we're back to handicap the latest odds. Is it still just a two-horse race, and if so, who's the front-runner? Having blindsided yet another Brooklynite, might Andrea have jumped to the front of the pack too early? And even if she's next out, has she already put up Hall of Fame numbers? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Dandy Warhols)

Friday, May 5, 2017

13 Reasons Why: An Extended Tape


We don't know much about teenagers nowadays but we do know that many of them are talking about 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher's popular novel warmed the hearts of many but also caused a social media firestorm with scorching hot takes and hastily written thinkpieces everywhere. Cody (@codyhateswheels) fills in for Colin to run through the criticism and counter-criticism of the show's handling of important topics ranging from suicide to sexual assault.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Survivor 34: New Sheriff in Town -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Kos


It was President Sheriff Sarah's time to shine Wednesday night and today we're back to break it all down with our old friend Kos. Was this the right time for her to flip, and if so, how is she hoping to proceed from here? What are the odds she plays her new advantage correctly? Setting guest appearances on The Jeff Probst Talk Show aside, how is Cirie looking now that she's back in the numbers? And is Brad Culpepper the new Ken? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Gnarls Barkley / Daniela Andrade)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Survivor 34: Ozzymandias -- Episodes 8/9 Recap/Analysis



It's back to business this week with one two episodes, a merge, and a disturbing amount of partial nudity. As Cirie makes her tribal council debut in striking fashion, was her effort worth it? Who stands to win the civil war within Nuku? And just what does Zeke have in mind? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


   

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Survivor 34: Inside Outing -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Seth



This week's episode of Survivor launched the show into the public consciousness for the first time in years. Jeff Varner's decision to out Zeke Smith horrified their castmates and sparked a heated discussion that reached beyond the typical Survivor fanbase into major news outlets across the world.

Missing from much of that discussion was any detailed insight from members of the community that Zeke represents; this special episode is a partial attempt to rectify that. Seth wrote in as a Survivor fan who has had to confront these issues during his own transition. We spoke to him about his thoughts on Wednesday's events, the appropriate response from all parties, and wider misconceptions about transgender people. He sticks around when normal business resumes at 1:28:32 for a brief preview of next week's merge.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Links:
GLAAD
National Center for Transgender Equality
Zeke's Hollywood Reporter column