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Roger Colby, science fiction novelist and Richard Kutz, pop culture expert and fanboy deluxe, take you on a raucous journey as they review current pop culture/science fiction topics. Join them for discussions about current science fiction books, shows and video games and laugh along with them as they review most everything fanboy. Each week they will also pick out the "Movie of the Week" for you to watch (or don't watch).
 
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Dan Webster, Mary Pat Treuthart, Nathan Weinbender

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Movies 101 began mid-1999, as Spokane Public Radio's KSFC started establishing itself as a separate news and information service. As KSFC as matured, so did Movies 101. The show has also been picked up on KPBX and has a loyal fan base, Friday evenings at 6:30pm. Movies 101 is produced by Spokane Public Radio Music and Arts Producer, Jim Tevenan.
 
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Champ and Mike return to review a pair of new titles and to bring back an old SDFP segment. The show begins with a review of the disturbing new Netflix documentary “Our Father,” which succeeds in creating an eerie atmosphere but may be too one-sided for its own good and a look at Disney+’s latest Marvel Series, “Moon Knight,” which features an incr…
 
THE GREAT DEBATE: IS CHIP ‘N DALE: RESCUE RANGERS A REBOOT OR A SEQUEL? ***WARNING*** This episode contains spoilers! ***WARNING*** We had some differences of opinion on whether this movie is a reboot of the 90’s hit, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, or a sequel to 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Instead of just debating amongst ourselves, we decided t…
 
We Need To Talk About Bird Poop Seabird poop—sometimes called guano—was the “white gold” of fertilizers for humans for millennia. Rich in nitrogen and phosphorus from birds’ fish-based diets, the substance shaped trade routes and powered economies until chemical fertilizers replaced it. But while people may no longer find bird poop profitable, thes…
 
A Grim Milestone, As Cases Continue This week, COVID-19 case trackers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hit a grim milestone, logging over one million deaths in the country from the pandemic. The true total is likely to be much higher, as many cases go unreported, or are logged as deaths due to other factors in death certificates.…
 
In the final part of our series on Jacques Cartier, we explore up the St. Lawrence River - reaching modern-day Quebec City and Montreal. Map and resources: https://explorerspodcast.com/jacques-cartier/ The Explorers Podcast is part of the Airwave Media Network: airwavemedia.com Interested in advertising on the Explorers Podcast? Email us at sales@a…
 
Abortion Pills Are Used For Most U.S. Abortions. What Are They? The draft Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion access is once again in jeopardy. Nearly half of U.S. states will immediately ban abortion upon a Roe v. Wade overturn. Medication abortion, or abortion by pill, is currently the most common method of abortion in t…
 
As COVID Cases Rises, Effectiveness Of Vaccines Lessens In Kids As parts of the country continue to see waves of infection from the omicron variant of COVID-19, parents of children over age five have taken heart at the availability of vaccines—while parents of kids five and under have continued to wait for an approved dose. But even as the case num…
 
Expectations are the enemy of artistic criticism. Why? Because they tend to get in the way of honest appraisal. This week Dan Webster, Nathan Weinbender and Mary Pat Treuthart discuss two films that carry with them an almost obligatory sense of expectation. First up is the Nicolas Cage vehicle “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” followed by t…
 
The Seafaring Life Of ‘Modern-Day Captain Nemo,’ Robert Ballard In 1985, oceanographer Robert Ballard was sent on a secret deep-sea search operative with a very specific mission: to seek two sunken nuclear submarines. Ballard, who by then had explored the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and helped design deep-sea research submersibles, was assigned by the U.S. …
 
How Grief Rewires The Brain Being a human can be a wonderful thing. We’re social creatures, craving strong bonds with family and friends. Those relationships can be the most rewarding parts of life. But having strong relationships also means the possibility of experiencing loss. Grief is one of the hardest things people go through in life. Those wh…
 
