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DATE: Wed, 29 Sep 2010
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102: In Review - Book Em, Danno

We're all about the new TV season as Keith talks about a number of new shows, plus Orenthal talks about Hawaii 5-0.  Also, Dan Persons makes his return as our movie critic.  Make sure you rate the episode below and leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.         Segment One - Bringing it to the Table   2:30 - John went to a dog psychic.  He also announces the winner of Boom! Studios comic collection and sets up this month's contest for the prize of a Blu-Ray copy of The Phantom.  Listen for the trivia question and send your answer with your name and address to john@chronicrift.com.  The winner will be announced on the next In Review episode. 12:45 - Andrea reports on two science museums she visited while she was in San Francisco, The California Academy of Sciences and The Expolratorium. 15:12 - Judy loves the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville, NY. 21:08 - Orenthal is very impressed with Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated. 28:01 - Promo for the Cinefantastique Podcast. 28:33 - Yogi Bear and Boo Boo try to figure out why anyone would want to smoke. 29:33 - Promo for the Dead Robots Society Podcast.       Segment Two - The Reviews   32:10 - Andrea reviews Heresy by S.J. Parris and S#!t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. 41:45 - Dan Persons premieres "The Multiplex at the End of the Universe" with his review of the release of Never Let Me Go. 50:37- John really likes Pop Culture Brain Podcast, a relatively new podcast on pop culture.  He recommends you check out episode 29 of Radio Free Burrito, the John Rogers interview of The Gamers Haven Podcast and episode 37 of the Nerdist Podcast. 1:00:53 - The Comics Curmudgeon offers a eulogy on the passing of Wildstorm Comics. 1:08:00 - Keith presents six shows, looking at some of this fall's offerings - Boardwalk Empire, Terriers, Hawaii 5-0, The Event, Chase, and Detroit 187.  Plus, Keith was less than impressed with the second season finale of Warehouse 13. 1:18:14 - Promo for the Babylon Podcast 1:18:52 - 60 Second Science - City living promotes infections and weaken resistance. 1:20:07 - Promo for Doctor Who Podshock.   Segment Three - The Wrap-Up 1:27:47 - Orenthal looks at the new Hawaii 5-0 series from the pop culture point of view.      

DATE: Wed, 15 Sep 2010
SIZE: 38.4 MB
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101: Spotlight - The Real IT Crowd

John and Orenthal, the latter an IT professional in his daytime identity, discuss the IT life with two others from the field, Heidi Ellis and David Finnerty.   Please take a moment to comment on the episode in our forums or by calling our toll-free number 888-866-9010.         Greetings everyone! I'm Heidi Ellis . When not preventing user meltdowns as a Tech Ninja at my day job, I'm spending a lot of time swearing at my laptop as I work on my current novel. I hope to be a published author when I grow up, and I hang out with other disreputable artist and writer types, hoping some of their sparkly genius will rub off on me. I'm a huge fangirl of vampire movies and genre television, both classic and new. You can also find me blasting a variety of obnoxious music genres. Probably accompanied by flaily Goth dancing. You have been warned. I'm a sucker for graphic novels (Gaiman, Moore, Miller, etc). I read constantly and usually will have my nose buried in something dark, scary or disturbing at any given time. Currently I live in Northwest Indiana with my stained glass artist husband, Brian & our two cats, Fern & Snoots.     Hello all, I'm David Finnerty .  I am the webmaster, or code monkey for this endeavor. In my secret identity  I am the IT director for a company in New Jersey, but at lunch and after hours I turn into Code Monkey!!!!  Able to build sites in a single "meh"!!!  I went to high school with  Judy ,  Keith , and  John . So basically I sit in an office, never see sunlight, and type until my fingers are raw so that you can have a site to go along with the podcast.  All I ask is that you wipe your feet before you come in, but no you have to track mud all over my beautiful site.  Sorry lack of sleep... Enjoy the site and if you see any errors you know who to call!!!       Podcast Promos   Call for Submissions for  Explorers: Beyond the Horizon  anthology The Babylon Podcast HG World Podcast British Invaders Podcast

DATE: Sat, 11 Sep 2010
SIZE: 42.9 MB
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100: Spotlight - Episode 100, Part Six

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event. Each day, one member of the Rift crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's. In the final episode of this special presentation, Dan presents a two-part panel discussion on Japanese anime.  We discovered after doing the show for two years that some topics didn't get the time they deserved.  For the third season, we did a series of part two's, following up on topics we discussed in the first two years.  Japanese anime was one such topic.  Keep an ear out for an interview with animator Bill Plympton in the second half of this episode. Please take a moment to comment on the episodes in our forums or by calling 888-866-9010. You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting tcrclassic.mevio.com. 

DATE: Fri, 10 Sep 2010
SIZE: 22.9 MB
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100: Spotlight - Episode 100, Part Five

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event. Each day, one member of the Rift  crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's.   Today, Orenthal presents a panel discussion he was a part of on the works of Peter David.  In a rare twist, the author himself was among the panelists.  Please take a moment to comment on the episodes in our forums or by calling 888-866-9010. You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting  tcrclassic.mevio.com . Stay tuned for tomorrow when Dan will present two of his favorite episodes from the series.

DATE: Thu, 09 Sep 2010
SIZE: 21.0 MB
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100: Spotlight -Episode 100, Part Four

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event. Each day, one member of the  Rift  crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's.   Today, Andrea presents her interview with a cinema legend.   The Rift  had been to Philcon in 1992 and Andrea nearly fainted when she was presented with the opportunity to interview special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen.   Please take a moment to comment on the episodes in our forums  or by calling 888-866-9010. You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting  tcrclassic.mevio.com . Stay tuned for tomorrow when Orenthal will present one of his favorite episodes from the series.

DATE: Wed, 08 Sep 2010
SIZE: 22.4 MB
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100: Spotlight - Episode 100 - Part Three

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event. Each day, one member of the Rift crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's.   Today, Judy gets her turn at bat with our first live episode.  We went out over the New York airwaves live in January of 1991 with a Roundtable discussion on science fiction that is taught in the classroom.  Author Bruce Coville, educator David Grate, and our own Paula Araya were the guests.  Please take a moment to comment on the episodes in our forumsor by calling 888-866-9010. You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting tcrclassic.mevio.com. Stay tuned for tomorrow when Andrea will present one of her favorite episodes from the series.

DATE: Tue, 07 Sep 2010
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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100: Spotlight - Episode 100, Part Two

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event. Each day, one member of the Rift crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's.   Today, we offer Keith's choice, a Roundtable discussion on Frankenstein.  Keith pretty much produced this episode on his own.  (I think I poured water for the guests.)  He and Judy sat down for the eighth episode of our first season in 1990 with writer/editor Greg Cox, Shelley and His Circle editor, Donald H. Reiman, and Mary Shelley biographer, the late Emily W. Sunstein.  Please take a moment to comment on the episodes in our forums or by calling 888-866-9010. You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting tcrclassic.mevio.com. Stay tuned for tomorrow when Judy will present one of her favorite episodes from the series.

DATE: Mon, 06 Sep 2010
SIZE: 24.0 MB
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100: Spotlight - Episode 100, Part One

For our 100th episode, we are presenting a six day event.  Each day, one member of the Rift crew will present the audio from our public access show of the 90's.  We begin with John's choice, a panel discussion on censorship that was recorded at the ICON 11 convention at the NY State University at Stonybrook.  Author Nancy Kress, editor James Frenkel, and comics writer Jo Duffy joined Andrea and Keith on stage for this discussion that also features comments from the audience.  This is the edited highlights of the hour long panel as it ran on The Chronic Rift back in 1992.  Please take a moment to comment on the episode in our forums or by calling 888-866-9010.  You can watch episodes of the public access show by subscribing to the feed on iTunes or by visiting tcrclassic.mevio.com. Stay tuned for tomorrow when Keith will present one of his favorite episodes from the series.

DATE: Sun, 05 Sep 2010
SIZE: 40.5 MB
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99: Spotlight - Fall TV Preview 2010

John and Keith babble over the television shows being offered for the fall season by the networks and present them to you based on your votes of interest.  Please take a moment to comment on the episode in the forum or by leaving a voice mail at 888-866-9010.   Television Shows Discussed The Defenders Detroit 187 Lone Star Outlaw The Whole Truth The Event Law & Order: Los Angeles Nikita Outsourced Undercovers Chase No Ordinary Family My Generation S#*! My Dad Says Hawaii 5-0

DATE: Thu, 02 Sep 2010
SIZE: 11.9 MB
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TCR Classic - SF TV Shows That Flopped Preview

Here's a sneak peak of our discussion of science fiction television shows that didn't cut it with the networks.  This episode, which originally aired on September 3, 1990, will be released on Friday, September 3, 2010.

DATE: Wed, 01 Sep 2010
SIZE: 72.2 MB
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98: In Review - I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Andrea is away on vacation and Orenthal ruins the viewing pleasure of millions with one simple observation.  Make sure you rate the episode below and leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.   Check out the all new Post-Mortem After Party coming soon.       Segment One - Bringing it to the Table   1:40 - John takes care of the administrative by announcing the winners of the Lethal Obsession DVD giveaway and announces a new contest with a prize package from Boom! Studios including a collected Farscape comic signed by Keith.  Listen for the trivia question and send your answer with your name and address to john@chronicrift.com.  The winner will be announced on the next In Review episode. 4:55 - Judy went to the new home of the NY Mets, Citi Field, and while she was impressed with the stadium itself, she wasn't as impressed with the people who filled it. 13:50 - Orenthal urges you to try the limited edition Ben and Jerry's Snickerdoodle Ice Cream. 19:18 - Promo for the Better in the Dark Podcast. 20:18 - Lionel and Snarf of the Thundercats PSA on not drinking alcohol. 20:46 - Promo for the Requiem of the Outcast Podcast.         Segment Two - The Reviews   23:00 - Andrea reviews Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim and Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain. 39:35 - The Comics Curmudgeon is back with equal praise and disdain for Ex Machina, among a number of things. 51:00- John likes the show The Point Radio, but feels that one individual brings down the upbeat quality of the internet radio station sampler.  He recommends you check out episode 87 of Better in the Dark, episode 275 of Slice of Sci-Fi and episode 88 of the GRDsWeekly.     58:45 - Keith presents three shows: one he knew would be good (Rizolli & Isles), one that surprised him (Covert Affairs), and one that disappointed him (Haven).  Plus, Eureka continues to make Keith happy. 1:12:40 - Promo for the HG World audio drama. 1:14:16 - 60 Second Science - One of the world's first dinner parties? 1:15:31 - Promo for the Indiana Jim Podcast.   Segment Three - The Wrap-Up 1:18:25- Orenthal talks about fillings and how they can ruin your movie experience. 1:35:45 - Andrea calls in from her vacation in San Francisco.                                    

DATE: Thu, 26 Aug 2010
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TCR Classic - Cover Art Preview

Here's a preview of our cover art Roundtable from 1990 being released on 8/27/10.  You can find this and every episode of the original public access show on iTunes or by visiting tcrclassic.mevio.com.  Enjoy!

DATE: Wed, 25 Aug 2010
SIZE: 38.0 MB
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97: Spotlight - Fall Movie Preview 2010, Part Two

So big a movie preview, it needed two parts to cover everything.  This fall promises a genre movie schedule that hasn't been seen in some time.  John and Dan Persons take on the task of filling you in on every release with a comment or two to help you guide your theater viewing.  Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode in our forum or call us at 888-866-9010.  Music used in this episode: "Tron Theme", and "A Patrick Swayze Christmas" by Crow T. Robot.       Movies Previewed 11/5 - Megamind 11/12 - Skyline Unstoppable 11/19 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One 11/24 - Tangled 11/26 - Red Dawn 11/27 - Bruce Lee 12/3 - The Warrior's Way 12/10 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader The Tempest 12/17 - Tron: Legacy Yogi Bear 12/22 - Gulliver's Travels 12/25 - The Illusionist True Grit     In his twenty plus years as writer and film journalist, Dan Persons has interviewed the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, Satoshi Kon and John Kricfalusi; published the well-received novella, "A Game of the Apocalypse", in The Ultimate Silver Surfer, edited by The Chronic Rift'sown Keith R.A. Decandido; and been an occasional, and somewhat peculiar, guest on the public access incarnation of the Rift. He presently files reviews and video interviews on Cinefantastique Online and Air America Media when he isn't haunting the dining room of his local Popeye's.  Dan has recently moved into the podcast arena with two projects, Mighty Movie Podcast and the Cinefantastique Online Podcast.  Dan will also be a regular contributor on The Chronic Rift starting in September as our new movie reviewer and his segment, "The Cineplex at the End of the Universe."    

