Y2K didn't destroy the world but that didn't make the 21st Century any more predictable. Host Jordan and his band of millennial pals aim to recount the news, films, TV shows, politics, music, and societal trends from the year 2000 onward and assess their lasting effect today.
Uber, Lyft, & the 21st Century Gig Economy Battlefield (Vote NO on CA Prop 22)
Vote NO on California Proposition 22. That’s the bare bones of this special 2020 election-themed episode. Prop 22's result will set a precedent for worker rights nationwide and will still be relevant, even if you're hearing this podcast in 2030.
Jordan is joined by longtime friend, Grace, to discuss the importance of California Assembly Bill 5; the 2020 law requiring app-based companies to classify workers as “full-time employees”. They then explain why voters need to vote NO on Prop. 22 (the state measure that would exempt tech companies from AB-5’s regulations) and how the late 2000s/early 2010s created a new form of labor injustice.
Email email@example.com if you’d like to be on the show. YEAR 2000 FIX will return Wednesday, October 28th, following a one week break.
NO ON PROP 22 Website – Complete with news and data reports!
Objective Summary of Prop 22 and CA AB-5
Rise of Gig Economy
Uber’s lifelong worker controversy
Debunking Uber and Lyft’s Prop 22 Propaganda
LA TIMES assessment on Prop 22
UC Hasting’s Veena Dubal on the history of the Gig Economy
TUBE CIRCUIT is a good podcast
THE APPRENTICE and Donald Trump's Reality TV Rehabilitation
“Donald J. Trump is New York’s largest real estate developer whose lucrative brand made successful properties, casinos, golf courses, modeling agencies, and shuttles”…is a phrase easily disproven with a Google search. By the early 2000s, Trump had already faced multiple business failures, bankruptcies, sexual assault allegations, labor violation lawsuits, and he already made many abhorrent public statements. Whatta guy!
Despite this, famed reality TV show producer, Mark Burnett had no issue making Trump the host of his new program, THE APPRENTICE. The show premiered on NBC in 2004 and became a rating’s hit for NBC. Overnight, Trump went from “bigoted man who can’t keep a business afloat” to that lovable host who says “Ya fired!”
The big question is, if we had applied a little bit of scrutiny to Trump’s public scandals or at the very least, prevented him from becoming a reality TV show host, would we have been spared a Trump presidency?
Jordan is joined by two-time SURVIVOR contestant, Erik Reichenbach, to discuss Trump’s early career scandals, THE APPRENTICE’s rehabilitating portrayal of Trump, and how THE APPRENTICE influenced Trump’s 2016 election victory. Also, Erik and Jordan describe their brief encounters with Mark Burnett.
Go to www.dabudoodles.com to see Erik’s phenomenal art and graphic design work.
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New Yorker Piece on Mark Burnett and his relationship with Trump. Also, see here.
Burnett defending Trump post-election
THE APPRENTICES Influence on Trump’s campaign
Trump Business Failures and the people he doesn’t pay
Trump and the Mob
Tony Schwartz’s writing process for THE ART OF THE DEAL Also see here.
Info on alleged secret APPRENTICE tapes
Trump’s history of evicting tenants in the 80s.
Trump-Central Park 5. Also discussed here.
Trump is not the “biggest New York real estate developer”.
THE APPRENTICE was a lie! But it gave us his campaign!
NPR – What THE APPRENTICE taught us about Trump. Also see here. And here.
Read here for info on what it’s like to be an APPRENTICE winner.
Trump is a good source of COVID misinformation
Remember Trump Airlines?
NBC and Trump
SPECIAL ENCORE EPISODE: THE O.C. Fan Retrospective
It was quite the challenge making the last podcast on THE O.C. enjoyable for those who never had seen the show. That’s why the episode focused only a little on THE O.C.’s basic premise and plotlines, and more on the show’s pop-culture influence and 21st-century relevancy. A lot of esoteric O.C. references were cut from Jordan and Ariel’s near two hour conversation, as to avoid alienating non-fans.
This time though, Jordan and Ariel hold nothing back! Oliver Trask? Marissa’s tragic downfall? The “where are they now?” of the characters? They go there! Get ready to analyze THE O.C.’s most memorable lines, scenes, and moments, in a way only true fans know how.
Email email@example.com to share your 21st-century memories and if you’d like to be on the show. Our regular scheduled programming will resume very soon!
Mischa Barton and Season 3 Finale Spoilers. Also see here on that.
THE OC BEHIND THE SCENES SECRETS
MORE BEHIND THE SCENES SECRETS
Tate Donovan on THE OC
VH1’s I LOVE THE NEW MILLENNIUM “2003” segment on THE OC
Interview with Josh Schwartz on THE O.C. and GOSSIP GIRL.
