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But Why Tho? the podcast

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Pop culture matters...But why tho? Hosts Kate, Adrian, & Matt answer the real question about all things pop culture. From NBA, Sailor Moon, and Bille Nye, to Conventions, Tomb Raider and The Fast & the Furious, every fandom there is matters...but why tho?find us on:twitter @ButWhyThoPCInstagram @ButWhyThoPC

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Pop culture matters...But why tho? Hosts Kate, Adrian, & Matt answer the real question about all things pop culture. From NBA, Sailor Moon, and Bille Nye, to Conventions, Tomb Raider and The Fast & the Furious, every fandom there is matters...but why tho?find us on:twitter @ButWhyThoPCInstagram @ButWhyThoPC

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Brilliant content!!

By Scouseypoo - Nov 27 2019
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Love the show, and love the hosts. Really fun content! More of the same please ☺️

Awesome

By Gatsu083 - Dec 15 2018
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So insightful. An enjoyable time, with knowledgeable people. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

iTunes Ratings

40 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
2
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3

Brilliant content!!

By Scouseypoo - Nov 27 2019
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Love the show, and love the hosts. Really fun content! More of the same please ☺️

Awesome

By Gatsu083 - Dec 15 2018
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So insightful. An enjoyable time, with knowledgeable people. Couldn’t recommend it enough.
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But Why Tho? the podcast

Latest release on Nov 30, 2020

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Pop culture matters...But why tho? Hosts Kate, Adrian, & Matt answer the real question about all things pop culture. From NBA, Sailor Moon, and Bille Nye, to Conventions, Tomb Raider and The Fast & the Furious, every fandom there is matters...but why tho?find us on:twitter @ButWhyThoPCInstagram @ButWhyThoPC

Rank #1: Episode 115: Stephen King Matters...But Why Tho?

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With IT Chapter 2 in theaters, we decided to cover the King of Horror: Stephen King. With the help of Alex from Frightday.com, we dive into King's history in writing and how he's crafted stories that have landed at the most film and TV adapted author currently alive. We talk about his faults as a writer, his experiences, his advice, and ultimately why his stories continue to resonate with us. With The Mist, Pet Sematary, It, The Shining, Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, and The Stand all either in their second adaptation or being adapted for the second time, King resonates with us, find out why he always will.

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Alex Paterno From — Frightday.com, Game Boys Podcast Follow him @MostAlwaysAlexFollow them @GameBoysCoop and @Frightday Give Frightday.com a visit for all your horror needs.

Sep 11 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #2: INTERVIEW: D&D with Brennan Lee Mulligan and Ally Beardsley of 'Dimension 20'

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At this year's Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) we got the chance to sit down with Brennan Lee Mulligan and Ally Beardsley of CollegeHumor's Dimension 20. The Dungeons & Dragons campaign web-series follows the adventures of the Dimension 20 team in a world of magical realism and it had a big impact at RTX. Now in its third season, "The Unsleeping City," Dimension 20 is a wonderful and comedic world of magical realism. 

“Fantasy High,” season one, was an 80's inspired John Hughes film with wizards. There, Mulligan explained each party-member played an alter-ego of themselves.  “Bloodkeep,” Dimension 20's second season, focused on a pure evil group of characters. Now, "The Unsleeping City" retells the history of New York City and showcases the magic that Mulligan experienced as when he lived in the city. With 17-episodes, this season premieres today, July 9th. 

Mulligan serves as Dungeon Master and creator of the series, while Beardsley is a part of the adventure as Pete the Plug, in "The Unsleeping City." During the interview, Mulligan and Beardsley took a deep dive into their love of the table-top game and ultimately how fantasy works to tell human stories and how even when a scene starts with a werewolf giving a blowjob, it can end in something emotional. 

Mulligan took us down memory lane and how being ten-year-olds gave him the confidence to get into being a Dungeon Master, while Beardsley talked about their journey to falling in love with the game after coming into it with Dimensions 20's first season, "Fantasy High." Real world problems, fantastic and game shattering choices, we talk about it all. If you're the fence of starting your own campaign, give this interview a listen and see why it's time to roll the D-20. 

You can follow Mulligan on Twitter at @BrennanLM, and you can find Beardsley on their Instagram @allybeardsley. Check out Dimension 20 on CollegHumor's streaming service, Dropout.

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Jul 09 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 78: Superman Matters...But Why Tho?

