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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.






Missions that Matter: Full Interview with Brian from SideQuest

This week we discussed the charity SideQuest and what it does to help connect gamers with charities and raise money. This is the full interview with Executive Director Brian Truong. Follow them at @SideQuestOrg And email Brian at Brian@sidequest.org

Duration: 00:15:46

Episode 34: Missions that Matter SideQuest

This week we had the pleasure of chatting with Brian Truong, Executive Director of SideQuest, a charitable organization that aims to connect gamers and use their passion for nerdy things to do good. For more information how you can get involved, check out the shownotes below. We talk about the power of community engagement, meet-ups, and explore how SideQuest connects gamers to charities like Stack-Up.org and Extra Life. The full interview will be released this weekend...

Duration: 00:47:38

Episode 33: Scream Matters...But Why Tho?

This week we're back in the horror genre discussing the movie that defined 90's horror and started its own subgenre: Scream. We're joined by Alex Paterno, host of What We Talk About When We Talk About and assignment editor at Frightday.com. Kate takes us through the 1996 movie by Wes Craven and then explains how a movie so symbolic of the 90's has joined the classics. Iconic, funny, and a little bloody, Scream matters...but why tho? Follow Alex on Twitter: @MostAlwaysAlex Listen to his...

Duration: 01:07:08

Crossover 3: Game of Thrones Ssn 7 Recap with Swara Salih

The night is dark and full of spoilers. This week we break down each episode of Game of Thrones season 7 with guest co-host Swara Salih from Beltway Banthas. We give our reactions to each episode, our favorites, our pet peeves, our predictions for season 8, and unanimously agree that we need to put Bran back in the tree. So join the conversation with us! You can find Swara at: @swarasalih1 and @BeltwayBanthas "Beltway Banthas is a Star Wars podcast about the intersection of fandom and the...

Duration: 01:04:59

The Defenders: Spoiler Review

This week we talk the long awaited team-up between Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. We talk about our hopes, our thoughts, and ultimately whether this mini-series redeemed or spoiled the characters we've met so far. Make sure to join the discussion on our Twitter and Facebook and let us know what you think! @ButWhyThoPC

Duration: 01:12:45

Episode 32: The NFL Matters (pt. 2 Social Issues and Impact)...But Why Tho?

*trigger warning, we discuss domestic violence and sexual assault in this episode* In part 2, we talk about the social issues and impact of the NFL and its players. Kate takes us through the charitable work of the league and the fines that happen when a player attempts to use there playtime as a platform. Matt brings us through the interesting history of how the league went from having Black and Native players in the beginning to moving to a league that that needed to was forced into...

Duration: 01:26:11

Episode 32: The NFL Matters (pt.1 History, Economics, and Dynasties)...But Why Tho?

In part 1 of 2, Matt brings us through the long history of the NFL, the teams, mergers, and how became and ultimately gave up the status of a non-profit organization. We also talk about the dynasties, how the same teams keep winning, and what it's like love a team that hasn't had good years since before you were born.

Duration: 01:02:59

Episode 31: World of Warcraft Matters...But Why Tho?

This week Adrian brings us to the world of Azeroth. We talk about World of Warcraft, it's history, it's changes, and it's wide-reaching impact on pop culture consciousness and what it means to be a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). We hear Matt's "back in my day" stories, and Kate asks a lot of questions. Who does she live her life by? The one and only Leroy Jenkins.

Duration: 01:29:13

Episode 30 BONUS: Marvel on Netflix Villains

We have to cut some great conversations from the episode for time, but we wanted to make sure you heard our thoughts on the well-done villains of the Marvel Netflix Universe.

Duration: 00:07:04

Episode 30: Marvel on Netflix Matters...But Why Tho?

SPOILERS! This week we talk Marvel! But not the MCU, no, this week we talk about how the Marvel Netflix Universe matters to fans, critics, and the image of Marvel superheroes. Up until the Netflix originals, Marvel wasn't known for gritty and violent drama, leaving much of the dark, broody, and bloody stories to the side. In this episode we take you through why each series matters (chronologically, DD, JJ, LC, IF, if you need to skip some spoilers) and what they mean to us. With Daredevil,...

Duration: 01:26:39

Episode 29: Cosplay Matters...But Why Tho?