DATE: Tue, 24 Aug 2010
SIZE: 42.3 MB
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97: Spotlight - Fall Movie Preview 2010 - Part One

Part Two to be released on Wednesday. So big a movie preview, it needed two parts to cover everything.  This fall promises a genre movie schedule that hasn't been seen in some time.  John and Dan Persons take on the task of filling you in on every release with a comment or two to help you guide your theater viewing.  Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode in our forum or call us at 888-866-9010.  Music used in this episode "Between the Jumps" by David Alexander McDonald and "Make My Day" by TG Sheppard.     Movies Previewed 9/1 - My Dog Tulip 9/3 - Machete The Winning Season A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop 9/10 - Brand New Day Resident Evil: Afterlife 9/15 - Never Let Me Go 9/17 - Alpha and Omega Devil The Wild Hunt 9/24 - Buried Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hooll Enter the Void 10/1 - Chain Letter Hatchet II Let Me In The Social Network 10/8 - I Spit on Your Grave My Soul to Take 10/15 - Red 10/22 - Hereafter Paranormal Activity 10/29 - Monsters Night of the Demons Saw 3D     In his twenty plus years as writer and film journalist, Dan Persons has interviewed the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Wes Craven, Stuart Gordon, Satoshi Kon and John Kricfalusi; published the well-received novella, "A Game of the Apocalypse", in The Ultimate Silver Surfer, edited by The Chronic Rift'sown Keith R.A. Decandido; and been an occasional, and somewhat peculiar, guest on the public access incarnation of the Rift. He presently files reviews and video interviews on Cinefantastique Onlineand Air America Media when he isn't haunting the dining room of his local Popeye's.  Dan has recently moved into the podcast arena with two projects, Mighty Movie Podcast and the Cinefantastique Online Podcast.  Dan will also be a regular contributor on The Chronic Rift starting in September as our new movie reviewer and his segment, "The Cineplex at the End of the Universe."  

DATE: Mon, 16 Aug 2010
SIZE: 27.2 MB
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96: Roundtable - British SF TV

John and Judy co-chair this discussion on British science fiction television with fan Lisa Sullivan and British Invaders  co-host Brian Doob.  Please take a moment to comment on this episode in our forums or by calling us at 888-866-9010.   Lisa Sullivan  received her MA in Early Church History from the University of Georgia and completed several years of doctoral studies in the same subject at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to her one genre publication (as co-author of a story in the Star Trek New Frontier: No Limits anthology) she wrote for the academic journals Semeia and Studia Patristica , and presented papers at conferences in her field both nationally and internationally. She has no idea how she ended up writing for Star Trek, but figures if it’s good enough for Dr. Marc Okrand, it’s good enough for her. Lisa is a long-time fan of Doctor Who , which was her gateway drug into the fascinating world of British SF television. She currently works in the New York City office of a British Medical Communications company, and alternately impresses/frightens her colleagues by knowing what’s going to be on BBC Three before they do.    Brian Doob lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is the co-host of the British Invaders  podcast. He works as a software developer and technical support person for the Government of Canada. He enjoys singing in choirs and working with computers. He has been watching British Science Fiction Television since the late 1980s and insists that the Andromedans should have been the Daleks.   Podcast Promos   Sonic Newsdriver Podquiz British Invaders 60 Second Science - How to Pour Champagne Doctor Who Podshock

DATE: Thu, 12 Aug 2010
SIZE: 37.8 MB
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95: Spotlight - Match Game Chronic Rift 2010

We had such a great time last year, we decided to do it again.  This year, Judy and John are joined by Billy Flynn, Kitsie Duncan, and Glenn Hauman as they played Match Game with contestants William Frank Merlock and Karen Carothers.  Take a moment to let us know what you thought of the episode by visiting the forums or by calling our toll-free number 888-866-9010. We also had some time for a Post Mortem After Party.  Take a listen as some of us reveal our nicknames for our ex-significant others, talk about game shows we love, and our man- and woman-crushes.   _______________________________________________________ ______________________ Our Stars   Bill Vernon, AKA “the Wonderful Billy Flynn,” brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) on-air talent at WRAR Radio Station in Virginia. He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington and the Columbia School of Broadcasting. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!)       Kitsie Duncan is living her dream as an actress and producer. Her first major film, a straight to DVD release, Lethal Obsession, is now available through Darkrider Productions. In addition, Kitsie has been in numerous commercials and will be appearing in a number of other film projects in the year to come. She recently had the honor of being named a finalist in the Famous Monsters Scream Queen competition and will be featured in the magazine's October issue. Learn even more about Kitsie by following her on Twitter and Facebook and by scanning her resume here.       Glenn Hauman fulfills one of the unspoken staffing requirements at a comics company. "Dwayne McDuffie at Milestone, Mike Richardson at Dark Horse, Denis Kitchen at Kitchen Sink, Jim Shooter at Marvel and Valiant-- every comics company needs to have at least one ridiculously tall guy on it. With me on board, we'll have somebody who can change light bulbs and play center for the inter-company baseball league." When he was in junior high school, Glenn took art lessons from John Buscema, the legendary (and quite tall) Marvel Comics artist. "I knew I could never draw like that that," he says. Instead, he found other ways to make comics his career, starting with working in a local comic shop in high school, and then the production department at DC Comics. He has fifteen years of experience in publishing, including work for Random House, Simon & Schuster, DC Comics and Apple Comics. Mr. Hauman has worked as a graphic designer, editor, photo retoucher, CD-ROM producer, story consultant for films, and radio show co-host of "Destinies - The Voice of Science Fiction" on WUSB 90.1 FM at SUNY/Stony Brook. His latest Star Trek e-book, Creative Couplings, has been getting press coverage for its portrayal of the first Klingon-Jewish wedding. In addition to Star Trek, he's written other licensed tie-in works for X-Men and Farscape, and urban fantasy for Baen Books. He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He was a founder of internet pioneer companies BiblioBytes, Hell's Kitchen Systems (bought by Red Hat in 2000), and Lot Auctions. Most recently, Glenn has been working as a webmaster, assistant editor, and production manager for arrogantMGMS, a comics packing company now involved with ComicMix. Glenn manages their GrimJack.com, JonSable.com, MundensBar.com websites; he also runs the websites for comic book pros PeterDavid.net and BobGreenberger.com. "My career is the definition of varied, and the one constant is that I find myself doing something new that still draws on past experiences," Hauman said. "I can't imagine something that draws on all the things I've done and all the things I want to do more than ComicMix." Our Contestants     Karen Mitchell Carothers has been a Trek fan for as long as she can remember. In fact, it led to her degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. By day, she's a mild-mannered worker-bee in the aerospace industry. By night, she leads a Star Trek fan club in Frederick, MD (http://www.ussredbaron.org) and is a long-time flutist in the Columbia Concert Band (http://www.columbiaband.org). She lives in Baltimore in a tiny brick rowhouse with her scifi geek husband Chris and their psychocat, Jezabelle.   A more detailed bio for William Frank Merlock is forthcoming.  He is known as Captain Patch on the Chronic Rift forums.

DATE: Tue, 10 Aug 2010
SIZE: 56.2 MB
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94: In Review - Greasy Fingers and Porn

Judy has new toys, but not the kind your dirty mind might be thinking of.  Despite this, Orenthal manages to turn it dirty.  Make sure you rate the episode below and leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Scorpio Theme" from the Simpsons and "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters. Check out the Post-Mortem After Party we had where we discover how our innocent Orenthal has vacationed in decadent cities and we suggest where he should vacation next.  Segment One - Bringing it to the Table 2:00 - John talks about the release of The Chronic Rift public access show on iTunes and reveals details about this month's contest.  You can send your answer to the trivia question for a chance to win a copy of the straight to DVD thriller movie, Lethal Obsession to john@chronicrift.com. 10:07 - Andrea is enjoying the guests on the internet talk show, The Kevin Pollak Chat Show, but warns about the large file size for downloads.19:42 - Judy got a Kindle and a Droid recently.  She's happy with both of them, but her greasy fingers make operation a little difficult. 27:40 - Promo for The Indiana Jim Podcast. 28:38 - He-Man PSA for reporting inappropriate touching.               29:06 - Promo for the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast.Segment Two - The Reviews30:41 - Andrea reviews Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance by Richard Roper. 41:15- John likes the show Edgy Podcast Reviews, but feels they need to turn down the cutesy.  He recommends you check out episode 268 of Slice of Sci-Fi, episode 224 of The School of Podcasting and episodes 23 and 26 of the Nerdist podcast. 55:05 - Keith is happy to recommend watching the BBC's Luther. He is also pleased that Burn Notice continues to be good. 1:02:20 - Promo for the Babylon Podcast. 1:02:53 - 60 Second Science - Hot peppers may help the blood pressure. 1:04:07 - Promo for the British Invaders Podcast.             Segment Three - The Wrap-Up 1:06:24- Orenthal talks about nostalgia.

DATE: Thu, 05 Aug 2010
SIZE: 29.4 MB
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93: Spotlight - James and the Dark Grimoire

The crew of the Rift love to be hams as you can see week to week in each episode.  What better way to be true hams than to stage an audio drama on our show?  This year, we present Kevin Lauderdale's James and the Dark Grimoire.  Please take a moment to comment on this episode by visiting either the forums or calling us at 888-866-9010.     Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, Animato, mcsweeneys.net, and teevee.org; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu's The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsismagazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.  Follow Kevin's exploits through his new LiveJournal blog - http://kevinlauderdale.lveijournal.com.      

DATE: Fri, 30 Jul 2010
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92: Roundtable - Movie Remakes

John and Orenthal sit down with reality show TV producer Paul K. Bisson and author Dayton Ward to discuss Hollywood's need to go back to the well and remake movies.  After listening to the episode, make sure you leave your thoughts on the subject in our forums or by calling us toll-free at 888-866-9010.   Dayton Ward is the author of numerous media tie-in fictions works in such realms as Star Trek and The 4400.  He is also the author of such original works Counterstrike, The Last World War, Book 2 and The Genesis Protocol. When he's not writing or working for a software design firm, he's busy indoctrinating his two lovely daughters into the worlds that have so seriously warped his mind.       For a poor kid growing up in Boston (where there wasn't much to do except watch TV or go outside and find trouble), they were doorways into the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comics.  And they remain the cornerstones of Paul K. Bisson's inner Fanboy. Today, Paul is an actor, writer, independent media producer, and all-around Geek.  He still collects comics (mostly DC and definitely Wonder Woman), he founded the member-rich Bionic Fan Network (http://www.bionicfans.net) and an ambitious online Bionic encyclopedia, The Bionic Wiki (http://www.bionic.wikia.com), he's the webmaster of The Omen Chronicles, the only fansite devoted to the Omen film series (http://www.omenchronicles.com), and he's developing http://www.fancommentary.com -- a social networking site where people can upload their own audio commentaries for their favorite movies and TV shows. For over 20 years, Paul has called Salem, Massachusetts (The Witch City) his home.  He has performed on local and regional stages and has appeared in or voiced local, independent, and industrial films and commercials.  An avid supporter of PEG (Public, Educational, Government) television, he has produced nationally-recognized media and serves on a board of directors. Paul has earned a living (read: day job) in industries food service, call center management, Internet service, debt collection, and of course, retail.  He currently pushes pencils and taps keyboards in the home and business alarm industry.  This has all changed now that Paul has moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor/writer.  He is currently working for the History Channel as a production assistant for a number of their reality programs. Paul is honored to be a part of the discussion in this latest incarnation of The Chronic Rift!   Podcast Promos Let's Watch Movies 60 Second Science - Overestimating Your Abilities Leads to Underestimating The Warp Facor  

DATE: Tue, 27 Jul 2010
SIZE: 17.1 MB
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91 - Spotlight: Anthony Del Col

Keith discusses the IDW comic series, Kill Shakespeare, with co-creator/co-writer Anthony Del Col.  Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by stopping by the forums or by calling us at 888-866-9010.   Anthony Del Col has worked in the music, film and television industries, produced two independent feature films and most recently assisted with the management of international pop star Nelly Furtado and her world tour.  He is the co-creator/co-writer of Kill Shakespeare from IDW Publishing.   Podcast Promos Geek Radio Daily Podcast Sci-Fi Diner Podcast

DATE: Tue, 20 Jul 2010
SIZE: 49.2 MB
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90: In Review - Baby, It's Hot Outside

Three in a row!  We must be doing something right. In this episode, we deal with the extreme weather while Andrea discovers she's getting old.  Make sure you rate the episode below and leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Staying Alive" - Ozzy Ozborne and "Smells Like Team Spirit" - Flying Pickets.   Segment One - Bringing it to the Table 7:40 - Andrea really hopes the NBC mini series Persons Unknown will be shown in its entirety. 12:42 - Orenthal will be spending 60 hours playing Mass Effect 2. 24:08 - John recommends the DVD set Classic Game Shows and More. 30:18 - Promo for The Comic Tube podcast. 31:15 - Star Wars PSA for smoking. 32:15 - Promo for the Gamers Haven Podcast.     Segment Two - The Reviews 33:50 - Andrea reviews The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker and Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells by Tommy James 50:25 - John mourns the passing of Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan and recommends you check out episode 22 of the Nerdist podcast, episode 85 of Better in the Dark, and episode 2 of season one of H.G. World. 58:46 - Keith reviews The Good Guys on Fox and is pleased with the way Stephen Moffat's first season as show runner on Doctor Who has turned out.   1:02:36 - Promo for the Teenage Wasteland Podcast. 1:03:13 - 60 Second Science - A gas giant planet. 1:04:29 - Promo for the On the Edge of Darkness Podcast.  

