Podcast: Night Call

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Are you in need of company during those strange days and lonely nights? Every Monday, hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida, gather in dark rooms for a free jazz blend of pop culture theory, internet fascinations, and venture down a plethora of half-baked conspiracy theory rabbit holes. Drop us a line with your night call at 240-46-NIGHT or nightcallpodcast@gmail.com, and we'll offer our best advice on life, love, and the coming apocalypse.
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Greetings fellow homebodies! This week Tess, Molly and Emily spend some time delving into our nightmarish techno-feudalist world. Where are the billionaires now? How do you shop for food ethically right now when the options are all bad? How are we, if not keeping sane exactly, at least muddling through? Some of us enjoyed watching Netflix's Tiger King, and some of us did not. A fun back and forth about ethics in documentary filmmaking, private zoos, and whether Joe Exotic is a Tony Soprano for our times. Then it's the conclusion of Spring Break March and the weirdest spring break in history with Magic Mike XXL, the Gregory Jacobs directed sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike. Male objectification, Channing Tatum's career, Joe Manganiello's Backstreet Boys number, and how these movies quietly and expertly reinvented the movie musical for a new era without being annoying or twee about it. Escape on a mind vacation with Night Call, today!

Footnotes:

Instacart Strike

How long can coronavirus survive on surfaces/in air?

LA's Stay at Home Order

Runyon canyon shutdown

Darcie in Times Square

Tokyo Rescheduling Olympics

Brigitte Bardot's Racism

It's Always Fair Weather

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104: Tiger King XXL, iHeartRadio
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We are celebrating our inaugural episode of the Night Call Movie Club by putting it on the main feed! New episodes will come out every month for $5+ Patreon subscribers, along with our Book Club and other bonus episodes. Join us now at patreon.com/NightCall!
To kick things off, we're watching the 1997 Robert Zemeckis-directed adaptation of Contact (after our 5-star experience with Carl Sagan's 1985 novel on the Book Club.) And who better to help us do it than writer, director and friend of the pod, Rian Johnson! We chat about how the movie has aged since its release, differences between the novel and the film, the filmography of Robert "Bobby Z" Zemeckis, sourdough starters, user interfaces of '90s Hollywood, loudmouths in Hawaiian shirts, and so much more.
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These are...not optimistic times for most Americans. Across the world, the dangers of climate change and the terror of creeping authoritarianism present an increasing danger to all of us. After covering this degeneration for four years, Robert Evans went looking for hope. He found it in the unlikeliest of places: Northeast Syria, in a region known as Rojava that’s become host to a feminist, anti-authoritarian revolution.
When you’ve heard about these folks in the mainstream media, they’re usually just described as the “Syrian Kurds”, and credited with beating ISIS. They did, in fact, beat ISIS. But their military successes were just part of the story. In The Women’s War, Robert will introduce listeners to dozens of men and women fighting a war for the future of the human soul.
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A night caller asks and we deliver on covering the spring breakers and Disneyworld trippers who just wouldn’t stay home, as well as the too late response from Florida to prevent party rocking. Then a very special guest presents Dispatch From A Kid - Tess’s son Emmett! Emmett joins to tell us how kids feel about Corona and being off from school. More virus talk from the ladies leads into our penultimate week of Spring Break March, with The Real Cancun! The most 2003 movie of all time beloved by Werner Herzog, we look at why it failed where the Jersey Shore would succeed not too long after. Is any movie about thousands of people touching skin now a horror movie? Mayhaps! Molly tries to sell Tess and Emily on Summer House again and Emily counters with Terrace House. Come to Club Coco Bongo, with Night Call!

Footnotes:
Spring breakers in Florida ...During Coronavirus:

Disneyland closed:

"A petri dish":

Conspiracies about coronavirus:

Werner Herzog on The Real Cancun:
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103: Werner Herzog’s The Real Cancun , iHeartRadio
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Well our Spring Break theme month has taken a turn due to reality. But we will be here for you at Night Call, some of us calling in remotely, to keep taking your night calls. Pandemic talk leads to a condemnation of wellness grifters giving junk advice about Coronavirus and selling garbage dust. Then Emily has a serious q&a with a listener who responded to our call for doctors and medical professionals to give real advice about the crisis. But it’s still Spring Break March, so we tuck into the appropriately weird Stravinsky piece The Rite Of Spring and the riot-causing Nijinsky ballet. Also spring rituals from around the world and Molly’s Excellent French Canadian Spring Break.

