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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.
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San Jose, CA

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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates. Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, pirate festival organizers, and more.

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English


Episodes

170 Michael Melzer author of The Patriot Pirate

12/18/2018
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California has one good pirate story, that of Hipolito Bouchard. And Michael Melzer is here to ruin that for us. Just kidding! His book "The Patriot Pirate" makes the case that Bouchard was a privateer more than pirate and was in it for the revolution more than the booty. This is a really fun talk about a piece of history we don't know as much about. And we get into Michael's motivations for writing about Hipolito Bouchard and his unique way of funding the book via Kickstarter. Under The...

Duration:00:35:14

169 Jasper Rouwhorst creator of Crooked Waters

12/11/2018
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Jasper Rouwhorst is one third of Craft Game Studio where he and his two partners have created Crooked Waters, a virtual reality pirate video game for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. We dig into the challenges of designing for virtual reality including dealing with motion sickness and how to keep to adapt to players doing things they didn't expect. And we find out how they manage to keep the whole project going with just three people. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture....

Duration:00:38:04

168 Charles Dean Beeker - Underwater Archaeologist and Shipwreck Conservationist

12/4/2018
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Charles Dean Beeker's official title is the Director of the Center of Underwater Science at the University of Indiana - Bloomington. But that word salad doesn't even begin to tell you about his real passion. Unlike other underwater archaeologists we've talked to, Charle's wants to leave the stuff down there and make these shipwreck sites into visitable national historic places. We talk about the whys of his plans and how they play out. Among his many projects are Captain William Kidd's...

Duration:00:37:45

167 Hurricane Robb and Krimson Kat of Pyrates of the Coast

11/27/2018
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Hurricane Robb and Krimson Kat of Pyrates of the Coast are on the show today! We'll get some insight into the long long history of pirate fandom in the Seattle area and how they came to form their own crew. There's also some great stuff about running a pirate crew as a business vs a volunteer model. And the story of how Robb and Kat met will have you going "awwww!" Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek)...

Duration:00:49:08

166 Eric Jay Dolin author of Black Flags Blue Waters

11/20/2018
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For Thanksgiving week here in the US, we've got a great talk about how American pirates affected the course of US history with Eric Jay Dolin, author of "Black Flags, Blue Waters". Some fascinating stuff here about American pirates taking down Muslim ships well before the Barbary wars and the combination of tactics that eventually eliminated the Golden Age of piracy. Plus great writerly talk about research methods, book proposals, and feeling content or discontent with your current art...

Duration:01:01:27

165 PJ Dolan of Secret Spot Escape Rooms

11/13/2018
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PJ Dolan is the owner and designer of Secret Spot Escape Rooms in San Diego, CA. This pirate-themed escape room sounds like a must-visit if you're headed that way. We dig into how he learned the chops of designing escape rooms and other themed attractions even though he had no previous experience. And also how he watches the psychology of his customers to constantly tweak the experiences and make them more exciting and satisfying. And we'll find out about his previous life as a world...

Duration:00:47:03

164 Ferdinando Menezes and Gareth Noble of Pirate's Grog Rum

11/6/2018
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Gareth Noble and Ferdinando Menezes run Pirate's Grog Rum. We'll find out how they got the deal to distribute a small rum company from Roatan and how they're making it bigger than ever. Always interesting to hear the methods behind a company's personal rum, even for teetotalers like me. :) Plus we dig into stories of failed brakes, driving to Mongolia, and discovering you've had a pirate mindset all along. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson...

Duration:00:40:40

163 Shawn Cowles of Treasure Quest and Mike and Dan of Swashbuckler's Ball

10/30/2018
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Shawn Cowles is a long time treasure hunter who started with Mel Fisher's organization diving the Atocha. Since then he's branched off on his own including hosting the Discover Channel show Treasure Quest. We'll dig into Shawn's origin story, find out the harrowing tale of one particular dive, and what he's had to learn in his new land-based treasure hunt for the Sacam Baya treasure in Bolivia. Plus we'll do a little catch up with Dan Clark and Mark Axton of the Swashbuckler's Ball in...

Duration:01:12:11

162 Captain Alex Piccolo of Pirate Theater

10/23/2018
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Captain Alex Piccolo is the host of Pirate Theater, a new YouTube series for people who want to bone up on their pirate stuff. We'll dig into Alex's background with theater, film, Ren Faires, and Rocky Horror. And we'll talk about what happens when he lays out a fact that turns out to be wrong. We also do a shorty call with Darren Simon about his new book "Dangerous Waters"! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate...

Duration:00:38:30

161 Michael Scott Moore author of The Desert and The Sea

10/16/2018
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Michael Scott Moore was held captive by Somali pirates for 977. His new book, The Desert and The Sea, tells the story of what that was like. In our talk we dig into what he did to keep his mental state stable through the ordeal, what it was like coming back, and what the aftermath of that type of experience is. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews the most interesting people in the pirate...

