What the HELL Were You Thinking?

Dave Bledsoe

All the things that made the world the way it is now.   Welcome to the podcast takes your nostalgia, tells you the history behind it and makes you ask What the HELL Were You Thinking. Host Dave Bledsoe takes the history, politics and pop culture of the past fifty years and explains what it was like to live through it and why it is still ruining the world today. So join Dave, his hapless Producer Gavin St James every Monday for time capsule of truth! Find us at whatthehellpodcast.com, @thehell_podcast on Twitter, @whatthehellpodcast.bsky.social and the show name on Facebook. read less
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Episode 291: “The Ruror Furor” Redux
5d ago
Episode 291: “The Ruror Furor” Redux
Episode 291: “The Ruror Furor” Redux This week Host Dave Bledsoe is taking off to recharge his batteries. (Meaning he suddenly came into some money we are unable to find which shitty bar he is currently on a bender within.) So while we waited for him, we thought we would run a companion piece from the archives to last week’s AND next week’s show.  It is one of our favorites and includes the single finest topic segue in podcasting history.  (According to Dave anyway.) So  sit right back and hear a tale about the time CBS canceled every show featuring a pig on their network! It was called “the rural purge” Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ The Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehellwereyouthinkingpod/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/hV85sDCRGkE We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Rural Purge Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge American Rural Comedies of the Sixties Part Six http://mercurie.blogspot.com/2013/09/american-rural-comedies-of-sixties-part_23.html All In the Family Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_in_the_Family Mobituaries Podcast The Rural Purge: Death of the Country Broadcasting System https://www.mobituaries.com/the-podcast/the-rural-purge-death-of-the-country-broadcasting-system/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 449: Good Evening From Captain Midnight
May 6 2024
Episode 449: Good Evening From Captain Midnight
Show Notes Episode 449: “Good Evening From Captain Midnight” This week Host Dave Bledsoe was found trapped on the 8th floor fire escape of his building after drunkenly trying to install an illegal cable hook up.(Which is odd since he doesn’t own a TV, but again, he was drunk at the time.) On the show this week we travel back to the golden age of satellite dishes when millions of Americans had a big ass dish in the front of their trailer homes.  Along the way we discover that Dave’s parents TRIED to teach him valuable skills as a child but he just wanted to become a podcaster. (He CLAIMS he was very ahead of his time!)  Then we dive into a brief history of all the ways one could get a television signal into your home. (Many of them are kind of illegal) Then we take you to the brief heyday of free pay cable channels if you had a couple of thousand dollars for a satellite dish. (A surprising number of people went for it!) Finally we explain how HBO ruined it for everyone and what one man would do in the name of justice.  (Briefly interrupt HBO’s signal in the middle of the night.) Our sponsor this week is Mega Dish, because bigger is BETTER! We open the show with news coverage of Captain Midnight and close with Luca Carpenter’s space obsession.. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ The Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehellwereyouthinkingpod/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/5s1pGVCawKs?si=PMo4aYojvt7EEeWn&t=8 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Wikipedia Telstar Sattelites https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstar#:~:text=Telstar%201%20launched%20on%20top,was%20launched%20May%207%2C%201963. Deep Dish: For a short period in the early 1980s, giant satellite dishes ruled the land. https://tedium.co/2015/08/27/early-satellite-dish-history/ TUNING INTO SATELLITE TV https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/14/business/tuning-into-satellite-tv.html SATELLITE DISHES SURVIVE GREAT SCRAMBLE OF 1980S https://web.archive.org/web/20171007120130/https://www.deseretnews.com/article/81378/SATELLITE-DISHES-SURVIVE-GREAT-SCRAMBLE-OF-1980S.html?pg=all Signal to Noise dot net archive: The Story of Captain Midnight https://archive.robertianhawdon.me.uk/sites/~ian/pages/signal_hijacking/captain_midnight_hbo/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 448: Outrageous, Egregious, Preposterous!
Apr 29 2024
Episode 448: Outrageous, Egregious, Preposterous!
Show Notes Episode 448: Outrageous, Egregious, Preposterous! This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily insists he should NOT have to pay for the drink that he drunkenly spilled all over himself because the bartender clearly knew he was too drunk to lift it! (The case was settled out of court when the bouncers appealed to his sense of self preservation) On the show this week we talk about that time that McDonald’s burned an old lady’s vay jay jay and refused to pay! Along the way we discovered where Dave’s terrible taste in coffee originated. (He takes it black, like his men) Then we dip into the history of coffee (because we have a formula and we stick to it) and finally get around to telling you about that time in the 1990’s when an old lady suffered massive burns on her Hoo Hah because McDonald’s crappy coffee was served WAY too hot! We also explain how the media helped their corporate masters spin the story to fuck over all us little people in court. (Again!) Our Sponsor is “Cuppa Damn Coffee” the place where you can get a cup of damn coffee!  We open the show with Kramer seeking legal counsel and close with La La Life starting their day! Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ The Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehellwereyouthinkingpod/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/HfjPrbatsMg?si=g8df5a5_EJWXnAYC We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: How America’s Coffee Got Bad — and Then Got Great https://www.eater.com/22966312/coffee-history-america-third-wave-dark-roast A Brief History Of American Coffee Culture https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/articles/a-brief-history-of-american-coffee-culture Did Cocaine Users Cause McDonald's to Replace Their Coffee Spoons? https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/stirring-response/ Remember the Hot Coffee Lawsuit? It Changed the Way McDonald’s Heats Coffee Forever https://www.rd.com/article/hot-coffee-lawsuit/ Calculating the optimum temperature for serving hot beverages https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18226454/#:~:text=Hot%20beverages%20such%20as%20tea,can%20cause%20significant%20scald%20burns. Liebeck v. McDonald’s The Hot Coffee Case https://www.tortmuseum.org/liebeck-v-mcdonalds/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 447: Tell Him About the Twinkie
