Episode 19: Why we watch what we watch

NorthSouthWhy do we watch what we watch? Is it the writing? The acting? The genre? Mark and George talk about the attraction of some series. What do the experts say draw us to serial crime dramas or reality tv?  #Pride48

Links from the show:
Are crime dramas good for your brain?
You are what you watch – your thoughts and fears
Why do we watch reality TV?   

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Episode 18: Cutting the Cord

NorthSouthWhat are the pros and cons of cutting the cord? How do you stay connected to your favorite shows in a cable-free environment? Are Netflix and Hulu the future networks of choice? Mark and George talk about these questions on this episode. #Pride48

Links from the show:
SlingTV

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Episode 17: The Disgracing of Gary Webb

NorthSouthOn this episode, George and Mark take a fascinating look at the real story behind the movie “Kill the Messenger.” San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb uncovers another CIA plot to create funds for the Nicaragua Contras. The scheme involves the illegal transportation of massive quantities cocaine across the U.S. border with the support of CIA operatives. The cocaine ultimately led to the ‘crack’ epidemic in South Central Los Angeles in the 80’s. We also talk about the shameful way major newspapers engaged in a smear campaign and ultimately disgrace Webb.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
The original “Dark Alliance” series
Kill the Messenger movie
LA Times reporter apologizes
New York Times (sort of) apologizes
Washington Post Jeff Leen, still shamefully smearing Webb
Appropriate response to WaPo’s Jeff Leen

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Episode 16: Single, Gay & One Income

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It’s a new year and the season for renewed pledges of personal improvement – including finances. Mark & George talk about financial challenges they have experienced and strategies they’ve employed to move forward. And George talks about some financial backsliding that needs correcting.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
Find a certified financial counselor by your zip code
Start a federally backed retirement account with no fees!

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Episode 15: Religious Liberty

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Twenty states have some form of a ‘religious freedom’ law. The SCOTUS decision on marriage equality have many more states considering similar legislation. In this episode we discuss the intent of the legislation, faux religious persecution and a surprising corporate response in Atlanta.  #Pride48

Links from the show:
Time: This Map Shows Every State With Religious-Freedom Laws

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Episode 14: The Incredible Shrinking Queer Space

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Many in LGBT communities took their first brave steps “out” in queer spaces like bookstores, coffee houses, bars and dance clubs. But are these treasured spaces disappearing? Mark and George share how their favorite queer spaces shaped their early gay-days. We also talk about the incredibly shrinking queer space. While empirical data seems hard to find on the topic, our own observations show fewer and fewer places are available – especially in smaller cities. Does increasing, broad support for LGBT communities result in decreasing numbers of these establishments? Does access to the internet and dating apps further diminish the need for queer spaces? And what does fewer gay spaces mean for an aging gayby-boomers?  #Pride48

Links from the show:
The Gay Bar: Can it Survive – Slate
Op-ed: The Slow Death of Gay Gathering Places May Be Aiding HIV – Advocate

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Episode 13: Whistleblowers

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We’re a bit over the 30 minute limit, but the topic deserves it – whistleblowers. We talk briefly about whistleblowers in film – but mostly about modern day whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden.  We share three documentaries on the topic – Citizenfour, Terminal F, and United States of Secrets. Enjoy.

Links from the show:
Citizenfour
Edward Snowden – Terminal F
PBS Frontline: United States of Secrets

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Mark – @laffingbuddha
George – @georgeinatlanta