Author: Chad Smart

Positive Cynicism EP. 95: Sports and Role Models

Positive Cynicism EP. 95: Sports and Role Models [ 56:54 | 78.16 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (119) Why do we as a society value athletes and celebrities as role models? Is this idolization warranted or unjust expectation? On this episode of Positive Cynicism, @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates examine how athletes with discipline or criminal records get rewarded with new contracts. How fans still cheer for athletes despite their off field antics and try to determine if fandom trumps individual actions. Before getting into the main discussion, the hosts discuss the recent death of baseball...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 94: Wonder Why; Carl Douglas

Positive Cynicism EP. 94: Wonder Why; Carl Douglas [ 1:00:05 | 82.52 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (119) Everyone was podcast listening. The latest edition of Wonder Why goes back in time to the early 1970s to a time when dance clubs were popular and martial arts were experiencing a rise in popularity. Combining these two elements, Jamaican singer/songwriter Carl Douglas created a chart topping smash with the song “Kung Fu Fighting.” Hosts @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb debate whether “Kung Fu Fighting” is a novelty hit or if future singles by Carl Douglas were hampered...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 93: Poli-ticked Off

Positive Cynicism EP. 93: Poli-ticked Off [ 64.94 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (96) *There is some static in portions of the audio. Hope it’s not too distracting.* Before recording this episode which focuses on politics, host @chadsmart came to the realization that due to the political climate, he didn’t want to talk politics. What’s the point? Our political discourse is so fractured that the idea of having a discussion that will have any impact on how people think is an exercise in frustration. While there may have been some discontent with the topic...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 92: Cinematic Universes

Positive Cynicism EP. 92: Cinematic Universes [ 48:57 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (106) After ten years, Marvel has completed the most ambitious story in cinematic history. Over the course of 22 movies, Marvel has taken some lesser known superheroes and crafted a roughly 50 hour story using six different main characters. Marvel isn’t the only franchise breaking the traditional celluloid story telling method. Warner Bros. and DC have tried to copy Marvel’s game plan with the Justice League universe. Horror film, The Conjuring has its own interwoven stories and then there’s...

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Positive Cynicism EP. 91: Time to Reboot

Positive Cynicism EP. 91: Time to Reboot [ 54:09 | 74.36 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (116) Inspired by the awesome YouTube series, “Cobra Kai,” this episode of Positive Cynicism was originally set to discuss recent film and televisions reboots and revivals. Unscripted conversations though have a way of taking on a life of their own. While @chadsmart and @TheTravisYates start off talking what shows they’d like to see brought into the modern day, the conversation moves to a discussion about shared experiences related to...

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