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We head to Italy and one of the wildest subgenres in the vast history of zombie cinema! Join “Doctor of the Dead” Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg and co-host Scott Alan Woodard as they discuss the origins of the Italian “zombi” craze, some of their favorite films from the heyday of the 1980s gore-soaked “video nasties,” and even how it all connects to a certain show we all know – THE WALKING DEAD! Bona fortuna!

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3 ‘WTF’ Moments in Italian Zombi Movies!

Hollywood Theatre (Portland OR) Italian Horror Double Feature – April 29, 7:30pm

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The Generation, Pre-Pepsi: Mighty Movie Review of TEENAGE


It is the privilege of teenagers to think that they are the first to confront the world with their quest for meaning, their need to belong. It is perhaps the curse of modern thinking to presume the notion of the teenager sprung fully-formed from the ashes of World War II.  There's no shortage of films -- fictional and non- -- that explore the post-war rise of teens as a social, cultural, and economic force. But for all the boomers, hippies, gen-X'ers, gen-Y'ers, etc, etc. that have already been documented,  there were in fact generations preceding, generations who, with the advent of the twentieth century, the abolition of child labor, and the spread of popular culture through movies, radio, and records, helped demarcate this hitherto undefined stage of life and learning.




Based on the book by the same name by punk author Jon Savage, Matt Wolf's kaleidoscopic documentary, Teenage, attempts to extend the time line far enough back to fill in those crucial blanks. Exploring the first five decades of the twentieth century and focusing specifically on events in the U.S, Britain, and Germany, Wolf looks at the first generations who sought to define themselves as separate from their parents and, frequently, society at large, even as their elders struggled to respond to this new social force, responses that tended to boil down to attempts either to co-op and control (who could've imagined that fascism would be one of the first things target-marketed to teens?), or to outright destroy (and sometimes both).

Dubbing his approach a "collage," Wolf eschews the authoritative voice of the outside narrator, choosing instead to present his narrative through the collective voices of the teens living through their times. Mixing archival footage with staged reenactments featuring, among others, actors Ben Whishaw and Jena Malone, the director explores the cultural and social forces that both shaped and were spawned by each generation, pausing occasionally to focus in on the tales of a self-destructive Bright Young Thing here, an avid Hitler Youth  there, an African American Boy Scout in the U.S. It's an effective mix of overview and pinpoint observation, revelatory for the parallel lines it draws in each generation's paradoxical attempts to mark out their individuality, even as they strive to define a community of their own. The survey, in fact, is so compelling that it leaves one wondering what tales aren't being told, what gaps remain in the gaps that are being filled. What was happening in France, in Spain? Was the Third World involved, was Asia? Seventy-eight minutes is not enough to cover the full revolution (and, ideally, Savage's book goes a long way towards providing the broader view); if Wolf isn't thinking of Ken-Burnsing this into a full-fledged TV series, someone should. For now, though, Teenage restores the voices of the generations that helped shape our own, and serves as a moving reminder that the joys and anguishes experienced by teens now were shared by those who helped map out this vital phase of life.


TEENAGE. Directed by Matt Wolf. Oscilloscope Laboratories, 3/14, 78 mins. With: Jean Malone, Ben Whishaw, Julia Hummer, Jessie Usher.




SciFi Diner Conversations 101: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Warehouse 13

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In tonight’s show, we discuss the following: Captain America: Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Warehouse 13, The 100, Arrow, and more.

The Dan & Travis Show: Episode Zero-Two-Two - Bad Boomer, Megaman, Easter 4/20, and Impossible Travia


The Chronic Rift Network is thrilled to be able to have the comedy stylings of Dan Lackaye and Travis Searle on our network. The voyage of radio genius continues with a new episode.  Starting out as The Pirate Ship in the 90s, the boys charted the rough waters of the early days of the Internet and managed to deliver comedy gold week after week.  They were one of the inspirations for The Chronic Rift becoming a podcast.  Last fall, Dan & Travis reunited with a new podcast, bringing back many of the elements of the original Pirate Ship, and John has been on their case to join the network ever since.

Gabe is back with a new 40 Pounds of Sports; a look at Megaman; Travia, it's trivia with a Travis twist; the news; and a recap on this week's Cosmos.  It's a new Dan & Travis Show. Check out all the fun of past episode by visiting them on the web.




