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The Create Unknown interviews the most successful online creators to reveal how they got started and how they keep going. iDubbbz. Vsauce. Casey Neistat. iJustine. PsychicPebbles. We talk to the YouTubers, artists, and streamers who exemplify our mantra of “Make Something. Mean Something.” Part high-level analysis, part hopelessly stupid, Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor from Vsauce2 dissect the complex business, the unpredictable drama, and the uncertain future of creating online. We’ll see you in The Create Unknown, Space Cowboys.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 155 Ratings

The Create Unknown interviews the most successful online creators to reveal how they got started and how they keep going. iDubbbz. Vsauce. Casey Neistat. iJustine. PsychicPebbles. We talk to the YouTubers, artists, and streamers who exemplify our mantra of “Make Something. Mean Something.” Part high-level analysis, part hopelessly stupid, Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor from Vsauce2 dissect the complex business, the unpredictable drama, and the uncertain future of creating online. We’ll see you in The Create Unknown, Space Cowboys.
We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can at: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4
For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com

    Captain Disillusion Debunks Himself [Ep. 94]

    Captain Disillusion Debunks Himself [Ep. 94]

    There’s no more thorough expert at debunking all things visual than Captain Disillusion, and it’s the culmination of his journey from a Cold War-era circus family to the gold standard of YouTube VFX analysis. 

    Alan details his process for debunking and how it fits within the context of internet cynicism and the audience’s need for a story. Should we aspire to be Forrest Gump, or do we really want to know how everything works? Happy and curious is good, and it’s nice to suspend disbelief here and there.

    Becoming a target of Captain D’s analysis depends in part on intent, and it’s a delicate science that sometimes looks slightly different in hindsight. Occasionally, something is straight up snake oil, and we call for a blend of Content Cop and the Captain.

    Is Captain Disillusion YouTube’s passion-driven version of Bob Ross? Where did that come from and how did he develop it through his formative years in the Soviet Union? Kevin points out how strongly that passion shows through in Alan’s ‘Flight of the Navigator’ video.

    Also, Alan’s pretty happy that he’s a “geriatric millennial,” and we launch into a discussion about the culture around him as the Soviet Union entered its final days. Adjustments are a big thing, and coming to the US in middle school is serious business.

    We talk what’s next for VFXcool, Alan’s favorite old Soviet movies, what it’s like to work with his metallic makeup, and more. And, of course, Conrad asks whether he calls himself Captain D in he bedroom.

    More people showed up for the live recording than we’ve had for any episode ever -- thanks to everyone who turned out, and especially to the Patrons who make this show possible every single week!

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    Captain Disillusion: https://www.youtube.com/user/CaptainDisillusion
    VFXcool: Flight of the Navigator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyixMpuGEL8

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    Hosts: Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor 
    Produced and Edited by Ben Webster → https://twitter.com/benwebsterTCU 
    "Created in the Unknown" theme by Basswaite: https://linktr.ee/Basswaite  
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    • 2 hr 22 min
    Joe Hanson Can’t Stop Making You Smart [Ep. 93]

    Joe Hanson Can’t Stop Making You Smart [Ep. 93]

    Dr. Joe Hanson has made a case to be included on Science YouTube’s Mount Rushmore. It’s partly because he’s engaging and entertaining, but it also might have something to do with that doctorate in cell and molecular biology from UT-Austin. Every day, he’s proving that It’s Okay to Be Smart.

    Joe went from being a “pipette monkey” in a lab to having a solid presence on Tumblr, of all places. And his transition to YouTube ended up helping to fill that gap between fun kids’ science shows and boring, ultra-high-level programming. Traditional/Legacy media has a long way to go before it catches up to YouTube. 

    A major aspect of YouTube is storytelling, even if it’s factual information. Joe’s thought a lot about what makes new information appealing or what might allow someone to change their mind about a complex issue -- and it’s really about guiding someone through intellectual discomfort.

    After Kevin’s realizing that we don’t need “Science Popes” and a rousing discussion of what science *really* is… and what it isn’t. Patrons jump in with questions about what it’s like to work for PBS, getting into science content in the first place, Joe’s sips from the fountain of youth, and when it’s a good time to play dumb.

    Thanks to Dr. Hanson for spending time with all of us in The Create Unknown universe, and a special thanks to the patrons who make this show happen each and every week.

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    It's Okay To Be Smart: https://www.youtube.com/c/itsokaytobesmart
    Mr Wizard's a Dick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqpkJ_ey_QE
    Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g246c6Bv58
    The Invention Of Blue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIg5HkyauoY

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    City Animation: Eric Langlay 
     
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Urban Rescue Ranch is King of the Texas Jungle [Ep. 92]

    Urban Rescue Ranch is King of the Texas Jungle [Ep. 92]

    There is NO ONE on YouTube like Ben of the Urban Rescue Ranch. He’s got a kangaroo, a possum, a pair of rheas (including the frequently-violent Kevin)... so there’s a lot to talk about with his mini-farm and translating it to TikTok and YouTube.

