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Trump Sides W/Putin Over US Intel, Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”, Kylie Jenner GoFundMe, Scarlett Johansson Drops Trans Role, Halifax Bans Public Vaping, New She-Ra Design Controversy, Johnson & Johnson Forced to Pay $4.7B, Amazon Prime Day

Rachel Stine


INTRO 0:27


Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?”

Kylie Jenner’s Billionaire GoFundMe

Halifax Bans Public Vaping (Also Smoking)



Scarlett Johannson Drops Trans Role

Jury Forces Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7B

New She-Ra Design Controversy

Amazon Prime Day Boycott

WI-FIVE 1:21:42

OUTRO 1:24:39

Friendly Fire Ep 28: Operation Dumbo Drop

Friendly Fire

Operation Dumbo Drop: Is this fun time adventure romp based off a true story, or is Disney trying to spin the war in Vietnam for children? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John parachute into Walt’s world while reviewing this family-friendly story.

This film is available on

YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and HBO

The next film, The Siege, is available on

Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and your local library.

Finding Your Scene And Making It Happen (Deep Dive into the Lesbian Bar Scene, Making It Star: Amber Kemp- Gerstel)

Minority Korner
Amber Kemp-Gerstel

In a response to last week's Ask Minority Korner Any thing filled episode, James takes us into a deep dive into what is currently going on with the Lesbian bar scene and the future ahead. Nnekay scored a great interview with Amber Kemp- Gerstel a contestant on the new NBC competition show- Making It. The two talk crafts and how to make it big with your passions. But before we get to the korners, the wonder twins discuss the new movie Sorry To Bother You, Westworld, Luke Cage, and ScarJo and her movie role choices.


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Tights and Fights Ep. 100: Keep Hulkamania on a Leash

Hal Lublin
Mike Eagle

When Danielle is away, the heels will play!

Mike and Danielle have the booth all to themselves this week and they have plenty of things they need to talk about. That includes, perhaps most significantly, the return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE Hall of Fame. Wrestlers like the New Day, Titus O'Neil and Mark Henry have voiced their opinion about and Mike is happy to speak his truth Then, Now and Forever.

Plus, the two will break down Extreme Rules and all of the subsequent fallout from the event. That includes the audience in Pittsburgh that decided that instead of paying attention to Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler's Iron Man match, they were going to countdown the end of every minute, Royal Rumble style. Thus Hal has no choice but to take them to task.

The Three Count

Mike wants to The New Day's response to Hulk Hogan returning.

Hal wants to put over the recent episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard about Muhammad Hassan.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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One Bad Mother, Episode 263: Whoa, Kids! Rewind! Be Kind! Plus Author Tim J. Myers

One Bad Mother
Tim J. Myers

Biz and Theresa talk about how it feels when our kids express their feelings or needs in an unkind manner. “I hate forks!” “AHHHH! I put the shirt on before underpants!” “My day is ruined! You are ruining my day!” Helping our kids navigate their emotions and teaching them to speak their needs kindly is important, but also tiring. When you add to it the emotional pummeling of being yelled at by a four-year-old, Biz and Theresa wonder how we can ever get space to regulate our own feelings. Plus, Biz says goodbye to Steve, Theresa has a pet peeve, and we talk to author Tim J. Myers about fatherhood.

You can find more from Tim on his website His book Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Switchblade Sisters Episode 37: The Matrix with Vera Miao

April Wolfe
Vera Miao

The Matrix

This week we're joined by writer and director Vera Miao. You may know her best from her acting roles on 'Eastsiders', 'NCIS', and 'State of Affairs'. But since then she's switched her focus to writing and directing. Her most recent work was as creator and showrunner of the 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' horror anthology series, of which she wrote every episode and directed the two installments 'Ma' and 'Singularity.' She's on Switchblade Sisters this week to talk about the Wachowskis' classic, The Matrix. Vera reveals what she finds most inspiring about the film; from the non-linear story to the diverse casting. She discusses why she loves genre films and how they are the perfect vehicle for promoting a message in a film. Plus, she talks about the things she would never say to an actor when directing. This is a truly fascinating conversation that goes in depth on philosophy, art, and the process of putting together a visual story.

You can watch Vera's episodes of 'Two Sentence Horror Stories' on go90 now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Matrix

With April Wolfe with Vera Miao,

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EP43: Jesse Thorn on The Coup's "Steal This Album" (1998)

Heat Rocks
Jesse Thorn

The Album: The Coup: Steal This Album (1998)

Jesse Thorn, host of Bullseye and the MaximumFun podfather, has long been one of our biggest fans and we were delighted to have him come in to talk about one of his favorite albums: The Coup's stellar 1998 Steal This Album. 

The Coup, by then made up of Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress, had already established a reputation as one of hip-hop's most outspoken and unapologetically radical groups out there. Their 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord was a revelation. 1994's Genocide and Juice catapulted them onto the national stage. But by 1998, hip-hop's political era seemed distant in light of the era of jiggy rap yet in strode The Coup, resplendent in socialist ideas and that Oaktown funk, to mint a masterpiece devoted to defending the underdog and shedding light on the struggles of working class peoples.

