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Ep 31: Go Fact Yourself with Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky

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John Melendez, Shawn Pelofsky, J. Keith van Straaten, Greg Fitzsimmons, Helen Hong, Leslie Kendall
Guests: 
Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky
Guests: 
Leslie Kendall & John Melendez

Fans of comedy, cars and Howard Stern rejoice: This episode of Go Fact Yourself is sure to delight!

Shawn Pelofsky is a comedian whose special "Stretch It Out" is available now. She’s ready to be quizzed about her favorite things; But she’s also excited to share a personal experience with one of her greatest loves: Bette Midler.

Shawn goes up against comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, who you can hear hosting two podcasts: "Ftizdog Radio" and "Childish." He tells us about why his brief time as an athletic swimmer helped his future career in the entertainment industry.

The show touches on everything from cool janitors to chemistry to presidential prank calls.

What’s the difference: Silent "E"

What’s the difference between silicon and silicone?

What’s the difference between whisky and whiskey?

Areas of Expertise

Greg Ftizsimmons: Classic Mustangs, President John F. Kennedy and antidepressants.

Shawn Pelofsky: Howard Stern, the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and gay culture.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Greg Fitzsimmons
Shawn Pelofsky

With guest experts:

Leslie Kendall, chief historian of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

John Melendez comedian and author of the book "Easy For You To Say".

This episode is sponsored by CA Trusts.

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

MK168: Literally in a Korner w/ Teresa Attridge (Reparations, Model Minority, Marie Kondo, Desexualization of Asian Men/Over Sexualization of Asian Women, Avenue Q, Interracial Relationships)

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Minority Korner
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Teresa Attridge

This week we are literally recording in a korner! We have actress Teresa Attridge stepping into the guest co host spot while Nnekay is still out on maternity leave, and as our first Asian American guest (sorry it took so long)  we have so much to talk about! Is it time to rethink Avenue Q? Is it dated? Is everyone REALLY a bit racist? Terasa weighs in on interracial relationships and how she's navigated it. Also, she breaks down the model minority myth, it’s history where it came from along with the desexualization of Asian men, and over sexualization of Asian women. She shares her theories on how those in power weaponize our differences against each other, why younger Asian Americans are drawn towards black/hip hop culture, the Black/Asian divide, and so much more! Plus we get her thoughts on Marie Kondo. But first I dive into the case for Reparations: It’s about fucking time ya’ll and we could be the generation to do it!  I break down it's history, precedents of it happening before inside the US and out, the continued growing wealth gap, what it might look like, and why it is so necessary if we are ever going to have true healing in America. 

 

LINKS: 

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/08/26/three-strikes-didn-t-work-...

https://solidarity-us.org/atc/87/p1637/

https://qz.com/1012692/this-is-what-reparations-could-actually-look-like...

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/reparations-african-americans-un

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reparations-black-americans-slavery...

 

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Going Out With A Biz-ANG and Laying Down the Ground Work! (2018 Round Up, Van Jones, Black Maternal Mortality, Black Queens)

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Minority Korner

We start this episode off with a round up of all things 2018. Can you even believe it?!?!? Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians came out, the Olympics happened- this year has been a whirlwind! We got the wind knocked out of in 2017 and we persevered in 2018. We kicked our asses into gear and plan to continued to so in 2019. Nnekay and James share their hopes and dreams for the next year. With a little detour into why mud baths are annoying and James' trip to the Van Jones' Show. In the Korners- we have our two favorite from the past year: Nnekay's korner is from Episode 140 and is all about the epidemic plaguing our country: Black Maternal Mortality. James' Korner is from Episode 124 and is about Black Queens (four specifically)... remember Queen Candice!? Also a lot of questionable pronunciations.

:-/ (Mexico Repatriation, The Tainos, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Scarlet Witch, Kevin Hart)

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Minority Korner

We got a frown town of an episode for you guys this week- but don't fret! We're still going to bring the entertainment! Both Korners this week are covering things you might not have learned in school- Nnekay is tackling when the US blamed the loss of jobs on Mexicans taking them and started to deport anyone who had Mexican heritage... including US Citizens... sounds familiar....welp this happened during the Great Depression. James is covering the Taino people, their culture, where they existed and thrived before Christopher Columbus and his destructive ass decided to come stopping into town. We also cover Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Sexual Misconduct, Kevin Hart and his racist dated birthday parties, Scarlet Witch getting the short stick, Barbara Lee being scammed against, and the Manhattan Young Democrats loosing it's POC leadership. Let's head into it!

Links!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Repatriation

https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://en.w...

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/09/08/437579834/mass-deport...

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/americas-brutal-for...

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-04-04-history-books_...

https://www.dailynews.com/2012/02/21/la-county-board-of-supervisors-to-i...

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

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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!!!

Links!

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/can-trump-really-end-birthright-citi...

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/30/us/politics/trump-birthright-citizens...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-election-medi...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-trump-matteo-...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brazil-election-jair-bolsonaro-fasc...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-lewis-mike-pompeo-bolsonaro-br...

