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The Mob Wives After Show recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of VH1's Mob Wives. Show Summary: There is a price one eventually pays when married to the mob, and the bill has come due for the four women profiled in this docu-reality series. The longtime friends from Staten Island, N.Y., struggle to make sense of their situations while their family's primary breadwinner is incarcerated for mob-related crimes. The lavish lifestyle each became accustomed to has taken a hit, and where infallib ...
 
The Boardwalk Empire After Show recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Show Summary: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, a ...
 
The Justified After Show recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of FX's Justified. Show Summary: Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th-century-style, Old West lawman living in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals and a problem child to his U.S. Marshals Service superior. In response to his controversial but "justified" quick-draw shooting of mob hitman Tommy Bucks in Miami, Givens is reassigned to Lexington, Kentucky. Th ...
 
Original Gangsters, a true crime talk podcast explores crime and culture, and finds the nexus behind everyone's favorite true crime movies, TV shows, and music. Hosts Scott Burnstein, true crime author and investigative journalist, and Dr. James Buccellato, true crime author and social scientist bring you exclusive interviews with former organized crime associates, law enforcement, as well as actors and musicians. Hear true stories from people who were there, in the 'life.'
 
The Feed The Beast After Show recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of AMC's Feed The Beast. Show Summary: "Feed the Beast," says creator Clyde Phillips ("Dexter," "Suddenly Susan"), is a fusion of his formative years, all brought together in a deliciously satisfying, provocative and surprising world. It's about best friends Tommy Moran and Dion Patras taking one last shot to fulfill their dream of opening an upscale restaurant in their Bronx hometown. For single dad Tommy — a functioning a ...
 
The Public Morals After Show recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of TNT's Public Morals. Show Summary: In 1960s New York laws prohibit all kinds of immoral behavior, yet corruption reigns, and gambling and prostitution are as old as the city itself. Indeed, even cops in the Public Morals Division often look the other way when investigating vice crimes, themselves tempted by similar sins. Not Officer Terry Muldoon, who is determined to protect his own Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that's bei ...
 
With the A Year in Film podcast, rewind and unwind with some of the biggest moments in movie history. Join experts from Hollywood Suite’s A Year in Film TV series — Becky Shrimpton, Alicia Fletcher and Cameron Maitland — as they make like Marty McFly and turn back time to revisit a different era of film, tracking the top trends and forgotten milestones that defined each year and continue to influence us to this very day. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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"Deregulation will make the economy more efficient and stimulate GDP growth," insist think tanks like the Brookings Institution and American Enterprise Institute. "Fiscal hawks," claiming to be worried about the deficit, demand austerity measures to reign in government spending. When it comes to "entitlement programs," we hear that "there are alway…
 
An Original Gangsters Podcast exclusive!! The fellas interviewed former Detroit kingpin and street legend Layton "the Beast" Simon. Layton is the inspiration for the BMF tv show character "Lamar Silas." Simon talks about his life in the game and his interactions with other Detroit street legends like Chester Campbell, Butch Jones (YBI), White Boy R…
 
“Supply and demand.” “It’s just Econ 101.” “Most economists agree...” “There’s always trade offs.” Over and over, media and policymakers spew the same tired recitations meant to convey the seemingly natural, immutable laws of economics. "The economy," we’re told, is thriving when business owners and job creators are making record profits, and faili…
 
“They call him Gojira, you moron!” No fictional character has appeared in more films with an exploding helicopter than Godzilla. So, on this show, we’re looking at the Big G’s controversial appearance in Roland Emmerich’s GODZILLA (1998). Show notes Godzilla (1998) Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno Plot: French nuclear te…
 
Ric Morales joins us for this episode as we examine the extraordinary life of Ricardo "Monkey" Morales. Morales Sr. started off as an anti-Castro guerilla fighter and CIA intelligence asset based in Miami. During that time he also moonlighted as Lefty Rosenthal's enforcer. After fighting abroad in some of CIA's dirty wars of the 1960s and 1970s, Mo…
 
