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Are you in need of company during those strange days and lonely nights? Every Monday, hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida, gather in dark rooms for a free jazz blend of pop culture theory, internet fascinations, and venture down a plethora of half-baked conspiracy theory rabbit holes. Drop us a line with your night call at 240-46-NIGHT or nightcallpodcast@gmail.com, and we'll offer our best advice on life, love, and the coming apocalypse.

Latest Episodes

112: Can Sell Culture

ENight Call finishes up Y2May with some great calls and emails about the 2038 Problem that explain what it actually entails. Then we debate the merits of parallel universes and whether people just like theories because they offer a way out. And a surprise venture into the recent rash of cancellations and Cancel Culture in general. Does cancellation provide people with a sense of control in a time when there is none? Can any societal ill ever actually be corrected by cancelling a singular person? How long is the cycle for cancellation narratives really? What are the possibilities cancellations open up for larger conversations about culture, racism and capital? Does anyone ever actually get or stay cancelled? Should we retroactively beloved artists for fucked up shit? Can you separate the art from the artist? Then we receive an amazing call about the “WWW = 666” Y2K era conspiracy, and finish up with a discussion from our home bunkers about end of the millennialism and prepping for disasters. FOOTNOTES 2038 Problem 2038/Gangnam Style Tik Tok Houses in Quar Parallel Universes, Sounds Good Parallel Universes, Not So Fast Vox Piece on Anxiety vs Anger and Conspiracies Joni Mitchell Blackface Molly Soda's Instagram Dial-the-truth Ministries/ www 666 Detroit Y2K Preparedness Video "Man Emerges From Bunker After 14 Years" Joke Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

72 MIN4 d ago
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112: Can Sell Culture

111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

EA listener question about the 90s and early 2000s celebrity sex tapes prompts a discussion about Tommy and Pam, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton’s tapes that leads into a talk about Only Fans. Molly tells Emily and Tess a story about the 528 Hz “love vibration” necklace that Denise Richards owns which turns into a story about shady right wing new organization Epoch Times and how it relates back to Shen Yun. Plus, the terrifying robot dog right out of Black Mirror and Christopher Meloni’s haunted house! Then it’s more Y2K May! Emily listened to a podcast about how Y2K was averted through IT workers working together, and how depressing it is that tech is only becoming more dystopian now faced with the current crisis. The incredible tale of the real Bob Loblaw’s Y2K blog, still available to view as an artifact. And Molly watched a famous SportsCenter commercial about Y2K that ends up with chaos that feels like now. All this and more podcasting by candlelight, on an all new Night C...

68 MIN1 w ago
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111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

110: Fight Call/Night Club

EY2May continues with a listener query about the millennium celebration at Epcot, leading us down a hole about theme park rides like The Great Movie Ride and Superstar Limo that are no longer with us, the weird retro futuristic aesthetic of Epcot, and why Mickey Mouse can never be cool. Then it’s the Y2K movie chat everyone’s been waiting for, we break the first rule of Fight Club! We take on David Fincher’s 1999 satire to talk about capitalism, men’s rights groups, and whether the movies can ever blow up a building for fun ever again. Why did we all love this movie so much as kids and how do we feel about it now? Soap, eco-terrorism, homoeroticism and school shootings around the turn of the millennium on an all new Night Call! Footnotes Disney Superbowl Celebration "Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand" Giant Disney Puppets from the Millennium Celebration Superstar Limo Fight Club and Columbine Fight Club Trivia Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...

