It's the season finale of This Is Happening America and we're bringing you the second part of Justin's interview with Llewellyn King. We talk the twenty-four hour news cycle, the evolution of the relationship between journalists and sources, the diminishing role of reporters, and Llewellyn's origins in news media as a sixteen year old in Rhodesia, modern day Zimbabwe!
To learn more about Lewellyn King, Linda Gasperello, and their show visit
The White House Chronicle
In this week's episode we direct our attention towards the news media. The rise of distribution networks over news bureaus, internet traffic, and social media has created a breaking news bubble thats diluted our information gathering, and reporting ability. To get a better understanding of what has happened in 'the news' we turn to Llewellyn King. With over 50 years in the news media he is well acquainted with the current lay of the land, and how exactly we got here.
Llewellyn King is the host of White House Chronicle. Together with his Co-Host Linda Gasperello they are celebrating 20 years on the air this year. Llewellyn can also be found writing for The Huffington Post, Hearst Media, and on Sirus XM Satellite Radio. He is an advocate for ME/CFS awareness, and co-hosts the ME/CFS Alert channel on Youtube.
Links from this week's episode:
Real Life Robo Cop
Hello SoHa Goodbye Harlem
Happy Fathers' Day!
Dog's On A Train
Tune in this week for another installment of Mark Fixes A Movie. This week Mark digs into the sci-fi mega spectacle Passengers. Justin gets thoroughly disturbed by the plot, and is impressed by the elegance of Mark's fix.
In this very special minisode we bring you the story of Berliner Unterwelten (Berlin Underworlds). Celebrating 20 years of operating tours through Berlin's underworld of bunkers, tunnels, and catacombs the association will open all five of its tours to the public free of charge on June 17, 2017 for Night of The Underworld. While the museum in Gesundbrunnen Station is dedicated to the past, there were many lessons there deep beneath the ground for the present.
In this episode of TIHA Mark and I go abroad on two very different vacations and document the experiences we have. Roughly 43% of Americans travel abroad. Overwhelmingly the other 57% believe that traveling abroad is too costly or is somehow inaccessible. Give it a try, and you'll find it will change your life. We add one of America's darlings to the Basket of Deplorables, and delve into news that's local somewhere! All this and more so tune it!
Featured This Week:
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In this very special minisode we offer the first installment of Mark Fixes A Movie we dive right in with Tron Legacy! This movie had all the makings of another Disney Franchise universe: cartoons, spinoffs, prequels, and more sequels. So what happened? Tune in to find out!
We're back from the April hiatus with Chuck Staton and Brad Rohrer of Agreeing To Disagree: The Chuck & Brad Podcast to discuss their upcoming 300th episode recorded LIVE!. We got together with them over tacos @ Tito's Cantina in Seekonk, MA. Featured here is a small piece of a raucous sixty minute conversation we had them. To hear the whole thing head over to our Patreon Page. By becoming a supporter you can unlock exclusive content, as well as take an active role in shaping future episodes. We award this week's Star Spangled Awesome Award to Kathy Switzer check out her story by clicking here!
Fly But Don't Drive
Who Let The Dog Out!?
Lots of important updates about the show in this week's episode. We take a look back at where we started, and chart the course for where we want to go. It's crazy to reflect on just how far we've come in just eleven episodes. We can't thank our subscribers, listeners, and supporters enough. We hope you'll continue the conversation we've been having when we return in May. Until then BANG-A-RANG!
In this very special minisode another installment of Justin Ruins A Song we take on Foster The People's Pumped Up Kicks. Tune in and find out what this super catchy song of summer is really about!
Pumped Up Kicks
Ten Episodes in and going strong! This week we bring your our first interview. We chatted electronically with Erin LaNifa Co-Founder of Industry Coffee Roasters out of Oakland. We talk Coffee, politics, ethics, and the proper way to consume a cup o 'joe'. In News That's Local Somewhere we bring more hilarity and absurdity! Tune in and find out who is added to this week's Basket of Deplorables and the recipient of The Tulsi Gabbard Star-Spangled Awesome Award!
Mentioned in this episode:
Industry Coffee Roasters
Hotel W/Worst View In The World
X-Men Are Real
Here’s The Vaccination
In this very special minisode of This Is Happening America Mark Explains The Academy Awards, Justin has a revelation about American Society, and we hit on a major problem plaguing Hollywood. You may be surprised to know that no one really knows why they're called "The Oscars" so tune in and find out the answers to everything you never knew you wanted to know about the biggest night in movies!
This week we deep dive the American Democracy by traveling back to the fall of The Roman Republic and examine what happens when governments become too democratic. It may surprise you to learn that The United States isn't as democratic as you may think, and maybe that's a good thing! In News That's Local Somewhere we both succumb to laughter as the news is hilarious! Tune in and find out who is added to this week's Basket of Deplorables and the recipient of The Tulsi Gabbard Star-Spangled Awesome Award!
Mentioned In This Episode:
Is It A Robe or A Blanket?
Shootout In TX? Blame It On Immigration
Dude Your Hair's On Fire
This week TIHA brings you a bonus episode that doesn't really fit anywhere else. Impasse offers a behind the scenes look into the show as Mark and Justin struggle to find common ground on an issue that threatens to destroy the show! Well...not really... Given where our country is right now it seemed a conversation that we could all benefit from having and hearing. So we hit record, and here it is. Can Mark and Justin find common ground or is this the end of This Is Happening America? Tune in to find out! **Spoiler** This is not the end of This Is Happening America.
Mentioned In This Episode:
Iowa Flag Burning
In this minisode it's time for Justin to deconstruct another song explaining the true meaning behind those catchy lyrical and musical hooks...effectively ruining it forever. This week it's the song that unseated Biggie's Hypnotize from the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 MMMBop!
