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EPISODE 29: IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (ep. 13)

9/15/2018
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Put on your leg warmers and lay out your flattened cardboard, refrigerator box to show off your sweet breakdancing moves. The 1980s are back! This month, we're watching "IT'S FLASHBEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN" from 1984 and a 1983 episode of "THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW". In the former, we soar like and an eagle. In the latter, when we do the Pig-Pen hoedown, we really kick up some dust. In between, we have another "Random Strip of the Month" and a review of the short "Peanuts by Schulz"...

Duration:01:52:33

EPISODE 28: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED, CHARLIE BROWN? and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (ep 12)

8/16/2018
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What do designer jeans, ducks, crosswalks and World War II soldiers have in common? They're all here in episode 28 of the podcast! We've got Emmy nominated WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED, CHARLIE BROWN?, which originally aired May 30, 1983 and another CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW from November 26, 1983. We've also got a Peanuts by Schulz called "A Little Love" and another Random Strip of the Month. Enjoy! Here's the link to Sean's Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center Facebook photo...

Duration:02:28:40

EPISODE 27: IT'S AN ADVENTURE, CHARLIE BROWN and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (ep. 11)

7/15/2018
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Episode 27 is shall we say...adventurous? Not all of us get to experience this month's Comic-Con adventure, so we have to make our own adventure, which is not a problem with the 1983 "IT'S AN ADVENTURE, CHARLIE BROWN" and, also from 1983, another episode of "THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW". Marcie is a football star! Kite-eating trees! Running from the law! Angelic messages! And Charlie Brown's head in a sack! If that's not adventure, I don't know what is! This month's "Peanuts by...

Duration:01:57:39

EPISODE 26: IS THIS GOODBYE, CHARLIE BROWN and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (ep. 10)

6/15/2018
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This is a month of fond and not so fond farewells. In IS THIS GOODBYE, CHARLIE BROWN? from 1983, Mr. VanPelt has been transferred so Linus and Lucy have to move away! Will Charlie Brown get over the loss of his best friend? What will become of Linus's blanket? Will Charlie Brown follow through on the promise Peppermint Patty made for him to take her out to forget about his loss? Or will he leave her on the porch? In episode ten of THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW, also from 1983, in a...

Duration:02:18:13

BONUS EPISODE: SNOOPY & THE RED BARON AT THE ELMHURST HISTORY MUSEUM

5/18/2018
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Have you ever packed a suitcase for a trip? Don't worry. I'm going somewhere with this. If you have packed a suitcase, you know sometimes you have too many sweaters and Snoopy print underwear to stuff in there. Episode 25, it turns out, was kind of like that. There was just TOO MUCH SHOW to stuff in there. Thus, this bonus episode was born. The Elmhurst History Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois is the FIRST IN THE NATION to host the Charles M. Schulz traveling exhibit "Snoopy and the Red...

Duration:00:21:16

EPISODE 25: A CHARLIE BROWN CELEBRATION & THE PODCAST DOES A CHARACTER STUDY: SNOOPY, THE WORLD FAMOUS AUTHOR

5/15/2018
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Episode 25 of the podcast is a celebration! No, really, it's in the title. We're watching A CHARLIE BROWN CELEBRATION from 1982. I'll bet Lucy hates that concept. Is the party that is this HOUR LONG episode worth show up for? The undercard for this month's episode is a new segment on the podcast. I do a deep dive into the origins and history of Snoopy's alter-ego The World Famous Author, which, of all his personas, is the one most near-and-dear to my heart. Of course, we also have a new...

Duration:02:27:12

EPISODE 24: GOOD GRIEF! AUTHOR STEPHEN LIND and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (ep. 9)

4/15/2018
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For episode 24 of the podcast, it would be cool if I had a clever tie in to twenty-four hours in a day. But I don't. What I do have is my conversation with Stephen Lind, author of the 2015 book A Charlie Brown Religion, which is much more than a mere Schulz biography. Lind does a deep dive into Schulz's faith and outlook on the world. You need to read this. (After you listen to the conversation, of course.) We also take a look at episode 9 of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" from October...

Duration:01:58:44

EPISODE 23: SNOOPY COME HOME

3/16/2018
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So...yeah, this month's episode is a wee bit late. Sorry 'bout that. I had a hard time getting into the podcast studio to finish the editing on the episode, what with all these NO DOGS ALLOWED signs around. I guess that's what I get for wearing my Snoopy costume as every day wear. But episode 23 is finally here. We're talking about the Peanuts gang's second theatrical outing, SNOOPY COME HOME from 1972. Snoopy's feeling unwanted at home and around town (NO DOGS ALLOWED!). Will the return of...

Duration:02:21:27

Episode 22: No Time for Love, Charlie Brown and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show

2/15/2018
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This month on episode 22, we put Peppermint Patty, who has barely had time to rest since winning musical chairs last month in "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown", through her paces. First, we explore which came first: the peppermint patty candy or the character. Then, in NO TIME FOR LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN (which first aired 3/11/73), a field trip to the art museum puts her feelings for ol' Chuck on display. (See what I did there?) Next, we have an episode from THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW,...

Duration:02:07:01

EPISODE 21: SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND HER, CHARLIE BROWN and another episode of THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW

1/15/2018
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This month, episode 21 of the podcast is unofficially the month of the VanPelts. In 1981's "Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown", Linus is in his familiar role as the best, but ultimately clueless as everyone is in Peanuts Town, friend to Charlie Brown. The two boys stalk, er, search for the beautiful girl our man Chuck fell in love with after seeing her briefly during a "honey shot" on TV in the crowd at a football game. Will they find her? Will she fall in love in return? Will she...

