The Weekly Substandard | A nerdcast on movies and pop-culture
By The Weekly Standard
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Each week geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last and Sonny Bunch for a nerdcast on movies and pop-culture. The genesis for this podcast started way back in 2002 with Jonathan's seminal essay, The Case For the Empire: http://tws.io/casefortheempire. The debate continues today with The Weekly Substandard podcast.
||ExplicitA Farewell to Malls||In this Very Special Episode, Vic and Jonathan lament the death of shopping malls (Sonny: “Meh”).||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat We Really Want to Do is a Podcast||During an erudite discussion of the NFL playoffs, Golden Globes, and actors becoming directors, a bottle mishap nearly derails the episode. Plus JVL dismantles the Skins Bandwagon. Sonny breaks down the Fourth Wall. And Vic mentions The Big Hunt for no ap||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFunny How? The Substandard Tackles Scorsese||The Substandard Tackles Scorsese||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Weekly Substandard: Rogue One Redux||Podcasts are built on hope!||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGilmore Girls and Other Guilty Pleasures||Guilty pleasures on television, vacation cruises, and germ-carrying children.... And more!||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Substandard Goes Rogue||It’s a trap! Actually, it’s the Substandard Star Wars episode.||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Substandard Christmas Spectacular||Sonny Bunch, Jonathan V. Last, and Victorino Matus discuss Die Hard and other Christmas classics. Does anyone like eggnog? Plus the Substandard Holiday Gift Guide!||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAlien Invasion (plus Thanksgiving tips!)||On this podcast, no one can hear you scream.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica Divided … Between Marvel and DC||Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last, and Sonny Bunch geek out on comic-book movies, issue corrections, and sample a new spirit. Plus the most trenchant political analysis of Election 2016 you will find on the Internet!||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThere's no crying in podcasts!||A Very Special Tom Hanks Episode.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdaptation: A Jack Reacher Roundtable and other books that become movies||Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last, and Sonny Bunch discuss books that (for better or for worse) become movies.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Absolutely love this podcast on movies, culture, and life (and occasionally, alcohol and NJ rest stops) -- the dynamic among the hosts is wonderful, the conversations are freewheeling but insightful, and there's next to no politics. totally refreshing and makes me actually "lol."
My favorite podcast of 2016...
I highly recommend this podcast, and here's why… Picture three long-time colleague/friends ("work husbands") who all happen to be smart, articulate and the slightest bit dorky too. They decide (likely over drinks) that they should do a podcast together. Their guiding assumption is that no one will listen so they just say what they want - no filters. Being accomplished authors, this podcast seems like their rare chance to showcase verbal wit - which they certainly have. The structure is loose, and topics are soundly "casual male" - i.e. pop culture, movies, comic books, alcohol, etc. Each episode is chock-full of self-deprecating humor and nerd alerts.
better than "fine"
Although they close every podcast with "I'm sure it's fine", it's truly so much better than that. Not only is it hilarious, but I always end up learning a thing or two about their topic. I find myself stalking this podcast, waiting for it to be posted.