DNA Podcast 077 – Hub Comics with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell

In this episode, Rob and Don team do an international team-up with Tim Finn and Jesse Farrell of Hub Comics of Somerville, Mass. to expose the true nature of owning a comic shop in this modern age. Thrill as the intrepid foursome discuss the perils of pissing off your comic reading audience. Gasp as Tim and Jesse expose the hidden side behind the counter at Hub Comics and what really goes on when the doors close. Shudder as the true reading habits of comic shop denizens are laid bare for your eyes to behold. All this, and more references to Persepolis than you can count, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Hub Comics
DC INK line
DC Zoom line
Marvel Superhero Adventures
High School Confidential
Ghost World
Warriors Novels (fantasy cats)
Non-Player
Criminal
Mobius
Understanding Comics
Neil Gaiman
MICE: Mass. Independent Comics Roundtable
Persepolis
Funhome
Maus
Sandman
SAGA
March by John Lewis
Toon Books

 


DNA Podcast 076 – American Superhero Comics

In this episode, Don and Rob delve deep into the history of American superhero comics. From their early murky and pulpy origins to the modern digital age, the pair explore the rocky history of superhero comics and how they reflect American society.  All this, and the Crimson Bee, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Marvel Comics
DC Comics
A Brief History of American Comics
The Scarlett Pimpernel
Zorro
The Grey Seal
Gregg Taylor Pulp DNA Episode
The Shadow
Superman Old Time Radio Show
The Shadow Old Time Radio Show
Freakonomics
Captain Nazi (I was wrong, he’s a SHAZAM villain)
The Crimson Bee (actually the Red Bee, but I don’t think it matters….)
Lucy Meets Superman
Captain Comet
Adam Strange
Tommy Tomorrow
Gold Key Comics
Charlton Comics
Del Rey
Kid Colt
The Comix Book
Captain Canuck
E-man
Shogun Warriors
Atlas Comics
Morlock 2001
Devil Hunter (I kinda combined a few versions of the name)
Iron Jaw
Merry Marvel Marching Society
Amazing Heroes
Ty Templeton
Sho Kosugi
The Marvel New Universe
Yuusuke Murata Spiderverse Poster
Crisis on Infinite Earths

The Death of Superman
Marvel Mangaverse
Woman in the Fridge Trope
Marvel MAX
The Marvel Adventures Line
IDW
Marvel Unlimited
DC Universe

 


Next episode delayed until Oct 5th.

We’ll be releasing the next DNA episode, a monster 3 hour extravaganza about American Superhero Comics, on Oct. 5th.

Sorry for the delay.

Rob


DNA Podcast 074 – Toxic Fandom

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In this episode, Rob and Don delve into the weird and wacky world of fandom. They talk about their own fandom backgrounds, explore modern fandom’s roots, and talk about how it evolved. Along the way, they discuss fandom’s positive side, and try to define toxic fandom. All this, and why the My Little Pony RPG is D&D for kids, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Zines
Fandom
Trekkies
USENET
Reddit
Anime London
Universal Monster Movies
Jeff Wood
Rowerbrazzle (Hey! I’m on the internets!)
Amateur Press Associations (APAs)
Dr. Who Preservation Society
Fangoria
Star Fleet/X-Bomber
Voltron Shiro Controversy
Doijinshi
Rule 34
Pendant Productions
Star Trek: Axanar
Fake Geek Girls Ty Templeton Comic
Shippers
Slash Fiction
Steven Universe Toxic Fandom
My Little Pony RPG
The Flumph
Cosmic Patrol RPG

 

 


DNA Podcast 073- UFOs in Popular Culture

In this episode, Don and Rob explore the place of UFOs in our popular culture with the help of Jack Ward. The trio explore the earliest UFO reports, talk about how UFOs have changed with the times, and what our ideas about aliens say about us. Along the way, Jack tells the story of his father’s UFO encounters, and they talk about their favorite alien-related movies. All this, and the 82 kinds of aliens, are waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

