On this week’s episode, Peter from Dead Times returns to discuss the slow-moving apocalypse that isn’t so much ever around the proverbial corner but upon us already, in a staggered arrival. We take turns sharing our own experiences with climate education before delving into the facts of the case, from the UN, NOAA, and the groups actively working to combat the problem. It’s a difficult conversation, and one that’s been going on at least since the 1990s. While there’s reason to be hopeful, it’s far past time we got serious about the realities. … More How Do We Fight Climate Change?
This week the guys revisit the recent topic of police procedurals a.k.a. Copaganda, looking at a recent episode of the newly revived Law & Order franchise. When such media attack the very industry they exist to valorize, how much stretch of road is there left to explore and expand?
This week Don has a hankering for a spankering, returning to the topic of when liberal media gets it wrong…or do they? What follows are old anxieties, discoveries of a new kind of storytelling genre and working to go with the flow.
This has been a long time coming. Almost thirteen years! Blue Bloods is a CBS juggernaut that’s developed a reputation for being your grandfather’s favorite show. It’s also perfectly symbolic of everything that’s wrong with the broader police procedural genre — when it’s lucid enough to even be coherent. It may not have the on-screen violence of its neighbors, but the racism and sexism and cultural relativism is so pernicious, quietly inflecting every moment of every last godforsaken episode. … More Why is ‘Blue Bloods’ Still on TV?
CW: References to Sexual Assault This week the guys return to the discussion of the radicalization of young men, with the recent rise and arrest of Andrew Tate as their case study. Human Trafficking, delusional conspiracies and role models are all part of the stew that bubbles into a rare disagreement between hosts! Is the … More Appropriating The Matrix: How Can We Raise Young Men?
It’s grating to be back! For our first episode of the new millennium, we’re taking a retrospective look at what once were new ideas and trying — sometimes failing — not to simply prove we’re not basic or whatever, or that we automatically go along with what everybody’s saying. No, we’re above that. Above being above. So, below, in a sense. That’s basically what this episode is about. Trigger warnings, cancel culture, defund the police, and more! … More How Do You Disagree with the Mainstream?
Donovan and Harrison finish things off with a much longer second installment. There’s simply too much to talk about, from honorable mentions to the top five. Things are about to get spicy! 2022 had its share of wonders, from an essential Batman film to an essential Predator film. But what happens when one host’s healing reaction to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever meets another host’s stubborn grumpiness? … More Year End Review 2022 Part II: The Cloverfield Connection
For the first of our two-part saga, Donovan and Harrison come together, a friendship of rock and storm. Surely, no disagreement crests the horizon. Anyway, this is our yearly tradition, where we count down the top ten pieces of media we experienced, starting with numbers ten through five. Also on the menu, some of our lows, including Donovan’s epic screed against Thor: Love and Thunder. … More Year End Rise, Roar, Revolt 2022 Part I
In the dying weeks of 2022, the guys discuss the aftermath of the Midterm Elections, how Donald Trump is weaker than ever, a final Kanye-Watch for the year, and the saga of Elon Musk and Twitter.