docu drama

Yes this LGBT mini-series “WHEN WE RISE” is a big deal AND there is no bisexual representation. The B is missing from this epic LGBT docu-drama. When LGBT people rose in San Francisco [and everywhere else], we rose together. Bisexuals worked shoulder to shoulder with Cleve Jones, Ken Jones, Roma Guy and Cecilia Chung whose lives are featured. This is not to take away from their incredible contributions; this is to point out what might not be noticed in the excitement of watching “When We Rise”.
The suppression and silencing of bisexual contributions, history, and culture serves no one, especially our multi-generation LGBTQI community/movement. Williams Institute and Pew research among others show there are more self identified bisexuals than gay and lesbian people put together. Forty percent of self identified bisexual people are people of color. Bisexual suicide, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, rape, stalking, poverty, alcohol/drug/nicotine rates are higher than for gay, lesbian and heterosexual people. The ongoing casual and sometimes callous disregard of bisexual people and our lives is unacceptable and fueling a bisexual mental/physical health crisis. Excluding and isolating anyone in our community hurts all of us, especially in these dangerous times. What are you able to do to stand with and stand up for bisexual people and challenge biphobia, misinformation and ignorance – including perhaps your own?
Lani Ka’ahumanu
—  Lani Ka’ahumanu, prominent bisexual activist and author 
Podcast rec list

My old podcast rec/request list is still getting notes so I figured I’d make a new list with everything I’ve downloaded since then. Favourites are italicized*.

For updates, please check @insomniac-podcaster.

Audio drama (Fantasy)

  • Alba Salix, Royal Physician* - Follows trials and tribulations of Farloria’s head witch of the House of Healing, Alba Salix. It is a 6-part mini-series (+ bonuses) with no future episodes currently planned.
  • The Behemoth -  15-year-old Madyson tells the story of the Behemoth, a large, lumbering beast that has emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod. It will be a 20-part mini-series.
  • Hello From the Magic Tavern - An improv comedy podcast hosted by Arnie, a man who accidentally passed through a portal into the land of “Foon”. Every week Arnie interviews patrons of the Vermilion Minotaur tavern including monsters, wizard, and adventurers.

Audio drama (Horror)

  • Alice Isn’t Dead* - A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead, encountering not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman along the way. This podcast is produced by the same people who brought you Welcome to Night Vale.
  • Archive 81 - These are the recovered tapes of missing archivist Daniel Powell, posted by a well-meaning friend hoping to locate him.
  • Help Me - Nicole investigates the mysterious death of her friend Olivia and possible link to a dangerous entity. It is a 15-part mini-series with no future episodes currently planned.
  • Limetown* - Radio host Lia Haddock investigates the sudden disappearance of the residents of Limetown. It is a 7-part mini-series (+ bonuses) with future seasons (and possibly a TV show) in the works.
  • Return Home - Jonathan Baker returns to his home town after being contacted by a mysterious entity. Episodes are broken up into multiple parts aired every week, with breaks between episodes.

Audio drama (Pseudo-radio show)

  • The Black Tapes* - (horror) A weekly radio show hosted by Alex Reagan that investigates unsolved paranormal phenomenon documented by the Strand Institute. They also produce TANIS.
  • The Message* - (sci-fi) Nicky Tomalin documents the work of a team of cryptologists as the attempt to decipher an alien message. It is an 8-part mini-series.
  • Good Morning Zakera Ward - (sci-fi, Mass Effect) A morning radio show set in the Mass Effect universe. It is an 11-part series that appears to have ended abruptly, but is still worth a listen if you’re a fan of the games.
  • King Falls AM - (sci-fi/fantasy) A late-night talk show from quaint town of King Falls that is frequently interrupted by peculiar happenings and paranormal events.
  • TANIS - (horror) A docu-drama series hosted by Nic Silver exploring the myth and conspiracy of Tanis. They also produce The Black Tapes.
  • Welcome to Night Vale - (cosmic horror)  Community radio updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Audio drama (Sci-Fi)