65 MIN2 w ago
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110: Fight Call/Night Club

109: The Last Future

EWelcome to Y2May! Our monthlong celebration of all thingsrelated to the year 2000 and the end of the 20th century. We start off with some William Gibson inspired chat about the current dystopian moment and then head back into the relative calmness of the near distant past. What were each of us doing on Y2K itself? But first it's our new sports show within the show Sports Call, where we take a call about Dennis Rodman and The Last Dance, the new ten part ESPN documentary about Michael Jordan's last season. Molly recommends The Last Dance to Tess and Emily, who remember their own sports thoughts. Our producer Joelle jumps in with some basketball facts after Molly wonders why the Bad Boys of Detroit were allowed to foul like that. As a new generation discovers Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra for the first time, is anyone surprised they're going viral again? Then we get down to Y2K color schemes with a query from a listener about the late nineties Pacific Northwest color scheme of purple and forest green. We discuss what color schemes and design elements remind us most of Y2K, and why we all wish we could go to a late nineties Taco Bell. On a new Night Call! FOOTNOTES: William Gibson Quotation The Last Dance Lakers Threepeat Decade Color Schemes 90's Colors, Textures 90's Taco Bell Aesthetic Blackbirds Slate Gray Interview with Evan Collins, Y2K Aesthetics Enthusiast Molly Soda Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

62 MIN3 w ago
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109: The Last Future

108: Unhappy Science

EA night emailabout Instagram face and The Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" start a discussion about transformation narratives that turns into Emily describing a terrifying YA series called The Uglies and Molly explaining what POT LEDOM means. A discussion about whether wellness will merge fully with beauty, and how that turns into eugenics. Then we learn about Happy Science, the Japanese cult promising followers that Coronavirus can be cured by the sound of their leader's voice. Emily explains the very unfriendly rivalry between Happy Science and another cult, Aum Shinrikyo. Then a Night Call about the Real Housewives of New York objecting to new housewife Leah having had a tattoo when they have all had vaginal rejuvenation on camera leads Molly to desperately try to convince Tess and Emily to give the franchise a chance. Plus nightmarish plastic surgery reality TV like I Want A Famous Face, Botched, and Extreme Makeover. And of course, The Swan. What the hell w...

72 MINAPR 27
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108: Unhappy Science

107: Instagram Face/Off

The ladies are joined by Jia Tolentino, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the essay collection “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” this week. First up we fetch the bolt cutters for our first impressions of the new Fiona Apple album. Plus, pandemic dreams! A scientificexplanation for why people are having such weird dreams during self-isolation. Then we talk about "Instagram Face," which Jia wrote an incredible essay about. She also describes her experiencemeeting the Kardashians' plastic surgeon Dr. Ourian. Who has the most Instagram face? What will the beauty standards shift toward next? Can you facetune reality? We take a Night Call about Heidi Montag and recall the first phase of young people getting extreme plastic surgery. Then Tess, Molly and Emily take on another classic plastic surgery movie for Plastic Surgery April: John Woo's Face/Off! First time viewer Emily talks to seasoned Face/Off fans Tess and Molly about the operatic silliness of John Travolt...

71 MINAPR 20
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107: Instagram Face/Off

106: Death Becomes Her with The Bechdel Cast

Plastic Surgery April continues with a call about the multiple sets of "Twinfluencers" that get matching plastic surgery - The Haze Twins, The Clermont Twins, and a debate about whether the Olsen Twins had a particular procedure done. Where is the most state of the art plastic surgery getting done right now? What's up with the private jet trips and plastic surgery makeovers rich people in Houston are doing during the pandemic? Then we are joined by Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus from our station sisters, film pod The Bechdel Cast! Jamie and Caitlin form a Voltron of feminist movie criticism with Tess,Mollyand Emily to discuss Robert Zemeckis's Death Becomes Her (1992). Can a movie whose message is "women be vain" also be subversively feminist, even if it doesn't technically pass the Bechdel test? Whatever DID happen to Baby Jane? All this and a rousing back and forth about the imagined feeling of sitting on butt implants, at Night Call! Footnotes: Simi and Haze Before Simi and Haz...

76 MINAPR 14
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106: Death Becomes Her with The Bechdel Cast

105: The Great Deflation

EPlastic Surgery April begins! How are influencers coping with staying indoors and who is still doing lip injections for the Kardashians? A night call from another medical professional says it’s probably okay to get take out right now and explains why. Then we get into our personal feelings about plastic surgery, insane beauty standards, and whether botox makes people look young or just rich. A night caller asks about Bella Hadid’s transformation into Carla Bruni and we spend a long time contemplating what it’s like to get a new face and have society treat you totally differently. Is this the end of decadent celebrity? We sure hope so, on an all new Night Call! Footnotes: Baby birds babbling Kylie's pregnancy lockdown prepared her for Covid Drake "Tootsie Slide" Kelly Ripa's last Botox March 11th Martha Stewart thanks her glam squad Subbing blood for eggs in baking India Sweets and Spices County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer cautions restaurants cannot operate as groceries...

