Oscar fever, baby! American has it, Collin has it, and so film critic Steve Prokopy has it bad! The 89th Academy Awards is going down this Sunday, February 26th, is beautiful Los Angeles, California and so Collin decided to sit down with an actual film critic and talk about why La La Land kind of sucks and doesn’t deserve anything and why, quite frankly, Tango and Cash should win best picture every year. Stever writes for the website Ain’t It Cool News, amongst other things, and is a card-carrying member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and so he knows his stuff! They break down all the major categories, and several of the bullshit ones, and talk all about who’s gonna win, who should have won, and who got overlooked! Snubs, flubs, squbs, dubs! Other words!
Adam Kroshus is the first guest of this podcast to ever bring a folder full of reference materials. Which makes sense, he had ample reason to want to document every damn thing happening to him. He was a male victim of stalking. No, for real. Not like “oh, man, my ex-girlfriend texts me weird shit sometimes”. No, for years a mentally unhinged woman made his life a living hell, making him fear for his life and his sanity. Adam sat down with Collin to talk all about his experiences with stalking, not being believed, feeling threatened, and so much more!
Ramy Daoud is a guy who punches people in the head for a living. Well, that’s a simple way of stating it. He’s an athlete, and a pretty damn elite one – an MMA fighter with a great record and one hell of a left hook. Maybe his left hook isn’t great, but I liked the way that sounded. Ramy grew up Muslim in the suburbs of Chicago, and he taught himself how to fight – and how to win. He sat down with Collin in the dojo (actually a spare room in Collin’s apartment, but it does have microphones) to talk all about fighting, faith, food, fucking, and so much more!
Interesting fact, the human body is a frail and vulnerable vessle that we’re all trapped in! A lot of stuff can destory a human body, such as bear attacks or chorizo burritos. What scientisy Robert Baker studies are some of the nasties little organisms to ever wreck a human being, and otherwise – infectous diseases! Things like small pox, ebola, the common cold, syphilis, and so very much more! Robert has worked in some of the highest level diseases labs in the world, and he sits down with Collin to talk all about how to prevent the world’s worst possible things from killing you!
TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains copious discussion of sexual assault and trauma. On January 20th of 2017, America inagurated an admitted sex criminal as president of the United States of America. On January 21st of 2017, people marched on the streets in the largest protest in the history of the country, all to show their disgust for this man. One of those women was Dama Alvarado, who has spent large portions of her life generously donating her time to helping women in dire circumstances. She was a rape victim advocate, a medical rape victim advocate to be specfic. After women had been sexually assaulted, she visited them in the hospital so they had at least one human being in the world soley devoted to giving a shit about their experience right in that moment. She sits down with Collin to talk all about her experiences with sexual assault, trauma, politics, and so much more!
Recently, Collin decided that he wanted to interview an MMA trainer. It’s a cool sport, people just beat the shit out of each other in a literal cage, Collin thought it would be an interesting interview. So Collin e-mailed a local MMA gym. The man who responded, and agreed to do the interview, came over and started talking. And what came out of his mouth was a crazy odyssey of sex, crime, violence, fat guys in diapers, Jesus Christ and so much more! This is one of the most unpredictable interviews Collin has ever done, with a man who has done a lot of things he regrets, and a number of things he doesn’t, and has no problem talking all about it!
Evon Russell is a gay, black man from Pittsburgh. That put him at a significantly higher risk for HIV, stastically speaking. And, wouldn’t you know it, Evon had the unfortunate luck to contract the human immunodeficiency virus. As you probably know, HIV is a virus that attacks your white blood cells and just generally fucks up your whole immune system and if left unchecked can eventually lead to full blown AIDS, which is even nastier. Evon has been living with this diagnosis, and the implications there-in, for many years now and he sat down with Collin to talk all about health, sex, love, travel, race, and so much more!
In the bible, which is presumably a book you’ve heard of, Beninah was one of King David’s mighty men. Basically, a tough bad-ass kind of dude. At one point he straight ups just kills a lion (Samuel 23:20). A leader of a small cult in central Illinois prophesied that a child would be born, a great leader of men, and that child would be named Jordan Beninah. A couple decades later, that child sat down with Collin to talk about being born into a cult, grappling with faith, suicide, death, murder, jerking off, and so much more!
How much money do you have on your right now? Ten bucks? A hundred bucks? A thousand bucks? Even more? Nick Woolworth is a man who regularly had hundreds of thousands of dollars to his name, in cash and chips and other forms of currency. And he made it all by games of skill, with a strong component of luck. He was a professional gambler, and he made millions and lost even more in places as diverse as Lad Vegas and rural Minnesota. He sits down with Collin to talk about poker, black jack, luxury, sin, odds, love, loss, and so much more! It’s a good one!
Simona Signoret is from Latvia, a small country between Lithuania and Estonia on the Baltic sea. It is not Latveria, the fictional country Doctor Doom is from. Collin makes that mistake sometimes. When Simona left her home country, it was still under the auspices of the Soviet Union. Soon after, the Soviet Union fell apart. Simona sits down with Collin to talk about her memories of that time, her parent’s impression of being Jews in the USSR, boobs, and so much more!