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MKEP 151: CC Me! CC Me! (Fighting Back Against The Memo, Transgender Rights, Megyn Kelly, Blackface, Halloween)

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Minority Korner

This week Nnekay and James are fighting back against the awful memo that was passed around to major agencies in our government about the definition of gender. Before we get to the main event, James and Nnekay wonder... is Halloween still fun? Speaking of Halloween, Megyn Kelly has some questions about costumes as well, specifically Blackface. Let's just say she's WRONG in her opinions. Luke Cage and Iron Fist are getting cancelled, which makes James wonder if Disney has something up it's sleeves- James also elaborates on his newest obsession: DocuDramas! James kicks of the first korner by explaining what this memo is all about, and how it can impact the lives of Transgender and Gender Non Conforming people. James also gives tips on how we can fight back against this hateful ass memo and what we can uplift and support each other. Nnekay takes the baton by giving more tips on self preservation for POC transgender and gender non conforming people. She also gives a trusty dusty list of books that celebrate and lift up the voices of those apart of the community. Also did James manage to get yelled at by George Takei? I think you know the answer.

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Links!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-adminis...

https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/Ally-Guide-...

https://www.queerty.com/antigay-gubernatorial-candidates-campaign-no-com...

https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/10/23/stop-trump-lgbtq-american...

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQOERH8aGSrxjvByLGgcV31YsHC-g_olRC5h...

https://www.colorlines.com/articles/practical-poc-tips-fighting-trump-ad...

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/10/23/toward-creating-a-trans-l...

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MK 150: It's A Pop Culture Parade and A Movie Review! (Nappily Ever After, Cher, Cornerstore Caroline, The Hate U Give, Dirty Money, Active Measures, Putin, Birds of Prey)

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Minority Korner

We start this episode off by talking about our legends and their Twitter personas. Cher = good, while Bette Midler... surprisingly NOT. Taylor Swift is coming up roses, while Kanye shows us his ass and his simple iPhone code. We got another false accusation from a white woman blaming a NINE year old boy of sexual assault... WHAT?! Wahooooo casting news for Birds of Prey. James breaks down two important documentaries you should check out: Dirty Money and Active Measures- Trump is just the puppet and Putin is a dangerous form KGB mastermind who must be stopped. For the Main event we got a Minority Korner Movie Review about Netflix RomCom (?) Nappily Ever After starring the fabulous Sanaa Lathan ... was it good? You'll just have to listen to find out. We also have a quickie review of The Hate U Give. 

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Minority Korner 124: Queenatude! (MaxFunDrive, Black Queens of History, Epsy Campbell Bell, Teenagers, Roseanne)

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We are rounding out week two of the MaxFunDrive, and man are we pumped to cross that finish line!!! We are completely over joyed with the responses that we have been getting from listeners, new members, and upgrading members! what a fun ride it has been. But! It's not over! Keep and ear out because we have a few more surprise guest calling in this show. James tells Nnekay about his wild ride in parenthood this past week. He lit up New York with his 16 year old nephew, then called his parents to personally thank them. The wonder twins talk about the mind of a teenager. A little dabble in Ready Player One, then boom! Let's get into Roseanne... should we watch? Nnekay has OPINIONS. In James's korner he has a treat for us all with the break down of 4 fabulous Black Queens in history- just when you thought Beyonce was enough queenatude here's some more!!!! You might be surprised about what is left off the history books, these women are full of POWER. In Nnekay's Korner she continues the trend of black queendom by covering the newly elected Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr- the first black woman Vice President in the Americas! Get Those earbuds ready because you are in for a treat!

Links!

http://maximumfun.org/donate

https://womenintheworld.com/2018/04/03/costa-rica-elects-latin-americas-...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/04/03/epsy-campbe...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsy_Campbell_Barr

http://www.blackhistoryheroes.com/2010/05/queen-mother-nana-yaa-asantewa...

https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2016/02/10/xena-was-black/

https://urbanintellectuals.com/2016/03/14/empress-candace-ethiopia-332-b...

http://solarey.net/queen-nandi/

https://answersafrica.com/5-powerful-african-queens-history.html

https://blackliberationlovenunity.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/kings-queens-...

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MK 109: You Got Kwanzaa'd... AGAIN! Part Deux! (Kwanzaa, Omarosa, Peanut Allergies, TheWhole 30, Oprah & Gayle, Ashanti)

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Minority Korner

Happy Halle Days! We are bringing back Kwanzaa, straight out of the vaults. Why? Because it's some of our best segments, and... we kind of forgot how to do Kwanzaa so we figured you did too for our longtime listeners, and new and fresh info for our newer listeners. But first! James talks about his near death peanut allergy attack through the streets of New York, where his survival instincts kicked in. Kwanzaa came early, Omarosa got the boot! Maybe she'll have a Scrooge like awakening? Get ready to revisit a magical journey as we rediscover and explore Kwanzaa. How well do you know Kwanzaa? We'll take a quiz sponsored by PBS, (that gets really competitive... by James) before diving into it's origins. James talks about it's history, importance, and meanings, and Nnekay will walk you through how you can celebrate this beautiful holiday celebrating African American Awesomeness. Also join Nnekay and James as they plan their Kwanzaa Albums, and future Kwanzaa movies and TV projects. Will they beat out Oprah and Gayle for King and Queen of Kwanzaa? Stay tuned to the very end for James' special announcement! 

Happy Kwanzaa! 

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history
http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

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Ep 22 - Should You Throw Away Your Books by Garbage People? and Jessa Crispin Interview!

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Reading Glasses
Guests: 
Jessa Crispin

This episode, Brea and Mallory discuss book politics, interview author and podcaster Jessa Crispin and solve your bathtub reading problems. Use the hashtag #PagePolitics on Twitter and Instagram to participate in online discussion! Send your thoughts to readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com.

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Books Mentioned -

A Night In The Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna

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