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EPISODE 38: WHY, CHARLIE BROWN, WHY – with playwright JACK MCMANUS

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Playwright Jack McManus returns to the podcast this month to discuss one of his favorite Peanuts specials: “Why, Charlie Brown, Why?” from 1990. This first TV special of the 90’s arose out of Schulz’s desire to honestly talk to kids about cancer. One of the Peanuts kids is diagnosed with leukemia and we follow the others as they process this information. It’s a heavy episode. Does it manage to both entertain and inform? 

Unfortunately, there were some audio issues that makes Jack hard to hear for a lot of the discussion. Don’t give up, though, it’s good stuff if you just bump up the volume a little. My apologies.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight” and “Base Walker”.

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Check out his music on Soundcloud here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – show notes, episodes, social media, etc.

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show!

Pick up It’s Podcast, Charlie Brown mugs and shirts and what not at our AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

You can support the show financially on the Patreon page here. 

You can pick up my short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS in ebook and print many places. Here’s one of them.

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EPISODE 37: SNOOPY THE MUSICAL (ANIMATED)

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It’s time to start the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to get things started on the….oh, wait. That’s the Muppet Show.

Anyway, we’re talking about the 1988 animated version of SNOOPY THE MUSICAL on the podcast this month. So, to be clear: there was a comic strip called “Peanuts” (you may have heard of it) that became a stage show called SNOOPY THE MUSICAL, which, in turn, was turned into an animated TV special. Got it? 

All right, the usher will now show you to your seats as the show is about to start. Please make sure your phones are turned off…NO! Wait! Don’t do that! You won’t be able to hear the show!

Also this month: Random Strip of the Month and a “Peanuts by Schulz” short called “Feeling Insecure”.

“It’s Tennis, Charlie Brown” article from Longreads

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Bass Walker” and “Mining by Moonlight”. 

Kickstarter for the “The History of Peanuts on Parade” book

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Check out that and his other music on Soundcloud.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – show notes, etc.

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show!

Check out “Greetings, Fellow Blockheads” mugs and shirts in the Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Please consider supporting the show financially on the It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown page on Patreon.com

Like the way I put words together, but need a break from my voice? Check out my short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS featuring an eclectic mix of stories in a variety of genres. Thanks!

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EPISODE 36: IT’S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN with Author/Illustrator Jason Yungbluth

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On episode 36, it’s the return of author/illustrator Jason Yungbluth! Several months ago, Jason appeared on the show and offhandedly commented that his “favorite” Peanuts special is the 1976 “IT’S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN”. So…I invited him back to the show to defend that dubious position. That’ll teach him to express an opinion!

We also have a Random Strip of the Month and a review of a “Peanuts by Schulz” short episode called “Fly”. Plus, the usual mixed bag of Peanuts news and musings.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Bass walker” and “Mining by Moonlight”. 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Find that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – show notes and what not

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show!

Zazzle.com – get shirts and mugs here

Patreon.com – support the show financially here

Pick up your copy of my new collection of short stories MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS – here’s one of the places you can do that. 

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EPISODE 35: “SPARKY” PLAYWRIGHT JACK MCMANUS and THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (Ep. 17)

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Greetings, fellow blockheads! IT’S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN Episode 35 is here!

Just so you’re not confused, I messed with the schedule this month and not just because this episode is dropping a day late. We’ve still got a random strip of the month. We’ve still got a “Peanuts by Schulz” short (this one is called “Reach for the Stars”). We even still have episode 17 (the penultimate one!) of “The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show”.

BUT, we’re shelving the planned “A Good Man, Charlie Brown” discussion until a later date. I had the unexpected good fortune of booking an interview with playwright Jack McManus about his new musical “Sparky”, which debuted earlier this year in New York. The play presents significant points in Schulz’s life and sounds very cool. I think you’ll agree the scheduling change was well worth it. 

Even we blockheads get it right once in a while.

Go here to donate to William Johnson’s “Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles Schulz” book Kickstarter. Listeners who kick in $50 or more get an extra photo!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight” and “Bass Walker”. 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Hear that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Show notes, episodes, social media

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show! Go there for an original short story every single week.

You can still pick up items in our merchandise store on Zazzle.com AB_Pod_Store. If you have ideas for what to put in the store, let me know.

Please consider supporting the show financially on the IT’S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on Patreon.com here. Thanks in advance.

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EPISODE 34: IT’S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN & YOU’RE IN THE SUPERBOWL, CHARLIE BROWN

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This month, episode 34 is booting one through the ol’ uprights with not one but TWO football themed episodes. 

First up is IT’S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN from 1977. Charlie Brown’s kicking prowess is all that stands between victory and defeat in the big Homecoming game. (Never mind that this is usually a high school thing. Peppermint Patty has a game to win!) Will the Little-Red-Haired-Girl-turned-Homecoming-Queen have Chuck banished from the royal realm? How much power do Homecoming queens actually have?

Next, we check out YOU’RE IN THE SUPERBOWL, CHARLIE BROWN. Except he’s not. This 1994 tie-in with that year’s Superbowl finds World Famous Coach Snoopy trying to lead his team of birds to Animal Football League glory while Linus and Charlie Brown vie for the affections of New Girl in Town Melodie Melodie even as they get ready for the “punt pass kick” contest where they could win a new bike..also, a Superbowl ticket. Just one though. 

Does that Superbowl one sound fun? Want to buy a copy to watch? You can! If you time travel to 1994! And get your gas at Shell Stations! And still have a functioning VHS player! Listen to the episode to have this explained. But if you time travel BEFORE you listen, you’ll spoil the ending. 