    How’d he learn to be King of the Urban Rescue Jungle? From YouTube, naturally. Ben’s formal education wasn’t in animal wrangling, or even biology, but he’s built a tremendous knowledge base over time just by putting in the work. And it started with pigeons.

    The pandemic aligned a few stars for Ben, who was all of a sudden home to be able to do things like bottle-feeding babies every 4 hours. It was a huge boost for his channel and ones like it, since so many people’s attention turned toward the outdoors and self-sufficiency. Gardening and animals got hot, and fast.

    The bad news is that there just aren’t any vacations. Even so, Ben’s looking at expanding his operation. He needs more land for… well, everything. But the one thing he won’t get is a cassowary, and there are several very good reasons for that.

    Patrons jump in to ask questions about how badly it hurts when Kevin bites Ben, when he almost lost an eye, nearly killing himself by eating raw eggs, and the stresses of zookeeping and content creation.

    Thanks to everyone who showed up to a truly unique episode with Urban Rescue Ranch, and a special thanks to all the Patrons who make this show possible every single week!

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    Urban Rescue Ranch: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheUrbanRescueRanch
    Chicken in an Egg - Smarter Every Day 254: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKNlPrEQwPY
     
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    Produced and Edited by Ben Webster → https://twitter.com/benwebsterTCU 
    "Created in the Unknown" theme by Basswaite: https://linktr.ee/Basswaite  
    Theme by Mega Drive → http://megadrivemusic.com  
    Opening Animation: Kidmograph 
    City Animation: Eric Langlay 
     
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    • 2 hr 3 min
    Jeremy Scott Talks the Love & Hate of CinemaSins [Ep. 91]

    Jeremy Scott Talks the Love & Hate of CinemaSins [Ep. 91]

    Jeremy Scott has played a part in nearly 1,000 analytical video essays criticizing movies for their problems, so now it’s time to put CinemaSins himself on the hot seat. We start off with a quickie about near-perfect movies like District 19 and Finding Nemo and a throwback to some of our past animator guests.

    Jeremy’s noticed some patterns in perpetual sins in cinema, like the stylistic elements of dialogue that work just fine for a movie, but would be awful in real life -- and at least one filmmaker has said he’s used CinemaSins’ videos as a guide to avoid pitfalls in his own work.
     
    Opening with studio logos? Sin. Egregious critiques and inventing problems just to keep a job? Also probably a sin.
     
    It seems to have started for Jeremy with watching Terminator 2 on VHS, and in the 30 years since he’s developed a character with serious criticism interspersed with deliberate ignorance and comedic sarcasm. Sometimes that funnels viewers down a ‘hate to subscriber’ pipeline that actually works out for everyone.
     
    But it’s not all just movies for Jeremy -- he’s authored “The Ables” series of young adult novels about a gang of disabled superheroes who combine their powers, and he’s just about to drop “Original Sin: From Preacher’s Kid to the Creation of CinemaSins.” We’ve got a lot to talk about with the writing process and what it’s like to be so prolific in several different genres.
     
    Patrons ask about popcorn, how long it takes him to watch a movie, the first truly awful movie he ever walked out of, and more. Thanks to everyone who showed up for Jeremy’s sharp wit and tremendous expertise, and a special thanks to all the patrons who make this show possible every single week. You really are the best.
     
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    CinemaSins Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CinemaSins
    Jeremy Scott YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CinemaSinsJeremy
    The Ables: https://cinemasins.com/book
    Original Sin: From Preacher's Kid to the Creation of CinemaSins: https://cinemasins.com/original-sin
     
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    CREDITS: 
     
    Hosts: Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor 
    Produced and Edited by Ben Webster → https://twitter.com/benwebsterTCU 
    "Created in the Unknown" theme by Basswaite: https://linktr.ee/Basswaite  
    Theme by Mega Drive → http://megadrivemusic.com  
    Opening Animation: Kidmograph 
    City Animation: Eric Langlay 
     
    "The Create Unknown" is produced by Unknown Media. 
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    If Andy Kaufman Wrote Love Songs & Graduated Harvard [Ep. 90]

    If Andy Kaufman Wrote Love Songs & Graduated Harvard [Ep. 90]

    Austin Weber started off studying music at the Ivy League level, and years after a viral video of him singing ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” at various locations in Japan, he’s built an amazing career online. But who does he sound like, and is it even appropriate to suggest similarities to someone?!

