Almost Educational

Almost Educational
Thought Experiments on Nonsense

Canadian Baseball
Apr 24 • 66 min
This week Patrick invites Stephen Gower to create a North American super hivemind in which we construct different alternate realities. A reality in which the MLB of consists of only 18 teams Another in which the MLB follows Premier League Soccer rules of…
Trademarked Men
Apr 10 • 81 min
This week Patrick is joined by a real-life human lawyer, Professor Winston Conrad, with the goal of understanding the world of intellectual property. Winston explains the concepts of intellectual property through the history of guilds ownership and how…
The Populist Plague
Mar 27 • 59 min
This week, Patrick and Dennis cover COVID19 Rona American Populism The Zombie Democratic Primary
Feb 27 • 82 min
This week, Patrick invites guest host Cassidy on to cover the 1983 film Videodrome Topics discussed: Is this a plotless film? The film is Marshall Mcluhan distilled Are we in Videodrome right now? Links mentioned in this episode:…
Feb 6 • 119 min
Patrick is joined by guest host Roejen of the Project Archivist Podcast to discuss the Legend Of Polybius. The mythical mind controlling video game of the early 80’s that never existed. We talk about the strange real life truths around the legend and how…
The Worst Sports People
Jan 22 • 58 min
This week we draft the worst people in North American sports. The list includes some awful Detroit Lions, French Canadien jerks, 1980’s NFL scabs, and the worst state in the union, cough cough O-H-I-O.
American Factions Fan Club
Nov 7, 2019 • 59 min
This week, Dennis and Patrick debate what an Alternate version of America would look like with six to eight different political parties. There is a Brexit quiz to kick things off. Patrick does not understand why the founders were scared of political…
175: We Do Not Talk About Fight Club
Jun 28, 2019 • 93 min
Patrick is joined this week by guest host Cassidy of the film review podcast The McGuffin, to take a deep cultural dive into the guts of the 1999 David Fincher film Fight Club. Along the way we explore the homosexual and asexual subtext in the film. We…
174: The Comic Book Show
May 17, 2019 • 102 min
This week Patrick is joined by guest host Kehaar, of the now concluded podcast Dissecting Worlds, to discuss the history of Capes and Tights by crafting a Mad Men style television series that spans four, maybe five seasons of comic book history.
173: The Zine Scene
May 2, 2019 • 77 min
Patrick has guest host “Professor”, Winston Conrad this week to discuss Zines. We discuss the Fan-zine and how during the 1970’s it transformed into a zine thanks to the photocopy machine becoming widely available. We also discuss how American culture is…
172: Free Market Skool
Apr 17, 2019 • 63 min
This week we discuss a version of America that gives into the “free markets” and always all public schools to become privatized. What we do is explore an alternate history of America without public schools post 1983. All our takes are good.
171: Alchemy of Alcohol
Mar 21, 2019 • 78 min
This week Roejen, from the Project Archivist podcast, joins Patrick to discuss the history and magic of brewing, distilling, and fermenting alcohol. Roe explains the difference in types of beer, wines, whiskeys, and bourbon. What makes a porter a porter…
170: The 68 State Senate
Mar 6, 2019 • 52 min
This week we play around with abolishing the senate, adding 5-25 new states to the union, and debate if the senate majority leader is the most powerful person in America. Patrick claims that the US senate is undemocratic. Dennis counters with the…
169: The Ronald Reagan Show
Feb 14, 2019 • 63 min
This week we examine five counterfactual 1980’s scenarios generated from various events branching loosely from the Reagan Administration or Era. We are “shocked” by how much 1980’s America mirror 2010’s America.
168: Cetacean Industrial Complex
Feb 7, 2019 • 52 min
This week Patrick is joined by guest host Michael Grasso, who is a senior editor for the online magazine We Are the Mutants to discuss his series Days of the Dolphin: Cetaceans in Cold War Science and Science Fiction
167: TV Dad Draft
Jan 17, 2019 • 53 min
Draft format returns, with a shotgun blast of popular culture. The proposal is confused and frankly so is the execution. Bill Cosby lingers without being named heavily on this show. Patrick claims the film Taken is an Alt Right fantasy and Dennis defend’s…
166: A Face In The Crowd
Dec 20, 2018 • 75 min
Patrick invites Cassidy, of the Jabber and Drone podcast, to co host this week and discuss the 1957 film A Face in The Crowd. We explore the films Red Scare production origins, American populism movements, and the power of the media as political and…
165: The Presidency of Al Gore
Dec 7, 2018 • 60 min
This week a deep dive into the ins and the outs of the 2000 Presidential Recount. A short history of ratfucking, hanging chads, the world of info-poltio-tainment. We then discuss alternative universes in which the 2000 election with a Gore win, no Iraq…
164: WW2 Occult
Nov 29, 2018 • 84 min
This week Patrick is joined by dear friend of the show Professor Winston Conrad of from the 5 in 5 law podcast. We delve into the mythos that surrounds World War 2 and the occult. We discuss the how fringe science super weapons, magical secret agents, and…
163: Franksgiving For All
Nov 22, 2018 • 19 min
Patrick is alone and sick on Thanksgiving eve. What follows is a rambling social, economic, and personal history of America’s most complex federal holidays. Enjoy some history of the Thanksgiving and the NFL, the Native occupation of Alcatraz, and FDR’s…
162: Andy Jackson
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
We return after a six-month hiatus. We have some light discussion about the three ballot measures that passed in Michigan. Dennis takes a quiz about money conspiracies for the warm-up. For the main topic, we blather about the legacy of the 7th president…
161: Social Culture Warriors
May 31, 2018 • 101 min
Patrick invites Cassidy Robinson of the podcast, Jabber and the Drone, to discuss how YouTube helped reignite the culture wars that lay dormant for a decade. We run through how electoral politics have become social politics and how regulation and gate…
160: The Uncanny Tax-Men
May 24, 2018 • 62 min
Dennis and Patrick delve into their Economic text books and attempt to explain the American tax system, Modern Monetary Theory, The Two Santa System, school district funding, the student loan crisis and why deficits never mattered.
