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Sawbones: Paternity Testing


Though we have it down to a (literal) science at this point, the history of determining parentage is chock-full of fake medicine. Two words: Impotence court.

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Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Transcript available here

Who Shot Ya? Episode 91: 'Booksmart' with Guest Host Ellington Wells

Who Shot Ya?
Ellington Wells


This week we’re joined by guest host Ellington Wells, a writer and comedian whose credits include The New Negroes and Adult Swim’s Lazor Wulf. The panel discuss the teen comedy Booksmart, and what distinguishes this film from others in the “one crazy night” genre.

Kayla in Seattle called the Who Shot Line after seeing Captain Marvel, a movie that helped her shake off the idea of what women are supposed to be. She wondered if the panelists could point to any movies that helped them contextualize their place in the world.

In news, Rotten Tomatoes fights back against review-bombing trolls, director Xavier Dolan takes issue with describing his latest film
Matthias & Maxime as a ‘gay love story’, and former SNL star Chris Kattan’s new memoir
Baby, Don’t Hurt Me alleges Lorne Michaels pressured him to have sex with ‘Clueless’ director Amy Heckerling.

Staff Picks
Drea: Fits and Starts
Alonso: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Ellington: Strictly Ballroom

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Ellington Wells.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Kathe Kollwitz, a founding member of feminist art collective The Guerilla Girls

Kathe Kollwitz

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Guerrilla Girl Kathe Kollwitz in Bilbao, 2013. Photo by Guerrilla Girls, courtesy

A conversation with a founding member of feminist art collective The Guerrilla Girls

If you go to an art museum: contemporary, encyclopedic, local – odds are most of the art displayed was made by white men. Even if you leave out the renaissance painters and the Dutch Masters. It's still not that common to see a solo show by a woman or a person of color these days. This was even more true in the mid-80's. Some of New York's most prominent galleries showed less than 10% of women artists. Others were showing no women created art at all.

In 1984, a group of women started an art collective called The Guerrilla Girls. The group was created in response to the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition: "An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture." The exhibits roster of 165 artists only included 13 women. The number of artists of color was even smaller, and none of them were women.

They decided the best way to fight discrimination in the art world was to make art about the discrimination. They took the art to the streets. They pasted it onto the walls all over lower Manhattan. The group demonstrated in front of the museum with placards and picket lines. And they wore gorilla masks while doing it.

The Guerrilla Girls drew attention to issues of discrimination and representation in galleries and museums all over the world. They have entered their third decade as a collective, morphing in membership as the time went on. They still make art for the streets but have also shown in galleries and museums, too.

Jesse talks to a founding member of The Guerrilla Girls, who goes by Kathe Kollwitz. She'll reflect on the origins of the group, her anonymity in the art world and what the group means now more than 30 years later.

You can learn more about The Guerrilla Girls by visiting their website.

Robert Mueller SPEAKS!, New Harry Potter Books Coming, Louisiana ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban, John Wick 3, Faked Nancy Pelosi Video, Uber Booting Bad Riders, Shane Morris’s Dumb Lie, R Kelly, and Don’t Forget HOT PRIEST!


INTRO – 0:27

Travis is an Earthist Pro-Reality Bro
Bevs Like These
Travis's Back To The Future III Ted Talk
Self Care Corner


Uber Will Boot Bad Riders
John Wick 3
Hot Priest!


The Nancy Pelosi ‘Deepfake’
Louisiana ‘Beartbeat’ Abortion Ban
Mueller Time! … Is Technically Over

TIDBITS – 1:10:19

JK Rowling Announces Future Potter Books
Mitch McConnell: The Worst Hypocrite
Shane Morris Lies About Stealing Drugs
Breaking Headline - R Kelly

WI-FIVE – 1:19:38

OUTRO – 1:22:21

Most of History Is Trash (Asian Pacific American LGBTQ History, Quizlet, Brene Brown)

Minority Korner

James has invited Tara Reid to the podcast after his wild bachelor party in Palm Springs this past weekend. It was a wild ride. Nnekay has been scrolling through Netflix and finnally landed on Brene Brown and her amazing words. James tackles the complex intersectional timeline of #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth and LGBTQ milestones within it. Nnekay is taking over Quizlet Korner.... is she going to stump James? Other topics include, Tia & Tamera Mowrey, Storm, and the Statue of Liberty. 

