Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 16

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THE BREADWINNER WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY MORGAN TRUE BLUM

In this episode, John and Troy divide and conquer two worlds of fantasy! Instead of speaking to each other through the entire episode, they welcome guests, one creator and one devotee, to tell us what they know and feel about the art they’ve been making and experiencing.

John talks to his wife, Kelly, about her love of the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch TV show Critical Role, available on Youtube (Kelly also spoke to us in the debut episode of Season 2). Critical Role features a group of voice actors playing D&D together, led by their Dungeon Master, Matt Mercer. Kelly is especially attracted to the diversity of the cast, including three women, something missing from many other otherwise beloved role-playing game podcasts and shows. For an internet show, the production value is high—its space in L.A., and their sponsorships from DNDBeyond and Dragonforge all help. With a camera on the DM, and two others showing each side of the table, plus live player stats, the viewer will likely understand what the hell is going on in this show better than in their own campaign! With humor, high quality and “the feels”, Critical Role is an excellent show for fans of role-playing games, fantasy and long-form content (weekly shows are often four to five hours long). Roll for initiative…

Then Troy speaks to the writer Morgan True Blum, writer of the historical fantasy novel The Breadwinner. This self-published novel tells the story of Pasha Chevalsky, a Russian immigrant to New York in the 1920s, forced to flee the Soviets. With a gentle heart, Pasha struggles to help provide for his family, and has to join a street gang, the Breadwinners, to survive. In the midst of this grim, dark existence a bright flame illuminates Pasha’s world in the form of a mythical firebird (look, it’s right on the cover). This leads to a series of strange adventures connected to the fringes of New York, including a gypsy (Romani) circus and an eccentric, Staccato Nimbus. Staccato helps bridge Pasha’s world to a new one—one that Staccato claims Pasha is heir to. The Breadwinner is a strong achievement for a self-published novelist, and is just the beginning for Morgan True Blum. The second volume of this series, The Glassblower, is coming soon.

Thanks so much to Kelly Shiflet and Morgan True Blum for being such wonderful guests!

Recorded and produced by John Beechem and Troy Kremer. Edited by Maplex Monk. Special thanks to Maple for stitching this episode together from all the recordings we sent him.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 15

FOUNDATION BY ISAAC ASIMOV  COVER ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL WHALEN

FOUNDATION BY ISAAC ASIMOV
COVER ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL WHALEN

In this episode of Hip Squared, we balance the high and low brows of science fiction. Troy talks about Foundation, the first book in the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. This recommended beach read became Troy’s portal into a galactic empire on the edge of collapse. It also helped form some basic sci-fi conventions, especially for stories set in outer space. The story focuses on a visionary prophet who marries science and mysticism to guide civilization into a less dark future.

Then John talks about Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, a Canadian-American sci-fi television series from the late 80s. Like a low-budget live-action cartoon, this series has a rough around the edges production style with lots of lasers and explosions. It’s a story of good and evil about humanity’s bravest survivors. Struggling to be a beacon for good on Earth, Captain Power and his Soldiers of the Future are beset on all sides by CGI monsters, dastardly villains and hostile robots. It can now be seen on Night Flight TV.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 14

PAPER GIRLS WRITTEN BY BRIAN K VAUGHN ILLUSTRATED BY CLIFF CHIANG

PAPER GIRLS WRITTEN BY BRIAN K VAUGHN ILLUSTRATED BY CLIFF CHIANG

In this episode of Hip Squared, we put the our bike pedals to the metal, and ride through the eye of the hurricane. First, John talks about Paper Girls, an Image comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. It’s about a group of 12 year-old girls who deliver papers every morning in suburban Cleveland only to get embroiled in a conflict between two time-travelling factions. Part coming of age story and part action-packed sci-fi adventure, this story entertains and enlightens panel by panel.

