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Now that the LANDO project has been confirmed to be a movie, will Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo be in it? Is Lando going to serve as a sequel to SOLO? We talk about that and more, including our favorite final scenes in a Star Wars movie! The Resistance base is open to all, so please spread the word about our Star Wars podcast and join us! Subscribe free to the show on your preferred platform and join our Patreon for additional videos, streams, and more at patreon.com/resistancebroadcast.
Throughout history there has always been sidekicks. Whether it is Robin for Batman, Chewbacca for Han Solo or Piglet to Pooh, there are always sidekicks to help out. Do you have a sidekick? In particular, do you have a ministry sidekick. Everyone has a ministry and every ministry leader should have a sidekick. See how Paul's mentorship of Timothy can encourage you to have a ministry sidekick today. Share your stories, prayer requests, or your response to this devotional in the comments below. If you would like to know more about New Life, who we are, what we believe, or when we meet, visit http://newlife.church. Or you can fill out a digital connection card at http://newlife.church/connect - we would love to get to know you better!
Today's topic is going solo. No, we are not talking Star Wars or Han Solo. We are talking about spending some quality alone time in the most magical place on earth; how to do it right and do it memorable. MousekeMoms Podcast is sponsored by our friends at Kingdom and Cruise Travel. They can plan your perfect luxury family getaway and are experts in Disney Destinations. Best of all, their services are 100% FREE! Visit us on social media on Instagram at @mousekemoms_podcast or in our Facebook Group at @mousekemompodcast. MousekeMoms Podcast is featured on the Top 100 Disney Podcasts https://blog.feedspot.com/disney_podcasts/ For a transcript of today's show, visit https://mousekemomsblog.com/
Cinema_PSYOPS_EP422: Boz Tribute: Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 In the spin off of Star Wars it is now Life Day and Chewbacca needs to get home. Following the events of the original film, Chewbacca and Han Solo attempt to visit the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day”. They are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca's family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy. Legion Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/LegionPodcasts/posts Legion Discord: https://discord.gg/HdkpsK3CZv PocketCasts: https://pca.st/DGwk Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0PhshKRtKhh4ESfKhrer6s?si=7M_fLKDsRomBgiowA0WWOA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cinema-psyops/id1037574921?mt=2&ls=1 Android: https://subscribeonandroid.com/www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubGVnaW9ucG9kY2FzdHMuY29tL2NhdGVnb3J5L2NpbmVtYS1wc3lvcHMvZmVlZC8 iHeartRADIO: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-cinema-psyops-77894788/ Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/podcast/cinema-psyops/PC:60333 Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/cinema-psyops-24413 Subscribe By Email: https://subscribebyemail.com/www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Cinema PSYOPS Main page: https://www.legionpodcasts.com/cinema-psyops-podcast/ RSS: https://www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Join the FaceBook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1616282625298374/ Instagram: cinema_psyops The post Cinema_PSYOPS_EP422: Boz Tribute: Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 first appeared on Legion.
Cinema_PSYOPS_EP422: Boz Tribute: Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 In the spin off of Star Wars it is now Life Day and Chewbacca needs to get home. Following the events of the original film, Chewbacca and Han Solo attempt to visit the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day”. They are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy. Legion Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/LegionPodcasts/posts Legion Discord: https://discord.gg/HdkpsK3CZv PocketCasts: https://pca.st/DGwk Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0PhshKRtKhh4ESfKhrer6s?si=7M_fLKDsRomBgiowA0WWOA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cinema-psyops/id1037574921?mt=2&ls=1 Android: https://subscribeonandroid.com/www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cubGVnaW9ucG9kY2FzdHMuY29tL2NhdGVnb3J5L2NpbmVtYS1wc3lvcHMvZmVlZC8 iHeartRADIO: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-cinema-psyops-77894788/ Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/podcast/cinema-psyops/PC:60333 Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/cinema-psyops-24413 Subscribe By Email: https://subscribebyemail.com/www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Cinema PSYOPS Main page: https://www.legionpodcasts.com/cinema-psyops-podcast/ RSS: https://www.legionpodcasts.com/category/cinema-psyops/feed/ Join the FaceBook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1616282625298374/ Instagram: cinema_psyops The post Cinema_PSYOPS_EP422: Boz Tribute: Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 first appeared on Legion.
