Archive for the 'Pop Culture' Category

A deep and rambling dive about the new Cheap Trick album of rarities and b-sides, The Epic Archive: 1980-1983. First Ford, now General Motors: GM's layoffs and their essentially ceding the sedan market to European and Asian automakers. And two Netflix series, The Kominsky Method and I'm Sorry

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Jalopnik and Vox have some great insight and details about General Motors' big layoffs and vehicle changes.

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, family and traditions beckon, as does the legendary, now 40-years old (!) WKRP In Cincinnati episode about the holiday. Also 40 years ago: Alice Cooper's From The Inside album came out. And seeing one of the funniest - and bravest - comedians, Gary Gulman. Plus, a new book on the history of Hot Wheels toy cars.


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Here's some more Thanksgiving fun from that WKRP In Cincinnati episode

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A great story about Alice Cooper's From the Inside album is here.

Find Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale at Amazon.


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The Adoption/ story continues as a Google search leads to an obituary and Facebook friend requests. The passing of a stand-up comedy icon and the new HBO documentary about Andre the Giant.

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A mess o' randomness: Bumble swipes Left on, the Sklar Brothers in Minneapolis, anti-Semitism stupidity, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and a new book about The Clash!


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32 episodes?  Yes!  And now on iTunes!  This week Steve  breaks down IT's epic box office take and discusses the 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame nominees.  And did you know that there's a global sand crisis? Finally, Steve finally just does not give a f**k, and how the to-do list helps with that, including seeing a big rock concert this coming week!


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Steve goes solo for podcast no. 24 plotting a potential birthday trip; distractions include John McEnroe, trying to keep up with a ton of comedy on Netflix, favorite recent podcasts, a #1 single for an all-time favorite band of all-time and the challenge in trying to not do something. 

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Steve flies solo for episode 10, getting distracted by a largely forgotten song by his "all-time favorite band of all-time", Cheap Trick; gives a Super Bowl prediction, and pays attention to the importance of paying attention to dedication and great performances in sports, arts, or wherever. And, GOATS OF ANARCHY! 

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Steve does a solo turn, riffing about New Year's resolutions his goals for 2017; college & pro football, pro wrestler Jimmy Snuka's death and not getting robbed of your Chicken McNuggets

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The Weapon of Self-Distraction Podcast finally gets a co-host, Steve's good friend Mel!  

On episode #7 Mel adds a much needed second voice, opinions and more to the various distractions discussed. Such as: Why can't brothers in bands ever get along? Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Colin Farrell; Manchester By The Sea and Casey Affleck a Holiday Hole and a squid in the face.

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Steve talks about Scientology...a new lottery feature...the new movie with lot's of Oscar buzz, "Manchester By The Sea" and the new book about the New Barbarians

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