All hands on deck as Becky, Cam and supervising producer Emily Gagne (also the co-host of We Really Like Her! podcast and screening series) set their sights on 1980 seaside horror flicks The Fog and Ghost Ship. ABOUT EMILY GAGNE Emily Gagne is a Toronto-based filmmaker, critic and programmer. She currently co-hosts We Really Like Her!, a podcast in…
 
A character played by an actor in a fat suit shovels food in his face, unable to restrain himself in a fit of rage. Another falls, too lazy and out-of-shape to get up without the aid of others. And yet another loses weight and avenges the anti-fat bullying she faced growing up, finally earning respect as a thin person. We see all of these tropes ad…
 
FBI agent Mike Carone joins us to discuss the infamous Giacalone brothers crew in Detroit. We start off by examining the Capital Street Social Club, a multicultural subunit of the Giacalone gambling operations. From there we cover a lot of ground, including the Vegas skim and the unsolved disappearance of labor leader Jimmy Hoffa.…
 
The week's episode examines the legacy of former Chicago Mafia boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo. For example, was he involved in the brutal murders of the Spilotro brothers (as depicted in the film Casino)? The episode also address rumors DiFronzo was a confidential informant.By James Buccellato and Scott Burnstein
 
“The elites are out to get you and your hard-earned pay.” “We’re spending too much on protecting foreign nations and not enough defending our own borders against immigrant invaders.” “China is taking your job and will soon take over your phone.” We are consistently fed this type of “rightwing populism” –– sticking up for the working man against an …
 
Film critic Anna Swanson joins Becky and Alicia to discuss two very different explorations of class struggles from 1971: John Cassavetes' Minnie and Moskowitz and Dušan Makavejev's W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism. ABOUT ANNA SWANSON Anna Swanson is a Toronto-based writer and critic who holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. H…
 
“It’s not about right vs left, but the people vs the elites,” “Wall Street and the media are leaching off hard working Americans like you and me who play by the rules.” “Our elite have sold us out to China.” American media consumers are routinely fed, a particular, and often confusing brand of so-called “rightwing populism” –– nominally taking on “…
 
James Buccellato sits down with author Daniel Waugh to discuss Detroit's legendary Purple Gang. Did the Jewish Purple Gang get along with the Italian Mafia? Did the Purple Gang work with Al Capone? Were the Purples involved in the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago? Daniel Waugh sets the record straight. Waugh is the author of several…
 
In this News Brief, we recapped how, in the face of a once in a generation opportunity to relieve poverty and address curb climate change, US media largely gave us personality, Horse Race coverage, and defensive snark–– aiding conservatives efforts to winnow down the bill to a fraction of its original size.…
 
“It’s a great plan - if it was 1985.” As The Expendables 4 cranks into gear, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the last entry in the pensioner-led action franchise. Our special guest on this episode is author, filmmaker, and bad film aficionado Timon Singh. Show notes The Expendables 3 (2014) Director: Patrick Hughes Cast: Sylvester S…
 
"Feed the world." "We are the world." "Be a light to the world." Every few years, it seems, a new celebrity benefit appears. Chock full of A-listers and inspirational tag lines, it promises to tackle any number of the world’s large-scale problems, whether poverty, climate change, or disease prevention and eradication. From Live Aid in the 1980s to …
 
In this News Brief, we recap the recap of Powell's life, from the handwringing over his Iraq War UN speech to the erasure of his role in covering up My Lai massacre to training rightwing death squads in Central America and the central importance of "Good Intentions" when venerating our beloved, bipartisan war-makers.…
 
Was OJ Simpson connected to the Mob? Did federal law enforcement investigate Simpson and Kardashian for involvement in organized crime? Did Nicole Simpson owe money to a mobbed up drug dealer? Was OJ driving around with a made member of the Mafia the night Nicole and Ron Goldman were murdered? The Original Gangsters Podcast explore these questions …
 
