Monday, October 29, 2012

Episode 21! Presenting "The Geography of Death!"

Quick. Name a society that's more death-denying than our own here in the USofA. Probably can't, can you? How did it come to this? Well, truth be told, it doesn't matter, because we're all gonna die!! That's right. Death will become us. And there's no use in pretending like it's not something vastly important to the very art of living.

In honor of this quite universal truth (unless there really are vampires or other immortal beings walking the Earth), and with the encroaching Halloween holiday that inspires so many normally respectable young women to find the sexy/trashy angle of just about any costume, we wanted to bring it straight up on this week's episode.

Laura doesn't own this, but regularly addresses it in the style of Wayne Campbell addressing that white Strat. If you lived during the 90's, you have no excuse to not get that reference.

And who better to talk about death with than someone whose career is working with the dead? Meet our good friend Laura, a mortician who loves her line of work more than sugar-high kids love filling pillowcases with fun size bags of skittles and bottle caps every October 31st.

See, as we said, everybody dies, and when someone does pass along, it's up to our trusty morticians, coroners, funeral...people, and others in the industry to take good care of the ex-citizens, particularly since the family they left behind are grieving, the politics of burial are constantly changing, and oh yeah! Science!

Laura sits down and talks to us about the ins (embalming fluid) and outs (blood, other fluids the person carried around inside of themselves throughout their life) of caring for the dead. You'll be amazed at what you hear and (to a lesser degree, cause this is radio) see! Bucking the stereotype of morticians as "that creepy old dude at the morgue," Laura is in fact a lovely young woman, who saw fit to show up in her lovely hearse dress that we couldn't deny you all.

Fingernails coordinated, too.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, and enjoy our episode on the Geography of DEATH. OoooOOOOOoooooooooOOOOO (that's the best werewolf howl we can express using the Latin alphabet).

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: "The Face of the Earth" by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Saves the Day - "At Your Funeral"
Pixies - "Dead"
They Might Be Giants - "Exquisite Dead Guy"
eels - "P.S. You Rock My World"

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Presenting Episode 20: Human Trafficking (with My Refuge House)

One of the greatest things about Geography is that many people in this community are working day in and day out to help us understand the world better and fight many of the injustices sweltering in what seems like every corner of the globe. As Tyler mentions at the top of this episode, we here at The Casual Geographer make light of a lot of things. Some issues, however, are so ingrained and tragic, that we need to step down off our goofy soapbox and onto a more serious one. One of those issues is Human Trafficking.

Cebu City, Epicenter of Human Trafficking
Like it or not, every country in the world is affected by sexual (and other types of) slavery, including our own. Some countries, like the Philippines, are so ridden with human trafficking that people around the globe are bonding together to ease the pain a little. Enter My Refuge House and our guest for this episode, Crystal Sprague.

Crystal, a veteran of international service work in the South Pacific, was appointed Executive Director of My Refuge House last year, in large part due to our good friend and My Refuge House volunteer (Diver) Dennis, who blesses us with his presence yet again at the beginning of this episode!

We learned a lot from Crystal about the ins and outs, the unfortunate cultural imprints, and ways in which groups like My Refuge House are fighting human trafficking halfway across the globe. As we mention toward the end of the episode, keep this organization in mind as the holiday charity-giving season approaches! And listen to this episode below, Listen right here, or download that 'cast on iTunes!

Join us this Thursday for a special spooooky Halloween episode about the Geography of DEATH. (ooooOOOooooo)

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: "The Face of the Earth" by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Moscow Olympics - "What Is Left Unsaid"
The Parasites - "Refuge"
The Siamese Twins - "Don't Forgive Lightly"
Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tomorrow: My Refuge House!

A quick note reminding you to tune in tomorrow at 1pm PT for a special episode with guest Crystal Sprague, the CEO of My Refuge House, an international organization doing amazing work to fight human trafficking!

Crystal will be hosting an informal Q&A Session at KBeach Radio at 12:30 pm PT tomorrow. Stop through and ask her some questions about her work before we hit the air. KBeach is located in the bottom floor of the student center at Cal State Long Beach.

Presenting TCG Episode 19: The Geography of SKA

RUDE BOY! So, you can tell a lot about a person's historical/musical acumen by what they think of Ska music. People who are…less informed… to put it nicely, dismiss it as a trend that captured the hearts and wallets of white kids across the continent in 1997. However, people who know what they’re talking about, like our beloved guest Jacob aka DJ Buttons, will tell you about its cross-cultural, historical, and of course geographical importance to the history of western culture. Yes, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish got famous for playing the style of music in the right place (Orange County) at the right time (mid to late 90’s), but we’re here today to talk about its root in time and place.

Jacob takes us on a journey back to the early 60’s in Kingston, as Jamaican Independence gives birth to the soundtrack to a burgeoning culture. We moved forward gracefully between the so-called Second and Third Waves, bringing you the hits (or should have been hits) by the likes of the Aquabats (more OC for you), The Planet Smashers (Montreal, QC), Straighter than Pete (Syracuse, NY) and Mustard Plug (Grand Rapids, MI). In retrospect, the Mustard Plug song we did play “Throw a Bomb” was much more punk with horns than Ska, but you can detect the Ska influence.  This, though, remains MP’s best song (I think) and one of the best singles to come out of that era:

Tyler also mentioned the Pietasters at one point, then ran out of time before being able to explain his affinity for the band. First of all, the Pietasters were really more of a neo-Northern Soul act with Ska roots, but considering how they were Washington, DC’s great hope in the late 90’s Ska boom, they are still known for that today. That’s a damn shame, though, because last time I checked, songs like “Rachel” owe much more to The Temptations than Desmond Dekker. But, it doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that their occasional hometown shows are a ridiculous, heavily intoxicated blast. Don’t miss the chance to see them play a Halloween show if you’re ever in DC around that time. You just might wind up running around on stage singing along with their frenetic cover of The Business’ “Drinking and Driving.”

Anyway, we hope you find this episode quite educational, and we hope it makes you move a little bit. Enjoy. It’s already on iTunes. PICKITUP!

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: "The Face of the Earth" by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Desmond Dekker - "Israelites"
The Skatalites - "Latin Goes Ska"
The Specials - "Ghost Town"
The Specials - "Concrete Jungle"
Operation Ivy - "Bankshot!"
The Aquabats! - "Martian Girl"
The Planet Smashers - "Life of the Party"
Straighter Than Pete - "The Hurt"
Mustard Plug - Throw a Bomb

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Presenting Episode 18: CHICAGO

If there was one city in the USofA that we could wrap our loving arms around, it would be the Windy City herself, one of those places that simply exudes neighborhoodly charm, old fashioned fun, and the most adorable "only-the-strong-survive" ethos out there.

But don't take our word for it - we brought in an expert, David (who showed up along with his wife discussing beer and won us a whole new legion of drunk listeners), a longtime Chitown resident and permanent Chitown lover. As you'll hear, he gives us the lowdown on Chicago traditions, history, transportation, and Wesley Willis. Okay, that's mostly Tyler and Bret, but it's still important! ROCK AND ROLL MCDONALD'S!!

So, grab an Old Style and a slice of deep dish and kick back, we're gonna listen along with you and hope for the sake of all that is good that the Cubs don't endure another 100-loss season. If you care, subscribe and add this on itunes, and hope you enjoy it!

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: "The Face of the Earth" by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
Tom Waits - Chicago
Screeching Weasel - Cool Kids
Wesley Willis - Rock n' Roll McDonald's
Cap'n Jazz - O Messy Life!
Smashing Pumpkins - Geek USA
and a bunch of background songs by the brilliant instrumental band Tortoise.

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