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The best podcasts of the week: 'The Read,' 'The Uncanny X-Cast' and more

Every week, I highlight some of the best podcasts released over the past several days.

The Read: Minor Wounds To me, podcasts that have different guests each week are touch-and-go. The episode’s quality level is greatly dependent on the guests. I’m more drawn to podcasts where the hosts are the same every week and have great chemistry together. I’d have a hard time finding two hosts with better chemistry than Kid Fury and Crissle on The Read.

Firstly, Kid Fury and Crissle come with black and queer perspectives, which can be sorely lacking in popular media. The podcast has a general structure, including a segment on “This week in Black Excellence,” but much of it is reserved for the general discussion about the world of hip-hop, (including a stalker who broke into Chris Brown’s house to use his kitchen), reality television, and current news. Some of these news items could be heard from other news outlets, but the hosts of The Read deconstruct the items by relating them to their own lives and how they play out in society. This episode sparks amusing and poignant discussions about skipping class in high school and dealing with racist teachers.

The highlight is the titular segment “The Read,” in which each host brings an issue in news or popular culture that they want to address directly, in a semi-monologue way that usually range from being hilarious to heartbreaking. In this episode, Kid Fury brings a triple-subject read of the principal in Georgia making racist comments at the audience, the George Zimmerman road rage incident, and his experiencing racism in Best Buy when trying to by an air conditioner.

True fact: I chose listening to a new episode of The Read over a social invitation, because sometimes spending time with these two are better than spending time with people in real life. –RH

You Must Remember This: Episode #44: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Manson Murders

Katrina Longworth’s podcast You Must Remember This is a well-researched, expertly curated delve into the forgotten histories of 20th century Hollywood history and scandals. Us Weekly and TMZ don’t hold the monopoly on celebrity scandals; the most interesting ones happened in the earlier years of Hollywood. This episode kicks off an eleven week series about the Manson murders and the zeitgeist of Hollywood at the time. I’ve usually devoured information about Charles Manson through a true crime genre, but mixing one of my favorite true crime stories with Hollywood is more than I could ever ask for. Longworth blends music and clips with her narrative, making this a true imersion experience. Longworth: “More than anything else, Charles Manson’s story is a Hollywood story. It’s a story of a guy that comes as far away from Los Angeles as you can get geographically and philosophically, who came to believe that stardom could redeem him.” –RH

The Uncanny X-Cast: Episode 167: Cerebros The Uncanny X-cast has been reviewing X-Men comics for over eight years now, originating back before podcasts became the craze they are now. Since then, the X-Cast has become so much more, as our hosts, Rob Briscoe and Brian Perillo, spend much of their show discussing their family lives, impersonating comic book characters, and arguing about everything from the Boy Scouts to TV shows to vasectomies. The X-Cast hosts have a way of pulling you in and making you feel like a part of their family. The rapport between Rob and Brian is something to marvel at, and they make any topic worth listening to. Since they’ve been doing the show for so long, they talk more than just X-Men now, discussing the general scope of comics, independent titles, and even a few DC books. The episodes have become less frequent over the years, but when they do come now, as one did earlier this week touching on the start of Marvel’s Secret Wars event series, you rejoice even more.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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