14 episodes

Group Chat is a pop culture program that brings people together. Each week, we'll talk about what you're talking about, wherever you’re talking about it. While we don't claim to be experts, we will add some expertise to the conversation with a revolving panel of friends who know a lot about film and music, theatre and video games, food, sports, social media, and what's trending in the country and right in our own region. Group chat gives you levity from the news with insightful yet entertaining commentary. Sure, it might get controversial, but that makes it interesting. Do people drive culture, or does culture drive people? Let's figure it out together on Group Chat, Fridays at 10am and Saturdays at 12pm on WBFO. It is also available digitally through WBFO’s website, apps, and wherever you get your podcasts. Group Chat is presented in part by The National Comedy Center.

Group Chat Bentley

    • Society & Culture

Group Chat is a pop culture program that brings people together. Each week, we'll talk about what you're talking about, wherever you’re talking about it. While we don't claim to be experts, we will add some expertise to the conversation with a revolving panel of friends who know a lot about film and music, theatre and video games, food, sports, social media, and what's trending in the country and right in our own region. Group chat gives you levity from the news with insightful yet entertaining commentary. Sure, it might get controversial, but that makes it interesting. Do people drive culture, or does culture drive people? Let's figure it out together on Group Chat, Fridays at 10am and Saturdays at 12pm on WBFO. It is also available digitally through WBFO’s website, apps, and wherever you get your podcasts. Group Chat is presented in part by The National Comedy Center.

    Harmony of the Mind: Music, Art, and Nature

    Harmony of the Mind: Music, Art, and Nature

    Join host Bentley and our trio of guests—Cory McCants, Ashleigh Chrisena Ricci, and the vibrant Yamilex Holguín Pérez—as they explore the profound impact of music, art, and nature on mental health and wellness. They discuss the rise of Chappell Roan and the therapeutic benefits of creative expression. The group discusses popular technology apps that claim to help with mental wellness, and then throw all that technology away to harness the healing power of connecting with the natural world.

    • 52 min
    Webby Awards, PSL Controversy, and the 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

    Webby Awards, PSL Controversy, and the 2024 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

    This week on Group Chat, returning guests Akram Shibly, Naila Ansari, and Donny Kutzbach join Bentley to discuss the Webby Awards, including Brave Spaces, a People’s Voice winner from PBS Digital Studios and Buffalo Toronto Public Media. Next, we talk all things sports considering recent controversy over personal seat licenses, Lindy Ruff’s return to the Sabres, the NFL draft, and the NBA playoffs. Finally, turn up the volume because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced! It’s a fun an humor filled hour right here on Group Chat.

    • 54 min
    Group Chat Continues Celebrating National Comedy Month

    Group Chat Continues Celebrating National Comedy Month

    On this week's Group Chat, and the final show in celebration of National Comedy Month, Bentley welcomes back Western New York comedian Charmagne Chi and introduces listeners to two new voices. Dan Reitz is the founder of Buffalo Improv House, and Megan Eckwahl is the marketing and communications manager at the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. This week, the discussion is about rising stars on screen and in the clubs, the history and evolution of TV comedy, and the (proven) healing power of laughter. Don't believe it? Listen to this week's Group Chat, and you'll feel better afterward!

    • 53 min
    Group Chat Celebrates National Comedy Month

    Group Chat Celebrates National Comedy Month

    Everyone’s in stitches during this week’s group chat! Bentley welcomes Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, Allie Brady, Comedian and voice of the Buffalo Bandits, and Dallas Taylor, Improv actor, Director, and Poet. This hilarious group spends the hour advocating that comedy is a true art form and doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It's been a connector from the Bible to George Carlin, Kate McKinnon, Mark Russell, and Maria Bamford (and really, there are too many to note). We dissect blue comedy, the influence of AI, the powerplay between a comedian and their audience, and the two sides of social media impacting comedians today.

    • 56 min
    Basketball, Music Festivals, Cowboy Carter, Puffy and more!

    Basketball, Music Festivals, Cowboy Carter, Puffy and more!

    On this week's Group Chat, Bentley welcomes Buffalo State University Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies (and part-time DJ!) Dr. John Torrey, podcast host and Associate Producer for WBFO Charles Gilbert, and co-owner of Town Ballroom Donny Kutzbach into the studio to discuss what's currently in the zeitgeist, including Beyonce and Cowboy Carter - the accolades and some of the unfortunate negative feedback. The group chats about music festivals and their relevance, NCAA Women's Basketball, and the perceived conflict between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese. Finally, the tumultuous descent of - but culturally significant - Puffy. It's an enlightening discussion. Join us for this week's Group Chat!

    • 50 min
    Truth and Responsibility of the Famous and the Total Solar Eclipse

    Truth and Responsibility of the Famous and the Total Solar Eclipse

    For this episode, we welcome comedian Allie Brady, content creator and host of Compact Science on WNED PBS, Cory McCants, to the group chat for conversations with Bentley surrounding the celebrity experience. While sometimes uncomfortable, can famous people open up to contribute to the greater good? We talk about Kate Middleton’s announcement of her cancer diagnosis and how younger people in the spotlight speaking out about their health struggles can lead to greater awareness and, thus, early intervention. “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV” is a docuseries exposing a toxic culture behind Nickelodeon television shows from the late 1990s and early 2000s. We discuss the impact these types of shows have on child stars and how to prevent abuse moving forward. Finally, we welcome Sarajane Gomlak-Green, host of the WNED PBS series Compact Science. to the chat for her scientific expertise and positive energy surrounding the total solar eclipse! We talk about safety measures, what we can expect to see, the impact on travel, and what this event means on the grand timeline of scientific wonders in this edition of Group Chat!

    • 54 min

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