Category Archives: Podcasts

The Faculty of Horror Podcast

I discovered a new podcast with much thanks to Rue Morgue podcast.  It’s called the Faculty of Horror.  This podcast is by two highly educated ladies Alexandrea (Twitter @scarealex) and Andrea Subissati  (Twitter: @necromadrea) is a sociologist and writer on cultural studies and the horror film genre.

This cast is different than any other podcasts on horror that i have listened to.  They speak intelligently about these films.  They “tackle all things horror with a slash of analysis and research”   They discuss themes, archetypes, cultural impact from a psychological and sociological point of view.  It’s really a fresh perspective on these films and themes.

They are only  8 episodes and the majority of them are 45 minutes or less (with the exception of the I Slaw Therefore I am  which examines   Joss Wheedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.  (they examine some of the thematic and schematic  elements of significant episodes of the series.)
So far the episodes include:

 

Ep 2   Valentines Day (a look at Fatal Attraction (1987) vs Fear (1996)
Ep 4   Do You Like Scary Movies?  (looks at what scares us and why)
Ep 5   I Slay Therefore I am (Buffy)
Ep 6   Ring to Rule Them All (About The Ring)


If you like horror and you like smart commentary check these ladies out.  The links above link to PodOmatic but you can also download them on iTunes.


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What Wesley Crusher taught me today

Isn’t it interesting how things you hear can trigger such emotion?? I was listening to the latest installment of Radio Free Burrito, Wil Wheaton’s podcast and the last thing he was talking about was the blooper reel that will be on the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation 3rd season Blu-Ray release. He was relating how by the third season the cast was a pretty close knit group and if they messed up they would laugh it off and reset the scene. All if them except Wil, who would be come frustrated and apologize and be angry with himself from screwing up. He was 15 or 16 at the time. What also contributed to the frustration was that by this time Wesley’s role had been reduced to “aye sir” and a lot of technobabble as he likes to call it. This fact was a foolish teenage factor is asking to be written off the show in the subsequent season.

He said something at the end of the podcast that really struck a nerve with me. He talked about how his teenage self was doing the best he could and maybe one day being able to make peace with that. I related this back to my own life with my own frustration in my job. It caused me to cry.

I am nearly 42 years old and I am a relatively new second career RN. I am a former Respiratory therapist of 12 years. I knew that job and did that job well. Graduating April 2012 and finding a job finally in August, starting in September that year. I have been off orientation since December 9th and have working with 5-6 patients each shift since then. Nursing is a tough job and a job that I have only scratched the surface of.

Each shift, that job is a struggle. Each shift is different. Different patients, acuities, med schedules, some pain management some not, some total care some not. While it is nice to have a routine most of the time it is not possible as things are thrown at you from Left field much of the time.

Anyway, I know I am doing the best I can do but at the same time I do not feel as if my best is good enough and that is so frustrating. When I get behind, I stress. It’s a horrible feeling to know you are doing what you can but still feeling inadequate.

So that podcast really struck a nerve with me today. It helped give me hope that not only will I become better at my job but also that I may one day Buble to make peace with these times as they are now

Podcast: Devour the Podcast.

One of my newest podcasts that I have discovered is Devour the Podcast, Podcast.  It’s a horror genre podcast.  I love horror movies.  I always have.  My parents started me early with such classics as  “The Hearse”, The Howling  and “Zombie 2”  So I’ have had a lifelong love of horror movies. I read Fangoria as a tween and teen  before there was such a thing as a tween in the american vernacular. .  I couldn’t get enough. I was a teen in the 80’s and  we had  the slashers which I found that the lower the budget the better the slasher film and I loved them. I had two friends and a friends mom who I would watch many many low budget horror classics such as “Happy Birthday to me”, April Fools Day, Evil Dead and Sleepaway Camp.

This podcast and accompanying blog is really great!   I love listening to it although I am way behind and frequently skip around so I can listen to casts about movies I have seen or really want to see.  Each podcast in this series follows a format.  Usually they start with the movies they have watched during the week and their commentary and reviews of each.    I wonder if these people get paid to do these podcasts because I don’t have nearly as much time to watch horror films as they apparently do.  I watch at the most 1-2 a month on a good month.  I used to watch much more- when I was single.

Then they move onto horror news .  They talk about what is new and exciting in the horror world. New movies, new editions of old movies, DVD releases, Blu-ray re-releases etc.  I have discovered some movies this way and I have added them to my must see list.

Then they move onto “It came from the Instant Queue”.  Netflix instant queue that is.  They discuss and rate it.  Sometimes it’s a don’t waste your time about a movie in the instant queue.  I think this is awesome because I do the streaming from Netflix so I can check out these movies as I become interested in them.

They have their “Feature Presentation” which is usually a retrospective of some old horror movie.  It’s very entertaining if you have seen the movies and can give you an idea if you actually want to see the movie they are describing.  There are lots of good laughs and lots of new perspectives on old movies.  I recently listened to an older episode where they had a retrospective of  Sleepaway Camp in which they stated that this was the first transgender and gay characters in a horror movie that didn’t received ridicule for being gay or transgender.  I thought that was an interesting and true statement when I really thought about it for a couple of minutes.

