July 04, 2022
Ep. 95: Superhumans
A few weeks ago, Mark insisted Corrigan was a giant mark for believing in human echolocation, so this week we’re revisiting the topic, as well as other seemingly superhuman powers that exist in the world! Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the gruesome shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley’s Jaws[18:19] The 4th of July somehow leads us to a conversation about empathy[35:00] What we watched![45:35] Spoiler for the movie Men[48:18] End of Men spoiler[73:51] We talk about the incredible capabilities of human adaptation Stuff we referenced: Charles Bruder killed in shark attack – Newspapers.com 1916 New Jersey Shore shark attacks inspired Jaws and changed the way we view ocean predators The 1916 shark attacks: Matawan, N.J.’s 100-year struggle with a bloody legacy – nj.com The Matawan Shark Attack: A Deadly Day in 1916 – Yesterday’s America July Attacks of the New Jersey “Jaws” | Weird NJ Echolocation in blind people reveals the brain’s adaptive powers | Science | AAAS Learning How to Be a Human Bat – Scientific American People Can Learn Echolocation in Ten Weeks | Smart News| Smithsonian Magazine How Does Human Echolocation Work? | Innovation| Smithsonian Magazine The ‘sea-nomad’ children who see like dolphins – BBC Future Desert people evolve to drink water poisoned with deadly arsenic | New Scientist Could we make a superhuman? | BBC Science Focus Magazine A World Without Pain | The New Yorker ...
June 29, 2022
Ep. 94: Such highs and lows
It can often seem like the world is getting worse on nearly every conceivable level — and it is! — but this week we’re talking about both the ways things have gotten worse in our lifetimes, and some of the ways things have actually gotten better. Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri about some Soviet gumption in the form Antarctic self-surgery[17:50] We unpack the horrendous week America has had thanks to the Supreme Court[43:45] We unpack the watch-along and future watch-along ideas, as well as book club, and our future hang in the UK[55:45] What we watched! It was A LOT.[84:25] We discuss things that have gotten worse AND things that have gotten better in our lifetimes ...
June 19, 2022
Ep. 93: Gotta get Gowron Friday
Since Mark is seeing Nine Inch Nails and CoRri is seeing Midnight Oil this weekend, we’re doing a Friday party-sode! We’re sipping on some suds and talking about CoRri’s disability, how racism ruined swimming in America, our irrational celebrity hatreds, Star Trek, actor accents, Nightmare on Elm Street’s enduring legacy, and more! This one is surprisingly uplifting, so cuddle up with us, friends. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark how the legacy of racism has ruined swimming for Black folks in the United States[17:25] We jump right into a discussion of irrational hatreds of celebrities and the absurdity of the passage of time[29:18] Mark is going to see Nine Inch Nails in a…. biodome? And this leads us into a discussion of the gloriousness of Star Trek. It makes sense, I swear.[41:39] Mark watched In The Mouth of Madness and, like the movie, the conversation spirals! From Sam Neil’s accent to Christian Bale’s improvisation skills, and our own acting and filmmaking backgrounds[52:13] What we watched! Stuff we referenced: Racial History of American Swimming Pools : NPR Challenging the Myth that ‘Blacks Can’t Swim’ – 5 Questions with Filmmaker Ed Accura | Pool Safely Racial Disparities in Swimming: What Can We Do? Racism at American Pools Isn’t New: A Look at a Long History Taika Waititi & Rhys Darby Take Lie Detector Tests | Vanity Fair ...
June 13, 2022
Ep. 92: The f**k this movie spectrum
It’s been two weeks since we’ve had a chat, so we’ve got a lot to say. Mark tells a horrifying cave story, the Void speaks some wisdom to our audience, and the movie Dashcam drives us to question where we draw our ethical lines in the films we choose to support. No spoilers, so you don’t have to have watched the movie to listen to the conversation! Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri a horrendously claustrophobic incident at the Nutty Putty Cave in Utah[23:50] Mark’s back from Crete with bug bites on his ass![34:00] Book club is coming on June 18th, and a double-feature watch-along on June 25th![36:35] We spin the wheel of justice and Mark connects to the Void and gets some bad advice for our Ko-Fi supporters[59:10] What we watched![84:40] We talk about the movie Dashcam and where we draw an ethical line in deciding what we’ll watch ...
June 05, 2022
Ep. 91: Meth Nazis and labor pains
Mark is on holiday this week, so our dear comrade Richard Lambert joins Corrigan to talk about Nazi drug use, the fate of the British monarchy, the trouble with ghost movies, violent state responses to labor movements, and the horrors of capitalism! It’s action packed! Highlights: [0:00] Guest Richard Lambert tells CoRri about Nazi methamphetamine use[21:00] We shoot the breeze about our week and have some cultural exchange about the British monarchy[40:10} What we watched![76:48] We discuss the horrors of capitalism, specifically violent things done to people trying to push for labor rights Stuff we referenced: Social Welfare History Project Passaic Textile Strike, 1926 Triangle Fire: Police Brutality against Strikers | PBS LearningMedia Uncovering the History of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire | History| Smithsonian Magazine POLICE IN SIDECARS CLUB AND CHASE 3,000 IN PASSAIC STRIKE What Made the Battle of Blair Mountain the Largest Labor Uprising in American History | History| Smithsonian Magazine Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare by Lukasz Kamienski review – what turns soldiers into monsters? | History books | The Guardian Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany by Norman Ohler review – a crass and dangerously inaccurate account | History books | The Guardian The scandal of Orgreave | The miners’ strike 1984-85 | The Guardian ...
May 29, 2022
Ep. 90: Stupid deaths revisited
It’s been a terrible week in America and we’ve got to talk about it. This week we follow a cathartic discussion of American failures with some good natured bickering about science, an invitation to come hang out with us, and a little jaunt into one of our favorite topics, dumb ways to die. Highlights: [0:00] We talk about America’s mounting social problems and whether the country is headed toward utopia or dystopia [26:20] We discuss the sizes of alcohol bottles and the queen’s platinum jubilee, and we bicker about whether or not human echolocation is real [35:00] We want you to come hang out with us in Birmingham, UK on November 12th and 13th! [47:20] What we watched! [75:00] We revisit stupid ways people have died or caused major tragedies Stuff we referenced: The Darwin Awards: 10 Of The Worst Stupid Death Stor… 10 Disasters Caused by Absurdly Negligent Decisions – Toptenz.net King Charles II Died a Horrible, Unfortunate Death ...