Footnotes:
- Moon Juice coronavirus protocol
- *NIGHT CALL CANON!!!'
- Alison Roman caramelized shallot pasta
- The UCSF conference notes post, that Molly and Emily described and debunked, has been deleted since we recorded
- Rite of Spring
- Nicolas Roerich
- Circle Dance
- Dancing in the Streets
- Baba Marta Day
- Marzanna
- Maslenitsa (butter lady)
- Explore.org Animal Cams
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102: The Fright Of Spring, iHeartRadio
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Molly, Tess and Emily continue Spring Break March with a listener email about alternative spring breaks and community service tourism. Then it’s social media breaks and more Coronavirus panic, as we speculate how the festival economy and economic in general will be affected (spoiler: it’s not good!) Plus a testimony about successfully using CBD for animals. The main feature this week is Where The Boys Are, the 1960 beach romp that invented the modern spring break tradition and sex comedies too. Why does this movie from 1960 still feel so deeply modern? When will we get more movies about women taking trips? And where exactly are the boys? Find out on Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Ultra Music Festival canceled

UPDATE -- SXSW canceled (the day after we recorded)

TP shortage

Washing hands with cold water works as well as hot water

CBD pillows

First birth control pill

Invention of the teenager

Where the Boys Are invented spring break as we know it

George Hamilton

Forever Amber

The Group

Where The Boys Are trivia

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101: Where The Calls Are, iHeartRadio
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The ladies are joined by dialect coach Samara Bay, from new IHeartRadio podcast Permission To Speak, to talk about accents, voices and power. Is there a more famous example of a "bad" accent than Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins and is it really even that bad? Then a night email about the movie Road To Wellville prompts a talk about Kellogg's Corn Flakes as health food fad of the past, and graham crackers as very ineffective anti-masturbation tool. And of course, Coronavirus! We discuss how misinformation spreads virally online and why the real culprit in any health pandemic or natural disaster is really human error and lack of preparation. Plus the tale of a cat who was cursed and then saved by a magical charm. Then it's a night call from listener Leah about a very existential spring break getaway, which leads to a reevaluation of Girls In Hoodies classic Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers (2012). Has it stood the test of time and space melting since then? Does it play like a period piece or have something real to say? Emily has a new Spring Breakers theory, and Molly and Tess decide we agree. All this and more on an all new Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Samara's Permission to Speak pod

Samara on Twitter

KXLU

Pandemic weather

John Harvey Kellogg

CORRECTION - Spring Breakers got 67% on Rotten Tomatoes

Makeup-free dinner

Schools closed due to coronavirus

Akira meme

Wuhan punk during coronavirus

Corona beer panic

Coronavirus cruise ship

Girls in Hoodies Spring Breakers episode

Riff Raff allegation #1

And #2

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100: Spring Break Forever, iHeartRadio
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Jane Marie, creator and host of The Dream podcast, joins the Night Callers this week to break down the wellness industry. Are all essential oils a scam? What’s up with the influencers who stopped drinking water? Do I need to sell my crystals? Plus the creepy unregulated world of therapy apps, and a long dip in the pool for Ron Howard’s 1985 wellness opus Cocoon! All this and Steve Guttenberg too on an all new Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Jane Marie's The Dream podcast

Jane Marie on Twitter

Not that Rick Ross

Dry fasting

Goop lawsuit

Donald Gary Young wikipedia

Gary Young/Young Living Behind the Bastards episode

"Free birth" article

Gold dildo

Jezebel on online therapy data-mining

Smarterchild

Ancestry.com's roots

Esquire article on Aesop

Anti-MLM reddit on Aesop

Wilford Brimley on cockfighting

AARP Cocoon article

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99: A GOOPy Cocoon With Jane Marie, iHeartRadio
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Poet Elaine Kahn, author of Romance or The End, joins the girls this week. “Where have all the great movie sex scenes gone?” A Zalman King inspired listener asks in a night email, and we answer. Elaine explains her favorite British reality dating show Flirty Dancing, and where the American reboot went wrong. A discussion of reality dating shows from around the world, with an emphasis on weird formats (including Netflix’s new show Love Is Blind.) Plus, why none of us enjoy The Bachelor! Then it’s a long piano recital about The Hunger - Tony Scott’s 1983 new wave vampire movie starring David Bowie, Catherine Denueve, Susan Sarandon and a scary posh Manhattan townhouse. We are divided on vampires and what they represent in fun ways! All this and a reading from Martine’s Sexual Astrology for this week’s Spooky Love February episode of Night Call.
FOOTNOTES:

Elaine Kahn's website

Poetry Field School

Elaine's Instagram

Flirty Dancing UK

The vast dating game show wikipedia well from which Molly drew examples

I'd rather cry in a BMW

Solitary

British Sex Box

Nathan For You sex box

Sexual Astrology

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98: Vampire Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, iHeartRadio
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Podcasts for dogs, or dogcasts, are all the rage. Emily listened and reports back, leading to a talk about Dog TV and whether animals can learn to see screens. Then writer Heather Havrilesky guests to tell Molly, Tess and Emily about love...exciting and new. Come aboard? We’re expecting you. It’s a fun free for all about The Love Boat and weird 70s television. Then it’s Spooky Love February with two stories of creepy love cults - The Doomsday Couple and Twin Flames Universe.
FOOTNOTES:

Heather Havrilesky's twitter

Ask Polly

Dog Podcasts

Dog TV

Taylor Armstrong cat meme

Jeraldine Saunders

List of guest stars on The Love Boat

Twin Flames

Landmark Forum & Cafe Gratitude

Doomsday couple Chad and Lori

And update

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97: The Night Boat, iHeartRadio
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Unnerving CGI January closes out with the truly awesome Species, which all three of us loved. Plus a healthy disagreement about The GOOP Lab. Emily defends Gwyneth, Molly calls Gwyneth the new age Joe Rogan, and Tess moderates pragmatically like a new age Judge Judy. Is The GOOP Lab sinister or silly? The "Wellness" discussion becomes a chat about Jane Marie's podcast The Dream, whose second season is covering wellness scams including essential oils and their "vibrations." Then it's back to weird CGI with a night call about the first ever computer animated character to express emotions, followed by a rollicking celebration of Species.
CONTENT WARNING: a discussion of pet death
FOOTNOTES:

Gian-Carlo Coppola's death

The Giphy Suicides

GOOP Lab

On MAPS/mushrooms

Betty Dodson

Sue Johanson of Talk Sex with Sue, Tess apologizes for prematurely aging her

The Dream Season 2

Don't eat essential oils!

ProPublica series on maternal deaths

NY Times series on maternal death rates among black women

Tony de Peltrie

More about TdP

Cloaca

Species/Chupacabra

What is a lion cut?

Taylor Swift sticks up for CATS

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95: Spe-Shes, iHeartRadio
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It’s Spooky Love February at Night Call! First a followup about Wall-E and robot genders! Then it’s Ballie, the nonthreatening spokesthing robot surveillance ball shaped robot! Molly went to Britneyland and tells Emily and Tess about her journey there, prompting a fun chat about escape rooms, pop up museums and staring down a Britney infinity mirror at the last twenty years of your life! Then it’s the mystery of The Golden Suicides - revisiting Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article about Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. Was it a case of cult stalking, drug addiction, or both?
FOOTNOTES:

Kate Borenstein re: Wall-E's gender

Disco Robots of Pasadena

Ballie the non-threatening robot

EMPs

Luna-P

Molly covers the Britney pop-up for LAT

Sleepcasts

Dion McGregor

Epley Maneuver

The Golden Suicides

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96: Sex Lies & CD-Roms , iHeartRadio
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Unnerving CGI January continues with The Lawnmower Man, the best Stephen King movie completely disavowed by Stephen King! Plus: what is Swedish Death Cleaning and should we all get into it? A trip back to our haunted doll roots with a talking Elsa from Frozen doll that cannot be vanquished. And we are joined by guest cyber-security activist Emma Cunningham for a chat about predictive policing and other pseudoscientific software. Should we get wrapped in Faraday bags forever? Find out on an all new Night Call!
CONTENT WARNING: molestation in The Lawnmower Man is discussed
FOOTNOTES:

Swedish Death Cleaning

Haunted Elsa doll

Stephen King vs. Lawnmower Man lawsuit

We quoted from the synopsis on Wikipedia

Lawnmower man sex scene

Aerosmith Amazing video

Lawnmower meme

David Koresh loved The Lawnmower Man

Tweet tip re: DK and the LM

Emma's twitter

Faraday bags

Hacking key fobs

SCAN

Facial recognition's racial bias

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94: The Lawnmower Women, iHeartRadio
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A night call about "very special episodes" ties into last week's discussion about spooky fridges. What are Tess, Molly and Emily's favorite traumatic very special episodes? Speaking of traumatic - it's the Seinfeld Sex Poll! Who won the one night stand choice poll: George, Jerry, or Kramer? Then it's time for self-care with human vagina candle Gwyneth Paltrow. Is Gwyneth harmful or just a troll? Speaking of trolls, Grimes and Elon Musk are procreating for some reason. And then it's nature horror: we stan the giant tumbleweed that wants to take over the earth. For the main event in our Unsettling CGI January this week it's James Cameron's The Abyss! What's up with this movie that everyone involved almost died making? Why is James Cameron so obsessed with almost dying underwater? Why aren't there more underwater space trucking movies? Why does the NTI look so good? (hint: puppet)? What made Ed Harris cry? All this and more on Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Punky Brewster "Cherie Lifesaver" full episode

