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Long-form discussions and lowbrow humor on topics that would be unbelievable if they weren't true.

Phase2Phase Markus & Drew

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Long-form discussions and lowbrow humor on topics that would be unbelievable if they weren't true.

    CULTS: The Psychological Sway of Bad Shepherds

    CULTS: The Psychological Sway of Bad Shepherds

    Why are we so collectively desperate for belonging? To understand this world and our place in it? What is it that calls to us to find the secret knowledge from the beyond? Join us, as we do a brief dive into the dark waters of cults.

    In this episode we examine JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, HEAVEN'S GATE, THE PEOPLE'S TEMPLE and THE MANSON FAMILY. The groups, their leaders, founders and the doctrine they follow(ed).

    One could argue the thing that makes cults fundamentally different (and therefore dangerous) then other groups is the subversion of the members' free will. A dynamic more akin to mind control or social engineering than spiritual enlightenment.  But how can we protect the vulnerable from the predations of a bad shepherd, while still living up to America's founding principles of freedom?

    What is it that makes us so susceptible to religious persuasion? Why do people devote their lives to some movements and not others? And why will we often follow someone into Hell to find these answers?

    You decide.


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    Asch Experiments

    Milgram Shock Experiment


    JW's
    JW.org

    JW Theology

    What if they're right?


    Heaven's Gate
    Heaven's Gate

    Exit Testimonials


    Jim Jones / Peoples Temple
    Paradise Lost

    Death Tape

    SDSU Records


    Manson Family
    Diane Sawyer Interview

    Turning Point


    Jokes
    As a great man once said

    Family Guy Garden of Eden

    Flair

    Rookie Numbers

    American History X
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    Johnny Depp v Amber Heard

    Johnny Depp v Amber Heard

    Uh oh! Did we just become a celebrity gossip podcast!? You can't avoid it, so we talked about it. But who is at fault here? Should we do more commentary as half-informed outsiders?

    You decide.

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    Elon Musk Buys Twitter

    Elon Musk Buys Twitter

    There's a new sheriff in Twitter town. But what changes will it bring? Will it be a bastion of free speech, or a cesspool of internet trolls?

    You decide.

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    Hyperloop Testing


    Elon Buys Twitter

    Follower count changes

    Chinese Consulate in Houston burns docs in courtyard

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    Talkin Nerdy: Dolby Cinema

    Talkin Nerdy: Dolby Cinema

    Has Markus finally finished his quest for audiovisual perfection!? Find out in this thrilling retelling!

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    Dolby Cinema

    The Lost City 
    Try it yourself!

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    Markus Vs?? The Great AV Rant

    Markus Vs?? The Great AV Rant

    In a surprising mid-season twist, Markus rants about things that probably only he cares about. Put on your waders listeners, cause this one gets deep. Are these the ravings of a mad man, or is his nerd rage justified? You decide.

    Note of correction: I mistakenly said “kilobytes per second” in regards to audio bitrate, when more accurately it is “kilobits per second” which ironically enough proves my point

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     Inaudible Dialogue
    4K vs UHD
    Loudness War
    IMAX vs Liemax
    EX. A Dune Formats
    Film vs Digital Projection
    Aspect Ratio (The Simpsons)
    EX. B HDMI Versions
    Soap Opera Effect
    Frame Rate
    Gemini Man LFR
    Gemini Man HFR
    Color Grading "The Snyder Cut"
    Filmmaker Mode
    Color Temperature (Display settings)
    EX. C Movie Sound Formats
    Speaker Layouts
    HDR Formats
    EX. D HDR Color Range
    EX. E HDR
    Dolby Atmos
    Bit rate (video)
    EX. F Bit Rate
    EX. G Sample Rate
    Image compression and formats
    8-Bit? 32-Bit? 64-bit?
    Bit Depth in Audio
    EX. H Bit Depth in Video
    EX. I Bit Depth in Video
    Bit Depth and HDR
    EX. J Audio File Sizes
    EX. K Video File Sizes

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    Tangent: Money Can't Buy Me Love

    Tangent: Money Can't Buy Me Love

    In this Tangent, Markus and Drew discuss America's complicated relationship with billionaires.

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    Amazon's Brick and Mortar 

     Bezos meets Dicaprio

    "Or we will write you an angry letter to you..."

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