Author: Chad Smart

Positive Cynicism EP. 80: Who Wants to be President?

Positive Cynicism EP. 80: Too Many Candidates [ 89.36 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (169) It’s been a whirlwind month since the last Political edition of Positive Cynicism. Since then, we’ve had more politicians declare their candidacy for President, a group of high school students accused of racism on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a TV star who may or may not have been attacked in a racist/homophobic hate crime, a New Green Deal that was mocked by all sides and a national emergency declared. In this episode @chadsmart and Brandon Cooley break...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 79: Realism vs. Escapism

Standard Podcast [ 53:34 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (117) Part of the appeal of pop culture is ability to suspend disbelief and escape reality. In this episode of Positive Cynicism, @chadsmart and Eric Bennett discuss falling in love with film due to the escapist nature of the blockbuster film vs. the realism of adult aimed films (no, not those adult films). As the 2019 Oscars get closer, Chad tried to watch nominated movies and realized he was bored by the serious nature of the majority of the films. This realization opened...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 78: The Fire’s Still Burning

Positive Cynicism EP. 78: The Fire's Still Burning [ 1:04:42 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (140) Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie RaySouth Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, televisionNorth Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe Thirty years ago, Billy Joel gave a crash course in history with his song “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” A lot has happened since then. In this episode of Positive Cynicism, @chadsmart and Travis (@PopCultIQ) Yates discuss topics they think should be included in an updated version of the song. While Billy...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 77: Wonder Why; Tracey Ullman

Positive Cynicism EP. 77: Wonder Why; Tracey Ullman [ 1:16:29 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (178) The latest edition of Wonder Why features an artist whose musical career was short-lived due to a more successful television career. That’s not really a spoiler given the prolific nature of Tracey Ullman’s body of work over the past thirty years. Taking her comedic career out of consideration, could Tracey Ullman’s musical career lasted beyond her one hit in 1984? That’s the focus @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb examine. Breaking down Tracey’s album “You Broke My Heart in...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 76: Talking Politics (No arguing/screaming/blaming allowed)

Positive Cynicism EP. 76: Talking Politics (No arguing/screaming/blaming allowed) [ 59:51 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (177) What does everyone like to talk and listen to people talk about? Politics, of course. With the government shut down and a day before @chadsmart embarks on a trip to Washington D.C., he is joined by Brandon Cooley to discuss current political events. Chad and Brandon try to show that people with differing views can have a honest, open and civil discourse about polarizing subjects. There is no “my side is right, you’re side is...

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