UFO on Wikipedia
In Search Of Remake (It’s down near the bottom)
Twilight Zone (Night of the Meek)
Chinese UFO Cave Paintings
Ancient Egyptian UFO Sightings
Project Blue Book TV Series
Ezekiel UFOs in the Bible
UFOs in Rennaisance Art
The Gospel According to Saint Thomas
The Vedas

Six Million Dollar Man Bigfoot
Airship Scares
The Tomato Man: (I may have mixed this with this)
The Nazi Bell
The Monsters are due on Maple Street
HG Welles’ War of the Worlds Movie 1953
Watch the Skies by Curtis Peebles
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
US Military Has Plans for UFO Invasion
Kenneth Arnold sees Flying Saucers
Maury Island Incident
UFOS by Leslie Kean
Project Disclosure Videos
Red Planet Mars
The Three Body Problem
Silver Screen Saucers
Mysterious Universe
The X-Files
Fire in the Sky
Betty and Barney Hill
Billy Meier
Traveller RPG
Rendezvous with Rama
Edgar Michelle NASA Astronaut
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
Night of the Blood Beast
Who Goes There by John W. Campbell (The Thing)
Devilman
The Abyss
Project Serpo (it’s down a bit)
Dulce Base New Mexico
Outer Limits Episode “The Architects of Fear” 
The Five Kinds of UFO Encounters
DR and Quinch from 2000 AD
James Forrestal
Shag Harbour Incident
Phoenix Lights
Predator
District 9

The Abyss alternate end
Mars Attacks
Cloverfield

The Arrival
It Came from Outer Space
Earth vs. The Flying Saucers
The Mysterians
Plan 9 From Outer Space
U.F.O. TV Series
Terrorvision
They Live
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Powers of Matthew Starr
Mork and Mindy
The First Wave
Torchwood: Children of Earth
Dark Conspiracy RPG
The Eternals
ROM: Spaceknight
I Come in Peace (Movie)
Dark Skies
The Hidden
V: The Series

 

Jack’s UFO Notes:

Dr. Edgar Mitchell (who passed away in 2016) was a NASA astronaut who traveled to (and walked on) the moon as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. A Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, he once completed a record-breaking nine-hour, 24-minute EVA on the surface of the moon. In addition to his distinguished scientific career with NASA, he was a strong believer in metaphysical phenomena. He was a strong believer in the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life and claimed Earth had frequently been visited by aliens. Among the many times he made these assertions was in a 2009 interview with the Guardian:

“We are being visited,” [Mitchell] said. “It is now time to put away this embargo of truth about the alien presence. I call upon our government to open up … and become a part of this planetary community that is now trying to take our proper role as a spacefaring civilisation.”

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Leslie Kean- UFOs
Before writing UFOs, Kean co-founded the Coalition for Freedom of Information, an independent alliance advocating for greater government openness on information about UFOs. In this capacity, she was the plaintiff in a successful, five-year Freedom of Information Act federal lawsuit against NASA, which had withheld information concerning a crash of an object in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania in 1965. In 2007, Kean co-organized a landmark Washington DC international press conference on official UFO investigations, which received media coverage around the world. She was also a producer for the 2009 independent documentary I Know What I Saw directed by James Fox. She co-organized a 2013 international conference providing a platform for scientists, government officials and journalists studying UFOs to present data, and she lectured at American University in 2014.

Previously, Kean worked as a freelance writer and radio producer. In the 1990’s she was an on-air host for a daily investigative news program on KPFA radio, a Pacifica station in California. She contributed articles to dozens of publications here and abroad including the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Providence Journal, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, The Nation, and Journal for Scientific Exploration.. Her stories were syndicated through Knight Ridder/Tribune, Scripps-Howard, New York Times wire service, Pacific News Service, and the National Publishers Association. While spending many years reporting on Burma, Kean coauthored Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit: The Struggle for Democratic Freedom and Dignity (Aperture, 1994). She contributed essays for a number of anthologies published between 1998 and 2009.
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/201625/ufos-by-leslie-kean/9780307717085/

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American Government (Pentagon) admits
The Pentagon has officially confirmed that there was, in fact, a $22 million government program to collect and analyze “anomalous aerospace threats” — government-speak for UFOs.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/12/18/the-government-admits-it-studies-ufos-so-about-those-area-51-conspiracy-theories/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2a60d2feba11

