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  • 01:20

    Modern Lesbian Subtext 101

    in Television

    F4F Radio rings in the new year with a discussion of lesbian subtext in modern television - a topic I’ve wanted to discuss since before the start of 2012!  Before the late 1990s, when fandoms began popping up with canon lesbian pairings on shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Once and Again” and “Babylon 5”, gay characters typically lacked a screen presence beyond the “very special episode”.  Today, more network and cable programs seem to be recognizing the appeal of lesbian and bisexual women on the small screen. Yet for every canon lesbian couple with a fan following, it seems like there are many more pairings based on subtext.  Sometimes, it even seems like these are MORE popular.  As gay and straight audiences, rightly or wrongly, perceive subtext more and more on their TV, we begin to ponder questions like, how much subtext is REALLY there?  Are shows intentionally using subtext to pull in lesbian audiences without actually giving them maintext?  Can fan followings of subtext couples potentially shift storylines in a maintext direction?  We’ll be discussing these kinds of questions in a general context, but we’ll also focus on 4 shows in particular – “Rizzoli & Isles”, “Once Upon a Time”, “The Good Wife”, and “Warehouse 13”.  I’ll be joined by a panel of three past guests who between them have written memorable femslash fanfic for all four programs – Adm_Hawthorne, Heartsways, and Sweetjamielee.  That’s a lineup you can’t miss!

  • 00:30

    Suspense Radio One on One with Rick Ollerman

    in Books

    Suspense Radio One on One in partnered with Partners In Crime Tours is pleased to bring you author Rick Ollerman.

    His book Shallow Secrets:

    Remember those old Ace paperbacks, with two actioners in one volume? Stark House is reviving them, with the current offering holding all the slam-bang anyone might want.

    In Turnabout, ex-cop Frankie O'Neil is skeptical when a friend's death is ruled a suicide. He uncovers a crime unknown to the Ace masters: computer theft. These crooks have friends with guns, and halfway along the novel becomes a series of cliffhangers that hit another memory: movie serials. Will Frankie escape in time? Find out in the next chapter. You won't stop until you know.

    Shallow Secrets moves slower, with a subtext: the power of chance to provoke horrors, then avenge them. Cop James Robinson doesn't just know the accused killer. They're roommates. The coincidence ruins his career. Then there are fresh killings, and Robinson is "a person of interest." Near the end, Robinson almost tells a woman that "there wasn't anything they could do to make the world safe" from murders. But coincidence can bring them down, as when someone sees something he's not supposed to.

  • 00:32

    Screenwriting & Subtext: Guest Linda Seger

    in Film

     I'm very happy to have one of the top screenwriting experts in the world, author and consultant Linda Seger. We talk about Subtext in screenwriting and much more.

  • 01:02

    Obama's Selma Speech Its All About Me

    in Politics Conservative

    While placing the subtext of blame upon the shoulders of racist white men, to make a self-serving point concerning illegal immigration Obama used black Americans as beasts of burden to haul the weight of his reprimand.

    For starters, historical revisionist Barack Obama left out the fact that those doing the beating in Selma were members of the Democratic Party. The president dared not reveal that, 50 years later, both he and his political cronies are now politically and economically billy-clubbing the very people he pretends to defend.

    Keynote speaker Obama opened the discourse by extolling civil rights leader/Martial Law advocate John Lewis (D-GA).  Predictably, before long, Obama’s words started to sound more like he was discussing his own struggles as a ‘fundamental transformer’ than commemorating a half-century old injustice.


  • 01:12


    in Lifestyle

    What we see today makes us unhappy and is the subtext of masonry.  We believe what we want to believe; see what we want to see. The unvarnished truth is assumed to be painfully unnecessary. Generations before us write about hubris, dwindling interest, myopic vision of the future, poor maintenance, glory that has lost; realizing we no longer release our architects, engineers and craftsmen to build us a  Cathedral.   I suggest the Order has been consistent from the beginning. The epoch ever only existed in the mind, a pastiche of aspiration.   In this episode we approach our work with two aspects in mind; Alpha & Omega. Introspective or gregarious influences how we go about engagement and performance. I suggest masonry has dark matter, mass larger than what we perceive. The intellect of Craft Masonry has been preserved passed through streams of ideas and observations that contain the freemasonry. Whether we grasp this process or not rests on differences of ability that naturally exists between men. What we see is insignificant compared to what we represent.  Can we or should we leave a symbol for future generations? Nostalgia drives many of us to preserve lodges that have served there purpose. Periodically unstoppable, corrective adjustments happen. Our largest organizations and networks continually release retrograde pressure.  

    We cannot change the perfect mathematics of exisitence, but that does not stop us from trying. It is natural that membership rises and falls, interest gains and fades. And the stream of ethics, philosophy and insight keeps flowing through time.  There is a beginning so there must be an end. Strings or loops? 