159: UFO Disinfo
May 3, 2018 • 82 min
Patrick invites guest hosts podcaster, Roejen, from the Project Archivist podcast and author Eric Wojciehowski to discuss UFO subcultures, intelligence agency disinformation campaigns and black budget tomfoolery. We discuss the possibility of the United…
158: Fordism
Apr 19, 2018 • 73 min
Dennis returns from his “deathbed” and Patrick fixed the stream to allow the podcast back onto iTunes. We discuss Henry Ford, Detroit and Dearborn of the 1930’s, and the manner in which America could have or do fall into authoritarian rule. We look at how…
157: Ready Player One
Mar 29, 2018 • 84 min
Patrick is joined by guest host and fellow teacher, Jesse Kiefer from @jessekiefer the Grawlix Podcast to discuss the concepts in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One. We discuss the themes of pop culture overdosing, the future of education, and the…
156: Very Online Problems
Mar 9, 2018 • 71 min
Patrick is joined by guest host Hinton to have a wide-ranging conversation about the areas in which internet subculture bleed into American political culture. Gamergate Timeline of Gamergate What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left Worst of Reddit Reddit…
155: Nixons
Mar 1, 2018 • 62 min
Alternate takes on Richard M Nixon mania takes hold when we dig down into different scenarios in which “Tricky Dick” is triumphant or king mutant of the radioactive slag pile. Could he win in 1960? What if he had been convicted on national televsion?…
154: Best That Never Was
Feb 15, 2018 • 51 min
This week we delve into three athletes that were the greatest that never became the greatest. We bring three different athletes from three different sports and wonder aloud on what their impact would be on the American landscape Len Bias How the athletes…
153: Snake Oil
Jan 25, 2018 • 80 min
Patrick is joined by guest host Mike “Red Wizard” Fallek to discuss bunk, hoaxes, junk science and general groupthink in American society. We start with PT Barnum and end with TED Talks. This one is hard to pin down we go in all over the place, there is a…
152: Norse America or Nouveau France
Jan 18, 2018 • 59 min
This week alternate North Americas are discussed. What would an America look like with a Norse Nova Scotian Empire? How would a cold war between New France, England, and their American colonies play out in 1820? What would America look like without a…
151: Twilight Zone Draft
Jan 11, 2018 • 83 min
This week Patrick is joined by guest host Keith Foster from Tonight in San Diego and the podcast Jabber and the Drone to have a Twilight Zone draft. We discuss Keith’s effort to create a live improv version of the Twilight Zone, what makes Zone endure,…
150: The Alternate History of Disney
Jan 4, 2018 • 45 min
Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians with Walt Disney. Would Walt have us all living in some retro-futuristic utopia by 2018? Would we be living in scaled-up Singapore? If Disney went under would we have Bugs Bunny fever for 80 years? Would we all…
149: Alternate 1914 Christmas Truce
Dec 21, 2017 • 22 min
Patrick goes solo to ponder a more uplifting Alternate History topic. On Dec 25th, 1914 after seven horrific months of fighting during the first World War German and British Soldiers played soccer and exchanged gifts during a brief truce. What if things…
148: Political Fight Club
Dec 8, 2017 • 47 min
Enjoy some American political historical profiles along with some high-level dorkish drafting as Patrick and Dennis pick their six of the “toughest” American political figures. What follows is a strange trip through a civics textbook paired with a Dragon…
147: FCC Me
Nov 30, 2017 • 24 min
Patrick goes solo to explain the history of The FCC, How Tim Wu explains Net Neutrality, and why Ajit Pai is like a comic book henchmen. There is also some Venture Brothers love heaped on at the end of the show.
146: Antitrust of Silicon Valley
Nov 16, 2017 • 56 min
This week we use the Al Franken speech at the Open Markets Institute sponsored the event as a screed against Big Tech, Bots, and monopolies. Some debate ensues about the Fairness Doctrine and “citizen journalists”. There is more debate about how to…
145: They Live
Nov 9, 2017 • 78 min
Patrick invites guest host Cassidy Robinson from Jabber and the Drone, on the podcast to discuss the John Carpenter cult classic They Live. We look at the film from its’ original Reaganomics and consumerist critique to its evolution as a Shepard Fairey…
144: The 25th Amendment
Nov 2, 2017 • 59 min
This week we discuss how the president can is able to launch nuclear weapons, codes, bombers, footballs included. How the heck did we get the 25th amendment and more importantly how does it really work? Should we really trust the “generals” and what the…
143: Werewolf Study Session
Oct 26, 2017 • 54 min
Patrick invites oldest and best friend of the show Professor Winston Conrad of the Red Lodge podcast to discuss all things lycanthropy. What do werewolves have in connection with the witch trials? Why no chick werewolves? How awesome is the Howling?…
142: Theologians of Senior Lit
Oct 12, 2017 • 51 min
We play L. Ron Hubbard and take anchor text of literature from our classroom and turn it into a doctrine for a new religion. Patrick uses John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men melds Pre Vatican II Catholicism and Marxism to create a small animal worshipping…
141: The Paranoid States of America
Oct 5, 2017 • 82 min
Patrick invites author, history professor, and podcaster, Aaron Gulyas on the show to discuss his book Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and Propagation of Paranoid Political and Cultural Narratives Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and…
140: Modern Secession Scenarios
Sep 21, 2017 • 49 min
Dennis and Patrick ponder how modern American succession of states and cities work?How would it work in a federal republic? Would Vermont become a free state? Would we three Californias? An Independent Texas? A northern and southern New York State? The…
139: Sports Alternate History
Sep 14, 2017 • 56 min
Dennis and Patrick look at three different points of divergence and look at the political, social, and economic fallout if things changed very slightly on the hardwood, boxing ring, and baseball diamond. Scenarios 1: Joe Louis Loses Rematch Bad Boys…
138: The Red Wizard Returns
Sep 12, 2017 • 12 min
Patrick sneaks out a special show with long time friend of the show and guest Mike Fallek from the Let’s Start a Cult Podcast. Mike is on the show to promote Sound Byte an app designed for podcasters and to throw down a challenge to Dennis for a future…
137: WW1 Alt History Part Deux
Aug 23, 2017 • 64 min
Return engagement to 1914 and create some wilder, wackier, and more improbable World War One scenarios. Britain never enters the war, Germany takes Middle East Oil, and the Second Mexican American War. The Alternate Historian Jabber and the Drone
136: Email Envy
Aug 3, 2017 • 23 min
Dennis and Patrick read emails from listeners. Topics range from Kid Rock 2020, complaining about Bernie and Hillary, Alternative History of Huey Long and Knife Fights. O and we even talk NCAA realignment. Here’s leaked audio of Warren Mayor Jim Fouts…
135: Teaching 1984 in 2017
Jul 27, 2017 • 60 min
This week Dennis and Patrick explore how they teach 1984. Is it a true literary work of fiction or is it a science fiction masking a philosophical treatise? How well does French existentialism marry with Orwellian thought? How does one teach 1984 under…
134: Robert Mercer Supervillain
Jul 13, 2017 • 48 min
Patrick goes solo for a deep dive into the ultra rich, ultra creepy and kinda Bond Villainesque….Robert Mercer. The guy that owns Breitbart, pushed Brexit and funded the Trump presidency.
