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The RJ Young Show
35 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
233. Patrizia Reggiani, Maurizio Gucci and the sordid, salacious House Of Gucci
I read Sara Gay Forden's book, "House of Gucci," so you don't have to. It's the story of how Aldo, Rodolfo and Maurizio Gucci built Guccio Gucci's business into an internationally-respected brand and produced iconic fashion and fashion designers like Tom Ford and how Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli Gucci became the symbol of its undoing. House of Gucci has been adapted into a movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek and Lady Gaga.
117 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
232. The Wachowski Matrix movies are Frank Herbert Dune fanfic
RJ and Tyler talk about how The Matrix film franchise owes so much of its inspiration to Frank Herbert's 1965 novel "Dune." They compare characters -- Neo is Paul Atriedes, duh -- and themes that overlap between the two properties as well as what Herbert was actually writing about: his distrust of superheroes, fascism, demagogues and dictators.
74 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
231. I am a god! Loki said
Act one, perhaps the best known myth about Loki which involves the creation of Thor's hammer and dwarves nearly chopping off the god of mischief's head for being, well, mischievous and an arrogant prat. Samuel Thompson https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1436&context=yjlh Sif's haircut and Thor's hammer https://norse-mythology.org/tales/loki-and-the-dwarves/ In the second segment, a character study about Loki in the ancient storytelling tradition of the trickster, courtesy an aggressively aggregated Smithsonian I found clicking links in another aggressively aggregated blog post. The Trickster https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/folklorist-explains-lokis-place-pantheon-trickster-heroes-180977935/ Act three, a discussion with my best friend Tyler about the hit TV show "Loki," a genocidal god with an apparent heart of gold. Yes, it's oxymoronic, but that's where the good stuff is. "I think that you could argue that the journey of the season for him is about Loki becoming a hero in a lot of ways, and what's more heroic than doing the right thing for the right reasons and losing anyways? Suddenly, he's in the position that Steve Rogers found himself in after Infinity War, which is really compelling." —Michael Waldron https://www.cbr.com/loki-writer-compares-captain-america-similar/ "I think it’s when Alligator Loki ate President Loki’s hand that I realized I was in love." --Variety "The Loki finale proves Marvel TV shows are already in a rut. The series remade a charming villain as a dull, passive hero." --Slate
30 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
230. Glorious Purpose | Loki Ep. 1 Review
I watched episode No. 1 of "Loki," and I had some thoughts about Disney+ latest effort in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, time and existence and the essence of man and the god mischief. The Time Variant Authority has Glorious Purpose -- we think.
32 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
229. A real black writer
RJ and Katy chopped it up about Kiese Laymon's essay in Guernica called You Are The Second Person. https://www.guernicamag.com/you-are-the-second-person/
44 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
RJ and Katy talked about a controversial anti-transgender bill in Arkansas, and the creative brilliance that is Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."
36 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
227. What did you create?
RJ and Katy discussed Tracy Letts' epic response to a New York Times questionnaire about what he made in 2020: nothing. But nothing is important to contextualize in a society powered by production as profit.
56 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
226. Written on a napkin
RJ and Ron talked about Penny Dreadful, writing, TV and movies.
56 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
225. Coming 2 America review and composer Noam Faingold
I watched Coming 2 America so you don't have to. And then I spoke with Noam about movie scores.
41 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
224. Fear of the Black Messiah
In this episode, Katy and RJ chop it up about Judas and the Black Messiah. RJ tries to widen and deepen the discussion when he reads excerpts from "Black Against Empire," and he enthusiastically suggests reading this political history of the Black Panther Party.
52 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
223. The Black Panther
RJ and Katy chopped it up about Black Panther and the Black Panther Party's origins here. Your homework is to read Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, watch the Marvel's Black Panther and watch King in the Wilderness on HBOMax. We'll talk about Judas and the Black Messiah later.
46 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
222. Texas Justice
RJ and Katy chopped it up about Texas federal judge William Wayne Justice. Once Earl Campbell ran over one of his own blockers. The fella had committed the sin of falling down in front of him. Longhorns coach Darrell Royal was asked what he thought about that fella’s misfortune. “Ol’ Earl doesn’t believe in taking any prisoners.” He was the first Longhorn to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1977 and is one half of the football field’s namesake at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium today. But if not for Judge Wayne William Justice, Campbell might not have played at UT
37 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
221. Super (Bowl) trash topics
RJ and Katy Mullins chopped it up about Super Bowl 55, Black football coaches and RJ opines passing of a Black history icon in gymnastics.
66 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
220. Nick Saban stories and Dabo downer
Let's tell some Nick Saban stories and talk about Dabo Swinney's coaches poll ballot (again).
73 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
219. Playoff blast off: Ohio State vs Dabo, er, Clemson; Alabama vs Notre Dame's self-esteem
Ron and I chopped it up about the College Football Playoff, and there's at least one good joke in there.
57 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
218. Big Ten madness
Let the conspiracy theories commence and then be dashed.
34 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
217. Ohio State is still No. 4 in the #CFBPlayoff--for now
The College Football Playoff committee wants to see more games, and so do we. So there's that.
62 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
216. The No. 1-ranked Alabama Pain Train rolling into LSU
RJ and Ron chopped it up about the debacle at Ohio State, Texas and how LSU might get ruined by Alabama.
34 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
215. We know Nick Saban's No. 1 Alabama is good, but what about the rest of us?
Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide is a juggernaut, and we're searching for a worthy challenger in 2020. I went through the AP Top 25 rankings for Week 13 with some notes, news and analysis. Also, there's a bit of Shane Beamer-to-South-Carolina talk at the end.
58 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
214. 2020 Ohio State looks a lot like 2018 Oklahoma, and that's bad
I spoke about Korey Foreman's recruitment, Nick Saban missing the Iron Bowl, postponement of OU at West Virginia and the problem with Ohio State.
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