Something wicked this way comes as Alicia, Becky and special guest Andrea Subissati (Rue Morgue and The Faculty of Horror podcast) head to the U.K. to revisit two controversial films from 1971: Roman Polanski's Macbeth and Ken Russell's The Devils. ABOUT ANDREA SUBISSATI In 2010, Andrea’s masters thesis on the social impact of zombie cinema was pub…
 
Kat Ellinger (Editor-in-Chief of Diabolique Magazine) joins Becky and Alicia to talk about two Carmilla adaptations from 1971: Daughters of Darkness and Let's Scare Jessica to Death. ABOUT KAT ELLINGER Kat Ellinger is the Editor-in-Chief at Diabolique Magazine, and the co-host of their Daughters of Darkness and Hell's Belles podcasts. She has also …
 
In this episode series, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings. The goal of this episode series is to set the table with some foundational information so that future viewers or anyone who needs a quick download to catch up on the basics c…
 
In this recording of a Live Interview for Patrons from 9/22, we speak with The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin about his new book, The Kaepernick Effect, and how a series of protests in youth sports, namely among black youth, set off firestorms and backlash in dozens of small towns throughout the country. And what the "leave politics out of sports"…
 
The Original Gangsters Podcast brings you a special interview with former undercover FBI agent Giovanni Rocco. Giovanni first went undercover as an outlaw biker, who happened to be Italian. The Mafia in North Jersey was so impressed with him, they asked him to trade in his biker cut for a pinkie ring. As a result, Giovanni was dealing with higher u…
 
“Let me guess – you saw that work on Inspector Gadget?” On this show we take a look at the bizarre attempt to turn Jim Belushi into a James Bond-style action hero. We’re joined by Matt Poirier from the DTV Connoisseur who helps us try and understand how everyone’s second favourite Belushi has managed to maintain a forty-year screen career and discu…
 
Becky, Cam and Alicia return for the third season of A Year in Film with two baroque horror films from 1971: Murders in the Rue Morgue & The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Got a question for the hosts, or want to know more about the show? Email us at podcast@hollywoodsuite.ca or reach out via Hollywood Suite's Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikT…
 
“The eviction moratorium is killing small landlords” CNBC cautions. "Some small landlords struggle under eviction moratoriums,” declares The Washington Post. “Economic Pressures Are Rising On Mom And Pop Rental Owners,” laments NPR. ”[Landlords] can’t hold on much longer,” cries an LA Times headline. Throughout the course of the pandemic, we’ve see…
 
“Write from experience.” “Show, don’t tell.” Self-knowledge. Self-discipline. Well-known conventions like these, whether delivered in classrooms, writing seminars or simply from one writer to another, often anchor traditional writing advice for literary authors and journalists alike in the United States. While they may seem benign and often useful,…
 
Scott Burnstein and James Buccellato focus on the NY underworld in this episode. They begin by discussing the recent wave of federal indictments aimed at the Colombo Crime Family. They also examine allegations Carmine "the Snake" Persico was a federal informant. The hosts also review the latest news regarding outlaw biker clubs in New York.…
 
In this episode series, history buff and mob aficionado Jacob Stoops provides a high-level 101-style overview of the origins of the American mob dating back to its beginnings. The goal of this episode series is to set the table with some foundational information so that future viewers or anyone who needs a quick download to catch up on the basics c…
 
In June 2020, founders of the ride-request app Lyft announced that they had launched “allyship dialogues“ and were committed to fighting “systemic racism” which they said is “deeply rooted in our society.” The same month, an Uber marketing campaign proudly recommended to “racists” that they should “delete Uber,” as they were unwelcome customers. At…
 
The Original Gangsters Podcast sits down with crime reporter Noah Hurowitz to discuss his new book "El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord." They examine America's War on Drugs, cartel violence in Mexico, political corruption, and the human tragedies connected to the rise and fall of El Chapo. Among the highlights, the au…
 
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