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Pop culture matters...but why tho? Our podcast takes popular culture seriously, as members of fandoms we often have to explain why we’ve played all 20+ Tomb Raider games or why we’ve read over 200 X-Men comics. We sometimes times have to explain why spending a few hours with a group of people we met online in dungeon matters as much as going to get pizza with co-workers. Sometimes people might say Star Trek was just a show on TV, and you have to tell them why it matters. Or they might ask you why you’re crying as you finish episode 14 of Firefly. That’s what we’re here for. Each week we’ll talk about different series/character/franchise/person in the pop culture-verse that matter to people. They might have large and active fandoms, revolutionized their industry, or pulled in unsurpassed viewer numbers, but why tho? Kate, Adrian, and Tom answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

Pop culture matters...but why tho? Our podcast takes popular culture seriously, as members of fandoms we often have to explain why we’ve played all 20+ Tomb Raider games or why we’ve read over 200 X-Men comics. We sometimes times have to explain why spending a few hours with a group of people we met online in dungeon matters as much as going to get pizza with co-workers. Sometimes people might say Star Trek was just a show on TV, and you have to tell them why it matters. Or they might ask you why you’re crying as you finish episode 14 of Firefly. That’s what we’re here for. Each week we’ll talk about different series/character/franchise/person in the pop culture-verse that matter to people. They might have large and active fandoms, revolutionized their industry, or pulled in unsurpassed viewer numbers, but why tho? Kate, Adrian, and Tom answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.
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Pop culture matters...but why tho? Our podcast takes popular culture seriously, as members of fandoms we often have to explain why we’ve played all 20+ Tomb Raider games or why we’ve read over 200 X-Men comics. We sometimes times have to explain why spending a few hours with a group of people we met online in dungeon matters as much as going to get pizza with co-workers. Sometimes people might say Star Trek was just a show on TV, and you have to tell them why it matters. Or they might ask you why you’re crying as you finish episode 14 of Firefly. That’s what we’re here for. Each week we’ll talk about different series/character/franchise/person in the pop culture-verse that matter to people. They might have large and active fandoms, revolutionized their industry, or pulled in unsurpassed viewer numbers, but why tho? Kate, Adrian, and Tom answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

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English


Episodes

Episode 104: Minecraft Matters...But Why Tho?

6/12/2019
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This week we dive into the game that made its founder a billionaire by selling their company via twitter: Minecraft. Beyond that, Minecraft has been a stable cultural phenomenon for a while now, so we decided to look into it. In this episode we learn about how Minecraft was made, the community around it, and ultimately how it has become a major classroom resource.

Duration:01:25:02

FIRST LOOK: So, I Was Thinking About Our Internet Profile

6/5/2019
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In this episode, Kate and Matt discuss the consequences of living life on the internet and how your social media profiles, podcasts, and other content can be used to harm and help you. Have you thought about your internet profile? They did.

Duration:00:33:39

FIRST LOOK: So, I Was Thinking Episode 0

6/5/2019
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Married couple Kate and Matt talk about a lot of things when they aren't recording our flagship podcast. In this Episode 0, find out why they decided to start this new podcast, what they're going to be talking about in the future, and more. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the But Why Tho? A Geek Community's Patreon: patreon.com/butwhytho So, I Was Thinking is a biweekly podcast hosted by Kate and Matt of But Why Tho? The Podcast. Here, the two discuss topics that just got them thinking...

Duration:00:13:01

INTERVIEW: Dream Con 2019 with Kyle Hebert

5/31/2019
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Adrian had the opportunity to interview the great Kyle Hebert on the floor of Dream Con 2019. With over 500 voice acting credits including franchises Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Naruto, Street Fighter and many others Hebert has a been there and done that when it comes to the industry. Take a listen as they talk about his thoughts on the convention, his experiences as a voice actor, favorite fandoms, and the landscape of geekdom.

Duration:00:22:13

Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoiler Review

5/29/2019
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This week, Kate and Adrian sat down with Jeff and Jennifer from the Pod of Thrones, a podcast where the couple talks about Game of Thrones and other sh*t. With their help, we unpack everything that happened and didn't happen in season eight of the largest and most watched show in television history. Are people upset about who sits on the melted Iron Throne? Should Jon had pet Ghost? Check it all out in this episode.

Duration:01:30:41

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Spoiler Review

5/27/2019
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Now that John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum has been in theaters for a couple of weeks it's time for us to talk about it. This episode we review the film, break down some of the fights, and get to a long convo on how and why Keanu Reeves is the defining action star of a generation.

Duration:00:39:07

Episode 103: Aladdin Matters...But Why Tho?

5/22/2019
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This week, we're discussing the animated Disney classic: Aladdin. With the help of special guest Swara Salih, we go through the origin of the story of Aladdin, how it has been retold, the production history of the one we all know and love from 1993, and we get into how the film means so much to so many people while also discussing the problematic tropes it employs.

Duration:01:15:39

Episode 102: Pokemon Still Matters...But Why Tho?

5/15/2019
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It's been over a year since we last talked about Pokemon and a lot has happened. A new game out, and a new game and generation was announced, not to mention a live-action movie just hit theaters! We have a lot to cover and we do it with the help of Ryan from the Gameboys Podcast.

Duration:01:11:02

Episode 101: Pro-Wrestling Still Matters...But Why Tho?