And an oral history of the episode

Tom Hanks as Family Ties' Uncle Ned

Seinfeld poll results

Goop show

Giant tumbleweeds

Postmates robot

Baby Grimes

The Abyss, the shoot from hell

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93: The Very Abyssal Episode, iHeartRadio
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Introducing the trailer for Blank Check, a podcast on the Audioboom Originals Network. Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
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Trailer: Blank Check, iHeartRadio
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Tess, Emily and Molly are joined by Molly's former co-host Alex Pappademas (North Mollywood) to discuss the most important movies of all time: Cats and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker! But before that, it's the first Night Call mystery of 2020: THE SPOOKY FRIDGE! What does the spooky fridge know? Should it be exorcised, replaced, or made peace with like a wandering ghost? Plus an update about Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge from our friends at Podcast The Ride! Other than Splash Mountain, where did they repurpose the other retired animatronics from deadly stage show America Sings? And Emily tells us about the Museum Of Things in Berlin, prompting a chat about weird and niche museums like The La Brea Tar Pits, The Bunny Museum, and The Mushroom Museum! Then a roundtable with Alex Pappademas about the badness (and bright moments) of Star Wars: TROS, the greatness of Cats, and who really deserved to win the Jellicle Ball. Night Call, now and forever.
FOOTNOTES:

Alex Pappademas Twitter

Don't Play in the Fridge PSA from the 70's

Museum of Things

The Bunny Museum

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Mushroom Museum (it closed! No!):

La Brea tar pits

Grant Museum of Zoology

Garfield's nightmare

Tales of the Okefenokee ending scene

Monster Mansion

Alex's essay "the decade comic book nerds became our cultural overlords"

Tuxedo cats invisible mode

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92: STAR CATS TAKE NIGHT CALLYWOOD, iHeartRadio
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We are releasing our book club episode for Communion by Whitley Strieber as a holiday bonus! If you like this book club episode, please join our book club by subscribing to our Patreon at Patreon.com/nightcall and we’ll be back in the new year with more scary puppets, alien buddies and all new night calls. Thanks for listening!
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91: Communion On Earth Goodwill To Aliens, iHeartRadio
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Molly reviews the theme park dystopia of Star Wars Land (aka Galaxy’s Edge) Emily is out this week but Terrifying 80s Puppet Movies For Children December continues apace with 1986’s Little Shop Of Horrors! Plus a night call from Molly’s dad about The Blob! Tess and Molly nurse their pet theories about Home Alone and what exactly “The Wet Bandits” are all about! And another call about Roz Chast and the unclaimed baggage center! Happy holidays and man eating plant nightmares from Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Star Wars land tour

Star Wars land merch

You Must Remember This Song of the South

Rise of Resistance ride in Orlando

Oga's cantina menu

List of Star Wars creatures for the NC hosts to study

Sad LAX robot

Jack Nicholson Little Shop clip

Original Little Shop ending

Tyler Coates' Cats review

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90: Little Shop Of Night Calls, iHeartRadio
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Tess, Emily and Molly are joined by Katie Goldin of Creature Feature to chat about monkey pigs and other hybrid animals! Plus she explains the penis fish that fell from the sky. Then Terrifying 80s Puppet Movies For Children December rolls on with Return To Oz, the only movie directed by editor Walter Murch. And a Night letter about the rotting Hoggle puppet from Labyrinth! Also: Marriage Story, why you can’t photograph the moon on your phone, and Ring cameras getting phone phreaked! Make like a fat innkeeper worm and burrow in for Night Call!
FOOTNOTES:

Why you can't photograph the moon

Alex Myles full moon astrology

Podcast hacking Ring users

What happened to Hoggle?

TW CURSED HOGGLE IMAGES

Creature Feature podcast

Fat Innkeeper Worm/Penis Fish

ProBirdsRights twitter

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89: Return To The Island Of Dr. Goldin, iHeartRadio
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Introducing the trailer for What Makes a Killer, a podcast on the Audioboom Originals Network. What Makes a Killer is a twelve-part series that chronicles the lives and crimes of the world’s most notorious serial killers. In every episode host Jennifer Nittoso will trace a killer’s origins, examine their behavior, and follow their path to bloodshed. We’ll hear from family members, survivors, and experts to uncover how they became killers.
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Trailer: What Makes a Killer, iHeartRadio
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