In this week's No Lowballers podcast by GoWild presented by GunBroker.com, we're talking all about imaginary pop culture firearms and what real guns they were built from. We open up talking about RoboCop's Auto 9 and how it's a fictionalized build of a Beretta 93r, one of Allen's absolute grail guns. Brad speaks on how the original plan for RoboCop's firearm was to be a Desert Eagle and just how much that would've changed the entire tone of the movie. Do you think the Auto 9 was the right choice or would it have been better if RoboCop used a Desert Eagle? Next up, Logan rolls us into the world of Star Wars and the amazing pop culture firearms that have come from the movies, but one sits atop them all…Han Solo's Blaster. Talk about a movie icon, there's not a much more recognizable movie firearm. Although not real, the DL-44 Blaster has an awesome backstory as an over the top firearm that was not standard issue. The DL-44 Blaster can actually be recreated in the real world with it being a modified Mauser C96. We circle around to the recent sale price of the real Modified Mauser C96 used by Han Solo in the Star Wars films with an estimated sales price between $300,000-$500,000. Can you guess what the actual sales price was? Closing out, Allen talks about the model 1917 revolver from the original Raiders of the Lost Ark movie, and what the average starting price for the auction is. Listen in to see where the auction starts! The show launches every Thursday morning. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more relevant, outdoor content! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this week's No Lowballers podcast by GoWild presented by GunBroker.com, we're talking all about imaginary pop culture firearms and what real guns they were built from. We open up talking about RoboCop's Auto 9 and how it's a fictionalized build of a Beretta 93r, one of Allen's absolute grail guns. Brad speaks on how the original plan for RoboCop's firearm was to be a Desert Eagle and just how much that would've changed the entire tone of the movie. Do you think the Auto 9 was the right choice or would it have been better if RoboCop used a Desert Eagle?Next up, Logan rolls us into the world of Star Wars and the amazing pop culture firearms that have come from the movies, but one sits atop them all…Han Solo's Blaster. Talk about a movie icon, there's not a much more recognizable movie firearm. Although not real, the DL-44 Blaster has an awesome backstory as an over the top firearm that was not standard issue. The DL-44 Blaster can actually be recreated in the real world with it being a modified Mauser C96.We circle around to the recent sale price of the real Modified Mauser C96 used by Han Solo in the Star Wars films with an estimated sales price between $300,000-$500,000. Can you guess what the actual sales price was?Closing out, Allen talks about the model 1917 revolver from the original Raiders of the Lost Ark movie, and what the average starting price for the auction is. Listen in to see where the auction starts!The show launches every Thursday morning. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.Check out the Sportsmen's Empire Podcast Network for more relevant, outdoor content!
Bond is back, and now he's cinema's horniest Han Solo! Star Wars crated a space craze (this was out at the SAME TIME as Alien), and even James Bond got swept into the stars! But will a very tacky entry in the Bond franchise hold up? More importantly, will Jaws find love? Kahmeela does NOT recommend that Depp/Heard nonsense on Netflix, Sean hangs out with old friends like THE BABADOOK, E.T. and FRANKENSTEIN, and Robin watched three Kings Kong!
Welcome to a new side of the galaxy—a very dark one. The Season 1 premiere of Andor (“Kassa”) is the grittiest Star Wars we've seen so far. Planets are ruled by corporations, sentient beings are for sale on the street, and people are just eking out a living however they can. Also, everyone in the show is already 100% fed up with Cassian Andor, which is…pretty great. In our recap, we talk about Cassian's role as a Star Wars rogue and draw parallels between other beloved intergalactic grifters—Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and Hondo Ohnaka. We also dive deep into class systems in Star Wars and make our guesses about how the Kenari plotline will play out. Want even more Growing Up Skywalker? This is a great time to sign up for our Patreon for bonus audio content! Timestamps: 00:00:00 Plot Overview 00:10:56 Cassian Andor Discussion 00:19:40 Exploitation and Class Discussion 00:35:00 Kenari and Star Wars “Village Stories” 00:46:50 Critical Reception 00:50:17 Bae Watch 00:58:15 End Credits --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/growingupskywalker/message
We return to From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi with a discussion of stories featuring the rancor trainer, Boba Fett, the “force kick,” Salacious Crumb, and Sy Snootles. In this fully armed and operational episode of Podcast Stardust, we discuss: Maliki's grand plan to raise a rancor and feed it a Jedi, Boba Fett's relief at seeing the end of Han Solo and his friends, The in-universe story of the legendary “force kick,” Salacious Crumb's life as a pet and entertainer for Jabba the Hutt, and Sy Snootles and her lack of satisfaction working for Jabba. Check out our coverage of earlier stories from From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi in episode 621. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Find Jay and her cosplay adventures on J.Snips Cosplay on Instagram. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.
Today we discuss Ambush at Corellia, the first book in the Corellian Trilogy. Han is taking his family to Corellia for a vacation before a major trade summit. Lando has roped Luke into his latest scheme. What could go wrong?
Okay, when I open this episode with "Recorded a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away" it turns out I'm a 1000% correct as this episode- where Paul, Kieran and I discuss Ron Howard's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'- was recorded allllllllll the way back in May 2020. Yep, this was one of our early pandemic recordings, recorded during the very first lockdown. So expect a couple of references (both Star Wars and otherwise) to be more than a little dated, but it's a fun conversation between three Star Wars fans who have lots of thoughts on this movie. Oh, and 'the sister podcast' mentioned early on- Easy Riders Raging Podcast- is now (in 2023) on it's 4th series, where we are talking about 1980s films, TV and music videos. Obviously our 1950s run is still available from all good podcast places.
In the vast cosmos of cinematic history, few stories have resonated as powerfully as the Star Wars saga. This 80's flick sequel is the third installment of George Lucas's space-faring epic and draws us back into a galaxy far, far away, where the eternal struggle between light and darkness reaches its crescendo. The saga continues with Luke Skywalker as he discovers the truth about his family tree and battles the treacherous Emperor Palpatine with the help of his brave companions, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and the faithful Chewbacca. While the Rebel Alliance entreats its final battle against the oppressive Galactic Empire, the movie captivates its viewers not only with its cutting-edge special effects but also by exploring the emotions and motivations of its characters. So, ready your lightsabers and remember to use the Force as we journey back to a time when the Ewoks danced, the new Death Star was vanquished, and Anakin Skywalker's legacy was ultimately defined as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Chris McMichen, discuss “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” from 1983 on this episode of the 80s Flick Flashback Podcast. Here are some additional behind-the-scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode: During filming, Carrie Fisher showed genuine concern for Warwick Davis' comfort, who had to spend long hours in a hot Ewok costume. She even went out of her way to bring him cookies and chocolate milk to enjoy during breaks. Davis fondly remembered her kindness, saying "She was everything an eleven-year-old Ewok could possibly wish for." Although Luke is a Jedi, he exhibits certain behaviors that might attract him to the Dark Side, including using Force-choking, getting furious at Darth Vader when he threatens to convert Leia to the Dark Side, and dressing in black. Additionally, his attack on all of Jabba's henchmen at the sail barge could suggest signs of being drawn to the Dark Side. Nevertheless, even though Yoda instructed Luke that Jedi never use their powers for aggression, the original novel implies that attacking is acceptable only when a Jedi is outnumbered. Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo We would love to hear your thoughts about our podcast! You can share your feedback with us through email or social media. Your opinions are important to us and we'd be grateful to know what you enjoyed about our show. If there's anything we may have missed or if you have any suggestions for an 80s movie we should talk about, please don't hesitate to let us know. You could also show your support for our podcast by becoming a subscription member through "Buy Me A Coffee". For more details and other awesome extensions of our podcast, please check out the following link. Thank you so much for supporting us! https://linktr.ee/80sFlickFlashback --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/moviviews80sff/message
