Wed, 25 January 2017
This week the Rad Crew sits down with comedian John-Michael Bond to talk about musician Warren Zevon. John-Michael describes being exposed to Zevon's music at an early age by his cool minister dad and quickly being taught the difference between "home music" and "church music." Warren Zevon was a complicated guy, but John-Michael admires him for owning up to his dysfunctions, abuse and alcoholism - as well as his dark sense of humor. There's also talk of zydeco music, the band The Locusts, and Natalie frowns a lot.
Weekly Rads: The Women's March, A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, San Francisco's The Walt Disney Museum and Winchester Mystery House
Wed, 18 January 2017
This week the Rad Crew welcomes return guest Anna Valenzuela (Comedy Central's Roast Battle) and Rad buddy Brian Cox (Return to Castle Wolfenshow) for another animated chat about anime. Anna is a pretty hardcore anime fan, and she and Kyle have had many conversations off-mic about the world of Japanese animation. They chat about the radness of Samurai Champloo and its hyper-stylized approach to historical inaccuracy. Anna tells Burnside to check out Ergo Proxy, describing it as the "Radiohead of anime.” Brian chats about his newfound love of One Punch Man. And we get to hear Producer Natalie squee at the sight of a cabbit from Tenchi Muyo. Plus, it wouldn't be an anime episode without Kyle continuing to ramble about his love for Evangelion, Gundam, and Cowboy Bebop. And what dive into the world of anime would be complete without some talk about anime girl body pillows and the dark and sexy world of hentai? Plus, Anna sells Kyle on giving Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex another chance. Great episode with some great people. See you, rad cowboy... This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.
Weekly Rads: Multiple Maniacs on Criterion, The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast: The (17-Disc Limited Edition Box Set), Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Jeff and Some Aliens on Comedy Central
Raddendums: Standalone Complex, Trigun, Biggo, Bubblegum Crisis, Ghost in the Shell, Perfect Blue, Millennium Darkness, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Battle Royale High School, Samurai X, Samurai Champloo, Tenchi Muyo!, Spirited Away, Polar Bear Cafe, Kamichu!, The Cat Returns, Kiki's Delivery Service, Star Balls, Elfen Lied, Akira, Trigun, Fullmetal Alchemist, Angel Beats, Mongolian Chop Shop, Cowboy Bebop, Case Closed
Tue, 10 January 2017
This week Kyle, Matthew and Producer Natalie sit down with comedian Luke Jensen (from the "What Did We Learn?" podcast) to discuss scientific skepticism… or do they? Luke talks about growing up Lutheran and how becoming a skeptic led to his current path in comedy. They discuss the importance of having a skeptical mind and debunking falsities through science, as learned from the Amazing James Randi… as well as the insufferable nature of skeptics. Other topics include the dangers of confirmation bias, body image (because tangents), and Matt reminisces about once "helping" his friend with a jellyfish sting at the beach.
Weekly Rads: How sanitary is it to wash a handkerchief?, The Cadillac Tramps, Yogurtland's new fruit purees
Raddendums: The Amazing James Randi, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Adam Ruins Everything, Harry Houdini, Uri Geller, An Honest Liar, Skepticon, The Amazing Meeting, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Michio Kaku, Penn Jillette, Skeptic magazine, Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World," James Randi's "Flim-Flam! Psychics, ESP, Unicorns, and Other Delusions"
Thu, 5 January 2017
This week Kyle and Matthew welcome back comedians Ed Greer and Klee Wiggins to discuss Star Wars: Rogue One. They also announce the winners of our Lootaclauntest! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.
Weekly Rads: Magic Mike XXL, The Moaning of Life, Vaporwave