January 19, 2014

Episode 148: John Dies at the End

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:38 am

It’s one of the great internet success stories: a novel posted on the web, which became a real book, which became a movie. And now John Dies at the End has somehow become this podcast. We’re not just reviewing the movie; we’re looking into its curious history, debating what it means for internet culture, and taking cheap shots at a bunch of easy targets. And if there’s time, discussing the book, I guess.

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January 12, 2014

Episode 147: Vampires and Werewolves

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:31 am

These days, you can’t tell a story about one kind of monster without every other kind of monster trying to steal the spotlight. But which creature deserves to have its story told? We’re looking at a couple of the most popular, in hopes of finding out how vampires became sexy and how werewolves wound up consigned to the supernatural B-list. Legends are deconstructed, old PC games are praised, and pool cues are broken over heads in what we can only describe as a veritable monster mash. And who doesn’t love one of those?

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January 5, 2014

Episode 146: Bedbugs

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:35 am

We’re getting downright educational this week! Bedbugs have made their homes in our fair city, and we have the inside scoop from a real-life ex-exterminator. Where did these tiny bloodsuckers come from? How can you protect yourself? Who can we blame? Guaranteed to feature at least one very uncomfortable host, plus a nice bit about koalas at the end.

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December 29, 2013

Episode 145: Akira Kurosawa

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:38 am

We’ve been tasked with reviewing the career of one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, and we don’t know his work. The solution? How about an all-day Kurosawa movie marathon so we can talk half-knowledgeably about a handful of his best-known films. We got our brains melted by Rashomon, our senses overloaded by Ran, and our lives changed by Toshiro Mifune, and we’re pretty sure we can talk about it without embarrassing ourselves.

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December 22, 2013

Episode 144: Burger Club

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:31 am

It’s time for our annual holiday special, and you know what that means: we’re completely half-assing it. As in, barely even bothering to make sense. Instead, we’re more concerned with weaseling out of the latest topic, debating the premise of old arcade games, and maybe – just maybe – arguing with a certain sock. Basically guaranteed to be the dumbest thing we do all year!

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December 15, 2013

Episode 143: David Bowie

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:36 am

Is it possible for two people on the internet to discuss the career of David Bowie without getting distracted by Labyrinth? It turns out, no, that is not possible. But we get to a lot of other good stuff before that! For example, tales of the golden age of anything-goes radio and a hierarchy of all pop stars. Plus a bunch of trivia about that Bing Crosby thing! You might learn something!

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December 8, 2013

Episode 142: Reincarnation

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:30 am

Reincarnation is definitely one of the nicer afterlife options, so obviously we’re trying to think of funny stuff to say about it. And that means mocking psychics, recapping forgotten supernatural romantic comedies, and debating whether or not microbes have souls. Presented with a cherished belief held by millions of people, how long does it take us to start picking at the edges? Less than the length of this episode, it turns out.

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December 1, 2013

Episode 141: The Price is Right

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:38 am

This week, we’re breaking format all over the place, inviting a guest into the Breakfast Kitchen to discuss her own topic. And we’re asking the hard questions. Can Plinko ever be made truly handicap accessible? Is Pat Sajak a Highlander? Do people want to see oiled-up hunks on game shows? How sturdy are those sets? Some portions of some of these questions may be answered!

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November 24, 2013

Episode 140: Real News vs. The Onion

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:35 am

Comparing a real news story to a piece of satire is basically a cliche at this point, but that doesn’t mean the resemblance isn’t there. Real people still get fooled by fake stories, and real stupidity is more carefully documented than it’s ever been. It’s entirely possible that this is the episode that ends up unraveling the universe, so maybe listen to it before that.

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November 17, 2013

Episode 139: Donald Trump’s Wig

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:37 am

You dared us to talk about it, and we took the bait! That’s right: a whole show about the mysterious, seemingly impossible structure on Donald Trump’s head. How does it work? What does it look like when it hasn’t been styled? Is it a wig, a combover, or some kind of animal companion? And what does it say about Donald Trump, the man, and the empire over which he presides? Tune in to watch us struggle to avoid the obvious jokes!

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