MMMBop Lyrics Genius
It's a more mature, and polished podcast, but still the same hard hitting analysis of American Culture that you deserve. In this episode we get to the root of the alternative facts plaguing America. Just when did facts get so wibbly wobbly? You may be surprised at the answer! We debut our new News That's Local Somewhere theme and dive into news that's just too crazy to be fake. So tune in and find out who is added to this week's Basket of Deplorables and the recipient of The Tulsi Gabbard Star-Spangled Awesome Award!
Mentioned In This Episode:
Love Is In The Air
When Horses & Freedom Collide
Flight of The Falcons or Birds On A Plane
In this week's very special minisode of "Mark Explains Things" Mark tells and endearing story of woe, friendship, and triumph; Justin laughs, and we all hear the story of how we met. That's right American, this is us...hang on!
Notes from this episode:
At the top of the show before we started recording Mark asked me for two random women's names. They appear towards the end, and I completely break down into a pool of tears and laughter.
Episode 7 closes the garage door on the grunge phase of the show. We're growing up and taking a look at growing unrest in America's Cities. As the President and Mayor take each other to task on Twitter we shine a light on Chicago's urban violence and try to gain greater understanding as to what is happening, and why the the numbers continue to soar in the urban jungle the FBI dubbed "America's Murder Capital" in 2016. All that plus the this weeks addition to the growing Basket of Deplorables, and a super-sized Star Spangled Awesome Award!
Mentioned This Week:
Smog Be Damned
Want Fries With That?
The Middle Ages Are Fun!
On December 9, The Machines Took Over...
We're just two guys trying to create a podcast worthy of your time, sometimes that means there aren't enough hands or ears or time to go around. Apologies for how long it took to get this episode out. As a result some of what we mention may seem a little dated, but as usual we approach the content from a unique perspective. In this weeks episode we talk President Obama's Farewell Address, and then President Elect Trump's first press conference in 148 days, some unique news that is local somewhere, this week's installment to the Basket of Deplorables, and our Star-Spangled Awesome Award goes to a real David vs. Goliath story in the struggle for WUMD to stay alive and on the air!
Links To This Week's Content:
Anaconda: The Next Generation
Reddit's Own Mandela Affect
Nacho Ordinary Health Food
This Week's Tulsi Gabbard Star-Spangled Awesome Award Goes To: WUMD!
Why The Airwaves Need WUMD
In this very special minisode Justin takes on the the OutKast mega hit Hey Ya! off of the double album Speakerbox/Love Below. Mark gives us his best rendition of the song amidst some blistering accolades. Learn the true meaning behind the song that bested Queen Bee herself!
Hey Ya Video
In episode four of the podcast we recap 2016 "The Year of the Underdog!" We do our best to process the craziness of the year. Mark pummels Justing with a staggering list of 2016 Celebrity Deaths. In news that's local somewhere we contemplate the rational in giving a flamethrower as a gift in the new year. All that plus this weeks pick from the basket of deplorables, AND we end on a high note as we honor one noteworthy American with THE TUSLI GABBARD STAR SPANGLED AWESOME AWARD!
Mentioned In This Episode:
The Complete List of Celebrity Deaths of 2016
Epic Tea Time With Alan Rickman
Brown Bear Goes Berserk
Gifts of 2017 AKA Flamethrowers Are Bad
Riding The Rails RI
The Tulsi Gabbard Star Spangled Awesome Award: Steven Brosnihan Good Night Lights
While we continue to edit episode 5 enjoy this minisode with the second installment of MARK EXPLAINS THINGS! Thank you so much for supporting our little show. We're committed to bringing you the best possible content that we can. Check back soon for Episode 5: "Scrappy Little Underdog". You can help the show out by heading over to iTunes and giving us a rating and review.
In episode four of the podcast of the people, for the people, that points out the irony of the people we update topics from episodes past, clarify what exactly the twelve days of Christmas are, take on fake news, and take a fake news quiz! In "News That's Local Somewhere" we dive Texas Abortion Laws, an Alagator Drive-Thru Drive-by, Spotify Spying Spree, and more. All this and more!
Stories We Mentioned In This Episode:
Transfer Energy Non-Compliance - ND
News That Faked Us All - Global
Texas Abortion Laws - TX
Dude Where's My Car...No Seriously? -OR
Gator Toss @ The Drive-Thru - FL
Spotify Spying - UK/Global
Therapy Pig! - San Fran
In episode three of the podcast we talk the Dakota Access Pipeline and the United States troubled history with honoring its word regarding American Indians. In local news brief Indonesia's war on drugs debacle, Texas constablulary comedy, NJ baby goats, and in AK they throw a baby from a car. All in this and more!
Stories We Mentioned in This Episode:
Everything You Wanted To Know About Dakota Tribes
Veterans For Standing Rock
Indonesian Police Debacle
Keystone Cops Houston Division
Polly The Duck Goat / Goats of Anarchy
Throw Baby From The Car
In episode two of the podcast we debrief the 2016 Presidential election explaining why the outcome was totally predictable. In the first installment of "Justin Ruins Your Favorite Songs" we take on The Goo Goo Dolls Slide, and in local news we highlight The Providence Skyline, The Birth of The Super-Baby, and Dining for Introverts.
Stories we mentioned in this episode:
McDowell County WV
2016 Electoral Map
Save The Superman Building / Savesupermanri.com
Dead People Dining-ware
It's the Pilot Episode of the podcast for the people, by the people, that finds the irony of the people. We talk the 2016 Presidential Election, fashion, bees, and more!
Stories we mentioned in this episode:
Yoga Pants On Parade
Bees: Endangered Species
Air In A Can...It's Not a Joke
Smelly App, Smelly App, What Are They Feeding You?