Epik Fails of History
E15 – Y2k: 20th Anniversary (2020 New Year’s Eve Special!)

E15 – Y2k: 20th Anniversary (2020 New Year’s Eve Special!)

January 20, 2020

“Where were you when Y2k *didn’t* happen?”

December 31st, 1999 – In this (super late) New Year’s Eve 2020 Special – Erik Slader and Chris Carroll are joined by their good friend Jimmy Lester. Before ringing in the new year, we decided to take a look back at one of the biggest non-events in recent history! We reached out to our listeners for their Y2k survival stories and go off on an epic tangent about the dangers and fears of technological progress in the 21st century...

 

Music Clips: “1999” - Prince (1982), “Blue” – Eiffel 65 (1998)

Audio Clips: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991), SNL – Chris Farley ‘El Nino’ skit (1997)

Links: TIME Magazine – 20 Years Later, the Y2k Bug Seems Like a Joke…

“How to Prepare Your Family for Y2k” – 1999 Infomercial (Part 1 of 5!)

PB&J – Jacksonville (Facebook)

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E14.5 - Updates and Announcements!

E14.5 - Updates and Announcements!

December 14, 2019

In this mini-episode: updates on the podcast, book signing announcements, and a mini-review of the movie “Harriet”

Upcoming Events:

If you haven’t already check out Erik and Chris on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble where they geek out about all the Star Wars movies leading up to this year’s “The Rise of Skywalker”!

E14: Tales of Fails (Anthology - Vol 1)

E14: Tales of Fails (Anthology - Vol 1)

October 16, 2019

In this all-new anthology episode, we have 4 bizarre tales of fails brought to you by 4 very special guests! Meghan Kaminski tells us about 'Medieval cats and the Black Plague', Jim Wood talks about the Titanic and 'Engineering for Failure', Dave Austin explains the 'Year of the Three Popes', and Kirsten Veronica Williams recalls 'Strange Tales from Jersey'!

 

Click here for the full show notes!

Episode 13 - The Luckiest Unlucky Man Alive (with Lt. Cmdr. Bill Goss)

Episode 13 - The Luckiest Unlucky Man Alive (with Lt. Cmdr. Bill Goss)

September 13, 2019

Episode 13: Friday the 13th of September, 2019

Lieutenant Commander Bill Goss - former US Navy pilot and the author of "The Luckiest Unlucky Man Alive" joins the show!

Music clip: "Highway to the Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins (from "Top Gun", 1986)

In memory of Jean-Paul Fouchey, help support The Cancer Research Institute and The American Cancer Society, together we can make cancer history. 

E12: Epic Fails in SPAAACE!!! (with Ryan Paul Thompson)

E12: Epic Fails in SPAAACE!!! (with Ryan Paul Thompson)

July 20, 2019

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic mission to the moon, Erik and Chris kick off Season 2 with a galactic-sized space-themed episode! Skylab, Voskhod 2, failed probes, Elon Musk, super stubborn Soviet scientists, and a special guest interview with Space GAAM's Ryan Paul Thompson on some of the biggest fails in video game history! 

For more epic (space) fails, check out "The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff" by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson!

Tickets are available now for SPACE GAAM! (Saturday, August 17th at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville, Florida)

- Music clips: "Space Oddity" by David Bowie (1969), "The X-Files Theme" (1993), and "Metroid" (NES, 1987)

- Movie clips: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975), "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (2005), "The Martian" (2015)

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Episode 11.5 - “EPIC FAILS: The Age of Exploration” Book Preview

Episode 11.5 - “EPIC FAILS: The Age of Exploration” Book Preview

April 27, 2019

Bonus Episode - A special sneak peek at the fourth and final(?) book in the EPIC FAILS series - "The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost"! 

 

E11: “Totally Getting Lost” (with Ben Thompson!) - Q & A

E11: “Totally Getting Lost” (with Ben Thompson!) - Q & A

April 27, 2019

Ben Thompson returns! In this Season Finale Q and A, "Epic Fails" co-authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson reunite to tackle the key issues, like who would win in a fist fight - Teddy Roosevelt or Benedict Arnold?, Carthaginian war elephants - pros vs cons?, and most importantly, whether or not a hot dog qualifies as a sandwich? 

 

*You can meet them both at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC on Saturday, May the 4th where they'll be promoting the release of their latest book, "The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost"!

 

Music Clips: "The Warriors of Tide" - Black Tide (2009), "Alexander the Great" - Iron Maiden (1986)

E10: BLOOPER REEL (April Fool’s Day Special?)

E10: BLOOPER REEL (April Fool’s Day Special?)

April 1, 2019

*Warning: the following Blooper Reel is uncensored and contains slightly more profanity than usual...

In our tenth episode, we decided to take a look back at some of the behind the scenes mishaps that happened along the way to make this show possible. 

Happy April Fool's! 

E9: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 2)

E9: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 2)

March 30, 2019

"A War Between Brothers" (Part Two)

The sibling rivalry continues - Chris and Brad once again steal the show as they discuss the Civil War! (Not to be confused with the Marvel comics storyline.) Confederate military blunders, Union prison camps, weird facts about Lincoln, Andrew Johnson's drinking problem, the complete and utter failure of reconstruction, and of course Civil War era amputations...

 

Music clip: "Captain America: Civil War" theme by Henry Jackman

Audio clip: "Independence Day" (1996)

E8: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 1)

E8: THE CIVIL WAR - A War Between Brothers (Part 1)

March 24, 2019

"A War Between Brothers" (Part One)

In the latest episode, its brother versus brother as Chris and Brad Carroll go head to head in an intense game of "drunk trivia" over their knowledge of the American Civil War! General Lee vs Grant, Albert Sidney Johnston, Pickett's Charge, Rutherford B. Hayes, and the Clash of the Ironclads...

Also in this episode: a random tangent about Star Wars?! 

 

Music Clips: "The Imperial March" (Metallica cover)

*Ironclad Sound Effects used from the movie "Sahara" (2005)