DATE: Sun, 18 Jul 2010
SIZE: 15.9 MB
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89: Spotlight - Kitsie Duncan

John talks with actress Kitsie Duncan about her first major straight to DVD movie, Lethal Obsession.  Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode in our forum or by calling our toll free number 888-866-9010.     Kitsie Duncan is living her dream as an actress and producer. Her first major film, a straight to DVD release, Lethal Obsession, is now available through Darkrider Productions. In addition, Kitsie has been in numerous commercials and will be appearing in a number of other film projects in the year to come. She recently had the honor of being named a finalist in the Famous Monsters Scream Queen competition and will be featured in the magazine's October issue. Learn even more about Kitsie by following her on Twitter and Facebook and by scanning her resume here. Kitsie Duncan 317.362.5631 kitsie@kitsieduncan.com www.kitsieduncan.com Personal Statistics: Height: 5 ft 8in Bust:34 D Weight:130 Waist:28 Hair Color:Red Hips:38 Eye Color:Green Dress Size:6 Ethnicity:White Shoe Size:8.5 I have only been pursuing my acting career for a very short time. The following are some of the projects I have had the pleasure of being a part of. I am willing to bring 125% to any project I am involved in. Lethal Obsession/Darkrider Filmworks/Elizabeth Waters Good Night/Mad Chann Films/Stacy Spooky Brucey/SB Productions/Episode 1 Bound Girl/Episode 2 Dead Girl She-Bang/Deathblow Productions/Leader of the Tupper B Wares Edge of Society/Filmwave Imaging/Kelly LoveSick Radio Music Video/Darkrider Filmworks/Limo Driver Skull Full of Kisses trailer/Darkrider Productions/Female Lead (the skull) Corey L Scott Commercial/Filmwave Imaging/Wife Parody Rap Music Video/SeanieMic/Cannibal Horror Convention Massacre/Old School Sinema/Aspiring Actress GoDaddy Commercial/Bryon DeVolder/Superheroine GoDaddy Girl Reverie/Schadenfreude Entertainment/The Phantasm Cthulhu Key: Legacy/Primal FX Studios/Judi Nance No Recourse/Triple B and Darkrider Studios/Crystal Joseph Music Video/Allied Productions/Rich Girl Model for Don Stuck/X103 Bikini and Promotions Model Voice Over Work Various Internet Radio Stations

DATE: Tue, 13 Jul 2010
SIZE: 38.3 MB
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88: Roundtable - The Works of L. Frank Baum

Andrea sits down with author Steve Mollmann and Oz Encyclopedia webmaster Dr. William Wright to discuss the merry old land of Oz as portrayed in the Oz series by writer/creator L. Frank Baum.  Leave your thoughts on this episode in our forum or by calling 888-866-9010.     Dr. William R. Wright has been serving as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security since 2006, serving in an organization focused on protecting the nation from nuclear terrorist attack. Previously Dr. Wright was the CEO of Computas NA, a software startup company providing visual object modeling tools to major corporations and government agencies. Before taking the helm at Computas, Wright was President of Trans-X, Inc, where he provided knowledge-based system analysis and design, development and implementation. Much of this work was with European clients principally in the off-shore gas and oil industry. Dr. Wright’s involvement with the fantasy world of Oz came at the urging of his children to whom he had read all the Baum Oz books before they reached school age. In response, he developed the Oz Encyclopedia and created a website in the early days of the Internet to digitize Oz and make it freely available to children young and old world-wide – Oz without borders. Wright holds a Ph.D. in computing science from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.   Steve Mollmann is a Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut, where he studies literature that deals with science and technology, especially in the late 19th century. He has published on The War of the Worlds and was the recipient of the 2010 Inge Award for Comics Scholarship for a presentation on Marvel Comics's Killraven. He is also the co-author (with Michael Schuster) of several works of Star Trek fiction, including The Future Begins, which will be reprinted this August in the collection Corps of Engineers: What's Past.

DATE: Sun, 27 Jun 2010
SIZE: 26.6 MB
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87: 2010 Teen Summer Reading

It's the summer again and kids are out of school.  But that doesn't mean that the kids stop reading.  Andrea and a group of high school teens offer their choices in young adult literature.  Make sure you comment on the episode in our forum or by calling 888-866-9010. Podcast Promos Dead Robot Society Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing 

DATE: Mon, 21 Jun 2010
SIZE: 61.3 MB
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86: In Review - Thank You

We're back!  After dealing with a series of obstacles, here is the first of what should be a number of catch-up episodes.  And what better way to start than with a review episode.  Make sure you rate the episode below andleave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Futurama Theme" and "Blake's 7 Theme". Segment One - Bringing it to the Table3:00 - Judy offers her thoughts on the season finale ofLost. 9:10 - Andrea fills us in on another Fritz Lang silent film,Women in the Moon.8:23 - Orenthal is giving the new Cartoon Network series,Generator Rex, a try.19:45 - Promo for The Machinery of Light podcast.21:17 - PSA for iTunes feedback.21:37 - Promo for the White Wolf Podcast. Segment Two - The Reviews23:00 - Andrea reviews The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.26:55 - John introduces a new segment reviewing podcasts.  In the first edition of "Pod People", John reviews the British Invaders Podcast. 36:55 - Promo for the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. 37:52 - 60 Second Science - Measuring the skills of the best soccer players.39:12 - Promo for the British Invaders Podcast. Segment Three - The Wrap-up40:40 - Orenthal is swinging towards the positive by offering his thanks to those people who have made us better at being geeks.51:33 - Captain Patch from the forums calls in to take Hawk and the gang to task for our thoughts on George Lucas in the last In Review episode.

DATE: Mon, 31 May 2010
SIZE: 26.0 MB
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85: Spotlight - Music from the Rift 2010

We're back with a new selection of music available for your appreciation.  Please make sure you comment on any of the selections in our forum or by leaving us a voice mail at 888-866-9010.  Also, make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this listing.  You can learn more about these musicians by clicking on the links.  This episode has been brought to you by Budget Rent A Car.    "The Terminal Replies" - Friends or Whatever - Friends or Whatever is Mark Herbkersman, a guitarist and producer from Richmond, Virginia. He writes vibrant, noisy pop songs that blend quickfire rock sensibilities with pulses of shimmering electronica. Like a hybrid of Guided by Voices and The Postal Service, the songs are erratic, enigmatic, and melancholic, but Herbkersman’s plaintive vocals convey in them a hope still unbroken by the weight of the world."Jr. Science Club Theme" - Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club- Logan Whitehurst began uploading his original songs to mp3.com back in 1997 and gained a strong online following for his music. His quirky songs were regularly played on Dr. Demento and often compared to the likes of They Might Be Giants."Destroy" - para!helion"Icarus" - Trash 80 - Trash80, or as some call him just plain trash, initiated his addiction to computer music in the summer of 1990 - about the same time his interest was sparked for the opposite sex. Coincidence? Probably not. The beauty of it was that he recognized this obvious connection early on and decided to use his love of composition to gain the interest of an unsuspecting female audience. In response to someone who once brought up this connection, Trash80 replied, "Its not about getting girls man, its about my love of music and getting dumped for it."Somewhere in between now and the old bbs days, Trash80's failure to acquire companionship led him to work with such fellows as Native Instruments, releasing oki computer and interface designs for their reaktor 4 library, as well as other popular reaktor ensembles such as caterpillar and the gameboy sound emulator, play my gameboy. And while on the topic of gameboys, it should be noted that some people in the gameboy music community feel he should be held responsible for masterminding the deaths of numerous gameboy colors with his hardware hack for it, the prosound mod. "Baby's Got Morphine Eyes" - Zombie Prom Queen - From their label, Postmoderncore, "A lo-fi trash blues rock extravaganza of wild loose improvisation virtousity and spirited emotional vocals with great power. A group that knows the importance of influences and the importance of having your own agenda, and how to hold fine tuned balance between form and freeform.""Zombie Connection"Here are the credits and history for the song:Song: Zombie Connection, a parody of "Rainbow Connection" by the Muppets. Vocals: Kim Fortuner Guitar: Tim Dodge Orchestra and production: Chooch Schubert Lyrics: Kim Fortuner and Patrick E. McLeanThe song was originally written and recorded in our room at Dragon*Con 2009 in about 30 minutes. Tim and Kim agreed to record clean versions of their parts and let me wrap other instruments and sound effects around them for a Creative Commons release.

DATE: Wed, 26 May 2010
SIZE: 37.5 MB
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84: Spotlight - 2010 Summer Movie Preview

John and guest Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique Online take a look at the upcoming summer movie season.  In addition to the obvious blockbusters, they talk about some of the lesser known, but interesting movies you can expect to see.    STEVE BIODROWSKI is the administrator-editor of Cinefantastique Online.  He started with Cinefantastique back in 1985, quickly becoming the magazine's Los Angeles correspondent. In 1995, he was promoted to West Coast Editor.  In 1999, Steve left the magazine to become the Vice President of Editorial Content at Fandom.Com.  His reviews, interviews, retrospectives and other articles have appeared in Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side, and Fear; he also served as the Executive Editor at Cinescape Online.  His other websites include Hollywood Gothique (which covers horror film and Halloween events in the Los Angeles area).

DATE: Fri, 14 May 2010
SIZE: 26.4 MB
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83: Spotlight - Steve Horowitz

John has a chat with musician Steve Horowitz where they discuss music from Super Size Me to Spongebob Squarepants to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode in our forumor by calling our toll free number 888-866-9010.  In addition, make sure you rate the episode at the end of the listing.  This episode has been brought to you byBudget Rent-A-Car.    Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Steve's 30-year career integrates his experiences as a band leader with his explorations as a multi faceted composer. Horowitz has a large catalog of music for traditional and unusual ensembles such as: string quartet, woodwind quartet, orchestra, Disklavier, solo contrabass flute, large electro-acoustic chamber ensemble and his band the Code International. Horowitz studied at the California Institute of the Arts with Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick , Micheal Jon Fink and Stephen "Lucky" Mosko. He lectures at various schools including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, and Berklee College of Music in Boston and has received performance underwriting as well as commissions from: Meet the Composer Fund (1992 at the Lab SF, & 2005 at the Kitchen NYC); Amsterdam Fund for the Arts NL (2000 for ensemble tour); Fund for the Interactive Sound Arts Netherlands (1997, Graphic scores Mousetrap Quartet); Gravy Train Dance Company (1984 Choreographer Jo Ann Nerenberg); The Alternate Currents Ensemble (1994 Ribbon of Extremes); Music at the Anthology (MATA, executive producer Phillip Glass 2003 "Vertical Field Horizontal Field" for String Orchestra and Piano performed by SONYC, featuring soloist Joel Wizansky on piano); and The Astoria Symphony (Mix Re-Mix, World Premire).Touring projects in the US and the Netherlands have helped to form Horowitz's unique perspective and voice. Horowitz and his music have appeared at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and The Miller Theater and The Kitchen in NYC. He frequently collaborates with other artists - joining forces with an eclectic variety of musicians such as electric guitar wizards Elliott Sharp and Henry Kaiser, saxophone greats Lenny Pickett and Ralph Carney, The Clubfoot Orchestra, Glen Spearman, acoustic bassist Tatsu Aoki, and the Balkan music ensemble Zhaba.A culmination of years of investigation, The Code Ensemble explores Horowitz's persistent musical themes: the intertwining of electric and acoustic instruments, new forms, extended techniques, interactivity, music for picture, theater and live performance. Drawing on a finely honed sense of humor, Horowitz looks deeply into the sociological filter and re-examines pop culture's presentation of "truth" as entertainment. Founded in 1992, The Code has developed a cutting-edge repertory with instrumentation that combines traditional acoustic and contemporary electronic instruments.In addition to his work in chamber and concert music, Horowitz writes music for dance, film, television, cartoons, and interactive media (video games). Steve wrote the score to the award winning film Super Size Me and served as music supervisor and lead composer for the television show I Bet You Will (MTV). Horowitz's audio expertise was honored in 1996 with a Grammy award for his engineering work on the compact disc "True Life Blues, the Songs of Bill Monroe", winner of the best Bluegrass album 1996, and in 2003 with a Webby for his work with Nickelodeon Digital. Horowitz has been featured in Bass Player magazine (May, 2007) and books The Art of Digital Music and The Guerilla Guide to the Music Business. Steve can be found working and touring with his various projects, and has released 15 compact discs to date. His latest album "stations of the Breath" for solo piano, was released this month. For more info and music clips please see http://www.thecodeinternational.com/ 