65 MINAPR 6
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105: The Great Deflation

104: Tiger King XXL

EGreetings fellow homebodies! This week Tess, Molly and Emily spend some time delving into our nightmarish techno-feudalist world. Where are the billionaires now? How do you shop for food ethically right now when the options are all bad? How are we, if not keeping sane exactly, at least muddling through? Some of us enjoyed watching Netflix's Tiger King, and some of us did not. A fun back and forth about ethics in documentary filmmaking, private zoos, and whether Joe Exotic is a Tony Soprano for our times. Then it's the conclusion of Spring Break March and the weirdestspring break in history with Magic Mike XXL, the GregoryJacobs directed sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike. Male objectification, Channing Tatum's career, Joe Manganiello's Backstreet Boys number, and how these movies quietly and expertly reinvented the movie musical for a new era without being annoying or twee about it. Escape on a mind vacation with Night Call, today! Footnotes: Instacart Strike How long can coro...

67 MINMAR 30
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104: Tiger King XXL

BONUS EPISODE: Night Call Movie Club with Rian Johnson

EWe are celebrating our inaugural episode of the Night Call Movie Club by putting it on the main feed! New episodes will come out every month for $5+ Patreon subscribers, along with our Book Club and other bonus episodes. Join us now atpatreon.com/NightCall! To kick things off, we're watching the 1997 Robert Zemeckis-directed adaptation of Contact (after our 5-star experience with Carl Sagan's 1985 novel on the Book Club.) And who better to help us do it than writer, director and friend of the pod, Rian Johnson! We chat about how the movie has aged since its release, differences between the novel and the film, the filmography of Robert "Bobby Z" Zemeckis, sourdough starters, user interfaces of '90s Hollywood, loudmouths in Hawaiian shirts, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 MINMAR 28
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BONUS EPISODE: Night Call Movie Club with Rian Johnson

Latest Episodes

112: Can Sell Culture

ENight Call finishes up Y2May with some great calls and emails about the 2038 Problem that explain what it actually entails. Then we debate the merits of parallel universes and whether people just like theories because they offer a way out. And a surprise venture into the recent rash of cancellations and Cancel Culture in general. Does cancellation provide people with a sense of control in a time when there is none? Can any societal ill ever actually be corrected by cancelling a singular person? How long is the cycle for cancellation narratives really? What are the possibilities cancellations open up for larger conversations about culture, racism and capital? Does anyone ever actually get or stay cancelled? Should we retroactively beloved artists for fucked up shit? Can you separate the art from the artist? Then we receive an amazing call about the “WWW = 666” Y2K era conspiracy, and finish up with a discussion from our home bunkers about end of the millennialism and prepping for disasters. FOOTNOTES 2038 Problem 2038/Gangnam Style Tik Tok Houses in Quar Parallel Universes, Sounds Good Parallel Universes, Not So Fast Vox Piece on Anxiety vs Anger and Conspiracies Joni Mitchell Blackface Molly Soda's Instagram Dial-the-truth Ministries/ www 666 Detroit Y2K Preparedness Video "Man Emerges From Bunker After 14 Years" Joke Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

72 MIN4 d ago
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112: Can Sell Culture

111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

EA listener question about the 90s and early 2000s celebrity sex tapes prompts a discussion about Tommy and Pam, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton’s tapes that leads into a talk about Only Fans. Molly tells Emily and Tess a story about the 528 Hz “love vibration” necklace that Denise Richards owns which turns into a story about shady right wing new organization Epoch Times and how it relates back to Shen Yun. Plus, the terrifying robot dog right out of Black Mirror and Christopher Meloni’s haunted house! Then it’s more Y2K May! Emily listened to a podcast about how Y2K was averted through IT workers working together, and how depressing it is that tech is only becoming more dystopian now faced with the current crisis. The incredible tale of the real Bob Loblaw’s Y2K blog, still available to view as an artifact. And Molly watched a famous SportsCenter commercial about Y2K that ends up with chaos that feels like now. All this and more podcasting by candlelight, on an all new Night C...

