Sofa King Podcast

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 436: George Lucas: From Greaser to Myth Maker
    December 10th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the creator of a galaxy far, far away, the one and only George Lucas. He’s most famous for the creation of the Star Wars universe, but people forget he was part of the creative force behind Indiana Jones and one of the ultimate pioneers of special and visual effects in cinema. Most love him for his technical advancements, but some bemoan what he did to cinema, moving it from content to spectacle. And then, too, there was Jar Jar Binks… George Lucas was born in the small town of Modesto, California to a couple of blue collar parents who ran a small walnut ranch and sold office supplies. His biggest hobby growing up was cars and racing, and he even had plans to become a professional race car driver. This dream went up in smoke when he suffered a horrible car crash while racing, and it scared the thrill right out of him. Instead, a friend suggested he follow up with his second biggest passion, which was film. He attended a local community college and then transferred to the fledgling film studies department at USC, where he met incredible talent, from Francis Ford Copula to Steven Spielberg and countless others. He graduated from USC, got drafted, got booted due to health reasons, and went back to USC as a graduate student. Here, he and Copula had the ballsy decision to create their own indie film studio called American Zoetrope, designed to give upstart directors a chance to make films without big studio money. His first film was THX1138 which did poorly at the box office, but it was followed by the cult classic American Graffiti, which did incredibly well at the box office and was Oscar nominated. This got him a golden ticket to turn his passion project—a little science fiction serial he’d been working on—into a film. He directed the first Star Wars and released it in 1977. Nobody expected the film to do well, but it became a global phenomenon. He based the film on Joseph Campbell’s notion of the Archetypical Romantic Quest, something nobody had done in Hollywood, but something virtually everyone does today. This was the start of not just George Lucas’ impact on popular culture, but his climb to become the wealthiest entertainer on earth (which he is as of this recording). It was a fluke, really. He turned down a raise from Fox to write and direct Star Wars in order to retain rights to sequels and merchandising. Fox Studios never dreamed there would be sequels to this strange thing, and nobody made money merchandising, so they struck the deal. Within a year, Lucas was a multi-millionaire. From there, he went on to launch the Indiana Jones movies and produce more Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were both smashes, as were the Indiana Jones movies, and along the way, he created Industrial Light and Magic to help foster technological innovation in film. From the 80s on, if you watched a sci-fi block buster with crazy effects, odds are it was done by ILM. He also created THX sound systems—the gold standard for movie theaters even to this day—and the company Lucasarts, which created video games, novels, comics, and toys. All of this led to George Lucas being not just a household name, but a billionaire and a myth maker. He released the notorious prequels to mixed reviews, and he ultimately sold his company to Disney for just over $4 Billion dollars. Not bad for a greaser from Modesto… Special thanks to guest host Jason Roskam for sharing his knowledge of all things Lucas. He’s co-host of All Things Star Wars, which is part of the Podbelly family of podcasts.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.
  • EPISODE 435: Australia: WWII
    December 6th, 2019
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at a topic that has been high on the fan-voted list: Australia in World War Two. In spite of Brad not believing they did anything to help the war, there is a lot of evidence on the contrary. The story of Australia in WWII is one that not many Americans will know about, but it is one tied in to our own war in the Pacific. It is a story of being abandoned by Britain, fighting in every single war front, transforming their entire nation, and watching for the looming threat of permanent Japanese invasion. On September 3, 1939, Prime Minister Robert Gordon Menzies declared war on Germany and her allies in a now famous speech to all of Australia. They were the first of the UK’s territories to declare such a war, even though it was highly unpopular, and the nation wasn’t ready for it. Australia only had a handful of old weapons from World War One, and the nation wasn’t recovered from the depression yet. But they stood by Britain and threw all in. Britain, however, did not stand by them, and Winston Churchill ultimately took all their troops and did practically nothing to help them once Japan entered the war a few years later. The United States offered them help, however, in the form of a quarter of a million troops and building bases like the infamous Pine Gap. The US needed platforms to launch their war against Japan, so it’s not like they didn’t stand to gain, but the US and Oz formed a strong pair and fought through Pacific together. Australian war fighters battled some of the worst fights in the Pacific, and they helped everywhere from Germany to Italy to the war for gasoline in the deserts of northern Africa against the likes of Rommel. The nation transformed after Japan attacked them through bombings and submarine attacks in 1942. They started to ration, men were sent off to fight, and women were given jobs previously unavailable to them. One of the hardest fights was something called the Kokoda Track Campaign. This jungle warfare against the Japanese taught the Aussies and the Yanks how to fight this particular enemy and secured Australia from being conquered. There were controversies such as a thing called the Brisbane Line (a supposed plan to abandon the northern half of the country to the Japanese) and a conspiracy-ridden story of the sinking of the ship called the Sydney. If you love WWII, you don’t think Australians are real, or just want to hear us swear about Nazis in bad Australian accents, then this one is for you. Visit our Sources: War Announcement: Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • EPISODE 434: Norwegian Black Metal: Satan, Arson, Murder, Suicide
