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Super Tuesday Recap - What Actually Happened in Secret Empire  

It’s the Super Tuesday Recap you’ve been asking us for. Kriss, Dpalm and Justin are back to discuss Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire. If we sound a bit animated during the show it’s because there has been an incredible amount of poorly written takes on this event. Now of course, not everyone is going to like or even agree with everything that happens in this event. That’s perfectly okay. What’s not okay though is when entire articles are written or discussions are had and basic facts are misconstrued or worse, ignored.

Read Secret Empire and the associated Captain America books. Reading what other people have written (even us) doesn’t do it justice. This is a great Captain America story, the best Sam Wilson story ever written and a pretty relevant book in light of recent events in America.

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Insanity Check #582: It's Called Sexism  

This week Kriss is joined by Rich Jones to talk about all the craziness in the world. We talk about a lot of topics starting with how group think and pressure to conform to traditions leads to people feeling forced into doing certain things. Kriss tells his own hilarious story about faking speaking in tongues. We then move on to talking about all the hurricanes and how vulnerable the certain people are. Then finally there's a discussion about the sexism powerful ambitious women face.

Topics:

Kriss tells the story of when he faked speaking in tongues as a kid in church Some are too poor to evacuate hurricane Irma  Why does the media cover disasters like outside observers instead of helping? Asking if Kathleen Kennedy is the right person to lead LucasFilms is blatant sexism Two films, grossing $3 billion but her credentials are questioned Sexism in the 2016 election (and after) Hillary Clinton needs to shut up (even though Bernie didn't and Mitt Romney didn't) Hillary is actually right Great Moments in White Privilege Teens start forest fire. No one arrested Black Woman Shoutout SupportBlackWomen.com - Donate directly to black women affected by Harvey and Irma

 

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Rich Jones - @richJones15 

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Movie Review: IT  

Brandon and Kriss review the remake of the Stephen King's 'It'. 

A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

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Super Tuesday Recap: The Defenders Review Part 3  

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Let's start with an apology up front: Kriss was definitely out of control this episode. But again, this is why we don't get the whole Super Tuesday crew together for reviews. Anyway, we wrap up our Defender review with episodes 7 & 8. We talk about where we see the characters going in their respective solo shows, who Maggie is at the end and sprinkled throughout are various words of wisdom like why you should always fight and old person. Yeah its that kind of show. And we end it all with a discussion on The Punisher and why it might not be the show everyone thinks they want.

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Secret Sauce #5: Contrary to Popular Belief  
Welcome back to episode 5 of Secret Sauce! To begin, we start with our very first review. Thanks Rich! Next we get to know someone special to the MTR Network, Attorney Susan Berry. Then a short segment on 'manhating' and finally we talk to Val Rich, a talented clairvoyant. Thank you for listening.

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Character Corner: Peter Parker Part 3: Carnage, Ben Reilly, One More Day & More  

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We're wrapping up our Peter Parker Character Corner with the third and final part. We go over (quickly) the introduction of Carnage and then Peter & Harry's final confrontation. Then its on the one of the most controversial storylines: The second clone saga. No matter where you fall in the debate, we can all agree things got a bit out of control. It's not all bad though since Ben Reilly has become a pretty popular character and so despite the mess, there were some good outcomes. We then get into Civil War, One More Day and where Peter is now. Our Rogue Wars character corner covers a lot of the later issues of Peter so you'll definitely want to check that out.

Issues:

Carnage Amazing Spider-Man #344 - Cletus Kasady Amazing Spider-Man #360-361 - First Appearance of Carnage The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 - Harry Osborn Dies The Second Clone Saga (won't list out all the issues, there are too many) Amazing Spider-Man #418 - Return of Norman Osborn/reveals he was behind everything The Clone Saga Mini-Series - 6 issues that follows the original script Amazing Spider-Man vol 2 #38 - The Conversation Marvel Knights Spider-Man 1 - 12 Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure - Brian K Vaungh Spider-Man The Other - gives him new powers Civil War #2 - Peter reveals his identity to the world Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1 One More Day - Peter & MJ make a deal to give up their marriage to save aunt May The Amazing Spider-Man #544 Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 The Sensational Spider-Man vol 2 #41 The Amazing Spider-Man #545 Amazing Spider-Man #638 - 641 - One Moment in Time  Amazing Spider-Man #655 -656 - No One Dies Superior Spider-Man Spider-Verse Spider-Men - 616 Peter meets Miles Morales Clone Conspiracy  Ultimate Spider-Man (the entire run)

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Unanimous Decision #63: Kicking Off  

Finally, the time is here. After WAY too long, college football is back in our lives. Forget preseason watchlists and 3.6694 star recruits and satellite camps and the under compensated workforce, by god we've got real live college football to talk about. And to officially kick off season 2, we bring back the guest most likely to replace me, my Dad.