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Credited as the first superhero, this week we cover the Man of Steel, Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and came into the world as we know him today in 1938, we cover the long history of his creation, the real world influences on his stories, and ultimately what he stands for in comic books and to fans. We're joined by Jared host of Podcast 2187 and Project T.A.H.I.T.I. to talk about truth, justice, and the American way. We even cover how Superman breaks the mold by pretty much having a happy home life - for comics anyway - in a world of comics filled with darkness and family issues.

Oct 24 2018

1hr 47mins

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Rank #4: Episode 119: Nightmare on Elm Street Matters...But Why Tho?

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We're continuing out spooky streak for October with the Wes Craven classic: Nightmare on Elm Street. With the help of Alex, assignment editor at Frightday.com, we take a look back at the 9 films, the cultural impact they had, how absolutely absurd they are, and of course fo in-depth on the first one. We also break down the importance of practical effects throughout the films and the grand scale on which they were executed. Plus, we also discuss Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street and how the documentary chronicles the rise of NOES 2 as a staple of queer horror cinema.

Oct 23 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #5: Episode 126: Die Hard Matters...But Why Tho?

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It's Christmas time!! To celebrate this time of year, we're diving into the importance of a Christmas classic; DIE HARD. We cover the production history, the sequels, and just how Bruce Willis redefined what it means to be an action here. We also talk about Die Hard in a school, Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard on a cliff, and ask: Where is Die Hard in space?

Dec 25 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: Episode 125: The Terminator Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week jump into the franchise that just keeps coming back. From Arnold, a franchise defining sequel, and Linda Hamilton to why we think no one showed up to Dark Fate, we're talking the Terminator franchise. Hit play as we take a deep dive into the franchise's history, T2's groundbreaking special effects from Industrial Light & Magic, the importance of Sarah Conner and how she defined a generation of heroines, and of course, we talk horrible, terrible, no good sequels and retcons. 

Dec 18 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: Episode 40: Thor Matters...But Why Tho?

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Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor! This week we channel the God of Thunder in order tell you why we think he matters in comics and beyond. Kate lead through his origin and how Marvel took a god and made him a hero all while using Norse mythology as a base. From his worthiness, family, and the use of his solo movies by Marvel for STEM initiatives, Thor matters...but why tho?

 

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Nov 08 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: INTERVIEW: 'Thor: Metal Gods' with Serial Box Community Manager, Rachel Pinnelas

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When it comes to new serialized stories, it isn't just television you should be looking to, but Serial Box. Earlier this year, the platform dropped the continuation of science fiction favorite Orphan Black, with Orphan Black: The Next Chapter.  Now, the audio and reading experience that is perfect for hungry readers launches its first title in partnership with Marvel Comics- Thor: Metal Gods.

Thor: Metal Gods, the first of several original serialized fiction and audiobook series based on Marvel Comics and continues the centuries-old saga of Thor and Loki as they team up for an adventure of cosmic proportions, confronting the sins of both their pasts. We got the chance to speak with Rachel Pinnelas about Thor: Metal Gods and what the future holds with upcoming titles from Marvel Comics.

Dec 30 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 87: Carmen Sandiego Matters...But Why Tho?

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The rebooted Carmen Sandiego series debuts this week on January 18th, but where did this edutainment journey start? This week we talk about the history of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and what it meant for children's education, the establishment of edutainment, video games, and representation. Known for teaching kids history, liberal arts, math, and even astronomy, why does Carmen Sandiego still matter? Find out now.

Jan 16 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: INTERVIEW: Writing 'Orphan Black: The Next Chapter' with Heli Kennedy

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This week, I got the chance to sit down and speak with Heli Kennnedy, writer on the official continuation of the famed and loved BBC science fiction series, from SerialBox, a premium digital reading and audio platform that delivers ongoing stories to online and mobile platforms in digestible installments. The official  Having also written the IDW Publishing graphic novel tie-in to the series, Kennedy is no stranger to the Clone Club.

Tatiana Maslany, the Emmy award-winning star of Orphan Black is on board to voice the new installment of the beloved series made possible by Serial Box's collaboration with Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios marks Serial Box’s second major commitment to creating original stories. The company recently announced it was joining forces with Marvel Entertainment to create original stories based on Black Panther, Jessica Jones, Black Widow, and Thor.

