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 This week we present the final step in the saga of “The Walking Man” contest when winner Florence Hubbard appears on The Jack Benny Program.  Those who have been listening closely for the past few weeks will have their attention rewarded as several old themes and topics are referenced. Then Academy Award-winning actor Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume star in their comedy-drama series set at a small Midwestern college, The Halls of Ivy.  Colman plays the college’s president, sagely dispensing advice to the undergraduates.  Lessons will be learned and heartstrings will be tugged.
 
 
Episodes
 
The Jack Benny Program
“Winner of The Walking Man Contest”
March 14, 1948
4:07
 
The Halls of Ivy
“Faculty Raffle”
June 28, 1950
36:25
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Episode 33, Hey, Robots!
 
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter discuss androids in the movies and on television. Westworld, I, Robot, and A.I. are covered, as well as Humans, Almost Human, and more, including shout outs to Star Trek’s Data. Recurring motifs of robot movies and the philosophical and ethical implications of artificial intelligence are also pondered. Double-length episode!
 
Segments
Intro :30
Westworld 1:04 [sorry about audio trouble; fixed in the rest of the show]
Humans 15:30
Almost Human 34:51
I, Robot 42:50
A.I. 1:01:37
Final Thoughts 1:29:10
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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:45pm EST
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The newest entry in the Maze Runner series took the top of the box office this past weekend.  But can it outrun this weekend's movie releases?  Michael Falkner has this and some fan favorite DVD releases plus a look at October movie releases on a new Weekly Podioplex.
 
Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 22, 2015
 
Introduction
Opening Clip: Hotel Transylvania 2
 
Box Office Report
 
Top Ten
#1 – The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
#2 – Black Mass
#3 – The Visit [-1]
#4 – The Perfect Guy [-3]
#5 – Everest
#6 – War Room [-3]
#7 – A Walk in the Woods [-3]
#8 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [-3]
#9 – Straight Outta Compton [-3]
#10 – Grandma [+12]
 
(New Release) [Change]
 
 
Tops From the Past
2010 – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
2005 – Flightplan
1995 – Seven
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws



Box Office Premieres for the week of September 25th, 2015
Wide
Hotel Transylvania 2 – [PG]
The Intern – [PG-13]
The Green Inferno – [R]
 
Limited
Stonewall – [R]
Labyrinth of Lies – [R]
99 Homes – [R]
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story – [PG-13]
The Keeping Room – [R]
Mississippi Grind – [R]
The Reflektor Tapes – [NR]
Ashby – [R]
 
 
 
Home Entertainment for the week of September 22nd, 2015
New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray
 
Pitch Perfect 2 – [PG-13]
Disneynature: Monkey Kingdom – [G]
 
TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Arrow: Season Three (2014)
The Flash: Season One (2014)
Doctor Who: “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven” 3D (2014)
 
Blu-Rays From the Past
 
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) – [PG-13]
Breaker Morant (1980) – [PG]
 
Podcast Promos
 
Skywalking Through Neverland is a Star Wars/Disney, fan-focused Podcast. We cover Star Wars, Disney, Superheroes and pop culture fandom. You know, that stuff that binds us all together as instantaneous friends! We showcase either what people have done with their fandom or talked to those who are involved first-hand in the universes that we LOVE.
 
Quick Flicks
 
October’s Coming Attractions
Links
 
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Direct download: Podioplex092215.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 1:58pm EST
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There's a new leader at the box office, but more importantly - LOST IN SPACE!  Learn all about the series collection on Blu-Ray and more DVD releases on a new Weekly Podioplex.
 
Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 15, 2015
 
Introduction
Opening Clip: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
 
Box Office Report
 
Top Ten
#1 – The Perfect Guy
#2 – The Visit

#3 – War Room [-1]
#4 – A Walk in the Woods [-1]
#5 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [Even]
#6 – Straight Outta Compton [-4]
#7 – No Escape [-1]
#8 – The Transporter Refueled [-4]
#9 – 90 Minutes in Heaven
#10 – Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos [-1]
 
(New Release) [Change]
 
 
Tops From the Past
2010 – The Town
2005 – Just Like Heaven
1995 – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws



Box Office Premieres for the week of September 18th, 2015
Wide
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – [PG-13]
Everest – [PG-13]
Black Mass – [R]
 
Limited
Katti Batti – [NR]
Sicario – [R]
Captive – [PG-13]
Pawn Sacrifice – [PG-13]
About Ray – [NR]
 
 
Home Entertainment for the week of September 15th, 2015
New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray
 
Cinderella – [PG]
Furious 7 – [PG-13]
 
TV on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season Two (2014)
Marvel’s Agent Carter: Season One (2014)
Lost in Space: The Complete Adventures (1965-1968)
The Big Bang Theory: Season Eight (2014)
LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles (2015)
Empire: Season One (2014)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season Fifteen (2014)
CSI: Cyber: Season One (2014)
 
Blu-Rays From the Past
 
Mad Max (1979) – [R]
Defiance (1980) – [PG]
 
Podcast Promos
 
TechnoRetro Dads share the fandom and fun of their youth with their families as they build a bridge from the past to the future through the time spent with their kids in the present. Join JediShua and shazbazzar as they reminisce about the past while exploring the future of some of their favorite science fiction and fantasy properties of their youth. Listen in to discussions about the movies, music, games, and comics of the 70s and 80s as they share the days of their youth with their own kids in a positive, family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re a TechnoRetro Dad, the child of one, or just fondly remember the sci-fi/fantasy properties of the 70s and 80s, then this podcast is for you!
 