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Lists of Governments investigating UFO’s
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_investigations_of_UFOs_by_governments

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Silver Screen Saucers- Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood’s Movies

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5 Most Credible Sightings
https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sightings-credible-modern

8 World’s Best Places to Search for ET’s
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2018/01/28/the-worlds-8-best-places-to-hunt-for-extraterrestrials-and-search-for-ufos/#7abe67822ddb

Alien visits? UFO survey says 1,101 sightings across Canada in 2017

Alien visits? UFO survey says 1,101 sightings across Canada in 2017

Falcon Lake incident is Canada’s ‘best-documented UFO case,’ even 50 years later
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/falcon-lake-incident-book-anniversary-1.4121639

Phoenix Lights A Sleptic’s Discover That we are not alone
https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Lights-Skeptics-Discovery-Alone/dp/1571746323

Rendlesham Forest Incident
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendlesham_Forest_incident

Aliens Shutting Down Nuclear Sites
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8026971/Aliens-have-deactivated-British-and-US-nuclear-missiles-say-US-military-pilots.html

POP Culture
Of Course Spielburg Believes in UFO’s
https://io9.gizmodo.com/of-course-steven-spielberg-believes-in-aliens-1818519987

http://mentalfloss.com/article/63198/15-things-you-may-not-know-about-close-encounters-third-kind
– Spielberg partly based his idea on the research of Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a civilian scientific advisor to Project Blue Book who eventually admitted that 11 percent of the study’s findings about unidentified flying objects could not be explained using science. Hynek has a cameo
– Hynek, who also served as a technical advisor on the movie, makes an uncredited cameo in the final scene of the movie. You can spot him pretty easily—he’s the goateed man smoking a pipe and wearing a powder blue suit who pushes through the crowd of scientists to get a better look at the aliens.
-Spielberg approached French actors like Lino Ventura, Yves Montand, and Jean-Louis Trintignant to play Claude Lacombe—who was based on famous UFO researcher Jacques Vallée—before settling on director and sometimes-actor François Truffaut.
– Close Encounters was a forerunner for ET.
Puck would help inspire E.T. after Spielberg asked himself, “What if this little guy didn’t get back on the mothership?” Rambaldi would also go on to design the character of E.T.

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The situation on U.S. Navy Flight 19, from which the airplanes that appear in the Mexican desert came, disappeared off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in December 1945. No trace has ever been found of “the Lost Flight 19,” which left the Naval Air Station near there in 1945.

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Rumours of dropping hints

Spielberg, Close Encounters, and Conspiracy Theories

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Project Serpo—an alleged human/alien exchange program between US military personnel and a race of extraterrestrials from the Zeta Reticuli star system. The story goes that, in July of 1965, twelve astronauts were taken to the planet Serpo aboard an alien spaceship and remained there for thirteen years. In exchange, the aliens left one of their own in the custody of the US government. This story didn’t emerge until 2005 in the form of a string of anonymous emails that were sent to selected UFO researchers, including Project Camelot/Avalon’s Bill Ryan, who created a website dedicated to the “leaks.”

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Ufology

Don’t Forget UFOlogy: The Influence of UFO Lore in Pop Culture


Indeed, the first reports of flying saucers in the modern UFO era pre-date Hollywood’s first feature film about UFOs by three years. It was in 1947 that pilot Kenneth Arnold’s famous sighting gave rise to the “flying saucer” term, but it wasn’t until 1950 that Hollywood produced The Flying Saucer, a cheap attempt to cash-in on the UFO hysteria then sweeping America—a hysteria incited not by cinema, but by numerous reports nationwide of disc-shaped objects intruding upon America’s airspace.

Ever since 1950, the movie industry has been grabbing hold of UFOlogical concepts and popularizing them through the science-fiction genre: “Men in Black,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Fourth Kind,” “Area 51.” Hollywood didn’t create these terms, they were all part of the common language of UFOlogy decades before Hollywood lifted them. The same is true of the now-iconic image of the “Gray” alien—a form that has its roots in pre-existing UFO literature and which has since has found its way into some of the most popular science-fiction movies and TV shows of all time.