This week on the Uncharted Podcast, practice management geek Stephanie Goss is joined by a very special guest, former practice manager and author of the new AAHA press book Lead to Thrive - The Science of Crafting a Positive Veterinary Culture, Josh Vaisman, MAPPCP (PgD). Josh believes all veterinary professionals deserve to feel fulfilled by their work, each and every day. Through his company, Flourish Veterinary Consulting, he combines more than 20 years of veterinary experience, a master's in applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology, and education in Positive Leadership and Positive Organizational Scholarship and a passion for guiding leaders to cultivate work environments in which people can thrive. Fun fact – Josh is also an avid beekeeper who teaches beginning beekeepers how to tend to their buzzing buddies. Josh and Stephanie are looking at Josh's new book through the lens of his practice management road and the journey he took to becoming a positive leader and force for good in our field. They talk about their own success and failures in an unflinchingly honest and vulnerable way. Let's get into this... Buy Josh's New Book - Lead to Thrive here (AAHA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED TO BUY!) NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPACT OF A POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP - The Wright Brothers. Venus and Serena. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Okay, that last one was (far) far-fetched… but there's no denying that all of these rockstar duos made a lasting impression on us. They innovated, discovered, experimented, and explored the unknown, all to leave the world a bit better than they found it. Veterinary practice leaders can form powerful partnerships just like these. Collaboration in leadership might sound simple, but for any of you that do it on a regular basis, you know it can be anything but easy! Every partnership (like every veterinary practice) is unique and faces very specific challenges. To be successful, you must identify your strengths and weaknesses as individuals and as a pair. By working to further your skills within your respective role, then coming together to work collaboratively with your partner, you can quickly break problems down into manageable pieces and move forward as a team. This December, The Practice Leaders Summit is here to infuse the powerful veterinary partnership of practice owners and practice managers with renewed energy and understanding. You both want a strengthened foundation to guide the practice (or practices!) you lead so that it can continue on to future success. Sign up today! Upcoming events: unchartedvet.com/upcoming-events/ All Links: linktr.ee/UnchartedVet Do you have something that you would love Andy and Stephanie to role play on the podcast - a situation where you would love some examples of what someone else would say and how they would say it? If so, send us a message through the mailbag! We want to hear your challenges and would love to feature your scenario on the podcast. Head over to the mailbag and submit it here: unchartedvet.com/mailbag
We're bringing you some of the very best from the archives with our summer series "As It Happened: The Archive Edition." This episode is a "Family Affair" which features a mother-daughter duo who created a life-size bread sculpture of Han Solo, a man who was getting ready for his wedding at the local dump and much more.
What A Piece Of Junk! The FPNet Star Wars Show Episode 123 Star Wars Ahsoka predictions and history Watch the video version of this show on the Fandom Podcast Network YouTube Channel Here: https://www.youtube.com/@FandomPodcastNetwork So just who IS this Ahsoka girl and where did she come from? Before we all try to become experts on everyone's favorite Togruta Jedi/Padawan/Snips the guys welcome Derrick back aboard the Drunken Gungan and discuss where Ahsoka came from, where she's been and where she's going in her new series. Is she simply a marketing ploy that grew out of control? Dave Filoni's pet project? Or is she already an A-lister Star Wars character the likes of Darth Vader and Han Solo? Then the team discusses a new Top Ten list for Star Wars found online with the Top 10 Star Wars characters ranked by on-screen kills! Who's top of the carnage pyramid? The answer may surprise you! What A Piece of Junk is THE podcast on the Fandom Podcast Network dedicated to covering everything Star Wars. From the original Star Wars trilogy movies, prequels, sequels, Legends canon, Disney's acquisition of Star Wars and its products, and all the fan favorite content out there, we have you covered. So please make sure to stop on over at your local cantina, grab a drink, cozy on up to your favorite alien (or droid), and get ready to talk Star Wars! What A Piece Of Junk / Fandom Podcast Network Contact Information: -What A Piece Of Junk a Star Wars Podcast audio podcast master feed: https://fpnet.podbean.com/category/what-a-piece-of-junk-a-star-wars-podcast… - What A Piece Of Junk a Star Wars Podcast Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhatAPieceOfJunk/ - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Twitter: @WhatWars Fandom Podcast