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Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Is Princess Lana Based on Palutena from Kid Icarus?

2022-08-09T04:01:15+00:00July 27th, 2022|

Captain N: The Game Master was a Saturday morning cartoon that celebrated the video games of the 8-bit era while also making the basest commercial pitch of “Hey, kids, buy this thing!” In fact, what I’m writing about in this post represents Captain N doing both of these things simultaneously, [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Is Samurai Shodown II Referencing a Real-Life 16th-Century Cyborg?

2022-07-29T00:27:42+00:00July 19th, 2022|

Is Samurai Shodown II Referencing A Real-Life 16th-Century Cyborg? Released in 1993, the first Samurai Shodown found enough success that a second game hit arcades in 1994, bringing with it four new playable characters: Genjuro Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman and new rival for protagonist Haohmaru; Nicotine Caffeine, a diminutive Japanese [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Mayo & Menstruation

2022-07-15T01:12:15+00:00July 14th, 2022|

I’m meeting my family up in Carmel Valley where, if it were artichoke season, we’d be going hog wild on them. (Central Californians pronounce them arty-choke. Anyone else?) We dip the leaves in mayo, and don’t worry about the reproductive abilities of the person who made it. -Katherine Read the [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: The Real-Life Revolutionaries Behind Charlotte from Samurai Shodown

2022-07-29T00:33:23+00:00July 12th, 2022|

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: The Real-Life Revolutionaries Behind Charlotte From Samurai Shodown Jul 12, 2022 written by Drew Mackie A sort of period piece Street Fighter with swords, Samurai Shodown is a fighting game series whose characters draw from a variety of real-life sources. Some of the inspirations [...]

Sarah T., Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic with Sarah Thyre — Part One!

2022-07-15T01:12:50+00:00July 11th, 2022|

Welcome to a new season of Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie! We’re approaching the made-for-TV wonders of the 1970s a bit differently this season, and instead of gawking at the horrors of the supernatural and macabre, we are focusing on a different kind of scary movie: cautionary tales about [...]

Al Borland Is A Model For The Modern American Gay Bear

2022-07-03T01:02:02+00:00June 28th, 2022|

“Roomie for Improvement” (November 4, 1992) Al Borland is not gay. This episode makes a point of saying that he is a heterosexual, despite how many of his (comparatively) immasculine qualities might indicate otherwise. However for some, Richard Karn’s sensitive flannel man is an example of a kind of guy [...]

From Not Lost: Anybody’s Gumbo in New Orleans

2022-07-14T22:46:18+00:00June 22nd, 2022|

Here’s a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you’ve never been from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. From Montréal to Mexico [...]

Happy Endings Explores Gay Subcultures

2022-02-03T20:42:30+00:00February 3rd, 2022|

“Ordinary Extraordinary Love” (January 8, 2013) Bears, twinks, otters, wolves, panthers, yetis and bunniculas. The breadth of subcultures that gay life offers is both wide and weird — and a subject rarely approached by mainstream sitcoms. However, Happy Endings brought this to broadcast in the mid-2010s, all centered around the [...]

Running a Restaurant Now, & Korean History, with Ji Hye Kim

2022-02-04T07:46:45+00:00February 2nd, 2022|

Ji Hye Kim on why her Korean restaurant has banh mi on the menu, the very short history of chilis in Korean cuisine, and the common thread linking restaurant work and hospital work. Miss Kim Instagram Listen to Smart Mouth: iTunes • Google Podcasts • Stitcher • Spotify • RadioPublic • TuneIn • Libsyn Check out all our episodes so far here. If you like, [...]


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