Gil (17) & Wil (46) take turns to debrief on their little and not-so-little niggles in life. Categorized as 'comedy' because 'comedy??' wasn't an option, and 'society & culture' seems like a biiiiig stretch. Trigger warning: Low production values.
Wil complains about the mammaliocentrism and the misapplication of undergarments in Chima. Gil is disturb by the thought that Eris might lay eggs in her spare time. Also discussed: How lack of access to adequate psychotherapy was probably a key part of the downfall of the Jedi Order.
18/08/2018 • 8 minutes 24 seconds
Calm Down - Ep. 8: Baths in dank hair
Gil discusses the unpleasant experience of bathing in hair water. Wil denies culpability.
14/08/2018 • 3 minutes 9 seconds
Calm Down - Ep.7: Woman walks head first into cultural appropriation
Wil complains bitterly about a movie he's never seen. Gil agrees.
11/08/2018 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Calm Down - Ep.6: Pastoral Neglect and the Rise of Fascism at Hogwarts
Part 2: The thrilling conclusion of Gil’s take down of Hogwarts, where he ask: What about the children? Rather than calming him down, Wil is swept along with the hysteria.
07/08/2018 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
CalmDown - Ep. 5: Crimes Against Lupin
Part 1 of an earth-shattering two-part take down of Harry Potter. Gil bemoans the gay whitewashing of Remus Lupin. Wil tries his best to understand.
29/07/2018 • 6 minutes 4 seconds
CalmDown - Ep.4: Theme Tune Plagiarism
Gil complains about how he had wasted several minutes of his life making a podcast that may need to be deleted because Wil unwittingly stole the theme tune from "Blue's Clues". Wil changes the theme tune very slightly as a salve.
29/07/2018 • 2 minutes 18 seconds
CalmDown - Ep.3: The Little Sex Pistols
Wil complains bitterly about the lack of good science in the children's television programme: "The Little Einsteins". Also, their faces. Gil tries to make things better by reminding Wil that the best episodes had crocodiles.
Show notes: The original, massively misused research on Mozart's music and IQ - Rauscher FH, Shaw GL, and Ky CN. (1993). "Music and spatial task performance". Nature. 365 (6447): 611. doi:10.1038/365611a0. PMID 8413624. Turns out the original study wasn't about babies at all, and Wil's memory of this research is completely different that what it really involved.
29/07/2018 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
CalmDown - Ep.2: Chatty teachers
Gil reminisces about his time when he was a real boy in real school and had to cope with teachers talking. Wil is unhelpful.
29/07/2018 • 4 minutes 2 seconds
CalmDown - Ep.1: Gluten Free Water
Wil offloads his distress about the apparent market for gluten free water. Gil tries to provide good counsel.