Then Troy talks about the performance of Hamilton he went to see at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. Now that more people are finally able to see this historical (in more ways than one) Broadway show , it’s pistols at dawn for lovers of hip-hop and musicals. Troy explains how the sets, costumes, dance and music come together, albeit in less mind-blowing than when Lin Manuel Miranda revolutionary Broadway was brand new. We also talk a little about In the Heights, Miranda’s first critical hit, and speculate on what his next musical offering may be about.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared 4th of July Independence Day Spectacular

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GI Joe: The Movie 1987

In this episode of Hip Squared, we celebrate our Independence Day with two All-American entries into pop-culture. First, John talks about GI Joe: The Movie (1987). This animated feature length film is about America’s top fighting force in their struggle against Cobra and a secret reptilian civilization bent on taking over the world. As a spectacle, this movie is over the top sci-fi fun, and an excellent example of 1980s animation.

Then Troy talks about Hello, Dolly!, an archetypal specimen of the American musical. First performed on Broadway in 1964, this musical comedy is about a matchmaker named Dolly who tries to find a match for a lonely “half a millionaire”. Written by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! was ground-breaking for its songs that actually move the plot forward, laying the groundwork for story-based musicals that were to follow. Troy recently attended a performance starring Betty Buckley, who also played the role of the gym teacher in the movie Carrie.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 12

BALDUR’S GATE

BALDUR’S GATE

In this episode of Hip Squared, we enter two realms of magic and adventure. First, John talks about Baldur’s Gate, a series of PC role-playing games released in the late 90’s and early 2000’s by Black Isle Studios. These games revolutionized Dungeons & Dragons by letting players pause and issue commands to all their characters, allowing real-time gameplay instead of turn-based combat. Gorgeous hand-painted isometric graphics, music, sound and voice-acting lent the game rich detail and charm. This makes Baldur’s Gate John’s favorite computer role-playing game ever.

Then Troy tells us about Planescape: Torment, another Black Isle Studio D&D computer game developed with the same engine that gave Baldur’s Gate its distinctive gameplay and visual style. Instead of a traditional fantasy setting, this game takes place in a dark underworld populated by the dead and other entities. The player takes the role of the Nameless One, a zombie with no memories of his former life. Alongside his companion Mort, a floating, wise-cracking skull, they must solve the mystery of their own existence. With metaphysical philosophy and dark humor woven throughout, this game is a distinct volume in the C-RPG canon.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 11

LOVE DEATH AND ROBOTS

LOVE DEATH AND ROBOTS

In this episode of Hip Squared, we beam into two different sci-fi worlds. Troy talks about the recent Netflix series, Love, Death and Robots. This is an anthology series with 18 different stories that are about 10 to 20 minutes long. As you may have guessed from the title, each episode involves love, death and/or robots. Each episode also has its own animation style. Troy warns us that some of the episodes can be intensely sad, but that didn’t take away from his enjoyment of the series. John says that for his own emotional well-being, he wouldn’t want to end on one that’s a “downer”. Listen for some specifics about a few different episodes. If you enjoy anthology series and sci-fi, this may be one for you.

Then John talks about the novel Star Trek Section 31: Rogue written by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin. This novel follows the Next Generation crew of the Enterprise on a diplomatic mission to the planet Chiaros IV. Seemingly in the midst of an election to choose to become a part of the Federation or Romulan Star Empire, this world soon becomes the setting of espionage and adventure. Did these last two sentences make little sense to you? We get it. That’s why John breaks it down for the initiated and uninitiated alike. The novel draws parallels between the Star Trek universe and our own world’s rule bending and rule breaking intelligence agencies. Dive into this book at warp speed if you’re a Star Trek fan or like science fiction spy stories.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 10

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A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

In this episode of Hip Squared, we peek into the past and step into the future. John gains a new appreciation of the early era of the Beatles by watching the film A Hard Day’s Night. Released in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania, this musical comedy follows a fictional version of the fab four as they take a train from London to Liverpool, run from mobs of screaming fans, and perform some of their biggest hits. They also help create the form of what would someday become the music video: their own music playing as their antics showcase and celebrate their personalities. For anybody with even a mild appreciation of the Beatles and those interested in the early evolution of the music video, this film is very entertaining and extremely enlightening.

