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Season Four

  • Ep. 14: The Titular Khan – We see who gets the space station in the big American/ Russian space break up, and then cast an eye into the future by examining the art of futurism, and then break out the ol’ crystal ball and discuss what of modern culture will survive into the future, and what won’t.
  • Ep. 13: Time Out! – .rennam deredro erom a ni keew txen kcab eb ot epoh eW .muunitnoc emit/ecaps eht syortsed tsomla dna aedi thgirb a steg tobrewoT
  • Ep. 12: Slowly Sinking – We take a quick look at the newest quest to pull back the shower curtain on the wonders of the sea before moving on to see why most societies in human history, possibly including ours, started to swirl down history’s bathtub drain. Grab your rubber ducky and your water wings and let’s watch civilization sink into the depths.
  • Ep. 11: Mad Marchness! – We discuss the exploits of Evel Knievel, beloved movies getting sequels, how The Repeater finds the films “Up” and “Saving Private Ryan” very similar, as only The Repeater can, then discuss the crazy theories about missing planes put forth by “news” orga30nizations that should really know better, and how the NCAA is looking out for the kids they can’t make money off of.
  • Ep. 10: SpaceBar – This week, Science Advisor Rich stops by to kick some knowledge on the freewheeling good times in the snake pits of yesteryear, then takes our crew on a tour of our solar system and gives us a quiz that the average American is apparently having trouble with. Also, The Repeater gets increasingly disenchanted with the American space program.
  • Ep. 9: The Neverending Quest – The Conduit treads on some dangerous ground as he makes one, final, all or nothing effort to get the Repeater to “get” superheroes. Daggor is dragged into the conversation as we discuss racism in superhero casting, why marvel is whupping DC’s behind in the film industry and who we would like to see put up on the silver screen.
  • Ep. 8: International Incident – This week, we “borrow” a British gentleman to talk about the paranormal happenings across the pond, as they say. It’s a lively topic, and I’m sure there’s no way he’ll sue us. To be on the safe side, though, Legal bot is in standby mode.
  • Ep. 7: Three Times a Dench – We prepare to kiss our collective ass goodbye in the most manly apocalypse to date, then take a look at bigfoot squatters in Motor City, and at a man who loves, active verb, automobiles, which Towerbot personally finds very distasteful and against the laws of God and Asimov.
  • Ep. 6: I’m Offended! – This week, in what might be our most offensive episode to date, we install a swear jar that goes horribly wrong, discuss why a UFO cult’s idea might be a great thing or a horrible mistake, learn about bigfoot inter-species adoption, find out why Homeless Hank’s body isn’t welcomed in Arizona, and then talk about why the movie going experience has degenerated into a fate worse than Sunday dinner with your family.
  • Ep. 5: Neck Bolts and Demon Balls – This week, we decide to stop chasing bigfoot and go back to an old favorite – chasing ghosts. Also, there might be a new science fiction museum in Washington DC. They wanted Towerbot to be part of their robot hall of fame, but he’s science FACT, baby.
  • Ep. 4.5: Snow Day – When Towerbot ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy….
  • Ep. 4: Obliged to Mobilize – We add a new member of the tower crew to spice things up, talk about how and why aliens might walk among us, how a toilet of infamy found it’s way to New Jersey, and then try to teach us something about World War I, which isn’t hard, considering we know nothing about WWI. Open up your mind holes and prepare to be enlightened.
  • Ep. 3: OMFG Scat! – Daggor joins us as we learn some surprising things about Kentucky Slim, and then we take a personality test and see how we stack up against fictional characters. Spoiler alert: There’s not a Kirk in the bunch of us. We then go into why dogs are like raiilguns when doing their business, and why the Conduit is breaking up with bigfoot shows. Warning for the squeamish – there’s a lot of poop in those last two stories.
  • Ep. 2: The Big Reveal – We discuss just how funky a bot can be, go into some time travel conundrums, and then revisit the Dyatlov Pass incident and its surprising revelations. Then, we end up revisiting how Homeless Hank, the Bigfoot corpse, might have gotten a new lease on life. Or maybe its just another scam in a long line of scams. Probably that.
  • Ep. 1: TimePope!  – We kick off our fourth season in style, talking about dumb things that that creepy guy from the Transformers films did and said, two of the three of us buy into Google’s line that google expanding into the field of robotics is a good thing, and then we round it out with the controversial decision by Amazon to not sell any more Bigfoot porn. Porn for Bigfoots or porn featuring Bigfoots, you may ask? Well, stay tuned….

Christmas 2013

  • Christmas Special: Drunken Scrooging – We try to teach The Repeater the true meaning of Christmas, but alcohol and a menacing robot get in the way. You know, same as every year.