Quick Flicks
 
None
Links
 
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Direct download: Podioplex091515.mp3
Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 6:19pm EST
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Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension and Jim Beard of Gotham City 14 Miles join John to pay tribute to the late Yvonne Craig who played Batgirl/Barbara Gordon on the third season of the series.  They discuss her warmth and charm that made the third season watchable, her other roles, and her chemistry with her costars, in particular Neil Hamilton.

 

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Category:Batcave Podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm EST
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SHOW 065

A New Era

 

MAY I SUGGEST...?

Dan said to Travis, “May I Suggest… you watchticate a television biographically-oriented docu-special called Mel Brooks: Make A Noise?” – and Dan gives his thoughts.

For Dan's next recommendation, Dan suggested Travis check out the comedian/musician/crazy genius madman person Reggie Watts.

Stay tuned for the next "May I Suggest...?" when Dan reviews Travis's selection, the podcast "The Fighter and the Kid".

 

Find us online at thedanandtravisshow.libsyn.com, at Facebook, follow us on twitter @thedanandtravis, add us on Google+, email the MailSac at danandtravis@gmail.com, or find us at The Chronic Rift Network.

Direct download: Show_065_-_May_I_Suggest_Mel_Brooks.mp3
Category:The Dan and Travis Show -- posted at: 7:31am EST
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 Michael Falkner returns from DragonCon with new movie and DVD releases on a new Weekly Podioplex.

 

Weekly Podioplex Notes for September 9, 2015

 

 

Introduction

Opening Clip: The Visit

 

Box Office Report

 

Top Ten

#1 – War Room
#2 – Straight Outta Compton
#3 – A Walk in the Woods
#4 – The Transporter Refueled
#5 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [-2]
#6 – No Escape [-2]

#7 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [-1]
#8 – Sinister 2 [-3]
#9 – Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos
#10 – Inside Out [+9]

 

(New Release) [Change]

 

 

Tops From the Past

2010 – Resident Evil: Afterlife
2005 – The Exorcism of Emily Rose
1995 – To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
1985 – Back to the Future
1975 – Jaws


 

Box Office Premieres for the week of September 11th, 2015

Wide

The Visit – [PG-13]

The Perfect Guy – [PG-13]

90 Minutes in Heaven – [PG-13]

 

Limited

Coming Home – [PG-13]

Wolf Totem – [PG-13]

Sleeping With Other People – [R]

Time Out of Mind – [NR]

 

 

Home Entertainment for the weeks of September 9th, 2015

New Releases on DVD and Blu-Ray

 

The Age of Adeline – [PG-13]

 

TV on DVD and Blu-Ray 

 

Supernatural: Season Ten (2014)

Gotham: Season One (2014)

Haven: Season Five, Volume One (2014)

Homeland: Season Four (2014)

 

Blu-Rays From the Past

 

Shocker (1989) – [R]

Dressed to Kill (1980) – [X]

 

Podcast Promos

 

Earth Station One

Earth Station One is a pop culture podcast & blog celebrating our love for all things Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics & much, much more.

 

Quick Flicks

 

None

Links

 

 

Visit the Chronic Rift site
Leave voicemail toll-free: (844) 674-3453

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The Chronic Rift and The Weekly Podioplex
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Michael’s blog at Creative Criticality

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Category:The Weekly Podioplex -- posted at: 10:43am EST
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 Tonight’s Diners: M, Anne and Lauren

 

Welcome to the Dinnette.

 

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Welcome to the Dinette! If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you don’t use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching. It’s been awhile since I sat with some friends, had a bite to eat and talked about all the nerdy stuff we love. In this episode of SFDP, that’s exactly what I did.  Two of my dear friends joined me at Game On Comics in Vienna, VA, for a lovely Sunday chat about comics, from books to tv shows to movies, inspired by the Brian Prowse-Gany article “Rise of the Female Superhero” published on Yahoo last week. This was made even richer with the video narrated by Katie Couric. So grab a pal, make a snack and have a listen.

 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO GAME ON COMICS!! They are an amazing local comic shop that I love and love to support, so if you are in the Northern Virginia Area, please check out! They have games and cards and book and wonderful staff who are always ready to help. Check out their blog, like them on Facebook!! BTW: Which lady superhero would you like to see get her own movie and who would you pick to direct? Drop us a line and let us know!

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Category:SciFi Diner Podcast -- posted at: 9:39am EST
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The collapse of civilization is just beginning in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, and it’s up to Arnold and Scott to make it through all that Los Angeles traffic to…oh wait, the traffic is gone. That was easy. Anyway, join them as they take a look at the second installment of the all-new prequel spinoff from THE WALKING DEAD! Also, some news from Arnold’s University of Baltimore “Media Genres: Zombies” class, currently running this Fall semester, letters from listeners, and more!

 

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

 

We welcome all feedback at doctorofthedead@yahoo.comcontact@g2vpodcast.com, or on theG2V Facebook page! Find the show on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead!

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This week we present two episodes centering on possibly the most popular radio contest of the 1940s, “The Walking Man.” TWM was a contest to benefit The American Heart Association and took place on the radio show Truth or Consequences.  For eight weeks, along with the usual game show shenanigans, listeners were invited to guess the identity of a prominent figure based solely on a rhymed clue and the sound of his walking.  Spoilers:  It was Jack Benny.  Here is the episode of TOC where a listener correctly guesses Benny.  Check out the haul of prizes that had accumulated over the preceding weeks.  Next listen to the episode of The Jack Benny Program which was broadcast less than 24 hours later.  It had had to be almost entirely rewritten overnight because not even Jack’s wife, let alone his writers, knew in advance that he was The Walking Man.

 

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Episodes

 

Truth or Consequences

“The Walking Man is Revealed”

March 6, 1948

6:15

 

The Jack Benny Program

“Jack Benny is The Walking Man”

March 7, 1948

37:38

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