In part 1 of our series on Jacques Cartier, we explore the background on exploration of what is now the St. Lawrence region of Canada, and then follow Cartier on his first voyage. Map and resources: https://explorerspodcast.com/jacques-cartier/ The Explorers Podcast is part of the Airwave Media Network: airwavemedia.com Interested in advertising on…
 
What’s Up With The Spike In Hepatitis Among Young Kids? This spring, there’s been a strange spike in hepatitis cases among young children. Hepatitis can leave kids with stomach pain, jaundice, and a generally icky feeling. 169 cases have been recorded globally, and one death. A majority of these cases have been found in the United Kingdom, with the…
 
Your Dog’s Breed Doesn’t Always Determine How They’ll Behave The dog world abounds with stereotypes about the personalities of different breeds. The American Kennel Club describes chihuahuas as “sassy,” and malamutes as “loyal,” while breed-specific legislation in many cities target breeds like pit bulls as stereotypically aggressive. But do these …
 
In this Podcast we continue our coverage of https://www.indianfilmfestival.org with a look at the Spotlight on South Asia Shorts Program which will play Sunday, May 1, 2022 2:00 PM PDT Regal L.A. LIVE Theater 4. Visit Indian Film Festival for more information and to buy tickets. 00:04:35: 1978 1978 00:08:18: Bad Omen BAD OMEN 00:11:51: Moshari MOSH…
 
Champ, Mike and Evan review four films released early in 2022 including Matt Reeves’ dark and fear filled “The Batman.” Other topics include the clever life lessons in Pixar’s “Turning Red,” Kenneth Branagh’s surprisingly deep and glamourous Agatha Christie adaptation “Death on the Nile” and the impressive but short-changed family dynamics in the s…
 
In this week’s episode Moviewallas had a lively conversation with the 2022 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Co-Directors of Programming: Thouly Dosios and Ritesh Mehta both of whom have been members of this wonderful organization for some time now. Listen as they share what they are most excited about for the upcoming festival and some o…
 
Building The World’s Largest Animal Crossing Outside of LA There’s a spot on Highway 101 in Agoura Hills, it’s pretty inconspicuous. There’s brown and green rolling hills on either side of the highway. Homes are sprinkled here and there. And then a small metal gate that leads off on a hiking trail. You probably wouldn’t know it, but soon this spot …
 
Celebrating Earth Day With Sustainable Action Today is Earth Day, when many people around the world are taking time to think about their relationship with the planet and to focus on activities helping to mitigate the existential problems our environment faces. And we will be doing the same: devoting our program to Earth Day stories, ideas, and issu…
 
The final episode of our series, we follow Burton as a diplomat in Brazil, Syria and Italy. But more importantly, we look at Burton's time translating eastern texts - including the legendary Arabian Nights. For all things Burton: https://burtoniana.org Photos, maps, fun: https://explorerspodcast.com/richard-francis-burton/ The Explorers Podcast is …
 
After a three year run, we have decided to finally power down the stardrive. We are sad to do so, but life has changed drastically for both of us and we don't have the time to devote to it anymore. We've enjoyed making you laugh, watching weird and horrible movies together, looking at pilot episodes for ancient lame shows, and reviewing some new fi…
 
FDA Approves First Breathalyzer COVID Test The FDA approved a new COVID breathalyzer test, which gives results in just three minutes. It’s the first test that identifies chemical compounds of coronavirus in breath. The testing unit is about the size of a piece of carry-on luggage and is intended to be used in medical offices and mobile testing site…
 
Did ‘Soylent Green’s’ Predictions About 2022 Hold Up? In the spring of 1973, the movie Soylent Green premiered. The film drops us into a New York City that’s overcrowded, polluted, and dealing with the effects of a climate catastrophe. Only the city’s elite can afford clean water and real foods, like strawberry jam. The rest of the population relie…
 
Burton goes to travels to America, and then takes a diplomatic position in West Africa. Meanwhile, Speke returns to Lake Victoria. The episode finishes with a public debate between Burton and Speke - and ends in tragedy. Interested in advertising on the Explorers Podcast? Email us at sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m…
 
