Sofa King Podcast
Big IDEAS, Big OPINIONS, Big MOUTHS… The world famous Sofa King Podcast! The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two interesting topics per week in a way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language. Listen below.
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Episode 456: Tulsa Race Massacre: Oklahoma’s Dark DayFebruary 18th, 2020On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at a dark (and often unknown) chapter from American history, the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. This was brought to the public’s attention in the excellent HBO Watchmen series, and many people (hosts included) thought it was just a fiction from this world of super heroes. However, it was very real and very tragic. The whole thing unfolded in perhaps the most unique and prosperous neighborhood for African Americans in the all of the US, a portion of Tulsa known as Greenwood. This area was called the Black Wall Street. It was a place where wealth black investors from Chicago and New York moved. It had movie theaters, jewelry stores, high end restaurants, everything that many black communities didn’t have. The problem was, Tulsa also had white supremacy groups such as the KKK and the Knights of Liberty. They ran lynch mobs and saw vigilante “justice” even on white criminals who they would storm out of police detention and kill. On Memorial Day weekend, a black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland had an encounter with elevator operator named Sarah Page in the elevator of the Drexler Building. She screamed. He ran out. The next day he was arrested for no particular reason. By that afternoon, a mob of 1000 people stormed the sheriff’s department, even though they concluded no crime was committed. Some black residents banded together with weapons (many were vets from WWI), and thing escalated quickly. Shots were fired, and ten whites and two black were dead in minutes. The white mob armed itself and stormed Greenwood. They burned down 35 city blocks in one night. They destroyed the businesses, torched 1200 houses, left 8000 black residents homeless, and murdered as many as 300 innocent victims. The immediate response afterward was a systematic cover up. No journalist could write about it. Tulsa police and military records went missing, and all the culpability of city leaders who stoked the flames were disappeared. There have since been memorials and calls for reparation, but even Dr. Manhattan can’t save the day this time. Visit Our Sources: https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/hbo-2019/the-massacre-of-black-wall-street/3217/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_massacre https://www.history.com/topics/roaring-twenties/tulsa-race-massacre https://www.tulsahistory.org/exhibit/1921-tulsa-race-massacre/ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/arts/television/watchmen-tulsa-race-riot.html https://www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=TU013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/10/11/we-lived-like-we-were-wall-street/ https://www.npr.org/2019/12/17/789015343/new-research-identifies-possible-mass-graves-from1921-tulsa-race-massacre https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/possible-mass-grave-1921-tulsa-race-massacre-found-researchers-n1102781 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/ https://www.theringer.com/2018/6/28/17511818/black-wall-street-oklahoma-greenwood-destruction-tulsa
Episode 455: Taylor Swift: Feuds, Fortune, and FameFebruary 14th, 2020On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the queen of pop and the princess of country western, Taylor Swift! Brad celebrates her entire collection, Dave just discovered and digs her, and Brent…knows who she is. Regardless of where you fall on the T-Swift spectrum, she’s an incredibly gifted song writer with ten Grammys and endless awards. She was the wealthiest celebrity under 30. She’s had a crazy life of stardom and feuds, and her story is a testament to what hard work and talent can get you (to the tune of $400 million). She was born to an upper middle class family of stock brokers in Pennsylvania back in 1989. She spent her childhood living on a Christmas tree farm of all things, and at age nine, she discovered a love for music. By age 14, her parents moved to Tennessee, so she could be close to the country music scene in Nashville. This was not a mistake. In short order, she was discovered singing a small gig and signed. From there, she released her single “Tim McGraw” and has been experiencing an exponential growth of success ever since. As she matured, she started to reinvent herself from country to pop, and her fame and accomplishments only grew with the change. There was of course the infamous beef with Kanye West, which we talk about in some detail. She even had a beef with Katy Perry once. But love her or hate her, she stands up for what she believes in. She speaks out for women’s rights and LGBTQ issues, even at the detriment of record sales. She dipped her toe in politics to try and register more voters, and she gives back through philanthropic causes. She’s the focus of the documentary Miss Americana and one of the biggest stars on the planet. So give this one a listen, give this one a laugh, and go ahead and learn while you’re at it! Visit Our Sources https://www.biography.com/musician/taylor-swift https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift https://www.singers.com/bio/6625 https://www.forbes.com/profile/taylor-swift/#1441f0f618e2 https://summary.org/taylor-swift-net-worth/ https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/taylor-swift-facts-trivia-2264582 https://heavy.com/money/2019/08/taylor-swift-net-worth/