In this interview, Kennedy explains the pressure of continuing a story after five seasons of TV, the joy of creating new Clones, and the loving reception she's received from the Clone Club family. She even goes into a little bit about what we'll hear in Orphan Black: The Next Chapter, which includes diving into the characters' minds and exploring more relationships. Kennedy also explains how different teleplay writing and writing prose is, as well as how it relates to her work on the graphic novel. 

Are you looking to keep up with Kennedy's work? Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @helikennedy. And make sure to check out her work on Serial Box's ORPHAN BLACK: THE NEXT CHAPTER and IDW Publishing's ORPHAN BLACK GRAPHIC NOVELS.

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 123: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week is all about the lasting love of Turtle Power as we cover Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - and if you didn't read that name to the tune of the song,  who are you? Adrian brings us through the early beginnings as an adult comic, to the toy marketing,  animated television show, and of course all three rounds of live-action. We get into the memories the turtles gave us and talk about why they're still here all these years later. 

Nov 27 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: Episode 90: Night of the Living Dead Matters...But Why Tho?

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This episode we find out what exactly was coming to get Barbara, as we cover George A. Romero's classic horror film, Night of the Living Dead (1968). We cover the creation of horror sub-genres, the creation of social horror, and how the film continues to impact the horror world today. We do it all with special guest Carolyn, writer and podcaster from So Here's What Happened, and host of the #SaturdayNightSciFi live tweets.

Feb 13 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #13: Episode 88: Kingdom Hearts Matters...But Why Tho?

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Audiences have waited over 10 years for Kingdom Hearts 3 and with the game finally launching next week on January 29th, we're covering the entire series. Listen as we explain why Kingdom Hearts matters to audiences with the help of Kingdom Hearts fangirl and expert LaNeysha - from So Here's What Happened and Did You Have To? With 11 games, amazing music, and a story that connects the worlds of Final Fantasy, Disney, and Square Enix's original world, find out why it matters.

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LaNeysha From — So Here's What Happened & Did You Have To? Follow her: @La_Ney_sha  Follow her work: @SHWH_Pod @DYHT_Pod 

Jan 23 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #14: Episode 124: Power Rangers Matters...But Why Tho?

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It's morphin' time! This week the crew is talking about the long history of the Power Rangers franchise. From toys, comics, movies, Mighty Morphin' and Mystic Force? We're covering it all, getting really nostalgic, and continuing the eternal debate: Was Rocky or Tommy the leader? And why was Tommy's suit so extra compared to everyone else?

Dec 11 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #15: Crossover 6: Let's Talk K-Dramas with Carolyn Hinds

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This week we have a special crossover episode with Carolyn Hinds, film critic, writer, and podcaster from So Here's What Happened! In this episode, we talk about one Korean dramas (K-Drama) and how we, like much of the US, have connect with them. We talk about one of our favorite K-Drama genres, noona romances, how Korean Dramas handle fantasy and give some recommendations for those looking to start watching these Korean-language shows. 

Feb 27 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #16: Episode 121: Scooby-Doo Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week we're diving into the long history of Scooby-Doo. Find out how this Hanna-Barbera cartoon became a childhood staple for generations and why it continues to delight young fans. This episode we track its creation, it's longevity, and of course talk about how at the end of the day it's always just a rich old man in a mask trying to get us. 

Nov 06 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #17: Episode 118: Hellraiser Matters..But Why Tho?

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This week, we're continuing the spooky season with an episode dedicated to Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Initially, a novella from Barker named the Hellbound Heart, we talk about Hellraiser's production, story, and how it rocked the horror world. Plus, we get into the weirdness of cenobites, the commentary on pleasure and pain, plus we find out about the Hellraiser Christmas special comic, because of course. And yes, we talk about some of the other 10 films in the franchise.

Oct 16 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #18: Episode 81: Stan Lee Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week we remember and celebrate Stan "The Man" Lee. From a writer with dreams of writing a well-known screenplay to leading the Marvel Revolution and establishing the company we know today, Stan is irreplaceable. We talk a little about his history but more about the ways he changed the comics industry, fought for inclusion and diversity in the space, and took on the Comics Code Authority and won. We cover the reasons that we think Stan Lee matters all with help from the site's editor, Lizzy Garcia. 

Dec 05 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #19: SPOILER REVIEW: Aquaman (2018)

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We saw the latest in the DCEU film franchise: Aquaman.  Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Patrick Wilson, we head under the sea to review the adventure-superhero-kaiju movie. We talk about the film's Polynesian influences, Momoa's joy for playing the character, and how Wan brought his horror background to the forefront for the visual film. Did we love it? Did we hate it? Can Aquaman help Wonder Woman save the DCEU? Find out now! 

Dec 24 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: Episode 128: Sonic the Hedgehog Matters...But Why Tho?

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We're back! It's been a nice hiatus but now it's time to talk about the little blue hedgehog with super-fast red shows: Sonic. With the new movie hitting theaters later this month, we thought it was best to discuss the character that built SEGA and led them to be the only console to top Nintendo in the 16-bit era. This episode we talk about platforming, characters, fan devotion, and of course the redesign for the movie that led to it being pushed back. 

Feb 05 2020

1hr 20mins

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INTERVIEW: Writing Immortals Fenyx Rising with Narrative Director Jeffrey Yohalem

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Immortals Fenyx Rising is Ubisoft's latest game and newest IP. Developed by Ubisoft Quebec, the game is set in Greek mythology on the Golden Isle, home to the gods. You play Fenyx, a shipwrecked storyteller who is thrown into a battle between the gods and the most terrifying of the Titans: Typhon. With humanity turned to stone, it's your mission to save both the gods and humanity. In an effort to create what he views a the perfect world, Typhon has separated the gods from their essences, which he deems as the chaos that makes the gods unworthy of overseeing humanity. As Fenyx, you must unite the gods with their essences which will take overcoming heroic trials and more. We got the chance to speak with Jeffrey Yohalem, the game's Narrative Director and Lead Writer about creating Immortals Fenyx Rising. 

We get the chance to discuss the creative process in writing about Greek mythology, which serves as the base for much existing pop culture franchise, and how the team behind the game made it unique. With a fresh and humorous take on the Greek gods, Jeffrey Yohalem details his inspiration about the choice to make the game humorous and using that humor to tell an impactful story about the importance of embracing your imperfections. Additionally, Jeffrey Yohalem explains his favorite mythological elements to work into the narrative and why they chose to make Fenyx a character that you create and not just one that you're given. 

Hit play on the audio player above to hear the entire interview, and learn more from Jeffrey Yohalem about the depth of Immortals Fenyx Rising and how the team aimed to blend humor and emotion for one exciting game. 

Nov 30 2020

19mins

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INTERVIEW: Bringing Immortals Fenyx Rising to Life with Art Director Thierry Dansereau

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Immortals Fenyx Rising is a new IP from Ubisoft Quebec. Set in the world of Greek mythology itself and not just a world with Greek mythology, the open-world action-adventure RPG is a sharp departure from Ubisoft's hyperrealistic worlds of its existing franchises. We got the chance to speak with Thierry Dansereau, the game's Art Director about bringing the world of Immortals Fenyx Rising to life.

Nov 30 2020

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INTERVIEW: Mars Horizon with Tomas Rawlings, CEO of Auroch Digital

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Developed by Auroch Digital and published by The Irregular Corporation Mars Horizon is a strategy simulation game created with support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency. In Mars Horizon, you take control of a major space agency, leading it from the dawn of the space age through to landing astronauts on Mars. Guide your agency through the space race and write your alternate history of space travel - any of the agencies can be the first to land on The Moon if you make the right choices. The games' timeline starts at the beginning of the space age in January 1957 all the way through landing the first astronauts on Mars. The game was designed with the intent to be as real and authentic as running your very own space agency in an educational way. This includes learning about the history of space exploration, the technology involved, and more. This week, we got the chance to speak with Tomas Rawlings, CEO of Auroch Digital, about the game, its inspiration, and all the science that goes into it. 

Nov 27 2020

26mins

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INTERVIEW: Blood of Zeus with Charley and Vlas Parlapanides

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Netflix and Powerhouse Animation's Blood of Zeus has become a quick fan favorite and critically acclaimed animated series in the short time since its debut on October 27th. Set in a post-mythological age, and telling a story lost through the Greek oral storytelling tradition, Blood of Zeus seems like a story we've seen before on the surface. Heron, our demi-god hero, is the bastard child of Zeus and Hera is mad about it. But, there is much more to this story than a wife's revenge or Zeus' infidelity. At its core, the series offers a nuanced take on anger and how it relates to power. Additionally, we see a more vulnerable and fatherly Zeus and a more independent and powerful Hera. And, we have showrunners Charley and Vlas Parlapanides to thank for that.

