19-51 Segment 1: Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV

19-51 Segment 1: Holiday Baking Cheer And Chaos: Inside Competitive Reality TV

There’s nothing quite like watching reality TV – and holiday-themed reality TV may be even better if you’re trying to de-stress during the month of December. We delve into the world of Food Network’s popular show, Holiday Baking Championship to get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to compete and judge a competitive baking series.

Culture Crash 19-39: Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute

Stephen King’s latest novel, The Institute, sees the famed storyteller excelling at something he has done better than other writers for decades: telling a story from the perspective of a child.

Culture Crash 19-36: Fall Film Lineup

Culture Crash 19-36: Fall Film Lineup

Autumn is right around the corner, and with the changing of seasons comes several new movie releases that look promising.

Culture Crash 19-34: The Countdown To Football Season

The NFL turns 100 this year. We discuss the American tradition of football and why the sport is so near and dear to many of our hearts.

Culture Crash 19-33: The Newest Release From Sci-FI Author Blake Crouch

We review the new science fiction book, “Recursion” written by American author Blake Crouch who’s widely known for the “Wayward Pines” trilogy.

Culture Crash 19-24: The Rise of the Supervillain in “Brightburn”

We discuss the new movie produced by Sony Pictures titled “Brightburn”. The film is different than the typical storyline in that it chronicles the rise of a superhero that uses his power for evil rather than good.

Culture Crash 19-22: To Binge or Not to Binge

Binge-watching several seasons of a TV show all at once might not be the best idea after all. For some lighter shows like Stranger Things it may make sense, but it can be cumbersome and brain draining to get through all eight seasons of Game of Thrones in a matter of weeks. We discuss an alternate route that avoids the fatigue.

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Culture Crash 18-47: Amazon Prime’s Homecoming

Director Sam Esmail has taken Gimlet’s hit podcast Homecoming and infused it with a whole lot of cinematic flair in his new Amazon Prime series that serves as a throwback to classic thrillers and a trailblazer for the brave new world of 30-minute dramas.

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Culture Crash 18-37: Fall Sports

Fall is upon on. September is underway and with it comes the apex of the sports calendar. Last weekend, the NFL season kicked off and all month, the MLB’s pennant races and Wild Card hunts are shaking out. Then will come the MLB playoffs and the dawn of new seasons in both the NBA and NHL. Plenty of sports intrigue abounds this time of year- Four divisions in baseball are coming down to the wire, Jimmy Garoppolo has taken over at quarterback in San Francisco for a massive contract with very little in the way of experience, and you may have heard LeBron James is taking his talents to LA.

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Culture Crash 18-36: American Animals

American Animals is a film that tells the true story of four college kids who stole millions of dollars in rare books from a library in broad daylight. I first saw the trailer in March and it has been on my radar ever since. I was intrigued to see a stylish heist movie starring some exciting up and comers like American Horror Story’s Evan Peters and Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan.

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Culture Crash 18-35: TV Revivals

In recent years, you’ve probably noticed a boom in TV revivals- old series brought back for new episodes. Fans of Gilmore Girls, Prison Break, Will and Grace, and more have all been gifted with new seasons and with reboots of Murphy Brown, Veronica Mars, and others in the works, this isn’t a trend that seems to be going anywhere.

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Culture Crash 18-29: Bo Burnham’s Brilliant New Film, Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham has followed in the footsteps of Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig, transforming from a performer to the director of a terrific debut film. His movie, Eighth Grade is out now.

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Culture Crash 18-28: The Dark Knight 10 Years Later

Christopher Nolan’s landmark superhero epic, The Dark Knight was released a decade ago this week, but its effects on our culture are still being felt.

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Culture Crash 18-26: Music in a streaming world

As apps like Spotify and Pandora have taken over, musicians have been forced to make their new albums into an “event.” We look at how they do that, and how streaming music impacts us as listeners.