Apr 22 2024
Episode 447: Tell Him About the Twinkie
Show Notes Episode 447: Tell Him About the Twinkie This week Host Dave Bledsoe insists he cannot be legally responsible for this bar tab because he was drunk when the charges were incurred! (The bartender dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning the bouncers threw him in the dumpster out back. Again.) On the show this week we examine how a snack cake entered the lexicon of American jurisprudence. (Hint: It was the media.) Along the way we learn why Dave was such a fat little boy! (Little Debbies ARE delicious!) Then we explain the history of the Twinkie, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the court case we eventually get around to talking about! (This is a very circuitous episode.) Finally we get into the court case in which case the aforementioned Twinkie is tangentially relevant. (We have a formula, folks.) We talk about the San Francisco murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. But mostly we talk about the defense their murderer Dan White used in court. (Ergo, the Twinkie Defense.) Our Sponsor this week is Low Rent Legal, because even bad lawyers are still technically lawyers.  We open the show with an explanation of the Twinkie and close with Larry Groce, who has a problem. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ The Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehellwereyouthinkingpod/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/jQnIL-XPerQ?si=rFol2hlE5KBieNUl We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:  LGBT culture in San Francisco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_culture_in_San_Francisco#:~:text=San%20Francisco%27s%20LGBT%20culture%20has,a%20town%20where%20anything%20goes%22. SUSPECT SOUGHT JOB https://www.nytimes.com/1978/11/28/archives/suspect-sought-job-moscone-had-been-asked-to-reappoint-him-as-a.html The Trial of Dan White: An Account https://www.famous-trials.com/danwhite/599-home Myth of the 'Twinkie defense' / The verdict in the Dan White case wasn't based on his ingestion of junk food https://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Myth-of-the-Twinkie-defense-The-verdict-in-2511152.php Dan White's Motive More About Betrayal Than Homophobia https://web.archive.org/web/20120805184657/http://www.sfweekly.com/2008-01-30/news/white-in-milk/1/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 446: Many Fools Were Pitied
Apr 15 2024
Episode 446: Many Fools Were Pitied
Show Notes Episode 446: Many Fools Were Pitied This week Host Dave Bledsoe is kicked out of a bar for bar tab he claimed he did not commit and is desperately searching for the A-Team to help. (The A-Team in this case is asking Gavin to loan him fifty bucks until Friday.) On the show this week we examine life and career or 80’s pop culture phenom Laurence Tereaud. You know him as Mr. T. Along the way we discover why Dave never wears any jewelry. (He is a cheapskate) Then we dive right into how much America loves to make myths out of men, whether those men deserve it or not.  However, in the case of Mr. T.,he kind of does. We trace T’s origins from the South Side of Chicago (It’s the baddest part of town) to a riot on a college campus, then to T’s lumberjacking in the military and finally to Dingbats, the disco where Mr. T’s personae was developed. (And the lawsuit over the proceeds). We follow his movie and television career to the inevitable moment Nancy Reagan sits on his lap and kisses him. (It was a strange moment in America).  In the end we discover something about Mr. T. and about ourselves. (Meaning Dave couldn’t find anything horrible to say about Mr. T.) Our Sponsor this week is Fools Gold, because REAL gold is expensive.  We open the show with words of advice from Mr. T. and close with Eric Berts explaining an origins story. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ The Show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatthehellwereyouthinkingpod/ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/XTd6ZFpQKfs?si=wGaFRdLE7Wtpxn0C We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Actor and professional wrestler Mr. T, known for his mohawk and gold chains, starred in 1980s TV programs like 'The A-Team' and 'Mister T.' https://www.biography.com/actors/mr-t “Silence is a very good weapon” https://pvpantherproject.com/2023/02/silence-is-a-very-good-weapon/ Wikipedia: Mr T https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._T Famous Veteran: Mr. T https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/famous-veterans-mr-t.html#:~:text=In%201975%2C%20he%20became%20Pvt,leader%20at%20Fort%20McCoy%2C%20Wisconsin. Mr. T loses in court https://www.upi.com/Archives/1996/07/25/Mr-T-loses-in-court/7214838267200/#:~:text=%27I%20was%20the%20originator%20of,and%20promoted%20him%20as%20Mr. How The A-Team sparked the cult phenomenon that was Mr. T https://www.metv.com/stories/how-the-a-team-sparked-the-cult-phenomenon-that-was-mr-t Mr. T Reveals How 'That' Photo of Nancy Reagan Sitting on His Lap Came to Be https://people.com/politics/mr-t-reveals-the-story-behind-nancy-reagan-sitting-on-his-lap/ Mr. T dressed as Santa. Nancy Reagan sat on his lap. It was the most shocking first lady photo ever. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/12/21/mr-t-dressed-santa-nancy-reagan-sat-his-lap-it-was-most-shocking-first-lady-photo-ever/ 'The A-Team' 's Mr. T https://people.com/archive/cover-story-the-a-teams-mr-t-vol-19-no-21/ Words of Wisdom from Mr. T https://www.beliefnet.com/entertainment/celebrities/words-of-wisdom-from-mr-t.aspx Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 445: What We Are Talking When We Talk Taco Tuesday
Apr 8 2024
Episode 445: What We Are Talking When We Talk Taco Tuesday