Network Social Media links. - Fandom Podcast Network Audio Master Feed: https://fpnet.podbean.com/ (The FPNet is on Podbean app) - Instagram: @FandomPodcastNetwork - Twitter: @FanPodNetwork - Fandom Podcast Network is on all major podcast platforms. - Facebook: Fandom Podcast Network: https://www.facebook.com/Fandompodcastnetwork/ What a Piece of Junk Star Wars Podcast Hosts & Guests Contact information: - Scott Baughman on Instagram: @darik_grey - Nathan Miracle Fandom Podcast Network Tee Public Store: Please support the What A Piece Of Junk podcast and the Fandom Podcast Network by visiting our TeePublic store, while wearing your favorite show logos with pride! Tee Public Store: https://www.teepublic.com/user/fandompodcastnetwork
Since 1997, the debate has raged on as to who shot first in the now-infamous Cantina scene - was it Han Solo or was it Greedo? We look at the changes to the scene, George's reasonings, the actor's thoughts, and the general madness of it all. We also take YOUR thoughts, answer some naughty Patreon questions, and end on a Greedo-themed game...To join the Star Wars Sessions Fantasy Football League, use the link https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/rig7fc to enter your team!For all your Sessions needs, head to starwarssessions.co.uk // Find and support us on PATREON at patreon.com/starwarssessions // Don't forget to rate, review, subscribe, and share! You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and all the socials so come talk the Wars with us! We post polls, questions, and thoughts on both socials, and the results/comments are featured on the episodes as well // Send your voice messages to email@example.com and we'll get them on the show // Catch the show on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, and all good podcast platforms // Thanks again for listening – your continued support is so appreciated by us.MTFBWY. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ian and Don saddle up and head West for a revealing look at Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo!Yes, this is a John Wayne movie, but the 1959 epic about outnumbered lawmen in a small town beset by hired killers is as much a showcase for its supporting talent as it is for the Duke! Angie Dickinson makes her big screen debut as a traveling con artist who falls for the top-billed stoic lawman; Dean Martin co-stars as Wayne's alcoholic former deputy; and teen heartthrob Ricky Nelson shows up as an utterly mesmerizing cross between a wet-behind-the-ears Elvis Presley and Han Solo!In this spoiler-filled review, the guys dig into their history with Westerns and revel in the ideas and delivery that set Rio Bravo apart--including its unexpectedly stark look at the ravages of addiction.They also make the case for Rio Bravo as a great companion piece to Barbie; appreciate character actor extraordinaire Ward Bond; and explore the wonderful world of the "Free Blockbuster" movement!Show LinksWatch the Rio Bravo trailer.Order Rio Bravo on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, now available from Warner Bros. Home Video.Watch Earth's Mightiest Critics' round table review of Barbie (mentioned in the show).Watch Ian and David Fowlie of Keeping it Reel review "The Cavalry Trilogy", starring John Wayne (mentioned in the show).Follow The Elmwood Park Free Blockbuster on Instagram.Get educated with Don Shanahan at Every Movie Has a Lesson……and Film Obsessive...and the Cinephile Hissy Fit Podcast.Subscribe to, like, and comment on the Kicking the Seat YouTube channel!
Today we discuss The New Rebellion. Kueller and Brakiss are out to destroy the Skywalker twins and have a deadly scheme that starts with bombing the Senate Hall. Luke, Leia, and Han all set off to try to stop their reign of destruction.
There are some topics Star Wars fans seemed destined to debate forever. We are taking on a few random ones in this episode of Podcast Stardust. In this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss: Who shot first? Han Solo or Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina? What is the best version of the saga films: theatrical, special editions, Blu Ray, or Disney+? Did Darth Vader recognize C-3PO when there were in Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back? Do only the Sith deal in absolutes? Was Jar Jar Binks secretly a Sith Lord? And What does “balance” actually mean in the context of “balance of the Force?” Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Find Jay and her cosplay adventures on J.Snips Cosplay on Instagram. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.