More on Jesse Thorn

More on Steal This Album 

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Steal This Album  unless indicated otherwise):

  • Swervin
  • 20,000 Gun Salute
  • Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada
  • Digable Planets: 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
  • Canibus: Second Round KO
  • Lauryn Hill: Doo-Wop (That Thing)
  • Jay-Z: Hard Knock Life
  • DMX: Ruff Ryders Anthem
  • A Tribe Called Quest: Da Booty
  • The Luniz: I Got Five on it (Remix)
  • The Repo Man Sings for You
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Underdogs
  • Cars and Shoes
  • Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada
  • Busterismology
  • The Coup: Pork and Beef
  • Los Prisoneros: Tren al Sur
  • Prince: For You
  • Prince: I Would Die 4 U
  • Earl Sweatshirt: Balance
  • Foo Fighters: Darling Nikki
  • serpentwithfeet: fragrant
  • Pusha T: If You Know You Know
  • Teyana Taylor: Issues/ Hold On
  • Junglepussy: Trader Joe

Here's the Spotify playlist of as many of the songs above as we can find on there.

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Ep 58 - Reading Sword and Glasses Laser - Crossover Episode!

Reading Glasses
Tom Merritt
Veronica Belmont

Oh man! It’s our first crossover episode! We’re doing an episode with Sword and Laser! Brea, Veronica, Mallory and Tom solve a reader problem and discuss the book Mortal Engines! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com!

Reading Glasses Merch

Links -

Sword and Laser
Sword and Laser Twitter

Tom Merritt
Veronica Belmont

Reading Glasses Facebook Group

Reading Glasses Goodreads Group
Apex Magazine Page Advice Article
Amazon Wish List

Captain Kirk Bourbon
Locus Award Winners
Pulp Sabotage by Richard Kadrey

Books Mentioned -

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeves
Room to Dream by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Wonderful! Ep. 43: Davey Coolstool’s Math Poetry


Rachel’s favorite poem-poem! Griffin’s favorite feeling about favorites! Rachel’s favorite fictional high school character! Griffin’s favorite formative tabletop game!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

Judge John Hodgman Episode 373: Much Ado About Clothing

Monte Belmonte

Jason brings the case against his friend, Francisco. They run a community Shakespeare theatre group together. Jason would like to try doing more contemporary and experimental Shakespeare adaptations, but Francisco is opposed. With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!


Affidavit from Marie, costume designer on 2018’s Henry the Fourth, a "Generic Old Timey Shakespeare Land" production:

This past February I was a Co-Costume Designer for Francisco's production of Henry the IV Pt. 1. During that time, it became clear to me that the practice of doing non-descript/non-specific period dress for every production, semi-affectionately referred to as "old timey Francisco land", was wearing on the designers as well as Madison Shakespeare Company. While there are a number of reasons that this has caused some very stressful situations, the larger share of stress and discomfort has been caused by these core elements.

- A fundamental misunderstanding of the resources available to costume designers and coordinators for period dress. When discussing initial designs and resources, it was mentioned that there were a number of resources available to us to find the necessary garments, via costume shops and other companies in the area. This turned out to not be the case and most of the items that ended up in the show were either hand made by us or bought. Very few, in comparison, were borrowed.

- Underestimation of the time needed to complete designs, garments and garment acquisition for non-descript period clothing. Costumes often become an afterthought until about 3-4 weeks prior to opening night. By then, many options are no longer available to us and the cost, workload, and stress begin to pile up. Typical build/acquisition timelines run at least 6 weeks or more.

- Cost is borderline prohibitive. Period costumes cost a lot of money... especially when there is a very short build/acquisition timeline.

- Consistent unclear communication regarding the desired historical period style and general mood of the clothing. When you are not specific about the time period for the production, it is 10x harder to find the necessary garments. Please do not leave us hanging out in a non-specific mood that gives us no real information about what you are looking for. We want to make you happy, please just tell us what you want.

- Unwillingness to consider other, more awesome, modern/post-modern dress design concepts. I would be SO willing to do a modern, post-apocalyptic or even a futuristic design concept, were we not stuck in "Old-Timey Francisco Land”!

- Inevitable use of heavy, synthetic fabrics and the subsequent discomfort of the actors who must wear them. I realize none of us really care how the actor's feel, still . . . It's worth noting. Less time for design means crappier fabric and garment choices.

Affidavit from Bridget, costume designer on 2018’s Henry the Fourth, a "Generic Old Timey Shakespeare Land" Production:

I love me some old-timey Authentic Period Shakespeare as much as the next gal, but one should consider limiting the annual number of productions involving houppelandes, hozen, and paned slops when time, funding, and costume resources are all limited. Do you know anyone who has a spare set of full plate armor that they can loan out for free for a month or so? Have any friends who collect replica medieval turnshoes in a wide range of sizes? Are your sewing skills so mad that you can crank out a corset or ruff collar in a couple of days and still have time to sleep?

Do you enjoy making costumers weep hysterical, hopeless tears into half-cut bolts of upholstery fabric at 2 a.m.?

No? You don't? Then think about a nice contemporary-themed show with stage blacks and some spiffy props and makeup.

Willy Shakes would understand. He was a broke actor, too.


Thank you to Chris Ubben for suggesting this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



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