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Animaniacs: Yakko’s World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big

Join Scott, Shawn and Jonah as they take a look back at one of the most sharp and irreverent cartoons of the 90's: "Animaniacs"! Listen as they breakdown and review the second episode of the series, featuring Yakko singing a somewhat accurate list of countries in the classic segment "Nations of the World", the Warner brothers (and Warner sister) trying to earn merit badges in Switzerland by selling Kid Scout cookies to a frustrated Albert Einstein in "Cookies For Einstein", and our introduction to two genetically altered lab mice named Pinky and The Brain who attempt to take home prize money on a TV quiz show in "Win Big". They'll talk about the history of the series from a Fox Kids cartoon with Steven Spielberg's backing to a mainstay of Kids WB, and possibly beyond. They'll also point out some of the loving references to old Hollywood, nitpick Yakko's idea of which lands are actually nations, reveal the big secret behind Pinky and The Brain's big scheme, and much, much more! So grab a box of cookies and a cup of Swiss Miss, turn off Wheel of Misfortune and get zany to the max with us! Hellooooooooooo Nurse!!!

(And also, Shawn takes a couple of minutes at the end to share his thoughts on Star Trek: Discovery.)

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COMMENTARY: Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Join Scott and special guest, Star Wars expert Paul as they travel a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Where merchandising was scant and the "clone wars" were nothing but a couple of throwaway lines. When one stormtrooper was tall enough to accidentally hit his head entering a room because he wasn't a genetic copy of Jango Fett. When "the Force" was just "the Force", and not something that could be cleared up with penicillin. That's right, they started at the true beginning and watched "Star Wars"! (Or "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope") Listen as they give you a ton of information you may have never heard before and details you may have missed. They'll tell you what's been changed, who's who, and why this space epic is truly one of the greatest film of all time. (Oh, and Paul will tell you why R5-D4 might me the most important character in the trilogy...allegedly.) 

It's a regular episode, but as an added bonus, it also syncs up as a commentary for the movie! So, if you can, queue up your copy of the movie and watch along with us! 


Atari: Game Over

Join Lily, Shawn, and Scott as they review Atari: Game Over, the first documentary in Xbox Live's Signal to Noise series. Listen as they discuss the rise and fall of Atari Inc., the colossal commercial failure of E.T. The Game, the urban legend of the burial of millions of unsold E.T. The Game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill, and the years of undeserved blame placed on game designer Howard Scott Warshaw. From the Atari 2600 to Game Genie to Raspberry Pis to why having Steven Spielberg attached to your project may not necessarily be a good thing, they talk about it all!(Also Scott surprises the crew with a gift to commemorate the episode.) Hopefully this is one to phone home about! 

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