Eddie Pence joins us to discuss his Wikipedia page, Bean's immediate love for him, toilet paper jokes, his next special, Foursquare, his early relationship with Ralph Garman, signing up for The Ralph Report in a Han Solo costume, one of the last Kevin and Bean interviews on Swings and Mrs., Davey and Goliath, forming opinions on the fly, a Dave Matthews impression, showing Colton film classics, and the adventures of a Universal Studios chaperone! Eddie Pence's website Follow Colton on YouTube --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/quitters-never-give-up/message
This week, we dip our Grapes into the seventh episode of Scene It Through The Grapevine with Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens! Let's take a deep dive into Kylo Ren's pleasure chamber, run around in underwear and our adopted dad's jacket, and keep trying to get Phasma angry enough to step on us! Join us on the Grapevine as we awaken the force together!Join us on Patreon for future secret content!https://www.patreon.com/NerdGrapevine?utm_campaign=creatorshare_creator--------------------------------------------------We have merch now?! Come get some!https://redbubble.com/shop/?query=nerd%20grapevine&ref=search_boxhttps://best-friends-tiny-inc.creator-spring.com/We play games on YouTube! Check out Grape Flavored Gaming on our channel at:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRaJm1AyH0NnQR2J1GcSdtgCome join the Backyard Bonanza in our Discord:https://discord.gg/QND8pNasHA--------------------------------------------------Theme Music:Jeremy Blake - Powerup!Technical Difficulty Music:Kevin Macleod - Local ForecastNerd stuff and farts this episode:Jedi, movie critique, The Force Awakens, Han Solo, Leia, Luke, Rey, Finn, Poe, cinematographySupport the showAnd remember, when life gives you grapes...
The issues and circumstances that led to the current writers and actors strikes -- with corporations devaluing the creativity, expertise, and contribution of workers – mirrors what is going on in the larger labor market, whether you work as a traditional employee or self-employed. In this episode we talk about how this touches our solo PR world and what to do about it. Transcript Michelle Kane: Thank you for joining us for this episode of That Solo Life, the podcast for PR pros and marketers who work for themselves, people like me, Michelle Kane, with VoiceMatters and my ever wonderful co-host, Karen Swim of Solo PR Pro. Hi Karen. How goes it today? Karen Swim, APR: Hello, Michelle. I'm doing good. How are you? Michelle Kane: Good, good. Rolling along. Can't believe we are looking at the end of July. It is wild. Ugh. Karen Swim, APR: Wild is a huge understatement. Yes, I am very much looking forward to getting on the other side of this and hopefully recapturing in August as a little bit of me time. Michelle Kane: I agree, and that's usually how it goes. I don't know why I am surprised that I'm feeling this way because just the way the work cycle goes, there are things happening, things going on, and why everyone's out and about, you know, hanging out on the beach and enjoying the boardwalk and things. And I'm just like, yeah, yeah, yeah. Later, later, later. And then by the time I'm there in August and September, they're all, back to school. I'm like, stinks to be you, . Karen Swim, APR: Well, you know, it's interesting because in my industries that I work with, typically this is a quiet time. Everybody is on holiday, they're away. And summer is quiet and then it ramps up hard in September. This year, you and I have joked and I said that I feel like my life is a grocery cart running, going downhill, and I'm chasing after it, and I just can't run fast enough or long enough to catch it. I just can't. I've never been so far behind in stuff. There are people that have emailed me that I haven't answered. If you're listening today, sorry, it's not personal. It's just I can't catch up. And every day I go back and I do something that I'm neglected. Okay, that's one of the hundred things that's hanging out there, but yay , Michelle Kane: It has been a little bit like that. Yeah. I think just the way certain projects have happened, there were a couple that I thought, oh my goodness, you know, when is this going to happen? And now it's like, Ugh, now what's happening? Karen Swim, APR: Now it's happening and now it's blinking on and on and on. That's another part of the story. It's like, can we just end this? Like, is this ever going to be over? Are we ever going to be done with this? Michelle Kane: Yeah, I know. I know. But then I also know that me personally, like, yes, I like summer, but I also like summer spaces not during peak season. So I'm definitely a spring and fall summer girl, if that makes sense. Like catch me in May, catch me in September, then I'm ready to do Summer. Karen Swim, APR: . I'll tell you, I'll take summer whenever, however I can get it. It'll be nice to just have days where the weather is decent, it's not storming, and we can actually outside. I don't know. That would be my ideal day. Michelle Kane: I think that is a big part of it, because where we both live, Canada keeps blowing smoke in our faces and that's an issue as well. Karen Swim, APR: Now we're stuck indoors. Any new TV shows? Michelle Kane: Yes. So actually our point, we did not just come here to moan about our to-do lists or the weather, but as I'm sure most, if not all, of our listeners know, there are a couple of strikes happening. Certainly the WGA, the writers have been on strike since May and now SAG/Aftra, the actors, have joined them in solidarity and they bring some very important points to the table about compensation and the value