Season Three

  • Ep. 50: Horn Snorkel – It’s our big third season finale, and we’ve taken out all the stops. Seriously, there are no stops whatsoever. Daggor joins us, and we begin by examining lies told in country music, veer into dangerous emerging animal behaviors, examine some of the unexpected heroes in the fight against snakes, ponder why the unicorns actually died out, and then end it all with another round of Chick Lit theater.
  • Ep. 49: Living in Retrospect – We discuss how technology is moving faster than society can figure out the boundaries of politeness, real-life trends being used in science fiction, discover a surprising revelation about the Jetsons, discuss what makes good dirt, talk about catholic voodoo, and The Repeater starts a disturbing new advertising trend.
  • Ep. 48: Turkey (Dooms)day – This week, on the tower of technobabble, previously recorded, we entrust me with the preparation of the thanksgiving day meal while we goof off. Or, in other words, business as usual.
  • Ep. 47: Don’t Know Much About… – We get ready to rock (Ragnarok, that is), discuss how the educational system let us down in a big way and what we plan to do about it, half-ass some more JFK conspiracy theories, and then examine how 2013?s biggest Bigfoot hoax finally ended, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
  • Ep. 46: Flos Virginum – We get ready for the big Doctor Who anniversary, celebrate the glut of superhero stuff about to be on streaming video, complain about the hipsters who will complain about the glut of superhero stuff about to be on streaming video and then go into why the key to the JFK assassination might have been closer to the oval office than anyone ever thought. Also, how history teaching in high school has been a dismal failure.
  • Ep. 45: Old Spice and Disappointment – With the news of Blockbuster Video closing down its remaining stores, we wax nostalgic about Elisabeth Shue movies, the distinctive odor of movie rental stores, the special rooms shamefully tucked away in the mom and pop video shops and whatever happened to Red Giraffe. Then we look at Bigfoot hunting gone horribly wrong, and start to wish that the bigfeet would just start shooting back.
  • Ep. 44: Turning Back Time – We pull back the curtains of time to examine the alleged riots that Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds caused 75 years ago, and then look at the resurgence of a method of transportation best known for its spectacular explosions.
  • Ep. 43: The Who and What of Who – With the approaching 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, we consult an expert from the United Kingdom to school us on the BBC show, do a run down of each actor who has played the character, and what might be coming in the future.
  • Ep. 42: We Handle the Truth – We’ve got more truth than you can shake the proverbial stick at. First, we face some hard truths from last week’s episode, and then discover the truth about a bigfoot attack, alien autopsies, photos of Christ and a surprising revelation about one of our own team members.
  • Ep. 41: What is Wrong with You? – It’s the inaugural Tower of Technobabble October Salute to the 50 states of the United States of America, with a list of the biggest failings of each state! Oh, and we have huge problems with Ohio’s problems. It’s a patriotic free-for-all.
  • Ep. 40: Shutdown! – The Tower Crew deals with incompetence beyond their control in a Very Special Episode. Show Notes: There is currently no money in the budget for notes. Once reasonable people knuckle under to yahoos, we hope this will be restored. Thank you, and may God Bless the Tower. It’s funny because it’s true. Which is sad.
  • Ep. 39: Eat Your Kale Salad – The he-men of the Tower of Technobabble take on the unlikely topic of what it means to be a man in today’s society. We compare and contrast recent camping information guides with a guide from the 1940s, where men were men and women liked it that way.
  • Ep. 38: 5318008 – We explore the totally gross reason trains in Australia are slipping around, why a totally grody dude is dressing like a horror clown in England, and why, like, a bitchin’ Canadian couple are going back in time to teach their kids a valuable lesson. Fer shure.
  • Ep. 37: Tennessee Man Bags – We find out how the man is sticking it to Star Trek fans yet again, then talk about the last place you’d want a nasty surprise, party down with more Chick Lit Theater, and look at the latest attempt by the Syfy channel to torpedo geek culture with it’s show “Heroes of Cosplay.” it’s a deep dive into the rabbit hole this week.
  • Ep. 36: Frozen Dead Guy – Towerbot set a geek snob straight, then we discuss underground real estate, stuff that happened a longer time ago in a galaxy slightly closer, rampant lesbianism at DC comics, try to make heads or tales of a fuzzy conspiracy theory, and then learn how someone’s dead grandpa became a town’s mascot. Oh, and Ben figures out what he’s going as for halloween.
  • Ep. 35: Slim Amuck – Towerbot took the Repeater and the Conduit to go save the world or something, leaving Kentucky Slim to man the fort solo. Seriously, we have no idea what’s on this podcast, but we trust Slim. We think his brother, L’il Jimmy Slim might have stopped by or something? Direct all mail to KentuckySlim@theinternet.google.com.
  • Ep. 34: Feathers and Hips – We ponder the mighty dinosaur, get into a fight about whether or not they had feathers, discuss what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, famous robot dinosaurs of history, wonder if the dinosaurs wondered about stuff, and then manage to take it to a whole other level.
  • Ep. 33: Steak n’ Shakin’ It – We take our made up radio show on the road and talk about the film “Starship Troopers,” the target of the recent live RiffTrax show.
  • Ep. 32: Pros and Cons – Daggor gives us his report on the 2013 Fandom Fest in Louisville (spoiler alert: a lot of people, including a former doctor and two former captains weren’t happy). We then look at the latest Doctor Who, and see if we approve. Then, just when you think the story of the “homeless Hank” bigfoot couldn’t get any more strange, it really, really, really does.
  • Ep. 31: Out on a Sexy Limb – Daggor returns to help us discuss the nature of robotic slavery, if there’s a new planet on the horizon, three different ways Jesus is in the news this week, and then go way, way, way out on a slender, shaky limb to discuss the treatment of women at various geeky conventions.
  • Ep. 30: Drunks and Robots – Daggor fills in for the AWOL Kentucky Slim to talk about robot on monster violence, ways angry people can share their alcohol abuse with their children and still get into heaven, and new and exciting ways to be disappointed in the bigfoot-finding scene.
  • Ep. 29: Blissful Ignorance – This week, we consider what would happen if extraterrestrial life were to land on earth, and examine the impact on society, pop culture, religion and politics, and then look at tales that say it’s already happened.
  • Ep. 28: Legal Excess – We examine some recent cases of government going berserk, and then people going berserk on an individual basis. Also, there might be evidence that the Loch Ness Monster may be all Scotland’s fault. Then, we pick back up the strange case of a redneck cult of personality that may or may not have a bigfoot body count.
  • Ep. 27: PatriotBot – The Fourth of July fell on podcast night, but never fear! We’re here to kick some knowledge, American History style. Also, fireworks safety.
  • Ep. 26: A Spot of Terror – In order to get to the bottom of our night terrors, we have consulted a professional. L. Andrew Cooper, author of “Burning the Middle Ground” and several other fiction and non-fiction horror books, enters the Tower to discuss all aspects of horror: what makes horror, how he became involved with the horrible, and what scares him when things go bump in the night.
  • Ep. 25: The Great Beyond – One of the Tower crew gets gainfully employed, Microsoft shoots itself in the foot while Sony holds the gun, the death toll in Man of Steel, the real-world risks of ghost hunting, and then we go on a ramble about the Lone Ranger, Fringe, The Flying Nun and the many mechanics of the Knight Industries 2000.
  • Ep. 24: Mad Props – Model Maker Paul Francis stops by to discuss props, movies, geek culture and all manner of things from the film world, including Boba Fett rivalries, rescuing a submarine from Planet Hollywood, shooting props with shotguns, and which sci-fi spaceship has the biggest boobs. Believe it or not, that last one actually has an answer.
  • Ep. 23: Conspiracy Corner – We explore the made up world of mermaid reality television, and then dive into a deep black pool of conspiracies. Is the water you drink making you stupid? Are the jets in the sky controlling your mind, or the weather? Is the government hiding bigfoot to protect big timber? Tune in for the answer to these exciting questions! Unless the government shuts us down.
  • Ep. 22: Letter From Ashtar – We look at how Battle of the Planets may help the lovelorn, why Chicago will soon be looking a lot blurrier, and then dive back into the never ending pool of Commander Ashtar lore, and the Repeater calls shenanigans on the claims that a listener once hit a manatee.
  • Ep. 21: Frank and Bean Scene – We discuss terrible drivers, terrible daughters, potentially good news on the star wars front and the troubling onset of nerd-on-nerd violence. Pick your side and come out swingin’! Personally, we’ll pick whichever side Towerbot is on (military laser and all).
  • Ep. 20: Too Soon? – We discuss the concept of “too soon” when it comes to comedy and pop culture. Does comedy equal tragedy plus time, or are some people just jerks looking for an excuse? Also, spoiler alert, the Titanic sinks at the end. Do you think The Repeater is over-reacting? Check out his visual evidence HERE.
  • Ep. 19: Lift and Separate – In a slightly-abbreviated episode, we look at the hormonal minefield that is teenage dating, why cosplay armor would be a terrible idea in actual battle, and look at the next technological innovation that Congress won’t understand but will try to legislate anyway.
  • Ep. 18: Chick Lit – Daggor returns to share how to save water and your dignity when destroying the bathroom at a stranger’s house, then we ponder the role of slavery in the Star Wars universe, and why the Jedi couldn’t pass the damn hat to buy Anakin’s mother out of bondage. Then we risk our immortal souls to do an audio play based on a Chick tract that deals with the evils of Dungeons and Dragons. Listen. If. You. Dare.
