Martin Luther King Jr. Was A Trekkie (Cool Weird Awesome 219)

The most prominent civil rights leader in US history was a Trekkie, and a big reason why was the character of Lieutenant Uhura, played by NIchelle Nichols. Here's the story of how Dr. King convinced Nichols to stay on the show when she had plans to leave.

That Time There Was A Laugh Track On “The Twilight Zone” (Cool Weird Awesome 171)

Who knew the Twilight Zone was a dimension not only of sight and sound but of canned laughter?!? The episode "Cavender is Coming" features Jesse White, Carol Burnett, and a laugh track the network thought might help lead to a spinoff series. (It didn't.) Plus: anybody want to fly in an airplane where the whole interior looks like a giant window?

By |2019-11-14T06:28:17-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

It’s The Birthday Of Fawlty Towers, Don’t Mention The War! (Cool Weird Awesome 131)

Today in 1975 the BBC aired the first episode of “Fawlty Towers,” a landmark comedy series that was - amazingly - received about as poorly by TV executive and the public as Basil Fawlty’s appalling attitude was received by guests at his hotel. How did it finally get its due?

By |2019-09-19T08:52:15-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Scooby-Doo And Those Meddling Kids Started Solving Groovy Mysteries 50 Years Ago (Cool Weird Awesome 127)

It's the 50th anniversary of the premiere of “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” That’s right, the Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby have been setting traps, being danger prone, dropping glasses, making gigantic sandwiches and solving mysteries for a half-century. But originally the show was going to be very different.

By |2019-09-13T08:55:26-04:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The Biggest Binge-Watch Ever (Cool Weird Awesome 34)

The new film “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project" tells the story of a Philadelphia librarian and activist who spent decades recording every TV program she possibly could. She left 70,000 videocassettes in all, which is now being digitized to help us fill in some fascinating gaps in mass media history.

By |2020-06-27T22:04:57-04:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |