Ep. 121: I am the law (w/ 2000AD’s Michael Molcher)

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We are super lucky this week to have 2000 AD brand manager and all around great guy Michael Molcher on the show to discuss his forthcoming book I Am The Law: How Judge Dredd Predicted Our Future, which looks at what the popular comic can tell us about modern policing.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri and Michael about a man from Russia and his macabre doll collection
[14:05] We talk with Michael Molcher! Pick up your copy and get a sweet JoAG Book Club discount

Ep. 120: Murder balloons and British spookies

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We’re chatting about another one of CoRri’s random fears: Hot air balloons! We also debate our strategies for surviving in a dystopia, we go in depth on some tropes we love and hate in movies we watched this week, and Mark tells CoRri about the cryptids she needs to watch out for in England.

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tell Mark why hot air balloons are a hot nightmare
[15:47] We have an impromptu discussion of a mass shooting on Lunar New Year and what it’s like to live in a gun happy society
[25:20] We talk about some upcoming JoAG things, including our amazing guest for next week, Michael Molcher, and Mark’s upcoming Last of Us livestreams. Follow him on YouTube to watch him play.
[37:00] We debate how to survive in a dystopia
[43:57] What we watched! We have many thoughts and disagreements
[83:30] Mark warns CoRri about some British cryptids she should avoid on her trip in April

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Ep. 119: Poison!

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This week’s discussions range from people who have predicted the end of the world, to some bonkers poisoning incidents throughout the 20th century. The last one is… it’s wild, you guys.

Highlights:

[0:00] Marks tells CoRri about some failed doomsday prophecies and some upcoming ones
[12:34] Mark looks into tattoo removal, we chat about videogames and why CoRri has such a hard time watching TV, and we set a date for our next watch-along: February 4th! Put it in your calendar!
[33:50] What we watched!
[59:09] It’s a thematic set of Ko-fi shoutouts this week! Make sure to subscribe if you want your own shoutout every month.
[79:50] We discuss some notable and fairly batshit examples of poisonings… and also wonder whether advertising and TikTok are their own kinds of poison.

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Ep. 118: Tossed salads and human hot pots

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We’re back! We’re taking it easy with a New Year’s ‘sode full of horrendous ways to die in a national park, surprise vomiting, and movie disagreements. Plus, we talk about what it means to us to be scared watching a movie, and what kinds of movies give us those heebie jeebies.

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the many deaths of Yellowstone National Park
[19:33] We chat about how 2023 is looking so far. Warning: There will be vomit.
[35:00] What we watched! We have some good discussions of movie disagreements, as is our favorite activity.
[73:54] We talk about what it means to be scared while watching a movie

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Ep. 117: The year that happened

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We’re taking a look back at 2022, picking out our favorite movies and weird news stories of each month as we sail in to 2023!

Highlights:

[0:00] Opening song: Zombie Claus by Psychostick
[0:30] We reflect on the year behind us and talk about some of our Christmas and NYE traditions
[22:00] We share a month by month recap with our favorite movie of the month and a JoAG-y news story

Ep. 116: Solved mysteries

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As we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season, we discuss the prevalence of Christmas-related deaths, what Avatar: The Way of Water can tell us about transmedia’s potential, and some historical murders and mysteries that have been solved!

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark why his probability of dying shoots up around the holidays
[22:14] We’ve got a new book club calendar up, Mark is doing a two part Ko-Fi Snack, and we get into. a long, Avatar-inspired discussion of the possibilities of transmedia storytelling
[48:00] What we watched!
[62:00] We talk about mysteries and cold cases that have been solved at long last!

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Ep. 115: State of the dystopia

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We’re not usually a current events pod, but it’s been quite a week between the rapid shutdown of Britain’s major industries, Elon Musk’s continous spiral into fascism, and Mark’s march toward death (aka his birthday). So it’s time for a little State of the Dystopia chat!

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri

[17:18] We chat about active imaginations and nightmares, Mark’s birthday, aging, and some surprising “facts” about time

[40:35] What we watched! With a LOT of side discussions.

[80:04] We’ve got a lot of anxiety about the breakdowns of our societies.

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Ep. 114: Cousins’ kids and kidnappings

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We’re coming in hot with a discussion of one of society’s greatest taboos: Inbreeding! Plus, we share some cultural exchange, our watches this week cause us to think some deep thoughts about humanity, and we discuss a few cases of extremely long term kidnapping.

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri explains the science of human inbreeding… and why it might be less of a problem than we think? Hey, don’t shoot the messenger.
[29:16] We discuss Montell Jordan, pop music, an unusual brotherly Christmas tradition in the Lewis household, a ranking of Russells and other such pressing business
[53:00] What we watched!
[81:13] We talk about a few cases of kidnapping that went on a really long time

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Ep. 113: Ball so hard (you die)

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This week Mark returns to his favorite topic: The brain! (The brain, the center of the chain!) And then on the advice of his son Owen, we talk about times that people have died on the field while playing sports. Or sport, if you’re British.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri some stories about the resilience of the human brain
[18:30] We talk about the darkness of winter, the lightness in CoRri’s soul, and how Mark is reframing his sleep struggles
[0:00] Mark tells CoRri some stories about the resilience of the human brain
[18:30] We talk about the darkness of winter, the lightness in CoRri’s soul, and how Mark is reframing his sleep struggles
[31:39] CoRri corrects a mistake she made about lead in water last week. Also, if you want Christmas JoAG mail, make sure you sign up on our Ko-Fi at the Great Bunch of Lads level!
[37:50] What we watched! A lot going on in this one! There is much to recommend!
[69:30] We talk about times people have died while playing sports
[100:18] We discuss the divisive Tik Tok favorite film Skinamarink!

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Ep. 112: Lead heads

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We’ve got existential dread up to our ears this week! We talk about the ways in which lead may have destroyed generations of brains, climate and covid anxiety, stupid deaths, and the things that caused our nightmares growing up.

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri explains the lead-crime hypothesis to Mark
[24:49] We chat about our current climate catastrophe anxiety
[29:00] Mark has COVID again and CoRri wants to know why so many people just keep passing it around; we discuss whether CoRri has any criminality in her; and CoRri has a dumb cultural exchange question
[49:20] It’s time for listener shoutouts! Mark gives all of our Ko-Fi supporters a story about a stupid death
[73:20] What we watched!
[96:00] We discuss strange and pervasive fears we’ve had throughout our lives

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