Timeline of Asian and Pacific Islander Diasporic LGBT history 

 Baby Anacondas- 

Statue of Liberty- 

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Friendly Fire Ep 73: The Promise (2016)

Friendly Fire

Love stories are eternal, whether they be person to person, families, or communities. And when evidence of cultural erasure is presented, sometimes the best way to share factual knowledge, is with a love story. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John are the local apothecaries while they watch this 2016 drama.

This film is available on:
Apple, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube, and your local Library

Come see Friendly Fire Live!

Next Film: The Hurt Locker (2008)
Available on: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and your local library

Tights and Fights Ep. 145: Double or Nothing w/ Box Brown

Box Brown

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Box Brown. He’s a comic creator whose new book "Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America".

Brown is a longtime, but lapsed, fan of WWE. The trends of the product have led to him being less dedicated to following televised wrestling. But this week featured a show that rekindled that love and has the entire panel excited for what’s to come: Double or Nothing from All Elite Wrestling.

It wasn’t perfect. But it was a great first step for a fledgling promotion that has the money and roster to compete with WWE for attention. We’ll go over everything that worked and what didn’t work… and take a quick look at what RAW’s response to the show was.

The Three Count

Box put over the all-women promotion AEW’s post-show press conferences.

Danielle put over wrestling in WWE shouting out AEW.

Hal put over Zack Ryder’s appearance on the Defunctland Podcast.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Box Brown.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself Bonus Episode - LIVE from Winnipeg with Tim Gray

Tim Gray

Recorded live at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg on September 25rd, 2018.

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The JV Club Ep. 325: Teresa McElroy

Teresa McElroy

Mind your shmanners, because this week’s guest is the delightful and talented Teresa McElroy! Learn about the follies of high school ID badges, the triumph of speech state competitions, and the guilty pleasure of a good old American hot dog.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

EP88: Guy Branum on Ani DiFranco's "Plastic Little Castle" (1998)

Heat Rocks
Guy Branum

The Album: Ani DiFranco: Little Plastic Castle (1998)
Ani DiFranco has never been a pop star by conventional measure but Little Plastic Castle was her dealing with the costs of stardom within her niche of alternative pop/rock world. The result is what's considered one of her best albums ever — it ended up being her best-selling at the very least — one where she tries to work through what happens when public scrutiny and fan indignity begin to feel invasive and you wonder what it's all for. For DiFranco though, she reminds us: she's got better things to do than survive.  
Little Plastic Castle was the pick of our guest, comedian Guy Branum who, until very recently, was the host of the Maximum Fun pop culture panel podcast Pop Rocket (alas, recently cancelled, RIP!). Pre-Heat Rocks, Oliver was on Pop Rocket for two years and got to see, first hand, Guy's pop polymath skills in action. Taped earlier in the spring, live in front of an audience as part of the Voyager Institute series, the three of us discussed DiFranco's album within the context of Lilith Fair-era female artists, the politics of queer authenticity and how her invocation of cherry bombs probably doesn't refer to firecrackers.  
More on Guy Branum

More on Little Plastic Castle

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Little Plastic Castle unless indicated otherwise):

  • Little Plastic Castle
  • Swan Dive
  • Ani DiFranco: 32 Flavors
  • Two Little Girls
  • Glass House
  • Fuel
  • Swan Dive
  • Gravel
  • Independence Day
  • Dizraeli: Bomb Tesco
  • Pulse

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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