    December 3rd, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the infamous Norwegian Black Metal Scene. Musicians and fans famously went on a church arson spree in the 1990s, but that was hardly the worst that came from these truly dark and twisted bands. There were suicides (both musicians and listeners), murders, arsons, torture, satanic worship (that even called the Church of Satan weak), and white supremacy. And all this was just stage dressing to a new, black type of metal music with evil at its core. Black Metal was said to start in England with a band called Venom in 1982. From there, a wave of other Black Metal bands such as Bathory (named after the infamous Lady Bathory) and Hellhammer spread. But it wasn’t until it hit Norway in the 1990s that the genre really took off. A group known as the Black Circle met in a studio in Oslo, and from there many bands were formed. The Black Circle is said by many to be a satanic cult that music spawned from, but others just think it was a marketing ploy. With all the mayhem and violent crimes that grew from these groups, however, it seems far from marketing. What crimes? Well, where to begin…  The musician called Gorgoroth killed several goats and put their heads on spikes and bathed the audience in blood. A man called Ghaal kidnapped, tortured, and blood-let a guy…twice. Varg Vikernes famously murdered his band mate named Euronymous (who himself tried to blow up a church with a bomb some years earlier). Which leads back to the arsons. They say that Black Metal is responsible for over 50 church arsons in in a four year span in Norway alone. So, are these people truly evil Satanists, or are they so swept up in their fictional band characters that they put everything on the table for art? Listen, laugh, learn…     Visit Our Sources: Black Mass Footage: Scared Sh*tless: 1003 Facts that will Scare the Sh*t out of You. Author: Cary McNeal. Perigree Press, 2012.
  • Episode 433: Pascagoula Alien Abduction: Madness in Mississippi
    November 28th, 2019
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we dig in to one of the most researched UFO abduction cases in America, the Pascagoula Alien Abduction of 1973. Though you may not have heard of it, it has been vetted, argued, and critiqued by some of the biggest UFOlogists in history. It involves aliens that don’t match any other description and comes from men who stand to gain nothing from telling their tale. As with all such cases, the truth is elusive. It is a tale of two men being abducted, police secretly recording them, and witnesses coming out to corroborate their very unique story. The tale begins in an October night in Mississippi, when Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were out fishing as the sun went down on the banks of the Pascagoula River. They heard a strange zipping sound in the sky, akin to static electricity, and looked up to see a 30 foot long craft with a dome on top lower down to hover two feet from the ground. A hatch opened, and three beings unlike anything described in UFO literature floated out. They paralyzed Hickson and Parker and floated them on to the ship. A giant metal eyeball examined them, and they had “experiments” performed on them before they were let go. It was, ironically, a catch and release of the two fishermen. The two of them collected themselves and finally called the local air force base. The air force said no thanks and told them to go to the police. The men arrived at the police station at 10:30 PM and told them their story. The cops recall them being frantic and having a story that didn’t waver. The police gave them a polygraph and did everything they could to get the story to break or show cracks and flaws. It didn’t. In fact, the police secretly recorded the two of them alone and were shocked at what they found. (That last sentence was click bait to get you to download the episode…) Hickson (42) told everyone he could about the event, even going on the Tonight Show with Jonny Carson. Parker, only 19, was terrified and told nobody about it, even changing jobs if someone recognized him as the UFO guy. Years later, the police tapes were revealed, several other witnesses finally came forward and told interesting stories of their own from that night, and the phenomenon has been kept alive. So, what did these aliens look like? What did the other witnesses see? What was on the police tapes? What did the UFOlogists discover in their investigation, and what did debunkers and skeptics come up with? What was so compelling about the case that Mississippi put up a permanent marker on the site of the abduction? Listen, laugh, learn.     Visit our Sources: Video of the abductee talking:  
  • Episode 432: Mark Zuckerberg: From Zucknet to Facebook
    November 26th, 2019