I got the chance to speak to the creative brothers about their work on the series, how it began, and where it will go should Netflix greenlight another season.

Hit play on the audio above to hear the interview in full. To stay up to date on Blood of Zeus, follow the series on Twitter and Instagram at @bloodofzeus.

Nov 11 2020

45mins

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INTERVIEW: Alison Araya - Tía Victoria from Julie and the Phantoms

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This week, Kate talks with Alison Araya, who plays Tía Victoria in Netflix's Julie and the Phantoms. They discuss why this character resonates, how Araya got into acting, and the importance of tías in our lives and on-screen.

Nov 06 2020

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Episode 157: Jordan Peele Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week, we're keeping with the horror themes by talking about all the reasons that Jordan Peele matters. We discuss Peele's history in television, film, and production. From the comedy years, time with Keegan-Michael Key, and most importantly how Peele has been reshaping horror. We cover how his directorial debut Get Out with Blumhouse has set the tone for horror going forward, changing its face, and forcing companies to realize that diverse stories, and in particular Black stories matter in the genre. Additionally, we discuss how his filmmaking has also caused a resurgence of social horror, and how his production company, Monkeypaw Productions has been moving the genre forward with films like Candyman and the HBO series Lovecraft Country which he produced with Bad Robot.

And we cover it all with the help of LaNeysha from So Here's What Happened and Did You Have To?, who you can follow on Twitter @NeyshaPlays.

Oct 28 2020

1hr 13mins

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INTERVIEW: St. Jude Play Live with Zachary Whitten

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This week, we have a special episode for you all, an interview with Zachary "Zach" Whitten, from St. Jude PLAY LIVE and how they use gaming for good by partnering with content creators to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We talk about how St. Jude PLAY LIVE got started, how they work with creators, and we learn more about the lifesaving mission of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®

This episode dives into the work that St. Jude does and most importantly, how you can help contribute. But Why Tho? A Geek Community was founded because we believe that pop culture matters. It’s because of this that we believe pop culture fans should use their fandom to do good. This October, we're raising money for St. Jude, in partnership with St. Jude PLAY LIVE.

Donate to St. Jude at stjude.org/butwhytho

Oct 19 2020

1hr 1min

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Episode 156: Blumhouse Matters...But Why Tho?

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We're continuing spooky month by focussing on one of the leading production companies in horror today: Blumhouse Productions - and their other studios. We cover how the Blumhouse model of filmmaking has helped get films that are deemed "high risk" made and how its direct to streaming path has helped them survive COVID-19 closures that has hurt many other production companies. Now, with "Welcome to the Blumhouse" having aired four diverse horror films in an anthology format, it's important to call out how the production company's impact has affected the faces of horror both in front of and behind the camera.

To donate to our St. Jude Children's Research Hospital campaign, you can head to: stjude.org/butwhytho

Oct 14 2020

1hr 25mins

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Episode 154: Casper Matters...But Why Tho?

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It's October so it's all about spooky things! But, we decided to move away from our R-rated titles this time around and move towards the more family-friendly scares with Casper. Led by Adrian, this episode dives into the surprisingly long history of the friendliest ghost around. We take a look at his afterlife in comic books, video games, television, the one 1995 movie we all know you still love today, and the subsequent direct to home-video titles that Kate defends as Matt pulls Rotten Tomatoes scores. But it wouldn't be us if we didn't also dive into how this one property serves as a good way to help parents talk about grief and explore tougher issues with their kids. 

Oct 07 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 154: James Wan Matters...But Why Tho?

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We're kicking off the spooky season with an episode all about the guy who defined scaring theater audiences throughout the 2000s and 2010s: James Wan. In this episode, we dive into why James Wan matters to film as a whole, horror, and now superheroes. Also, we have to note that a lot of his genre-defining work as a director was done with the help of Leigh Whannell as a writer and the two of them share in a lot of the successes we talk about in this episode. We talk about how Saw brought the wave of ultraviolence into the United States and spurred the American filmmakers in the "Splat Pack" and how Insidious brought haunted houses (that aren't found footage) back to the forefront and spurred a revival of theater horror and how that film defined an era of "wan-re." Oh, and we defend Dead Silence as an underrated gem and all-ages and PG-13 horror.