133: Fixing College Football
Jun 29, 2017 • 59 min
This week, Patrick and Dennis cover a radical change the NCAA football conferences, create a workable playoff system, and eliminate amateur college football saving higher education tens of billions, all in under 90 minutes. Topics discussed: Emails 0:00…
132: Constitutional Crisis The Board Game
Jun 16, 2017 • 52 min
This week, Patrick and Dennis play a tabletop game all about America’s whacky and wild current constitutional crisis. Links mentioned in this episode:…
131: Chrononauts N Boyscouts
Jun 8, 2017 • 106 min
This week, Patrick, and guest host Roejen cover tales of real life time travelers, or at least those who claimed to be time travelers Topics discussed: Time Travel Quiz John Titor pushbck Madmen and Boyscouts Ebay Time Machines DARPA Talk Links mentioned…
130: Generation of Snitches
Jun 2, 2017 • 66 min
This week the Cyberpunk dystopia of 1992 is here, thanks to Peter Theil, Zuckerberg, and the FCC. Patrick fears Big Brother is your next door neighbor. Dennis fears the “deep state” of kid’s with cell phones. Topics discussed: Emails from S.A. Quiz on…
129: No Roe V Wade
May 25, 2017 • 71 min
This week, Patrick and Dennis debate what the American social and poltical landscape would look like if Roe V Wade and the extension of the 14th admendment never occured.. Topics discussed: Emails 0:00 New Quiz Season 3:00 Main Topic 11:30 Republic Watch…
128: Greater and Lesser Wars
May 12, 2017 • 55 min
This week, Patrick, and Dennis discuss slight alternate histories of the Great War. Topics discussed: Teddy Roosevelt brings the Americans to Europe in 1916 1917 French Army mutinies Lenin never goes to Petrograd 1919 Proto-European Union and Japanese -…
127: School Draft Daze
Apr 27, 2017 • 59 min
This week, Patrick, and Dennis onstruct their own places of higher learning from scratch. They draft the America’s “greatest” academic and intellectual minds to fill their departments. Topics discussed: We read some emails We do a college quiz We draft…
126: Health and Taxes
Apr 14, 2017 • 59 min
This week, [Patrick] and [Dennis] cover [Medicare for all and Simple Tax Returns]….. Topics discussed: Medicare for all The archaic tax filing system betting on Democracy Links mentioned in this episode:…
125: Alternate History of The Drug War
Mar 31, 2017 • 56 min
Patrick and Dennis ponder different scenarios what the Western Hemisphere would look like without a “War on Drugs”. What if Reagan decided to use conventional forces? What if America just didn’t enforce laws? What if Pablo Escobar was president?
124: Leaked Protest Marches
Mar 16, 2017
Patrick and Dennis debate if protest marches have any impact on American elections and citizen engagement in government. Are leaks a symptom of illness in Government? Is Snowden a villain or hero? How deep is Assange in with the Russians?
123: Alternate Presidential Elections
Mar 9, 2017 • 53 min
Patrick and Dennis pick four different what if election years and play our different scenarios until one or both of their minds explode. Also a Season 5 quiz showdown goes to the wire and may change the format of the warm-up quiz forever!
122: What If a US - China War?
Mar 1, 2017 • 54 min
Dennis returns from a visit to China and wants to discuss what war with China would look like and how? Three Scenarios. North Korean Collapse, Trade War, and Full on Engagement. Patrick and Dennis also answer some emails about the DNC elections and jump…
121: The Beatles: Alternate History
Feb 22, 2017 • 60 min
Patrick invites Bill from the podcast The Great Albums to discuss four different “what ifs?” concerning the Fab Four. These include: What If the Beatles never appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show? What if the “Fifth Beatle”, manager Brian Epstein did not die?…
120: Non-Podesta Emails
Feb 17, 2017 • 33 min
Patrick and Dennis empty out the email bag and hold court on various topics. Topics included are… Batman of the 1800’s, Protests at Berkley and Free Speech, Betsy Devos ughh, Free speech in high school classroom, The Progressive swing in Democratic Party
119: This is Not Normal
Feb 14, 2017 • 55 min
Dennis thinks we are looking down the barrel of either World War Three or an American Reich. Patrick tries to calm the waters by hoping America is on the precipice of great radical change that will change the political landscape.
118: Alternate Superhero History
Jan 25, 2017 • 59 min
What would happen if Superman was a soviet? Or raised by hippies? What would Batman in 1860’s Gotham look like? Would a resurrected Captain America in the 1980’s be a tool of the CIA?
117: Putin and Doctor Doom
Jan 19, 2017 • 35 min
Patrick goes solo and plays real life supervillains comparing Vladimir Putin to one Victor Von Doom of Latveria. It is not an A for A comparison but the two rulers share many qualities including, arcane mysticism, technological mastery of espionage and…
116: When the President Does it….
Jan 12, 2017 • 64 min
Patrick and Dennis debate the infamous Richard Nixon line “When the President does it, it is not illegal.” How true is that with past Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama. How will that it play out under President Trump?
115: Mister Rogers Fan Club
Dec 28, 2016 • 38 min
Patrick goes solo to discuss one of his favorite people, the peaceful neighbor Mr. Fred Rogers. Fred Rogers loved children, promoted world peace, and helped create fair use for copyright law in America.