Show Notes Episode 445: “What We’re Talking When We’re Talking Taco Tuesday” This week Host Dave Bledsoe passes out face down in a Big Beef Burrito Supreme and is kicked out of Taco Bell. (Again) On the show this week talk tacos, specifically we are talking out the origins of Taco Tuesday! (Who doesn’t love tacos, right?) Along the way we discover that Dave probably missed out on his once chance for a meaningful relationship but not understanding the fundamental nature of “cruising”. Then we dive right into the history of food wrapped in tortillas, going all the way to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica! We trace the tasty treats journey from south of the border to the boardroom of megacorporations as they squabble over who owned the rights to use the phrase “taco tuesday” (Come to find out, the legal owner is a bar in New Jersey!) Then we take the time to examine the beauty of the taco and how it can heal us as a nation. Our Sponsor this week is the return Tacopocalypse It’s HERE!  We open the show with a very smart Chihuahua and close with Lucky Diaz singing the national anthem of Taco Tuesday! Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/XTd6ZFpQKfs?si=wGaFRdLE7Wtpxn0C We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Wikipedia: Taco https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taco Where Did the Taco Come From? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-did-the-taco-come-from-81228162/ The Trademarking of “Taco Tuesday” https://priceonomics.com/the-trademarking-of-taco-tuesday/ The Crazy Contentious History of Taco Tuesday https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/history-of-taco-tuesday-when-did-it-start The Surprisingly Contentious Origins of Taco Tuesday https://www.mentalfloss.com/posts/taco-tuesday-history-origins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 444: "Ron, John, and Jodie"
Mar 29 2024
Episode 444: "Ron, John, and Jodie"
Show Notes Episode 444: “Ron, John and Jodie” This week Host Dave Bledsoe asks the bartender “You talking to me, are YOU talking to me?” when they ask him to pay for his drinks. (The bartender replied that he must be since he didn’t see any other deadbeat drunks around there.) On the show this week we head back to 1981 when John Hinckley Jr had his shot at greatness and missed. (A very fine line is being walked) Along the way we discover why Dave is the sad lonely old man he is today. (He is afraid of girls!) Then we dive right into the events of March 30th 1981 when Organized Labor saved Ronald Reagan’s life. (And STILL he fired those air traffic controllers!) We might John Warnock Hinckley Jr, a rich kid living the rich kid life in the mid 1970’s. But then his life took a turn toward darkness (not becoming a stock broker, which is how most rich kids turned to darkness back then.) Follow along as John watches a movie and takes the entirely wrong message and then barks a wrong try by trying to woo a young  Jodie Foster. (She was gay THEN John!) Finally we talk about his trial and how it changed very, very little.  Our Sponsor this week is Boyd’s Body Armor, because somebody probably wants to shoot you. We open with NBC Nightly News and close with J. Fla who wants you to not miss your shot. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/DPJv5u1EcaM?si=bHA4Zs7RTvXojUTI We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: The First 100 Days: Reagan Pushed His Agenda of Tax Cuts and Less Government https://www.usnews.com/news/history/articles/2009/03/12/the-first-100-days-reagan-pushed-his-agenda-of-tax-cuts-and-less-government John Hinckley, Jr. brings infamy to Lubbock https://web.archive.org/web/20130925143644/http://www.lubbockcentennial.com/Section/1959_1983/hinckley.shtml The Trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr. https://famous-trials.com/johnhinckley/537-home?__cf_chl_tk=FpBcrfEUItcGHJE40s26uuMJWXN8nEjNfUe3GY7mdMs-1711234800-0.0.1.1-1365 The John Hinckley Case https://www.crimelibrary.org/terrorists_spies/assassins/john_hinckley/4.html From Daniel M’Naughten to John Hinckley, A Brief History of the Insanity Defense https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/crime/trial/history.html#:~:text=Before%20Hinckley%2C%20the%20burden%20of,the%20time%20of%20the%20crime. John Hinckley Jr., who once tried to kill Ronald Reagan, claims he is a victim of ‘cancel culture’ after concert nixed: ‘Keeps happening’ https://nypost.com/2024/03/20/us-news/john-hinckley-jr-claims-he-is-a-victim-of-cancel-culture-after-concert-called-off/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 443: Hale Bopp MmmHmm Hale Bopp (Part Two of Packing A Purple Shroud)
Mar 25 2024
Episode 443: Hale Bopp MmmHmm Hale Bopp (Part Two of Packing A Purple Shroud)
Show Notes Episode 443: Hale Bopp, Mmmmhmm, Hale Bopp Part Two of Packing a Purple Shroud This week Host Dave Bledsoe drunkenly gets into a white panel van thinking it was an Uber and spent three days in a UFO Cult before they kicked him out for being an asshole. (Again) On the show this week we finish our story about the Heaven’s Gate Cult. (Trigger Warning, balls are cut off) Along the way we discover Dave was quite the connoisseur of uncomfortable ways to fly. Then we pick back up with Herff and Bonnie who are busy building themselves a clique of believers.  We follow along as they assemble their “Away Team” (Honestly, these people were watching too much Star Trek and that is saying something coming from THIS podcast),moving from “starbases” in the woods to a mansion in San Diego. We cover the innovative solution to their sexual desires. (They cut off their balls) Finally, we discuss their ascension and why America found it so fucking funny. (America has bad taste) Our Sponsor this week is Art’s Intergalactic Tours, when it is time to leave the Earth behind, book with Art’s! We open the show with Art Bell and close with Leo Moracchioli who plays us a little bop! Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/1ZxP5g7lMrs?si=GaYz2DIMWkkpuOPK We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Overview of Present Mission https://heavensgate.com/misc/ovrview.htm Eyes on Glory: Pied Pipers of Heaven's Gate https://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/28/us/eyes-on-glory-pied-pipers-of-heaven-s-gate.html?sec=health&pagewanted=4 Wikipedia: Techniques to enter the next level https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group)#Techniques_to_enter_the_next_level Line separating comedy, tragedy is awfully thin https://www.deseret.com/1997/4/11/19305964/line-separating-comedy-tragedy-is-awfully-thin/ Suicides should inspire curiosity, not jokes Guest columnist Joshua Molina (Not that one) https://osupublicationarchives.osu.edu/?a=d&d=LTN19970409-01.2.18&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN------- Fascination over Heaven’s Gate cult continues, 20 years after mass suicide https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-heavens-gate-20170319-story.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 442: Which Brings Us Back to Doh!