68 MIN1 w ago
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111: Sex, Y2K & Videotapes

110: Fight Call/Night Club

EY2May continues with a listener query about the millennium celebration at Epcot, leading us down a hole about theme park rides like The Great Movie Ride and Superstar Limo that are no longer with us, the weird retro futuristic aesthetic of Epcot, and why Mickey Mouse can never be cool. Then it’s the Y2K movie chat everyone’s been waiting for, we break the first rule of Fight Club! We take on David Fincher’s 1999 satire to talk about capitalism, men’s rights groups, and whether the movies can ever blow up a building for fun ever again. Why did we all love this movie so much as kids and how do we feel about it now? Soap, eco-terrorism, homoeroticism and school shootings around the turn of the millennium on an all new Night Call! Footnotes Disney Superbowl Celebration "Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand" Giant Disney Puppets from the Millennium Celebration Superstar Limo Fight Club and Columbine Fight Club Trivia Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...

65 MIN2 w ago
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110: Fight Call/Night Club

109: The Last Future

EWelcome to Y2May! Our monthlong celebration of all thingsrelated to the year 2000 and the end of the 20th century. We start off with some William Gibson inspired chat about the current dystopian moment and then head back into the relative calmness of the near distant past. What were each of us doing on Y2K itself? But first it's our new sports show within the show Sports Call, where we take a call about Dennis Rodman and The Last Dance, the new ten part ESPN documentary about Michael Jordan's last season. Molly recommends The Last Dance to Tess and Emily, who remember their own sports thoughts. Our producer Joelle jumps in with some basketball facts after Molly wonders why the Bad Boys of Detroit were allowed to foul like that. As a new generation discovers Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra for the first time, is anyone surprised they're going viral again? Then we get down to Y2K color schemes with a query from a listener about the late nineties Pacific Northwest color scheme of purple and forest green. We discuss what color schemes and design elements remind us most of Y2K, and why we all wish we could go to a late nineties Taco Bell. On a new Night Call! FOOTNOTES: William Gibson Quotation The Last Dance Lakers Threepeat Decade Color Schemes 90's Colors, Textures 90's Taco Bell Aesthetic Blackbirds Slate Gray Interview with Evan Collins, Y2K Aesthetics Enthusiast Molly Soda Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

62 MIN3 w ago
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109: The Last Future

108: Unhappy Science

EA night emailabout Instagram face and The Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" start a discussion about transformation narratives that turns into Emily describing a terrifying YA series called The Uglies and Molly explaining what POT LEDOM means. A discussion about whether wellness will merge fully with beauty, and how that turns into eugenics. Then we learn about Happy Science, the Japanese cult promising followers that Coronavirus can be cured by the sound of their leader's voice. Emily explains the very unfriendly rivalry between Happy Science and another cult, Aum Shinrikyo. Then a Night Call about the Real Housewives of New York objecting to new housewife Leah having had a tattoo when they have all had vaginal rejuvenation on camera leads Molly to desperately try to convince Tess and Emily to give the franchise a chance. Plus nightmarish plastic surgery reality TV like I Want A Famous Face, Botched, and Extreme Makeover. And of course, The Swan. What the hell w...

72 MINAPR 27
Comments
108: Unhappy Science

107: Instagram Face/Off

The ladies are joined by Jia Tolentino, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the essay collection “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” this week. First up we fetch the bolt cutters for our first impressions of the new Fiona Apple album. Plus, pandemic dreams! A scientificexplanation for why people are having such weird dreams during self-isolation. Then we talk about "Instagram Face," which Jia wrote an incredible essay about. She also describes her experiencemeeting the Kardashians' plastic surgeon Dr. Ourian. Who has the most Instagram face? What will the beauty standards shift toward next? Can you facetune reality? We take a Night Call about Heidi Montag and recall the first phase of young people getting extreme plastic surgery. Then Tess, Molly and Emily take on another classic plastic surgery movie for Plastic Surgery April: John Woo's Face/Off! First time viewer Emily talks to seasoned Face/Off fans Tess and Molly about the operatic silliness of John Travolt...