Then Troy talks about the novel Artemis by Andy Weir. Weir is best known for his novel The Martian, about a man who must survive after being marooned on Mars, adapted into a hit movie starring Matt Damon in 2015. In his sophomore novel, Weir focuses instead on a moon colony, and a smuggler, Jazz, who operates within its complex system of technology and commerce. Instead of focusing on another white male character, Jazz is a Muslim but not devout, one who disappoints her father but lives to fulfill her own dreams. Troy’s verdict is that it’s not quite as good as The Martian, but still very good and well worth a read for fans of science-fiction, especially those who enjoy speculative technology.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 9

THE WALK

THE WALK

In this episode of Hip Squared, we walk through the neighborhoods of a couple different podcasts. Troy tells us about The Walk, a 1st person podcast that adds a new twist to the audio genre. Instead of experiencing a story being told to the listener, The Walk makes the listener the main character. Everything the listener hears reflects what’s happening to them in the story. Troy tells us what works and what doesn’t work with this new form.

John talks about two paranormal podcasts, Mysterious Universe and Astonishing Legends. Both of these tell “true” stories of the strange and supernatural, with the personalities of the hosts infused throughout. Mysterious Universe is an Australian podcast with two hosts that have a darkly funny sense of humor. Astonishing Legends is an American podcast by an older pair of gentlemen who are more genial, and present a profanity-free experience. John recommends both.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 8

RARE CANDIES BY DR DUNDIFF

RARE CANDIES BY DR DUNDIFF

In this episode of Hip Squared, we drop the needle on some excellent music we’ve experienced in the last couple years. John talks about a couple musicians in the orbit of Louisville hip-hop artist and producer, Dr. Dundiff. First, John talks about Otis Jr., a soulful, earnest singer whose melodies are laid over the Dr. Dundiff’s beats. Then, John goes into Touch AC and his darkly comic album death. Last but not least, John gets into Dr. Dundiff’s own music, talking about his sharp humor and grandiosity presented by his rhymes.

Troy talks about concert he went to by Anderson East, a rock musician influenced by gospel and country. He also talks about the Madison Theater in Covington, KY, a classic movie theater that’s since been turned into a music venue. The best (well, only) concert he’s been to in years, Troy was impressed by East’s vocals and passion. A good night on the town, to say the very least..

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 7

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STARDEW VALLEY TITLE SCREEN

In this episode of Hip Squared, we dig into the green earth as we adventure into the wilderness and tend a humble farm. First, Troy talks about the PC game Stardew Valley designed by Eric Barone. This loveable and satisfying farming sim has simple, charming gameplay. After inheriting their uncle's farm, the player must tend to it however they see fit—whether keeping it small and tidy, or expanding as far as their efforts take them. Troy describes how his gameplay style differs from his wife Abby's (beware of cave monsters) and John imagines how a video game farm could inspire a real-life vegetable garden.

Then John talks about Wildwood, a children's adventure novel written by Colin Meloy (also the lead singer of the Decemberists) and illustrated by Carson Ellis. This married pair weave a story that begins in Portland, Oregon but soon moves into the Impassable wilderness, a wild and magical forest just outside the city. When Prue's baby brother is kidnapped by crows and taken into these woods, she and her friend Curtis embark on an adventure to rescue him. Including talking, anthropomorphic animals, forest magic and a complicated tale. John recommends this book for both children and adults who enjoy young adult literature. It's also the first book of a trilogy.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 6

STRANGER THINGS MOBILE GAME

STRANGER THINGS MOBILE GAME

In this episode of Hip Squared, enter a dark world of adventure and mystery. First, John talks about The Stranger Things soundtrack, composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the band Survive. Their haunting synth melodies create a perfectly creepy soundtrack for the Netflix show, and are also excellent albums on their own. Including the soundtrack for Stranger Things Season 2, three volumes have been released. John also talks about the Stranger Things mobile game, a retro throwback to old school 8-bit and 16-bit adventure games like The Legend of Zelda.

