Author: Chad Smart

Positive Cynicism EP. 82: Tribute to Corey Haim

Positive Cynicism EP. 81: Tribute to Corey Haim [ 1:15:33 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (191) As a fan of 1980s cinema, March 10, 2009 was a dark day. That was the day former teen star Corey Haim died. For this edition of Positive Cynicism, @chadsmart and Travis (@PopCultIQ) Yates pay tribute to one of their favorites actors. From his early roles in Firstborn and Lucas to the classic three films with Corey Feldman, Chad and Travis discuss the talented teen actor who appeared to have a bright future ahead of him....

Read More

Positive Cynicism EP. 81: Wonder Why; Scritti Politti

Positive Cynicism EP. 81: Wonder Why; Scritti Politti [ 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (159) Time to jump back into the time machine and examine another One Hit Wonder* from the ’80s. This month @chadsmart and @MikeDeKalb break down the career of English band Scritti Politti. Hitting the U.S. charts in late 1985 with The Perfect Way, Scritti Politti were poised to follow up their British success. Or so it seemed. Unfortunately, future songs wouldn’t fare as well. Mike gives all the details on the band’s formation and post The Perfect Way career...

Read More

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 (197) 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...

Read More

Positive Cynicism EP. 79: Realism vs. Escapism

Standard Podcast [ 53:34 | 0.01 MB ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (145) 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...

Read More

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 (170) 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...

Read More