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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

Crossover 4: Selena y los Podcasters with It's About Damn Crime

10/18/2017
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22 years after her death, this Tejano legend is still revered, loved, and idolized, but why tho? This week Kate sat down with Justine and Brittney from the true crime podcast It's About Damn Crime to talk about La Reina, The Mexican Madonna, The Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Make sure to head over to www.itsaboutdamncrime.com, listen to their podcast, and follow them on twitter @IADCpodcast Music used: "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and "Tu Solo Tu" by Selena Quintanilla Perez Header...

Duration: 02:51:02


Episode 37: Assassin's Creed Matters

10/11/2017
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In honor of Assassin's Creed Origins, we headed into the world of Ubisoft's 10 year old franchise: Assassin's Creed. Matt brings us trough the game's story, mythology, and how it became one of the most successful franchises. Matt also explains how the franchise went from one of his all-time favorites to one he skips. Then we discuss the role history plays, the games' diversity, lightly touch on some time-travelling Fassbender, and then talk about what Origins has in store for the franchise.

Duration: 01:49:07


Episode 35: The CWverse Matters (pt.2 Representation & Family)...But Why Tho?

10/6/2017
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In part 2 of this week's conversation about the CWverse, we talk about how the DC TV shows have succeeded in casting and writing diverse characters, how relationships are at the heart of our heroes' stories, and how the CW was able to build worlds for each of the shows that feel distinct but fit together perfectly. We finish our conversation with Swara Salih by explaining how the CWverse fits in the pantheon of superhero television. Do you have a fan but why tho for this episode? Email us...

Duration: 01:03:04


Episode 36: The CWverse Matters (pt.1 Our Favorites & Female Representation)...But Why Tho?

10/4/2017
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This week we welcome back Swara Salih from the Beltway Banthas podcast as we discuss the importance of the CWverse. The CW started a DC TV universe that has expanded across 4 shows: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, as well comics and animated web-series. We start the conversation by getting out our biases, talking about the series and characters that we love, the ones we hate, and the ones that fall in both categories. Adrian breaks down the shows into their IMDB...

Duration: 01:13:48


Episode 35: Star Trek Captains Matter...But Why Tho?

9/27/2017
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This week, in honor of Star Trek: Discovery, we're talking about the most important debate topic in the Star Trek fandom: The Captains. We walk through what makes them tick, what makes them unique, and ultimately how their personalities have melded with our own. We don't go through the history of Trek but you can tune in to Episode 4 to check that out. Instead we keep focus and try to find a captain for Chris Pine lover and Trek newbie Matt. Let us know who your favorite captain is why they...

Duration: 01:49:08


Missions that Matter: Full Interview with Brian from SideQuest

9/23/2017
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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

9/20/2017
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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?

9/13/2017
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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

9/6/2017
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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

9/4/2017
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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?

8/31/2017
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*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?

8/30/2017
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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?

8/23/2017
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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

8/18/2017
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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?

8/16/2017
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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?

8/9/2017
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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?

8/2/2017
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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

7/26/2017
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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

7/23/2017
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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?

7/19/2017
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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

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