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Are you in need of company during those strange days and lonely nights? Every Monday, hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida, gather in dark rooms for a free jazz blend of pop culture theory, internet fascinations, and venture down a plethora of half-baked conspiracy theory rabbit holes. Drop us a line with your night call at 240-46-NIGHT or nightcallpodcast@gmail.com, and we'll offer our best advice on life, love, and the coming apocalypse.

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Are you in need of company during those strange days and lonely nights? Every Monday, hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida, gather in dark rooms for a free jazz blend of pop culture theory, internet fascinations, and venture down a plethora of half-baked conspiracy theory rabbit holes. Drop us a line with your night call at 240-46-NIGHT or nightcallpodcast@gmail.com, and we'll offer our best advice on life, love, and the coming apocalypse.

    116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

    116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

    The ladies take on the fireworks conspiracy! But first, a night message about Colorado intentional community Drop City. More commune geodesic domes and experimental theater companies. What is the most Night Call time zone? How should we return Mount Rushmore to its former sacred natural state? Then, checking out the story about the shitposting cult DayLife Army. What does it look like when a cult is extremely online, seemingly self-aware about being a cult, and dead set on exploiting people's better instincts? Then, it's the moment everyone's been waiting for: ten thousand hours of incredibly loud nonstop fireworks. We lay out the various theories about the fireworks and our own personal takes. Is it the cops? Just kids? Professional fireworks enthusiasts? Or the ghost of dead Paris Review legend, fireworks hobbyist and CIA plant George Plimpton? The big differences between the fireworks in different cities, and why this specific conspiracy feels convoluted but not far-fetched. Is it all a big psy-op? Just innocent 4th of July fun? Or something even more sinister...

    FOOTNOTES
    Drop City the place
    Drop City the novel 
    Murder Mountain 
    Tumple/Day Life Army 
    Ex-DLA member's Instagram 
    Daily Dot article 
    Son of Baldwin thread 
    The Atlantic article on fireworks 

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

    115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

    Today we take a night call about problematic Disneyland rides and suggest alternatives. Should we replace the torn down Splash Mountain with a Princess And The Frog Ride? (Yes) What is the most racist ride at Disneyland? Can theme parks be divided from themes of imperialism? Then it’s a listener query about Synanon, the self help drug rehab retreat on the Santa Monica strand that turned into a cult in the seventies. For our second half we are joined by Behind The Bastards host Robert Evans to discuss citizen journalism during the uprisings era! Robert discusses covering the Pacific Northwest, the Boogaloo creeps, showing up to face fascists. Then he takes our listeners’ questions about storing rations in small spaces, how to combat fascists flyering in your town, and where the best place to be during the revolution is (hint: among friends). Plus Molly exposes Robert as a full on pumpkin spice Fallhead!

    Footnotes:

    Splash Mountain Petition

    LA Mag on Synanon

    Paul Morantz on the Snake in his Mailbox

    Behind the Police Podcast

    Behind the Bastards Podcast

    LOL Surprise Steals Rainbow Raver Look

    LOL Surprise Bondage Doll


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    114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

    114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

    Tess is off this week so Molly and Emily are joined by Night Call’s fabulous producer Joelle Monique! We start off with an email from a listener who was disappointed with our Lana Del Rey talk recently and take the opportunity to examine our own blind spots. We solicit more critiques from our listeners, and ask how we can be more helpful during this critical time in our country’s history. Then it’s a trip to the CHAZ! Emily learned about the history of autonomous zones and yes it does get weird. The connection to Burning Man and Santa Con is unveiled, and Emily provides the requisite Seattle context for the CHAZ and the French origins of the ZAD. Then we are joined by boy band expert Maria Sherman, author of the new book Larger Than Life, to dive into the recent radicalization of k-pop stans online. Sherman explains what exactly the “fan cams” are that stans have been overloading American police departments asking for footage of rioters with. Night Call is an autonomous zone of the MIND!

