Sunday, September 3, 2017

Charlottesville + Fighting Fascists with Curtis Morrison

In the wake of the chaos in Charlottesville, white nationalism is back in the spotlight. Are these wannabe Nazis just sad teenagers in their basements podcasting gaming all day or do they represent a larger threat? Whatever this threat is, what tactics are morally justifiable and tactically effective at fighting it? And how has Trump's victory enabled and emboldened fringe movements? We cover these questions and more on the first of what may be a series of political episodes, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Michael Rapaport's viral tweet/video; Roqayah Chamseddine's response
VICE documentary on Charlottesville
An activist and former neo-Nazi's reaction

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Catching Up on BB19 with Andy Herren

Closing out Catch-Up Week in style, Colin welcomes BB15 winner Andy Herren to break down the latest developments from the Big Brother: Redemption Island house. What are the larger implications of Paul's stranglehold over the group and where's the line between a smart social game and needless bullying? How will his eventual win stack up compared to the all-time greats? And can anything be done to stop him? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Diagnosing House MD with Taran Armstrong

No, you're not in a Vicodin-induced haze: at long last, we're taking a deep dive into everyone's favourite medical drama. Taran Armstrong makes his return to discuss the show's impact, its evolution over time, and the ultimate merits of its philosophy. As always you can listen below, here,
or on iTunes here.

Catching Up on Survivor New Zealand (/Australia) with Adam Rida

We venture to the farthest reaches of the world today to cover Survivor: Australians But Nicer as well as Survivor: Australia with honorary Kiwi and genuine Aussie Adam Rida. He talks through Survivor's popularity in Australia, its translation onto Australian TV, and the stark cultural differences on display in its next-door neighbour's version before racing to catch up with the ongoing chaos on the Australian show. As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


Catching Up on The Challenge: Dirty 30 with Alex Kidwell

Catch-Up Week continues as Colin welcomes LFC member Alex Kidwell to talk through the latest drama and hijinx on MTV's The Challenge: Dirty 30. Starting with Bananas and working down through the rookies, we hot-take our way through the entire cast and try to predict how the season will play out going forward. As always, listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Catching Up on Australian Survivor 4 with Mike Bloom

While Probst and the Facebook casuals enjoy the salad days of the Summer offseason, the game is still very much afoot down under, and today Mike Bloom fills in for Dom to break down all of the madness from the first 9 episodes, so dig up your novelty-sized jar of assorted cookies and listen as we analyze each player's spot in the game, forecast the impending merge, and dissect how the franchise continues to evolve on the player below, here, or on iTunes here.

Need to get caught up on Australian Survivor? Start here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Romance Is Dada: Deconstructing The Bachelor and RTV Representation with Lita Brillman

This week Dom atones for sins in his past lives by talking about The Bachelor for an hour while sounding like he's dying from the plague. Luckily he's in good company, as Lita Brillman takes a break from dragging Jessica/Cody fans to school him and you on The Bachelor's complicated relationship with race and gender as well as the wider issue of representation on reality TV. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

For more material, see Lita's piece on Jerri Manthey and some of her other writing. If you're interested in reading more about these topics in the context of The Bachelor, a recent Longreads reading list can be found here.