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most influential (and richest) people on the planet, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. People tend to hate his world-changing social media platform, but they just can’t quit him and repeatedly go back to check their likes and update their profiles. Zuckerberg is a man surrounded by controversy, from the way the site started (and his alleged theft of intellectual property of the Winklevoss twins) to the ideas of fake news and foreign interference in modern day elections. He’s been called to congress and called to task, but he remains the king of social media. Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984 (the year of Big Brother, for those looking for irony) in New York state. His family was well off, with a dentist father and a psychiatrist mother. He was a prodigy with computers and programming at a very young age, and he even created a messaging program that connected his father’s dentist office to their household. It was called Zucknet. Years later, he would become better at naming things. His father hired a computer programmer to tutor his son, but in short order, he admitted that Zuckerberg knew more than he did. By the time he graduated from his prep school and went to Harvard, he had a reputation on campus as being the smartest guy in the room when it came to computers and coding. While a sophomore, he riffed off of a thing that only an Ivy League school could have--they were called face books, physical books that had photos of everyone who lived on campus, so people could figure out who to have sex with. He created a digital version called Facemash (not quite there on the naming thing…), but it was shut down by the university within a week. This creation led to him meeting the Winklevoss twins who had an idea for a social media platform to use on campus. He worked with them briefly and then set out to make his own, which he would call Facebook. Originally, it was designed to be used on the Harvard campus, but as it grew, it slowly competed with Myspace and spread to all colleges, not just Harvard. From there, it opened to the entire public; he and his three friends honed the software and improved it until it became a sensation. They worked out of dorms until they moved to Palo Alto in the heart of silicon valley and found investors. He turned down Yahoo! and MTV who both wanted to buy Facebook, all because he had a vision. His vision paid off when his IPO on the stock market became the largest in the history of all tech companies and made him one of the wealthiest men on the planet overnight. But in spite of all the likes, Zuckerberg has met with multiple controversies in recent years. First, he was sued by the Winklevoss twins for millions. Then, he was blamed for a group called Cambridge Analytica which used information from tens of millions of Facebook users to tamper with the 2016 elections. This was an event that led to his (first) meeting with congress at a public hearing about his power and whether or not he uses it properly. And though he comes off like a lizard person or a waxy skinned android, he has given away billions of dollars alongside his wife to various charities and aims to bring the internet to the poorest 1/3 of the globe who currently don’t have access to it. So give thumbs up or a thumbs down, but listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:
  • Episode 431: The Dust Bowl: Oklahoma’s Epic Fail
    November 22nd, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the biggest natural disasters in American history—The Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was a period of ten years where the perfect mixture of events combined to destroy all of agriculture in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas. It led to millions of people fleeing the area and dust storms that raged for days and killed countless people due to malnutrition and illness. One particular storm, called Black Sunday was so bad that it caused a storm that swept up a million tons of top soil from Oklahoma and dumped them as far away as Canada, Chicago, and New York! Even though the events of the Dust Bowl predate global warming by a century, it serves as a cautionary tale of how bad things can get with a quickness when weather and humans collide for mass stupidity. So what caused the dust bowl? It was a mix of things, and of course if something is wrong US, the government was involved. In order to lure settlers out to more undesirable areas of the country, the US made offers of free land which expanded and ended up being as high as 640 free acres in some states. This lured people with no farming knowledge to head to the area and start a life working the earth. So, thousands of unskilled workers showed up and were suddenly given all the advances of the industrial age to help work the soil. This combined in the worst way to harm the topsoil after just a few years of bad crop decisions. Now, the other part of the equation was that the area was known to have heavy rains for a decade and then light rains for a decade, but none of the farmers knew about the light rains. So, with soil that was overworked and in bad condition, the drought settled in, and once-fertile soil turned into nothing but sand and dust. This spread through several states until every storm turned into a dust storm with a  blacked sky and nothing to stop the ground from being pushed away Dozens of dust storms in just a few years made the area impossible to farm, and the dust itself caused health problems. This was all during the Great Depression to make things even worse, so everyone was starving, couldn’t work their land, and had no other line of work to turn to. Hundreds of thousands of “Oakies” moved to California to find work, but there was very little to be found. The static electricity was so bad in the arid, dusty atmosphere that people would get knocked on their butts from the discharge of simply shaking hands. It was a time of rail riding hoboes, bad health, mass migration, and biblical omens like red skies, hidden suns, and plagues of rabbits and bugs. If you’re into history, or just even just hoboes, give this one a listen.   Visit our Sources  