  • ars PARADOXICA* - A journey through spacetime and the Cold War with Dr. Sally Grissom, a physicist send back in time when an experiment goes awry.
  • The Bright Sessions* - The recorded therapy sessions of Dr. Bright, who provides support for patients with unusual talents. ((It’s more of a paranormal drama that a true sci-fi)).
  • The Bunker - A breakfast radio show broadcast back in time to us from the post-apocalyptic year 2414. It’s a 12-part mini-series, and the developers are currently working on another sci-fi series that will be titled Mars Corp.
  • EOS 10* - The adventures of two maladjusted doctors, their medical team, and a hypochondriac ex-prince aboard an intergalactic travel hub.
  • Kakos Industries - Corporate announcements for Kakos Industries, a corporation dedicated to helping you ‘do evil better’.
  • Liberty - Tales from Atrius, a colony cut off from humanity and racked by civil war, and the surrounding lawless expanse known as the Fringe. It consists of multiple mini-series.
  • Sayer - Acclimate to life on Earth’s man-made second moon, Typhon, with the assistance of the self-aware AI SAYER.
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour - A podcast in the style of an old-timey radio show consisting of the regular sub-series ‘Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars’ and ‘Beyond Belief’ as well as other segments.
  • Wolf 359*** - Follows the crew of the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station as they orbit around the red dwarf Wolf 359. This is my all-time favourite series - you should be downloading it right now… unless you’ve already heard it in which case you should definitely treat yourself and listen to it again.


  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History - As the title implies, this is really hardcore history. Episodes are exceedingly well-researched and is surprisingly easy to listen to considering the density of the subject matter.
  • Lore - A podcast examining myths and folktales alongside the true dark stories that either inspired or arose from them. A chilling listen that also has a TV show in the works.
  • Myths and Legends - Re-tellings of both popular and obscure legends that make them very accessible to a modern audience (i.e. people like me who DON’T read Beowulf in it’s original Old English for fun in their free time).
  • Sleep With Me* - Honestly, I have no idea what this podcast is actually about because Ackerman’s ramblings are so soothing I’m usually asleep shortly after turning it on. If you have insomnia and problems falling asleep to silence (like myself), this is a must-download - it’s more engaging that rain/wave/whale noises but you don’t have to worry about missing anything.


  • Escape Pod - Every episode consists of a sci-fi short story from a variety of sub-genres, and they are generally 30-60 minutes in length. If you enjoy Escape Pod, also check out their fantasy (PodCastle) and horror (PseudoPod) podcasts.
  • The NoSleep Podcast - Narrations of short horror stories posted to the NoSleep reddit board. It’s featured horror stories for every squick and trigger imaginable so be careful with this one if you aren’t into hardcore horror, and definitely heed the warnings at the beginnings of episodes.

True Crime

  • Serial - I don’t think it’s possible to be a podcast fan and not have (at the very least) heard about Serial. If you haven’t listened to it yet, definitely give it a go - there’s a reason it was at the top of the (Canadian) iTunes store for close to a year. It’s produced by ‘This American Life’, which is another professionally-produced podcast worthy of downloading.
  • Someone Knows Something - A series produced by CBC that examines unsolved cases of missing or murdered individuals.
  • Thin Air Podcast - Two English majors investigate cold cases by examining evidence and interviewing people involved with the original investigation.

Pending - I either haven’t started these or haven’t listened to enough to categorize them, but most have been rec’d by multiple sources so check them out!

