The missing August episode! The new Doctor Who is a woman. The lead of the new Star Trek series is a woman. The new Jedi apprentice is a woman. Why is this a problem for some people? Why is this threatening to some people? Also: loads of news and reviews, a Pokestop in my back yard, thoughts on getting old, and help wanted. (51:21)
You never forget your first fandom – and in my case, that was the premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. See why this was completely different from Star Wars, and find out how many ways a science fiction TV series can change someone’s life (spoiler: a lot). A nostalgic trip to the final frontier. (1:11:46)
Are you being media served? If not, why not? Who needs a media server, how do they set one up, and how do you organize it? Why is everyone so up in arms over the Star Trek: Discovery trailer? And why is a severe thunderstorm a really lousy place/time to record a podcast? The latest Don’t Give This Tape To Earl asks all these questions and waits patiently for the answers.(1:03:06)
Tornadic tales, from growing up vaguely worried in Tornado Alley, to taking shelter, to working the weather in TV and radio, to the big one that landed right down the street in 1996. Also, handy tips on how to do Tornado Alley weather when you cut the cord, and how to learn the lyrics to “One Night In Bangkok” over spring break. Stay tuned to Don’t Give This Tape To Earl for later statements and possible warnings.(1:27:13)
Parlez-vous ATDT15014521700? In the days before the internet, there was the BBS…and for some weird and probably unhealthy reason, your host wanted to run one of his own. A tale replete with BBSs, MIBs, not nearly enough +++ATH0, and numerous other unfortunate abbreviations. (1:15:38)
If you don’t want to hear about space, this is not the podcast for you. This month, I tell you what there was to like about Hidden Figures (spoiler: a lot of things), and reveal the perhaps slightly embarrassing movie tie-in that turned a young sci-fi nut into a lifelong lover of space exploration. Spend an hour spacing out with me. (53:17)
Not mentioned in this podcast because they happened after the recording date: Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who, the Star Trek: Axanar lawsuit settlement and the death of John Hurt. I simply ran out of time to record an add-on for the news section, so we’ll discuss these at a later date.