If you enjoy horror and you enjoy listening to podcasts and reading blogs check out Devour the Podcast.  You can find them in a number of places.

These podcasts are long 1.5  to 2 hours each.  So it’s a time commitment to listen.   But worth it and that’s why I’m so far behind.

Join the facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/devourthepodcast/

Blogs:  http://devourtheblog.wordpress.com/

Podcast show notes:  http://devourthepodcast.blogspot.com/

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes:  Search “Devour the Podcast”

80’s Podcast Ends

As I have mentioned this podcast before I regret to say that Tampa Bay.com’s Stuck in the 80’s podcast is ending after one last show sometime in the near future.  Apparently, Steve Spears the writer for the Stuck in the 80’s blog has resigned from his job at Tampabay.com to take a magazine job in Winter Park, Florida a suburb of Orlando.  The best friends Steven Q Spears (“Spearsy) and Sean Daly may record the occasional podcast together because they will now be living an hour of so apart. The Stuck in the 80’s blog’s future is still being negotiated with TampaBay.com

This podcast will be missed by me  and I’m sure the entire Stuck in the 80’s Nation,  but 274 back podcasts are available for your 80’s listening pleasure at iTunes.  Check them out you won’t be sorry

Podcast #274

http://pod.sptimes.com/stuckinthe80s274.mp3

Stuck in The 80’s on twitter

Stuck in the 80’s Blog

Stuck in the 80’s on Facebook

Will30

A friend of mine recently started doing a podcast.  His podcast examines the world through arts and entertainment.

“Will30 will look at our world through arts and entertainment.

I have always been of the persuasion that cultures are not best defined and understood by their politics, economics, and sociology; but rather by the art and entertainment that they produce.

I believe that the arts inspire the world. Through the arts we can better understand where we are as a culture, and more importantly, where we are going. These will be the topics of Will30.”

I love this podcast and not just because my friend does it.  This is really a smart, intelligently spoken look at the world through arts and entertainment.  He talks about literature, movies, TV, racism, education and sports from the angle of arts and entertainment.  He makes a lot of good points and what he believes may not always be popular but he is not afraid to say it. I applaud that.  Check it out.  Listen to one then listen to them all.  He’s on hiatus right now but I am sure he will be back soon and their are 13 episodes already available.   Check him out.  You can access Will30 on Spreaker radio, his website or you can subscribe on iTunes for free.

Links

Spreaker Radio- Will30

A Garrett Williams – his literature website. (he’s also a writer) You can download his work for both Kindle and Nook

Stuck in the 80’s

If you were a teenager in the 80’s or even if you were a young adult you know that the 80’s was a great time for music, movies and TV.  The guys who write the Stuck in the 80’s Blog on Tampa Bay.com think so too.   In fact,  they love the 80’s so much they also do a podcast called stuck in the 80’s which is a  lot of fun.

The guys are Steve Spears and Sean Daly and they are both writers for the Tampa Bay times.  Steve Spears is the Entertainment News editor and Sean Daly writes the obituaries for the same paper.   These two are fanatical about the 80’s.

Their blogs consist of talk about movies, retro concerts, music, pop culture of the 1980’s plus up to the minute news of things related to the 1980’s.  It is a virtual clearinghouse for all things 80’s.  The podcast is  270 shows strong  is a lot of fun to listen to and has a huge international cult following.  They do interviews with 80’s pop and rock stars from Dennis DeYoung to Thomas Dolby to members of the Psychedelic Furs.  They do full length movie commentary of Purple Rain and Halloween (a Stuck in the 80’s favorite).  They dedicate whole show to bands and stars from the 80’s.  They debate about the top 5 John Cusack movies of all time.  (it’s a lively debate), rock dinosaurs, horrible hits and one hit wonders for each year in the decade.  Occasionally, they put out episodes called 80’s News Now which updates us on what our favorites from the 80’s are doing.
These two are funny, and sometimes stupid and silly but all of that makes it an enjoyable podcast.  If you love the 80’s check out the Blog and the Podcast. The podcast is available on the Blog website and on iTunes.

Links:

Stuck in the 80’s Blog

Podcast

Subscribe to the podcast on Itunes

Memories of the Futurecast

I discovered this podcast today quite by accident. I had heard on the “picture-in-picture commentary” for Stand By Me that Will Wheaton had a podcast called “Radio Free Burrito”  while listening to one of those I heard about or read on one of his blogs about the “Memories of the Futurecast” that he also did.  The Radio Free Burrito is a little too geek centric for me.  He talks a lot about things that i am not into such as Warhammer 40k, which I have only passingly heard of through a friend.  Not generally my cup of tea but I will probably give a few a listen to see if it gets better through my Jambox while doing house work or something.

“Memories of the Futurecast” is a companion piece to Will Wheaton’s book Memories of the Future Vol 1 book.   This book and by extension the podcast is Will Wheaton’s memoirs and behind the scenes stories of his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG), coupled with synopses of each episode of Season 1, as well as sometimes snarky, commentary of the episode.    Will Wheaton is quite the wordsmith and is funny and not afraid to make fun of himself or the character of Wesley Crusher from ST:TNG.  I admire that.

 

Memories of the Futurecast is available here.   It is also available on iTunes for those who are slaves to Apple.

 

Links:  WWdN: In Exile