DATE: Tue, 04 May 2010
SIZE: 77.9 MB
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82: In Review - Now in 3D

An all new In Review episode brings about a variety of topics discussed.  This episode we take on  Doctor Who, Treme , and the George Lucas, to name just a few areas of interest.  Make sure you rate the episode below and  leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums  or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Nature Trail to Hell in 3D" b y Weird Al Yankovic. Segment One - Bringing it to the Table 0:00 - This episode has been sponsored by  Go Daddy . 4:07 - Orenthal wants the world to try out The Big Book of Barry Ween, Boy Genius by Judd Winnick. 8:23 - Judy is very impressed with and happy to talk about the new HBO series,  Treme . 13:55 - Andrea continues her exploration of the podasphere with Chris Hardwick's The Nerdist Podcast . 21:13 - John gets the gang's thoughts on the explosion of 3D movies from Hollywood. 28:16 - Promo for the  HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. 29:15 - PSA for iTunes feedback. 29:33- Promo for the  Sci-Fi Diner Podcast . Segment Two - The Reviews 32:10 - Andrea surprisingly likes  Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter  by Seth Grahame-Smith . 36:10 - The Comics Curmudgeon returns and offers his thoughts on a variety of comic related items, including his liking of the new Justice League  DVD release. 46:21 -  Keith may be letting his man crush on Stephen Moffat blind him in his love for this new series of  Doctor Who .  He also confirms his worst fears about the new season of  Law & Order: Criminal Intent . 1:01:25 - Promo for the  Better in the Dark Podcast. 1:02:55 -  60 Second Science  - Ice found on an asteroid. 1:04:12 - Promo for  Podiobooks. Segment Three - The Wrap-up 1:07:00 - Last episode, Orenthal spoke about how Tiger Woods doesn't owe the world an apology.  This episode, he tells us who does.

DATE: Thu, 29 Apr 2010
SIZE: 42.5 MB
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81: Spotlight - 2010 Roundtable Awards

It's that time of year again and The Chronic Rift, in its never-ending quest to bring the best in pop culture to you presents the best of 2009 as voted on by you the listeners.  Find out who had the Best Novel or the Best Comic Book or who wrote the Best in Television or Movies.  It's all here, plus this year'sChronic Rift Hall of Fame inductee.  Make sure you comment on the winners by visiting the forums or by calling us at 888-866-9010. You can also purchase any of the winner's items mentioned in this episode by clicking on the links in our Amazon show at the bottom of the page.This episode has been sponsored by PetMeds.com.

DATE: Tue, 20 Apr 2010
SIZE: 62.2 MB
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80: Roundtable - Comic Book Movies

p>    A few weeks back, Orenthal commented on how the crop of comic book related movies make it seem like Hollywood has entered a "golden age" in regards to such productions.  In this episode, Orenthal and John are joined by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg to discuss how true this really is.  Make sure you comment on the episode in our forums or leave us a voice mail at 888-866-9010.  Make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this entry. This episode was sponsored by Budget Rent-A-Car.   Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg is Curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (www.geppismuseum.com) in Baltimore, Maryland and author of Pop Culture with Character: A Look Inside Geppi’s Entertainment Museum. He has authored or co-authored books on Big Little Books (The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book: An Overstreet Photo-Journal Guide), comic book grading (The Overstreet Comic Book Grading Guide), and zombie movies (Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For). He has also written for IGN.com, IFmagazine.com, Cinescape, and many other entertainment magazines and websites. Doctor Who fans know him best as the co-author of the Howe’s Transcendental Toybox series of Who merchandise guides from Telos Publishing, as the designer of many other Telos books including The Target Book, and as the author of “Stolen Days” in Short Trips: How the Doctor Changed My Life and “Mardi Gras Massacre” (with zombies!) in Short Trips: Indefinable Magic. Dr. Blumberg has appeared as a lecturer and moderator for a variety of media-related panels and events. He holds a Masters in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, a Doctorate in Communications Design from the same institution, and teaches a course in comic book literature at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). His blog is at www.apanelwithnoborders.com.   PODCAST PROMOS Geek Radio Daily Podcast Better in the Dark Podcast The Scapecast 60 Second Science - Virus Splits Water Comic Tube Podcast    

DATE: Fri, 16 Apr 2010
SIZE: 33.2 MB
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79: Spotlight - MCM

In the latest Spotlight episode, John gets to chat with author/illustrator MCM about his publishing company and his animated series, Rollbots. Make sure you take a moment to comment on the episode in our forums or by leaving a message on our toll free line - 888-866-9010.  Please also rate the episode at the bottom of this entry. This episode has been sponsored by Go Daddy.com.     MCM wears many hats—often at the same time. He’s a writer, programmer, illustrator, and the creator of the animated TV series RollBots. His books are the foundation of the independent publisher 1889 Labs. MCM has a long history in technology and is active in the Free Culture movement. His writing has been praised by Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, as well as Cory Doctorow, a pioneering author in the world of science fiction.   Podcast Promos How to Grow Your Geek Podcast Unwind with Angie B Podcast

DATE: Tue, 06 Apr 2010
SIZE: 59.7 MB
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78: In Review - Olafantastic

The gang is back and doing what they do best (which is a sad statement about the show, actually).  This episode we take on Doctor Who, Justified, and the notoriety of celebrity.  Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Repairs Completed" and "End Theme", both from The Bionic Woman by Joe Harnell, "On the Run" by TONEz, and the Doctor Who theme as composed by Murray Gold. Segment One - Bringing it to the Table0:00 - This episode has been sponsored by 1-800-PetMeds. 4:07 - John has a number of things he's bringing this time around.  He assures the world that Matt Smith is great as Doctor Who.  He's excited about attending the Doctor Who panel at the Paley Center in NYC on April 12.  Finally, he's thrilled that both The Six Million Dollar Man andThe Bionic Woman both will be released in their entirety on DVD. 10:41 - Judy fills our listeners on Christopher Nolan's directorial debut inFollowing. 14:53 - Andrea finds the website, Electric Sheep Comix, interesting. 18:15 - Promo for the Better in the Dark Podcast. 19:44 - iTunes Feedback PSA. 20:03 - Promo for the Indiana Jim Podcast. Segment Two - The Reviews23:00 - Andrea reviews the final book in the Inspector Wexford mystery, The Monster in the Box.30:22 - Keith has a new basic cable series to enthuse about in FX's Justified. He also urges you to watch Law & Order: Criminal Intentbefore Vincent Donofrio leaves the series. 38:15 - Promo for Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast. 39:29 - 60 Second Science - We're not really good at multi-tasking. 40:45 - Promo for On the Edge of Darkness Podcast. Segment Three - The Wrap-up42:05 - Orenthal comments on the trappings of celebrity and the notoriety it brings.

DATE: Tue, 30 Mar 2010
SIZE: 25.1 MB
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77: Spotlight - Mark Waid

Keith recently sat down with writer, editor, and Boom Studios guru, Mark Waid at this year's Emerald City ComicCon and discussed his latest work Irredeemable.  Please take a moment to comment on the episode in our forums or by calling 888-866-9010 and leaving us a voice mail.   This episode was sponsored by Budget Rent-A-Car.       Mark Waid has been a writer and editor for every major comics publisher of the last 20 years and has written over a thousand stories. His works include KINGDOM COME, FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT, and most recently the ongoing series IRREDEEMABLE and INCORRUPTIBLE from BOOM! Studios, where he serves as the Editor-In-Chief.     Episode Promos Weekly Comics Spotlight Podcast 60 Second Science - Portions of the Last Supper is Getting Bigger Stretchlinks Podcast  

DATE: Tue, 23 Mar 2010
SIZE: 52.9 MB
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76: Roundtable - Science Fiction and Fantasy in Video Games

Andrea and Orenthal talk with game designer Jason L. Blair and Geek Radio Daily host Billy Flynn about the the development of the science fiction and fantasy aspects in video games. Make sure you comment on the episode in the forum or by calling our toll free number 888-866-9010. Please rate the episode at the bottom of this listing.   This episode was sponsored by Go Daddy.com.   Jason L Blair is a professional writer and game designer. His first game, Little Fears , was nominated for the 2001 Origins Award for Best RPG and Game of the Year. He has worked in the game design and publishing fields since 2001 and has done just about every job there is to do in it. He has done work in the video game field since 2005 with a focus on design, scriptwriting and story development. You can learn more about him at jasonlblair.com.   Bill Vernon, AKA “the Wonderful Billy Flynn,” brings the funny each week on Geek Radio Daily! His daytime alter ego is mild-mannered (well, that part is a stretch) on-air talent at WRAR Radio Station in Virginia. He actually gets paid to sit on his butt and run his mouth! His “edumacation” is from UNC-Wilmington and the Columbia School of Broadcasting. When he is not gracing the podcasting airways with his comedic stylings, you can find Billy Flynn on Xbox Live (flynn71), rockin’ out on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, watching movies, reading comics, working out, or posting on the forums at geekradiodaily.com (ding!)

DATE: Tue, 16 Mar 2010
SIZE: 65.6 MB
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75: Spotlight - Podcasts We Love

DATE: Tue, 09 Mar 2010
SIZE: 63.6 MB
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74: In Review - I Can't Count

Judy Furnari's back after an absence and she's got plenty to say.  Make sure you rate the episode below and  leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums  or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.  Music for this episode - "Living Dead Girl" by Rob Zombie and "What You Don't Know" by Jonatha Brooke.   Segment One - Bringing it to the Table 0:00 - This episode has been sponsored by  Budget Rent-a-Car. 3:23 - Judy is less than happy with Caprica . 13:36 - Orenthal enthuses about the new DC animated release, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths .  Plus,  Wrestlelicious  has gotten his attention. 21:23 - Andrea notes the proliferation of zombies in our media lately. 25:25 - Promo for the  Sonic Newsdriver Podcast. 26:39 - iTunes Feedback PSA. 26:58 - Promo for the  Galactica Quorum Podcast. Segment Two - The Reviews 28:47 - Andrea reviews two books she wasn't planning on reviewing -. The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse  by Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino and  I am Ozzy  by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres 37:03 -  Keith presents the second annual Tater Awards.  He also likes Stephen Moffat's  Couplings . 47:46 - Promo for  Whispers Radio Podcast. 48:28 -  60 Second Science  - West Nile Virus spread by mosquitoes. 49:42 - Promo for  White Wolf Podcast Segment Three - The Wrap-up 51:32 - Orenthal laments the loss of originality with an admittedly unoriginal segment.

DATE: Tue, 02 Mar 2010
SIZE: 32.1 MB
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74: Spotlight - Wadjet Eye Games

Andrea sits down with  Wadjet Eye Games  founder, Dave Gilbert, and  Puzzlebots  game developer, Erin Robinson to discuss the company, their games, and PC games in general.  Make sure you rate the episode below and  comment on it either in the forums  or by calling us at 888-866-9010.     Dave Gilbert  has been interested in adventure games ever since 1986, when his mother made the mistake of buying him a copy of Infocom's Wishbringer . Fifteen years later, he took his first dip into game creation in when he discovered the Reality on the Norm Project and wrote his first short game. Since then, he has authored over six successful freeware games, including 2004's award-winning Two of a Kind .     In 2006 he turned his hobby into a fulltime career when he founded Wadjet Eye Games and published his first commercial title,  The Shivah .  The company was soon nominated for a "Best New Studio" Game Developers Choice award and was also voted by Gamasutra as one of the top twenty breakthrough developers of 2008.  Currently on its roster are three games in the  Blackwell  series as well as the upcoming  Puzzle Bots .           Erin Robinson  has been making independent games since 2005. Her work has been featured by Boing Boing and PC Gamer UK, and has spoken at multiple conferences, including GDC -- where Heather Kelley and Erin presented the winning design in the annual Game Design Challenge last year. Erin's game Nanobots  was a much-lauded indie title, and she is now working on the casual adventure game  Puzzle Bots. LINKS Wadjet Eye Games Dave Gilbert's Blog Erin Robinson's website Game Developers Conference PROMOS Return to Northmore Podcast Comic Tube Podcast ******************************************************* ** This episode was brought to you by Go Daddy.com.  Receive discounts and special offers when designing and registering your new website by visiting the Rift website and clicking on the Go Daddy link.  