    Feeling music is easier than talking about it, Austin says, before he goes into the other media he’s trained in -- including sculpting. Then we’ve got to ask what “electro acoustic composition” actually means before deciding whether one of Bach’s fugues is on par with Warrant’s Cherry Pie. 

    Austin’s breakthrough video? It took him about 2 hours to make, and he wasn’t even going to bother to release it. We’re all pretty glad that he did, and now he’s developed and activated a broad network of very talented friends to keep progressing in the music world.

    Patrons jump in to ask Austin about TikTok, day jobs, favorite ice cream and more. 

    Thanks to Austin for spending so much time with us, and thanks to everyone who showed up for the live recording -- and a special spoonful of gratitude slop goes into the bowls of our Patrons, who make this show happen each and every week.

    Patreon: https://patreon.com/thecreateunknown 

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    Austin Weber: https://www.youtube.com/c/AustinWeber/featured

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    🎥 CREDITS:

    Hosts: Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor 
    Produced and Edited by Ben Webster  →  https://twitter.com/benwebsterTCU 
    "Created in the Unknown" theme by Basswaite: https://linktr.ee/Basswaite  
    Theme by Mega Drive → http://megadrivemusic.com  
    Opening Animation: Kidmograph 
    City Animation: Eric Langlay 
     
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Conspiracy Frogs and Bad Science with Oki’s Weird Stories [Ep. 89]

    Conspiracy Frogs and Bad Science with Oki’s Weird Stories [Ep. 89]

    Oki investigates, analyzes, and tells weird stories of all kinds, from the Alex Jones-driven conspiracy about water quality making frogs gay to the fraudster and ‘modern psychopath’ Jacob Wohl. And the more Oki talks, the more you can tell his knowledge runs deep about most everything. He’s part Internet Historian, part Vsauce2, and part Whang!, and it’s why he’s so passionate about getting to the bottom of media including films on the Kinocast and L. Ron Hubbard’s prolific literary catalog.
     
    Oki explains why he’s not bothered by conspiracy theories and that he really just wants to hear crazy stuff. Does ketchup cause cancer? When do the benefits outweigh the effects? And how does that relate to the bizarre rise of Alex Jones?
     
    Recycling, tobacco company deception, Popeye and spinach… all these science-based topics are teeming with more complexity and sometimes less honesty than we think. Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule for expertise? 10,000 steps for a healthy heart? There’s a lot to probe and question in things we take for granted.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0Tl7tpMssVqt7O4qej8Ro0?si=JnX3-HMSREmBkNHR7jkznw
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    0:00:00 - Intro
    0:07:59 - What Do You Wish You Could Talk About?
    0:14:03 - Is Drinking Water Turning Frogs Gay?
    0:29:38 - Conspiracies, Balancing Toxicity and Entertainment
    0:40:44 - The Recycling Industry
    0:51:16 - Telling Controversial Tales on YouTube
    0:59:43 - Spinach is a LIE
    1:09:31 - Junk Science
    1:22:40 - Making Mistakes
    1:46:59 - Patron Questions
    2:07:53 - See Ya Space Cowboys      
     
    Oki's Weird Stories: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjDQKxiTVpXutZc2Ra9wCAg
    Kinocast: https://www.youtube.com/c/KinoKast/videos
    NPR Recycling: https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled
     
    The Patrons have a ball poking and prodding Oki (who stuck around for ANOTHER 2 hours in the aftershow chat), and with every answer we dig a little deeper into his mind with each answer.
     
    Thanks to everyone who came out to hang with Oki, and thanks especially to the Patrons who make this show possible each and every week. You really are the best.
     
    🎥 CREDITS:
     
    Hosts: Kevin Lieber and Matt Tabor
    Produced and Edited by Ben Webster → https://twitter.com/benwebsterTCU
    "Created in the Unknown" theme by Basswaite: https://linktr.ee/Basswaite
    Theme by Mega Drive → http://megadrivemusic.com
    Opening Animation: Kidmograph
    City Animation: Eric Langlay
     
    "The Create Unknown" is produced by Unknown Media.
     
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    • 2 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Cran S ,

Literally changed my life!

Have you ever been at a point in life where you look in the mirror and see the awful, sad, ugly person you truly are? Well now you can be entertained and forget about that train wreck. You’ll still be that same meat filled, waste of skin. But you’ll be vastly entertained on a regular basis and put all those pesky annoying things like therapy appointments, out of your mind!

KittenChatNoir ,

Sometimes educational, always entertaining

Hosts Kevin and Matt manage to keep your attention through every episode, with or without guest creators, all the while teaching about online media creation in a way that sticks to the listener. 10/10 will listen to more

dabassist88 ,

Best YouTube based podcast

This podcast is very informative for bagels like myself, not sure about any other breakfast foods though. Proud to be a member of the dumpster crew.

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