71 MINAPR 20
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107: Instagram Face/Off

106: Death Becomes Her with The Bechdel Cast

Plastic Surgery April continues with a call about the multiple sets of "Twinfluencers" that get matching plastic surgery - The Haze Twins, The Clermont Twins, and a debate about whether the Olsen Twins had a particular procedure done. Where is the most state of the art plastic surgery getting done right now? What's up with the private jet trips and plastic surgery makeovers rich people in Houston are doing during the pandemic? Then we are joined by Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus from our station sisters, film pod The Bechdel Cast! Jamie and Caitlin form a Voltron of feminist movie criticism with Tess,Mollyand Emily to discuss Robert Zemeckis's Death Becomes Her (1992). Can a movie whose message is "women be vain" also be subversively feminist, even if it doesn't technically pass the Bechdel test? Whatever DID happen to Baby Jane? All this and a rousing back and forth about the imagined feeling of sitting on butt implants, at Night Call! Footnotes: Simi and Haze Before Simi and Haz...

76 MINAPR 14
Comments
106: Death Becomes Her with The Bechdel Cast

105: The Great Deflation

EPlastic Surgery April begins! How are influencers coping with staying indoors and who is still doing lip injections for the Kardashians? A night call from another medical professional says it’s probably okay to get take out right now and explains why. Then we get into our personal feelings about plastic surgery, insane beauty standards, and whether botox makes people look young or just rich. A night caller asks about Bella Hadid’s transformation into Carla Bruni and we spend a long time contemplating what it’s like to get a new face and have society treat you totally differently. Is this the end of decadent celebrity? We sure hope so, on an all new Night Call! Footnotes: Baby birds babbling Kylie's pregnancy lockdown prepared her for Covid Drake "Tootsie Slide" Kelly Ripa's last Botox March 11th Martha Stewart thanks her glam squad Subbing blood for eggs in baking India Sweets and Spices County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer cautions restaurants cannot operate as groceries...

65 MINAPR 6
Comments
105: The Great Deflation

104: Tiger King XXL

EGreetings fellow homebodies! This week Tess, Molly and Emily spend some time delving into our nightmarish techno-feudalist world. Where are the billionaires now? How do you shop for food ethically right now when the options are all bad? How are we, if not keeping sane exactly, at least muddling through? Some of us enjoyed watching Netflix's Tiger King, and some of us did not. A fun back and forth about ethics in documentary filmmaking, private zoos, and whether Joe Exotic is a Tony Soprano for our times. Then it's the conclusion of Spring Break March and the weirdestspring break in history with Magic Mike XXL, the GregoryJacobs directed sequel to Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike. Male objectification, Channing Tatum's career, Joe Manganiello's Backstreet Boys number, and how these movies quietly and expertly reinvented the movie musical for a new era without being annoying or twee about it. Escape on a mind vacation with Night Call, today! Footnotes: Instacart Strike How long can coro...

67 MINMAR 30
Comments
104: Tiger King XXL

BONUS EPISODE: Night Call Movie Club with Rian Johnson

EWe are celebrating our inaugural episode of the Night Call Movie Club by putting it on the main feed! New episodes will come out every month for $5+ Patreon subscribers, along with our Book Club and other bonus episodes. Join us now atpatreon.com/NightCall! To kick things off, we're watching the 1997 Robert Zemeckis-directed adaptation of Contact (after our 5-star experience with Carl Sagan's 1985 novel on the Book Club.) And who better to help us do it than writer, director and friend of the pod, Rian Johnson! We chat about how the movie has aged since its release, differences between the novel and the film, the filmography of Robert "Bobby Z" Zemeckis, sourdough starters, user interfaces of '90s Hollywood, loudmouths in Hawaiian shirts, and so much more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

56 MINMAR 28
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BONUS EPISODE: Night Call Movie Club with Rian Johnson
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