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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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@ButWhyThoPC

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English


Episodes

PAX East 2018 Recap

4/18/2018
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From April 5-8th, the podcast crew attended PAX East 2018 in Boston. Here are their faves, worsts, and all around feels towards the convention experience for thier first PAX East. They're joined by Elvis Walden, the StOP (Stack-Up Overwatch Program) Program Director, from the veteran charity Stack-Up.

Duration:01:44:33

Godzilla Follow-Up with Matt Frank

4/13/2018
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Kate and Matt sat down to talk with the King of Kaiju himself, comic book artist Matt Frank. They talk about what they got in Episode 57, why Godzilla may be important but isn't the only kaiju that matters, special effects, and ultimately what the artist would do if he had $100 million kaiju movie budget.

Duration:01:02:55

Episode 60: Planet Earth (the series) Matters...But Why Tho?

4/11/2018
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A nature documentary that brought high production quality and ground breaking cinematography in addition to years of study, Planet Earth revolutionized educational nature documentaries on TV. We sit down with Quinn, ecologist and part time cosplayer to find out its impact and how it's impact is felt in it's offshoot series, the conservationists that use it's footage to save the world, and the tears that our host Kate cries when animals die. But why tho?

Duration:01:29:17

Episode 59: Dungeons and Dragons Matters...But Why Tho?

4/4/2018
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Get your character sheets ready and hope you roll a natural 20 because this week we talk about the tabletop of all tabletops: Dungeons and Dragons. From it's humble beginnings as a mash-up of different games and being bought out by Wizards of the Coast to the Critters that have made it surge in popularity, Adrian brings us through why D&D matters to so many people.

Duration:00:58:17

Pacific Rim Uprising Spoiler Review

3/30/2018
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In the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim we get jaegers, drones, and Kaiju and things in between. Kate and Adrian bring you through the movie and talk about their likes and dislikes in Pacific Rim Uprising, how Jon Boyega needs to be in more things, and how mechs should move given the laws of anime.

Duration:01:00:51

Episode 58: Iron Man Matters...But Why Tho?

3/28/2018
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In honor of Avengers: Infinity War coming out next month, we talk about a hero has risen from the B-list to the foundation Marvel Cinematic Universe and one of the most recognizable heroes of our time: Iron Man. Matt brings us through his comic book history, appearances in video games and television and tops it off with how Robert Downey Jr. brought not just the hero, but Tony Stark to life on the big screen.

Duration:01:38:40

Tomb Raider Spoiler Review

3/26/2018
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We saw Tomb Raider, the adaptation of the 2013 reboot franchise focused around a new and different Lara Croft. Directed by Roar Uthaug and staring Alicia Vikander as our adventurer and tomb raider, Lara Croft. We a synopsis, our thoughts, and talk about this movie, and game, differ from the classic Lara that Angelina Jolie portrayed and how it stands apart as it's own film. Spoilers inbound.

Duration:01:06:47

Episode 57: Godzilla Matters...But Why Tho?

3/21/2018
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This week's episode was supposed to be about the Kaiju genre, but through our research one thing was clear: Godzilla is the one that matters. the longest running film franchise ever and over 60 years old, this giant nuclear mutated sea monster is pop culture heavy weight.

Duration:01:16:04

Episode 56: Shrek Matters...But Why Tho?

3/14/2018
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This week, Adrian wanted to get on the lighter side of things so we talked about Shrek and how it kicked off Dreamworks animation. It may seem like a small kids movie, but the numbers and spin-offs solidly put Shrek as a memorable pop culture moment...but why tho?

Duration:01:11:47

Episode 55: Jessica Jones Matters...But Why Tho?

3/7/2018
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In honor of Jessica Jones season 2 premiering on Netflix this week, we talked about Jessica Jones and why a hero who has only been around since 2001 has such an impact on her readers. Beyond that, we talk about the power of her show and the women behind it, as well as how people cope with trauma. *trigger warning: we do discuss the events in Jessica's life which do involve abuse and sexual assault*

Duration:01:26:39

Episode 54: The Elder Scrolls Matter...But Why Tho?