Travis Walton had described such entities as early as 1975. It wasn’t until two years later, in 1977, that Hollywood produced its first fully crystalized cinematic image of the Grays in Spielberg’s proudly UFOlogical Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Grays in the movie were based directly on first-hand testimonies gathered by Spielberg’s production designer, Joe Alves.

Communion was adapted for Hollywood in 1989; its poster featured a full-face image of a Gray, staring hypnotically into the eyes of millions of creeped-out cinemagoers worldwide. Then followed Intruders (1992), a miniseries based directly on real-world descriptions of Grays as documented in abduction literature. More Grays would then appear in The X-Files (1993-), Babylon 5 (1994-1998), Dark Skies (1996-1997), and others. By the late-1990s, the image of the Gray had supplanted almost all other pre-existing cultural imaginings of what an alien might look like.

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Jupiter Ascending esoteric meanings
The Esoteric and Extraterrestrial Meaning of Jupiter Ascending

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11 Musicians who have seen UFO’s
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/d09fdaf6-ca65-427d-8177-25f209ad9c3b

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Top Ten Songs about UFO’s
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/songs-about-ufos/

DON NOTE: They forgot a couple:

 

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https://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-ufos/ranker-film
Best Movies about UFO’s

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Best TV Shows about Aliens
https://www.ranker.com/list/best-tv-shows-about-aliens/ranker-tv

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Close Encounters
1st Kind- When a person sees a UFO within 150 metres
2nd Kind- Leaves evidence such as scorch marks
3rd Kind- Visible aliens in or out of craft
4th Kind- Taken and experimented on
5th Kind- Mutual Bilateral Communication
http://new.cseti.org/ce5initiative.html

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Dad’s experiences

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James Forrestal’s Death
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Forrestal
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NASA Friend

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UFO Themes
– Government Conspiracies
– Brother from another Planet
– Evil Aliens eat humans/ want resources
– Aliens from another universe
– Aliens are truly the Earth People
– Aliens think we’re unimportant
– Aliens are future humans
– Saviors/Heroes from the Stars
– Animal Experiments
– Alien Bases on Earth
– Breakaway Civilization
– Hybrids
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hellyer
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Foo Fighters
Ghost Rockets

82 Aliens

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The Girl with All the Gifts
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4547056/


DNA Podcast 072 – Time Travel in Popular Culture

In this week’s episode, Rob and Don sit down to talk about time travel! The pair discuss the past, present, and future of time travel stories, how time travel seems to have developed fictional “rules” that everyone agrees on (but have no basis in fact), and what some of their favorite time travel stories are.  All this, and a voice from the future drops by, in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

BBC Online Time Travel Possible
Doctor Who
HG Wells: The Time Machine
Asmiov’s Three Rules of Robotics
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Natsu no Arashi
Doctor Strange (Movie)
Memoires of the 20th Century
The Warp Drive
Star Trek
The Fey Folk
John Carter of Mars: A Princess of Mars
Ano 7603
Mysterious Universe Podcast
Jack Ward’s Borrowed Time Audio Drama
List of Time Travel Stories from Wikipedia
Edge of Tomorrow (movie)
Daylight TV Series (Day Break, actually.)
The Sound of Thunder
Lest Darkness Fall
The Door Into Summer
All You Zombies
Captain Z-Ro
Mr. Peabody and His Boy Sherman
Max the 2000 Year Old Mouse
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
Once Upon a Time Man…
Frequency
Steins Gate
The Time Traveller’s Wife
About Time
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Back to the Future
Somewhere in Time
Time Bandits
The Undead by Roger Corman
Journeyman TV Series
A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Unidentified Flying Oddball
The Shadow out of Time
12 Monkeys
Travellers TV Series
Quantum Leap
Legends of Tomorrow
Twilight Zone: Walking Distance
Twilight Zone: The Execution
Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horrace Ford
Terminator
Timelapse


Next Episode August 17th

Due to life and other unfortunate circumstances, the next episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs will be delayed until August 17th.

While you’re waiting, use the time to go check out the latest episode of the Sonic Society’s Summer Playhouse!