114: Die Hard that Christmas
Dec 22, 2016 • 56 min
Patrick and Dennis debate what constitutes a Christmas movie? Patrick claims it must have the following. Take place 48 hours before and after Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Must have a family conflict Plot must tie into the holiday Characters must…
113: Fake News Literacy
Dec 15, 2016 • 62 min
Patrick and Dennis take a deep dive into all things Alex Jones, Fake News, Pizza Gate and the importance of media and digital literacy in primary and secondary education.
112: Alternate History of Cuba
Dec 6, 2016 • 58 min
The big what if show including a World War Three via Cuban Missile Crisis. Baseball Diplomacy in the 1970s and a.revolution that never was in the 1960’s or 1903 statehood.
111: Art, Academics, and Fandom
Nov 29, 2016 • 104 min
Patrick invites the Red Wizard Mike Fallek of Our Hero Comic and the new GTH Podcast to discuss internet culture, fan interpretations, Ray Bradbury and why our head canon is better than George Lucas. Our Hero Comic
110: Michigan and Ohio
Nov 23, 2016 • 62 min
The Regional Battle that is U of M versus OSU football spurs into a larger conversation of why the states themselves are so similar and so different? Why do we pick sides along borders? And is Cleveland a mistake by the lake?
109: Electoral College Massacre
Nov 16, 2016 • 67 min
Post election talk becomes speculation if America abandoned the electoral college and what happens in 2018 and 2020? Show notes on website
108: Oh Macomb County
Nov 9, 2016 • 22 min
Patrick goes solo on the election in Macomb County Michigan and reads some emails.
107: Abolish Money
Nov 1, 2016 • 52 min
Patrick and Dennis play a large and rambling thought experiment of what would America look like without pennies, paper currency, and a national bank card.
106: Tesla Child Murders
Oct 26, 2016 • 58 min
Patrick and Dennis play mystery masters in which they bring their two favorite “unsolved” mysteries to the table and bumble through the explanations. Oakland Child Killer Case and Tunguska Event folks! Dennis Notes Oakland County Child Killer Oakland…
105: Bigly Debaters
Oct 20, 2016 • 26 min
Patrick submits the last and final texting debate show followed up by a huge list of recommendations for books and podcasts. Go vote on Nov 8th.
104: New American Order
Oct 18, 2016 • 89 min
Dennis and Patrick stop debating each other for a show and combine forces to create their own political party for 2020 push for the White House. Platform issues include Taxes, Civil Rights, Campaign Finance Reform, Defense, Immigration, Abortion, Gun…
103: Wikileaks that Debate
Oct 11, 2016 • 26 min
Patrick reads his and Dennis’ texts about the second debate. Then he delves into his three favorite Wikileaks conspiracy theories.
102: Alternate States of America
Oct 5, 2016 • 66 min
Patrick and Dennis play a what if alternate history game of what America would look like if they adopted the Articles of the Confederation as the law of the land. What would the states look like? Would Britain try to retake her colonies? What Texas be a…
101: Texting Trump Conspiracy
Sep 28, 2016 • 15 min
.Patrick reads his and Dennis’ texts about the first debate. Then he delves into his three favorite Trump Election conspiracy theories. Some of these Dennis believes to be true?
100: Exceptional Americans
Sep 21, 2016 • 86 min
Patrick and Dennis invite the men of The Dissecting Worlds Podcast to discuss the differences in American and British sports, plus Rocky, NFL Exports, and lack of youth involvement.
99: Alternate Sports History
Sep 14, 2016 • 58 min
Dennis and Patrick play what if games on how soccer could become the dominate American sport, What if the AFL NFL merger died? Why does Dennis hate soccer and gambling?
98: Trumpalozza
Aug 31, 2016 • 54 min
We promise this will be the last gasp of Trump and election talk on the podcast barring a second American Revolution. Find guest Andy Smith on @thesmithsignal on Twitter and The Smith Signal Podcast Segments Soviet Trump @2:47 next Trump Conspiracy @…
97: Zombie Class
Aug 23, 2016 • 53 min
Patrick wants to know why people are enthralled with Zombies, and if you can teach a social studies class based on World War Z. Dennis torpedoes the quiz this week, and the final twelve minutes are dedicated to election chatter.
96: Four Minute Warning
Aug 17, 2016 • 53 min
Alternate History topic on the 1980 Titan II Damascus, Arkansas ICBM disaster and 1961 H Bomb accident. What would have happened if the warhead went nuclear? What effect would it have on the Cold War? Plus favorite nuclear holocaust fiction
95: Killer Robots Debate
Aug 10, 2016 • 63 min
Patrick and Dennis open the show talking Stranger Things and then dig into a debate on the role of drones, A.I., and the role of war machines. Would a robot officers fix our police problems? Are drones more or less humane war fighters?
94: Alternate Constitutional Conventions
Aug 2, 2016 • 60 min
Alternate History show with scenarios on how different America may have looked if the constitutional conventions of 1787 - 1789 went differently. What if Washington was not president? Aaron Burr builds an empire? The Connecticut Compromise failed? The…
93: Public Shaming
Jul 20, 2016 • 68 min
Patrick and Dennis explore the world of public shaming using Jon Ronson;s book “So You Have Been Publicly Shamed” as a starting point. Fat Shaming, Right to be forgotten, parental shaming, and license to procreate are explored.
92: Purging Automation Classes
Jul 13, 2016 • 74 min
Patrick and Dennis invite Richard from the Jabber and the Drone podcast to frame a discussion of changing America within the framework of the film franchise The Purge. How does Brexit, automation, education, and massive public works projects fit into…
91: Arnold’s’ Always Pay Their Debt
Jul 6, 2016 • 46 min
Patrick goes solo with real life supervillains vol 6 comparing Benedict Arnold to Jaime Lannister. Does 16th century North America match Game of Thrones geographically. What made Arnold turn and are both character tragic heroes?
90: What If Rome Ruled Germania?
Jun 29, 2016 • 60 min
Alternative history of a world in which Rome controls Western Germania. What would the outcome be for German nationalism? The English language? The Enlightenment? Would Rome limp along?
