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That’s So Method…Or Not

That’s So Method…Or Not

August 16, 2022

Daniel Day-Lewis. David Harbour. Marilyn Monroe. We recognize actors by name, and we admire their work. But how did they learn to do that? 

In this episode, we pull back the curtain to share some of the artistic influences behind famous screen stars. (And two not-so-famous actors, Candy and Ashley, share a few of their own influences and techniques as well!)

What advice helped make B.J. Novak into the director he is today? What is the Method Acting approach that some actors, like Daniel Day-Lewis, swear by? And why do others regard it as potentially dangerous? 

As an added bonus, we share a short interview with Dr. Jack Wann, whose career as a drama instructor and director has spanned more than 60 years, with the areas including high school, college, community theater, and 10 years at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

50s Music, High School Antics, and Celebrity Star Power = Greased Lightning!

50s Music, High School Antics, and Celebrity Star Power = Greased Lightning!

August 9, 2022
*This pre-recorded episode was scheduled for release today. We have decided to go ahead and air it in honor of the beautiful and talented Olivia Newton-John, who, sadly, passed away yesterday, August 8.

Olivia, we remain forever and always hopelessly devoted to you.  


Who hasn’t karaoke’d to a song from the ‘Grease’ movie soundtrack? 
From catchy songs like “Summer Lovin’” to the number one singles “Grease” and “You’re the One that I Want,” to the Oscar-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” the music from the 1978 hit movie ‘Grease’ resonated with the audience.


In fact, 44 years after its release, the “Grease” movie soundtrack remains one of the top 10 most popular of all time, based on sales data. Meanwhile, the film itself is still one of the top-grossing movie musicals of all time, as well as one of the most well-known. 


Be sure to catch this lively episode in which Candy and Ashley share interesting facts about the making and casting of the star-studded movie ‘Grease,’ starting with its origins as a stage play. The two also share their thoughts about why the film has been so beloved all these years, and weigh in on the controversial ending that has garnered increasing criticism over the passing years. This fun episode is the most… to say the least!

This fun episode is the most… to say the least!

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I Feel the Need for a Sequel… ”Top Gun: Maverick” and the Real TOPGUN

I Feel the Need for a Sequel… ”Top Gun: Maverick” and the Real TOPGUN

August 2, 2022

If the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 hit “Top Gun” took your breath away, you are not alone.  “Top Gun: Maverick” had already exceeded a billion dollars in worldwide box office sales by late June, boasts a 99% audience and 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and can be credited for influencing the sale of certain fashion items. (New sunglasses, anyone?)

But what about the real TOPGUN fighter weapons school that inspired it all– more formally known as the Navy's Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course? How did it start? How accurate is the movie’s depiction of TOPGUN? What does it really take to make it as a pilot…and as an instructor? 

From the facts behind the actual TOPGUN, to behind-the-scenes stories related to the fighter jet scenes in the sequel, to an extended Armchair discussion about what makes "Top Gun: Maverick" such a strong sequel, Candy and Ashley cover it all in this in-depth episode that will leave you saying, “Great Balls of Fire!”

“Six”:  Henry VIII’s Queens Spill the Tea on their Ex-Husband

“Six”: Henry VIII’s Queens Spill the Tea on their Ex-Husband

July 26, 2022

The premise of “Six,” the smash Broadway hit is this: 

Henry the VIII’s wives are in concert and ready to compete for the title of the queen with the most tragic circumstances. To win, each wife, a singer in this all-girl pop band, will tell her story through a featured song while the other queens sing back-up. Anne Boleyn’s song is called “Don’t Lose Ur Head.” 

Need we say more?

This fun, empowering musical reimagines history– referring to itself as a “historemix”-- and one way it does so is by modeling each queen after two current pop stars, called the “Queenspirations.” 

In this episode Candy and Ashley touch on the history of each of Henry VIII’s wives as compared to her representation in the musical “Six.” You’ll also hear the circumstances that led two college students to create this “global sensation,” and how they brought the musical –and these strong women, who tended to be downplayed or sometimes even vilified by history– to life.

”Chicago,” She Wrote - Part 2

”Chicago,” She Wrote - Part 2

July 19, 2022

Why did the author of the play Chicago spend her final years living as a recluse and wearing a black veil whenever she appeared in public?

How did a shy, religious, female journalist in the male-dominated world of 1920s Chicago end up creating the sexy, bawdy, controversial play in the first place?

And what happened after Beulah and Belva were acquitted? 

These are just a few of the many things you’ll learn in this fascinating Chicago Part 2 episode. You won’t want to miss these behind-the-scenes stories of the famous stage and film sensation and Maurine Watkins, the intriguing woman who created it.

All That Murder: ”Chicago” Part 1

All That Murder: ”Chicago” Part 1

July 12, 2022

CW: Adult themes/descriptions of violence

Gangsters, speakeasies, jazz, bootleg liquor, and “girl-bandit” murders…  

Chicago of the 1920s was the backdrop for the incredibly successful play Chicago, as well as the movies that followed.

But did you know that the violent slayings committed by the sexy residents of ‘Murderess’ Row,’ Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, were based on actual murders?

Listen to this intriguing Chicago Part 1 episode to hear the true crime behind two of the most well-known killings in film and stage history. If you thought the murders committed by Roxie and Velma were unbelievable, hold onto your fedora…

The Heart-Warming True Stories Behind “Come From Away”

The Heart-Warming True Stories Behind “Come From Away”

July 5, 2022

On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US caused 38 planes to be grounded in the town of Gander, located on the island of Newfoundland–often called “The Rock”--in Canada. 

A town with fewer than 10,000 residents suddenly found itself hosting 6,579 people, representing 100 different countries, along with 19 animals. When the passengers deplaned on “The Rock” after hours of sitting, scared and uninformed, on a stuffy airplane, each person was met with food… and a hug. And that was only the start of the Gander hospitality.

This episode explores not only the inspiring true stories behind the uplifting hit musical, referred to by one critic as “A celebration of the best of humankind,” but also shares how “Come From Away” was created, and the lasting impact made by 9,000 kind-hearted townspeople who reached out to embrace and befriend 6,600 frightened, hurting strangers.

Inside “Jurassic World: Dominion”: Jack Ewins on how a broken arm took him from superfan to ‘partner’

Inside “Jurassic World: Dominion”: Jack Ewins on how a broken arm took him from superfan to ‘partner’

June 28, 2022

This episode contains SPOILERS for "Jurassic World: Dominion" 

Jack Ewins, previous guest from our ‘Pod of Tea’ episode and host of the YouTube Channel "TerrorDome 3000," joins Candy and Ashley to discuss the final chapter in the “Jurassic” series, “Jurassic World: Dominion.”

Jack has worked on the website marketing campaign for the past three ‘World’ films. He gives the inside scoop on how a broken arm (plus one very well-timed tweet) snowballed him from a long-time super-fan to eventually being called a ‘partner’ in the ‘Jurassic' Journey.

Topics include MAJOR spoilers for “JW: Dominion,” behind-the-scenes stories, the backstory of how he and his team created the marketing videos found on, his feelings about the series ending, and his thoughts on where the Jurassic Universe could go from here.

Friend of the show and wife to Jack, Emma joins us toward the end of the interview to weigh in on just how much ‘Jurassic Park’ has affected her life, including the couple’s wedding vows!

Jack can be reached @ChaosEwins on Twitter or on his YouTube Channel

Support Jack's work by visiting the following sites:
(Mentioned during the interview -
Allosaurus: Devils Tower, Wyoming;
Baryonyx: United Kingdom;
Brachiosaurs: Finland:
T-Rex, Lake of the Woods, Oregon)


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This episode was executive produced by Candy Thomas and Ashley Raymer-Brown. A special thank you to Josh Martin, who wrote, composed, and performed the Scandal Water theme & other music, Matt C. Adams, who created the artwork, and Joshua Reith, who designed our website and provides ongoing technical support.

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Jurassic Park 1993: Spielberg Finds a Way

Jurassic Park 1993: Spielberg Finds a Way

June 21, 2022

With a plot centered around hungry dinosaurs on the loose due to a disabled security system, and the likable lead characters–including two young children– in mortal danger, the original Jurassic Park promised to be a hit.

But the 1993 film, directed by Steven Spielberg, had more than a strong plot going for it… as well as a few challenges. 

In this T-Rex-sized extended episode, Ashley and Candy take a deep dive into the movie that started the billion-dollar Jurassic Park franchise.

What was the real-life science that inspired the story? How did Spielberg juggle directing both Jurassic Park and another award-winning film at roughly the same time? How did the special effects team break ground with their use of both CGI and animatronics to create the film’s dinosaur visuals? Why exactly does Ian Malcolm have an open shirt when it’s clearly his leg that is injured? 

Listen in as we discuss these questions and so much more!

Jaws Part 2: Alcoholism, Script Rewrites, and the Lady in the Dunes

Jaws Part 2: Alcoholism, Script Rewrites, and the Lady in the Dunes

June 14, 2022

CW: Adult themes/descriptions of violence

Three weeks before the filming of “Jaws” was scheduled to start, Steven Spielberg still had no working script. Desperate, he asked his friend, writer Carl Gottlieb, to “eviscerate it.” And that’s exactly what Carl did, desperately writing most nights to stay ahead of the next day’s filming.  

This Part 2 episode delves into the many screen rewrites, character changes, and plot shifts that occurred throughout the filming of “Jaws.” 

From Quint’s USS Indianapolis monologue that had to be reshot due to Robert Shaw’s drunkenness, to the situation that saved a main character’s life, Candy and Ashley discuss these and many other behind-the-scenes stories. The two also touch on the famous “Lady in the Dunes” cold case speculated by Joe Hill– writer and son of Stephen King– to have a “Jaws” connection. 

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