    Masonic Exchange.

  • 01:50

    Supernatural: The Crossroads - 'Black'

    in Television

    Supernatural: The Crossroads is a show by fans for fans. Each week the hosts will dissect and discuss each new episode along with rumors and gossip surrounding the world of Supernatural.

    This week a discussion on the season 10 premiere episode 'Black'. Also, we speculate on what will happen during the next few episodes. Are the producers setting up Cole as the possible focus of a spin-off series. 
    Plus a discussion on the sexuality of certain SPN characters. Is there hidden messages and subtext?

  • 00:31

    The Seth Glossary - The S's to the V's

    in Spirituality

    Seth will discuss the definitions for concepts in The Seth Glossary covering the S’s to the V’s. This will be a lecture style program. We will not take calls from the audience.
    Spiritual Hierarchy, Subconscious, Subtext ,The Christ,The Council, The New World, The Third Dimension, Trance State, Trust but Verify, Uncommon Trance, Value Fulfillment, Visionary, Vision Statement.

  • 00:30

    Author2Author with Elizabeth Lyon

    in Writing

    Bill welcomes editor extraordinaire Elizabeth Lyons. Join Bill and Elizabeth - author of The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, Writing Subtext, and Manuscript Makeover - as they talk about the craft and business of writing - and life. Don't miss it!

  • 02:00

    True Haunting: The First Televised Exorcism With Ed and Marsha Becker

    in Paranormal

    Join ParaNation as we close out 2013 with a horrifying bang as Alex Matsuo talks to Ed and Marsha Becker about their terrfying experience with the paranormal that led to the first televised exorcism on NBC in 1971.  The Beckers' story has been featured on SyFy's Paranormal Witness on the episode, "The Tenants", and depicted in Ed's best-selling book, True Haunting.

    Edwin F. Becker has also acted as guest, host and co-host on numerous commercial and internet radio shows in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, a Baby Boomer. Coming from an abusive broken home, he spent a number of elementary years in Maryville, a Catholic children's institution. There, he learned Latin and became an altar boy. He went on to become a professional musician and spent his later teen years traveling the states with an R&B Show band. During his travels, he met and married his wife, Marsha, of 47 years.

    Ed has been writing original stories for over three decades for pure enjoyment. He has two daughters that have given him four granddaughters. Today Ed and Marsha reside in Branson, where they enjoy the year around activity and entertainment. Ed is very opinionated and many of his works contain a strong social subtext. Missouri, the "Show Me" state, seems an appropriate place to reside. His personal philosophy? "Leave everything and everyone better than you found them."

  • 02:01

    Honey Badger Radio: Bronies and the Shame Game

    in Blogs

    For those who don’t know, Bronies, portmanteau of “bro” plus “pony” are adult male fans of the children’s show “My little pony, friendship is magic.” 

    If the title of the show wasn’t a clue, the show is aimed at young girls. It has a lot of colour, it stars an almost all-girl cast and of course, ponies! Although it does have adult appeal with an intentionally more sophisticated subtext to it’s plot and character interactions. 

    Despite this, Bronies have been called pedophiles, fags and creeps. 

    Whatever men like, society seems to have an epithet to hurl at them for liking it

    If it’s feminine, then they're fags and pedos; if it’s masculine then they're wife beating rapist neanderthals.

    It’s almost like men don’t have a right… to their own time.

    Join us tonight as we discuss Bronies and the Shame Game on Honey Badger Radio.

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  • 00:30

    Engaging the Dark Side of Workplace Effectiveness

    in Business

    #TChat Radio is all new and live Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 6:30 pm ET (3:30 pm PT), with the #TChat Twitter chat right after from 7-8 pm ET.   Last week we talked about the rub of transparency and privacy in the workplace between employer and employee, and this week we're talking about engaging the dark side of workplace effectiveness.   Yes, the dark side. Contemporary organizations focus on trying to maintain upbeat hyper-positive work ecologies. Anger has to be managed; depression requires medication; shame becomes a disciplinary tool; guilt is the subtext of the employee manual; grief is allotted three days; family crises are never lunchroom conversations.    What if the key to maximum effectiveness was the celebration of these dark emotions and moods? What if we recognized that each of the darker, unacceptable emotions were treasure troves of insight and results? What if organizational adaptability depended on employing the full person not just the razor thin, Prozac enhanced person?   What if indeed. Let's discuss.   Join #TChat co-creators and hosts Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman as we welcome our special guests: John Sumser, the founder and editor-in-chief of the HRExaminer Online Magazine and the principal of Two Color Hat; and William Tincup, the CEO of HR consultancy Tincup & Co. and a leading thinker on social media application for HR and an expert on adoption of HR technology.   This will be another important #TChat show about engaging the world of work's dark side, so join us!