Sep 30 2020

1hr 28mins

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INTERVIEW: Ah Toy, Power, and 'Warrior' with Olivia Cheng

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Cinemax's Warrior was one of my favorite series last year as a fan and as a critic. Based on an original concept by Bruce Lee, the show was created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin and blends drama, the Old West, and martial arts. Set during the Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. it follows martial arts prodigy Ah Sahm, a Chinese immigrant who arrives in the City of Lights under mysterious circumstances. Once he proves his prowess as a fighter, Sahm becomes a hitman for one of Chinatown's most powerful organized crime families. That said, while Ah Sahm is the central character of Warrior, he is surrounded by powerful female characters that push the story of the series farther and offer up a look at the intersections of race, gender, and class. This is no truer than in Ah Toy, the most powerful businesswoman in Chinatown, who just so happens to be a madam. Portrayed by Olivia Cheng, Ah Toy is a powerful woman who understands how the world sees her, both within her Chinese American community and among the white men she deals with.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to speak with Olivia Cheng before the launch of Warrior Season 2. In this interview, we discuss the series' relevancy during the current rise of anti-Asian hate crimes and how the series introduces audiences to Asian American history. Warrior does this in multiple ways, but referencing specifical historical moments to Ah Toy herself, a character based on a real woman of the same name. A self-proclaimed history buff, Cheng explains how she knew the history of San Francisco ahead of shooting the series, but dove even further into by learning more about Ah Toy, of which there isn't much written from her perspective.

Sep 23 2020

32mins

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Episode 153: Deep Space Nine Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week, we're celebrating the legacy, relevance, and important of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In this episode we dive into why this series that is often overlooked, matters to the history of Star Trek, science fiction in general, and pushes forward Gene Roddenberry's vision for the future by showcasing the difficulties of achieving it. We dive into issues of race and representation and how Deep Space Nine tackled actual issues based in our very human identities without using aliens a proxy for the conversation. Additionally, the series offered up commentary on religion, colonialism, and mental health. 

While we talk about why the series has hit a new relevancy today, we also discuss how setting a Star Trek series on a singular station rubbed some Trekkers the wrong way. We confront the criticism and meet it with our own as we contextualize Deep Space Nine within the larger history of science fiction and Roddenberry's vision. And we do this all with the help of Alexander Brazie. 

Brazie is professional game designer from World of Warcraft, League of Legends and most recently Ori and the Will of the Wisps. He now runs his own game design educational site called gamedesignskill.com. While The Next Generation was his first, Deep Space Nine is his favorite. You can follow him on Twitter here

Sep 16 2020

1hr 41mins

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Episode 152: Tony Hawk's Pro-Skater Matters...But Why Tho?

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Last Friday Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 released and we've all had the bird man on the brain. So, to celebrate the return of one of the best sports games ever made we decided to talk about why Tony Hawk's Pro Skater matters to gaming and culture more widely. In this episode, we drop into the long history of the franchise, its development, and how Tony Hawk aimed to create a video game that immersed the player in a real representation of skate culture. We talk about what happened when Neversoft closed and we also break down how Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is marking a triumphant return. But one of the things we didn't know would happen is a deep conversation about representation and how despite its predominantly white roster, the Pro Skater franchise never felt like it excluded people of color, specifically with its music from De La Soul to Ozomatli and its in-depth create-a-skater feature.

We talk about the genre-defining mechanics and of course discuss the wide-ranging impact of the game's soundtrack and how it impacted our own personal tastes. Oh, and how Matt still dresses like his create-a-skater to this day.

Sep 09 2020

1hr 7mins

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Episode 151: Dwayne McDuffie Matters...But Why Tho?

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While we recorded this episode before the news from DC FanDome that DC Comics would be bringing back the Milestone heroes, including Static and Icon, Dwayne McDuffie matters to comics and beyond. This episode, with the help of John (aka Sceritz), creator of Scorpio, we dive into Dwayne McDuffie's history in comics from Marvel and trading cards, to co-founding Milestone Media, and how his work in animation defined the beloved DC Animated Universe. We dive into the heroes he created, their backgrounds and how they broke the mold, and we also cover the scathing letter he sent to Marvel to make his point on the representation of Black communities in comic books. We also detail the issues Dwayne McDuffie dealt with from DC leadership which led to the shuttering of Milestone Media and why he was removed from working on the Justice League in the 2000s.

