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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

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 twitter...

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

PAX South 2018 Recap

1/15/2018
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This weekend (Jan 12-14) Matt and Kate to PAX South, a gaming convention in San Antonio Texas. Check out their highlights and experience in this episode! Head over to our website for all of the organizations, games, and people mentioned in this episode.

Duration:00:55:11

Episode 49: Guillermo del Toro Matters...But Why Tho?

1/10/2018
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After 25 years in the industry, Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro, has earned a spot among the cinematic greats. His striking visual style and color pallets have made a name for him, and his dark fairy tale style has left a mark on the genre of horror. In this episode Kate brings us through GDT's influences, passion, and ultimately how his films have affected the landscape around them.

Duration:01:03:22

Episode 48: 2017, Year in Review

1/3/2018
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This week we recapped everything that happened in 2017. With the podcast, with our lives, and in popular culture. Find out our favorites, our worst, our underwhelming, and where we're taking the pod in 2018. We also want to say a special thanks to all of the guests we had this year! You'll hear from them throughout the episode.

Duration:01:54:19

Crossover 6: Uncontacted Tribes with a PhD Student

1/2/2018
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By you know that we all have advanced degrees. In that process we met some interesting friends doing interesting work. In this Crossover, Matt talks with Brice, a Latin American Religions PhD student, talk about uncontacted tribes. Asking how they still maintain this isolation in 2018, interactions they have had with the world, and how they could enrich both anthropological and scientific research.

Duration:00:41:06

Episode 47: The Holiday Special

12/24/2017
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Everyone has a Holiday Special! Now we do too! We talk about the most wonderful time of the year, our favorite holiday movies, tv specials and eggnog.

Duration:01:15:04

The Punisher (Netflix) Spoiler Review

12/23/2017
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Like Frank Castle's vengeance, this episode has been a long time coming. After dissecting the character in Episode 42, we look at the newest Marvel on Netflix series: The Punisher. We have a lot to say about one of the most iconic and complicated characters from Marvel. Music used is not our own. Intro Music: Main Title Theme, Tyler Bates -- Outro Music: Hell Broke Luce, Tom Waits

Duration:01:01:34

Episode 46: The Original Trilogy Matters

12/21/2017
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Why is Star Wars still smashing the box office and outselling other franchises after 40 years? This week we tell you why George Lucas’ Star Wars turned from science fiction blockbuster to the backbone of American mythology. From the height of being nerdy to becoming pop culture references that every in our pop culture galaxy know and love. The Original Trilogy Matters…But Why Tho?

Duration:01:40:21

The Last Jedi Spoiler Review

12/21/2017
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We're closing out the year with a movie everyone has been waiting for: The Last Jedi. The second part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi has had fans hearts and minds whirling, debating, and running back to the theater for their second, third, fourth, and even fifth viewings. In this episode, hear what we have to say with guest Sceritz from the Wakanda IV Lyfe podcast. We talk the highs, the lows, and where we rank this movie among the others in the...

Duration:01:48:07

Crossover 5: Religion & Myth in Assassin's Creed

12/18/2017
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In this crossover, Matt sits down with Jason Flatt, host of the Holy Star Wars podcast to discuss the religion and mythology of Assassin's Creed. But you won't get an explanation of historical parallels to the Templars and the Assassin's like everywhere else. Instead, they dive deep into the myth of the Isu, the gods of the games, the first people, ancient aliens, and how free-will comes into play in religion and beyond. Follow Jason on Twitter @Flatter_You and find his podcast...

Duration:00:48:58

Star Wars Special II: The Video Games with the Game Boys Podcast

12/14/2017
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For Episode II of our Star Wars special leading up to The Last Jedi, we're talking about the 40 years of video games that allowed fans to enter the Star Wars universe, create their own stories, and even dance as Han Solo. Yes. We talk about that game. Spanning game-type, character focuses, and even building out the now apocryphal Extended Universe, these video games matter...but why tho?

Duration:01:02:10

Episode 45: The Prequels Matter...But Why Tho?

12/13/2017
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Nothing turns into a debate quicker than the Prequel Trilogy. Love them, hate them, want more from them, or appreciate them, the Prequel Trilogy is a point of contention and argument in the Star Wars fandom. This week we cover the bad, the good, and it's impact on the Star Wars universe. We focus on the But Why Thos from start to finish and it's definitely a ride. All music used belongs to Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company, composed by John Williams

Duration:01:40:49

Episode 44: Missions that Matter, the 501st Legion

12/6/2017
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We all love popular culture, but few of us use it to do good in the world. In this Missions that Matters episode, we got to sit down with a member of the Red Sands Patrol, the El Paso, TX squad of the global organization: The 501st Legion. Dressed as Stormtroopers, Tie Pilots, Vader, and more, the 501st Legion uses their love of Star Wars to give back to their communities and bring the community together through their love of the franchise. Yes, they even work with rebel scum. This...

Duration:01:13:57

Star Wars Special I: The Books Matter with Swara Salih

12/4/2017
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In honor of The Last Jedi and because the Star wars universe is so wide and vast, we've decided to do a lot a special series where we look at different pieces of the franchise and ask, but why tho? This week Adrian brings us through the world of Star Wars books, both pre and post Disney.

Duration:01:02:54

Episode 43: Pokemon Matters...But Why Tho?

11/29/2017
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This week we talk about the highest grossing media franchise ever, one of the longest running series, and a franchise that has been a card game, a manga, an anime, a video game, and a gateway to otaku status for kids in the US: Pokémon. Adrian brings us through one of his first fandoms and explains how it has been able to unite families and generations of fans, how it became a phenomena, and why it beats out Star Wars when it comes to money. Pokémon matters, but why tho?

Duration:01:40:07

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