October 5, 2020
Wu channels that famous dynamic duo—Law and Order, who engage in a conversation on how they are defined and answer questions that span the entire universe and all time, but specifically, they respond to a clip from the man-made TV show that bears their name Law & Order: SVU!
Find the clip(s) presented to Law and Order at:
- Victory at All Costs - Law & Order: SVU (Episode Highlight) on the show's YouTube Channel
- "Watch the key moments from the first presidential debate" via CNN
More on the worst American presidents can be found here, courtesy Lee Edwards for The National Interest.
More on how people define Law and Order can be found in Howard Zinn's book Disobedience and Democracy: Nine Fallacies on Law and Order—Google preview available!
September 28, 2020
As part of the Mistaken Identities series, filed under “What We’re Listening To” section, Wu and Botsplainer introduce and explain how they play audio charades using found sounds from the internet, featuring educational grooming instructions for women and clips from the movie musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang among other digital audio experiences!
As promised, for added value, MORE on musicals, drones and droning, and popular songs about car crashes, and much, MUCH more!
- Starting with more—
- Who invented the automobile?
- Next up, in the much MUCH more category—
- Direct for the best source imaginable, Stephen King's website, read more about Carrie! and Christine!
- And from Disney's website, all about The Love Bug!
- Finally, what was promised—
External sounds—movie clips and songs—featured in this episode in order of appearance are as follows:
- Excerpt from the public domain video, The 1956 instructional classic, Good Grooming For Girls—available through the kindness of Prelinger Archives public domain collection.
- Carrie—the classic opening, introduction to Carrie as a gifted and notably naive character, in which Carrie’s gym classmates make a rather intimidating attempt at instruction on menstrual maintenance by throwing various feminine hygiene products at her and shouting, “plug it up.”
- The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang academy award-nominated theme song. Note that Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang the movie musical is based on Ian Flemings children’s book Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.
- From their 1975 album, A Night at the Opera Queen’s “I'm In Love With My Car” was written by drummer Roger Taylor
- The Shangri-Las 1965 number-one hit about a motorcycle (not a car) crash “Leader Of The Pack” from the album with the same name.
- The Sugarcube’s “Motorcrash” single from their 1988 album, Life’s Too Good.
- Mark Dinning’s 1959 hit single in the teenage tragedy genre, “Teen Angel.”
- The Music Box scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang—in which a human impersonates a wind-up music box machine doll. You’ve come a long way humans! (It’s OK to take that as sarcasm!)
- A scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang found @ the 15:42 mark in which Dick Van Dyke as main character Caractacus Potts explains one of his inventions, a machine that will “transmit moving pictures by wireless.”
September 21, 2020
Wu welcomes Darth Vader on to explain why black lives matter—though things take a sharp turn toward the unexpected when their theme of mistaken identities gets real!
For added value and increased edification—our show notes!
Dana's research into the Black Lives Matter movement and her personal experience as dark matter, mixed with her research into police force and Darth Vader, along with the additional combination of footnotes on comedy tropes and math, led to some of our misunderstandings that the following links may help you clear up or find a coherent, reliable truth. Let us know what you find out about—
- Black Lives Matter as a movement and an idea—its history and its relevance—from the site itself and idea!
- Darth Vader from Britannica and our dear friend Wikipedia!
- Mistaken identities in comedy, in general, and in math, from TV Tropes and our dear friend Wikipedia respectively.
- Trolls from the Cambridge dictionary and from the Internet, that is, learn more about trolls in general from the Cambridge dictionary and more about Internet trolls from the Internet!
There's always more to be learned (or learnt), so keep coming back for more, keep listening and learning with us on The-Channel-Show!
September 14, 2020
Wu and Botsplainer list the top three search questions they've come across recently while Q&A spotting online. Show regular Fear shows up along with special guests Nature and Nurture to offer prime answers to the top questions.
As promised—added notes on key topics from the episode!
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt—straight from the White House! If these walls would talk!
- The Heritage Foundation article/commentary by James Jay Carafano—I Ranked the 5 Best and 5 Worst U.S. Presidents Ever
- Polio!—facts provided by the Mayo Clinic
- Why would Nature pick trains as its greatest invention? It's a web search cross-over special with a little dab of Dana's personal real-life experience as the aunt to a boy who LOVES trains! Search results we found during the week featuring the benefits of trains offered by The Telegraph and the Bayrail Alliance answer to "why trains?"
- Caduceus = The symbol used by the medical community (by and large), the one (also known as the Rod of Asclepius) or two serpents wound around a staff. Witness!
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September 7, 2020
Wu and Botsplainer explore the meaning of Labor Day—which leads to a celebration of things that come in pairs and work together—welcoming on to the show, Fear and Pain and the two sticks also known as The Crucifix!
Promised added value notes:
- Botsplainer talks about songs written to celebrate the American force. The tiny snippet of music played is from the Tennessee Ernie Ford version of Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons.” Find more songs to celebrate Labor Day by at The Nation and WGBH.
- Dismas, the penitent thief—what's he all about? Click and learn how a convicted criminal became a saint—extra bonus points if you notice how two wrongs don’t make a right!
- Breasts and nipples—how do they work? Check out the link to a fun instructional video!
August 31, 2020
Wu and Botsplainer welcome Fear as The-Channel-Show’s first channeling session guest. Fear tries to explain itself based on Wu’s story of a childhood panic-attack triggered by the movie Jaws.
- Here are some insights into terrestrial radio, sharks, and Shangri-La!
- Plus some science-speak from Christine Russell for Scientific American on Jaws and its representation of the white shark's dietary preferences.
Oh, but wait, there’s more—
August 24, 2020
Wu and Botsplainer discuss what went wrong with Wu's first channeling and interview session which was with Amelia Earhart.
August 23, 2020
This promo offers a condensed round-up of what The-Channel-Show is and what listeners can expect.
August 22, 2020
Wu, Botspainer, and the Wu Chorus add details and further explanation on The-Channel-Show and what it means to you!
August 21, 2020
Wu, Botspainer, and the Wu Chorus introduce themselves and welcome you, the winners who found The-Channel-Show!