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I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.

I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.
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I'm the Host is a podcast where we take a deeper look at the media we all consume. Allayne, Kurt and Blake take turns hosting and looking at the deeper themes and meanings in popular culture.






Floodwater Minisode

Howdy, y'all! It seems our little podcast got washed out this week, and due to the technical snafu Blake sat down and recorded a little filler episode, holding forth on what movies he's seen recently. Hopefully we'll be back next time with our previously-scheduled episode on Blumhouse--see you soon!


Brains, Trains, and Automobiles

"Unnnnnnnhhhhh…. Uuuuhhhhhh! Brrrrraiiiiiiiinnssssss…" Yeah, that's what you’d LIKE to hear, isn't it? Well too bad! This week Ally, our understudy of the undead, is exhuming the zombie genre as we talk Train to Busan (2016) and The Girl With All The Gifts (2016). We'll find out where all the bodies are buried in the history of zombie lore, from its Afro-Haitian origins, to its dark fusion with Romero's ghouls, to its chaotic re-imagining for a hilarious/horrifying present. We'll also sink...


Pete and Repeat

A videotape lands on your doorstep... An estranged friend emails you out of the blue... You may be tempted to respond, to reach out to a familiar hand...but what if it doesn't let go? This week, Blake inaugurates spooky season with two movies about movies in movies that are actually kind of one movie? We're sitting down with creative duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's breakout film, Resolution (2012), and its break-out sequel, The Endless (2017). We'll talk about strained siblings,...


This is Not a Fucking Game

Get your trigger fingers ready and fire up the random seed generator; it's time for that great American pasttime--SPORT! This week, Kurt gets the ball rolling, using the rising popularity of eSports to pitch an old sticky wicket: what makes a sport different from a game? (We Monday-morning quarterbacks may not have a slam-dunk answer, but we keep it in the ballpark at least.) Before we hit the home stretch, we'll also talk horse-based athleticism, unmotivated ursines, and the most dangerous...


Meddling Kids

We're finishing our mystery mini arc with the original kid dectives, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. While we look at the first book in each series--The Secret of the Old Clock (1930) for Nancy Dew and The Tower Treasure (1927) for the Hardy Boys--we'll chat about laissez-faire parenting, a girl changed by rewrites, one man's obsession with names, and the shadowy publishing organization behind it all. Episode Links: Married to the Sea - first strip - “Shakespeare got to get paid,...


The Terminator: Judgment Day

Three little hosts sat down to have fun With Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None". Two little hosts dissected some tropes With bad tricks and herring and Red Dwarf jokes (One little host, editing the podcast He finished it late, but here it is at last.) EPISODE LINKS (Blake's mock map of the island based on descriptions in book.) ((Blake's...interpretation of the characters, for the Roll20 map.)) Internet Archive - Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None YouTube -...


Nick and Nora's Infinite Liquor Cabinet

Today's episode is brought to you by shots, shots, and more shots. (Of the alcohol, gun and camera varieties). We're looking at The Thin Man (1934) and talking about how a few years' difference can really change a setting for a movie, as well as prohibition, dogs, and relationship goals. We also talk witty quips, classic drink recipes, and when a mystery isn't a mystery at all. Links for this episode: The Thin Man - Archive.org Prohibition - Netflix.com Classic Movie Cocktails -...


Late Adolescence

In this episode we're taking a book club look at They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. In a world where you recieve a 24-hour warning before the day of your death, what does this do to society, or an individual's day-to-day life? The hosts also discuss what they'd do on their last day, characterization vs representation, and the age for driving and/or drinking. EPISODE LINKS They Both Die at the End (Blue Cover) They Both Die at the End (Orange Cover) Sieze the Day - Out Cold


Artificial Intelligence and Organic Stupidity

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Takes from the Crypt

Good evening, boys and ghouls! This episode we're looking at shows that were once dead and have clawed their way back out of the grave (for better or worse). We'll be reviewing television shows that jumped to new channels, programs that come back after extended hiatuses, and big-screen reimaginings. We also find time to talk about toxic twitter people, the Neilson ratings, and whatever happened to Aunt Viv. EPISODE LINKS Cancelled TV Shows that Returned - TVline.com Revivial...