89: World Government Fun
Jun 21, 2016 • 86 min
Patrick invites Matt from the Dissecting Worlds Podcast on the show to discuss the plausibility and design of a world government. Fictional world governments, historical context, the Brexit, and Star Trek help shape the conversation.
88: Supreme Court of Music
Jun 15, 2016 • 60 min
Draft style show. This week they draft their own fantasy judicial branch comprised of a Supreme Court of contemporary American musicians. What if Presidents nominated musicians instead of judges? Each host chooses nine artists and must defend why the…
87: Alternative History of King and X
Jun 8, 2016 • 63 min
Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians and postulate what the world would look like if Malcolm X and or Martin Luther King lived on until their 80’s. Dennis plays the small game of change while Patrick tries to think in Executive Branch and T.V.…
86: Podcast on Podcasting
Jun 1, 2016 • 59 min
Patrick invites Hinton Mccloud on the a slightly meta conversation to discuss podcasting and his venture of the Ouroboros project. The conversation revolves around the tiers of podcasting, the GED, and DIY concepts
85: The Hard Masters
May 25, 2016 • 50 min
Patrick and Dennis debate the role of teaching harshly, finding grit, and pushing people to their limits to achieve greatness. Spawned by the film Whiplash, book The Junction Boys, with a little Ender’s Game and teacher firing tales tossed in the mix.
84: Culturally Catholic
May 18, 2016 • 56 min
Patrick invites his co-worker Tom who holds a degree in theology from Loyola to discuss if someone can become Culturally Catholic? Does when need dogma to be a Catholic? Tom drops all sorts of Papal knowledge while Patrick holds on for answers. Plus a…
83: CRISPR Designer Genes
May 11, 2016 • 72 min
Patrick wants to know what the ethics of gene manipulation, cloning, and lab grown meat would involve. Dennis is horrified that Patrick seems to want to create a race of designer babies and mindless clones to further mankind’s progress.
82: Privatize Everything
Apr 27, 2016 • 65 min
Dennis wants to explore the return to privatization of public services. He begins by exploring how must public services including police forces in America were private companies and if we are reverting to that 19th century standard in the past twenty…
81: The Politics of Superheroes
Apr 19, 2016 • 71 min
The duo choose 10 superheroes and try to figure out their religious and political affiliations. Is Batman a libertarian? Spider-Man a nice Jewish boy from Queens? What makes Superman an FDR era Democrat? Would the Punisher vote Trump?
80: What if Kurt Cobain Lived?
Apr 13, 2016 • 78 min
Patrick invites friend of the show Cassidy from Jabber and the Drone Podcast to discuss an alternate history of the 90’s music scene surrounding what if Nirvana never founded and what if Kurt Cobain never dies?
79: Panama Papers Problems
Apr 6, 2016 • 64 min
What happens now that the Panama Papers leak names tax dodgers, bribe takers, and dirty banks? Does this prove all the InfoWars conspiracy theories right? What about Apple or Google dodges? Do we need an EMP reset button?
78: Alternative Ayatollah
Mar 23, 2016 • 63 min
Alternate history scenarios of the Iran Hostage Crisis, Iran Iraq War, Ronald Reagan, Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and more. Cthulhu, World War 3, Terrorism, Watchmen, and Dennis’ Trump theory also appear.
77: Civics Hour Meltdown
Mar 15, 2016 • 70 min
Executive Branch What Ifs?. Dennis and Patrick try to make sense of conventions, third party outsiders, and Dennis makes the bold prediction a fractured national race leads to Marco Rubio as president plus and he reads selections of Mein Kampf
76: Reading, Writing, and Redacted
Mar 9, 2016 • 97 min
Patrick has a conversation with artist / author Ephrat Livni all about the intrinsic value of reading fiction, science fiction, and trying to understand Common Core and YA. Ephrat’s work can found at her Twitter is @el72champs
75: Curt Flood Makes America Great Again
Mar 2, 2016 • 63 min
Alternate History topic this week in which free agency never comes to pass in baseball or comes early in 1921. Would America be more regionally minded? Earlier Desegregation? Then Donald Trump talk breaks out at @51:30 mark
74: Marche Du Nain Rouge
Feb 29, 2016 • 29 min
Patrick invites co-founder and organizer, Francis Grunow, of Detroit’s Marche Du Nain Rouge on the show. Francis gives some historical background of the Marche, Red Dwarfs and Detroit. He also explains what it takes it put on a parade, festival, and rally…
73: Death and Taxes
Feb 24, 2016 • 65 min
Patrick gives Dennis a flurry of thought experiments to dissect including, could nuclear autumn prevent global warming? Do mosquitoes matter? Could we put every American on basic income? Should we pay students for better grades? Zika Virus, Elon Musk, and…
72: Alternative History of Henry the 8th
Feb 17, 2016 • 67 min
Dennis gets to discuss his favorite topic of the Tudors and Henry the 8th. What if Henry had a son with Catherine of Aragon? What would a Catholic England look like? Would England ever become a superpower? What if there was never a reign of Queen…
71: Understanding Zero
Feb 10, 2016 • 39 min
Patrick invites Colin Beveridge, mathematician and author from Flying Colours Maths to better explain Zero as a number, concept, and tool. Colin gives some history of zero, explains empty sets and how infinity is zero’s conceptual mate. Plus Patrick…
70: JFK Lives Alternate History of 11/22/63
Feb 4, 2016 • 61 min
Patrick finally reads Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Dennis gets his wish to speculate about an America with a second term of Kennedy. What happens in Vietnam? Does Nixon run? What about Bobby Kennedy? Would JFK be impeached? What about LBJ and the Civil…
69: Flint Water and Protesting
Jan 20, 2016 • 66 min
Dennis and Patrick open the show with the recent history of the Flint Michigan lead water crisis which leads into a discussion about the effectiveness of protests, boycotts, and movements. Violence VS Nonviolence Topics range from Black Lives Matter, the…
68: Alternate History of Soviet America
Jan 13, 2016 • 69 min
Patrick wants to explore an alternate history experiment and play with concept that America could have become a Soviet nation. What if Lenin came to the states? Could Debs have rallied a Socialist Republic of America? What conditions could have swayed…