  • Happy 420, Charlie Brown !
  • Happy Easter, Peeps!
  • Dame Commander Angela Lansbury
  • DanMan, TravMan, and IMPOSSIBLE TRAVIA


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  • “Boomer” Esiason, Daniel Murphy, excelling at fatherhood- one of these things doesn’t belong! And the thing that doesn’t belong is not Daniel Murphy or excelling at fatherhood!




  • Paint-huffing Pitbull Puncher Pinched
  • German Sheperd Jury Summons
  • Parliament has gone to the dogs
  • World’s first documented idiocracy




  • Atsa Matta for you?
  • Cosmos goes little and does the neutrino dance
  • A trip inside the Mail………….Sac


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The Batcave Podcast: Episode 13 - The Joker Trumps an Ace/Batman Sets the Pace



The Joker is back in Gotham City and he has a new scheme to hold the city for ransom while ruining Batman's good name.  Can Batman figure out the Joker's plan before it's too late?

Joining John to talk about the Joker's last outing of the first season is author and podcaster, Kevin Lauderdale.

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Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles TimesThe Dictionary of American Biography, Animato,, and; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu's The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsis magazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.  In addition, Kevin is a host of his own podcast here on the network, It Has Come to My Attention and co-host of Mighty Movie: Temple of Bad.  Recently, Kevin took over as host of the old time radio podcast, Presenting the Transcription Feature. Follow Kevin's exploits through his LiveJournal blog -

The Weekly Podioplex: April 15, 2014


Captain America held the top of the box office for a second week, but there are a slew of new movie releases that offer a challenge to Cap.  Michael Falkner has them, DVD releases, and the Quick Flicks on a new Weekly Podioplex.

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The Cinefantastique Spotlight: OCULUS

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How frustrating is it when a film has all the stuff it needs — promising premise, good production values, decent cast, director who can twist filmic reality in imaginative ways — and just… doesn’t … grab… you? Pretty damn frustrating, it turns out. OCULUS tells the tale of an orphaned brother and sister who reunite as adults to destroy the mirror that turned their father into a homicidal maniac, yet despite casting DOCTOR WHO’s Karen Gillan in the lead, finding unique ways of styling flashback sequences so that past impinges on present and vice versa, and stuffing its scenario full of such spooky stuff as hostile, spectral presences, mind-bending hallucinations, and a guest walk-on by the Weeping Angels, the whole winds up decidedly less than the sum of its parts.


The Cinefantastique Online team of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to express their fascination about a film that has so much and falls so short, and to try to figure out what prevents this latest Blumhouse (or as it’s now being called, BH Productions) release from rising to its potential.

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Cyborgs - A Bionic Podcast: Case File 03 - Guerin Barry


A new Case File focuses on actor, voiceover artist, and professional whistler Guerin Barry. Guerin talks about his role on The Bionic Woman as the voice of the Alex 7000 computer in the episode, "Doomsday is Tomorrow". In addition, he talks about his time with the group Sha Na Na, his appearances in various movies and television shows, his career as a professional whistler, plus a whole lot more.

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Guerin Barry was born in Manhattan and raised in Sunnyside Queens. He went to Brooklyn Technical High School and then attended Pratt Institute for architecture, but left to go to work at a radio station in Vermont. From there, he went to Boston to study acting at the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television, and Theatre. By the time he finished acting school he was married and had a son and became a film editor for prominent Boston TV news station, WBZ. His TV work continued in New York as a producer and director for six years before he returned to acting and studied with Milton Katselas while working at an advertising agency. He ultimately moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1975 to pursue acting full-time.

Stage work led to work in commercials (he famously embodied the character of the Mercury Grand Marquis) and supporting roles in movies and guest-starring roles in television (Quincy, Simon & Simon, Step by Step), including the soft-soaked voice of "Alex 7000," the Master Computer who gives who threatens to destroy the world unless Jaime Sommers can stop him in the sensational Bionic Woman two-parter, "Doomsday Is Tomorrow." Guerin's unique voice talent also gave life to the original Dr. Theopolis in the iconic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. He was even up for the voice of K.I.T.T. in Knight Rider but lost to William Daniels. He was also the unseen voice of the "Salem Strangler" on the popular daytime soap, Days of Our Lives.