Mar 18 2024
Episode 442: Which Brings Us Back to Doh!
Show Notes Episode 442: “Which Brings Us Back to DOH!”  Part One of Packing a Purple Shroud  This week Host Dave Bledsoe asks the bartender to float him one last drink because later he will be leaving to join a Mothership located near Uranus. (He was still giggling when the bouncer dragged him out.) On the show this week we turn back to 1997 when a group of religious enthusiasts made big news for their unorthodox travel plans! We are talking about Heaven's Gate! Along the way we discover that Dave once tried to join a Wiccan coven because he thought he would see chicks naked. (They turned him down because they had no desire to see Dave naked.) Then we meet Marshall Herff Applewhite, a gentle soul born in the wrong place and time, also the wrong planet.  We follow Herff on his journey toward enlightenment, by which we mean we watch him struggle with being gay.  Herff struggles would eventually lead him to his cosmic destiny in the form of a middle aged Registered Nurse who was into astrology and aliens. (Everyone has a soulmate.) Together the two would join together to become The Two, Bo and Peep and Ti and Do. (Yes, like the song.) When we are done you will have the backstory you need to understand (OK not understand, but be informed about) the origins of the Heaven’s Gate Cult. Our Sponsor this week is The Temple of Dave Ascendant, we may not save your soul, but at least you get to keep your dick and balls. We open with Lewis Black close withEdgard Roock who metals up on old classic. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/jAb9uPIHfds?si=r9DbrVpkaFZFJ1D5 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: General background information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate:_The_Cult_of_Cults Wikipedia Heaven’s Gate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group) Wikipedia Fourth Great Awakening https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Great_Awakening Eyes on Glory: Pied Pipers of Heaven's Gate https://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/28/us/eyes-on-glory-pied-pipers-of-heaven-s-gate.html?sec=health&pagewanted=1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 441: "A Few Good Lawyers" (WTH Movie Night A Few Good Men)
Mar 11 2024
Episode 441: "A Few Good Lawyers" (WTH Movie Night A Few Good Men)
Show Notes Episode 441: “A Few Good Lawyers”  Movie Night: A Few Good Men This week Host Dave Bledsoe angrily insists the bartender “can’t handle the truth” when asked when he might be paying his bar tab. (They dragged Dave outside while screaming: “You WANT me at that bar, you NEED me at this bar” Again.) On the show this week, it is What the HELL Movie Night, we are talking about 1992’s “A Few Good Men”  Along the way we discover that Dave has opinions about the women and men in our nation’s National Guard. (Like he is such a hero?) Then we dive right into the story of a bartender with a dream (Yeah, that Dave would find another bar) and that dream is of Hollywood!  We meet a young Aaron Sorkin who wrote a script on bar napkins that became a Hollywood blockbuster. We follow along as Meathead from All In the Family takes up the story and casts the sexiest people to ever wear a US Navy uniform in a movie about the bastard step-children of the Navy. (The editorial stance of this podcast is firmly pro-Marine, if for no other reason than Dave still owes some former Marines drinks from back in the day) We close with an examination of why the Marines did NOT like A Few Good Men. (Tom Cruise should have been a Marine Lawyer) Our Sponsor this week is the Navy National Guard, because Oklahoma should have a Navy too! We open with the trailer for A Few Good Men and close with Town Mountain who invoke their Fifth Amendment rights! Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/kHmmrjptrq www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/jAb9uPIHfds?si=r9DbrVpkaFZFJ1D5 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Ex-Marine who felt ‘A Few Good Men’ maligned him is mysteriously murdered https://www.baltimoresun.com/1994/04/10/ex-marine-who-felt-a-few-good-men-maligned-him-is-mysteriously-murdered/ Can You Handle the True Story Behind Aaron Sorkin's 'A Few Good Men'? https://collider.com/a-few-good-men-true-story-aaron-sorkin/ Close Order Moral Drill https://web.archive.org/web/20121107110601/http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,977216-1,00.html A FEW GOOD MEN https://web.archive.org/web/20160408084528/http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/a-few-good-men-1992 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 440: Booze Cruise to the Bermuda Triangle
Mar 4 2024
Episode 440: Booze Cruise to the Bermuda Triangle
Show Notes Episode 440: Booze Cruise to the Bermuda Triangle This week Host Dave Bledsoe goes to a Tiki Bar in Teaneck and gets lost on the way to the bathroom. (Again) On the show this week we examine the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. (We mean why people in the 1970’s suddenly got so into the idea of the Bermuda Triangle.  The other stuff is easily explained.) Along the way we learn that Dave is like he is because parents in the 70’s didn’t love their kids enough. (This is a baseless lie told for comedic effect, his parents HAD to love him a lot not to give him up for adoption) Then we dive right into the mysterious region called the Devil’s Triangle. (Not a euphemism for a well manicured bush) From its origins as some shit Christopher Columbus made up to make himself look cool, to some shit some dudes centuries later made up to sell books and magazines. (There is a common thread) We tell you about all the ways Hollywood made money off the triangle, and all the ways Milton Bradley made up to make money. (Yes, there was a board game!) Finally, we give you the rational explanation for what is happening you all need for closure. (Nothing, nothing is happening.) Our Sponsor this week is Eternal Cruise Lines, isn’t it time to leave it all behind?  We open with Leonard Nimoy searching, and close with Gary Gee plotting some dark shit for his lady. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/jAb9uPIHfds?si=r9DbrVpkaFZFJ1D5 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Sea's Puzzles Still Baffle Men In Pushbutton Age https://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/BermudaTriangle/evwjones.html The Deadly Bermuda Triangle https://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/BermudaTriangle/vincentgaddis.txt Why The Bermuda Triangle Craze Of The '70s? The Hoax And Hysteria Explained https://groovyhistory.com/bermuda-triangle-craze-hoax-hysteria?utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=pinterest_bermuda_triangle_craze&utm_medium=pinterest__bermuda_triangle_craze The Bermuda Depths https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077223/ Bermuda Triangle (1975) https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2296/bermuda-triangle TV: ‘Nova’ Explores the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ Case https://www.nytimes.com/1976/06/29/archives/tv-nova-explores-the-bermuda-triangle-case-program-challenges.html According to the Google Ngram Viewer, the Bermuda Triangle myth blows up in the 1970s and has been popular ever since. What happened in the 1970s to make it so popular? https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1383hh6/according_to_the_google_ngram_viewer_the_bermuda/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 439: Borked By Blockbuster
Feb 26 2024
Episode 439: Borked By Blockbuster
Episode 439: Borked by Blockbuster This week Host Dave Bledsoe gets in a drunken row with a fellow barfly on the artistic merits of “Jiggly Juggs Volume 7” versus “Jiggly Juggs Volume 8” insisting 8 was repetitive trash until the bartender tossed them both out. (Again) On the show this week we tell you about the time a Supreme Court nominee’s video rental records gave us a whole new law! (But had nothing to do with keeping Bork off the bench.) Along the way Dave goes on Old Man Rant ™ about how tough it was before corporate video chains took over the video rental market.  Then we dive right into a brief history of home video rentals and how capitalism killed the mom and pop video stores. (It is somehow relevant, we swear) before finally getting to the main story about Robert Bork. (It’s OK if you don’t know who that is, we didn’t either.) We explain how the guy who did Dick Nixon’s dirty work gets nominated by Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court and everyone gets super pissed by the end of the story. (It really is a wild ride on this one!) Finally we explain why all of this resulted in politicians feeling safe when they rented their hard core porn at their local video store. (You know the stuff behind the swinging doors in the back, you dad went in there while you were looking for Star Wars movies.) Finally  we explain why you still have privacy at The Last Blockbuster but not on Netflix.  (Say it with us: CAPITALISM!) Our sponsor this week is Mondo Fast Eddies Home Video back again because they still got tapes.  We open with Randall from RST Video and close with Datarock who are waiting for you at the video store. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/fqfX_IlYngo?si=Z9d2GkXFtID7w_10 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: The Silicon Underground: How much did VHS tapes cost in the 80s? https://dfarq.homeip.net/how-much-did-vhs-tapes-cost-in-the-80s/ A Tight Squeeze at Video Stores https://web.archive.org/web/20200414084654/https://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/01/business/a-tight-squeeze-at-video-stores.html Wikipedia: Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork_Supreme_Court_nomination THE BORK TAPES SAGA https://web.archive.org/web/20071009144531/http://www.theamericanporch.com/bork2.htm PUBLICATION OF BORK`S VIDEO RENTALS RAISES PRIVACY ISSUE https://www.chicagotribune.com/1987/11/20/publication-of-borks-video-rentals-raises-privacy-issue/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 438: What If Everyone WAS Kung Fu Fighting?
Feb 19 2024
Episode 438: What If Everyone WAS Kung Fu Fighting?
Show Notes Episode 438: What If Everyone WAS Kung Fu Fighting? This week Host Dave Bledsoe loudly proclaims he knows “Drunk Fu” as the bouncers haul him toward the exit. (Drunk Fu is mostly just screaming and crying while struggling weakly against stronger men). On the show this week talk about that time in the 1970’s when everyone was doing karate kicks on the disco floor and hurting each other: we are talking the Kung Fu Craze of the 1970’s Along the way we learn exactly what kind of nerd Dave was as a kid. (The kind who eschewed physical exercise for reading books.) Then we dive right into the short, short version of martial arts, martial arts movies and how martial arts movies became a thing Americans watched, and eventually danced to. (The Seventies were fucking weird man!) We head to Asia for a quick tour of Asian cinema and learn (very) little about the good Asian films in favor of the ones with dudes in rubber lizard suits and dudes punching the shit out of each other. (You want a movie podcast, listen to Karina Longworth!)  We meet Bruce Lee and sadly, say goodbye to him almost instantly.  Then we discuss the actual topic of the show: how a Jamaican man and an Indian man both living in Britain made a song about Kung Fu. (Is it a LITTLE racist? Yeah, sadly.) We discuss how the song swept America and the things it made white Americans do on the disco floor that injured one another. (Not just by cutting themselves with their coke chopping razors.) Our Sponsor this week is Paddy’s School of Boston Martial Arts who want to know, what the fuck are YOU looking at? We open with Ed Gruberman and close with Fernan doing an acoustic version that is somehow LESS racist than the original song.  Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/APD1ffPpWAw?si=NQOMd74F82dVYSde We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/  Citations Needed: The Life and Times of the Kung Fu Film https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/kung-fu-film-life-and-times/ Film: '5 Fingers of Death':The Cast https://www.nytimes.com/1973/03/22/archives/film-5-fingers-of-deaththe-cast.html The exact moment kung fu blew up in America https://www.polygon.com/22660909/kung-fu-movies-1970s The Kung Fu Craze of the Seventies Part Two https://mercurie.blogspot.com/2008/06/kung-fu-craze-of-seventies-part-two.html Kung Fu Fighting: Carl Douglas' Chop-Socky Disco Hit https://groovyhistory.com/kung-fu-fighting-carl-douglas-chop-socky-disco-hit How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/08/28/338622840/how-the-kung-fu-fighting-melody-came-to-represent-asia Soul Train Dancer - Carl Douglas (Kung-Fu fighting) https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjjdz3 Racist? My song's just a blend of East and West, says Kung Fu Fighting composer https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381305/Kung-Fu-Fighting-composer-Carl-Douglas-defends-racist-pub-singer-Simon-Ledger.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 437: The Nip Slip Seen Around the World