67: A History of Trolling
Jan 6, 2016 • 62 min
Dennis and Patrick debate and discuss the Donald Trump and the Election of 1912 in regards to the American obsession with trolling. They highlight some of the greatest trolls in American history Andy Kaufman, Hunter S Thompson, and Muhammad Ali included.…
66: Smedley Butler & Captain America
Dec 30, 2015 • 65 min
Patrick goes solo and tells the tale of General Smedley Butler, the marine who went from super solider to outspoken critic of the military industrial complex. From his roots as a son of Quakers to the man that exposed the plot to overthrow FDR. Things are…
65: Warren Zevon Supershow
Dec 22, 2015 • 122 min
Patrick brings on three guests, Geoff, Emily, and Nate to discuss Warren Zevon. How do you define Zevon as a an artist? Why was he never as big as other artists in canon of American musicians? What was the David Lettermen connection all about? All…
64: Star Wars Survey Class
Dec 17, 2015 • 64 min
Patrick invites Rod from the Listening Party Podcast to discuss Star Wars, What is like to watch Star Wars for the first time and not speak a bit of English? Why is the Empire so appealing? Does it matter that the Expanded Universe is no longer in canon?…
63: Geek Culture or the Infantilize of America
Dec 15, 2015 • 65 min
Lots of shouty debate when Patrick and Dennis debate the idea that millennials are infantilized in modern. Has the rise of “geek” culture stunted the social and political growth of youth? Is the shouting echo chamber of the internet causing young people…
62: A Plague Debate
Dec 9, 2015 • 54 min
Patrick and Dennis examine which pandemic from which historical period had the greater impact on the world, The Bubonic Plague of of the Middle Ages or the Spanish Influenza of 1918. How do they compare in death tolls? What influence did the 100 Years War…
61: Animal to Human Communication
Dec 2, 2015 • 104 min
Patrick invites artist, podcaster, and all around good guy Mike, from Our Hero Comic to talk about the Mad Scientist John Lilly and the possibility of human to animal communication. Part debate, and part discussion the duo journey down the path of sign…
60: What is Nostalgia Good For?
Nov 25, 2015 • 79 min
Dennis and Patrick welcome Cassidy from the podcast Jabber and the Drone to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of putting on the rose tinted glasses of nostalgia. Where the 1950’s really that great? Does mass media create our memories? Where does looking…
59: Time Travel Titors
Nov 18, 2015 • 66 min
The floodgates are opened to discuss time travel in historical, scientific, and philosophical conventions by looking at the the odd case for internet based chrononaut John Titor. The duo invoke Sagan, Hawking, Doc Brown to help explain the Titor story and…
58: The Detroit Lions Saga
Nov 11, 2015 • 54 min
Dennis makes the case that the Detroit Lions, according to he and Forbes Magazine, are the worst run organization in sports and maybe the private sector. Patrick counters with the Buffalo Bills, and the Chicago Cubs. The history of the Detroit Lions, the…
57: Alternative Civil War
Nov 5, 2015 • 64 min
Patrick wants to know if the month of April 1865 went very different for America. What if Robert E Lee sanctioned a guerrilla war against the Union? What if the Booth conspiracy was successful and the entire executive branch was decapitated? What if…
56: We Are the Real Monsters
Oct 28, 2015 • 67 min
Patrick welcomes Richard Wolley, co-host from the Jabber and Drone podcast to discuss Real Life Super Villains vol 4. The Portrait of Dorian Gray is compared to the Kardashians and Donald Trump and the duo take a deep dive into the realm of Serial…
55: Building a Corptocracy
Oct 21, 2015 • 54 min
.Patrick wonders if corporate personhood will go one step further could a PAC, a fortune 500 company, or a creation of a corporate congress develope in the next 20 years? Has it already occurred in China? Detroit? It happened in the past in American towns…
54: Talking Fascism
Oct 19, 2015 • 72 min
This week Patrick invites the “professor” Winston to chat with him about sunny subjects like human suffering, fascism, and the human condition. Winston and Patrick discuss fascism as a concept, African tribal culture, nationalism, American bureaucracy all…
53 : Esports Ludology
Oct 12, 2015 • 84 min
This week Patrick invites Drekken, Brandon, and Rachel to the show to help school him in competitive gaming. All aspects are represented from running competitive gaming leagues, podcasting and analysis of competitive gaming, even playing esports at the…
52: The Internet Makes Us Stupid
Oct 8, 2015 • 54 min
Nicholas Carr’s book the Shallows helps Patrick convince Dennis that the access of all the world’s information is not making people dumb but just mean spirited. Dennis refuses to bend and a debate ensues about the role of the internet and historical civil…
51: Sport or Activity?
Oct 1, 2015 • 60 min
Patrick tries to keep it civil when he engages Dennis in the debate of what guidelines deem something a sport or an activity. NASCAR, Baseball, Ping Pong, Dance, Math, Esports, and Horse Racing are all debated using a guideline of four criteria from…
50 : Justice League of American History Draft
Sep 23, 2015 • 86 min
The duo draft 14 figures from American History. Seven heroes and seven villains in creating their own Justice League and Secret Society of Super Villains of American History. Bruce Lee, Malcolm X, Benedict Arnold, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mike Tyson, Henry Ford…
49 : International Education
Sep 16, 2015 • 61 min
Patrick chats with Kieran from the Video Home Show Podcast to compare the American Educational system to that of Ireland and the EU. AP classes, Free College, and learning Irish as a second language also appear.
48: Ultimate Assessment
Sep 10, 2015 • 58 min
Patrick and Dennis debate standardized testing. Dennis wants to abolish grades altogether, while Patrick wants to add physical fitness to the mix. Some shouting at 27 minutes also Arnold Schwarzenegger, slow rides and the SAT.
47: Alternate Olympics Detroit 68
Sep 2, 2015 • 64 min
Dennis proposes what would happen if Detroit won the bid to host the 1968 Olympic Games. Would it unite the city in a common cause? Would it create a firestorm of problems causing a bleaker future for Detroit. Patrick gives Dennis a Bo Jackson Quiz..