The Future of Sustainable Farming Could Be Cold Plasma Plasma is a fascinating medium. It’s considered the fourth state of matter—alongside solid, liquid and gas—and it’s everywhere. In fact, more than 99.9% of all matter in the universe is assumed to be in plasma form. You may be most familiar with plasma as the material inside those glowing novel…
 
FDA Convenes Panel On COVID Boosters And New Vaccines This week, the FDA convened a panel of independent experts to discuss COVID-19 boosters and possible variant-specific vaccines. This comes after last week’s authorization of a second booster for people over the age of 50, and some immunocompromised people. Ira talks with Maggie Koerth, senior sc…
 
When many think about people in marine sciences, and in particular shark sciences, Black folk in general and Black women in particular are not the first that spring to mind, but there is a new organization that is striving to be seen and take up space in a discipline which has been largely inaccessible to minoritized communities. We'll speak to, Ja…
 
In Part five of our series, Burton and Speke head back to Zanzibar. Along the way, Speke leads a side excursion to the north - where he will come upon Lake Victoria - the real source of the Nile. It will ignite a feud between the two men. Interested in advertising on the Explorers Podcast? Email us at sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your a…
 
Can You Read A Bar Graph? Bar graphs seem like one of the simplest ways to represent data. Many people assume that the longer the bar, the bigger the number it represents. Sometimes bar graphs represent an average not a total count, which is trickier to understand. And because bar graphs are everywhere, psychologists from Wellesley College wanted t…
 
Why Another Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapsed On March 15, the Conger ice shelf, a piece of ice half the size of Rome, collapsed in eastern Antarctica. It’s the first time that side of the continent experienced a major loss of ice in the 40-year history of satellite observations. Previous collapses of shelves have until now occurred in western Antarcti…
 
How Has The War In Ukraine Shaped The Global Energy Market? Russia’s war on Ukraine sent shock waves through the global energy market. The United States and the United Kingdom stopped importing Russian oil and gas, and the European Union set a target of reducing their reliance on Russian fossil fuels by two thirds. In the short term some countries …
 
How Vampire Bats Evolved To Drink Blood Vampire bats subsist solely on blood: In technical terms, they’re what’s called “obligate sanguivores.” And the three species of vampire bats are the only mammals to have ever evolved this particular diet. Living on blood is hard work. Blood is a low-calorie food with a lot of water volume, and very little of…
 
Detroit was once know as the Motor City and the birthplace of MoTown, but it was also home to one of the most thriving Black swim communities in the country, where great swim legends like Robert "Bucky" Johnson, and Clyde James plied their trade. Notable swim coaches like Carl Edwards and Clarance Gatliffe paced the decks, but like so many other ri…
 
In this special episode, Mike and Champ preview the 94th Academy Awards by picking every category. The guys also review Best Picture nominees they haven't gotten to in previous episodes. Topics include Kenneth Branagh's bold and powerful direction of his passion project, Belfast, the vivid, colorful, old school feel of Steven Spielberg's updated We…
 
A triple header this week with reviews of: – Nightmare Alley – Death on the Nile – The Batman Join the Facebook community: www.facebook.com/moviewallas – Follow us on Twitter: @moviewallas – Follow us on Instagram: @moviewallas 0:05:56: Nightmare Alley 00:17:26: Death On The Nile 00:32:52: The Batman…
 
The James Webb Telescope Releases Its First Focused Image This week eager astronomers got an update on the progress of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which launched last December. After a long period of tweaking and alignment, all 18 mirrors of the massive orbiting scope are now in focus. In a briefing this week, Marshall Perrin, the Webb d…
 
Flower Power: Floating Sensors Inspired By Dandelions Dandelions’ white puff balls are irresistible—kids delight in blowing on them until the seeds break free, floating away. But, dandelion seeds’ ability to travel through the air is not just aesthetic. Like many other plants, they rely on the wind for seed dispersal. The traveling success of those…
 
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