Aug 26 2020

1hr 26mins

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Episode 150: AMA - But Sober This Time

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This week we're hitting a the big 1-5-0. We're done so many episodes over our three years of podcasting, so it's AMA time! We open the floor once again to answer questions about pretty much anything form our community. After episode 100's drinking game which definitely left us with hangovers, we didn't come up with rules this time. Granted, everyone does have a drink, but this time you can hear us grief each other's bad opinions sober.

A super special thanks to friend of the show and our guest LaNeysha for coming on to herd the cats that are our hosts when they don't agree on things. 

Aug 19 2020

1hr 29mins

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INTERVIEW: 'Shadows Rising' and 'World of Warcraft' with Madeleine Roux

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The lore for Warcraft is expansive and has captivated the minds of fans for over twenty-five years. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands looks to expand that lore this fall with the expansion of the ever-popular MMORPG. Sylvanas Windrunner has shattered the crown of the Lich King and opened a rift over Azeroth, the Horde is splintered, and the Alliance is on the hunt for the former leader of the Horde. New adventures loom but before then, fans can read the latest tie-in novel for the expansion, Shadows Rising by Madeleine Roux. 

In this interview, Adrian got to sit down virtually with Roux to talk about her process with expanding the lore in a franchise that she has been apart of since the vanilla version of World of Warcraft. Here, Roux dives deep into her love of the franchise and how her fandom connects to her writing process. She also discusses how writing a book for an established franchise works, how she had to adjust certain elements of her writing (Anduin almost had a tattoo), and how she got to bring LGBT+ representation to Azeroth, which was a priority for Blizzard. Additionally, we get the chance to learn more about Roux's fandom in general and how she got flex her horror muscles in certain aspects of the novel.

Aug 17 2020

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Episode 149: Isaac Asimov Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week we're talking about one of the foundational authors of science fiction: Isaac Asimov. We dive into his series, his academic career and ultimately the three laws of robotics and how they set the stage for not only sci-fi but for robot ethics in the real world as well.  And we do it all with the help of our producer and sr. editor of But Why Tho?. Jason!

This episode is sponsored by MANSCAPED. Head over to manscaped.com and use code: BUTWHYTHO at checkout to get a great deal on a great way to keep yourself clean. 

Aug 12 2020

1hr 27mins

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Episode 148: Michael Jordan Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week with the arrival of The Last Dance on Netflix, we're talking about His Airness himself, Michael Jordan. In this episode, we dive into the history of the iconic basketball player both on and off the court. We talk about he became the greatest player of all time, his move to baseball, some of his controversies, how he essentially created Nike as a streetwear brand as well as an athletic one. Plus we have a deep conversation about competition, sports, and what it takes to become the GOAT. Press play and learn all about why Michael Jordan Matters. And, we do it all with the help of LaNeysha from So Here's What Happened and Did You Have To? podcasts.

Jul 30 2020

1hr 36mins

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Episode 147: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week, the gang does a podcast and talks about why It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Matters. We dive into the history of the FX Original series, how it picked up where Seinfeld left off and made it darker, and why after all these years it's a series that still holds on tight. In the same vein as our Archer episode, we have a conversation about shows about bad people doing bad things and how it works as a comedy when it's done right.  There is even a little Day Man. 

Jul 22 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 146: Danny Trejo Matters...But Why Tho?

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This week, we're diving into the life, history, and career of Chicano icon: Danny Trejo. In this episode we break down why Danny Trejo matters to film, fans, and why his status as an icon is not only incredible after his journey but life-changing for those he meets. While this isn't one of our longest episodes, we get the chance to dive into an icon, discuss our favorite movies of his and show just why Danny Trejo Matters.

Even if you're unfamiliar with Danny Trejo, you probably know what he looks like. Long hair, thick mustache, brown skin, and a tattoo of a woman in a sombrero on his chest. He began his career consulting on a set to help an actor train as a boxer after he was recognized by Eddie Bunker, who remembered him from his time in San Quentin. This one consultative job led to him starring and consulting Heat, and other films. We walk through parts of his filmography and explain how his role in Rober Rodriguez's Spy Kids opened more doors for him. 

Jul 15 2020

41mins

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Brilliant content!!

By Scouseypoo - Nov 27 2019
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Love the show, and love the hosts. Really fun content! More of the same please ☺️

Awesome

By Gatsu083 - Dec 15 2018
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So insightful. An enjoyable time, with knowledgeable people. Couldn’t recommend it enough.