Feb 9 2024
Episode 437: The Nip Slip Seen Around the World
Episode 437: The Nip Slip Seen Around the World This week Host Dave Bledsoe loudly is very excited because he gets to talk about his favorite subject: Boobs. (Unfortunately he keeps insisting on talking about them to women at the bar, who do NOT want to hear it.) On the show this week we travel back 20 years ago this month to a more innocent time, when a half second of barely bar boob scandalized America. (Well, a small portion of it, the rest of American wanted to see more.) We are talking about The Wardrobe Malfunction and Nipplegate!  (Game on!) Along the way we learn more than ANYONE wanted to know about Dave’s first sexual experience. (Our editing team are still feeling nauseous) Then we dive into the history of mid game entertainment during American football championship games.  (We are not legally allowed to use the name of the damn thing without express permission of the National Football League.) Then we tell the backstory of all the people on the stage that fateful night, including Kid Rock. (For no adequately explored reason.) We walk you through the events leading to point seconds of televised, barely visible nipple and the fallout from people almost but not quite seeing Janet Jackson’s bare boob.  Finally, we explain what really happened that night, and it is (according to our research)exactly what EVERYONE thought happened in the first place. (We cite our sources!) Our Sponsor this week's sponsor is Penny’s Pasties, when you need them not to be seen, slap on a Penny’s. We open with anniversary coverage of Nipplegate and close with JC & the Two Steps who bet they have you naked by the end of this podcast. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/TvyVpbrwwNM?si=LbhWT3wmLCxGhLVp&t=14 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed:   From marching bands to megastars: How the Super Bowl halftime show became a global spectacle https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2024/01/31/from-marching-bands-to-megastars-how-the-super-bowl-halftime-show-became-a-global-spectacle/72422045007/ Nipple Ripples: 10 Years of Fallout From Janet Jackson’s Halftime Show https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/nipple-ripples-10-years-of-fallout-from-janet-jacksons-halftime-show-122792/ Super Bowl Halftime show generates controversy https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a13281/super-bowl-halftime-show-generates-controversy/ Jackson steps out as 'Damita Jo' https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2004-03-29-janet-jackson-main_x.htm What Happened After Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl ‘Nipplegate’ Incident https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/janet-jackson-justin-timberlake-2004-super-bowl-what-happened-8007041/ How Nipplegate Created YouTube https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/youtube-origin-nipplegate-janet-jackson-justin-timberlake-949019/ Handy chart tells you if your breasts weigh more or less than a newborn polar bear https://metro.co.uk/2016/07/07/handy-chart-tells-you-if-your-breasts-weight-more-or-less-than-a-newborn-polar-bear-5991663/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 279 Expanded Edition: Warning Challenger Jokes Ahead (Update and Redux)
Feb 5 2024
Episode 279 Expanded Edition: Warning Challenger Jokes Ahead (Update and Redux)
Episode 279 Expanded Edition: Warning, Challenger Jokes Ahead(Update and Redux) This week Host Dave Bledsoe volunteers to be the first podcast host in space thinking it might convince people to buy him free drinks.  (It doesn’t.)  On the show this week we are somehow topical and yet entirely outdated as we talk about the Challenger Disaster.  (Yes, sadly, he DOES do the jokes.) Along the way we learn that most of what people SAY they remember about The Day Gen X Died is kinda wrong.  (Kinda like Dave trying to recall last Tuesday!) From there we jump right into the grim and stupid tale of the Shuttle Challenger disaster, mostly gleaned from the Netflix docu-series Challenger: Final Flight.  (We are not afraid to let others do our research for us!)  We learn why someone thought it was a good idea to send an untrained civilian into freaking Space.  (Reagan was doing badly with teachers.)  We meet the starry eyed optimist teacher who erroneously believed no one would be so STUPID as to send an untrained civilian into space if it were at ALL dangerous.  (Turns out they would, and it was.)  Then we explain all the ways this didn’t have to happen and why it was always GOING to happen.  (Turns out NASA, not exactly well managed.)  Finally, we talk about the jokes,  (Honestly, this was always going to be about the jokes.) and how they colored the world view of an entire generation. Our Sponsor this week is the Russian Space Agency, you want to go space cheap, fly Russian Space Agency, coming back costs extra.  We open the show with Jerry Seinfeld from a Tonight Show appearance in the 1980’s and close with Pushnoy singing about the Ford 150 of space! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/8QNxgBPfsl4 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed Challenger: Final Flight https://www.netflix.com/title/81012137 Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster https://www.onlineethics.org/12703/Erosion WHITE HOUSE FINDS NO PRESSURE TO LAUNCH https://www.nytimes.com/1986/04/04/us/white-house-finds-no-pressure-to-launch.html#:~:text=The%20White%20House%20said%20today,pressure%20on%20the%20launching%20schedule. Criticism of the Space Shuttle program https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_Space_Shuttle_program#Cultural_issues_and_problems DISASTER AS A LAUGHING MATTER https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1986-03-25-8601220292-story.html Challenger Jokes and the Humor of Disaster https://www.jstor.org/stable/1499820?read-now=1&seq=12#page_scan_tab_contents Experts Defend Them : ‘Sick’ Jokes: Coping With the Horror https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-05-30-mn-8176-story.html  Update/Redux: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/nasa-confirms-talks-fly-big-bird-doomed-shuttle-challenger-n353521 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 436: Now You're Just A Leno That I Used to Know  the Finale of Winter Series 2024 Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe
Jan 29 2024
Episode 436: Now You're Just A Leno That I Used to Know the Finale of Winter Series 2024 Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe
Show Notes Episode 436: Now You’re Just A Leno That I Used to Know Finale of Winter Series 2024 “Late Nite with Dave Bledsoe” This week Host Dave Bledsoe gets into a bitter feud with his agent over whose round of drinks it is. (Dave doesn’t have an agent, he was arguing with an old drunk lady in Port Authority.  Again.) On the show this week we conclude our Winter Series for 2024 with the true tale of how Jay Leno ratfucked everyone he ever met. (Pointy chin motherfucker!) Along the way we discover that Dave is nothing if not consistent. (Consistently do stupid shit while drunk and then breaking into tears afterwards.) Then dive right into the backstory of James Douglas Muir Leno from his humble origins to his time in Hollywood buddying up to people he would eventually stab in the during his long march to the Tonight Show. (This show is neither fair, nor balanced.) We meet Helen, the woman that created Jay’s career only to be discarded when she threatened his seat behind the desk.  We learn the details about Jay’s weaseling that were far worse than what you think you already know. (There was ALWAYS a plan to fuck over David Letterman.) Our Sponsor this week is Nunzio’s Talent Management, you get the contract you want and nobody gets hurt. We open with Bill Hicks waxing rhapsodic about Jay Leno and close with the Pentatonix harmonizing about people they used to know. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Website: www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/hOKuAigsrec?si=CqMRFyAjJXdtzT6T&t=6 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Jay Leno Biography https://www.biography.com/movies-tv/jay-leno Jay Leno Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Leno BEHIND THE HEADLINES IN THE LENO -- LETTERMAN WAR https://www.nytimes.com/1994/01/30/magazine/behind-the-headlines-in-the-leno-letterman-war.html Jay Leno’s Loyalty Test in the Battle for the “Tonight Show” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1992/11/09/jay-lenos-hard-bargain Inside Jay Leno's 'Secret Deal' with NBC to Host 'The Tonight Show' over David Letterman https://people.com/tv/inside-jay-leno-secret-deal-with-nbc-to-host-the-tonight-show-over-david-letterman/ The History Behind How Jay Leno Became The Most Hated Man In Show Business https://www.ranker.com/list/stories-of-jay-leno-being-shameless/jacob-shelton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 435: From the Home Office in Howard Beach Queens
Jan 22 2024
Episode 435: From the Home Office in Howard Beach Queens
Show Notes Episode 435: From the Home Office In Howard Beach Queens Part Three of Winter Series 2024 “Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe” This week Host Dave Bledsoe gets into a blazing row with the network on whether or not he can submit bar tabs on his expense account, claiming them as a “vital research expense”. (Jeremy laughed him out of the office.) On the show this week we talk about the man who was hand picked to succeed Johnny Carson only to get screwed by The Chin, David Letterman. Along the way we discover Dave’s middle name (It is just as embarrassing as any of us could have hoped for!) Then we dive right into the backstory of Indiana's Favorite Son, David Letterman. (No state claims Dave Bledsoe) We follow him on his move to Los Angeles where he was discovered by Jimmy Walker, who thought he was DYNOMITE! (Sadly, we are the originators of that joke.) Then we see Letterman launch his career on television with a little help from the Starland Vocal Band. (This only sounds like we are making it up). Finally we see Dave behind the desk of Late Night where his legacy truly begins. Our Sponsor this week is a classic Sponsor from our early days the Mark Tweaky Tibbman YOU WILL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN MAN podcast! He’s off the meth and high on podcasting.  We open with Letterman’s first time on Carson and close with The New Love Generation getting some in the afternoon. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Website: www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/HrhKNLGoE5U?si=Lw367CmNctfGi-Pl We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Station History A short history of WBST and Indiana Public Radio https://indianapublicradio.org/about/stationhistory/ DAVID LETTERMAN: PLAYBOY INTERVIEW https://web.archive.org/web/20090415130808/http://www.playboy.com/articles/david-letterman-interview/index.html How I Discovered Jay Leno and David Letterman Recollections from Jimmie Walker’s writers’ room. https://slate.com/culture/2012/07/jimmie-walker-how-i-discovered-jay-leno-and-david-letterman.html David Letterman Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Letterman How David Letterman Reinvented TV https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/how-david-letter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 434: Johnny Come Lately Part Two of "Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe"
Jan 15 2024
Episode 434: Johnny Come Lately Part Two of "Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe"
Show Notes Episode 434: Johnny Come Lately Part Two of “Late Nite with Dave Bledsoe This week Host Dave Bledsoe gets banned from the Bronx Zoo after being found drunkenly screaming and throwing his own feces at a monkey who “will never work in show business again!”. (Just another Tuesday for Dave) On the show this week we tell you about the King of Late Night, that guy who made those Girls Gone Wild Tapes.  (Kidding, we mean Johnny Carson!) Along the way we discover that the real radio talent in Dave’s family is with his sister and she should be the one with a podcast. (Honestly, this could be said for all the members of his family.) Then we dive right into the early history of a kid from the Midwest who had a dream, he would be on the radio! He chased the dream and became one of the influential people in Hollywood. (We still believe Ed McMahon is the power behind the throne.) After we spend some time on hagiography, we finally get around to dealing with the dirt about the REAL Johnny Carson. (Turns out, he was kind of dick.  We can say that now, he’s dead.) Finally we explain to you the REAL reason Johnny retired.   Our Sponsor this week is Rent a Sidekick, your one stop shop for sidekicks, cronies and yes men!  