We’re here to talk about the ball of hot air in the room, Alex Jones. He was just banned from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple, and we sure do wish the list went on and on. Was it the right thing to do? Is it a violation of free speech? Is the government turning all of the frogs gay?
On this episode, Darryl leads a discussion on the right-wing conspiracy maniac, Alex Jones and what precedents it may or may not set. Sly just wants to talk about Gunns, both of the James and the muscle variety. Ryan tries to strike the balance between capitalism and socialism. And Phil had to move, so he’s not on this episode. Write in and tell us how much you miss him!
We needed a break, everybody. Things are like… really bad out there. So we went back to our original format and picked a piece of pop culture to analyze! We watched a movie called Bulworth! Only Sly had even heard about the film before this week, so it was quite the unexpected experience.
On this episode, we cover the 1998 political film, Bulworth, written, directed, produced, and starring Warren Beatty. It’s Sly’s favorite movie now so don’t you dare say anything negative about it. Ryan keeps the conversation light by talking about 9/11. Darryl pleads the fifth. And Phil punches up the script a bit.
Metal Gear has… Oops? We talk about Metal Gear Solid and how much Hideo Kojima predicted when it comes to modern politics. Phil and Sly try to convince Ryan that these games are amazing, while Darryl adds a healthy grain of salt into the discussion. We mostly talk about Metal Gear Solid 2 and Revengeance, but touch upon all of them at least a little bit.
On this episode, we talk about how Metal Gear Solid’s villains just want to Make America Great Again. We also cover all sorts of different types of “isms.” And we spend way too much (or not enough?) time talking about memes. Ryan tries to seem cool but ends up just hiding behind his gamecube. Sly is all about dream meme genes. Phil finally reveals his hypocrisy when it comes to hating dumb media. And Darryl takes nanomachines so he can beat us up. Just like Metal Gear, this episode is both way more serious and way sillier than it has any right to be.
Against all odds, we’re back. Last episode, we talked about how much we had to look forward to! Well, not anymore. It’s time to dip into our endless reserve of pessimism and talk about some dark futurology. Let’s be real, y’all, it’s not looking good out there lately.
We talk about some of our biggest fears for the future. Darryl talks the trend of hyper-partisan politics and gives the secret origin of Jesus Christ: microbiologist. Ryan talks automation and his own miserable existence. Phil talks antibiotic resistant bacteria and has no faith in human decency vs. the allure of McNuggets. Sly talks immortality and really “Slys it up” in style.
On this episode, we talk about money in politics. Turns out, politicians are corrupt! Can you believe it?
In this episode, we compare Trump vs. Hillary’s campaign money! Phil gives us some stats on just how much money matters in an election. Sly gives us some history on limitless campaign spending. Ryan looks to the future and how Democrats are addressing these concerns. And Darryl tells us about everyone’s least favorite lobby, the NRA.
The Ultimates was Marvel’s first attempt to modernize the Avengers and it became the source material for the film. Did we finally find a Millar book where the comic was better than the movie? Well no, but at least it’s not hot garbage.
The gang time travels from 2099 to the Bush Years to see Millar back when he still put some effort into his comics. Ryan gives his reasons for why this book is good and prays it doesn’t disprove his arguments in the meantime. Phil is not sure if it’s really satire or just Millar being Millar. Darryl is not fooled by the obvious supervillain that is Millar and is desperate to out him. Sly on the other hand is just trying to find the trademark Millar cuckoldry.
Last episode, we talked about our family’s politics. Very dramatically. And it definitely wasn’t just about our parents and the secret resentments that created our argument styles. So now we turn the microphone to all of you listeners and try to make us feel like we’re not totally weird. Big thanks to Elle, Julia, Julia’s Mom, Matt, Lauren, and Will for talking to us! Good thing nothing major happened last week in American politics! Usually it’s a real ****hole. Also porn stars are there sometimes. And Steve Bannon was subpoenaed and then refused to answer any questions. Why am I still writing this? 2018, am I right?
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Happy New Year, everyone! After a restful and relaxing holiday with our family, we’re back to complain about them! For this special episode, we decided to touch upon how we were raised, politically, when we started to diverge from our parents’ beliefs, and what it’s like dealing with them now. Apparently we can’t help but just talk about our dads the whole time! Wonder what that means?!?
On this episode, Phil desperately tries to psychoanalyze our very obvious hangups. Darryl breaks ranks to talk about… someone other than his Dad. Ryan’s slowly turning into Sly. And Sly takes a genuine turn to talk about his worldview.
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On this episode, we discuss some of the recent waves of protest in America. We start with the NFL kneeling controversy started by Colin Kaepernick. Then we touch upon how Trump has only made the issue more divisive. Plus we cover some history and Antifa.
This episode gets a little heated. Darryl gives some comprehensive context for the current NFL controversy, including Kaepernick’s meeting with a veteran player to assess the most respectful way to protest. Ryan’s an incredibly bitter nerd who seriously hates football for it’s violent tendencies, but is starting to come around to Antifa and… their violent tendencies? Phil’s back to talk about… you guessed it! Appealing to centrists and history! This time it’s all about unions and protest in America. And Sly lives up to his title as the Alex Jones of Oops, I Talked By Politics! by rage-quitting the show. How’s that for a protest?
On this episode, we give some backstory and context for immigration issues. Then we sit down with Luis, an immigrant from El Salvador who recently got his citizenship. We also spend a lot of time talking about what makes America a great place, both for the people that are already here and those looking to move here. Because Liberals can be patriotic, too, dammit!
Despite our usual worldly confidence (read as: arrogant and sheltered elitism), we really don’t know what immigration policies we should be striving for. Phil tries to contextualize it by looking at how we’ve treated immigrants in the past (poorly). Sly opens up about his experiences as an immigrant himself. Ryan tries really hard not to talk about health care by giving us some statistics and facts on DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s Executive Order to allow undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to stay in America. As a result, we spend a lot of time talking about the nature of patriotism and how important protest is.
Huge thanks to Luis for his great stories about what it was like coming here as a kid, the bittersweet feelings of going back home, just how hard it is to know where our country should go from here, and so much more.