Then Troy reviews the 3rd and final season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Based on a children’s book series, the show wraps up as you would expect from the title. With strong performances by Neal Patrick Harris and the three child stars, the show still has a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 5

Wolverine: the long night

Wolverine: the long night

In this episode of Hip Squared, we visit two worlds in conflict: America in the 1960s and the Marvel Universe. First, Troy talks about Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein. This is a history of America in the 1960s, a nation torn apart by civil strife, racial conflict and the Vietnam War. Troy describes how Richard Nixon catalyzed these forces to ascend to power and transform the country he led.

Then John talks about Wolverine: The Long Night, Marvel’s first scripted podcast. The story follows two FBI agents sent to Alaska to investigate a series of grisly murders. As their investigation unfolds, they learn how Wolverine, one of Marvel’s flagship characters, is involved in a dark web greed, deceit and violence. John talks about how this different form of story-telling echoes classic radio dramas with a modern edge.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 4

The Dragon Prince

The Dragon Prince

In this episode of Hip Squared, we balance the realms of science and fantasy. First, John talks about The Dragon Prince, an animated series on Netflix made by part of the team responsible for Avatar: The Last Airbender. Created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond, it tells the story of a pair of human princes and a rogue elf that must keep the last egg of the dragons safe to prevent a war. Its excellent animation and quality story-telling make it a series worth watching.

Then Troy illuminates us with information about the kilogram and how scientists have redefined it. He breaks down how its new measurement is tied to the speed of light and the atomic make-up of different elements. Troy explains these details in a way that’s rich but easily understood.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Christmas Special

The best bad Christmas movie? Arguably so.

The best bad Christmas movie? Arguably so.

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukka! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Solstice! Fearsome Festivus! It’s the holidays, and Hip Squared is celebrating with our very first Christmas special (sorry other holidays, maybe next year).

Kelly Shiflet comes back to talk about the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special from 1985 (available for free on Youtube). This is the tale of Orko, one of He-Man’s sidekicks, who accidentally travels to Earth to learn about Christmas. She-Ra helps him return with the children he meets, and then she joins He-Man and their friends in a battle against Skeletor and Horde Prime to save Christmas and Eternia. Kelly also talks about the Rankin Bass Christmas specials of the 1960s and 70s including Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

Then John talks about The Kinks’ “Father Christmas”, a rock song from 1978 about a department store Santa who is mugged by a group of kids. They tell him to give him his money, and to save his toys “for all the little rich boys”. This song attacks the season’s over-consumption, but also contains a message of compassion and generosity for the poor. Then John talks about Santa Claus: the Movie, a 1985 film starring Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. It’s about an elf who leaves the North Pole and meets an evil toy-maker (played by Moore and Lithgow respectively). The toy-maker wants to use Christmas magic for evil, and plans his own Christmas 2. Can Santa and his friends save Christmas? Of course they can.

Finally, Troy talks to us about the Great British Bake-Off (or Baking show as it’s known in America). He talks about the humor and gentleness of the show. Then he describes the newest Christmas specials, including the current season of the Great American Baking Show and Great British Bake-Off holiday specials starring some of its former contestants. Listen for some splendid flavors. This episode has no soggy bottom!

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 3

Sigiled Paladin by Greg Staples

Sigiled Paladin by Greg Staples

In this episode of Hip Squared, the dynamic duo are at it again. First, John talks about books by bipolar authors about being bipolar. He focuses on two books in particular, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney and An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison. As someone who lives with bipolar, John is able to connect to these works on a deep level.

Then Troy describes the very best Magic: The Gathering art. Originally designed as a way to take up time while setting up a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering is now a gaming juggernaut in its own right. After its debut, the game soon became well known for the art included in each card. Troy describes some of his favorite images from the series.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Halloween Special

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Hip Squared is back for a spookifying good time! John talks about Hammer horror films, popular British horror movies mostly made from the late 50’s to the early 70’s. Many starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, including Dracula A.D. 1972. John also talks about a good resource for the history of horror movies, Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness.

