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In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 81

IC 81 iTunes Website Cover“Operation Chicken Lips” continues in issue #71 of The ‘Nam as journalist Ed Marks tries to help out the firebase he escaped in the previous issue. It’s “Return to Brass Hat” by Don Lomax and Wayne Vansant. Plus, I take a look at April 1972 and also review Lynda Van Devanter’s memoir Home Before Morning.

You can download the episode via iTunes or listen directly at the Two True Freaks website

In Country iTunes feed

In Country Episode 81 direct link

Here’s a link to Van Devanter’s obituary in the New York Times“Lynda Van Devanter, Nurse Who Chronicler of Her Wartime Pain, Dies at 55”

A link to buy Van Devanter’s book on Amazon (note: in the episode, I say that a Kindle edition is not available … it has recently become available, as has an audio CD):  Home Before Morning

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 62: Yakkin’ Over Pancakes

Episode 62 Website CoverIt’s an all-star “live” episode as I get the chance to sit down with Professor Alan and Stella and then Stella herself and talk about topics random and geeky! Enjoy such conversations as the novels of Thomas Hardy, DC Rebirth, the Human League, Bat-splaining, and Mad Men. Plus, LISTENER FEEDBACK!!!

Show notes and pictures are available at Pop Culture Affidavit, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture.

Here’s where to listen:

iTunes:  Pop Culture Affidavit

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Pop Culture Affidavit, Episode 44: Can I Skip the Book and Just Watch the Movie?

Episode 44 Website CoverIt’s literally a literary episode of Pop Culture Affidavit as Professor Alan from the Relatively Geekly Network (Shortbox Showcase, Quarter Bin Podcast) joins me to talk about books and movies; specifically, adaptation. We get into what makes a good adaptation, what makes a bad adaptation, talk about movies based on books that we love and hate, and even discuss what books we’d like to see and not see made into films (with a little tangent conversation about television).

You can listen here:

iTunes:  Pop Culture Affidavit

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Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 36: Celebrate Freedom! Read a Banned Book.

Episode 36 CoverIt’s National Banned Books Week and this time out I take a quick look at censorship, challenged and banned books, challenged and banned comics, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and why and how censorship of this sort still exists.

You can listen here:

iTunes:  Pop Culture Affidavit

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Here are some links and resources that I mentioned in the episode:

Banned Books Week’s Official Website

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Weeks Website

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 29

IC 29 CoverOne hundred years ago, the world went to war.  After living through the war, a German soldier and writer named Erich Maria Remarque took his experiences and wrote them into a novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.  In this episode, I take a break from the Vietnam War and look back at Remarque’s World War I novel, giving it a full synopsis and review, then taking a look at two movie versions, and spending time on the poetry and songs of the First World War Era.

You can download the episode via iTunes or listen directly at the Two True Freaks website

In Country iTunes feed

In Country Episode 29 direct link

 

Here’s some of the media (videos, songs, poetry, etc.) that I use or mention in the episode. (more…)

In Country: Marvel Comics’ “The ‘Nam” — Episode 14

The Things They CarriedAfter a year in The ‘Nam, I take a break to review and discuss Tim O’Brien’s 1990 novel, The Things They Carried, which is a seminal work in Vietnam War literature.

You can download the episode via iTunes or listen directly at the Two True Freaks website

In Country iTunes feed

In Country Episode 14 direct link

Furthermore, here is a link to the New York Times article I reference at one point:  “A Storyteller for the War That Won’t End”

And here is the YouTube video that I referenced in the episode, which is part of a series of interviews with O’Brien …

Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 21 — A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Episode 21 CoverThis time out, I present to you Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a literary selection appropriate to the season.

You can listen here:

iTunes:  Pop Culture Affidavit

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And for your convenience, I have included the raw audio of Dylan Thomas’s reading:  “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

Merry Christmas!