DATE: Thu, 25 Feb 2010
SIZE: 20.3 MB
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73: Spotlight - Juliet Landau

Best remembered for her role as Drusilla on both Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel , Juliet Landau is entering an all new realm in taking on the role of director of a documentary on the making of a Jewish hip-hop video directed by Gary Oldman.  Curious?  There's a whole lot more to the story and Keith hears it all from Juliet in this special Spotlight episode.  Make sure you rate the episode at the end of this listing and leave your thoughts either in the forums or by using our toll free number 888-866-9010.     Juliet Landau was born in Los Angeles in 1972. She was a professional ballerina. She studied acting extensively with the late Susan Peretz and is a member of the Actors Studio. Juliet co-starred in Tim Burton’s ED WOOD as Loretta King and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in New Line Cinema’s THEODORE REX. She created the role of Drusilla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, appearing on BUFFY and ANGEL over the course of six seasons. Of Drusilla, Steve Vineberg of The New York Times wrote, “The wildly gifted Juliet Landau plays Drusilla like an acid-added cross between Ophelia and Cassandra.” She just completed playing Russian villainess Nataliya Chernov in the kid’s movie, MONSTER MUTT, created and produced by 4X Oscar-winning Greg Canom’s Drac Studios. Juliet has branched into some exciting territory, directing the short documentary TAKE FLIGHT about and for Gary Oldman, co-directing and appearing in Godhead’s HERO music video and co-writing two issues of the ANGEL comic book about Drusilla. The legendary Mike Medavoy mentors her. Lead roles in Independents include: THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, DARKNESS VISIBLE, HACK, TOOLBOX MURDERS, REPOSSESSED, CARLO’S WAKE, LIFE AMONG THE CANNIBALS, RAVAGER, DIRECT HIT, CITIZENS and a co-starring turn in Henry Jaglom’s GOING SHOPPING. TV guest appearances include: MILLENNIUM, LA FEMME NIKITA, STRONG MEDICINE, a starring role in the Lifetime movie REUNION and a project directed by Jake Scott for HBO. She has lent her voice to various characters on the popular animated series’ JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED and BEN 10:ALIEN FORCE as well as BIOSHOCK 1 and 2, STAR WARS THE OLD REPUBLIC and BEN 10 video games. She voiced Labella in GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT. Juliet has worked extensively in the theater, receiving outstanding reviews for her work every time out. She has written the short film IT’S RAINING CATS AND CATS and will play seven different characters in the project.                               Be there for the release of TAKE FLIGHT by logging on to http://www.julietlandaustakeflight. Help Juliet raise funds for her latest independent project by purchasing autographed memorabilia by visiting her website http://www.julietlandau.com and clicking on STORE. ************************************** This episode was brought to you by the folks at 1-800-Petmeds.com.  Take advantage of the free shipping on orders of $39 or more by visiting the page set up for Rift listeners - http://www.petmeds.com/chronic.

DATE: Tue, 16 Feb 2010
SIZE: 22.3 MB
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72: Spotlight - Laura Anne Gilman

Keith sits down with writer Laura Anne Gilman and learns how wine could have more magic then we're used to.   Make sure you comment on the episode here  or by leaving us your thoughts at 888-866-9010.  You can also rate the episode at the end of this listing.     Laura Anne Gilman started her professional life as a book editor for a major NYC house, fitting her writing into the remaining available hours.   In 2004 she switched that around, becoming a full-time writer and freelance editor. She is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” urban fantasy series), and the critically-acclaimed  " The Vineart War" trilogy from Pocket (the first book, Flesh and Fire , was short-listed as a "Best Book of 2009” from Library Journal). She is also a member of the on-line writers’ consortium BookView Café, and continues to write and sell short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances as Anna Leonard. You can find more information at  www.lauraannegilman.net, or find her on Twitter as @LAGilman.     (photo credited to Elsa Ruiz, 2009) This episode is brought to you by GoDaddy.com.  GoDaddy, for all your website design, storage, and URL needs.

DATE: Wed, 10 Feb 2010
SIZE: 83.6 MB
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In Review - The Fury of Firedude

An all new review episode touches on some things we've talked about in the past while introducing some new topics.  Make sure you rate the episode below and  leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums  or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010.   Segment One - Bringing it to the Table 4:10 - Orenthal got himself the complete series of Farscape  on DVD. 9:53 - Andrea needs someone to explain the appeal of MTV's  The Jersey Shore . 18:13 - John is still singing the praises of  Batman: The Brave and the Bold .  You'd think he watched nothing else. 25:46 - Promo for the  Lovely Ladies Podcast. 26:15 - iTunes Feedback PSA. 26:34 - Promo for the  Superman Fan Podcast. Segment Two - The Reviews 29:26 - Andrea reviews two works, Steven Saville's  Silver  and Dennis Lehane's  Shutter Island . 37:55 - The Comics Curmudgeon returns with several recommendations for the comics fan including  Planet Hulk  and  The Human Target . 49:17 - Keith looks at the state of  Lost  as it enters its final season.  He also is satisfied that  White Collar  is doing fine with its return. 1:07:04 - Promo for  the Comic Tube Podcast . 1:08:00 -  60 Second Science  - Genetic doping of athletes. 1:09:14 - Promo for  Podiobooks. Segment Three - The Wrap-up 1:10:43 - Orenthal is feeling curmudgeonly for a change and decides to rant.  You, the listener, have to listen.

DATE: Wed, 03 Feb 2010
SIZE: 14.9 MB
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70: Spotlight - 2010 Roundtable Award Nominations

It's a brief episode as John presents the nominations for the best in genre for the year 2009.  Take a moment to head on over to the Chronic Rift website and place your vote.  The awards ceremony will be held in April.  This episode has been brought to you by 1-800-Petmeds.com.  Take advantage of the free shipping for orders over $39 by heading on over to petmeds.com/chronic. 

DATE: Tue, 26 Jan 2010
SIZE: 61.4 MB
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69: Roundtable - DC Animated Universe

John and Orenthal sit down and geek out with illustrator/actor Arne Starr and Gamer's Haven Podcast host Ethan Parker about the rich history of the DC Comics animated universe.  Plus, Jay Smith makes a guest appearance at the beginning of the episode and then disappears.  Let us know what you think of the episode in our forums or by leaving us a message at 888-866-9010.  Plus, make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this entry.Arne Starr went from graduating from a division of Pratt Institute in NY to working as an artist both in NY and CT, then got into his long time love, the comic book world, working his way over to DC Comics where he worked on most of the DC characters at some point or another and became the longest running artist on the Star Trek books, starting with the original Next Generation. (Eventually he worked at Marvel on theSpider-Man books as well.)That in turn got him involved with the online world, Genie, where he eventually ran the Science Fiction Media Roundtable, which covered Star Trek and the brand new (at the time) Babylon 5, and began his many years of appearances at Star Trek and Sci-Fi conventions as the Hollywood gossip guy with the goodies and the trailers. Working there with many of the actors of those sci-fi shows eventually got him invited with the late Mark Lenard’s Masters Acting class, followed by many years doing stage in CT and in FL.Finally he made it to Hollywood a few short years ago, but has managed to work in many genre movies such as Spider-Man 3, Iron Man 1 and 2 and of course, Star Trek. On TV, he has appeared on many shows in the background and sometimes in the foreground.  He appeared as a regular on series like Mad Men, as the (typecast) artist; on Grey’s Anatomy as the attending physician appropriately named Arne; onNCIS: Los Angeles as the Tailor; and most recently he got to play the Court Sketch Artist on the new David Tennant pilot, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.Arne still works on his art on shows as well having done a couple of pieces for Medium that were used on the air, as well as a set of caricatures done for the show Greek.Ethan Parker is a co-host and creator of the Gamer's Haven Podcast (http://www.canadiancrusaders.com).  He just turned thirty years old and laments on a daily basis that the original Tim Burton Batman movie is now over 20 years old.  He is currently living in Kansas City studying to become a vile, bottom-dwelling lawyer.  He works for the University News (http://www.unews.com), the weekly newspaper published by the University of Missouri Kansas City, as their Online Editor.  While he's not busy with school, he can usually be found running a variety of tabletop RPGs including Dungeons & Dragons and Deadlands: Reloaded.  Currently, his time has been consumed with organizing the KantCon local gaming convention in Kansas City. Please check out the savings offered by our sponsor, Budget at http://www.budget.com/chronic.com.

DATE: Tue, 19 Jan 2010
SIZE: 19.8 MB
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Spotlight - Luke Romyn

John met Luke recently through MySpace and where he discovered Luke's first novel, The Dark Path.  Luke talks with John about his desire to create a character that struggles against his goodness rather than reluctantly giving into it.  Make sure you rate the episode below and comment on it in the forums. Plus, you can leave a voice mail at 888-866-9010. Luke Romyn spent many years, fifteen in fact, working in the security industry. From doorwork in some of Australia's roughest pubs and clubs to protecting Mickey Mouse and the Disney crew from the overzealous jaws of tenacious toddlers, Luke has worked throughout Australia and internationally in a vast array of roles.He's done close protection for UK celebrities in Fiji and chased feral pigs and snakes out of the film set on Steven Spielberg and Tom Hank's upcoming epic: The Pacific. There are few things Luke hasn't seen.With all this experience behind him, it would be tempting to write a set of memoirs. Instead, Luke utilized it to fuel his own expansive imagination and began writing fiction. Initially starting with short stories, Luke rapidly progressed onto novels. His first book, THE DARK PATH, is now out and is already a #1 best selling Horror. His second novel, BLACKLISTED, is almost set to go and will blow the roof off action thrillers. This episode has been sponsored by Go Daddy.com.  Check out the great discounts Go Daddy is offering in website domain registration and hosting services by clicking on the link on the top left hand side of the Rift homepage.

DATE: Wed, 13 Jan 2010
SIZE: 76.4 MB
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In Review - What's in the Box?

DATE: Thu, 24 Dec 2009
SIZE: 41.8 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Twelve

We made it!  Twelve episodes in twelve days!  It wasn't exactly an episode a day, but we got them out in twelve days.  And in the this final episode, John shares some holiday music, holiday memories, thanks to all who make the show possible, and Bill Corbett reading, "Twas the Night Before Christmas".  Make sure you check out what Bill is up to over at http://www.rifftrax.com.  Also, take a look at the discounts Budget Rent a Car is offering our listeners by heading over to http://www.budget.com/chronic. Merry Christmas to all and the happiest and safest of New Years!  We'll be back on January 12th. 

DATE: Wed, 23 Dec 2009
SIZE: 31.2 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Eleven

It would be great if we could simply post whatever music we could, but it wouldn't be very fair to the artists who created it, now would it?  Fortunately, there are those people who one might consider true artists, people who create things for the sake of expression rather than making a buck.  Those folks have made their writings, audio dramas, music, and podcasts available for the world to see with nary a concern of the cost.  Well, David Alexander McDonald hosts today's segment in which he shares such holiday music with you. The songs are taken from http://jamendo.com. 1. Covered Clouds - Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten (G Neumark 1657, gm) (From WEINACHTEN) 2. Forty Winks - Christmas Visit (from CHRISTMAS VISIT) 3. Frozen Silence - Frozen Christmas (from CHRISTMAS CAROLS) 4. Les Residus Plasmiques- Le pere Noel dit (consomme et souris) (from ON FAIT PEUR AUX SAPINS!) 5. MMB Digidesigns - Light Bells Parts 1-3 (from CHRISTMAS BELLS) 6. Pascale Donati dite PasStelleM - Mes premiers Noels (from MES PREMIERS NOELS) 7. Pol B Binarymind -  Hymne a la joie (from LA TANGO DE DON COCHONCHIMSO 8. Torley On Piano - Santalales (from HOLIDIUM - FESTIVE HOLIDAY PIANO!) Make sure you take advantage of the deep discounts from Go Daddy as you prepare to launch that new website. 

DATE: Wed, 23 Dec 2009
SIZE: 23.9 MB
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Spotlight: David Rozansky

NOTE: This is an updated copy of the episode as their was a technical hitch in the original posting.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  David Rozansky is the owner, publisher, and editor for Flying Pen Press, a small press publisher operating out of Denver.  John got to talk with David recently to learn more about the company, their publishings, their philosophy, and their shift towards platform publishing.  Learn more about the publisher at http://www.flyingpenpress.com. Make sure you also take advantage of the deep discounts offered by our sponsor, Budget by heading on over to http://www.budget.com/chronic.

