Bill Oakley was, along with partner-in-comedy Josh Weinstein, once in charge of steering the good ship Simpsons back in its glory days. So how does a kid from Harvard wind up in that sort of a position. Hell, how does that kid end up in Harvard in the first place. You’d be surprised to find out 1) They’ll let you into Harvard for being funny 2) There’s a very simple formula for making sure you create a legendary season of the Simpsons, and 3) The Writers’ Room is never as glamorous or exciting as you think it is. Find out what it’s like to be in charge of a pop-culture Juggernaut as it’s Juggering in its prime.
The Doubleclicks have only been around for about five years, but the sheer number of memorable songs they’ve created in that time is kind of astounding, especially considering the unique nature of both their subject matter and their sound. It’s one thing to crank out a song about getting dumped, it’s another to write about a velociraptor with body-issues. Angela Webber discusses the delicate art of turning thoughts in her head into sounds in your ears, the challenges of turning out a song a week, and how rebelling against your parents takes on a different tenor when your parents have immersed you in the world of music since the age of three.
Steve Gaynor started his gaming life as a three year-old playing Muppet games on a Commodore 64. Now he’s an award-winning game designer and co-founder of The Fullbright Company, makers of the breakout indie hit “Gone Home.” Learn how sometimes when you play a game, you’re also playing the decades of history and accumulated influence that led to its creation; Why the game and film industries might seem pretty similar but are fundamentally different; and how storytelling in gaming can be so much more than just a collection of B-movie cut-scenes.
In 2015, Portland will witness the closest thing it’ll ever have to a Royal Wedding, when Juan Martinez and Byron Beck finally tie the knot after 20 years of being together, and 10 years of fighting the state government for the right to be recognized as human beings deserving of equal rights. Find out how Byron wooed Juan while visiting the Gap, Juan’s interesting solution to winning fights with Byron, the manner in which a proposal popped out of Byron at just the right moment, and if you thought fighting the law was the hard part, you’ve probably never tried to plan a wedding. Listen as we try to help Byron and Juan muddle through the 3 most important questions any couple needs to answer before they say I do.
Our favorite Wisenheimer is back to look at romance from the other side of the coin: Instead of trying to get into a relationship, Courtenay Hameister of Live Wire Radio talks about bailing out of one – or getting bailed out on. Using a healthy balance of personal anecdote and SCIENCE, Courtenay offers some help on how to recover from getting left, how to reclaim moments you don’t want tainted forever, how to prevent (or postpone) the breakup from happening in the first place, and how to handle the situation when you’re the one doing the dumping.
Chelsea Cain makes a living killing people. They’re made-up people of course, totally fictional, but still: Murder is her business, and business is great, because she puts a lot of thought and care into the most important aspect of murder; not the mechanics the knifing, or the basic details of the bloodletting, but the backstories of the hunted, and the relationships with the hunter, and the sorts of horrifying things that really get to you at night, the sorts of ordinary things that can really screw up your ordinary life.
The owners/proprietors/culinary geniuses behind Portland’s world-famous Big-Ass Sandwiches stop in to talk about the love of cooking; a love that isn’t necessarily easily learned, but is wholly and completely rewarding. The basics of cooking are touched upon, as are the basics of dishwashing, the basics of getting chewed out in a kitchen, the basics of bacon, and the basics of finding yourself in the middle of a meat olympics after having put a pig head through a bandsaw. You know – the basics.
The author of Robopocalypse and the new Robogenesis discusses THE FUTURE, which isn’t the murderous dystopia you’re used to getting from pop-culture. Or at least, it doesn’t have to be. Wilson, who graduated from Carnegie-Mellon and was a legitimate scientist before becoming a best-selling novelist, discusses the future that is approaching us faster than ever before, in smaller, much more focused ways than our parents ever imagined, so focused that some of that future is already here, we just haven’t really noticed it yet.
David Walker, the country’s pre-eminent scholar on all things Macked, Slaughtered, and Shafted, opens the door to the BadAzz world of Black cinema in the ’70s, a world that learned to take the derogatory name Hollywood gave it, and make it powerful. David discusses the appeal of Blaxploitation, its effects on the film industry, the way Blaxploitation and Kung Fu helped inspire hip hop, the actors you need to check for, and the conceptions of Blaxploitation you need to check at the door.
“Anchorman” is not a documentary. But there are definitely elements of the movie that do have the ring of truth, and KGW’s Stephanie Stricklen joins us to peek behind the stage door at the world of the nightly news, the specialized skills one needs to fit in, and what’s really going on behind the teleprompter feeding lines to your favorite on-air personalities.