46: Real Life Super Villains Vol 3
Aug 27, 2015 • 34 min
Dennis is off coaching so Patrick goes solo. This week he attempts to compare Batman’s Archvillain Ra”s Al Ghul to Communist Chinese father of the revolution Chairman Mao.
45: Kill the Messenger
Aug 19, 2015 • 63 min
Dennis wants to know if you can still enjoy the art of an artistic scumbag? Patrick counters with a myriad of examples, including Bill Cosby, Tom Cruise, Harper Lee, Orson Scott Card, MLB, and Mao Zedong
44: Geopolitics of Space Colonization
Aug 12, 2015 • 62 min
Patrick wants to know how will law, race, nationality, military, genetics, physcology, and social conditions will play out in the future of Space Colonization. What makes you human? Will Mormons launch missions? Will China rule outer space?
43: Guns Guns Guns
Aug 5, 2015 • 56 min
Dennis wants to know if is logistically, culturally, and legally possible to “outlaw” or ban firearms in America? Patrick plays Devil’s Advocate and counters Dennis with statistics, cowboys, and John Wick.
42: Alternative Korean War
Jul 29, 2015 • 66 min
Patrick wants to dedicate an entire show on playing out the counterfactual of “What if Douglas MacArthur not recalled from the Korean War?” The duo then discuss What would happen if it went atomic? Invaded China? How would USSR respond?
41: Mad Libs History Film Pitch
Jul 23, 2015 • 72 min
Patrick and Dennis exchange three historical figures, an event, an era, and a conflict. Next they must weave a historical narrative film pitch to each other and the “Mayor of HollyWood”. They must cast the film with real actors as well. Things go well…
40 : Abolish Congress
Jul 16, 2015 • 86 min
Patrick wants to Abolish or Alter Congress. Can America adopt Direct Democracy? Should term limits be added? Can you take the money and PAC aspect out? Should all matters be decided by the Supreme Court and Executive Branch? Professor Winston grades the…
39:Politically Correct Satire
Jul 8, 2015 • 78 min
Is political correctness and social justice tweeter warriors killing comedy? Dennis and Patrick work these thesis into the dirt using Johnathan Swift, Charlie Hebdo, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Redd Foxx, MLK, South African disinvestment, and Huck Finn as…
38: Dennis Takes a Midterm
Jul 7, 2015 • 58 min
Two educators attempt to educate one another on a subject using a thought experiment or random thesis as the premise. Dennis is spending his millions of dollars with his family on a lavish vacation, so Patrick edits all the warm up quizzes together to…
37: A Brief History of Aggression and Violence
Jun 23, 2015 • 81 min
Patrick poses the thesis that aggression and violence are biological and evolutionary conditions while social and cultural evolution have grown to counter our DNA in modern society. Football, The Crusades, Eugenics, Neu
36: Disruptive Innovation
Jun 16, 2015 • 86 min
Dennis takes a hot dog style quiz. Then the duo discuss Disruptive Innovations such a smart phones, and streaming media and the impact on society and culture. Patrick wants to discuss the thought experiment “Would a
35: Higher Education Blues
Jun 2, 2015 • 66 min
Dennis explains debating styles, then asks if a four year University education is worth it the time and cost. Patrick fears the “Uncollege” movement, quizzes Dennis on terrorism and punk rock bands. Wesley Clark, D
34: Empire Advocate
May 19, 2015 • 72 min
Patrick challenges Dennis to defend if Empires throughout history are a positive economic and technological force for mankind. Patrick gets all socialist while Dennis makes Caesar proud. Pax Mongolia, Die Hard, Economi
33: Fictional Atlas
May 10, 2015 • 69 min
Patrick and Dennis construct an atlas using their favorite fictional cities, nations, and places from the realms of prose, film, animation, comic books, and television. Disney, Akira, Ron Swanson, The Black Panther, and
32: James Bond Head Canon
Apr 27, 2015 • 69 min
Patrick wants to know if concepts of canon, reboots, retcons, and continuity in intellectual property can be explained through the lense of James Bond. Dennis and Patrick throw Spider-Man, Sherlock Holmes, and St. Elsewhere
31: Did Robocop Predict the Future?
Apr 15, 2015 • 78 min
Patrick wants to know if The 1987 Film Robocop predicts the future. Do scientists need to use science fiction to spread the message of good science? Is science fiction best as metaphor for social topics?
30: Generational Thinking
Mar 29, 2015 • 75 min
The boys use Strauss and Howe’s generational theory as a framework to create their own 200 years of American generations with new names and new figure heads. American History is broken into generations and nonsense ensu
29 : Arch Rivals
Mar 17, 2015 • 75 min
Warm up: Patron Saint or Superhero Quiz, Patrick wants to know if rivalries are positive or negative for humanity. The boys looks at Rivals in Business, Sports, Personal lives. and the Punic Wars.
28 : Make Dennis Read Comics
Mar 10, 2015 • 47 min
It is a comic book crossover. Patrick makes Dennis join his other podcast Make Dad Read Comics and read Preacher. The duo end up taking Disney comics and fandom.
27: Alternate History Class
Mar 4, 2015 • 83 min
Dennis wants to know what the timeline would look like in the Mid 20th century and beyond if Huey Long was not assassinated. Patrick’s is what if Star Wars a New Hope was a flop?
