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67 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
Episode 25: Escapes!
In the 25th episode of Mandatory, Jake and Dan discuss some of the quintessential escape movies, and why they are so endearing, and recommend some new ones that you may have never seen. The Mandatory Moment makes it's debut as a new part of the show, and the Top 3 closes things out!
36 minutes | Feb 1, 2016
Mandatory Expectations for 2016!
We look ahead in this supplemental episode for the things that we are the most excited about in comics, games, film and TV!
64 minutes | Jan 12, 2016
Mandatory 2015 Year in Review!
In this 2015 retrospective Jake and Dan say goodbye to 2015 and discuss some of their favorite movies of the year, as well as their favorite TV shows and games! The next episode up is 2016 Preview!
66 minutes | Nov 18, 2015
Episode 24: Musicals
In an interesting turn of events, Jake and Dan talk about some of their favorite musicals, the evolution of the genre, and why Pitch Perfect probably isn't a musical. Fun picks for the nerd corner are here, as well as a contentious Top 3!
69 minutes | Oct 26, 2015
Episode 23: Possessions
The third Halloween episode from Mandatory deals with the most frightening idea of all, that your body could be taken over by a spirit. We do a world tour of what different cultures and religions prescribe for possessions, and discuss some "documented" cases in the US as well. We discuss some of the best movies that deal with the topic and the Nerd Corner and the Top 3 close the show once again!
73 minutes | Oct 15, 2015
Episode 22: Witches
Continuing the Halloween series, we talk about one of the most iconic groups in history. From the poetic works of Shakespeare, to the brutal and savage hunts in Europe and New England, we cover it all, and with this, some great pop culture tie ins that makes Mandatory what it is! The Nerd Corner is alive and well, and a sweet Top 3 closes the show!
83 minutes | Oct 4, 2015
Episode 21: Vampires
In the first of 4 Halloween episodes, Dan and Jake tackle perhaps the greatest creature in all of horror culture, the vampires. From early versions of the creature, to it's many incarnations on screen, we go through some great recommendations and expositions! The Nerd Corner and the Top 3 round out the show!
78 minutes | Sep 3, 2015
Episode 20: Combat Aviation
Both Dan and Jake have had a life long love of planes, and this episode allows them to talk about their favorites. From the WWI era to modern, they discuss these amazing machines and some notable figures in the history of the combat aviation. As always, media tie ins abound!
66 minutes | Aug 18, 2015
Episode 19: Con Men
In this episode, Jake and Dan discuss some of history's most infamous con men, their exploits, and some great film recommendations to go along with them! The Nerd Corner is back with some heavy hitters in the game and comics world, and the Top 3 showdown closes out the show!
80 minutes | Jul 7, 2015
Episode 18: Swords!
This week, Dan and Jake take you on a ride through history talking about significant swords from European and Asian culture, as well as list their favorite fictional swords as well! Will your favorite blade make the cut? Listen and find out.
76 minutes | Jun 13, 2015
Episode 17: Animal Companions!
This week, Dan and Jake walk less on the dark side than usual and discuss the some of the cuter things in life. From presidential pets to Polish Army bears, and of course the nerd corner and top 3, all of this week's episode focuses on the furry (and scaly) creatures that make our lives better.
75 minutes | May 25, 2015
Episode 16: Werewolves!
This weeks sees the podcast's focus narrow down to a single creature, one of our favorite ones at that, the Werewolf. The show takes a look at some great legends, "true stories" and movies that tell the tale of Lycanthrope throughout the ages.
69 minutes | May 16, 2015
Episode 15: Detectives!
In this 15th episode of the podcast, Jake and Dan talk about the art of deduction and crime solving and the folks that who have shaped the art throughout history. From the Pinkertons, to the real world Sherlock Holmes, and unsolved mysteries, we discuss it all!
65 minutes | May 3, 2015
Episode 14: Star Wars!
In honor of May The 4th, Dan and Jake discuss their love of Star Wars, the past, present and future. Which film is our favorite? What about Midichlorians? What do we hope the future holds for our favorite film franchise? Listen and find out!
70 minutes | Apr 20, 2015
Episode 13: Superstitions!
It's your lucky day! We offer up some discussion on how superstition has made its way into our culture, manners, and customs, and get into some fantastic international superstitions as well! The Nerd Corner is alive and well, as well as great Top 3 battle to round out the show!
84 minutes | Apr 13, 2015
Episode12: Ancient Oceans
Long ago The Sea was the ultimate enigma in every culture, and many dared to overcome the fear that held others back! In this episode, we discuss the ancient Gods of the sea, the early seafaring, sea monsters and more!
75 minutes | Apr 6, 2015
Episode 11: The Frontier!
Back when the world was smaller, brave men and women dared to enter the undiscovered an untamed spaces on the map! We discuss these brave souls, some key Boom Towns of the old west, and get you some movie recommendations to go along with them! Plus this week's installment of the Nerd Corner gives you some more content to dive into if you love the Frontier Spirit, and Top 3 Sparks a great debate!
72 minutes | Mar 30, 2015
Episode 10: Villains!
In this tenth episode, villains, villainous origins, and the morning ritual of the Nazgul are all up for discussion. Great film, game and comic recommendations are here as usual as well as the Top 3 that closes the show!
68 minutes | Mar 26, 2015
Episode 9: Technophobia!
Are you afraid that the machines will take over? Will A.I. take control of the world and declare war on humanity? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions you have something in common with Socrates, pretty cool, eh? As usual we'll recommend some great films, games and comics for you and wrap up the show with our Top 3!
81 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
Episode 8: The Paranormal
Psychic powers? Hauntings? Dan and Jake discuss these paranormal fields and talk about some great haunted spots in the US, some spectacular frauds, as well as movies, games, and shows that you should consume if you're interested in this field. Give it a listen and share your thoughts on this controversial field!
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