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VSIS, Episode 005 — Crushes

2015-08-13 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

Episode 005 — In which Jasmine gets philosophical and breaks down the two ways a crush can end (and what it means to have a crush) while Joy shares some secret unacceptable/acceptable crushes from her childhood. Plus: cinematic wisdom from Romy & Michele's High School Reunion and a chat inspired by Diane Keaton's book Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty. Note: Have you ever had a crush on a US president? If so, which one? Featuring short song clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Nutda Lachanthuk "The Way" • Delmer Darion "Maps" • Nero "Crush on You" • Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love to You" • Z "Boodledang" • Haley Blais "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" • Elizabeth Harper & the Matinee "Pictures of You" • Sewing with Nancie "Time After Time" • Metropolly (feat. Rockshady) "#1 Crush" • Say Lou Lou "Instant Crush" • Miss Crystal "Caribbean Queen/Trap Queen" mash-up • Obama Girl! "Crush on Obama" • Lena Miller and Sam Mason "Blank Space/Style" mash-up…

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VSIS, Episode 004 — Solving mysteries

2015-07-30 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

Episode 004 — In which justify our explicit rating as we discuss ... how doing tech support is a lot like solving mysteries; cool Easter eggs in music, movies, and art; the case of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist from 25 years ago; and a "peak" rating of the most memorable detectives in pop culture. Plus, the show ends with a chat inspired by unsolved mysteries and David Duchovny's book Holy Cow that's part Homer's Odyssey, part Animal Farm, and part Clickhole. Note: Who was your favorite character from the board game Clue? Featuring short music clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Zen Finger Painting “Private Eyes” • Debora Iyall Group “Watching the Detective” • Natalia Martire “Call Me” • Syntax of Things “Mad Detectives On The Run” • Glasmond “BBC Sherlock theme” • The Hitmaker “Listen Like Thieves” • Panoptica Orchestra NPO (feat. Javier Batiz and Ask A Chola) “Magical Mystery Tour”…

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VSIS, Episode 003 — Strong women

2015-07-16 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

Episode 003 — In which we discuss ... our favorite famous Hyde Parker Chaka Khan; why we're podcasting (thanks, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow); marketing superhero stuff to little girls; a Bechdel Test primer; and a "peak" rating of the amazing Geena Davis. Plus, the show ends with an *interesting* chat inspired by Betty White's book If You Ask Me, and Of Course You Won't. Note: What words do you enjoy saying? Featuring short music clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Latisha “I'm Every Woman” • FEMME “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” • Zoe Jayne & Wynn Scott “Closer to Fine” • Lidwine “Run the World (Girls)” • Pete Haycock “Thunderbird” • Roberts & Romaine “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” • Kandle “You Don't Own Me” • Jukebox the Ghost “Man I Feel Like A Woman” • Highfiveable “Young At Heart” • Ellen Once Again “Thank You For Being A Friend” • Upset “Glass Ceiling”…

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VSIS, Episode 002 — Sharp-dressed man

2015-07-02 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

Episode 002 — In which we discuss ... fashion dealbreakers; tv dudes with iconic style, including Magnum P.I.'s mustachioed detective, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike, and Game of Thrones' Littlefinger; and a "peak" rating Mr. Suit and Tie (Justin Timberlake). Plus, the show ends with a giggles-filled chat inspired by Ricky Martin's book Me that includes a fun fact about what his nickname means in Tagalog. Note: What are your feelings about seersucker? Featuring short music clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Red Light District “Sharp Dressed Man” • The Drapers “Puttin' on the Ritz” • Hope and Social w/ She Makes War "Dress You Up" • Hilltop Hoods "Cosby Sweater" • Kavazabava "Thrift Shop" • Shane Steward "Walk Through the Fire" • Liam Clarke Orange "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" • Ahmed Alshaiba "Game of Thrones" theme song • Sly5thAve and the Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra "Suit and Tie" • Our Last Night w/ Cody Carson "Bye Bye Bye" • Ruth Anna Mendoza IV "Justin Timberlake medley: 'Cry Me a River,' 'What Goes Around,' and 'Like I Love You'" • Ardnaxela "La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)" • Trevor Horman "Livin' La Vida Loca" • Lacquer "Fashion"…

