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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#81  Postby arugula2 » Aug 27, 2020 8:53 am

Beware the ones who don’t have a sense of humor or irony. Cherish the ones who do.

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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#82  Postby arugula2 » Sep 17, 2020 12:43 am

The West Wing is great TV (though I haven't seen it in years) but it's diseased social commentary. Found this podcast by one of the hosts of The Dollop. Each episode is a hilarious dissection of the fairly fucked up (or just stupid) thinking reflected in Aaron Sorkin's writing, but with enough generosity for the qualities that make the show good.

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Image The West Wing Thing (pilot). Menu at the top of the page for navigation.

In the backdrop (so far) is the fact that a generation of movers & shakers, especially in DC, grew up modelling their worldviews on this show & the characters in it. I personally know people who binge-watch it as a way of self-soothing in the age of Trump. It's sad and a bit scary. But even if you're one of them, you'll be entertained here. One of these guys is a comedian. And they’re both screenwriters.

If you're not aware of the phenomenon, but you're aware of the show... some reading:
"How liberals fell in love with The West Wing" (Current Affairs)

...which reminds me, it totally parallels the recent obsession with the pile of cultural horse shit that is Hamilton. In time maybe someone will make a witty podcast about that too.
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#83  Postby arugula2 » Sep 18, 2020 8:15 pm

:this: is brilliant. 9 episodes in.

In epsode 3, "Mr Willis of Ohio" (each podcast episode is named after the WW episode it's reviewing), Josh tells Dave about seat-fillers at the Oscars, and how after the 2006 awards he looked forward to getting a glossy photo of the audience with him in it, for family & friends... only to find a lady in a red dress sitting in his seat, next to his wife. (He'd gotten up to use the restroom.) Dave tries to find the silver lining:
Dave: Congratulations.
Josh: Yeah. Uh..... anyway.
Dave: And you didn't win, so it was like nothing ever happened.
Josh: Yeah, but I lost to, you know-
Dave: Who'd you lose to?
Josh: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. It is not a shame to have lost to-
Dave: For what? For what?
Josh: Brokeback Mountain.
Dave: Oh, ok. Yeah.
Josh: You know, Larry McMurtry, come on.
Dave: Yeah, alright.
Josh: And they're phenomenal writers and lovely people. The um... I know a bunch of people who lost to Crash, and they, they were not...
Dave: (Breaks into spontaneous, extended laughter after the word "Crash")
Josh: It was so good to be [nominated for Best] Adapted [Screenplay] that year 'cause... they were not happy.
Dave: (still laughing)

I feel vindicated.
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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#84  Postby arugula2 » Sep 18, 2020 9:20 pm

So, Josh reveals himself to be a member of the dating site TrumpSingles.com (no longer exists). Dave asks him "But what are you, on TrumpSingles?". "Um... I'm- I'm, uh- I'm a lady."
Dave: (laughter)
Josh: And, uh... I use a fake name, and I've- I've never paid. There's the free part, where you just sort of sign up, and every- every, uh, week, or two weeks is it? I get an email with all my eligible-
Dave: Yeah.
Josh: Trump single bachelors.
Dave: And are there a lot coming at you?
Josh: There's a lot. Yeah.
Dave: How hot are you?
Josh: I'm- I'm really hot.


Edit: After a brief pause to talk about West Wing, now they're spontaneously calling the White House to talk to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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#85  Postby arugula2 » Sep 19, 2020 5:57 pm

Dear gods. These cyborgs credited it in their memoirs. (Article recommendation from Dave: ”The Obama Boys” by Nathan Robinson, Current Affairs, March 2019.)
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#86  Postby arugula2 » Sep 27, 2020 4:44 am

From the second half of the season (after taking a break)...
Josh: But here we are. Toby's ex-wife. Um, played by... Bird York.
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    Uh, who- who I know. [...]
Dave: Yeah.
Josh: We actually got to go to the Oscars together, 'cause she was- she's a singer as well, and her song "In the Deep" from Crash was nominated.
Dave: Mm.
Josh: And, um, she's lovely. She's a fantastic-
Dave: Your film lost to Crash, right?
Josh: -actress. Uh, no. No, no... I was not, uh- I was in the "Adapted" category.
Dave: Oh right, right, right.
Josh: Crash was an "original" script.
Dave: But Crash won.
Josh: Crash won.
Dave: So Crash walked away with an Oscar that year and-
Josh: But in my category-
Dave: You- you-
Josh: Brokeback Mountain won Best, uh-
Dave: Oh that's ok.
Josh: Adapted Screenplay. Yeah, no, that's a- that's a great screenplay.
Dave: I kinda wish you had lost to Crash though.
Josh: No, but I lost to Larry McMurtry, which is-
Dave: (laugh)
Josh: There is no shame in losing to Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana. Um, yeah, but I do know- I got- you know, we all got to know each other. I know people who lost to Crash and-
Dave: Yeah.
Josh: And, and they're, to this day, they're sad.
Dave: (laugh)
Josh: Um. But you know what, I thought of them- I thought of them a couple months ago when-
Dave: The Green Book uh...
Josh: Yeah, 'cause- 'cause, uh...
Dave: "Let's do Crash again."
Josh: You no longer have to read those horrifying articles about how... you lost to the worst movie to ever win Best Picture.
Dave: (laugh)
Josh: Uh... now you lost to the second one. Ai!
Dave: (laugh)
Josh: Vigo... what've you done, man? We had it all.
Dave: (laugh)
Josh: Jesus Christ.

