The Ham-Fisted Finale

by admin on May 23, 2015

Why should David Letterman have all the fun, right? Late Night isn’t the only show taking its leave this week. Dawn closes down the show with special guests Eric D. Snider and David Walker, and if you thought you were getting out of here with a soft, gauzy look back at the life of the show, you got another thing coming. An earful of things. Two ears. All the neuroses, and the navel-gazing, and the angry analysis of the stupidity pf pop-culture, and yes, a healthy dose of Patrick’s grunting in the background. Fill your ears with one last Ham-Fisted blast of goodness.

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So we finally got around to talking about sex parties. But that only came after Dawn describes how she glued her eye shut trying to fix Nigel Tufnel’s guitar nub. It was kind of an ordeal. Somewhere in there we started talking about meeting celebrities, and how Portland is really weird when it comes to what we consider a “landmark,” and Eric D. Snider showed up out of nowhere for a minute, but then… then the orgy talk began. Find out what happens when the eyepatch comes off on this action-packed second-to-last episode of Ham Fisted Radio.

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Ham-Fisted cannot go quietly into that good night. With only two episodes left after this one, Dawn and Bobby get into a good ol’ fashioned slobbernocker of strident pop-culture criticism. Mad Max might be the biggest, most feminist summer blockbuster since ALIENS. Why can’t Black Widow get a damn T-shirt for once? When is this superhero bubble going to burst, anyway. And why does Joss Whedon keep learning the wrong lessons about killing off characters you love?

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Eventually, Dawn gets around to discussing the 800 pound behemoth at the box office that is Avengers: Age of Ultron. But on the way there, we discuss Patrick’s butt, and the weird tightrope actresses like Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Kristen Wiig are all currently walking in films. And after a conversation on the weird ways Hollywood tends to frame mental illness, we discuss the everlasting joy to be found in a perfectly executed pratfall. Because big guy fall down go boom is almost always hilarious.

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Episode 269 – Shut the Front Door

by admin on April 27, 2015

Outrageous things are said. Outrageous things are reacted to. Outrageous things tend to make people tired of the concept of outrage, which is almost as tiresome as being outraged itself. Especially when the things people are being so *angry* about are things like Superman’s cape, Joker’s tattoos, Star Wars movies, and that kinda crap. If only you could close the door, count to three, re-open it, and then step into a different world. Or maybe you can…

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The Oregonian’s master of all things Pop-Culture stops in to talk about the beautiful finale of Justified, what made it work so well, favorite Harlan County characters and moments, the weird foggy morass of question marks that is Mad Men’s upcoming finale, why the PDX Carpet is worth a little ridicule (and not for the reasons you think) and why the Corgi has henceforth replaced the Pug as the little dog du jour.

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David Lynch is up to something. So is Boyd Crowder. And so are the dentists that are probably going to dig into Dawn’s mouth sooner rather than later. But what the hell is Bobby’s doctor up to, and more to the point, what is Bobby’s stupid thyroid up to? And what about getting down? Iggy Pop is down to visit Buttown, and Ron Howard is down to make serviceable, pleasant entertainment – even when that entertainment is centered on Childe Roland and his journey to the beam.

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They used to make kids do really questionable things for P.E. Now it’s up in the air whether your kids even get a P.E. class. But who can worry about whether little Jimmy can do a pull-up when people are worried about Trevor Noah’s tweetstream? A trip down a media rabbit hole opens up into a free-floating, free-flowing discussion about religion, systems of belief, and the power of storytelling as a form of basic government.

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Episode 265 – Oreo Jones

by admin on March 30, 2015

A discussion on the joys of Tank turn into a musing on the pains of addiction: Oreo addiction. Dawn finally comes clean about the jones she just can’t let go of, while other chocolate-flavored crimes against culinaria are also explored. And an interesting idea to keep people stuck to their diets, and by interesting, we mean somewhat horriffic.

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Episode 264 – Interstellar Switch-Ups

by admin on March 24, 2015

Dawn changes the game a little, which is appropriate since the show is all about how to change your own game so that you don’t lose, whether that game is procrastination based, or weight-loss based, or even storytelling based. Sometimes changing the game is great. Other times, maybe you thought it would be great, but others didn’t appreciate the switch up (cough Interstellar, cough cough).

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