  • A New Winter - A first-hand account of the unsolved murders and disappearances of 25 people in a small UK village.
  • The Cleansed: A Post-Apocalyptic Saga - (audio drama - sci-fi) An epic post-apocalyptic saga set in a world ravaged by fossil fuel scarcity.
  • Greater Boston - An audio drama set in Boston that blends the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical.
  • Hadron Gospel Hour - (audio drama - sci-fi)A sci-fi comedy/adventure following a duo of scientists stranded ouside of spacetime in the Hadron Bunker.
  • Jim Robbie and the Wanderers - (audio drama - sci-fi) Follows two female musicians travelling surreal America with their robot companion, Jim Robbie.
  • Monster Talk - (informational) Examines the science behind cryptozoological and legendary monsters. 
  • The Night Blogger - (audio drama - paranormal) It appears to follow blogger Brian Foster’s encounters with the paranormal.
  • Our Fair City - (audio drama - sci-fi) A campy (their words), post-apocalyptic audio drama.
  • Pete’s Paranormal Chronicles -  (audio drama) In 1996, Pete Schwartz began work on a documentary series called Pete’s Paranormal Chronicles, but his sanity began to unravel during the production of the program and he became completely immersed in a nationwide conspiracy.
  • The Twilight World of Ultimate Smoothness - A podcast chronicling the decline and fall of radio veteran Greg Willis. It is a 6-part mini-series.
  • Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe -  (audio drama) Ruby is a hip, tough-talking detective hired to track down the malefactors who are manipulating the media on the planet Summa Nulla (the “high point of nothing”).
  • Unexplained - (informational) A podcast about strange and mysterious real-life events that continue to evade explanation.

As always, if there’s a podcast you like that’s missing from this list, please drop me a line (message, ask, fan mail, raven, etc. etc.) and I’ll check it out! I’ll also be adding a podcast link to my blog featuring this list with updates. Enjoy~

anonymous asked:

Can you recommend some podcasts for me? I liked The Morified, My Dad wrote a Porno, My Favorite Murder and Welcome to Night Vale. I'm looking for something is very dramatic like Welcome to Night Vale or even anything similar to the podcasts listened above. Plz help! xx

Don’t worry, anon, we got this!

If you’re looking for dramatic things, definitely check out the Spooky Scary Podcasts recommendation list, as well as some of these other asks we’ve answered. I especially want to recommend Wolf 359 (!!), The Black Tapes, and The Penumbra.

Also, if you like long audio dramas with a lot of action, check out We’re Alive (flawed, yes, but certainly dramatic!)

If you’d rather listen to something lighthearted and fun (like My Dad Wrote A Porno), there are some great suggestions on this list.

Since you also list My Favourite Murder, here are some more true crime (-ish) podcasts you might want to check out:

Hollywood & Crime: 

Docu-drama about the Black Dahlia murder in 1947 - and a dozen other murders happening at the same time in suspiciously similar circumstances …


Sarah Koenig investigates the murder of a young girl, and the circumstances of her boyfriend’s arrest - and conviction.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories:

Highly immersive true crime podcast that sometimes feels more like a old time-y audio drama.

Last Podcast on the Left:

Aliens, murders, conspiracy theories, and more!
Warning: not all their language is what we’d consider politically correct, and the humor is rather … crude … maybe a bit harsh sometimes? Also there is swearing, sometimes a lot. So if that’s something you’re not sure about, proceed with caution.

You Must Remember This:

All about “the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood’s first century”; not a true crime podcast, but due to the nature of Hollywood’s first century, there is quite a lot of crime in it, like the Black Dahlia case, or a whole season about Charles Manson!! (I couldn’t stop listening!!)

Hope you’ll find something you like!


This is our dream, this is the desire we cherish in our hearts: to restore the honor of the woman, who is half of our heart, our companion in the joys and tribulations of life.  If she is a maiden, the young man should love her not only because of her beauty and her amiable character, but also on account of her fortitude of mind and loftiness of purpose, which quicken and elevate the feeble and timid and ward off all vain thoughts.  

Let the maiden be the pride of her country and command respect, because it is a common practice on the part of Spaniards and friars here who have returned from the Islands to speak of the Filipina as complaisant and ignorant, as if all should be thrown into the same class because of the missteps of a few, and as if women of weak character did not exist in other lands…

Why does the girl not require of her lover a noble and honored name, a manly heart offering protection to her weakness, and a high spirit incapable of being satisfied with engendering slaves?  Let her discard all fear, let her behave nobly and not deliver her youth to the weak and faint-hearted.