This week we talk about a hobby, career, competition, that has come out of fan convention obscurity to mainstream reality shows, how-to videos, and even casual wear influenced by the are of: COSPLAY! We welcome Alley from the Rick & Alley Twitch stream. We talk about it's fluid history and beginnings. Switching to the But Why Thos: we discuss how it's come to create inclusive communities, inspire children, become the ultimate form of representation, and has become the base for fans to do...

Duration: 01:18:39

Episode 28: Game of Thrones Matters...But Why tho?

This week, we drink, and we know things. In this episode we talk about the pop culture phenomena: Game of Thrones. Adrian takes us through one of his favorite fandoms by lining the books up with the show and giving a brief history and financial success of the franchise. Then we get into the but why thos, talking about how the show has been able to craft characters and seasons that build a world in a fantastical and real way.

Duration: 01:16:43

Episode 27: Missions that Matter, 1Up On Cancer

This week the BWT crew did their second episode in the Missions that Matter series, where they interview and highlight a charitable and/or a community organization that uses the love of pop culture to do good in the world. On today's episode, they highlight Kate and Matt's interview with the co-founders of 1Up On Cancer, Chris and Christina Haslage, at RTX 2017. Through the interview we learn about why they chose to be one of the only cancer organization focused on helping adults with cancer...

Duration: 00:33:13

Crossover Event 2: Harlots on Hulu

In our second Crossover Event, Kate sits down with Lanie Lopez, host of the True Crime Fan Club Podcast, to talk about the Hulu Original show: Harlots. Set in the 18th century, the show provides a commentary on feminism, femininity, agency, and motherhood all through the eyes of the harlots of Great Britain. Written and directed by women, Harlots serves as a look into the lives of women often forgotten or pushed aside and tells their story through their perspective and how they find their...

Duration: 00:38:08

Episode 26: Shark Week Matters...But Why Tho?

In it's 29th year, Shark Week has become a pop culture institution. this week, Matt leads the crew through the history of the longest television programming event in history. From it's roots as a way to raise awareness about shark conservation and teach the Jaws generations the facts about sharks, to Andy Samberg, docufictions, and the road back to teaching viewers about science and the large under water world of sharks. We welcome shark-lover Kelley from the Murder Dictionary podcast as our...

Duration: 00:44:58

Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Review

After 2 Spider-Man film franchises, Marvel finally has the screen rights to bring their flagship character, into their cinematic universe. The BWT crew talks about the good, the great, and the amazing acting skills of Tom Holland and Michael Keaton. Kate and Matt mention the differences between the web-head they love and the Ultimates version brought to life. Adrian breaks down the importance of a younger Spider-Man but they all agree that Tom Holland was born to be your friendly...

Duration: 01:11:21

Episode 25: True Crime Matters...But Why Tho?

**We talk about murder & sexual assault this episode, it is not a detailed recounting of crime, but we thought you should know the topics involved -- The BWT? Crew** True Crime is everywhere. Netflix has been producing original documentaries, podcasts are debuted daily, and Zac Efron is about to bring Ted Bundy to life in a new movie. This week, we tackle a genre that makes some uncomfortable and empowers others: True Crime. Kate brings us through the fact that we have always been obsessed...

Duration: 01:21:59

RTX Austin 2017 Convention Recap

Kate and Matt went to their first Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin July 7-9th. They got to experience the fandom around Rooster Teeth hits like RWBY and Red VS Blue and the communities that have formed around Achievement Hunter, FunHaus, Kinda Funny and more! They take you through the cosplay, the charities, the community, the exclusive RTX 2017 content, and the massive line that ate RTX day 1. If you went to RTX Austin 2017, let us know what you thought about the convention! Shownotes For...

Duration: 00:47:06

Episode 24: Spider-Man Matters...But Why Tho?

This week talk about the face of Marvel Comics and the most internationally lucrative heroes: Spider-Man. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Peter Parker's alter ego first appeared in 1962 and has been spinning webs and saving New York ever since. From comic book, video game, big screen, and public service campaigns, Spidey has been every where and chances are you know at least a little of his story. We track the success of the character in history and ultimately talk about the literal...

Duration: 01:07:38

Episode 23: Transformers Matters...But Why Tho?

This week, Adrian brings us through the 30 year history of Transformers. It all started a Japanese-American joint venture for a line of Hasbro toys and transformed into one of the most beloved and marketable franchises of the last quarter-century. As a Marvel/Disney property, the crew dives into the possibilities for crossovers and talk about how the Transformers-verse merging with Disney's other properties have spawned some awesome comic-book cameos and lines of action figures. Adrian...

Duration: 00:38:01

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