Then Troy talks about Innistrad, a horror themed setting for Magic the Gathering. He describes its story and atmosphere, including its second set about Eldritch horror. Troy and John also talk about H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulu Mythos.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 2

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In this episode of Hip Squared, John and Troy are joined on the mic by their producer, Maplex Monk. First, Troy talks about The Adventure Zone, a role-playing podcast starring the McCelroy Brothers (from their first podcast, My Brother, My Brother and Me) and their father, Clint McCelroy. Together, the family plays a table-top role-playing game and narrates their adventures. As a comedy podcast, they also improvise funny bits, recurring jokes and hilarious characters, but the show also contains a fair amount of “feels”. You can subscribe to the podcast, and also buy a graphic novel based on the show’s first arc.

Then John talks about Ibiza, a movie released on Netflix starring Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer. It’s a raunchy, female-led comedy, in the vein of Bridesmaids, about a group of friends who travel to Spain for business and pleasure. John talks about the indie comedy pedigree involved in the show’s cast, and about Netflix as an alternate avenue for film production and release. It’s an excellent comedy, and well worth your time if you’re a fan of the genre.

Maplex Monk also spends a couple minutes talking about Alice in Paris, a digital series about a young woman wandering the streets of Paris. You can watch the series on Youtube. Maplex Monk also produced this episode.

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Hip Squared Season 2 Episode 1

Final Fantasy XI Black Mage

Final Fantasy XI Black Mage

Hip Squared triumphantly returns for Season 2! Featuring hosts John Beechem, Troy Kremer and very special guest, Kelly Shiflet. Kelly is a Louisville artist and John’s wife (you can also hear her on the American Fantastic Radio Hour, ep. 7). Together, they talk about the #MeToo movement and its fall-out, including Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K. and too many other male celebrities. Kelly also talks about her savage vengeance against an anonymous, sexist Final Fantasy XI player many years ago.

Then the trio stir up even more controversy talking about the recent cancellation of the new Roseanne show in the aftermath of her racist tweet. After soundly condemning Roseanne, and agreeing with the decision to cancel her show, they share memories of watching the old series growing up and what it meant to them.

Produced by Maplex Monk.

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Hip Squared Season 0 Episode 0

Hip Squared Season 0 Episode 0 

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Season 2 of Hip Squared is almost here! In the meantime, listen to Hip Squared Episode 0, Hip Cubed. That's right, we've unlocked the third brother, Thomas Beechem, and he's taken us out of our 2-dimensional realm and brought us into the meat-space. [This episode was recorded without the help of our producer, so the audio quality is rougher than usual--though it still very listenable]

In this episode, we talk about the documentary GLOW (the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), and the Netflix series GLOW that it helped inspire. John and Thomas wax nostalgic about memories of pro wrestling from their childhood, and together they school Troy on the finer nuances of a figure-four leg-lock (in a matter of speaking). John tells us all about women's pro-wrestling, its depiction in the media and the brothers relate this to pro wrestling's larger place in pop-culture.

Then Troy brings us on a web-slinging adventure through the streets of New York with Spider-Man: Homecoming, one of Marvel Studio's less-talked about, but more expertly made films, also the first Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The brothers also get into comic book movies as a genre, and the societal critiques implicitly offered by big super-hero sagas like Civil War.

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Hip Squared Season 1 Episode 17

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John and Troy wrap up Season 1 in a tight little bow. Introducing Gaia, John's daughter in her very first podcast. John explains how the demands of fatherhood and mandatory overtime necessitates the need for between season break, and also takes about plans for the future of Hip Squared.

Troy talks about Twitch TV, a video-game streaming service where spectators watch people play video games. From people who are professional video game players to those who play to entertain, Twitch showcases people who stream video games and provide commentary, including streamers like CohhCarnage and many others.

John talks about Aziz Ansari and his new Netflix show, Master of None. Aziz Ansari is a comedian who performs stand-up and became famous as an actor for his role of Tom Haveford in Parks and Recreation. His new show Master of None is in its 2nd season on Netflix. Master of None is about Dev, a fictionalized version of Aziz, and his struggles with love and life in New York. Aziz is also a prolific stand-up comedian with his own Netflix special , and has also published a book about dating and digital technology called Modern Romance, written with sociologist Eric Klinenberg.

Produced by Maplex Monk.