5/8/2019
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We talked about Pro-Wrestling in episode 10, almost two years ago, and so much has happened since then! We're joined by Anthony from ReadyComicsRoll as we cover the changes in the women's division, Kofimania, and the evolving debate around healthcare for athletes who sacrifice their bodies for the show.

Duration:01:30:45

Awesome Con Coverage from Swara with Zach Callison and Susan Egan of 'Steven Universe'

5/4/2019
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Swara reports from Awesome Con in Washington DC to bring you two interviews with two of the voice cast of the hit series Steven Universe! We talk with Zach Callison (Steven) and Susan Egan (Rose Quartz) on what the show and their characters have meant to them, what they thought of that mind-blowing season 5 finale, Susan's work as Meg, the original Belle on Broadway, and Broadway Prince Party, and much more!

Duration:00:26:50

Episode 100: AMA Drinking Game

5/1/2019
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It's been a long road, but we made it all the way to 100 main episodes of the podcast. So, in honor of this milestone, we asked you to Ask us Anything. To commemorate the occasion we decided to make a drinking game to go along with it, but don't worry we have our pretty much co-host at this point Alex come-in to moderate our very spirited discussion. [pun intended] So, settle in and grab a drink or two or three with us!

Duration:01:42:21

Episode 99: The MCU Matters...But Why Tho?

4/24/2019
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This week, we cover the highest grossing movie franchise of all time and the series that brought comics to life in the grandest of ways: The MCU. They've made us laugh, they've made us cry, they've pretty much made us feel everything and it was a long road to get here. This episode, we cover the production history, the heroes, the controversies, and we talk about all of our favorite heroes. With so many movies to cover, 22 in all, we try our best to get it right. If we missed things, and...

Duration:01:27:53

INTERVIEW: Acting, Representation, and Comics with Julio Macias from 'On My Block'

4/18/2019
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The theme of our podcast is: pop culture matters. On My Block, a show about brown and Black teens in the community of Freeridge coming-of-age, living, and adventuring with the odds against them fits that theme. In this special episode, Kate and Adrian sit down to talk with Julio Macias, one of the show's breakout stars. We discuss the importance of showcasing different Latinx identities on screen, what it's like to play Oscar 'Spooky' Diaz in On My Block, how he brings respect to his role,...

Duration:00:41:59

Episode 98: Backstreet Boys Matter...But Why Tho?

4/17/2019
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This week, we cover the best-selling boy band of all time: the Backstreet Boys. We talk about their long and still going career, status as 1990s icons, and how they kickstarted the early 2000s boy band craze. We cover all of this with the help of Manny Perez, associate community manager at Bethesda, who relives his own boy band moment and helps the crew prove that BSB is statistically better than *NSYNC.

Duration:01:24:59

Episode 97: The Twilight Zone Matters...But Why Tho?

4/10/2019
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This week we talk about the 60 year old franchise that is as timeless as it is terrifying: The Twilight Zone. We talk about its social themes, its remakes, and how it has maintained a place in our lives, with same problems, decades after airing. We do it all with the help of Alex, from What We Talk About When We Talk About. Find out why this franchise is still going strong and is in its third reboot this year.

Duration:01:30:38

Episode 96: Parks and Rec Matters...But Why Tho?

4/3/2019
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This week, the crew honors ten years since we visited Pawnee, Indiana. That's right, they're covering Parks and Recreation. From the excellent comedy, the careers that the show launched, and the cult following it grew, the crew talks about everything thing they can. But they don't just cover the stuff in the show. From representation to production, they explore everything that Parks and Rec have come to be known for and the impact it's left on viewers 10 years later.

Duration:01:49:22

Episode 95: The Matrix Matters...But Why Tho?

3/27/2019
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With the 20th anniversary of The Matrix this month, we decided it about time we tackled the One. This week we're joined by special guest Carolyn, from So Here's What Happened. As a freelance journalist, film critic, and lover of martial arts we tackle why this 1999 film bent all the metaphorical pop culture spoons. We talk about Keanu Reeves, the productions of the film, the franchise, and of course, how The Matrix introduced a new standard of action sequences and fight choreography to...

Duration:01:06:35

INTERVIEW: Apollo 11 at SXSW 2019 with Director Todd Douglas Miller

3/25/2019
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We had the honor of covering the South by Southwest 2019 Film Festival, there Matt saw his favorite film of the year so far, Apollo 11. In this interview, Matt sits down to discuss the film with its director and producer Todd Douglas Miller. They discuss how long assembling 9 days worth of footage from multiple people into one film is, complications with audio, and using Apollo 11 to leave a lasting impact. Using all original footage of the nine-day Apollo 11 mission, Miller retells a...

Duration:00:26:29

Episode 94: Futurama Matters...But Why Tho?

3/20/2019
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This week the team takes a look at Matt Groening's Futurama. But why does an adult animated show about the future, science fiction, emotions, and Zoidbergs matter anyway? Adrian leads us through the history fo the show and a rundown of some of the most impactful episodes of the series to find out.

Duration:01:38:41

Episode 93: Project Apollo Matters...But Why Tho?

3/13/2019
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This week, the team dives into Project Apollo. With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Matt leads the crew through the history of the entire Apollo program, they discuss the numerous movies, debates around space exploration, and the future. Tune into this episode for some science, pop culture, and a whole lot of space talk.

Duration:01:24:16