DATE: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
SIZE: 14.9 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Nine

Jay Smith was unable to bring the Rift listeners a Smith Family Christmas as he is busy completing the zero season of his smash audio drama podcast, HG World.  To make up for it, he offers another brief look at the series, with a short featuring the Rift's own Keith R.A. DeCandido as Todd Rage and John Drew as Dr. Jonas Drew (no relation).  You can learn more about HG World by visiting the homepage at http://www.goodmorningsurvivors.com.  And don't forget to take advantage of the great discounts offered by our friends at Budget by visiting http://www.budget.com/chronic. 

DATE: Tue, 22 Dec 2009
SIZE: 28.7 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Eight

Not all things work exactly the way we want them to.  Case in point, today's Riftmas episode.  One of the crew was not able to put his piece together in time and John needed to think of something fast to fill in the gap.  Since he got some compliments about his own contribution, he decided to be a little vain and offer another such episode. This time around, he has taken an episode for an anthology series call The Old Curiosity shop that he created and wrote for.  In an an owner of an antique shop tells tales of the antiques he sells and they affect the life of the buyer.  In this episode, he tells how a watch, affects the life of a time travelling astronaut.

DATE: Mon, 21 Dec 2009
SIZE: 25.6 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Seven

Dan Persons, contributor to our show and host of his own Mighty Movie Podcast interviewed Duncan Jones, director of this past summer's sleeper hit movie, Moon, way back in the podcast's early days.  Dan often edits his interviews to keep them in a certain time period.  Here, Dan offers Rift listeners the full interview, gaffes and all.  Thanks to Dan for offering us this glimpse into his podcast.  Make sure you check it out by subscribing through iTunes or by going to the website - http://www.mightymoviepodcast.com.   Make sure you also take advantage of the discounts and free shipping Petmeds is offering by visiting their site - http://www.petmeds.com/chronic. 

DATE: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
SIZE: 37.6 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Six

As a popfiend, Orenthal has a grasp of many elements of pop culture.  In this holiday offering, Orenthal shares a few of his favorite things that make up who he is. Make sure you also check out our great sponsor, Go Daddy. 

DATE: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
SIZE: 31.7 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Five

Keith's contribution to the 12 Days of Riftmas is a reading of his short story, "Letter from Guatalajara" from the forthcoming More Tales of Zorro anthology from Moonstone Books. Make sure you check out the great offers from our sponsor, GoDaddy.com. 

DATE: Wed, 16 Dec 2009
SIZE: 26.9 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - Day Four

It's John's turn at the mike as he presents one of his original audio dramas from the Justin Case Murder Mysteries, "Murder in a One-Horse Open Sleigh".  John wrote this and other such works for WCRS Radio Stage, a group of players who perform audio dramas for the blind.  Don't forget to check out our great sponsor, Petmeds.com, with their great offer of deep discounts at http://www.petmeds.com/Chronic. 

DATE: Wed, 16 Dec 2009
SIZE: 74.2 MB
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In Review - Charlie in the Box

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DATE: Mon, 14 Dec 2009
SIZE: 23.7 MB
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The Chronic Riftmas - Day Two

For day two of the 12 Days of Riftmas, Judy interviews Ryan Sharpe, founder of Get Well Gamers, a group dedicated to collecting and distributing video game consoles and games to hospitals for sick children as part of their pain therapy.  Learn more about how you can get involved in this worthwhile organization.  Also, Judy has her special 12 days wishlist for Santa.  Make sure you comment on the episode at http://www.chronicrift.com or leave us a voice mail at 888-866-9010.   Get Well Gamers - http://www.getwellgamers.org 

DATE: Sun, 13 Dec 2009
SIZE: 12.1 MB
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12 Days of Riftmas - One

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DATE: Tue, 08 Dec 2009
SIZE: 33.7 MB
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Spotlight - Robert J. Sawyer

John speaks with Hugo and Nebula award winning author, Robert J. Sawyer about the TV adaptation of his novel,  Flash Forward , as well as the first novel in his latest trilogy,  Wake .  Make sure you leave a comment by calling us toll free at 888.866.9010.     Robert J. Sawyer has been called " the dean of Canadian science fiction " by  The  Ottawa Citizen . He has won many major awards, including: The 2003 Best Novel Hugo Award — the top international honor in science–fiction writing. An Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada Eight Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards ("Auroras"). R ob's novels are top–ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada, appearing on the  Globe and Mail  and Maclean's  bestsellers' lists, and they've hit #1 on the bestsellers' list published by Locus, the U.S. trade journal of the SF field. His seventeen novels include  The Terminal Experiment ,  Frameshift ,  Factoring Humanity , Flashforward ,  Calculating God ,  Mindscan , and the popular "Neanderthal Parallax" trilogy consisting of  Hominids (winner of the Hugo Award),  Humans , and  Hybrids . Rob has taught writing at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Humber College, the National University of Ireland, and the Banff Centre. He has been Writer–in–Residence at the Richmond Hill (Ontario) Public Library and the Toronto Public Library's Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. And he edits Robert J. Sawyer Books, the science-fiction imprint of Calgary's Red Deer Press. Rob has given talks at hundreds of venues including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada, and been keynote speaker at dozens of events in places as diverse as Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Barcelona. He was born in Ottawa in 1960, and now lives just west of Toronto with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink.

DATE: Tue, 01 Dec 2009
SIZE: 73.1 MB
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Roundtable - 80s Cartoons

He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe, and Jem are only a few of the shows we remember from the 80s.  Why is it when one thinks of eras of cartoons, the 80s seem to stand out for so many?  John, Orenthal, and Jay Smith discuss the importance of 80s cartoons and their impact on animation up to today in a panel discussion that was originally scheduled to be recorded from Philcon.  Make sure you comment on the episode at the Rift website - http://www.chronicrift.com or leave your thoughts on our toll free line - 888-866-9010. This episode/'s sponsor is Go Daddy.  Take advantage of the great promotional offers Go Daddy has made available to the Rift/'s listeners by checking out our offers page on the home page.  These offers will help you get started in setting up that all important website. 

DATE: Tue, 24 Nov 2009
SIZE: 33.1 MB
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Spotlight - Robert Greenberger

John sits down with Bob Greenberger to talk about his past, present, and future works, as well as his political career to date.  Make sure you comment on the episode here. Robert Greenberger (born July 24, 1958) is a writer and editor.Greenberger was born in Brooklyn in New York City, the son of Edwin L. Greenberger and Joan Greenberger. A lifelong fan of comic books, comic strips, science fiction and Star Trek, he drifted towards writing and editing, encouraged by his father and inspired by Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.While at SUNY-Binghamton, Greenberger wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream, moving from general assignment writer to Arts Editor, Managing Editor and ultimately Editor-in-Chief.  He served an internship at Gannett’s Binghamton Sun-Bulletin as a feature writer and reviewer.Upon graduation, he worked for Starlog Press as Managing Editor ofFangoria.  He was also an Associate Editor for Starlog and while there, created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips and animation.  The magazine lasted 11 issues before its first cancellation at which time Greenberger went to work on their sports magazines.In 1984, he joined DC Comics as an Assistant Editor, working with Len Wein and Marv Wolfman on DC’s Golden Anniversary projects Who’s Who andCrisis on Infinite Earths.  He went on to act as assistant editor to numerous titles for each editor until he was promoted to editor.  During his tenure, his titles included Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.By 1990, he had given up editing to become the company’s Editorial Coordinator, helping grow the Editorial Administration department.  When he left the company, he was Manager-Editorial Operations.In March 2000, he left DC to become a Producer for Gist Communications, television news and listings web site. After ten months there, he learned some new skills and got out before the dotcom bubble burst.In January 2001, he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations.  During his year with the company, he oversaw editorial schedules, Production, Manufacturing, the Print Library, and other departments.In January 2002, he left Marvel and rejoined DC in May 2002 as a Senior Editor-Collected Editions.  He helped grow that department, introducing new formats and improving the editions’ editorial content. He also managed DC’sElfQuest publishing program.He left DC in January 2006, becoming a freelance writer and editor.  His clients included Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC and Marvel. By June, he was offered the post of Managing Editor at Weekly World News where he helped transition the newspaper from being produced jointly in Florida and New York to just NYC.When the paper folded in August 2007, he resumed his freelance career which continues to this date.  Along the way, he helped revitalize Famous Monsters of Filmland and served as News Editor at ComicMix from August through December 2008.He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and theInternational Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  He served on the final Nebula Short Fiction Jury.Greenberger joined Fairfield, CT’s Parking Authority in 1999, serving until June 2006. He resigned from the Authority to join the Cable Advisory Council for Area 2 in Connecticut.  In November 2005, he was elected a Representative to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Representative Town Meeting. In November 2007, after winning re-election, he was voted to preside as its Moderator.Keep up to date with Bob/'s happenings by following his blog at http://www.bobgreenberger.com.Make sure you check out our sponsor, Budget, and take advantage of the great offers through our link.

DATE: Tue, 17 Nov 2009
SIZE: 78.6 MB
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In Review - Can You Tell Me How To Get

After a missed week, we/'re back with a slightly longer In Review episode, but it/'s all worth it.  John, Andrea, and Orenthal enthuse about 80/'s TV shows, Sesame Street, and iPhone apps.  Make sure you rate the episode below and leave your thoughts on the episode in our forums or on our toll free number - 888-866-9010. Segment One - Bringing it to the Table3:48 - Andrea really didn/'t enjoy Sherlock Holmes: The Archive Collection.  (And if you want her slightly used copy, drop us a line atjohn@chronicrift.com.) 9:40 - John informs Orenthal about the DVD releases of Streethawkand Tales of the Gold Monkey.  In addition, John shares his new iPhone apps, Bat Fight and Gokivo. 25:25 - Promo for the H.P. Lovecraft podcast. 27:00 - Promo the Geek Acres podcast.Segment Two - The Reviews26:40 - Andrea tries to peel back the layers of The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook and recommends The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. 33:25 - Derrick takes a look back at the Nicole Kidman thriller,Birth. 42:20 - Keith is willing to give the incarnation of V a fair shake, despite the fast paced info dump of the first two episodes.  He is also looking forward to The Prisoner mini-series. 1:00:47 - Promo for Let/'s Watch Movies podcast. 1:01:47 - 60 Second Science - Vote for the ugliest insect. - http://askabiologist.asu.edu/uglybugs/ 1:03:12 - Promo for the Podiobooks.com.Segment Three 1:05:18 - Orenthal wishes a happy 40th birthday to the children/'s television series, Sesame Street. 1:18:30 - Hawk plugs his, Jay Smith/'s, John/'s and Keith/'s appearance at Philcon the weekend of November 20th. Don/'t forget to take advantage of the great offers we have from Go Daddy.com by clicking here. 

DATE: Tue, 03 Nov 2009
SIZE: 47.7 MB
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Roundtable: Sherlock Holmes

John and Andrea are joined by authors Laurie R. King and Kevin Lauderdale to discuss the literary and theatrical incarnations of the world/'s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.  In addition, John shows off some of the cool (sad) apps he picked up for his iPhone and debuts a new voice mail.  If you want to let us know what you thought of this episode or any episode or anything that strikes your fancy (except talking about plumbers, Gina, or George Smith) you can give us a ring at 888-866-9010.  Or you can just leave your thoughts here in the forums.  Make sure you also rate the episode at the bottom of this listing. Laurie R. King is a third generation Northern Californian who has lived most of her life in the San Francisco Bay area. Her background is as mixed as any writer’s, from degrees in theology and managing a coffee store to raising children, vegetables, and the occasional building.King’s writing reflects her background—it is no accident that characters in her books spend time in the Bay Area and England (King’s other home) and are interested in theology, architecture, and travel (Her long autobiography goes into this relationship in detail.)King started writing in 1987 when her second child entered school, and had her first novel published in 1993.Since A Grave Talent, she has averaged a book a year, winning prizes that range from Agatha (a nomination) to Wolfe (Nero, for A Monstrous Regiment of Women.) The characters of A Grave Talent, centering around inspector Kate Martinelli of the San Francisco Police Department, have appeared in five novels to date.In 1994, The Beekeeper/'s Apprentice was published, featuring young Mary Russell who becomes an apprentice, then partner of Sherlock Holmes in early 20th century England. Books in that series appear regularly, taking the duo and their cohorts on into the Twenties and around the world, winning admiration far and wide. These historical novels allow King to explore all sorts of ideas: the roots of conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan; feminism and early Christianity; patriotism and individual responsibility, while also having a rousing good time with revisiting the scenes of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Kim, setting a pair of Bedouin nomads down in a grand country house in England, and forging an unlikely relationship between two remarkably similar individuals who happen to be separated by age, sex, and background.King also writes the occasional stand-alone novel—or, more or less stand-alone. Two of the books (Folly andKeeping Watch) share characters, Califia/'s Daughters (written under the pseudonym Leigh Richards) may some day take its place within a trilogy, and Touchstone is being considered as the basis for a future series. Kevin Lauderdale has written essays and articles for the Los Angeles Times, The Dictionary of American Biography, Animato, mcsweeneys.net, and teevee.org; and his poetry has appeared in Andrei Codrescu/'s The Exquisite Corpse.  He has published fiction in several of Pocket Books/' Star Trek anthologies, including Constellations, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original Star Trek.  His original fiction has appeared in Neo-opsis magazine and Cthulhu Unbound, the cross-genre Lovecraftian collection from Permuted Press.  He is a graduate of UCLA and a card-carrying member of SFWA.