When she is married, she must aid her husband, inspire him with courage, share his perils, refrain from causing him worry and sweeten his moments of affection, always remembering that there is no grief that a brave heart can not bear and there is no bitterer inheritance than that of infamy and slavery.  

Open your children’s eyes so that they may jealously guard their honor, love their fellowmen and their native land, and do their duty. Always impress upon them they must prefer dying with honor to living in dishonor.  The women of Sparta should serve you as an example in this.


Jose Rizal, Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, December 12, 1888. 

Originally written in Tagalog and published in La Solidaridad, Rizal addressed this letter of encouragement and high praise to the Filipina women in Malolos who bravely petitioned Governor General Valeriano Weyler to open a “night school” for them. This was, despite the great resistance of the Spanish friars in Malolos. Numerous attempts at education were shut down by authorities. But at the time, the women heard of the news that the Spanish Governor General was in Malolos for a short visit, and immediately, these women organized themselves, went to the house where the Governor-General was (to his and the friars’ surprise), and handed to him themselves their petition. 

When Rizal heard of the news, he immediately wrote this letter to them.

Even when the school was granted and was eventually closed again, this group of women made waves–some eventually joined the Katipunan, and many of them joined the first Philippine Red Cross in the First Philippine Republic. Some of them lived on and established local feminist organizations that paved the way for the championing of women’s rights in the Philippines during the American Colonial Period and the eventual passage of the women’s suffrage during the Commonwealth.

The musical docu-drama Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos (2014), directed by Kiri Dalena and Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena with screenplay by Nicanor Tiongson, was dedicated to them.


March 23– Happy Near Miss Day!

Today marks the 28th anniversary of that time an asteroid nearly creamed our planet. Or at least nearly gave it an unsightly blemish. Occurring on March 23, 1989, the timing for such a catastrophe couldn’t have been worse—just think, we might never have had the Sega Genesis! ~Shudder~ So on March 23, 1989, you didn’t die! Or weren’t not born as the case may be. Celebrate your new lease on life by watching the highly accurate docu-drama above.

If you’re interested to learn more about 4581 Asclepius, the death-rock that nearly sucker-punched the ‘80s back to the stone age, then feel free to click the link below for a more detailed article I wrote about it last year:

i had a task to write an essay o topic ‘’DIFFICULTIES OF BEING A TALENTED PERSON”’ it is connected with Vincent van Gogn. ( We watched the BBC docu-drama with Benedict) so i wrote an essay and i need opinion ( i am really bad at writing and i tink it’s shit ) please tell me your opinion

Eager premeds: watch these.

To all the enthusiastic future doctors, these “docu-dramas” make the dream feel so real:

Boston Med Season 1

NY Med Season 1

NY Med Season 2


Doctors’ Diaries

I’m not one for repeat viewings of shows or movies, but I’ve watched all of these at least twice.  Enjoy!

Sometimes I like to pretend the show is a docu-drama filmed about the domestication of dragon in their world and the cast are all actors who secretly get on really well.


Interviewer: So, Dagur, how do you feel about your new look this season?

Dagur: Uh, well, it’s interesting. They actually stopped covering up some of my tattoos, which was nice–yeah, I do have most of these in real life, okay-

Hiccup: He cried when they told him to cut his hair off and grow a beard-

Dagur: Shut up!

Heather: Why do you think he grew the beard in so badly? He’s trying to get them to let him shave it.

Dagur: You are the worst fake-sister ever and you are the worst fake nemesis ever and they’re both liars! …Um, next question?


Hiccup: I mean it was really nice to be cast, not a lot of roles for a skinny guy missing a leg who grew up on a dragon preserve, you know? Though the fake leg from the first film was kind of itchy…

Interviewer: Is it hard, doing your own stunts?

Hiccup: Oh, heck no, I’ve known Toothless since he hatched. We’ve got it down, hell, we’ve made half of them more impressive.

Astrid: His set-name is “Deathwish”

Hiccup: It is not! …Okay it is.


Interviewer: So, Astrid, there have been rumors of you and Heather having something going on behind the scenes?

