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E14: Tales of Fails (vol 1)

E14: Tales of Fails (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'!

Meg is a consummate Tolkien nerd, and loves myths and legends and the history of Medieval Europe. As an animal lover, her life is built around the care of a menagerie of creatures, but she has a special fondness for cats.

Jim is an ordained Druid priest grafted onto a right-brained engineer. He overseas construction of water and sewer plants, teaches shamanic journeying and facilitates several drumming circles in North Florida and New York’s Hudson Valley.

50-year-old armchair historian, Dave, has lived in 6 countries, and has been to all 50 U.S. states. He is fond of a quote from Mark Twain, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."

Kirsten is a reluctant transplant from New Jersey, learning to love Florida and little lizards with her daughter and silly dog. She's living her life based on the Twelfth Doctor's advice to, "Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind."

 

LINKS AND REFERENCES:

BBUUC (The Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church)

JASMYN is a non-profit youth services organization for LGBTQ young people ages 13-23, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Washington Post article: Library cancelled an LGBT Prom after backlash, then a Church stepped in.

 

MUSIC CLIPS:

 - "Tom Sawyer" - Rush (1981)

- "We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel (1989)

- "Pride" - U2 (1984)

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)

Episode 7.5 - State of the Podcast

Episode 7.5 - State of the Podcast

March 24, 2019

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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Episode 7 - Erik and Ben go to Washington! (President’s Day Special)

Episode 7 - Erik and Ben go to Washington! (President’s Day Special)

February 24, 2019

It's our (belated) "On Brand" President's Day special! 

Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are invited out to do a book signing at the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC! - before being thwarted by the longest government shutdown in American history... because of course. 

*Also included: a preview of the latest EPIC FAILS book: "Not-So-Great Presidents"!*