Topics:

A realistic take on the Falcons Scraping the bottom of the NFL Quarterback barrel. Georgia football is determined to kill me, I swear to god. How bout dem Gators? Bama remains the Death Star of college football. Texas is 0-1. Charlie Strong is 1-0. Injuries and the dark side of the game we love. Read Spencer Hall's season opener. Every year it's amazing.

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Insanity Check #581: Prosperity Pimping For Jesus  

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On this Labor Day Weekend Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Ashanti (DocuDrunks, Scarestalgia). We talk Joel Osteen and prosperity preaching, Antifa vs Neo-Nazis & the dangers of "both side-isms", Cops violating people's rights again and more. Oh and Ashanti gets her fun in by talking sports. Yes sports.

Make sure you stick around for the last 11minutes for a special message from Latoya about the FEMA response and how to get help because of hurricane Harvey.

Topics:

Joel Osteen is a scam artist If you're worth $50 million, you don't have to ask to host flood victims Mattress Mack didn't have to ask (or be asked) Prosperity Preachers are basically pimps Juanita Bynum and her $5000 pen & $20,000 threshing floor Antifa vs Nazis...its really not a choice This is a bad article on "both side-isms" Really say out loud the differences between Antifa & Nazis to see how silly it is Cops being terrible Black Lives Matter are "rabid animals" Cop arrests nurse for protecting a patient Great Moments in White Privilege White rapist gets sentence postponed so his internship isn't affected

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Ashanti - @NotThatAshanti 

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I Do...Until I Don't  

Brandon and Kriss review Lake Bell's ensemble comedy film I Do...Until I Don't. 

An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.

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Patti Cake$ Review  

Phenom and Kriss review Patti Cake$. Phenom had every intention of going into this film to roast it but he emerged surprised that it's actually a good film. It's funny, Danielle Macdonald is great as Patti and it's not the cultural appropriation vulture movie the trailers make it seem like. 

PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

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Super Tuesday Recap - The Defenders Part 2  

We're back with another Super Tuesday Recap. This time we have the whole crew with us and it becomes very obviously, very quickly why we're all not allowed to do Super Tuesday Recaps together. We're reviewing episodes 4 (Royal Dragon), 5 (Take Shelter) and 6 (Ashes, Ashes) of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix.  You're not going to want to miss this episode. There's plenty of corny jokes (mainly from Kriss), lusting over eye candy, Karen Page hot takes & defenses and more. 

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Awesome Con Artist Spotlight: Ashley Gonzales of Zeefa Studio  

Welcome back to another artist spotlight from Awesome Con 2017. This time I sit down with Ashley Gonzales of Zeefa Studio, an artist whose fantasy based pieces find their way into your spirit.  We discuss her journey as an artist, her affinity for fantasy based pieces, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 (come on, EVERYONE is talking about THAT ending), her commission work, and the importance of family support in the life of an artist pursuing their dream.

Find Ashley online at www.zeefastudio.com

Facebook: ZeefaStudio

Instagram: @zeefa

 

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Unanimous Decision #62: Stick to Sports  

The #PodcastWeek hangover is REAL, but we're back in the saddle talking about the Great White Hype, and all the other sports news worth talking about this week. We break down the 'fight' of the century, the dire prospects of the UFC going forward, the NBA's continued shift to a 12 month league, and when are we allowed to NOT stick to sports. Also, join our NFL Pick 'Em group over at ESPN to win prizes (maybe) or just lose to me (probably).

Topics:

McGregor! Mayweather! I can''t believe y'all paid for this. UFC is in BIG trouble. Art Briles can't get a job. This is my not caring face. Cavs and Celtics have a monster trade. Unless they don't. Matthew $tafford. Kaepernick rally at NFL HQ. UDPod NFL Pick 'Em.

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Insanity Check #580 - Harry Potter & the Acceptable Racist  

Leslie from Safety Pin Box is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss to give us an update on Safety Pin Box, white allies not "getting it", Trump's Friday new dump and how to navigate and reconcile wanting radical change but also dealing with the reality of what America is.

Topics:

Safety Pin Box Update Netroots direct action Book deal and navigating the publishing world as black women Expanding Safety Pin Box Daniel Radcliffe tells us racism isn't enough to end a friendship The Friday Trump News Drop Neo-Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka is fired/resigns (but it doesn't matter) Trump signs a memo telling military to ban transgender people Trump pardons Joe Arpaio   Reconciling wanting to end imperalism but also recognizing what the military is for transgender people Joe Arpaio is a terrible human being Yes we would have been better under Hillary Clinton, no we don't think she was our white savior  How do we reconcile wanting radical change but also live in the reality of today? Dems & the Left have an uphill battle because of gerrymandering  What's the balance between activism and dealing with the reality of America and actually getting governing done? Great Moments in White Privilege Pastor says there would be no white supremacists without Obama Black Woman Shoutout Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche is a Ph.D.-level theoretical physicist; one of a very few Black women, let alone blind Black women, theoretical physicists.  
She's is currently raising funds for her next documentary called "Seeking Vision" and will be a guest on "Molecules & Shit" soon

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Leslie - @LeslieMac - Safety Pin Box

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Super Tuesday Recap - The Defenders Part 1  

We're back with a normal Super Tuesday Recap this week. We're reviewing the first three episodes of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. We're switching up our reviews for Netflix shows this time and we're breaking out our reviews of series into multiple episodes. This first review will cover the first three episodes (The H Word, Mean Right Hook & Worst Behavior). 