Astrid: I don’t know, we just get on really well. She’s my bestie, what can I say? I mean I see where you get the idea and all, but, um-

Interviewer: …And Snotlout and Fishlegs?

Astird: That was just them trolling. We’re stunned that episode got made, really, was it an allergy PSA or something? Besides, everyone knows Snotlout has a crush on Tuffnut…oops. *puts head in hands*
Robot, Imagica Make Live-Action/CG Project 'Luna'

“The anime studio Robot and video post-production company Imagica announced on Saturday that they have partnered to produce a next-generation media project titled Luna. The project combines live-action and CG images to create a modern retelling of the classic Japanese tale of Princess Kaguya. Production of the 17-minute project is expected to be completed at the beginning of September.

The project utilizes 8K resolution, the current highest resolution in digital imagery, and high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging techniques. 8K resolution offers 16 times the pixels of current standard HD images.

The production envisions Luna as a ‘fusion of visual beauty and story’ and a 'visual representation of light.’ The project aims to weave a beautiful story by synthesizing 8K and HDR techniques with CG composite images and color grading.

Award-winning director Kazuma Ikeda (Servant X Service opening animation, Hero Bank ending animation) is helming the project. Kenya Hirata (SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade) is in charge of the script. Hirata previously wrote the script for the 2009 Oscar-winning short La Maison en Petits Cubes (Tsumiki no Ie) short, which Robot animated. He also scripted Boku wa Bousan. (I am a Monk), which won a Platinum Remi award in the Docu-Drama category at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival this year.”

Creepypasta #728: The Absentees

Length: Long

I’ve always been fascinated by disappearances. Forget procedurals or docu-dramas, I mean reading up on the cases of actual disappearances, and I don’t mean kidnappings. I mean outright unexplained vanishings of individuals. Sure, there’s a lot of sad cases that are obviously just of kids who were taken by abductors who covered their tracks, and guys like Jimmy Hoffa who ran afoul of people who knew how to get rid of a corpse, but it’s a long list and not all of them make perfect sense. I always assumed it was just the human compulsion to categorize and know everything that objected so strongly to these vanishings in me.

Whatever the reason, I’ve always been drawn to them, and have frequented quite a few message boards, social media sites, etc, in my day to discuss these issues. It was about three years ago now, I was discussing the mysterious disappearance of a woman on a cruise ship. A user I knew only by reputation, he’d not been active in recent years, replied to my post:

“On the off chance you read this, the preferred term is “absentees,” not “missing persons.” A missing person is someone still around who you can’t find. The absentees are different. Do you ever feel there’s someone behind you, but you turn and no one’s there? Ever go to open a door, or pull back a blind, and have the nagging feeling you’ll meet someone, or something, on the other side? I’m betting like a lot of people you have a good sense of what that thing is going to look like. For me it was always a tall man in a top hat, but I’ve heard of all sorts.

It first pops up when they notice strangers getting more aggressive around them. They’ll go to get on a train or bus and people push past them, acting almost surprised to find the resistance. Maybe someone tries to sit in the seat they’re already in at a movie theater. Sooner or later maybe their lover or coworker doesn’t hear them the first time they say something, then is surprised to find they’ve entered the room.

Then one day they realize it’s everyone pushing past them and it’s the fifth time they have to repeat themselves before their presence is noticed.

Then one day someone sits on them in a theater and instead of standing up in surprise the person finds the cushion, and our newly minted absentee finds him or herself on their feet, an entire theater silent, no one booing for them to sit down.

They wander in a daze, no one taking their order at restaurants, no clerks making space for them at supermarkets. Their keys don’t fit in the lock of their cars or houses, and they’re just left on their own to go where they will, where they can. It gets cold at night, so sometimes they’ll slip in with an attendee when a door is opened and sleep on the floor, or god willing a spare bed.

Every so often they’ll flicker back into attendance and someone will talk to them, and that’s beyond euphoric. Hell, even just a glance means the world to the absentees. Hopefully it happens in public and not when they’re stealing a night’s sleep, but it never lasts and as far as I know no absentees have ever been caught. They were people like you and me, once, and they’re scared and alone. The next time you feel a crawling down your neck like you’re not alone, or fear what you’ll find when you open a door, just say hello, and say you know what they are. They probably won’t be able to answer, but it’ll mean the world to them.”