In case there was any ambiguity.

Also, never seen Green Book. Might've guessed as much.
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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#87  Postby arugula2 » Sep 27, 2020 4:56 am

(ep22)

Dave rant during the outro music:
There should not be a president of the United States. The office should not exist. The West Wing perpetuates the idea that it's an awesome position and we can "find the best one". That is not something that exists. It is a position that will always be used to destroy. In the end, there has never been a government set up with a president and a parliamentary body that has existed this long. They always collapse. It will not work. It is collapsing now. The presidency is a failed idea.

Josh:
And we'll be back next week, with more West Wing Thing.
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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#88  Postby arugula2 » Oct 04, 2020 6:12 pm

Season 2 ep 19 of the podcast (from spring 2020)... so far, Dave's made a lot of confident predictions, including Epstein definitely not surviving after indictment, and a few other things. Casual prediction from ~ March: Trump will die from covid.

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#89  Postby arugula2 » Oct 04, 2020 7:22 pm

Also, a few days ago they started uploading the episodes to the Dollop channel on youtube... oh, just, you know, a year and a half later.

Also, if you try to click the Pilot from within the playlist (they only instituted playlists in the last couple days, because the channel is shared with the other podcast, The Dollop) you can't. It's listed as unavailable.

If you click the Pilot from within Videos, it will play, but it's now listed as private (it wasn't a few days ago).

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Also... Josh's voice trails off constantly. He becomes impossible to hear, on a regular basis. These guys are amateurs. :teef:
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#90  Postby arugula2 » Oct 09, 2020 4:20 am

Season 3 episode 13 of West Wing Thing ("Hartsfield's Landing" - aired this past August) is fun enough to recommend out of sequence. (Sequence isn't very important anyway.) Guest is Josh Androsky, who is a professional funny-man, screenwriter (credits include Spongebob Squarepants), and communications director for Nithya Raman - who is on the ballot for Los Angeless city council (district 4) in November. He'll teach you a thing or two about local elections, and sometimes they'll pause to talk about The West Wing. Both involve a lot of exasperation.

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PS. This season, I think, introduced a new segment called "West Wing brain". It has a theme song by Collyn McCoy, who does all their music. (Soundtrack)
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    It’s preceded by a quote from The Big Lebowski.
Cant recommend track #12 enough (“From Sorkin with love”) in the linked soundtrack. It was commissioned after the podcast earned the “Russian propaganda” label for attacking the tv show.

PPS. In the following episode ("Dead Irish Writers w/Special Guest Mary Kate O'Flanagan", where they talk to an Irish screenwriter/actor), Josh reads part of a fundraising email he got from Obama's body-man, Reggie Love, on behalf of Joe Kennedy's failed Senate campaign in Massachusetts this past summer. Which reminds me I've been meaning to write a post about that irrelevant piece of shit.
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#91  Postby arugula2 » Oct 10, 2020 7:14 pm

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Image "We Killed Yamamoto w/Special Guest Katie Halper", Season 3 ep 19 (Sep 14, 2020).

Most entertaining episode so far. Katie Halper is glorious, and Dave blew a gasket. I don't know why... look at that cherubic, innocent face:

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#92  Postby arugula2 » Oct 17, 2020 7:36 pm

Episode 5 of Bad Faith podcast from September 24. Brie & one of the guests duke it out over whether or not Star Trek = militarism. Other topics include RBG & vote shaming. Hosts are Briahna Joy Grey (Bernie's former press sec) & Virgil Texas (from the Chapo Trap House), with guests Dave Anthony (of West Wing Thing and The Dollop), Bridget Read (New York Magazine), and Wyatt Cenac (who picks a fight over Star Trek).
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#93  Postby arugula2 » Feb 16, 2021 12:33 am

"Ty & That Guy Episode 001 - Alien and The Expanse S1E1 - Part 1"



Playlist on youtube. Interesting freeform discussions around screen sci-fi, between Wes Chatham (Amos in Expanse) and Ty Franck (1 of the 2 authors of the books)... the show, and other franchises. Episode 2 airs in a couple days.
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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#94  Postby cowolter » Mar 16, 2021 2:33 pm

Bitchy Shitshow - podcast about mental health, politics, culture

It's Not Just In Your Head - psychology podcast hosted by 2 therapists
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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#95  Postby SafeAsMilk » Mar 17, 2021 4:29 pm

Recently ran across Opening Arguments, which like the Legal Eagle guy has a legal angle on current events because one of them is a lawyer. Selling point was episode 460 where he tore apart the right's standard argument how Trump's election meddling cases were treated unfairly by the courts.

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Re: Favourite Podcasts

#96  Postby arugula2 » Mar 22, 2021 9:24 pm

Struggle Session with Leslie Lee III & Jack Allison. Episode 214 from Feb 6, absorbing discussion of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. (SoundCloud link)
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#97  Postby arugula2 » Mar 25, 2021 4:39 pm

^ Episode 269 from November, Leslie Lee & Emma discuss The Last of Us franchise.
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#98  Postby chairman bill » Mar 25, 2021 6:11 pm

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