    Footnotes:

    The Demands of the Collective Black Voices Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone 

    In defense of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone: The noble history of a utopian idea (Matthew Rosza, Salon)

    The Cacophany Society 

    The Temporary Autonomous Zone (Full Text) by Hakim Bey a.k.a. Peter Lamborn Wilson 

    Leaving Out the Ugly Part — On Hakim Bey (Robert P. Helms) 

    ZAD Battles Thousands of Police During Attempted Eviction of Autonomous Zone in France (Andrew Neef, Unicorn Riot) 

    The Paris Commune 

    Freetown Christiania 

    K-Pop Fans Defuse Racist Hashtags (Amanda Petrusich, New Yorker)

    BTS’ Fan ARMY Matches Group’s $1 Million Black Lives Matter Donation Within 24 Hours

    Why K-pop Fans Are No Longer Posting About K-pop (Kaitlyn Tiffany, Atlantic)

    Netizens criticize BTS member SUGA's mixtape track for sampling speech of a controversial cult leader (AllKPop) 


    Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS by Maria Sherman 


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    113: California Writ

    113: California Writ

    We start with a serious moment from Night Call about the current Black Lives Matter protests and our support for them. We plan to cover historic current events this month by looking into America’s past. Then we take some night calls and emails. Then the first (and most likely last) installment of Ramblin’ Gamblin’ June is our discussion of Robert Altman’s California Split! Who is horny on main for Elliott Gould and who is decidedly not? What is the secret to a gambling buddy comedy? What are our games? We are back and we will be here for our listeners all year, at Night Call.
    FOOTNOTE

    Restless leg/Parkinsons drug can cause gambling addiction

    TekWar

    Marge Simpson's gambling problem

    Oscar Zeta Acosta

    Elliott Gould interview

    Synanon


    RESOURCES

    Peoples Budget LA

    Louisville Community Bail Fund

    ActBlue’s Community Bail/Mutual Aid/Racial Justice Split Fund


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    • 55 min
    112: Can Sell Culture

    112: Can Sell Culture

    Night Call finishes up Y2May with some great calls and emails about the 2038 Problem that explain what it actually entails. Then we debate the merits of parallel universes and whether people just like theories because they offer a way out. And a surprise venture
    into the recent rash of cancellations and Cancel Culture in general. Does cancellation provide people with a sense of control in a time when there is none? Can any societal ill ever actually be corrected by cancelling a singular person? How long is the cycle
    for cancellation narratives really? What are the possibilities cancellations open up for larger conversations about culture, racism and capital? Does anyone ever actually get or stay cancelled? Should we retroactively beloved artists for f****d up shit? Can
    you separate the art from the artist? Then we receive an amazing call about the “WWW = 666” Y2K era conspiracy, and finish up with a discussion from our home bunkers about end of the millennialism and prepping for disasters.

    FOOTNOTES

    2038 Problem

    2038/Gangnam Style

    Tik Tok Houses in Quar

    Parallel Universes, Sounds Good

    Parallel Universes, Not So Fast

    Vox Piece on Anxiety vs Anger and Conspiracies

    Joni Mitchell Blackface

    Molly Soda's Instagram

    Dial-the-truth Ministries/ www 666

    Detroit Y2K Preparedness Video

    "Man Emerges From Bunker After 14 Years" Joke


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

    111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

    A listener question about the 90s and early 2000s celebrity sex tapes prompts a discussion about Tommy and Pam, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton’s tapes that leads into a talk about Only Fans. Molly tells Emily and Tess a story about the 528 Hz “love vibration” necklace that Denise Richards owns which turns into a story about shady right wing new organization Epoch Times and how it relates back to Shen Yun. Plus, the terrifying robot dog right out of Black Mirror and Christopher Meloni’s haunted house!

    Then it’s more Y2K May! Emily listened to a podcast about how Y2K was averted through IT workers working together, and how depressing it is that tech is only becoming more dystopian now faced with the current crisis. The incredible tale of the real Bob Loblaw’s Y2K blog, still available to view as an artifact. And Molly watched a famous SportsCenter commercial about Y2K that ends up with chaos that feels like now. All this and more podcasting by candlelight, on an all new Night Call!

    FOOTNOTES

    Whistle Vibration

    Meloni's Haunted House for Sale

    And More

    NYT Article on Quarantining with Ghosts

    Robot Dog Social Distancing Narc

    What was Y2K?

    Surviving Y2K Podcast

    Y2K Fears and Fixes

    Origin of "Y2K

    Bob Loblaw's Y2K Site

    SportsCenter Y2K Commercial


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