I wasn’t entirely sure what to say at such a rant that seemed barely connected to reality. Still, he’d been prolific in his day, and I didn’t want to entirely brush him off. I felt honored, even, that his first post in years had been aimed at me. I typed my response.

“Hey, it’s been a while, glad to see you’re still lurking these parts. I’m not really sure what you’re talking about, though, could you please elaborate?”

He replied simply:

“…thank god you responded.”

He never posted again, as far as I know, and I always figured it was just someone trolling me as their last hurrah. I never paid it much mind, until one morning last week when I went to open my bedroom door, only to be convinced a young girl with blonde hair in pigtails would be standing on the other side.

The whole encounter rushed back to me and I wondered on his absentees, opening the door to find nothing unusual. Against my better judgement I whispered “hello?” One pregnant pause later and I was laughing at myself for giving credibility to such a silly story. I went downstairs to find my wife at the kitchen table, eating cereal, drinking orange juice, and reading the newspaper.

“Honey, you’ll never believe what just happened,” I said with a chuckle, as I made my way to the pantry to get the oatmeal. At the same moment my wife stood up and started when she saw me, one hand on her heart and a nervous chuckle accompanying it.

“You just scared the life out of me, I didn’t even hear you come in.”

My heart sank.

Credits to: AnAbsentee


Chris Evans’ part in Biodiversity: Wild About Life! (1997)

This is “a docu-drama about four teenagers who discover the value of the variety of life on earth, from wolves to plants and wetlands to deserts, and are inspired by positive actions to safeguard it.” The plot revolves around the teens looking through tapes to put together their own film for a student film contest. Basically, it’s an after school special.

Since the original special is an hour long due to nature footage, I’ve edited it down to only Chris’ scenes. Sorry for the bad video quality! It was produced in 1997 – so unless they sat on his scenes for 4 years, he should be 15/16, not 12. :P Enjoy!

anonymous asked:

Why do you dislike The Imitation Game?

oh man where to start

Ok so first of all Alan Turing was gay, like thats undeniable and also he was most likely Autistic, this can be argued about but I believe he was and the way they portrayed him in this film screamed asd

So they cast a straight allistic actor. One who has repeatedly openly insulted Autistic people and continued to do so with this role.

So uh, not a great start. But hey maybe the movie at least does Turing justice right? Wrong.

Him being gay is only ever framed as a source of misery and tragedy, he is never actually shown with any men and instead they heavily overemphasize his relationship with Joan Clarke.

There is basically this intensely creepy subtext in the movie that suggests that Turing would have been so much better off if only he could have loved this woman instead of being one of those dirty homosexuals

Not only that, they also fabricate a situation in which he is being blackmailed by a fellow worker who is a soviet spy, with him being gay used as the blackmail. This literally did not happen, its made up and there is absolutely no reason to add this to his story.

Gay men, especially during the cold war, are considered to be ‘security risks’, susceptible to blackmail and untrustworthy. It’s a disgusting stereotype that has caused a lot of harm and indeed is partly why Turing was targeted so viciously by the government. 

So to try and uphold this myth is quite frankly horrifying.

They also completely gloss over his treatment by the government. They slightly address the drugs he is forced to take, but not the constant surveillance on his house, the restrictions on where he could travel and even the forced castration is used to have more scenes with him and Joan Clarke, providing the audience with a straight character whom they can project onto and furthering the ‘if only he was straight’ narrative.

This movie was made for straight people, not for Alan Turing. If you do want to watch a movie about him, I recommend the Channel 4 docu-drama Codebreaker.

I just had a first look at the Destiel docu fan video; I absolutely loved it, and I know that you guys will as well! 

