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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 31, 2015

This week's New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is two great shows in one. 

The first part of the New Year's Eve podcast features a review and discussion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with friend of the podcast and site Bill the Lizard. Bill and Chauncey have been thinking about, anticipating, and meditating on all things Star Wars for many years.

Their conversation about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is more than a basic review.

Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about how this new film is a remix of A New Hope, questions surrounding Arthurian legend and the Hero's Journey, speculate about how the First Order (the new version of The Galactic Empire) is now both multicultural and also includes women, explain how Commander Snoke must be Darth Plagueis the Wise, and map out what the sequels to J.J. Abrams version of Star Wars must do next to make or break the foundation laid down in The Force Awakens. This is a spoiler filled and fun conversation.

The second part of the New Year's Eve podcast turns to far more serious matters. In this extended segment, Chauncey talks about the extrajudicial killing of Tamir Rice and answers the question(s) asked by some online about how best to stay sane and positive in these trying times. To that end, Chauncey reads some of the wicked comments at the white supremacist Right-wing political website known as The Free Republic about the killing of Tamir Rice and the exoneration of the thug cops who stole his life. Chauncey then uses the wisdom of Dr. Na'im Akbar to help black and brown folks understand how best to win a psychological battle with white racists.

In this New Year's Eve episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey also gives some love to the now permanently retired radio legend Art Bell by playing a clip from one of the latter's amazing conversations with Father Malachi Martin, former exorcist for the Vatican.

Chauncey shills for the great new movie The Hateful Eight and then overshares during this episode of the podcast about his inexorable lust and explosive desire for Katrina Pierson, the bullet necklace wearing spokeswoman for Donald Trump.

Dec 24, 2015
This episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two great guests.
 
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is taking the world by storm. The Chauncey DeVega Show has done several special episodes with friend of the site Bill the Lizard about the new series of Star Wars films. Chauncey and Bill the Lizard have finally seen the new movie. They originally intended to talk for only 20 minutes, but instead ended up with an almost hour long deconstruction of the film, the future of the franchise, and other matters about the (for all intents and purposes) rebooted/remixed J.J. Abrams Star Wars universe. 
 
This week's episode features 20 or so minutes of that conversation. It will be posted next week as an end of year full episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
 
The main guest on this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show is Michael Witwer. He is the author of the great new book Empire of Imagination.
 
Popular culture is social history. In this wonderful conversation Michael Witwer and Chauncey talk about the history of pen and paper and dice role-playing games in the United States, the history of Dungeons and Dragons, share some great stories about its primary inventor Gary Gygax, laugh about how the U.S. military infiltrated Gygax's role-playing group, and explore the legacy of Dungeons and Dragons as one of the great influences on a whole generation of Hollywood filmmakers, video game creators, and authors. 
 
Michael Witwer and Chauncey also discuss questions of "inclusion" around race and gender in role-playing fandom and events such as Gencon and the subgenre known as "swine gaming" that features "games" about the Holocaust, the genocide of First Nations peoples, and white on black chattel slavery in the New World.
 
Michael Witwer also surprises Chauncey with his in depth knowledge of Star Wars and how his brother does voice-over work for Star Wars video games and animated series.
 
In addition to the great teaching done by Michael Witwer and Bill the Lizard, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump's use of the phrase "schlonged", reflects on the death of Sandra Bland, offers up his Festivus grievances, tells folks about his iron skillet troubles, continues to thank the kind folks who donated to the fundraiser, and shares why he is happy and more or less content this holiday season.
Dec 18, 2015
Print author, TV, and film writer Joe Lansdale is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. This is the second time that "Champion" Joe has stopped by to chat at the virtual bar and he does not disappoint.
 
Chauncey and Joe talked about a huge range of topics including, the new Hap and Leonard book and TV series, Paradise Sky about African-American cowboy Nat Love, Joe's work on the Batman cartoon series, writing Tarzan, thinking about the movie John Carter of Mars, generational change and codes of honor, manhood, race, martial arts, Ronda Rousey's loss, Bruce Lee, and whatever topics happened to come up.
 
Champion Joe is always lots of fun and does some great teaching and sharing as is his habit on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
 
This week's podcast also features some Star Wars: The Force Awakens content. Friend of the site and podcast Bill the Lizard stops by to talk with Chauncey about their excitement, fears, and worries about the new movie. This conversation was recorded Wednesday night before the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens the next day. There will be a special all things Star Wars: The Force Awakens podcast episode next week where Chauncey and Bill the Lizard talk about the new movie. 
 
In addition to the great sharing and teaching offered by Joe Lansdale and Bill the Lizard, on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about the human zoo sociopaths at the CNN GOP primary "debate", discussed the Freddie Gray mistrial for the first thug cop whose inaction/actions led to that horrible death, revealed more about his soda addiction, and talked about going on the David Pakman Show and the accusations that Chauncey looks like a turtle and is high on bath salts.
Dec 10, 2015

Ned and Constance Sublette are the guests on this week’s episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. They are the authors of the amazing and powerful new book The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

Ned and Constance do some serious teaching and sharing on a very difficult subject for this week’s show. Chauncey and his guests work through questions regarding the scale and scope of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, how many people were killed during that horrific business, why did the slave population in the United States grow as compared to other parts of the world, and what is “the capitalized womb” and “slave-breeding?” 

Ned and Constance also take on common white supremacist and other myths about how chattel slavery in the “New World” was not as harsh as the labor experienced by European serfs or North American urban white industrial workers.

In addition to the amazing teaching and sharing offered by Ned and Constance, on this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Chauncey talks about Donald Trump and the “fascism” con game distraction, shares his secrets for healthy living, talks about popular culture and the new movie Spotlight, offers up his own story about an African Catholic priest who had lustful eyes, and gets personal as he confesses his anxieties about gaining weight and discovering that he does not in fact suffer from elephantiasis.

Dec 4, 2015

Dave Neiwert is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is one of the United States' foremost experts on the American Right-wing media, militia movement, and politics more generally. He current writes the Hatewatch blog for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dave Neiwert is the author of several books including The Eliminationists. He is one of the founders of the essential news website Crooks and Liars. Dave is also an ally of our animal friends. His new book is Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us. 

This is the first conversation in the annual December fundraising month for the website ChaunceyDeVega.com and the podcast The Chauncey DeVega Show. David is a great guest and does some wonderful teaching and sharing on this week's installment of the show. 
 
David Neiwert is an amazing guest who has supported Chauncey DeVega's work for some years. It was so cool to finally be able to chat with him on the podcast.

In addition to Dave's great conversation, on this episode of The Chauncey Devega Show, Chauncey talks about the bookend of mass shootings at Planned Parenthood and in California, gives some insight about the pressure to write "hot takes" on current events, offers up a poontang hypothesis about the San Bernardino shootings and radical violent Islam, complains about the New England Patriots getting screwed by the referees, as well his upsetness regarding his cold electric heat (not) warmed overpriced Chicago apartment.
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