26: Personal Manifestos
Feb 25, 2015 • 63 min
Dennis wants to know if someone really live by a personal manifesto. Patrick probes this idea by giving Dennis some different famous manifestos and counters that the masses may prescribe but not a single man, Dewey Rule
25: Art Theory
Feb 15, 2015 • 55 min
Professor Winston from the Red Lodge podcast stops in to school the boys on Art. Winston crams hundreds of years of art concept into 45 mins of talk Patrick and Dennis try to keep up also Rap, Lovecraft, Cold War propag
24: Drugs & Altered States
Jan 26, 2015 • 60 min
Patrick asks if a total decriminalization of drugs would solve drug crime in America. Dennis wants heavy regulation, Dennis and Patrick ponder if drugs and drink breed creativity. Mantras, Portugal, Jogging, and Jazz a
23 : Transhuman Athletes
Dec 31, 2014 • 66 min
Dennis explains Jim Harbaugh Patrick then asks Dennis if there is a sports industrial complex and will bigger faster stronger players create a transhuman arms race? Steroids, Al Pacino, Olympics, Sleeping Pills, and Ca
22: Wartime Censorship
Dec 17, 2014 • 70 min
Dennis blows Patrick’s mind with his view of governmental censorship during wartime. Patrick and Dennis spend an hour debating censorship. schenck vs United States, Vietnam Caesar, Propaganda, the Borg all appear
21 Literature VS Genre
Nov 30, 2014 • 73 min
Dennis and Patrick stack up ten example of what they feel exemplifies and defines literature. Arguing over genre and author intent follows Dennis rants about Mark Twain. Great Gatsby Calvin n Hobbes, Frank Miller, surr
20: History Repeats or Rhymes
Nov 19, 2014 • 70 min
Dennis and Patrick examine the Gilded Age and Progressive Era compared to Modern History and discuss viewing history as a series of chronic illness and Cold War treatments.
19: Fix American Education?
Nov 9, 2014 • 72 min
Dennis and Patrick find a magic lamp and the most boring genie grants them three wishes to change the American Educational system with no financial or political constraints. Jackson Pollock, Finland, and at risk teens a
18: Is Ignorance Bliss?
Nov 1, 2014 • 58 min
Dennis thinks science ruins the wonders of nature. Patrick is horrified counters using Newtonian Physics and Stylistics. Disney, NFL, Brian wilson, The Watchmen, Myths, 1930 Serials, Shackleton and head injuries all ap
17: Real Life Super Villains Vol 2
Oct 25, 2014 • 52 min
Dennis: Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible) = Women? Puritans? Witches? Patrick: Jim Jones = Holy Wayne (The Leftovers) Bedbugs,fish flies, mass hysteria, college football, FBI, cults, HBO all appear
16: Magic Bird Waco Musical
Oct 18, 2014 • 73 min
Patrick and Dennis take a random odd tale from contemporary history and craft a broadway musical cast, music, concept, and act structure. Dennis - The Siege at Waco Patrick - Magic VS Bird
15: Food and Identity
Oct 11, 2014 • 60 min
Patrick suffers from Baader-Meinhof phenomenon and thinks he can explain religion, commerce, romance, culture, and identity through the lense of food and what kinds of food people eat. School boards, Marco Polo, Oatmea
14: Fantasy White House Draft
Oct 4, 2014 • 68 min
Dennis and Patrick draft their White House cabinets with their favorite fictional executive branch characters from film, literature, comics, and television. World War Z, Captain America, All the King’s Men, House of Car
13: Language is a Virus From Space
Sep 27, 2014 • 68 min
Patrick makes the case that names in oral human language mean nothing and only symbols or concepts matter. Dennis explains why he sounds insane. Text Speak, Linguistics, Naked Lunch, Memes, Evolution, High School essay
12: Alternate History Lesson
Sep 20, 2014 • 72 min
Change a date, person, time, or event in the timeline and you get an Alternative History or Counterfactual Patrick = USSR invades Japan during WW2 Dennis = Al Gore Wins 2000 Election
11: Needs of Many VS Needs of Few
Sep 13, 2014 • 76 min
Patrick and Dennis argue loudly! Scenarios of the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few are debated. Utilitarianism, Organ donation, Games Atomic War, FlatTax, Stalin appear
10: Religion = Culture or Belief System
Sep 6, 2014 • 53 min
Patrick wants to know can someone identify as a cultural Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindus? Or faith to identify? Dennis explains his conversion to Catholicism at age 29. Smedley Butler anti war Mormons ritua
9: Modern Renaissance Man
Aug 31, 2014 • 53 min
Dennis and Patrick test each for voting rights and psychopathy. Dennis wants to know who killed the concept of the Renaissance Man? Specialization of Education? Anti-Intellectualism? Jim Crow, Jon Ronson, Polymath, Eli
8 Relive The Past
Aug 23, 2014 • 60 min
Dennis wants to Quantum Leap back to a period in his past. When? Would you alter the past. Back to The Future, Lost Love, Death, Kurt Vonnegut, Batman, High School, Sports, Regret, Adverbs, HIV, and alternate timeline
7: First Contact Aftermath
Aug 16, 2014 • 53 min
What happens after Aliens make contact? Would mankind unite? Shrug it off? Dissolve? Twilight Zone, They Live, The Thing, V, Columbus, Evolution, The Leftovers, Adaption, Redheads, Bullies, Epidemics also appear
6: Why A Conspiracy Theory
Aug 10, 2014 • 50 min
Patrick ponders on the popularity of conspiracy theories. Does it give the illusion of order from a chaotic world? Who are Them or They? Or is that what they want you to think? Denver Airport, Illuminati, Tupac, 911, U
5: Fantasy Detective Draft
Aug 3, 2014 • 54 min
Fantasy football style Patrick and Dennis create their own squad of fictional detectives from film, television, literature, and comics. Colombo, Eggs, Google, Luther, Sherlock Holmes, Pulp, Jim Gordon, X-Files, Die Hard
4: Partisan Politics
Jul 30, 2014 • 46 min
Dennis wants to know if American politics have become so partisan will it fundamentally change America culture? Patrick tries to calm him by claiming American politics has always been filled with nasty factionalism. Ba
3: Is Utopia Possible?
Jul 27, 2014 • 73 min
Can a utopian society really exist? Is my utopia really dystopia? Real life examples, fiction, and robot overlords are bantered about. Mad Max, Thomas More, Henry Ford, the Matrix, Surrogates, Communism, The Road, Bra
2: MLB Rebuild
Jul 20, 2014 • 64 min
Patrick grants Dennis omnipotent power, Dennis chooses not to cure AIDS, Cancer, or end war… he wants to rebuild Major League Baseball. 10 teams are eliminated and others moved. Patrick argues with economics, demogra
1: Real Life Super Villains
Jul 13, 2014 • 59 min
Dennis (Nero = Tom Buchanan from Great Gatsby) Patrick (Otto Skorzeny = The Red Skull) Boys from Brazil, Vald Putin, GI Joe, Corba, The Crucible, Terrorism, Roman culture all make a guest appearance as well!