  • Episode 430: Ilse Koch: The Bitch of Buchenwald
    November 19th, 2019
    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back to World War Two and tell the tale of Ilse Koch, the Bitch of Buchenwald. Everyone knows the names like Dr. Mengele and tales of SS Officers who tortured and murdered the Jews in concentration camps. But this obscure, and truly evil woman, largely escapes the lens of history. Born in Dresden, Germany, Ilse lived in the poverty that faced all of Germany in the aftermath of World War One. This very poverty was what led Hitler to power, by exploiting the desire for Germany to be great again. And Ilse Koch was exactly the type of person Hitler was aiming at. She joined the Nazi Party very early on, and by the time Hitler came to power, she and her husband Karl Koch were rewarded with promotions. Karl became the warden of a prison, and he was so sadistic that the Nazis decided to put him in charge of the construction and daily operation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp during the holocaust. Unlike a lot of German women during the Reich, Ilse was not content to simply sit at home and be a house frau. Instead, she took a job at her husband’s first prison to prepare herself for life in Buchenwald, and once there, she really went off the rails. For one thing, she took money from the Jews as they got off the trains and used it—a lot of it—to build a mansion and massive structure in which she could horseback ride on the premises. She was known to ride around the camp and whip prisoners with her riding crop for a laugh. Oh, and she was also know to do it in skimpy clothes, so if any of the men stared at her, she could have them shot. This behavior went as far as her having servants come to her mansion while she was in a nightie and then killing off any man that looked at her, or lining Jews up in the nude and having any killed who got an erection. But she was just getting started. Apparently, she liked tattoos. She liked them a lot. In fact, she would collect them. From dead Jews. And make lamps for the house and a favorite purse out of them. In fact, she figured out an evil scheme in which the doctors of Buchenwald would conduct experiments to see if people with tattoos were more likely to be criminal and have different physiology. The only way to know was to kill and dissect them. Then, she would have other prisoners skin and tan the dead Jews, so she could have her keepsakes. The things that she and her husband did in the camp were so awful that even the Nazi party said enough. They had both of them arrested and tried. What were the results of the trial? Why did Karl get a much more harsh punishment than Ilse? What did the US and the new West German government do to punish her for war crimes? What happened to all the skin she had gathered? Did she really have shrunken Jew heads  in a glass case? How did she finally die? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:  
  • Episode 428: Library of Alexandria: A Collection of The Worlds Knowledge Lost
    November 14th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at one of the most important creations of the ancient world—the Library of Alexandria. This was considered to be the largest library ever built by humanity (until the Library of Congress…), and it was destroyed in a raging fire. Or, that’s what people think, anyway. So, how big was this library? It contained upwards of a million scrolls and books from all of the ancient, Western World. From Egypt to Greece to Rome and all parts nearby, if you wrote it, they had it. It housed a hundred scholars who were paid to live there and simply think and invent. In this way, it was a precursor to modern research universities by a few thousand years. The library was established by Alexander the Great who wanted a major hub of learning to be in his new capitol, so the military could always have an advantage. The head librarians and the Ptolemys who took after his death saw something much more grand in this place. It was set out to be a place to worship the Muses, but its contents and glory spread as the new rulers paid more money to make it even more grand. The head librarian had the power to seize ships that came to port and make copies of any written work they had on board (copies on finer paper would be returned, but the originals stayed in the library). They’d send curators to all nearby city states to get the original works of anything they had written—science, math, mapping, literature, history, medicine—you name it, they wanted it. The destruction of this unparalleled center for learning is a mystery for historians to this day. Some say Julius Caesar destroyed it as he set fire to the docks of Alexandria. Others think this damaged the secondary building, but not the grand Library of Alexandria itself. Another camp thinks it was Christians who lived in the city and were rioting against pagans who kept written works in the towers. And yet another camp thinks it was Muslims who destroyed anything that didn’t mesh with the Koran. It was probably a lot more complicated than any of those single things, but the rise and fall of one of the most impactful houses of thought in the history of humanity is a worthy topic for your ear holes.   Visit our Sources:  
  • Episode 427: Carl Tanzler: The Tale of The Corpse Bride
