Donovan and Harry wrack their brains about age old questions of Author vs. Audience and Interpretation vs. Intent in discussing Quentin Tarantino's use of "The-N-Word" in his films. A wide variety of voices are thrown into the mix, but does it simply speak as a cacophony of screams falling town a tunnel to nowhere? Write in and send your thoughts to email@example.com! *TRIGGER WARNING* Obviously this episode involves strong inflammatory language that may not be appreciable for some listeners
Don and Harry discuss the controversy of Trevor Noah's Daily Show interview with Tomi Lahren. Among the topics discussed are reaching across the aisle, weighing the values of conversation and anger, interracial anxiety and more post-2016 madness. Write in at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts read out on the air!
In this dreaded idea of an episode, the guys explore the wonders of the internet and discuss the highs and lows of becoming attracted, infatuated and even in love with fictional characters. Fandom culture is under the spotlight, concerning characters in television, movies, comics, video games and anime and manga. Strap yourselves in for this on..! Write into the show at email@example.com!
In a truly OUTRAGEOUS discussion, the guys discuss outrage culture, feminism and mob mentality. Their own experiences on both side of the topic are discussed as well as the current political era, Anita Sarkeesian, Ghost in the Shell 2017, Lena Dunham, Chick-Fil-A, and various others! Write in to the show at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The boys celebrate the holidays by having a good old fashioned Thanksgiving convo on religion! For the first time Harry and Don come at the topic from opposite perspectives! Does religion harm more than help? Why? Why not? Please send in any and all feedback to email@example.com!
Harry and Don attempt to regain their bearings in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election. Apologies to Bernie Sanders voters
Donovan and Harrison respond to feedback regarding the episodes "Advertising: Do they Make Us Treat People Like Objects?" and "GUNS: Do We Still Need the Second Amendment?". To send in feedback to be read on the show, write in to firstname.lastname@example.org!
In this episode Harry and Donovan try as hard as they can to have a fair and balanced discussion on gun control. Failing swiftly, the two talk about gun culture, the worth of sticking by the constitution, gun ownership psychology, and the NRA. ANY AND ALL THOUGHTS can be read out on the show by sending them to email@example.com!
Tryin' our hands at a listener-submitted Q -- How has advertising changed our perception of beauty and how we engage or relate to people? Do we consume people as objects?
Maybe it’s not the most focused episode of all time, and so it makes for a good brainstorming session.
How has advertising affected your self-image? How do you think it’s affected others?
Is it evil?
Don and Harry address substantial feedback for the episode "Morality in Sexual Fantasies"! A helpful listener, the thoughts forces certain revelations from ones of the hosts and asks questions about age appropriateness and individual intent relating towards significant others. Episode also reveals the topic for next time!
Topic for this week has the guys discussing the origins, permutations and relevance of the MPAA and other media guidelines for moral standards. Are we as a people really in need of a system that tells us what's appropriate and not-so for us or our kids to watch? Subjects range from the 1930 Hays Code of Motion Pictures, the MPAA Ratings System, examples of hilarious television movie dubbing, which scenes of excessive violence are permissible over others, why is sex seen as worse than violence, and the Comics Code Authority. Keep an eye out for the next episode which addresses feedback on Morality in Sexual Fantasies and the reveal of next time's discussion topic!
This time it's personal...
The subject of race comes crashing back into the QnoA podcast, and Donovan and Harry aren't interested in taking any prisoners. What follows is a two and a half hour discussion on what the changing of fictional characters' race says about the fans, specifically those who protest it. A lot of harsh words are directed towards specific people, but not without the intention to educate, inform and converse with. Comics make up much of the discussed content, but the guys also talk movies and video games, as well as creative intent. Closing out the episode is a couple of suggested topics from the show's first email!
For greater context, check out the Spider-Man Crawlspace episodes #383 and #434, and the Battle Beyond Planet X episode #83 to get the background on where a lot of the discussion and frustration began.
Write into the show at firstname.lastname@example.org to send in any thoughts or suggestions for the podcast
Talking back at the talkbackers -- for all the good that television news is capable of, this good only comes as one possible consequence of great power. This is yet another narrative in our lives, a major socializing agent in the ranks of parents, school, friends, and the entertainment we actually enjoy. News is not only potentially dangerous for what we glean from it, but from what everyone else does.
If you listen till the end, you'll find that your beloved and handsome hosts are totally not. But I've long opened each phone call with an admission to the NSA guy tapping in: "I'm masturbating." (joke citation needed)
How do you march? Under which banner do you parade?
On second thought, why in the righteous F do we even take sides like this? And if this conscription happened because of our genes, that's patently unfair. I'd like to have a bit more control over my life, and a bit more sense.
Well, sonny crocket (I'm Tubbs), you're saddled in fast down by the fireside fireplace sonny listenin' (I'm Tubbs) to your pal-o's Donovandamme and Harrisssssssson (the sss is for sssexy), so that bit of more sense, that last one little bit, this one last job, is what's featured behind our storefront glass.
To mix a metaphor: soup's on!
So get your soup on and have a LISTEN.
Eager for a topic set on "Easy" mode, the guys discuss fallen celebrities and reach for an overall takeaway opinion on several key figures, from late musicians to creepy comic book artists to wacky actors and disturbing and horrible people altogether.
HOW MUCH DOES RACE INFORM YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?
In this, the first of three "pilot" episodes, Donovan and Harry discussed racial pride, the value of race and and their own experiences growing up and coming to terms with their ethnic backgrounds.
An awkward start done awkwardly, this was an attempt to start the series from an honest foundation. As a result the two hosts are laid at their most bare and personal, and even make some mistakes which one attempts to rectify at the end (*hint* it's Donovan). Future Episodes will seek to be less heavy.
Ever? Or Never?
Part Three of the podcast's origin story sees the guys tackle Ethnocentrism. What is it? How does it apply to daily life? Is it inherently evil? Talk of Eskimos, World War II and Japan are included.
BDSM, Rape and Other Things...
Part two in the podcast's three part made-for-television movie has Harry and Don discuss sexual fantasies in all its forms. Starting low and sinking further, topics discussed include domination fantasies and what powers them, rape fantasies, racial sexual preference and the beginning of the "Japan saga".