Rob


DNA Podcast 071 – Fake News

In this episode, Don and Rob discuss The News, exploring the past, present and future of our primary source of knowledge about the world around us. In the process, they discuss the relationship between the news makers and the audience, how the news has evolved to meet the needs of different eras, and how the democratic nature of the news actually works against itself. All this, and Ben Franklin’s tips on choosing a mistress, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Steal this Book! (Still available on Amazon.)
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Bards
Benjamin Franklin
Advice to a Friend in Choosing a Mistress by Ben Franklin
The Golden Age of Cinema
Milton Berle
Texaco Star Theatre
Watergate
Don Henley Dirty Laundry
Kennedy Nixon Debate
Vampire LARP
CNN First Broadcast
Culture War Profiteering Episode
Pundits
Citizen Journalism 
NHK World

 


DNA Podcast 070 – Trinidad Dreams with Justin Charles

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with Justin Charles of the A Dude and Chick Walk Into a Studio podcast to talk about Justin’s life growing up as a geek in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The three explore how Trinidad and  Justin’s early loves of anime, video games, storytelling, and audio drama shaped his future and lead him to his work today in the media production industry. All this, and how Ruroni Kenshin made the strong men of Trinidad weep, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

Dude and a Chick Podcast Page
Justin’s Website – Sandosavant.com
Trinidad and Tobago
Steel Drums (or if you prefer….)
Ruroni Kenshin
Spiderman and his Amazing Friends
A-Levels
University of the West Indies
Howard University
Justin’s Audio Dramas
Butajin
Lgend of Zelda: The Wrath of a God by Rich Barrigan
Project Arclite
The Jumbee
Final Fantasy
Skyrim
Detroit: Become Human


DNA Podcast 69 – Retro TV Recycle Bin with Jack Ward

In this episode, Rob and Don sit down with their friend Jack Ward to talk about the TV shows that might have died too soon (or not soon enough!). The trio leave no unfinished stone unturned as they delve into shows about science fiction, fantasy, comedy and cartoons that never made it past their freshman year. From Logan’s Run to Manimal, It’s Your Move to Madam’s Place, the three rummage through the recycle bin of TV history to see if there’s anything worth salvaging in there.

Note: Due to some technical difficulties, the audio quality on this episode is a bit dodgy. Our apologies.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

The Incredible Hulk (TV Show)
Man in a Suitcase
Megas XLR
Sym-Bionic Titan
Firefly
Gene L. Coon
Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Battlestar Galactica Documentary YouTube
Kings (Tv Series)
Ian McShane
Cupid (1994)
Brimstone
Galactica 1980 (I thought we weren’t talking about this?)
Max Headroom
Matt Frewer
Dwight Schultz
The Lexx
Logan’s Run TV
Planet of the Apes TV
UFO
Space 1999
Captain Scarlett and the Mysterons
X-COM:UFO DEFENSE
It’s Your Move
Otherworld
The Fantastic Journey 1977
Voyagers!
The Sonic Society
The Starlost
Dark Skies
The First Wave
John Doe
Memento
I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
Alien Nation
Robert J. Sawyer
Highwayman
Space: Below and Behind
Peversions of Science
Babylon 5:Crusade
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles
Manimal
Earth 2
Automan
Time Tunnel
Land of the Giants
Far Out Space Nuts
The Phoenix
Chariots of the Gods
The Powers of Matthew Starr
Benji and the Alien Prince
Madame’s Place
The Duck Factory
The George Carlin Show
MAD TV
Jericho
ROME
Space Academy
The Invaders
Tekwar
Under the Mountain
Outlaws
Starcops
Star Maidens
Saphire and Steel
Quatermass
Salvage One
Cliffhangers: The Secret Empire
The Time Express
It’s About Time
Time Trax
Space Precinct
Hypernauts
Crime Traveller
Mercy Point
Prey
Code Name:Eternity
The Last Train
Now and Again
Strange Luck
Threshold
Supertrain
The Man From Atlantis
The Invisible Man
The Gemini Man
Ancient Warriors
NHK World
Ninja Truth NHK/YouTube
Spicy City
Cool World
Roswell Conspiracies
The Wonderful World of Disney
Swamp Fox
Stranger Things