Also, I think that after all of the ‘Cliff Kosterman SPN docu drama’, this video will at least prove one thing: You don’t need thousands of dollars -or to take the money of fans- to make and fund a video like that. This is only a 25 minute video, but I could easily watch an hour of this. All you need is heart and soul, basic software to edit videos, and dedicated fans who want to help you out. 

It doesn’t take dollars: if your heart is in whatever it is you’re doing and you can touch the hearts of others as well, it doesn’t take donations to get your point across.

So proud of my fandom, and can’t wait for you all to see this little Christmas present.  

Fuck it, I'm starting my own History Channel.


First off, we’re going to have a show with a comedic edge hosted by Jessica Williams entitled, “Shit White Men Didn’t Fucking Invent, For Fuck’s Sake, No Matter What You Think.” I figure six seasons and a movie shouldn’t be a difficult expectation.

We’re going to have a show called, “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?” denouncing stupid conspiracy theories. Once a year on the anniversary of the moon landing, whichever astronaut would like to scream obscenities at people who believe the moon landing was faked will get to do so.

We’re going to do two paired shows about the presidents of the United States. One will be called “What [The President] Did Right” and the other will be called “What [The President] Did Wrong.” There will be no time limit on either episode. I expect the “What Reagan Did Wrong” episode to be approximately seventeen hours long.

And we’re also going to do the same thing for every other world leader, goddamn it, because we are NOT the most important people on the planet.

We’re going to do White History Month the way it should be done – by showing every goddamn thing white people have fucked up since time began. You already got something like twelve to sixteen years of education about how awesome white people were throughout history. Don’t come crying to me when you suddenly get that White History Month you wanted and it turns out we were absolute smug selfish abusive murdering shitsacks.

We’re going to learn about mathematicians and scientists and artists and performers and royalty and peasants and anyone who’s had a hand in making history, no matter where they were from. We’re going to have documentaries about every goddamn country on the planet, especially the African ones, because for fuck’s sake Africa is not a fucking country.

We’re going to have documentaries about disasters that happened in Africa and Asia and the Middle East that don’t fucking focus on white tourists. We’re going to have a show called “Hey, Everybody, Stop Being a Dick” where people talk about bigotry and -isms they experience every day from other people, and how many of these -isms haven’t progressed so much as changed. We’re going to have a show about gay rights that focuses on shit you never see in the mainstream like the homeless LGBT youth population and biphobia in the media.

We’re going to have a bunch of shows where we pick a date at random, and we show you what your everyday life would be like if you were poor or rich, or what you would do socially, or what kind of slang you would use and what you’d be reading. We’ll have a concert playing songs which would have been popular at the time. And we’ll have a show where we show what people would have been wearing at the time so you know.

We’re going to have shows about mass shootings which never mention the shooter’s names but tell you about every goddamn victim. We’re going to have made-for-TV docu-dramas that aren’t just about shit that happens in the United States. We’re going to have an entire department devoted to standing up and saying, “There are not enough women in the crowd in the background of this scene,” and, “Why is the only black man in this miniseries playing the fucking Devil?!” and anything else that needs to be pointed out to keep us from looking like assholes.

And hey, we’ll talk a LOT about the fact that poor people throughout history have done impossibly hard jobs for not enough money without only doing so because we can get Nielsen ratings out of them if we do.

What Archaeologists Really Think About Ancient Aliens, Lost Colonies, And Fingerprints Of The Gods

It’s no secret that far more people watch TV shows like the History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ than attend lectures by professional archaeologists and historians.  Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past.  The stories spun by producers and writers may have some basis in truth, but they’re largely stories — they’re compelling stories, though, and they’re aimed at a general audience the way that most academic output isn’t.

People are also reading books about ancient aliens and other forms of pseudoarchaeology, according to archaeologist Donald Holly. He starts a recent open-access book review section in the journal American Antiquity by asking archaeologists to entertain the idea of pseudoarchaeology — just for a little bit — so that we can create better teachable moments, whether we’re talking to students or to anyone interested in our jobs.  People who read these books are not ignorant or obstinate, he points out, but rather undecided about alternative archaeological explanations and clearly interested in understanding the past. Read more.