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VSIS, Episode 001 — New beginnings

2015-06-19 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

Episode 001 — In which we channel Veronica Mars and discuss ... Memorable transformations in the movies, from To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar to Grease to Fried Green Tomatoes; "peak" ratings of reimagined versions Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice; tips for living a better life from director Mike Nichols's masterpiece Working Girl (go, Tess McGill!); and the merits of some upcoming remakes / reboots. Plus, the show ends with a lively debate inspired by Ice-T's book Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption—from South Central to Hollywood (including fun facts about explicit label warnings on music and Law & Order: SVU). Note: Have you seen Bon Jovi's son? He's kind of hot. Featuring short music clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Chnl. One “We Used to Be Friends” • The Gospel Youth “Closing Time” • Caleb Cassiday “Changes” • PeÌ‚ Souza “Glamazon” • Mysha Didi & Ameer “You're the One that I Want” • FM Belfast “Ghostbusters” • The Computer Magic “Just Like Starting Over” • Bwinnie “Let the River Run” • Mike Votava “Darcy's in the House” • Bride & Prejudice movie clip “No Life Without Wife” • Mark Vegan “Unpretty (remix)” • Dan Gerous “Bad Boys (remix)” • The X-Rays “I Fought the Law” • Thomas Young “I'll Tumble 4 Ya” • Mr. & Mrs. Fox “(Don't You) Forget About Me” • Bella’s Bartok “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” • Ritz Riot! “Ally Sheedy”…

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VSIS, Episode 000 — The pilot

2015-06-05 :: Vital Social Issues and Stuff

The Pilot — In this episode, we introduce the show and review "peak" Keanu Reeves, Rolling Stone magazine's "the songs that made me" feature story, Barbara Walters' book How to Talk to Practically Anyone About Practically Anything, and more. Featuring music clips from: • Le Tigre “Fake French” • Delicious Digital “Love and Marriage” • Le Castle Vania “Music from the Movie John Wick (Preview Mini-Mix)” • Bangster “Dirty Dancing (Bootleg)” • Henry V “Wake Up (Henri V Bootleg)” • LEVELA “Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) (Bootleg)” • Emblem3 “Thinking Out Loud” • Sadhu Sensi “You’re So Vain” • Mapkeeper “Shake It Off” • The Animal in Me “I Knew You Were Trouble” • Portlandia “Dream of the 90s” • DJ4amEditsThree “Anti Love Song (4AM ReEdit)” • Sandy Tales “Cry Me a River” • Yael Naim “Toxic” • Kutface Productionz “Dope Show (Vocals by Gypsy Queen)” • Kristin Royal “Uptown Funk (Speakeasy Remix)” • Man on a Grill “Music” • Electric Siren “The Cult of Personality” • Echodrone “Sailing” • Beat Brothers Leipzig “Ring Ring Ring” • Verny “T.R.O.Y (Verny Remix)” • Aaron Lee “Brown Sugar (Fine)” • People Like Us “Notorious Big Tribute” • Jeez’s "Faisons ça” (feat. Krab)” • DJ Ekho “Around the Way Girl” • Chloe Adams “Heartbeat Song” • GRRRL Party “Wegula” • Breenofer “Gossip Folks” • Mateus Bernardi “Eat That Question” • Jim Tyrrell “A Question of Lust” • Ben Wilkins “Hospital Beds (feat. Ellie Winward & Josh Stoneham)” • Kirstin Hoffmann “Recovery” • Metropolly “Supernova” • ReWind /Rebel Rugg “Time of Our Lives”…

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VSIS is a biweekly pop culture podcast. "Everyone just expected a piece of fluff, but we wanted to do something important, something the youth of America could relate to. You know, issue stuff."—Kelly Bundy (Married ... with Children)

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