    November 12th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we take a poke at some disturbing history and explore the life and love of Carl Tanzler. If you don’t know who Tanzler was, here’s a sneak peek—he lived with the corpse of the girl he obsessed over for seven years. But more on that later… Carl Tanzler was born to a wealthy family in Germany in 1877. As a young adult, he studied many differing subjects and traveled a lot. In fact, he found himself in Australia when World War I broke out, and he (like all other Germans) found himself living in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. He tried to escape once, but was finally released to the Netherlands at the end of the war. Eventually, Tanzler made his way to Florida to live with his sister after marrying a woman in Germany and fathering two kids. He took a job as a radiology technician in 1927 at a Marine Hospital in Key West. He lived apart from his wife and kids to do this job, but still supported them financially. Oh, and did I mention that when he was a child, he was visited by the ghost of Countess Anna Constantia von Cosel who told him one day he would find true love in a dark haired beauty? Well he did, and he did. Because a few years after taking his job, he met Elena De Hoyos, a twenty-one year old tuberculosis patient. He fell madly in love with her and did everything he could to find her a cure, all the while giving her gifts and jewelry and professing his love, which she didn’t reciprocate. To heal her, he did radical, fringe experiments that the hospital didn’t know about, took an X-Ray machine back to her house, and gave her all sorts of potions and elixirs meant to find a cure. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. She died of TB, and Carl Tanzler paid for a lavish mausoleum to be built for her. He’d skip work nights to sit near her grave and sing her dark songs, and eventually she told him through the door to take her body home. So, like you do, he did. He took her home on a red child’s wagon and reinforced her corpse for endurance and love making. He lived with her for 7 years. So what finally got Carl Tanzler caught? How did he preserve her two year old corpse once he got it home? What scheme did he have to infuse her body with cosmic radiation to bring her back to life like the bride of Frankenstein? How did he get her hair? How did he have sex with the body? Why did the city put her body on display for a dollar a pop? What did his wife think of all of this? What did he blow up with dynamite before leaving Key West? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:
  • Episode 426: The Yorkshire Ripper: Blood and Bludgeoning
    November 8th, 2019
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the murderous life of a British serial killer named Peter Sutcliffe, aka the Yorkshire Ripper. It was May of 1981, and he was convicted of murdering 13 women (mostly prostitutes) and trying to kill another seven. But he didn’t have typical serial killer childhood or even the control issues or sexual fantasies that many such killers had. In fact, his motivation seemed to come from the fact that he heard God’s voice tell him to kill hookers through the grave stone of a dead Polish man. You know…that old story. So, how did it all start? Sutcliffe was born to a middle class factory family and had an otherwise normal mom and childhood. He was anti social, but nothing anyone would describe as particularly out of the ordinary. His father was a macho bully who berated Peter for not being more manly, but there was no evidence of physical abuse. Eventually, after years of this treatment, he worked out until he was buff enough to best his brothers and make his family happy. He lived a seemingly normal life, working at various factories and eventually getting a job as a truck driver. He was married, but had no kids. But, he was disturbed. He worked a job as a grave digger, and people said he would do strange things with the corpses, like pose them and make fun of them. He’d tell jokes that even other grave diggers thought were pushing it, and he’d steal things from the dead. Eventually, he started to visit hookers to get revenge on his cheating girlfriend, and that’s where his transformation to the Yorkshire Ripper started. His first taste of blood was when a pimp took his money and roughed him up without letting him have sex. He went back to the neighborhood and beat the hooker with a sock that had a brick in it. He did this a total of three more times, and he had his taste of blood and bludgeoning. From there, he elevated things and started to attack hookers with ball peen hammers and slash them with a knife. The first few survived, but he dot more aggressive and eventually shifted to killing. The Yorkshire Ripper would hit hookers with the hammer several times and then slash or stab them. Like many serial killers he was caught and questioned by the police several times but always managed to talk his way out of it. So, what finally got him busted? How did he try to hide the evidence of his crimes with the cops right there? What was his reaction when accidentally killed a girl who wasn’t a prostitute? What was the deal with his V-Neck sweater that he wore upside down to let his crotch go through the neck hole? How many cops did it take to catch him, and how many interviews did they do? How was he treated in prison, and when did his wife finally leave him? Did he really have a testicle five times bigger than normal? Why did the media give him a name that hearkens back to Jack the Ripper? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:  

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