2/28/2018
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This week, Matt leads us through a franchise that began in 1994 and hasn't pumped the breaks. Initially put out by Bethesda, the D&D based franchise easily became one of the best Western RPGs in existence. We go through some lore, game mechanics, and how it has built a name that sticks out among the crowd. Music used from -- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Duration:01:25:39

Patreon Exclusive: Iron Man Review

2/25/2018
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Each month we record a review episode chosen by our $10 patrons. Here is a clip what you can find if you subscribe to the $3 tier.

Duration:00:05:45

Black Panther Spoiler Review

2/23/2018
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We watched the 18th installment in the MCU, Black Panther. Directed by Ryan Coogler, it proved that super-hero fatigue means nothing and good movies break records and builds out a new world we have never seen. It marks a change in the MCU and leaves fans wanting more. We brought back Ritz from our Black Panther Episode and we talk about our likes, our nitpicks, and where we place in the pantheon of hero movies. We spoil this movie, DO NOT listen if you haven't watched it yet, this is a...

Duration:02:03:18

Episode 53: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra Matter...But Why Tho?

2/21/2018
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This week we welcome back Swara Salih from the Beltway Banthas podcast to talk about one of his and Adrian's favorite cartoons, Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, we can't talk Airbender without talking The Legend of Korra. The American TV show aired on Nickelodeon and quickly grew to become a favorite with kids and adults. As an American cartoon inspired by East Asian animation and culture we talk about how a kid's cartoon deals with real world issues all while bending a mythos of their...

Duration:01:23:04

Missions that Matter Follow-Up: Stack Up Overwatch Program

2/19/2018
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This week we sat down with Elvis from Stack Up to talk about what has changed since we last spoke in Episode 19. As Program Director of the Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP), he explained how the charity had grown in the last year and how the organization is using StOP to bring awareness to suicide prevention and promote positive mental health. We hear about how they help, the power of using Discord for crisis intervention, and where they'll be next. *trigger warning, this episode we...

Duration:00:40:14

Episode 52: The Simpsons Matter...But Why Tho?

2/14/2018
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600+ episodes, 29 years, The Simpsons have not only parodied pop culture, but created it too. This week, we welcome back Alex from What We Talk About When We Talk About, Frightday.com, and Game Boys podcast. We talk about the cultural impact, the math, and how the show has become a fortune teller for the internet. Follow Alex: @mostalwaysalex, @WWTAcast, and @GameBoysCoop Music belongs to the Fox Broadcasting Company, from The Simpsons

Duration:01:42:02

Episode 51: Black Panther Matters...But Why Tho?

2/7/2018
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For over 50 years, the Black Panther has inspired people from the pages of Marvel, in a week, he will take his rightful place on the big screen, but why tho? Why do we still care about Black Panther, Wakanda and the man under the mask: T'Challa. With special guest Sceritz aka Ritz, host of @WakandaIVLyfe (a Black Panther podcast), we dive into the history of the character and talk representation, diaspora, authorship and how the new movie is already breaking records. Follow Ritz on...

Duration:02:01:58

Coraline: Patreon Review

2/1/2018
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We reviewed Coraline, the 2009 dark fantasy, just for Nikko! It definitely gave Matt nightmares of button eyes. Although this episode is open to all listeners, every Patreon Review episode will be available to Patrons at the $3 level. If you want to hear us review a movie you ask us to watch, head on over patreon.com/ButWhyThoPC and subscribe at the $10 level! We'll produce just like this one! Thanks for all the support! *all music used is from Coraline the motion picture*

Duration:00:37:55

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Spoiler Review

1/30/2018
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Kate and Matt headed out to see the third and final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy on opening night and walked away feeling things. Seemingly closing the chapter on Young Adult fiction adaptations for awhile, what did you think about the much delayed movie? Hints for the episode: They waited 3 years to see these stories end and it sure does end. *Music used is from the Maze Runner: The Death Cure trailer*

Duration:01:02:26

Episode 50: Your Questions Matter

1/17/2018
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This week we celebrate our 50th episode by answering your questions!! In this episode you'll learn a lot about us and who we are outside the podcast and what parts of pop culture get us going. Look out tomorrow for the prize drawing!

Duration:01:07:04

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