Josh Schwartz: THE OC WHERE ARE THEY NOW
PLUG from journalist Tony Ortega! (it’s at the bottom section that says “Your Proprietor on the Airwaves”).
Mad Magazine with THE O.C. Parody
THE O.C.'s Pop Culture Domination
California: Here We Come! THE O.C. – the primetime soap opera created by Josh Schwartz about a troubled kid from Chino, adopted by a wealthy Newport Beach family – aired for only four seasons (2003-2007) on FOX. Yet, in practically no time, the TV-viewing public latched on and made THE O.C. an inescapable pop culture property.
Jordan is joined by Ariel, an OG O.C. fan from back when the show originally aired. Together, they cover THE O.C.’s popularity, the show’s immediate influence on the 2000’s TV landscape, the show’s commentary on 2000’s politics, and its genius integration of music in its episodes.
COMING VERY SOON - A bonus episode where Jordan and Ariel cover THE O.C.’s unforgettable TV moments. A must-listen for super-fans!
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TV Guide Article on THE O.C.’s Influence
Show’s That Wouldn’t Exist Without THE O.C.
METRO’s O.C. Retrospective
How THE O.C. Changed Soundtracks
FULL version of THE DUBS by Tom Cohen (The team's no longer in Oakland, but they're the best and we're not jokin'!)
THE O.C. Musical
The 21st Century Scientology Media Powder Keg (feat. Tony Ortega)
The Church of Scientology presents itself as a humanitarian organization with the answers to life and a membership of 8 million people.
Yet, CoS likely has less than 30,000 members (with more leaving) and the Average Joe stopped taking them seriously the second they heard the Xenu story from SOUTH PARK.
Since the mid-2000s, we’ve seen the media cover accusations against the Church of Scientology and leader, David Miscavige, that range from abuse, false imprisonment, slave labor, forced abortions, separation of families, and harassment of enemies. Can the increase in this type of reporting be attributed to one very famous movie star, who also is a devoted Scientologist?
Jordan and Dylan interview journalist, Tony Ortega, to find out and also discuss the history of the Church (from the L. Ron Hubbard days to now), what it’s like to be a Church member, and the current state of Scientology journalism.
Our interview was recorded via Skype. Pardon the choppy sound and background noise. We assure you you’ll still enjoy this conversation.
1. Thank you so much to Tony Ortega for coming on the show. Please check out his blog, The Underground Bunker to get the latest news on Scientology.
2. See here for a history of press coverage on CoS (including the 1991 Time Magazine story)
3. GOING CLEAR is on YouTube for the time being. This documentary will answer any lingering questions you have after listening to this podcast.
4. The LA Times' “incurious” nature towards CoS
5. Leah Remini is my hero! Her podcast is "Fair Game"
6. Cracked article describing “Snow White”
7. MOST IMPORTANT SOURCE HERE: THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE MODERN DAY SCIENTOLOGY REPORTING
8. How did Tom join the Church?
9. Info on the “Tom Cruise black turtleneck” video.
10. Ever wonder why Tom and Nicole broke up and what CoS may have had to do with it?
11. Tom Cruise and tough questions the press doesn’t ask him
12. Tom Cruise and “girlfriend auditions”.
13. Troublesome tabloid reporting. Also see here.
14. Dax and his celeb pals
The Final Year of Schulz & The Peanuts Gang
“Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, how can I ever forget them…” These were the final words from PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz (aka “Sparky”) in his last comic strip ever. As it so happened, the strip, announcing Sparky’s retirement, appeared in papers less than 24 hours after he passed away.
Jordan is joined by friend and PEANUTS aficionado, Cody, to discuss the final year of the PEANUTS comic strip, the universal appeal of Charlie Brown and the gang, and the many emotional memories the franchise provided the world. GOOD GRIEF!
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· The Final PEANUTS Strip EVER
· The “Peggy Jean” Strip Referenced in the 18-minute mark – My FAVORITE STRIP
· Info on Rerun and his role in Peanuts
· Backstory on Charlie Brown’s gf, Peggy Jean
· ABC Nightline on Peanuts – This special aired the night before Sparky’s death (not the night of as mistakenly stated in this episode).
· The Legacy of PEANUTS reviewed by Vox’s Emily VanDerWerff
· The Peanuts Licensing Deal with MetLife
· Details on the end of Peanuts
· Legacy Overview and Criticisms of Peanuts from Kotaku’s Kevin Wong
· Peanuts and American Culture
· Charles M. Schulz Museum Website
· Strip Cody Mentions (sorry it’s so small)
· Anyone want to buy me one of these paintings?