We’ve also got a “Peanuts by Schulz” short called “Company” and another “Random Strip of the Month”. Send us your Random Strip submissions right now … after you listen, of course. 

Here’s the 1999 Hartford Current article expressing the belief that Schulz overstayed his welcome.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight” and “Bass Walker”.

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Check out his music on Soundcloud here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – show notes, social media and more

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show!

You can support IT’S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN financially on our Patreon page here. Please consider doing so. 

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EPISODE 33: SCHULZ MUSEUM CURATOR BENJAMIN CLARK + THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW (Ep. 16)

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This month on the podcast, all of the Peanuts secrets are revealed…

Okay, not really. But we do have a conversation with Benjamin Clark, curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Benjamin gives us some insight into the daily life of a curator, how exhibits are put together, and a LOT of exciting things coming up in coming years. I even asked him, as the keeper of all things Peanuts, what is REALLY inside Snoopy’s doghouse.

Want to know the answer? Tune in to this episode!

We’ve also got one of the few remaining “Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show” episodes (#16 to be specific). In this one, the Peanuts gang boldly goes where no Peanut has gone before. At least it felt that way.

We’ve also got a “Peanuts by Schulz” episode called “Nice Doggy” and another “Random Strip of the Month”.

Chew your cookies loud as you want (It’ll make sense after you listen) and tune in! Thanks!

Here’s a link to Luke Epplin’s article, “Selling Out the Newspaper Comic Strip”.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight” and “Bass Walker”. 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy” remix. Find that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown show notes, episodes, social media and more.

Atari Bytes – Hey! That’s my other show!

Please consider supporting the shown financially. Snoopy’s dog bones aren’t cheap. You can do that on Patreon here.

 

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GOODNIGHT, 2018!

GOODNIGHT, 2018!
(With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown)
December 19, 2018

In the year gone by

There was a migrant caravan

And a female Doctor Who

And a picture of –

A super blue blood moon

And in the U.S., there were three mass shootings…

And then over 300 more…

And the federal court showed Obamacare the door

And lots of bad romaine lettuce

And no Miss America bikinis to vex us

And sadly departed McCain, Barbara and George Bush

And Trump special prosecutors whispering “hush”

Goodnight Stan Lee

Goodnight Carroll Spinney

Goodnight Virgin Galactic (almost) jumping the moon

Goodnight Kofi Annan

And Aretha Franklin

Goodnight trade wars

Goodnight wildfires

Goodnight Harlan Ellison

And goodnight Neil Simon

Goodnight bump stocks

And goodnight Thai cave rescuers. You beat the clock

Goodnight bad climate report

And goodnight Olympic sport

Goodnight Paul Allen

And goodnight condoned assaulting

Goodnight nobody

Goodnight Stephen Hawking

And goodnight to trying to get journalists to “hush”

Goodnight stars

Goodnight air

Goodnight all of us everywhere

EPISODE 151: ENDURO

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We hope you already peed, because once the cross-country race that is this week’s episode gets going, we’re not stopping. It’s the Activision game ENDURO, from 1983. So, this week’s story probably has something to do with eggplant farming.

Racers! Ready! Get set! Listen to 151!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Springs”. 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike Hughes” theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, social media and more. 

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown- grab a root beer and get your fill of ALL things Peanuts here, on the 15th of every month. 

Here’s the Atari Bytes Patreon page where you can support the show financially. Thanks. 

In the St. Nick of Time is my holiday novel. A Santa Claus story for us adults. You can order it wherever you get books. Here’s one of those places.

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EPISODE 150: KARATEKA (7800)

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Much like the unnamed karate-practitioner in Broderbund’s 1988 port of KARATEKA for the Atari 7800, my moves are lightning fast and totally ineffectual. But we both look great with bare feet. Bunions are in now, right?

Why is Mr. No Name – let’s call him “Ed” – storming the castle of evil warlord Akuma? Why does Akuma leave his doors unlocked? Is the lovely, Princess Mariko longing to be saved by…Ed…or is she doing just fine on her own, thank you?

We’ll take a flying drop kick into episode 150, roundhouse the deets on this game and then, as the story within the game lies convulsing on the floor, we’ll FINISH HIM

(Note to self, less coffee before writing the show notes for next episode.)

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Spring”. 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike Hughes Theme”. 

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes, and social media.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Good Grief! That’s my other show!

Patreon – You can support Atari Bytes financially here. 

Zazzle.com – the Atari Bytes merchandise store is here. If you have suggestions for items you’d like to see, let me know.

You can order my novel IN THE ST. NICK IN TIME pretty much anywhere you want (support your indie book stores!), but here’s a common location. And don’t forget to leave a review!

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EPISODE 149: GOPHER

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Episode 149 offers up GOPHER, a 1982 U.S. Games title for those among us who long to bash in the brains of a furry little creature with a shovel. 

In the game, you are a farmer defending your carrot patch from relentless gophers stealing your crop. You are armed with a shovel which you wield with merciless glee. Sometimes you actually use to fill in the holes the gopher leaves, but, mostly, you’re all about the bonking. Who doesn’t love to bonk their pocket gopher now and then?

So what’s this week’s story about? I, too, am scared to imagine…

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”. 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike Hughes” theme.

Atari Bytes show notes and more.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show!

You can, if you’re able, support the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks!

If you’re so inclined, check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for ADULTS. Humor, gun play, and St. Nick in an existential crisis. Hope you enjoy! Here’s one of many places you can order it. 

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