DATE: Thu, 29 Oct 2009
SIZE: 10.9 MB
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Spotlight - Jon F. Merz

John sits down and learns more about the upcoming television series, The Fixer, from creator and producer John F. Merz.  Don/'t forget to rate the episode at the bottom of this listing and make sure you comment on it here.You can also leave us a voice mail at 888-866-9010. As a writer, Jon F. Merz has published over a dozen novels including four Lawson Vampire adventures (2002-2003) with Kensington/'s Pinnacle Books, the Jake Thunder mystery/thriller DANGER-CLOSE (2004) with Five Star Mystery/Thorndike Press, and eight installments in the internationally bestselling adventure series Rogue Angel (2006-present) with Harlequin/'s Gold Eagle line. His latest thriller PARALLAX debuted in March 2009 as an exclusive ebook. Praised by bestselling authors like Robert B. Parker, Douglas Clegg, and Thomas Monteleone, Jon/'s novels will continue to thrill readers for many years to come. His short fiction story /"Prisoner 392/" (appeared alongside Stephen King in FROM THE BORDERLANDS, 2004, Warner Books) earned him an Honorable Mention in 2004/'s Year/'s Best Fantasy & Horror edited by Ellen Datlow. Jon has also co-authored two non-fiction books: LEARNING LATER, LIVING GREATER with Nancy Merz Nordstrom (2006, Sentient Publications) and THE COMPLETE IDIOT/'S GUIDE TO ULTIMATE FIGHTING with Rich /"Ace/" Franklin (2007, Alpha Books/Penguin/Putnam) In October 2009, Jon will partner with author Joe Nassise for the debut of HELLstalkers, a new action series in conjunction with Blackbetty GmbH in Vienna available for cellphone users exclusively on the Vodafone network. As a producer, Jon has formed New Ronin Productions with longtime friend Jaime Hassett to create television and feature film projects in the New England area. Their first project is THE FIXER, a new supernatural action series based on Jon/'s Lawson Vampire novels. Filming of the pilot begins in May 2009. As a ninja, Jon has studied authentic Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu for almost twenty years under Mark Davis of the Boston Martial Arts Center. He has also trained with senior Bujinkan instructors both in the United States and Japan. During a trip to Japan in February 2003, Jon earned his 5th degree black belt directly from the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu, Masaaki Hatsumi. In addition to traditional training, Jon has also taught defensive tactics to a wide range of clients, including civilian crime watch groups, police and EMS first responders, military units, and federal organizations including the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for a variety of Fortune 500 clients.Don/'t forget to take advantage of our special offer through Budget Rent-a-Car.  You can get 10% of a car rental or $30 off a weekly rental by renting your car throughhttp://www.budget.com/chronic.

DATE: Tue, 20 Oct 2009
SIZE: 40.8 MB
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In Review - Is This Thing On?

Orenthal and Andrea are on hand to make sure that John hits the record button this time.  Make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this entry and comment on it here. You can also leave a voice mail message with your thoughts on the show at 888-866-9010. Segment One - Bringing it to the Table1:50 - Andrea had a great time exploring the 1939 and 1964 World/'s Fair Exhibits. 6:25 - Orenthal is jazzed by the new direct to DVD Batman/Superman video, Public Enemies. 11:50 - John interviews Kristana Textor, co-organizer of the Doomsday Film Festival, opening in New York the weekend of October 23. 25:25 - Promo for the Sci-Fi Diner podcast. 27:00 - Promo the Babylon podcastSegment Two - The Reviews27:45 - Andrea reviews Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow and recommends Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz and the television show, Hoarders. 33:10 - David is completely fed up with how The Amazing Spider-Man has gone so far off the rails. 40:05 - Keith is willing to give Stargate: Universe a fair shake based on the first few episodes and recommends The Venture Brothers. 47:48 - Promo for Into the Dark podcast. 49:00 - 60 Second Science - Carbonation has taste. 47:34 - Promo for the How to Grow Your Geek podcast.Segment Three 51:25 - We think we have a new fan based on the very brief voice mail we received. Don/'t forget to take advantage of the great offers we have from Go Daddy.com by clicking here.

DATE: Wed, 14 Oct 2009
SIZE: 16.5 MB
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Spotlight - Paul Cornell

Keith recently sat down with the man himself, Paul Cornell, and discussed  Doctor Who  and writing for comics.  Make sure you take a moment to rate the episode at the bottom of this entry and  comment on it in the forums .  If you feel really ambitious, make sure you call our toll-free voice line 888-866-9010 and leave your thoughts on this or any other episode.   Paul Cornell  is a novelist as well as a comics and TV writer.  He is best known for his work on  Doctor Who  in both literary and television formats.  In addition, Paul created Bernice Summerfield, a fan-favorite in the  Doctor Who  universe.  His comic works include  Captain Britain and MI-13  as well  The X-Men. Also, take advantage of the great offer we have to bring to you from 1-800 PetMeds.  For free shipping and 10% off your order, head on over to http://1800petmeds.com/chronic and place your order.   

DATE: Thu, 08 Oct 2009
SIZE: 14.2 MB
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Roundtable - Zombies

Comics legend Jim Salicrup joins Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, Jenifer Rosenberg, and Jay Smith in a discussion on the rising popularity of zombies.  Plus, John unveils a new listener phone call in response to Gina/'s call.  Make sure you check out all the fun at chronicrift.com or by calling us at 888-866-9010.  Plus, take advantage of the great offer through Budget Rent-A-Car. 10% off your next booking by going to http://budget.com/chronic. 

DATE: Tue, 29 Sep 2009
SIZE: 15.3 MB
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Spotlight - Shore Leave 2009, Part Two

John's feeling oogie this week and thus it's a short episode.  But that's not to say it isn't a good one.  John interviews Inge Heyer, writer and science track coordinator for the Shore Leave convention in Maryland.  Please take a moment to let us know what you think of the episode by stopping by the forums at http://www.chronicrift.com or by emailing us at john@chronicrift.com or by leaving a message on our voice mail 888-866-9010.

DATE: Tue, 22 Sep 2009
SIZE: 56.0 MB
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In Review - Vampire in Your Cleavage

John is joined by Andrea, Orenthal, and Judy in this review episode./n In the Bringing it to the Table segment, Andrea enthuses about the Barcade, Judy rails against the season finale of True Blood, and John is thrilled to hear that Ray Wise will be on Dollhouse.  Andrea reviews We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle and Troll/'s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; and Keith reviews Dark Blue.  Plus,/nOrenthal makes us nostalgic for the good old days of Saturday morning/ncartoon previews in his Pop Fiendish segment.  Make sure you stop by/nthe webpage - http://www.chronicrift.com - to tell us what you thought/nof the episode or call us toll-free at 888-866-9010.

DATE: Fri, 18 Sep 2009
SIZE: 45.7 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Shore Leave 2009, Part One

Star Trek authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Lauderdale are interviewed by John in the first of two episodes focusing on this past summer/'s Shore Leave convention. For more Rift goodness, make sure you check out the Rift homepage - http://www.chronicrift.com - and leave us a voice mail at 888-866-9010.

DATE: Tue, 08 Sep 2009
SIZE: 63.5 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Roundtable - Harry Potter

In our second season premiere, Andrea and Judy lead the Harry Potter Estrogen Brigade of Heidi Tandy and Marina Frants in discussing the Harry Potter phenomenon. Plus, Jay Smith offers a new Guilty Pleasure in the online /"Ten Doctors/" Doctor Who comic strip. Also, there/'s a new voice mail to listen to, plus a few other things of note. For more Rift goodness, make sure you check us out at http://www.chronicrift.com or call us toll-free at 888-866-9010.

DATE: Thu, 03 Sep 2009
SIZE: 17.8 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Listener Response

In this special spotlight episode, John, Andrea, Judy, and Orenthal respond to recent commentary from our listeners. Want to be a part of the next such special? Sign up and be a part of the forums at http://www.chronicrift.com, email us at john@chronicrift.com, or leave us a voice mail on our toll-free number 888-866-9010

DATE: Mon, 31 Aug 2009
SIZE: 23.7 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - 2009 Fall Movie Preview

Steve Biodrowski of Cinfantastique Online returns to discuss the genre related films scheduled for release this fall with John. What looks good? What can you skip? What can movie can wait for the DVD release? Make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of the entry and comment on it here or you can call us, toll-free, at 888-866-9010./n/n Mevio {Mevio-d8ee9a9c8b4586e4894d08bcf6b03da9}/nMovie Release Dates (with You Tube trailer links)/nSept 4 - Carrier, Gamer Sept 9 - 9 Sept 11 - Sorority Row, Whiteout Sept 18 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Jennifer/'s Body, Pandorum Sept 25 - Surrogates/nOct 9 - Zombieland Oct 16 - The Stepfather, Where the Wild Things Are Oct 23 - Antichrist, Astro Boy, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire/'s Assistant, Saw VI/nNov 6 - The Box, A Christmas Carol, The Fourth Kind Nov 13 -2012, Fantastic Mr. Fox Nov 20 - Planet 51, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Nov 25 - The Princess and the Frog/nDec 11 - The Lovely Bones Dec 18 - Avatar Dec 25 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Sherlock Holmes/nPromos/nHow to Grow Your Geek Podcast Sixty Second Science Babylon Podcast/n/n

DATE: Sun, 23 Aug 2009
SIZE: 26.1 MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - More Than Meets the Eye

John, Judy, Orenthal, and Keith gather together for the last review episode of the summer and they bring their /"A/" game with them to wrap things up.  Make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this entry and comment on it here.  You can also leave a voice mail message with your thoughts on the show at 888-866-9010./n /n /nSegment One - Bringing it to the Table/n2:40 - John, Judy, and Keith enthuse about the recent Rifftrax live event. 8:00 - Judy fills us in on the Galileo and Star Trek exhibits at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. 15:15 - Orenthal relives his childhood, well, sort of, with the Galaxy Rangers DVD set. 17:50 - Keith/'s talking baseball with a quartet of cool baseball blogs: The Low-Hud Yankees Blog by Pete Abraham, The Pinstriped Bible with Steven Goldman, Joe Podnaski/'s Curiously Long Posts, Sweet Spot by Rob Nayer. 21:25 - Promo for the Better in the Dark Podcast. 22:17 - a PSA for leaving comments about your favorite podcast on iTunes. 23:37 - Promo for Two Minute Danger Theater./nSegment Two - The Reviews/n24:00 - Andrea reviews two works recomended by fellow librarians: The Host by Stephanie Meyer andLethal Legacy by Linda A. Farstein. 31:00 - The Comics Curmudgeon covers three comic adpartations of major science fiction literary works:Phillip K. Dick/'s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? from Boom! Studios; Jeff LaMayer/'s The Nobody from Vertigo; Ray Bradbury/'s Fahrenheit 451 from  37:55 - Keith turns in a spoiler free review of Torchwood: Children of Earth and raves about Leverage. 45:19 - Promo for the Return to Northmoor Podcast. 46:20 - 60 Second Science - Your money is laced with coccaine. 47:34 - Promo for the Scapecast Podcast./nSegment Three /n49:05 - Orenthal referees a grudgematch between Transformers and G.I. Joe in a new installment of Pop Fiendish. 59:45 - Keith promotes his walk for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure and his appearances at upcoming conventions, Dragoncon and Fan Expo. 1:01:05 - Judy promotes photographic work at her Cafepress store in time for Grandparent/'s Day./n /nFor more Rift goodness check us out on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com./n 

DATE: Sun, 16 Aug 2009
SIZE: 22.9 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - 2009 Fall TV Preview

The television networks are gearing up for a new season of programming and all five major US networks have their share of genre programming.  John, Andrea, and Orenthal take a look at such shows as Past Life, Human Target, Day One, Caprica, Stargate Universe, Eastwick, Fast Forward, The Prisoner, and V.  What looks good and what looks like we/'re going to need a new show?  Make sure you leave your thoughts on the episode and what you/'re looking forward to at our website - http://www.chronicrift.com - or leave your thoughts on our voice mail line - 888-866-9010.