In the 80s, Guerin started a 50s band and played locally for six years, which led to an additional four years touring the globe with the acclaimed 50s rock and roll group, Sha Na Na. When he returned to Hollywood, he focused heavily on voiceover work. He's recorded a dozen audio books, and he's also found himself in the peculiar field of talking toys, for which he is the voice of thousands. Recognized as a "Professional Whistler," Guerin has whistled for many composers of TV, documentary and feature film music, promo music, music libraries and pop recordings. He also whistles live with jazz musicians. He is "On Pitch and On Time." He has whistled for the TV series, LA Law, episode titled "Whistle Stop." He is the only polyphonic whistler in the world, capable of producing two, specific and different notes at the same time.

Guerin's voice can also be heard in the popular video games, War of Warcraft and Starcraft. He's appeared in Reeve Carney's music video for "Love Me, Chase Me." And he's currently the deep bass voice of the Doo-Wop group, Dukes of DooWop.


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Presenting the Transcription Feature: THE JACK BENNY SHOW/INFORMATION PLEASE


This time on Presenting the Transcription Feature, Kevin Lauderdale tickles your funny bone and your little grey cells. The cast of The Jack Benny Program take part in the annual Easter Parade stroll down Los Angeles' Wilshire Blvd. On quiz show Information Please, the guests are sportswriter John Kieran, newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, lexicographer Wilfred Funk, and mystery novelist Rex Stout.



03:49 The Jack Benny Program, "Easter Parade" April 17, 1949

33:08 Information Please, August 29, 1939

The Dome - "Avatar"



Over five years ago, John created an audio drama series with the intention of making it a regular occurrence.  It didn't happen, but now John is almost done with his grad school work and can devote his time more to a project such as this.  Because of that, he is releasing the first five episodes to get everyone on board with the story.  Take a moment to comment here or by writing

In 1977, the United States government determined that one in every ten million Americans was gifted with a paranormal ability. It immediately set up a commission to look into the growing phenomenon. It was decided that a special, top-secret research facility was needed to study the matter further. Today, in a world where the paranormal is normal, the unexpected happens within the walls of The Dome.

"Avatar" - A tragic accident inside the walls of The Dome leads to a visit by a senator with many questions.  Meanwhile, a ghostly image that has been moving through the corridors of the complex visits the widow of one of the victims of the accident with news of what really happens in the examination rooms of The Dome.



Thomas Himinez, Andrea K. Lipinski, Orenthal V. Hawkins, Sheri Devine, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Katelyn Ackley,

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Produced and Drected by John S. Drew and Lenny Ackley

Theme music and episode score by Lenny Ackley



The Chronic Rift Classic Rewatch: J.R.R. Tolkien


Keith and Judy discuss the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien with enthusiasts William Coffey, Andrew Angelopolous, and Patrick Walsh. Plus, Keith reviews Eclipse Book's comic adaptation of The Hobbit and there is some Colm Meaney news.

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Trivia: There was no Memorable Moment in this episode. Keith's review of The Hobbit was one of the few times in the show's history where his review tied in with the Roundtable discussion in the episode. This was the last episode to feature friends only in the panel. From this point on the panels were made up of "fans and professionals alike".

Original Airdate: September 10, 1990

The Chronic Rift Spotlight: Peter Davison Interview


Krissy Myers recently attended the Reversed Polarity Convention.  There, she got to interview a number of people who had a hand in shaping Doctor Who as a series.  The first one she presents is an interview with actor Peter Davison.  Davison portrayed the fifth Doctor in the series during the 80s and he set Krissy's heart aflutter as she relates in this episode.

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The Cardboard Jungle: Episode 32 - I Got Time For That!

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Anthony & Matt talk about game length and its effect on depth, gameplay, enjoyment and replayability.
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The Chronic Rift Roundtable: Housing Works Book Store and Cafe Panel - Media Tie-Ins


Keith participated in a panel discussion at Housing Works Book Store and Cafe this past February on Media Tie-Ins.

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He’s the man behind the Eberron campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons, the creator of the Gloom card game, and he might even be able to grab his hat just before the stone wall closes! He’s Keith Baker, game designer extraordinaire, and in this episode Scott and Arnold talk with Keith about his career, his creations, and his critical hit on the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere!

SPECIAL NOTE: There were some minor technical issues with the audio during the interview, but we hope it doesn’t lessen anyone’s enjoyment of the wealth of info and great conversation!

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