The MaxFun Blog

Maximum Fun is your home on the internet for things that are awesome. Our blog will guide you and our family of podcasts will entertain and inform you. About

Adam Ruins Everything Episode 36: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Rippling Effects of Redlining and Segregation

| 0 comments

Many people have an idyllic view of the suburbs. You can have a lawn! Access to good schools! Safety! But much of that American dream has been historically reserved for white people. On this week's episode, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who appeared on Adam Ruins the Suburbs, joins us on the podcast to discuss racist federal housing laws like redlining, which prevented African American families from buying homes in certain neighborhoods in post-World War II America. This had disastrous rippling effects on the African American community; these laws made it harder for them to accrue wealth over the years and join the middle class. And even when these laws were ultimately deemed illegal under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, many didn't have the money to move into wealthier, whiter neighborhoods. This continues to have repercussions today - segregated neighborhoods means segregated schools, which means education resources are of course going to the wealthier, whiter school districts.
 
Nikole is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She currently writes extensively on modern-day school segregation throughout the country. You can find her fantastic story for This American Life, "The Problem We All Live With," on the recent desegregation of the Normandie School District in Missouri here.
 

Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.
Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 143: It's the End of the World

| 0 comments
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Louis Virtel
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week, Louis and the gang chat about dystopias and how the future is the worst. They chat about the weirdly prescient Back to the Future 2, Octavia Butler's Parable series, and why utopias are so boring. Karen tells us how she stayed calm during an active shooter scare at USC, Wynter is all about the newest season of You're the Worst, Alonso needs you to listen to KEOM, and Louis can't wait for the First Wives Club TV show.

With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde.

That’s My Jam:

Alonso Duralde - Bruce Springsteen - Viva Las Vegas
Karen Tongson - Color Me Badd - All 4 Love
Wynter Mitchell - Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
Louis Virtel - Half the Way - Crystal Gale

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brienfor MaximumFun.org.

Lady to Lady EP. 246 "Equipment" ft. Ellington Wells

| 0 comments
Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Ellington Wells

Ellington Wells (@drawdifferent) joins the ladies to discuss return policies, the cast of Frasier, Candy Crush, relatable/reliable muppets and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

Email us your Lady Problem at ladytolady@maximumfun.org
Like us on Facebook for Upcoming Shows and News
Subscribe to us and leave us a review on iTunes

Wonderful! Ep. 5: Robert Frost Fist Fight

| 0 comments
Show: 
Wonderful!

In today's episode, Griffin's talking about video games, and Rachel's talking about poetry, so the level of expertise brought to the table is simply breathtaking. Also, Griffin gets VERY defensive about Sean Astin.

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by Bo En and Augustus: https://open.spotify.com/track/5hs2nY40aeqM0mpP8SBOon

Inside Pop Ep. 94: Favorite Pop Culture Families, Queen Sugar Interview Part 2, Tom Petty, Big Sell 30

| 0 comments
Show: 
Inside Pop
Guests: 
Kat Candler

It's a family Affair this week on Inside Pop!

We start off with a discussion of our favorite pop culture families - both real and fictional including The Jacksons, The Fischers, The Pearsons and The Knowles Sisters (Beyonce AND Solange).

Then we bring you the second part of our interview with Kat Candler, the producing director of Queen Sugar. We dive into the mid season premiere and illuminate the character development, storylines and memorable scenes from the episode which was directed by film legend Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust).

Then Amita shares her favorite Tom Petty songs in tribute to the recently deceased singer.

And finally we check in on the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge and discuss how our daily intake of new pop culture is changing our lives for the better. And Sean shares the Big Sell Day 4 of 30 - Middle of Nowhere by Ava DuVernay!

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Popinsiders

Visit our website at www.insidepoppodcast.com

We Got This #136 - Best Movie Costume with Paget Brewster

| 0 comments
Guests: 
Paget Brewster

When you're trying to pick the greatest movie costume of all time, who do you get to join you? None other than Paget Brewster, who is no stranger to fashion OR films! Together Mark, Hal, and Paget review over 100 years of cinema, investigate house noises, and explore closets in closets to get the answer.
See Mark and Hal in New York October 6th, 8th, and 9th! Get tickets and info here.

Still Buffering: How to Help

| 0 comments
Show: 
Still Buffering

Trigger Warning: Gun violence is discussed in this episode.

The world is a scary place, and we've talked before about how we can cope with that scariness and try to overcome our fears, but now it's time to talk about how we all can help. Even teenagers can help in times like these, and it's important to remember that, no matter how helpless you may feel in the world today. Here are all of the resources mentioned in this episode:

Hispanic Federation: https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos/

United Blood Services: 1-877-827-4376

Subscribe on iTunes or RSS!

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Bonus Beats from the Joi/Betty Davis Episode (#1)

| 0 comments

Since our interview with Joi was part of our pilot tapings, we had other parts of the conversation that we cut in order to bring the pilot episodes closer in line to the format that the show has evolved into. We still thought they're worth listening to, especially since Joi offers some insight into the current ATL scene while Morgan dropped knowledge on Millie Jackson/Betty Davis comparisons.

Listen here.

Heat Rocks, EP 1: Joi on Betty Davis' "They Say I'm Different"

| 0 comments
Betty Davis/Joi
Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Joi Gilliam

The album: Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different (Just Sunshine, 1974)

This was one the pilot episodes we recorded in the spring and when we left the taping, we turned to one another and knew this show had potential.

The pairing of artist and album came from Morgan and it was inspired: the undersung Betty Davis, one of the most original and fascinating figures of the 1970s, being feted by future soul artist and Dungeon Family-affiliate Joi, an artist very much cut from Betty's cloth but a generation later. We had a fantastic conversation about the importance and uniqueness of Betty and what she's meant, especially, to waves of Black women artists who've followed in her path in the 40+ years since.

On a personal note, this also meant a lot to Oliver because he's written three sets of liner notes on Betty Davis albums (including They Say I'm Different) and interviewed her extensively as part of that. He forever holds a torch for her.

More on Betty Davis:

More on Joi:

Tracklisting:

  • Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different
  • Joi: Freedom (Pendulum Vibe, 1994)
  • Betty Davis: Git In There
  • Brides of Funkenstein: Party Up In Here (12", 1979)
  • Vicki Anderson: Message From the Soul Sisters (7", 1974)
  • Betty Davis: 70s Blues
  • Betty Davis: Shoo-B-Doop and Cop Him
  • Ice Cube: Once Upon a Time in the Projects (AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, 1990)
  • Betty Davis: He Was a Big Freak
  • Joi: If I'm In Luck, I Might Get Picked Up (Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, 1996)
  • Betty Davis: Don't Call Her No Tramp

CIPYD 113: Pharaoh Hounds and Dogtober

| 0 comments

Oh h*ck! It’s Dogtober! The best month of the year! In Dogs We Met This Week, we’re raving over a perfectly behaved podcast pup (Hint, it’s NOT Tugboat.) Renee’s covers the controversial history of the Pharaoh Hound in today’s Mutt Minute. We gab about what YOUR dogs costume’s are going be this Halloween. (Oh boy they are cuuuuute!) And, Renee goes a bit off the rails complaining about her vet experience. Grab a pumpkin, grab a pup, boop the snoot and cuddle up!

Syndicate content