  • Ep. 17: Flintstone V Jetson – As Daggor fills in for the AWOL Repeater, we talk about Daggor’s date night WITH SCIENCE, selling out (and the opportunity therein), habitable planets, invading snails, and then debate the eternal question of primal forces versus civilization.
  • Ep. 16: Homeless Hank and the Tree Ribs – The Conduit catches up with a couple of past topics, including one that scarred him as a teen, and may scar you this very day. Also, The Repeater points out a Bigfoot film that, horror of horrors, might be fake, and Kentucky Slim runs down some products that never, ever should have existed.
  • Ep. 15: Live, Dammit, LIVE! – We escape the Tower to take part in Conglomeration 2013, recording live with all those who would join us. Join us, won’t you? Among other things, we talk about geek feminism, first geekhood memories, and a sure-fire money making cottage industry scheme!
  • Ep. 14: Ashtar’s Army – We go over some conspiracies and then run down some information on aliens – both those who want to eat us and those who want to save us. Turns out we have a friend in Ashtar. Remember, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true.
  • Ep. 13: We Wanted to Believe – Towerbot give some advice to the lovelorn that will most likely go terribly, spectacularly wrong. Kentucky Slim finally moves into SimCity, and The Repeater, recently scarred by a movie released last year, retreats to a television show secretly celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, The X Files.
  • Ep. 12: Cold, Dark Nothingness – We go just a tad dark as we talk about Jedi marriage and nihilism, machines heading out into the inky blackness, mass suicides, mass hysteria, and a host of other uplifting topics. Also, information on how you can see us live at a local upcoming event. If you dare.
  • Ep. 11: White Smoke Flowin’ – Towerbot discovers a new hero and a talent for rap, then we talk about people freaked out by a strange animal washing up on a beach, we discuss kickstarter, and on the occasion of the new Pope, the Repeater the about some, shall we say, less reputable men who have filled those robes.
  • Ep. 10: Bigfoot is My Co-pilot – Towerbot attempts to do the impossible, while we talk about the increasingly improbable, including Spontaneous human combustion, bigfoot co-pilots and signing on to play SimCity. Also, Kentucky Slim gradually increases his self-medication to fight a cold.
  • Ep. 9: ConGlomeration 2013 – We have a visitor! Sean Reck of ConGlomeration 2013, Louisville’s own multimedia science fiction and fantasy convention, stops by to tell us the whens, wheres and what it’s all about.
  • Ep. 8: Unclean! – Towerbot’s new hobby leads to wacky, possibly lethal consequences on this weeks episode. Will the crew escape the Grim Reaper’s icy grip, or will the show be renamed “Keeping up with Towerbot?” Only time and medical science will tell!
  • Ep. 7: Illegitimate Review – We look at some real end of the world stuff. I mean, ghost-hunting, pope-quitting, rocks-falling-out-of-the-sky kind of situations. Towerbot also drops some existential bombs in our Ask Towerbot section, The Repeater continues to get his geek hole filled, and there’s finally proof about Bigfoot. The only question is if it’s crap proof.
  • Ep. 6: iWash – We get an update on The Repeater’s MySpace adventure, and then go into other outdated forms of communications. Towerbot answers a question about the Tower’s emergency equipment we have unhand when our roughhousing gets too severe (a.k.a. when Towerbot hurts us too bad), and then it’s The Repeater’s turn to get his geek hole filled.
  • Ep. 5: In YourSpace – Daggor comes by to discuss the new director of “Star Wars,” along with his odd man crush on Josh Holloway. We also talk about the nature of fandom, how the bullies of “Glee” took it to the little guy, Towerbot kicks some knowledge, and the Repeater shows his social media “prowess.”
  • Ep. 4: Holy Flying Squirrel – After Towerbot pushes us off the microphone to answer a couple of your burning questions, we go over some hulk-able situations, examine the sea people and ponder the beginnings of the universe by questioning whether Dino from “The Flintstones” was a real creature.
  • Ep. 3: Three Fingers of Buffalo – We examine sending your job overseas, finding true love (or something) for the low, low price of three dollars, translating the untranslatable, and looking at the new world order (or conspiracy of your choice) threat lurking in your billfold — even as we speak.
  • Ep. 2: Not If, But When… – We strive to be proactive and go over a list of things to plan for before they happen. Topics include babies, aliens, the Super Bowl, pumas and a host of other eventualities. Remember – it’s not if. It’s when. Also, a call from Bigfoot Bob!
  • Ep. 1: Stumbling Out of the Gate – We kick off our 100th episode and our third season just like you imagine we would. Completely unprepared. We look at drug dispensing daughters, Twilight piddle, why spider-man has become a mexican soap opera and the exciting case of bigfoot in a box.