Duration:01:59:22

EPISODE 20: I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN & HAPPY NEW YEAR, CHARLIE BROWN

12/15/2017
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Should old acquaintance be forgot? No way! There's a party in Peanuts Town! First up this month, from 2003, the Van Pelt's youngest sibling Rerun just wants a dog for Christmas in the appropriately titled I WANT A DOG FOR CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN. Could Spike be the answer to his canine dreams? Maybe, IF Rerun can survive the rides on the back of Mom's bike and, in a frighteningly timely B-plot, allegations of harassment of a little girl with pigtails. Yes, really. Merry Christmas! The...

Duration:02:35:03

EPISODE 19: A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING & THIS IS AMERICA: THE MUSIC AND HEROES OF AMERICA

11/15/2017
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EPISODE 19 has it all! Dinner AND a show! Dinner is courtesy of the 1973 holiday classic A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING. Peppermint Patty invites herself, Marcie and Franklin to Chuck's house for Thanksgiving, forcing Charlie Brown to face his crippling fear of buttering toast. Snoopy gets his butt handed to him by a lawn chair. Woodstock engages in flagrant bird cannibalism. Ah, holidays! The "show" part of the episode comes courtesy of the "MUSIC AND HEROES OF AMERICA" installment of the...

Duration:02:23:36

EPISODE 18: GOOD GRIEF! A CHAT WITH AUTHOR ANDREW FARAGO, PLUS WHAT A NIGHTMARE, CHARLIE BROWN

10/15/2017
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The usual giddy joy at dropping a new episode of the podcast is dampened a bit this time with the news of the loss of Charles M. Schulz's home and Craig Schulz's home in the horrendous wildfires ravaging California. While the property (including much valuable Schulz memorabilia) was lost, thankfully, Jean Schulz was evacuated safely. Our hearts go out to the Schulzes and all of California. But the show goes on. And it's a good one. Episode 18 features my conversation with Andrew Farago,...

Duration:01:53:03

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE OCTOBER 2017 EPISODE

9/19/2017
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So, hey, remember at the end of the September episode I said the rundown for the October episode was subject to change? Well, it changed. Andrew Farago - author, comics historian, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum - agreed to chat with me about his upcoming book THE COMPLETE PEANUTS FAMILY ALBUM: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ'S CLASSIC CHARACTERS. And I am thrilled to share that conversation with you in October. But, good grief! What does that mean for THE SCHEDULE! Hold on to...

Duration:00:02:01

Episode 17: It's Magic, Charlie Brown and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show (ep. 6)

9/15/2017
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I demand absolute silence. I, the Great Podcastini, will now guess what number you are thinking of... It's 17! As in episode 17 of the podcast! Now, pick a card! Do it! *Gazes magically at you while I wait* Is this your card? The queen of hearts! I knew it was because the little heart is bent. I learned that trick from Marcie. (You'll understand that once you listen to the episode.) Until then, just bask in my powers over the dark arts. In IT'S MAGIC, CHARLIE BROWN, which first aired...

Duration:02:20:08

Episode 16: Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown & This is America, Charlie Brown: Building the Transcontinental Railroad

8/15/2017
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In episode 16, we ride the rails in the 2/10/89 edu-tainment THIS IS AMERICA CHARLIE BROWN: BUILDING THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. Want to know the saga of one of American history's biggest construction projects, a story about literally uniting a post-Civil war country? Then hop aboard! As the train pulls away from the station, we jump on to run away with Snoopy as he joins the circus in the 10/24/80 LIFE IS A CIRCUS, CHARLIE BROWN. Forbidden passion! The lure of fame! Popcorn wantonly...

Duration:01:49:56

EPISODE 15: SHE'S A GOOD SKATE, CHARLIE BROWN and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (Ep. 5)

7/15/2017
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This month in episode 15 of the podcast we wade into the Peanuts neighborhood kiddie pool to take on the burning question: If a Peanuts character says "Rats" alone in the woods, does it make a sound? Also, we explore the mysteries of why Peppermint Patty is sneaking out in the early morning hours, why is crime so rampant in Peanuts Town, and where did Marcie get an automatic duck plucker? The episodes this month are: She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, originally aired 2/25/80; episode 5 of...

Duration:02:05:51

Episode 14: You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown & This is America, Charlie Brown: The Great Inventors

6/15/2017
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MAKE THIS PODCAST "GREAT" AGAIN The painstaking production and scrutinizing the schedule that went into developing this theme for this month's episode, #14 for those of you keeping score at home, is staggering. Both episodes have "great" in their titles. From 1979, we've got "You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown" and from 1989, "This is America: The Great Inventors". That's what you call synchronicity.* *No, it's not.** **It's just a random coincidence.*** ***This is the last...

Duration:01:40:45

Episode 13: Good Grief! It's my chat with Peanuts Historian Nat Gertler!

5/15/2017
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Good grief! Another month has gone by already? We've got a first for the podcast on this lucky episode 13...a guest! Nat Gertler is a respected author (The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World's Most Beloved Comic Strip; The Snoopy Treasures), publisher and Peanuts historian. And he was nice enough to give a bit of his time, wit and wisdom to the podcast. Thanks, Nat! This month, we also watch and discuss two of the 2008 Warner Premiere Motion Comics, animations of 1964 Peanuts...

Duration:01:49:09

Episode 12: IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (EP. 4)

4/15/2017
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It's all about the eggs, y'all! In the 1974 special IT'S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN, the gang is obsessed with the looming specter of Easter and living in existential fear they won't be buried alive in an avalanche of eggs. Everyone, that is, except Linus who takes a break from obsessing about the Great Pumpkin to obsess about a thing called "the Easter Beagle". (And Sally calls him on it.) Meanwhile, Marcie, apparently an Easter neophyte, cluelessly lays waste to scores of...

Duration:01:50:37