70 episodes

We’re media academics who chat about pop culture, media industries, news, and pretty much all things media

The Macademia Nuts David Morris, Ph.D.; Alec Tefertiller, Ph.D., & Lindsey Maxwell, Ph.D.

    • TV & Film

We’re media academics who chat about pop culture, media industries, news, and pretty much all things media

    Episode 0069: Madame Web and Stanley Cups

    Episode 0069: Madame Web and Stanley Cups

    David saw the Sony “Spiderverse” movie Madame Web so you don’t have to. It is as bad as you’ve heard. The Nuts discuss the new X-Men ‘97 series and David’s subsequent watching of the original X-Men series. A discussion of the popularity of Stanley cups leads to a discussion of marketing and viral trends, and how Alec was mocked for his Member’s Only jacket in middle school. The Nuts extensively discuss home entertainment technology, including trends in media tech. It’s not as boring as you think. Finally, Lindsey builds a greenhouse.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 0068: The Taylor Bowl

    Episode 0068: The Taylor Bowl

    This week was the Super Bowl, so of course Alec starts the episode by ranting about his difficulties getting a new iPhone from AT&T and UPS. Somehow this leads to a discussion of Super Bowl advertiser Temu and their unique business model. The Nuts do get around to talking about the enormous ratings of the Super Bowl, the halftime show, favorite commercials, and - not surprisingly - Taylor Swift. Other Super Bowl-related topics include Alyssa Milano and youth sports, Patrick Mahomes’s status as a challenger to Tom Brady for greatest of all time, and Jason Kelce.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 0067: The Grammys and Other American Nightmares

    Episode 0067: The Grammys and Other American Nightmares

    The Nuts have a spoiler-filled discussion of the Netflix true-crime documentary American Nightmare. Also, somehow David was unaware that there have been multiple seasons of the broadcast television show The Conners. The Nuts discuss the Grammys, including Taylor Swift and Beyonce. David has a favorite Taylor Swift album. Finally, the Nuts discuss people walking around with Apple Vision Pro.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 0066: This Episode is Smooth Like Butter

    Episode 0066: This Episode is Smooth Like Butter

    For some reason, butter keeps coming up in this episode. We’re sorry. Other observations include the world is cruel to night owls, and true Southerners like grits. Topics include the usual television recommendations, Alec’s new video game obsession, and the implications of the ongoing Swift/Kelce relationship. The Nuts question statistics about the most popular soft drink in each state, including the Coke vs. Pepsi debate, and they weigh in on the Justin vs. Britney debate. Finally, the Nuts address the Oscars debate. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 0065: Video Games, Peacock, and Amy Winehouse vs. Taylor Swift

    Episode 0065: Video Games, Peacock, and Amy Winehouse vs. Taylor Swift

    Alec is very proud of his recent video game conquests on his new Nintendo Switch; however, Lindsey has no idea about any of it, and David doesn’t play Switch that much. The Nuts discuss the history of the gender divide in video gaming. Other topics include NBC’s decision to broadcast an NFL playoff game on their streaming platform Peacock, the Emmy Awards, and whether Lindsey would choose to save Amy Winehouse or Taylor Swift. Finally, the Nuts pay tribute to the end of Letterkenny, the end of Nick Saban, and the end of Jason Kelce’s football career.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 0064: A Whole Lot of Bad Viewing - We Watch So You Don’t Have To

    Episode 0064: A Whole Lot of Bad Viewing - We Watch So You Don’t Have To

    From good to disturbing, the Nuts watched the worst (and best) so you don’t have to - unless you want to. Lindsey and David discuss the good movie that is also disturbing, Saltburn, and they convince Alec not to watch it. Alec and David don’t have to work very hard to convince Lindsey not to watch Rebel Moon, which some people out there actually enjoyed, apparently. Alec proposes his u-shaped model of movie badness and enjoyability. Other debates on bad media include college football bowls and this year’s Golden Globes.

    • 1 hr 11 min

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