Cults

Ep 20: Go Fact Yourself with Matt Besser and Lyric Lewis

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Jody Duncan, J. Keith Van Straaten, Lyric Lewis, Helen Hong, Matt Besser
Guests: 
Lyric Lewis and Matt Besser
Guests: 
Jody Duncan and Debby Schriver
Guests: 
J. Keith Van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong

Matt Besser is a comedian, actor, writer, director and founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade. He also hosts the weekly podcast improv4humans. He tells J. Keith about the two word prompts he’s banned at shows (hint: one’s a type of fruit and the other is a type of animal), and how it came about that he’s featured on his very own Topps baseball card.

Lyric Lewis is an actress and Groundlings Theater performer who’s perhaps best known for her role as Stef on NBC’s A.P. Bio. You may also recognize Lyric from Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and she tells us about an upcoming episode she did about “Cleopatra’s punk ass little sister”.

In this episode, we’ll learn about how Matt adapted the visual format of improv to an audio-only medium, how Lyric used astrology to sort out potential dating prospects, and why Matt claims his memory is spotty, even though Lyric has a hard time believing him.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between “damping” and a “dampening”?

What’s the difference between “club soda” and “seltzer?”

Areas of Expertise

Matt Besser: Arkansas cults, Arkansas Razorback football post-1978 and the film Repo Man

Lyric Lewis: The film Jurassic Park, Greek mythology and astrology.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Matt Besser
Lyric Lewis

With guest experts:

Debby Schriver, an author whose book Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and their Journey to Freedom is about to become a documentary.

Jody Duncan, the author of numerous books about the making of movies.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ep 55 - Should You be Afraid of the Bermuda Triangle and Oh No Ross and Carrie!’s Ross Blocher!

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Reading Glasses
Guests: 
Ross Blocher

Brea and Mallory talk about spooky nonfiction with special guest, Ross Blocher, from Oh No Ross and Carrie! Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com!

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Links -

Oh No Ross and Carrie

On Max Fun!

Kid Lit Says No Kids In Cages

Pre-Order Mallory’s Book!
The Lady from the Black Lagoon

Reading Glasses Live Event 7/1

NoveList Plus

Reading Glasses Transcriptions on Gretta

Reading Glasses Facebook Group

Reading Glasses Goodreads Group

Apex Magazine Page Advice Article

Amazon Wish List

Books Mentioned -

Gulp by Mary Roach

Night Shift by Joanna Angel

The Singularity Is Near by Ray Kurzweil

Stories from the Messengers by Mike Clelland

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Abominable Science! by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero

Stiff by Mary Roach

Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Ghostland by Colin Dickey

Trolls by John Lindow

Scream by Margee Kerr

The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan

Flim Flam by James Randi

Death from the Skies! by Philip Plait

Abducted by Susan A. Clancy

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Caesar’s Last Breath by Sam Kean

Psychic Blues by Mark Edward

Conspiracies Declassified by Brian Dunning

Dealing with Demons by Bob Larson

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Pop Rocket #170: The Cult Episode

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Akina Cox

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell are joined by LA-based artist Akina Cox to discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country and cults in pop culture.

Karen Tongson is all about Killing Eve on BBC America, which features the return to TV of the beloved Sandra Oh. Wynter is all about The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling on HBO, Judd Apatow’s love letter to one of the best and most complex comics in history. Akina is all about Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Grant, which is guaranteed to NOT have not be adapted into a musical. Margaret is all about Junot Diaz’s New Yorker article about the trauma he experienced as a child. Guy is all about John Sherman’s Buzzfeed article about Love Simon’s shortcomings as a movie featuring queer characters.

The panel will their why cults have become such a fascinating subject in entertainment, including Far Cry 5, Wild, Wild Country and more. Plus, Akin will share her experience of growing up in an actual cult and her thoughts on some of the modern famous charismatic religious figures.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell and Akina Cox.

That’s My Jam:

Akina Cox - SASAMI - Callous

Karen Tongson - Jens Lekman -To Know Your Mission -

Margaret Wappler - Nat King Cole - Nature Boy

Guy Branum Rex Orange County - Loving is Easy

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Minority Korner 82: By the Grace of the Nipple (Tyrus Wong, It Gets Better, Disney, Cults, Neil Degrasse Tyson, LGBT Youth, Teen Suicide, Immigration, Vegetarians, wigs)

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Minority Korner

James got that 'milk gift" and he is #blessed, he also narrowly escaped joining a cult. Thank goodness a certain body part saved him. After escaping the cult, Nnekay and James talk about Neil Degrasse Tyson and the universe, which initially freaks Nnekay out- but with Degrasse Tyson and his show, Cosmos' help the universe can be accessible and even... magical? In Nnekay's korner she tells of life and times of Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American artist who radically influenced the Disney classic, Bambi- but his journey to America and the story of his survival might be even more fascinating. Remember the "It Gets Better" Campaign? In James' korner he is seeing if there has been any change in the 7 years since it was first launched. James uncovers some currents facts about LGBT youth, analyses some recent articles that say that the campaign didn't work, and ultimately gives some tips on how to work through those moments in life when things seem bleak. We also have an Ask Minority Korner Anything!!!! This time from Eboni S. and relationships and vegetarians. We also cover such topics as: the wigs of scandal and just fake hairs in general, recommendation for Hasan Minhaj Netflix special Homecoming King and the book This Is What A Librarian Looks Like, which features one of your favorite Wonder Twins of Podcasting.

Links!

http://fusion.kinja.com/the-forgotten-chinese-american-artist-behind-a-d...

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/movies/tyrus-wong-dies-bambi-disney.html

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