Fun and Games with Chekov's Gun

It's all fun and games until someone gets shot. We're looking for Chekov's Gun and talking about splitting the party so we can search for a murderer. Ally has us looking at tropes in movies with Clue (1985) and Game Night (2018). We look at who is the blonde airhead, did the butler really do it, and was it really all part of the plan? But aside from that we talk about the Devil, the Joker, and a Robot named Prime. Links for this epsiode: TV Tropes - Clue TV Tropes - Game Night Clue -...


Bowieography (Part 2)

Alright, settle down, class. Settle down... This is Bowie 102 covering the last thirty-seven years of David Bowie's career: early 80's rise to popularity, late 80's decline, 90's revival, and death. If you came here looking for "Classical Knives of America, 1830 to Present" you are in the wrong room--that's down the hall in 118 with instructor Sharp yes that IS her real name... Alright, for the five of you who are left, thank you for coming back for another semester. If you haven't already...


Bowieography (Part 1)

Welcome to your first day of Bowie 101! This introductory course covers thirty-two years of David Bowie, from 1947 to 1979, spanning his vaudville, pop rock, glam rock, heavy metal, and funk/soul periods, as well as the Berlin trilogy. Our full two-part course will also span such topics as suing Napster, musical numbers from A Knight's Tale, bad haircuts, the roadways of West Berlin, and raps about hats. If you have any questions, your instructor Blake or your classmates Ally and Kurt will...



He is the sworn protector of the city. The wild blue yonder. He is The Tick. But which Tick are we talking about? All of them, we're looking at the Fox kids cartoon show (1994), the Fox live-action sit-com (2001) and the Amazon streaming live-action version (2016), and even some talk about the comic is involved. We talk about what the changes in the small screen versions of the Tick shows about our society, why side characters change from version to version of the show, and how the themes...


The Old Man and the Claws

With Infinity War out and Deadpool set to return soon. Ally has us look at Logan and talk about superhero movies and what these movies say about society. Focus revolves around Logan, the MCU, and Deadpool. We also talk about Thelma and Louise, Seven Samurai, and Unforgiven Note:This episode contains no Infintity War spoilers because Kurt and Ally hadn't seen it at time of recording. Links for this episode: Logan “Hurt” trailer - youtube.com Deadpool trailer - youtube.com Nerdwriter -...



As our jobs all got in the way of our recording schedule this week, we sat down for a short [read: long], off-the-cuff episode. We get into the recent events surrounding the Simpsons'/Apu debacle since recording that episode, and then spend the rest of our time gushing about all the great media we have watched/played/read/listened to lately. (Due to the large volume of links/things mentioned in this discussion, I'm posting all of them as a pdf here: Links to all the media - hosted locally)


True Lies

One of us always tells lies...one of us always tells the truth...but what IS the truth, really? We're digging deep this week with the films Rashomon and Life of Pi, discussing absolutes, equivocations, and whether a single noble lie can balance out a thousand false promises. We'll also discuss Satre's concepts of "bad faith" and "the look" (na na na na!), the soap opera Dallas, and getting called poindexter at a comedy show. (It makes sense in context, I promise.) Links for this...


No Assimilation Without Representation

Strange things are afoot at the Kwik-E-Mart this week as we look into the documentary The Problem With Apu and three classic Apu-centric episodes of The Simpsons to see if these charges are warrented, and if the writers ever got better at writing Indian characters. We also take time to talk about James Woods' career (or lack thereof), Indian covers of Western pop songs, and airlines treating people like cattle. Links for this episode: Tumblr - Hari Kondabolu - My career goal is to make...


Men Are Mars, Women Are Darling

It's rare for an artist to remake a work from their early career. With Spike Lee's remake of She's Gotta Have It, we're looking at the differences between the film (1986) and the web-series (2017) with a big helping hand from our guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio. With art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest on the table, we also found time (in this long episode) to talk about the Spin Doctors, Celtics fans, and eminent domain. Links for this episode: CBS This Morning - Spike Lee on...


Return of the King

We interupt this podcast to bring you a quick episode about Black Panther...only there was so much to say that it turned into a full episode anyway. And despite all three hosts enjoying themselves, it didn't keep them from picking all manner of nits from this excellent film. We also talk about racial politics, familial conections, and the etymology of a particular type of footwear. Editor's Note: Ally wasn't feeling her best while recording this episode and ended up misspeaking a few...