Overall we enjoyed the first three episodes, particularly how they bring the heroes together and carry on from where each hero left off in their solo adventures. Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter are clearly the heavy hitters here in terms of acting and carrying their scenes. But we do think that Fin Jones is much improved in this series and pairing him with Michael Colter's Cage is when both characters shine the most. We also talk about the messiness of the relationships on the show, a possible better order for the solo movies to fit into Defenders better and what feels off about Simone Missick's Misty Knight. 

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Character Corner: The Confusing History of Hawkman  

We took a little break but we’re finally back with another Character Corner. We still have to finish up our Peter Parker series but we wanted to take a bit of a detour from Marvel and head over to DC and cover one of the most confusing comic book character histories ever: Hawkman.

Now you may be asking yourself “Why Hawkman? Why now?” And that’s a very valid question. Why would we tackle one of the most confusing comic book characters of all time at this point? The answer is simple: Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Metal. Snyder wrote an incredible 52 issues of Batman during New 52 and he’s now back with a series that not only answers questions about Batman but also Hawkman, Nth Metal and the rest of the DC Multiverse. While it’s a daunting task to take on Hawkman’s history (one that rarely works out), Snyder definitely has our attention with the first issue of Metal, as well as the preludes Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting.

Key Issues:

Flash Comics #1 - First Appearances of Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders Brave and the Bold #34 - First Appearances of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal/Hol Crisis on Infinite Earths The Shadow War of Hawkman Hawkworld - Tim Truman's mini-series Hawkworld - John Ostrander's ongoing series Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - Merges Carter, Katar and Shiera JSA Secret Files #1 - First appearance of Kendra Saunders JSA The Return of Hawkman (Issues #16 - 25)- Carter Hall returns Black Reign Hawkman Volume 4 Issues 1 - 25 Geoff Johns Run  Issues #43- 45 - Charlie Parker reveals that Fel Andar was his father Issues #47 - 49 - Rann/Thanagar War Issue #50 becomes Hawkgirl Hawkgirl Issue #60 - Kendra/Shiera defeat Hath Set, ending the curse
Insanity Check #579: The MAD Wannabe King  

 

Justin from Three Fifs Podcast is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss. We'd like to say this was an episode about nothing but fun stuff but thanks to having a white nationalist and racist man in the White House...well...things don't go that way.

Topics:

Taking mental health days from work The new Academy President doesn't seem to get it How to deal with the Nazi/Neo-Confederate/White Supremacists Stop romanticizing the Civil War Stop entertaining the ‘its about protecting history’ argument Why all Civil War Statues look the same When the most Confederate Statues were erected  Stop Interviewing "The Black friend" Gianno Caldwell cries  But this is also Gianno  The LGBTQ rainbow flag is the same as the confederate flag #NeverForget Neo-Nazis were even too racist for Boston Stop letting the GOP get away with calling themselves “the party of lincoln” The DCCC found a backbone and calls out racist GOP members of Congress  Look at the GOP Platform vs the Democrat Platform Where is racial justice in the GOP official platform? Why is bigotry a part of GOP platform? (against gay marriage) Why is there no mention of African Americans in GOP platform? Where are the black lives matter/the police are attacking black people candidates in the GOP? Both Sides are the same? Remember, white supremacy is more dangerous to America than “radical islam” The almost terror attack you didn't hear about Shaming Not Sheet Caking Works The Rise and fall of Chris Cantwell Don’t let people off the hook Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro? Alexa can control exoskeletons? This will end poorly Great Moments in White Privilege Man brags about getting paid while not going into his 166k job Black Woman Shoutout Takiyah Thompson, the hero who helped bring down the Confederate statue in Durham  Her venmo for support

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Unanimous Decision #61: Summerslam 2017  

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network comes to a triumphant end. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to take on a different topic, and we end with a bang. Cam and Rich from PWTorch join us to wish Ric Flair well, rave about NJPW's G1, and break down what's turned into WWE's second biggest week of the year.

Cam - @CeeHawk - PWTorch - South Kongress

Rich - @Rich_Fann - PWTorch - Buffalo Wins

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The Hitman's Bodyguard Review  

Kriss & Phenom are back to review The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. We also discuss if Salma Hayek can act, what other films we're looking forward to seeing the next couple of months and why A Ghost Story still sucks. 

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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Unanimous Decision #60: NFC Preview 2017  

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're continue our look at the NFL's upcoming season and the NFC is in the cross hairs. Nata from Uproxx is here partially to pick the over/unders, but mostly to troll me about how the Falcons season ended.

Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx

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