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Friendly Fire Ep 43: RAN (乱)

Friendly Fire

RAN (乱): Can a film set in feudal Japan translate the brutality of feuding families with the same je ne sais quoi of Bill Shakespeare? On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John share fine words —but words don't win wars—while reviewing this 1985 Drama.

This film is available on:
Amazon, iTunes, Film Struck, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu

Next Film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) , is available on:
Amazon, iTunes, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library

MK152: VOTE! Cause Things are Spooky AF! (Birthright citizenship, Jair Bolsonaro, Stacey Abrams, W. Kamau Bell, Rep. John Lewis)

Minority Korner

Halloween might be over, but is this a spook ass episode! But first! We're talking about James' new flirtation with fame! Stacey Abram and her monumental race in Georgia, her celeb supporters and how The View is helping her spread the news about voter suppression. We're also talking about how Kanye might be leaving politics behind... PHEW! In the Korners Nnekay is talking about Trump and his bullshit, this week it's his threat of removing Birthright Citizenship, the 14th Amendment plays into this, what can, and what can't happen. James breaks down the new spread of fascism in Brazil with the election of Jair Bolsonaro- who is blatantly sexist, homophobic, racist, and in favor of dictatorships... that's just the tip of the iceberg. Shutter... Don't forget to vote on the 6th, everyone!!!


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Tights and Fights Ep. 115: Evolution is female thing

Hal Lublin
Danielle Radford
Mike Eagle
Lindsey Kelk

Evolution was WWE’s very first all-women Pay-Per-View. And by most accounts, the event delivered in just about every way possible, including providing a candidate for match of the year. Mike, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey provide their reactions to the matches (including Lindsey’s account from attending the event in person).

But now this is immediately being followed up Crown Jewel. Not only will no women wrestlers be at the event, but John Cena and Daniel Bryan have also been written out due to, in all likelihood, their own personal disagreement.

Plus, Lindsey and Mike explain their feelings about Roman Reigns’s leukemia diagnosis and WWE decision to immediately capitalize on the real-life illness for story-telling purposes. How do you balance the need for the show to go on with sensitivity towards consequential issues? Especially with WWE toeing the line between characters and reality as much as ever with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins?

All this, including Danielle looking forward to Lucha Underground’s Ultima Lucha Cuatro, finding out who attacked Aleister Black and grooving to that sweet sweet Brood music.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over her conversation with NXT women’s champ Shayna Baszler.

Mike put over the YouTue video Kanye and the End of Reality.

Danielle put over the House Hardy Halloween Special.

Hal put over Becky Lynch’s social media prowess.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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International Waters Ep 133: The Bouncy Boy Conflict

Dave, Stephanie Escajeda, and Kristen Studard
Kristen Studard
Stephanie Escajeda
Paul Foxcroft
Helen Duff

Kristen Studard, Stephanie Escajeda, Paul Foxcroft and Helen Duff join host, Dave Holmes for lost whale antics, terrible sexy costumes, and made up holiday festivities.
Kristen Studard wants to plug Dance Dance Party Party and Who Cares About the Rock Hall? and recommends Dina's episode of Heavyweight and Karaoke by Big Freedia.

Stephanie Escajeda wants to plug her Twitter @stephescajeda and recommends So You're Going Bald by Julius Sharpe.

Paul Foxcroft wants to plug Hello from the Magic Tavern and recommends @babyjesusfox on Instagram.

Helen Duff wants to plug her upcoming tour dates and recommends the Joan and Jericha podcast.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to recommend Joanna Lumley's various adventures.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Laura Swisher and Christian Dueñas.

Still Buffering: How to Trick or Treat

Still Buffering

The spooky season has come to a close, but before we depart from this most wonderful time of year, we want to talk about trick or treating! Sure, it may be something some people stop doing early on in their teen years, but do we really have to?

