Welcome to the Jejune Institute, a purveyor of divine nonchalance as well as many other oddities and the mortal enemy of the Elsewhere Society. Will you, like countless others (including Kalvin and Nick), fall down the rabbit hole of this Alternate Reality Game that popped up from elsewhere in San Francisco in 2008 and disappeared in 2011 after inducting 10,000 people? Is it a cult, or something more. We dive into the Institute, a 2013 documentary based on the 2008 Alternate Reality Game and the inspiration for AMC’s Dispatches from Elsewhere, and what made it so enthralling that people became “indoctrinated” and some even forgot where the game ends and reality begins. The evil Octavio Coleman, Esq. and the exuberant Commander 14 will guide the search for Eva, a mysterious missing girl, as we decode The Dispatches from Elsewhere.
Who doesn’t love vampires, lycans, stinky sewn together dudes, invisible creeps, and more causing mayhem? No, Kalvin and Nick aren’t here to talk any old stable of monsters, but the Classics! We wind our way through the long history that comprises the Classic Monster scene, from the monster of Frankenstein to the Creature of the Black Lagoon and what makes them so endearing. With dozens of iterations, which ones are the best or most lethal? How did they come to be? And most importantly, how do you stop them? We dive into these subjects and more; while also establishing the thread that connects them all and the primal motivation that drives them forward.
Our world’s on fire, how bout’ yours? That’s definitely not the way we like it, but what we do like is our yearly Airing of Grievances! Oh what a year it has been in 2020, and Kalvin and Nick are here to get all cathartic about it! Still get those pointless phone calls at work after constant explanation? Do you find shopping in the post-COVID world a complete pain in the keister? Traveling, what’s that? All aspects of life can fall victim to the grinding of gears, and we’re no different. We clear the air on familiar subjects like work, dining, and entertainment while touching on some of our Twitter fans grievances as well.
History is full of people’s whose societies exist for but a moment before they are snuffed out by internal or external forces. The Chagossians of the Chagos Islands were one of these communities. This week Kalvin and Nick dive into a story of small island life dominated by the cash crops of their day, displacement, empires, and the machines of war. A serene atoll chain sparsely populated before a socioeconomic boom is at the center of this episode, as a people fade into history, but not before leaving behind a culture unique to themselves.
Links referenced in this episode:
Island of Shame book – https://www.amazon.com/Island-Shame-Secret-History-Military/dp/0691138699/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Island+of+Shame%3A+The+Secret+History+of+the+U.S.+Military+Base+on+Diego+Garcia&qid=1591196545&sr=8-1
When the world is looking bleak and there is nothing but horrible things bombarding you from all sides, we find there is nothing better to pick you up than experiencing extraordinary acts of kindness! This week Kalvin and Nick discuss some of the greatest acts of kindness in history and what makes them so, acts that have happened to us and some stuff we have done ourselves. Why not have a little faith in humanity restored via stories of small to large acts of kindness that became something extraordinary?
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It’s our 100th episode!!!!! Nick and Kalvin reminisce on the first two years of the show and give out our special blend of made-up awards to ourselves. After patting ourselves on the back, we discuss what podcasting has taught us and offer some advice anyone looking to get into the podcasting game.
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Kalvin and Nick are back to talk jobs and whether we like them or loathe them, which is the majority of the country if we’re being honest! Whether you work in an environment that sucks out your soul or brings a little happiness to your life, most of us shareta simple thing in common, we have a job. We touch on the hunt for jobs, our dream jobs, and our best quitting/firing stories just to name a few! Stick around until the end as our guest Andy, who works in HR, drops some helpful hints along with some do’s and don’ts. It’s some information you won’t want to miss!
Conspiracy theories have become a deep-seeded facet of not just American culture, but of cultures all over the world. This leads to some outrageous theories coming to light from the furthest corners of the human zeitgeist, and this week Kalvin and Nick are discussing some of the most ridiculous ones we could find! Is the government turning the frickin’ frogs gay? Are two famous 90s-00s heartthrobs actually the same person? We don’t know, but we fall deep into the rabbit hole as we aim to find answers!
Alex Jones – Gay Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ePLkAm8i2s
Saved By The Bell: https://bit.ly/39TuuwY
SBTB Theme Song (but backwards): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWs5vWks3h0
Jimi Hendrix Death: https://bit.ly/2Fyi3Zh
Spy Dolphins: https://bit.ly/2Nbi2yD
Sharks Satire: https://bit.ly/2R5d7QW
Have you ever had a day where you felt like you just couldn’t catch a break and the world had it out for you? Or a day when you’re on fire (no not literally) and just can’t be stopped? Join Kalvin and Nick this week as we discuss some of the Unluckiest people in history and their no good, terrible, very bad days. On the flip side, we dive into a few of the luckiest, whether luck can be quantified, if the stuff is even real, and whether bad or good luck has played a part in our lives. Join us as we try to put our thumbs on just what goes into a bad day or series and how much ‘luck’ plays a part in it.