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January 14 2014

08:21

America’s Cultural Exports Now

How the world sees the United States. American cultural exports now, from Miley Cyrus to “The Hunger Games.”

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A still from pop singer Miley Cyrus’ music video for her song “Wrecking Ball.” (Vevo)

Guests

Martha Bayles, humanities professor at Boston College. Author of “Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy and America’s Image Abroad.”

From Tom’s Reading List

The Washington Post: Now Showing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Americans — “Today, as we witness the decline of America’s reputation around the world, we’re paying far more attention to Franklin’s first stratagem than to his second. Indeed, despite a mounting stack of reports recommending drastic changes in the organization and funding of public diplomacy, very little of substance has been done. And most Americans, including many who make it their business to analyze public diplomacy, seem unmindful of the negative impression that America has recently been making on the rest of humanity — via our popular culture.”

ThinkProgress: From Angry Birds To Shark Energy Drink, Five Cultural Exports That Are Big In Myanmar — “Lots of folks in Myanmar wear t-shirts in English–my favorite, spotted in Bogyoke Aung San Market, was ‘We Love Fixed Gear Bikes’ –but among the most frequent are shirts for metal bands, particularly Metallica and Led Zepplin. I’m told, though, that the most popular metal band in Myanmar is Iron Cross (not the hardcore band from the Washington, DC area, but a local iteration) that’s popular in part because of its role playing benefits for Cyclone Nargis recovery.”

The Hollywood Reporter: Soul-Searching in China Over Weak Movie Sales Abroad — “While China’s domestic box office in 2012 was a hefty $2.8 billion, overseas earnings were just 1.1 billion yuan ($180 million), down nearly 50 percent on the $330 million clocked up in 2011. ’The dissemination of Chinese films overseas in 2012 saw few highlights, and it’s worrisome,’ said Huang Huilin, director of the AICCC, to Chinese media outlet Global Times.”

Read An Excerpt From “Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy and America’s Image Abroad” By Martha Bayles

December 23 2013

00:43

Lightsaber You With My Lightsaber • Jelly and Bean • JellyStyle

The boys discuss the original trilogy of Star Wars, including its place in pop culture and science fiction history, its influence on the generation that grew up with it, and the special effects and how they’ve changed the films over the years. Plus, Machete order and how the prequels could’ve been improved with some more interesting writing techniques. Meanwhile, the boys insult both Star Wars and Star Trek fans, and choose their favourite film in the trilogy. Also, Jelly continues to insist that he doesn’t like Star Wars. SACRILEGE! http://jellystyle.com/podcasts/jellyandbean/54

December 14 2013

13:49

Episode 7: Instant Gratification Syndrome — IRL Talk

IRL Talk is a weekly show that covers the most important things in life: pop culture, technology, movies, comics, tv, etc. We’re here every Friday just in time for your weekend to get IRL. On IRL Talk we tl;dr the galaxy so you don’t have to. Hosted by Faith Korpi and Jason Seifer http://www.irltalk.com/episodes/007

December 07 2013

11:02

Episode 6: Emoji is Actually an Investment — IRL Talk

IRL Talk is a weekly show that covers the most important things in life: pop culture, technology, movies, comics, tv, etc. We’re here every Friday just in time for your weekend to get IRL. On IRL Talk we tl;dr the galaxy so you don’t have to. Hosted by Faith Korpi and Jason Seifer http://www.irltalk.com/episodes/006

December 06 2013

21:38

Episode 6: Emoji is Actually an Investment — IRL Talk

IRL Talk is a weekly show that covers the most important things in life: pop culture, technology, movies, comics, tv, etc. We’re here every Friday just in time for your weekend to get IRL. On IRL Talk we tl;dr the galaxy so you don’t have to. Hosted by Faith Korpi and Jason Seifer http://www.irltalk.com/episodes/006

November 11 2013

18:08

Caustic Soda: Vampires Part 1

Just in time for Halloween, it’s the first part of a blood-gorged Caustic Soda Vampire episode. In part one Toren covers several vampire “facts” in a pop quiz, Joe and Kevin join in talking about just what it takes to be considered a vampire. Following a vampiric musical break we look at vampires in history such as Jure Grando, “the hysteria”, and then a look at “real-life vampires” like Mercy Brown, Fritz Haarmann, Richard Chase, and James Riva.
18:07

Caustic Soda: Genocide Part 1

This episode is rated ‘T’ for TRIGGER ALERT. In part 1 of 2 on genocide, we discuss Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, The Tasmanian “Black Wars” and the Maori invasion of the Moriori.

September 17 2013

07:49

Caustic Soda: Mummies

Various kinds of mummies are discussed, including ancient Egyptian methods, bog mummies, saponification, and electroplating. Plus the mummies of Guanajuato, Chiesa dei Morti, Luang Pho Dang, and plenty of pop culture.

August 14 2013

01:23

Caustic Soda: Megafauna

Can you clone a mammoth and have it build a pyramid? Baz Edmeades of megafauna.com joins us to talk about prehistoric elephants, hell pigs, terror birds, giant ground sloths, marsupial lions, hippopotamus wombats, moas, sabretooth cats, stellar sea cows and more!

May 13 2013

21:58

Caustic Soda: Regicide

Green Ronin Publishing’s Chris Pramas joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to discuss the deaths of royalty like Mary, Queen of Scots and Charles I as well as Shaka Zulu’s mother issues and more! Part 1 of 2.
21:50

Caustic Soda: Alchemy

Joanna Gaskell of the Standard Action web series joins us to discuss the history and “science” of alchemy, including the philosopher’s stone and elixir of life, transmutation of elements, the universal solvent, homonculi, famous alchemists and frauds. Plus alchemy portrayed in film, comics, TV, literature, and video games.

April 09 2013

03:11

Marketplace: On Margaret Thatcher and 80s pop culture

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