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

EP58, Women Behaving Badly #5: Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

Heat Rocks
Joan Morgan

The Album: Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
On August 25, 1998, Lauryn Hill, the breakout rapping/singing star from The Fugees released her first (and only) solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. On August 25, 2018, exactly 20 years later, the Heat Rocks crew invited author Joan Morgan to join us to talk about that album and her new book about that album, She Begat ThisCall it a happy coincidence, call it kismet but either way, call it an amazing conversation. 
It's difficult to overstate the singular importance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This was a generation before artists like Drake made singing + rapping into a popular form; Lauryn was wading into unknown waters when she put this together. As we discuss, her own label had to be pushed to even put the album out but once they did, it became an instant smash: multi-platinum sales, the first "Best Album" Grammy award for a hip-hop album, and it elevated, for better or for worse, Lauryn - still in her early 20s - to becoming one of hip-hop and R&B's most important figures. Of course, in the years since, controversy has dogged her, especially regarding her live shows and two decades later, her legacy is a complicated one, as we get into. Joan Morgan would have been an ideal guest even if she hadn't written a book about the album; her bonafides as one of the great cultural critics to emerge in the 1990s were already well-established, least of all in her 1999 collection of essays, When Chickenheads Come Home to RoostJoan's based in New York, finishing up a PhD at NYU, but she happened to be in town on that fateful 20th anniversary day to come chat with us.
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Show Tracklisting (all songs from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
 unless indicated otherwise):
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 52: 'The Skeleton Key' with 'Lez Bomb' Director Jenna Laurenzo

April Wolfe
Jenna Laurenzo

The Skeleton Key

We've got a great episode this week with the director of the new film Lez Bomb, Jenna Laurenzo. While her film is a romantic comedy about a woman attempting to come out to her family on Thanksgiving, the film that Jenna chose to discuss is nothing like that at all! The movie Jenna picked is 2005's The Skeleton Key. While many have probably forgotten about this movie, we certainly haven't. Jenna and April discuss some of the more "delicate" issues that are brought up in the film - e.g. the opening lynching scene. Plus they touch upon the genius of Gena Rowlands and John Hurt. Jenna dives deep on the process of making her debut feature. She elaborates on how she was able to secure actors like Bruce Dern, Kevin Pollak, and Cloris Leachman for a film she shot in her own parents house. And she explains the lessons she learned from working with the Farrelly brothers.

Check out the trailer for Lez Bomb which will be in select theaters on November 9th.

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

With April Wolfe with Jenna Laurenzo

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

One Bad Mother, Episode 278: Last Minute Miracles, Plus Reductress Co-founder Beth Newell

One Bad Mother
Beth Newell

Biz and Theresa are looking for a last minute miracle! “Parent! It's crazy dress like a historical figure pajama day today. What can I wear?” “Parent! I’m going on a field trip today! Here is my permission slip…oh and I need a lunch in a paper sack.” “Parent! My teacher said they emailed you many times to order my class shirt. Did you do it? I have to wear it today.” Do we let them suffer through this “learning moment” or help them “make it work?” Whether it is our fault for being unable to juggle one more thing, or our kid’s fault for waiting until Sunday night to tell us they need something for Monday morning, the real lesson will be teaching our children they can probably bullshit their way through anything last minute! Plus Biz is better with kids, Theresa opens a new chapter and we talk to Beth Newell, the co-founder of The Reductress and host of the podcast We Knows Parenting.

Follow Beth on Twitter @bethnew. Check out Reductress at and We Knows Parenting podcast at

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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

Judge John Hodgman Episode 388: Cos-plagiarism


Samantha brings the case against her sister Vanessa. They regularly do cosplay and attend steampunk conventions together. Several cons ago, Vanessa came up with the idea to use one of Samantha's dresses for a steampunk version of the Stephen King character Carrie. But, she never made the costume. For this year's Steampunk Halloween convention, Samantha wants to use the dress and go as Steampunk Carrie. Vanessa says that since it's her idea, she should be able to do it.

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