DATE: Tue, 11 Aug 2009
SIZE: 25.4 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Roundtable - Audio Dramas on the Internet

Thanks to the internet and easy to use computers and software, almost anyone can produce an audio drama on their own.  In this Roundtable episode, John and Orenthal sit down with Jay Smith of HG World and Jerffrey Bridges and M. Sieiro Garcia of Pendant Audio to discuss the do/'s and don/'ts of making your own audio production./n  /n Make sure you leave your thoughts on this or any other episode on our toll-free voice mail line - 888-866-9010 and for more Rift goodness, check out the home page at http://www.chronicrift.com./n  

DATE: Mon, 03 Aug 2009
SIZE: 13.3 MB
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The Chronic Rift - Spotlight - Bill Corbett

Andrea sits down with Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax to discuss the latter/'s upcoming live performance of a riff on the classic Ed Wood film, Plan 9 from Outer Space.  Plus, we take a listen to our feedback line.  For more Rift goodness check out our homepage at http://www.chronicrift.com.  And don/'t forget to leave us a voice mail with your thoughts on this episode at our new toll-free number 1-888-866-9010.

DATE: Sun, 26 Jul 2009
SIZE: 29.3 MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - Expelliarmus!

John, Andrea, Judy, and Mighty Movie Podcast host Dan Persons take a look at everything from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the Roku Box to Cinematic Titanic to Torchwood: Children of Earth and all points in between. Plus, Orenthal offers his thoughts on death and celebrity in the return of his Pop Fiendish segment. For more Rift goodness, make sure you check out our website - http://www.chronicrift.com. Be sure to leave us a voice mail message with your thoughts on this episode at 1-888-866-9010.

DATE: Mon, 20 Jul 2009
SIZE: 30.9 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Match Game: Chronic Rift

Get the nets out, kids, as John managed to convince everyone that it would be a good idea to play Match Game with some of our listeners. It actually turned out to be quite fun. You can let know at http://www.chronicrift.com or by phoning us, toll-free, at 1-888-866-9010.

DATE: Tue, 14 Jul 2009
SIZE: 38.8 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Roundtable - Shore Leave 31 Panel

John and Keith traveled to the Hunt Valley Marriott to partake of the festivities at Shore Leave 31. There, they signed autographs, met fans, and participated in panels, including this one where they, along with author Greg Cox and Star Trek fan Karen Carothers, discuss JJ Abrams/'s new take on the aging franchise. For more information on Shore Leave find them at http://www.shore-leave.com. For more Rift goodness, visit us at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Wed, 08 Jul 2009
SIZE: 3.55 MB
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Special Preview - HG World

Rift contributor Jay Smith is premiering an all new monthly audio drama series this month. In addition to regular episodes, there will be short vignettes that carry the story along. Orenthal and John speak with Jay about his new series and preview one of the vignettes, which features two very familiar voices to Rift listeners. To learn more about HG World, visit the website - http://www.goodmorningsurvivors.com. For more Rift goodness, check us out at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 05 Jul 2009
SIZE: 36.4 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Rockne S. O'Bannon

John and Orenthal, two self-avowed fanboys, sit down with writer/producer/director, Rockne O/'Bannon to discuss his past, present, and future projects, including his current run as writer of the Farscape comic book, based on his hugely successful Sci-Fi Channel television series. For more Rift goodness, visit us on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sat, 04 Jul 2009
SIZE: 8.73 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Parsec Awards Sampler

The Chronic Rift has been nominated for a Parsec Award for Best Infotainment Cast. The Parsecs recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy podcasting. The winners will be announced at Dragon Con this September. This is the sampler of segments from past episodes that was submitted to the Parsec committee. We hope it will give them and you, if you are a new listener, and idea of who we are. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Mon, 29 Jun 2009
SIZE: 36.5 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Michael A. Burstein's "Decisions"

In this special Spotlight episode the gang has produced an audio drama, /"Decisions/" written by Michael A. Burstein, based on the his Hugo nominated short story of the same name. Michael was the winner of our audio drama competition earlier this year and here is the result. Michael sits down with John to discuss how the audio version came about before we get to the production. For more Rift goodness, check out our website - http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Mon, 22 Jun 2009
SIZE: 41.8 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Teen Summer Reading 2009

Andrea and John offer a series of genre related works for the young adult in your life. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 14 Jun 2009
SIZE: 23.0 MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - Fire Walk With Me

Mighty Movie Podcast host Dan Persons joins Andrea, Keith, and John to comment on this episode/'s review offerings. Andrea tells us about the new computer game, The Path, and a new scary monster book, Cemetery Dance. Keith promotes the Rift/'s own Jay Smith/'s new audio venture, HG World Zombie audio drama, while opining about the new USA series, Royal Pains. David offers hope and despair when it comes to the current Batman comic series being produced by DC Comics. Derrick takes a look back at an under-appreciated gem, The Phantom. And Dan offers two movies of note - Fear Me Not and $9.99. Make sure you stop by the website for more Rift goodness - http://www.chronicrift.com

DATE: Sun, 07 Jun 2009
SIZE: 47.8 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Joseph D'Lacey

Horror author Joseph D/'Lacey sits down with John to discuss his most recent release, The Garbage Man, a story where a community/'s garbage comes back to haunt the inhabitants. For more Rift goodness, join us on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 31 May 2009
SIZE: 36.4 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Roundtable - Technology in the Classroom

John and Judy sit down with NYC assistant principal Steve Bennett to discuss the latest technological devices used in the classroom. They also talk about the benefits and detriments of using said technology. For more Rift goodness, visit us on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Fri, 22 May 2009
SIZE: 12.4 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Music from the Rift 2009

The Chronic Rift/'s first annual spotlight on music created by fans of the various genres we love to talk about. Sit back, relax, and soak in the musical stylings of a diverse group of talented individuals. /n/nMusic Tracks/n/n2:00 - /"Drop it/" According to their website, The Element is a brutal collision of Bronx beats, Brooklyn soul, and fierce uptown swagger. Learn more about them at their website - http://www.theelementband.org/./n/n5:15 - /"Sincerio Sinner/" CD Baby describes Lenny Lee and Pat Birney/'s Fast and Loose as the well where the grog of soul and magic oozes over and out and everyhing it touches twists up and shouts... Find their album at CD Baby - http://cdbaby.com/cd/fastnloose./n/n10:50 - /"Stop Your Crying/" Lenny Lee strikes out on his own with his first solo album, Box of Chocolates. Lenny has his own website where you can learn about his music, including his creation of the theme to The Dome audio series which you can hear at the end of this episode - http://www.lennylee.com./n/n15:33 - /"Concrete/" Coming to you from Philadelphia is the hard rock group CrimZin who list their influences as beer and Yagerbombs. Check out their MySpace page - http://www.myspace.com/crimzinpa./n/n22:46 - /"Crayola/" Fear Called Living is a Trip Hop group formed in The Bronx, New York. Their musical style is a very distincitve mixture of electronica, hip hop and new wave, with a strong vocal element and raw storytelling lyrics. Check out their homepage which features a blog of their latest exploits - http://www.fearcalledliving.com./n/n26:57 - /"Runtime/" From the Void Jumper soundtrack comes a track from the mind of our own Comics Curmudgeon, David Alexander McDonald. David/'s musical stylings can be heard in almost every episode of The Rift as we use them in the bumpers. You can purchase the album here - http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/44741./n/n29:44 - /"House on Pooh Corner/" Songs of daring-do with nary a hey nonny nonny. The Boogies Knights have parodied everything from commercial jingles to TV and movie themes, from golden oldies to the latest top-40 songs. Featuring our own Keith R.A. DeCandido, purchase their albums or learn about their next convention concert appearance here - http://www.boogie-knights.org/./n/n /n/n

DATE: Thu, 21 May 2009
SIZE: 30.2 MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - To Go Boldly

The gang is back with a new slew of reviews and discussion of the latest in science fiction and fantasy, including a look at the latest Star Trek movie. For more Rift goodness, check us out at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Tue, 05 May 2009
SIZE: 39.3 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Roundtable - The James Bond Series

A new Roundtable episode features a discussion on the 40+ year James Bond series. John and Jay Smith are joined by Bond author Raymond Benson and Better in the Dark host Thomas Deja. Plus, Jay offers a new /"Guilty Pleasure/" in the /"I/'m a DC/Marvel/" shorts. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 03 May 2009
SIZE: 57.9 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Summer Movie Preview 2009

Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique Online joins John to discuss the upcoming summer movie season. In addition to the expected blockbusters, they discuss some of the lesser known films that are being released including Moon and G-Force. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at chronicrift.com.

DATE: Tue, 21 Apr 2009
SIZE: 7.65 MB
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Special Preview - Mighty Movie Podcast

Dan Persons, who has contributed to both the podcast and the old public access tv show hosts this series of interviews with the directors, producers, writers, and actors of some of the best cutting edge films. In this special preview, Dan interviews Alex Rivera, director of the sci-fi film, Sleep Dealers. For more information on Dan/'s show, search for Mighty Movie Podcast on iTunes, or better still, check out his webpage - http://www.mightymoviepodcast.com.

DATE: Sun, 19 Apr 2009
SIZE: 93.4 MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - Fiduciary Concerns

The gang is back for another review episode. This time, we take on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Kings, NBC, the How to Grow Your Geek podcast, and the Get Smart collection on DVD. Plus, Andrea offers several new books, David offers praise and lashes for a number of comic books, Derrick reviews Slumdog Millionaire, and Keith opines about midseason replacements Castle and The Unusuals. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 12 Apr 2009
SIZE: 48.8 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow is an award winning anthologist. She/'s also a long time friend of the Rift and she/'s making her first appearance on the new podcast to discuss her latest anthology, Poe. Make sure you listen to find out how to win a copy of the anthology. For more Rift goodness, check out our homepage - http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Tue, 07 Apr 2009
SIZE: 48.3 MB
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The Chronic Rift: Spotlight - The 2008 Roundtable Awards

The best of the best of 2008 as determined by our listeners is featured in this spotlight episode. John, Keith, Andrea, and Dan Persons announced the winners of the 2008 Roundtable Awards./n/nSpecial thanks go to Paul Levinson, host of the Light on Light Through Podcast for his permission to use excerpts from his interview with Stanley Schmidt in our presentation. You can catch Paul/'s podcast at - http://paullev.libsyn.com/./n/nAlso, check out Dan/'s new podcast Mighty Movie Podcast - http://mightymoviepodcast.com./n/nFor more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 22 Mar 2009
SIZE: 141. MB
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The Chronic Rift: In Review - Who Watches The Chronic Rift?

It seems like an all Watchmen episode, what with Derrick and David reviewing the movie, and Hawk glowing about the golden age of comic book movies, but we do manage to talk about a few other things including Stephen King/'s latest, IDW/'s Star Trek comics, and the /"SyFy/" channel. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web - http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 08 Mar 2009
SIZE: 48.1 MB
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The Chronic Rift - Episode 11 - Media Tie-Ins: Legitimate Literature or Canon Fodder?

John and Keith are joined by author Jeff Mariotte and Complete Starfleet Library webmaster Steve Roby in a discussion on the merits of this subgenre. Is it fair to call the works unoriginal? Is it the gateway to /"mainstream/" success?/n/nPlus, Jay Smith reveals another /"Guilty Pleasure/" in the CW show Smallville./n/nFor more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at - http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 01 Mar 2009
SIZE: 27.2 MB
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The Chronic Rift - Quickie #3 - 2008 Roundtable Awards Nominations

John is joined by Orenthal, Dan, and David to announce the nominees for the best in 26 categories for the year 2008. Join us on April 6th as we announce the winners. For more Rift goodness, check us out at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 22 Feb 2009
SIZE: 64.7 MB
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The Chronic Rift - Episode 10 - Turbo Boost is Ready, Michael

In our first double digit episode, we have our usual Bringing it to the Table segment, where Andrea looks at the Razzies and Orenthal apologizes to all ten of us Knight Rider fans for doubting the reboot would work. Plus, Andrea offers a list of teen vampire books for the kids and David rants about comic book /"events/" while Derrick reviews Gran Torino and Keith reviews Dollhouse. Plus, Keith interviews author Michael Burstein about the release of his anthology, I Remember the Future. Stay tuned in this episode for a chance to win a copy of the anthology. For more Rift goodness, check out our website at http://www.chronicrift.com.

DATE: Sun, 08 Feb 2009
SIZE: 47.6 MB
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The Chronic Rift - Episode Nine - The 20th Anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000

For ten seasons, Joel, Mike, and the bots were tortured with the worst Hollywood had to offer, much to the delight of the viewing audience. Now, twenty years later, the show is a cult classic with DVDs being released and the tapes still being circulated. Keith and Andrea host this Roundtable discussion with Cinefantastique/'s Dan Persons and Frank Conniff, TV/'s Frank. Plus, Jay Smith tells us why zombies are /"My Guilty Pleasure/". For more Rift goodness, find us on the web at - http://www.chronicrift.com


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