We open the show with Ed McMahon feeling GOOD and close with Kelly Oliver and World War Two tub thumper! Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Website: www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/OzSRIOljIS4?si=iWMvuL669sPO5_aP&t=16 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: Wikipedia: Johnny Carson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Carson Biographical Essay About Johnny Carson by Author Bill Zehme https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/biographical-essay-about-johnny-carson-by-author-bill-zehme/2054/ TV'S MR. ROGERS-A BUSY SURROGATE DAD https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1983/06/19/231804.html?pageNumber=235 Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1978/02/20/fifteen-years-salto-mortale Carson good at drinking, dames and being a d!@# https://nypost.com/2013/10/12/johnny-carson-was-good-at-3-things-drink-dames-and-being-a-d/ The Private Side Of Johnny Carson https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-private-side-of-johnny-carson/ Many come to praise Johnny Carson others would rather just bury him https://www.baltimoresun.com/1992/05/17/many-come-to-praise-johnny-carson-others-would-rather-just-bury-him/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 433: Waiting For A Paar to Fall Pt 1 of Winter Series 2024 "Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe"
Jan 6 2024
Episode 433: Waiting For A Paar to Fall Pt 1 of Winter Series 2024 "Late Nite With Dave Bledsoe"
Episode 433: “Waiting for a Paar to Fall”  Part 1 of  Winter Series 2024: “Late Night With Dave Bledsoe” This week Host Dave Bledsoe drunkenly stumbles out of the studio bathroom shouting “Heeeeere's Davey!” with his pants around his ankles as a joke. (Again) On the show this week we kick off our Winter Series for 2024 with the B.C. era of late night TV talk. (Before Carson) Along the way we are forced to listen to an old man wax nostalgic about TV sign-offs from his childhood. (Honestly, we are looking for a home for Dave, a cheap one.) Then we dive right into the history of television talk shows.  We hear about Joe Franklin, the “Ur” Late Night Host who essentially created the format before moving on to NBC’s first incarnation of an iconic show with an iconic host. (Well, TWO iconic hosts actually) and how they created a television show that has been on the air over half a century.  (Before being utterly ruined by Jay Leno.). Our Sponsor this week is Panelist R Us, in a bind because your guest canceled at the last minute?  Grab a D Lister from Panelist R Us.  We open with the very first broadcast of the Tonight show and close with Hindley Street Social Club waiting for the star to fall and hit Dave for his dumb ass pun. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Website: www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/2YIVQn-bGfM?si=YgtorD5a1ot31Hq7 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: II. History: U.S. Talk Shows from Radio to Television and the Internet https://ellenhume.com/talk-show-culture/ii-history-u-s-talk-shows-from-radio-to-television-and-the-internet/ JOE FRANKLIN https://www.bronxwalkoffame.com/inductees/joe-franklin The Peculiar Truth about Joe Franklin, the Eccentric Talk Show Host https://medium.com/the-peculiar-truth/the-peculiar-truth-about-joe-franklin-the-eccentric-talk-show-host-6169875aec11 That Old Feeling: Paar Excellence Richard Corliss remembers Jack Paar, the emotional, inimitable host of “The Tonight Show” https://web.archive.org/web/20040217114614/http://www.time.com/time/columnist/corliss/article/0,9565,585397,00.html Wikipedia: Transition from Paar to Carson (1962) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tonight_Show#Transition_from_Paar_to_Carson_(1962) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 432: The Whack Heard Around the World
Jan 1 2024
Episode 432: The Whack Heard Around the World
Show Notes Episode 432: The Whack Heard Around the World This week Host Dave Bledsoe gets into a drunken row with Fast Eddie because Fast Eddie won’t have one of his guys “do something about his Joe Rogan problem”. (His problem is he liked Joe Rogan on Newsradio and wants to know what happened to that Joe Rogan.) On the show this week we go back thirty years from the week of release to the time a group of bumbling idiots lightly bruised a figure skater’s leg. (morons, all of them) Along the way we learn why you should never play cards with Dave’s Mom. (She regularly won back Dave’s allowance, because Dave sucks at poker!) Then we zip back to 1994 and the world of Olympic Figure Skating and the cut throat (knee bashing) competition to make the US Olympic Team. We meet Nancy and Tonya, two girls from very similar backgrounds with big dreams. Only one of them was married to a moron, and that moron was going to make things very hard for BOTH of them.  (Whatever you think about Tonya, she had horrible taste in men!) We follow along as the world's dumbest criminals hatch an overly complicated plan to take out Nancy Kerrigan, if they could only find her. Wackiness ensues when one of these dipshits whacks Nancy Kerrigan in the leg. (Honestly, these guys were idiots) Our Sponsor this week is Johnson’s Protectives, don’t take a shot to the nuts without a Johnson’s Protective! We open the show with news footage of the run by whacking and close with Alyson Greenfield’s Mom explaining conflict resolution. Show Theme: Hypnostate Prelude to Common Sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjxP5ywpZ-O7qu_MFkLXQUQ Our Website: www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/gT2ej6ULgKs?si=K3G5tJ4x0rRRwXgD We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! http://seltzerkings.com/ Citations Needed: FIGURE SKATING https://usopm.org/hall-of-fame/figure-skating/ This Is the Insane Amount of Money It Takes to Become an Olympic Figure Skater https://money.com/olympic-figure-skating-costs/ ‘I, Tonya’: What You Need to Know About Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/i-tonya-what-you-need-to-know-about-tonya-harding-and-nancy-kerrigan-120857/ Harding-Kerrigan 20 Years Later: Remembering the Stunning, Life-Changing Attack https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1887592-harding-kerrigan-20-years-later-remembering-the-stunning-life-changing-attack Wikipedia: Assault of Nancy Kerrigan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_of_Nancy_Kerrigan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices