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Katniss Everdeen: Feminist Role Model or Not?

As I said in Episode Ten this week, after years of hearing the hype and listening to my bibliophile friends rave and recommend, I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games. I trusted my friends when they said I would not be able to put it down but I was also too repulsed by the concept, (in a dystopian...

A Video A Day

We may be stating the obvious but here at the Charlie Tonic Hour, we really like music. Also, we really like our readers. But most of all, we really like sharing the music we love with our dear readers. If you were paying close attention, you have already noticed a new area of the site that went live late...

Meet Stitcher

One of our goals here at the Charlie Tonic Hour is to make it easy for you to listen to our show and that has us looking for new avenues to deliver our hour to you. Recently, we learned of a great app which allows you to listen to the Charlie Tonic Hour on demand on your smart phone or iPad. We invite you...

When Science and Science Fiction Collide

Dr Forge has a very interesting article over on the Pandoracon website that compares how antimatter is used in Star Trek versus how we are currently able to use it. There is more overlap between the use of physics on Star Trek the use of of physics in real world than you would initially assume. Penn State...

We Want Your Sex…y Songs

Loyal listeners to The Charlie Tonic Hour will remember that on Episode Six we requested that you send us suggestions for your favorite sexy song for a Valentine’s music segment to debut on Episode Seven. So here we are again, asking you to lay it on us. What music gets you in the mood? Do you like...

Remembering Hilly Kristal And CBGB

I’ll get to CBGB in a moment… For a few years in the late 80’s I was lucky enough to run WRFL 88.1 FM in Lexington, KY as a general manager and serve as an on-air individual. Within the station’s studio a lot of history was made, but those are stories for another time. This evening,...

Avatar: The Legend of Korra

  On Episode Six of The Charlie Tonic Hour we discuss an upcoming TV show that has both of Charlie and I excited. I have been a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender since I first saw it while visiting with a friend. Although this friend had kids who loved it, she herself couldn’t wait for us to...

Older Than The Internet

Age is such a funny thing. Every day we get a bit older yet, for me, it just doesn’t feel that way. I don’t think I’ve ever felt younger or more alive than I am right now. This podcast came at a good time in my life as I feel I have a lot to say, it lets me talk about a mix of topics and...

Can a Book that Turns you on Still be Great Literature? In Defense of Trashy Books

On Episode Five, Charlie and I gave our review of the best romance novel ever written: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. I also explain a little bit about why I have come to not only love the genre but also publicly defend it. It’s not easy for a woman who considers herself intelligent, well read, and...

1,000 Essential Comics with Charlie … The Quest Begins

There is a book on my library shelf that has been calling to me for months now. It is Tony Isabella’s much celebrated 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read. Running through its pages many times, I’ve found that it offers the reader more than just a walk down the hallowed halls of comic history, it actually...

Long Wait For Two Albums

This week there are two new albums arriving in just a couple days that I have yet to hear but are making me smile based on the simple fact that they exist. One, Old Ideas, is by Leonard Cohen and the other, Feel the Sound, is by Imperial Teen. In both cases, it has been far too long since I had new music to...

Quoting Tom Waits

“I’ve always been afraid I was going to tap the world on the shoulder for 20 years and when it finally turned around, I was going to forget what I had to say.” — Tom Waits, Speaking with Playboy Magazine in March of 1988 This easily goes down as one of my favorite quotes. It’s...

What do Spambots and Steampunks Have in Common?

  Both of them love The Charlie Tonic Hour! Ladies and Gentleman, Charlie and I wanted to take a moment before the weekend to thank all of our friends and supporters who have been with us for our first three weeks. The response has been better than we could have hoped for. As I am writing this we are...

Smart Cars and Wondrous Windows

With all the excitement coming out of CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Association’s trade show which just wrapped on January 13th, Ginny and I thought it might be fun to take a few moments to jump into some tech talk during next week’s episode. We plan to look at a few new devices and concepts that...

Punk: Attitude Is A Solid Little Documentary

Interested in checking out a solid little documentary? Ginny and I will be talking about a couple we watched recently on the Charlie Tonic Hour, but I highly recommend Don Letts film Punk: Attitude. I’ve seen it four or five times and ran into it again recently. Anytime I stumble across it, I end up...
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