Duration:00:51:19

160 Joshua London, author of Victory In Tripoli

10/9/2018
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We're headed for North Africa this week to talk Barbary Pirates with Joshua London, author of Victory In Tripoli. He'll take us through the basic timeline of these events that happened soon after the American Revolution and how the Barbary pirates forced America's hand into creating a navy. We'll also talk about the various motivations behind writing a book on this subject, dealing with people reading stuff into it that may or may not be there... And kosher wine. It all fits...

Duration:01:17:36

159 Jess Seevers of Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

10/2/2018
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Jess Seevers is the Jill-of-all-trades at Bluefoot Pirate Adventures where they take families out on the waters of Florida and show them a piratey good time. But what happens when the weather turns nasty? We'll find out. And Jess takes us into her previous career for some fun stories. Ever wonder where the zoo animals go in a hurricane? Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews the most interesting...

Duration:00:36:39

158 Clay 'Talderoy' Clement

9/18/2018
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Clay 'Talderoy' Clement is that pirate that all the west coast pirates know, even if they're not sure they've ever met him. The Pirates Charles even wrote a song about him. He's also the owner of Studio City Tattoo, a pirate themed tattoo shop in Hollywood, and one of the organizers of Pirate Invasion Long Beach. We'll dig into his pirate background to see how he got his sea legs and his business background as a restaurateur before entering the tattoo and piercing biz. Plus Monty Python...

Duration:01:11:47

157 Daniel "Rover" Singer of Quartmaster and SR Staley

9/11/2018
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Daniel "Rover" Singer is one of the leaders of pirate vocal group Quartermaster. He's also a former Disney Imagineer and current playwright and Lewis Carroll buff. We dig into all that and more in this wide ranging discussion of his laundry list of careers most of us only dream of. Yep, even Shakespeare comes up. Plus we do a shorty with SR Staley about his new book "Calusa Spirits" and all the cool stuff they're doing around the release on Sept 19th. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all...

Duration:00:59:40

156 Christy Alan of Tybee Island Pirate Festival

9/4/2018
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Christy Alan is the Entertainment Director (and then some) for the Tybee Island Pirate Festival on Tybee Island, GA. We dig into what's happening at this year's fest Oct 4-7, 2018. And we'll find out about Christy's performance background and how she got involved with the festival. And there's some really great stuff here too about what an island community has to do to sustain business for most of the year. It's a ton of work and they pull it off well. Under The Crossbones is a podcast...

Duration:00:31:16

155 Shanna Franklin of Tea and Strumpets

8/28/2018
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Shanna Franklin is the leader and songwriter of Tea and Strumpets. They're a relatively new group, but rising fast on the Pirate and Ren Faire scenes. Somewhere between vocal group and musical theater, they've got a load of great original bawdy songs and choreography. We dig into why Shanna got the group together and how demand for their show has picked up. Heads up... This episode, by nature, has a little bawdy talk in it. If you've got kids with you, maybe listen later. Or be prepared...

Duration:00:33:06

154 Robert Kurson and Rich Manic

8/21/2018
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I'm so excited to bring you this show today! Robert Kurson is the author of "Pirate Hunters" a great book about John Chatterton and John Mattera finding a real pirate ship wreck - The Golden Fleece. His latest book, "Rocket Men" is about the Apollo 8 mission, NASA's first manned space flight to orbit the moon in 1968. I've been trying to get Robert on the show for a couple years now and we finally made it happen. We dig into all his writings about adventurers on water and in space and how...

Duration:01:07:51

153 Bruce Ellis of Pirates of the Pacific Festival

8/14/2018
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Bruce Ellis aka Captain Curry and his partner Mike Moran aka Captain Squishee are the motor behind the Pirates of the Pacific Festival in Brookings, OR. Bruce is on the show today to tell us all about the festival and how it came to be. Plus his adventures around the US, his experience running Ren Faires, and his newspaper and radio show. Dude is a busy dude! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate geek) interviews...

Duration:00:40:34

152 Rosie Steffy and Joan Wilson Rueter of Penny Opry

8/7/2018
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I was fortunate to catch Penny Opry's set at this year's Nor Cal Pirate Festival and I think you'll dig them too. We got together at Joan's place for a great talk about how they define this new project from their previous one Whiskey and Women. And we dig into how European audiences have embraced them and what their new album "Alluvium" has to offer. And even a sneak peak at the next album after that! Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson...

Duration:00:39:27

151 Bob Bledsoe aka Manis O'Tool

7/31/2018
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Bob Bledsoe is relatively new to the pirate fest scene and has a really funny act called Manis O'Tool and His Imperial Tibetan Yak. In our talk we find out why he decided to get into the Ren Faire/Pirate scene and how he developed an act for Manis. And we have some comedian nerd-out time discussing the differences between fest audiences and what we're used to in comedy clubs. Under The Crossbones is a podcast all about pirate culture. Your host Phil Johnson (comedian, musician, and pirate...

Duration:00:30:25