Episode 454: Falcon Lake: Canada’s RoswellFebruary 11th, 2020On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look North of the Border at “The Roswell of Canada” known as the Incident at Falcon Lake. This took place back in 1967. Most people claim it is the most documented encounter in Canada’s UFO history. It is the story of a Polish prospector who stumbled on two craft, gets burned, and has strange health problems the rest of his life. So where does this story begin? A remote lake in Manitoba. Stefan Michalak was a mechanic from Poland who did prospecting as a hobby. He found himself at Falcon Lake since the area is rich with minerals. He staked a claim there the previous year and was out looking for the goods. While there, he heard a bunch of geese (a gaggle?) honk and freak out and fly off. He went to investigate and was surprised at what he saw. There were two craft on the ground, glowing. He described them as cigarette shaped (but drew them as saucers, oddly enough). Michalak approached the craft, assuming they were American test craft, and he called to see if the pilots needed help. What he got for his trouble was a UFO door that shut in his face and a hot blast of air through a metal grate that burned his shirt off and left a grid of scars on his abdomen. Next, Michalak took a bus home to his family and was sick and stunk of ozone and chemicals. He lost weight, and doctors thought he was suffering from radiation sickness, but specialists at the Mayo Clinic said they didn’t know what was wrong with him. Months later, the US government and the RCMP found the site and did investigations. Ultimately, they found burned marks in the ground, high levels of radiation, and later on, melted metal fragments in the rocks. Michalak’s family suffered social disgrace from the incident, but his story stayed remarkably stable. The critics posed questions later about an encounter with the police as he left the site, but this is an interesting case because it came before UFO fever had gripped the world. Visit Our Sources https://alienufoblog.com/falcon-lake-incident-of-1967-ufo-sighting/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/falcon-lake-incident-book-anniversary-1.4121639 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_sightings_in_Canada#1967,_Falcon_Lake,_Manitoba_incident https://unsolvedmysteries.fandom.com/wiki/Falcon_Lake_UFO https://www.clermontsun.com/2018/10/26/falcon-lakes-mysterious%E2%80%88ufo-event/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/610260/ufo-sighting-documents-donated-to-university-of-manitoba https://www.livescience.com/canadian-ufo-collection-falcon-lake-incident.html https://www.thedailybeast.com/hunting-flying-saucers-in-the-great-white-north https://www.appalachianghostwalks.com/USUFOCenter/ufologist/booth/falconlake1.html
Episode 453: General George Patton: The Legend of WWIIFebruary 7th, 2020On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of an exceptional man of war, General George S. Patton. Patton was born to a privileged family. He knew politicians and seemingly indestructible Civil War generals as a child. His family was a military family, and he was destined to be the same. After academic struggles, he entered West Point. Here, he flunked out in math but excelled in tactics and military drills. Once he graduated, he wiggled his way to the Mexican border where he worked for General Pershing and fought the Mexican outlaw, Pancho Villa. He made a name for himself here and earned promotions before his time in WWI. In the war, he saw a new type of combat, ones using battle tanks. He quickly became the nation’s (if not the world’s) expert at tank warfare and mechanized combat. After legendary exploits in WWI France, he found himself in World War II, where he was indispensable. He helped capture North Africa, Sicily, and most of Germany on his push for blood and guts. Then, there was the time he slapped two soldiers and almost got fired. Oh, and the time he killed a soldier with a shovel, but nobody seemed to care. Did I mention he was an Olympic athlete, redesigned the sabre used by the US Army, and believed in reincarnation? Love him or hate him, George Patton was a quintessential war soldier. Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/military-figure/george-patton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_S._Patton https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/george-smith-patton https://www.loc.gov/collections/george-s-patton-diaries/about-this-collection/ https://www.americanheritage.com/ikes-son-remembers-george-s-patton-jr https://vault.fbi.gov/george-s.-patton https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-price-of-being-a-patton-wrestling-with-the-legacy-of-americas-most-famous-general https://www.military.com/army/lt-gen-george-s-patton-jr.html https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-george-patton
Episode 452: Aileen Wuornos: The Tragic Life of a MonsterFebruary 4th, 2020On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life and death (sentence) of the monster Aileen Wuornos. She was a notorious female serial killer, the one that the movie Monster was based on. She only killed five, but she had a hell of a path getting there. Her father was a child molester who killed himself in prison. His mother was a teenager who abandoned Aileen and her brother. This put her under the care of her grandparents; her grandmother the alcoholic, and her grandfather the rapist. Her horrible childhood led to her having sex as a child for loose change and cigarettes just to be popular. She even had sex with her brother. After she was impregnated at 14, she became homeless and lived in the woods. The only way to survive was to sell her body, and she started a career of that. She moved to Florida, married a rich guy, abused him, and got annulled in nine weeks. She met the love of her life, a woman named Tyria Moore, and she started a decades long career of random petty crimes as a hooker. Eventually, she was assaulted by one of her customers and killed him in what she called self-defense. This led to a killing spree over the course of a year. How did she get busted? Did her girlfriend give her up? How many times was she arrested? How did her brother die? How many men did she kill, and were they all customers? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos https://www.biography.com/crime-figure/aileen-wuornos http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/wuornos805.htm https://capitalpunishmentincontext.org/cases/wuornos https://listverse.com/2020/01/04/10-tragic-facts-about-the-life-of-aileen-wuornos/ https://allthatsinteresting.com/aileen-wuornos https://murderpedia.org/female.W/w/wuornos-aileen.htm
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