...and it was a fantastic interview.

Topics covered with host Tom Scharpling:

  • Why people on Star Trek only seem to be interested in Anglo-American popular culture from the 19th and early 20th Century (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, Gilbert & Sullivan).
  • The Phantom Menace as "the pure, unfettered emanation of a deranged mind."
  • "Lapti Nek."
  • Obscure Disney cartoon villains of the 1930s (viz. "Bad Pete").
  • Spenser's The Faerie Queene.
  • Why Tom Waits would be a terrible hobo in actuality.
  • Is Tom Waits just copying Bad Pete?
  • Tattoos.
  • The potential genius of a Mad Men/Game of Thrones crossover.
  • Malort.
  • The excesses of the Star Wars fan community and the necessity of policing overzealous enthusiasts with disciplinary beatdowns ("Tatooine Style") where appropriate.
  • Poignant "old man scenes" in end-of-the-world movies.
  • Movies in which people mess with Bill Pullman's mind.
  • The Stanley Kubrick exhibit.
  • The dangers of siphoning off your creativity one tweet at a time.
  • AP Mike and Gary the Squirrel discuss the season finale of Game of Thrones with Hodgman, with Nerd Goofing. ("Ya like the crowdsurfing at the end? Didja cry?" "Who's the guy who lost his penis?")

Also Philly Boy Roy calls in to read excerpts from the February 1918 issue of Penthouse Forum. And we learn that Led Zeppelin IV is not only a classic album, but "a great way to summon a friend from the underworld." And the twin horrors of the "Frankie Teardrop" Challenge and the Grateful Dead's cover of "Good Lovin'."

So, basically, a keeper. It's available for a free download from iTunes, or you can listen to it on the WFMU archives here. The interview proper starts at around 43:00 on the podcast version (1:03:00 if you're streaming).