of their work so we're going to talk about that and also about how this affects some of us, because certainly a lot of comms pros work in the industry or even work in segments that intersect with the industry that a complete work stoppage is certainly affecting. But you know, the SAG/Aftra union is bringing to the fore the issue of it, basically, it's not the 2%. It's not Tom Cruise that's suffering, it's the working actors, the, I forget, what did they say? Is it 13% of their union qualifies for health insurance? Karen Swim, APR: Which I mean, so yeah. Let's frame this. Michelle Kane: Yeah. Karen Swim, APR: So even though these are unionized workers, I think the broader issues hit the entire labor market including people like us solos, because at the core of this is how do you value people and the creative and intellectual talent that they bring to the supply chain of their output. And there's such a huge disparity when you see - so writers have to earn $26,000 in order to qualify for healthcare. So just keep that in mind. $26,000, that seems like a very small number. So you have that, but then you have these heads of studios making 192 million. They definitely have healthcare and all of the benefits, and I'm not, this is not a rant against millionaires, but it is something that we're seeing play out across the spectrum. And when you throw automation into it, which is a part of their negotiations as well, they want to be protected from - I would label it as the unethical and inhumane use of artificial intelligence because I'm a technology fan, I love innovation, but innovation is not a replacement for human beings. It's something that can help human beings to work more effectively. And yes, there are some jobs that will go away, but other jobs will be created. We've seen that over history. However, we PR people are also creative people. How many of us recently have had people believe that our work or expertise doesn't deserve, first of all, the amount of money that we charge, they don't see the value. And then how many of them are replacing the writing portion of our jobs? You're thinking that they can replace the writing portion with AI. So the writers are standing against this, but it's this mentality that scares me because you have things like the actors, one of the things that came up in the actors strike is that studios wanted extras to sign away the rights to their images for life forever in perpetuity. Michelle Kane: For $200. For $200. Yeah. Karen Swim, APR: And in many cases it's less than $200. So you have an extra that goes onto a set. And if you've never been an extra, it's a fascinating experience, particularly if you're trying to break into the industry. Yeah. If you want to break into the film industry being an extra yields, tremendous benefits, it's like, it's akin to internships where you get to be in this environment in which you want to work. You learn things, you learn about the different roles. You learn about how the set works for writers. This also is happening where you're taking away this environment of learning and development because with the writers, they have these things called mini rooms, which means that those writers are not even getting to interact with the rest of the show. So they're not getting to interact in a way that traditionally writers' rooms have happened. And so you're limiting their ability to see the whole picture and to learn and to grow professionally. And so, Michelle Kane: Yeah. And to do good work because if you have a room full of 12 writers of varying degrees of seniority, I mean that's where the good stuff happens. If you have your four core senior writers and oh, okay the others are going to come in on Thursday… Karen Swim, APR: Yeah. Well the mini rooms just happen within a bubble. They're not interacting with all of the people that the traditional writing rooms get to interact with. And you're not learning about the things, of how your content works on set. And so, again, this is not just about diminishing it, it is diminishing it, it's a value proposition, but it also is bumping up against fear and greed from a certain sector. And we're seeing that play across corporate America as well as people focus on dollars and cents, are they devaluing what humans bring to the table, the creativity and the intellect that we have to offer. And so, you know, I think that, that we all have to be aware of, yes, this is a union, whatever you think about unions, whatever you think about Hollywood. But these issues mirror what's going on in the larger labor market. And yeah, anything that happens in the labor market is going to affect every human being whether you work as a traditional employee or you're self-employed as we are. Michelle Kane: Yeah, it's true. It's true. And you know what? Those that are making these, what I would call shortsighted decisions, if they pull back and realize, okay, that might make your next couple of quarters really sing and look fantastic, but how's this going to work for you 10 years down the road, 20 years down the, down the road when people don't want your product because it's not any good? And you know, I'm sure the few at the top, they're like, well, I'll just hang out on my yacht and it'll be fine. But it's, Karen Swim, APR: Yeah, Michelle Kane: I don't know. I mean, Karen Swim, APR: Imagine, as a viewer you are watching a TV show and it was filmed in Hawaii and you see the extras and you know, two months later you see that same exact scene manipulated by AI and like five other things. Is that fair to viewers? I mean, I think that viewers, you're also diminishing the intelligence of the people who watch these things, who consume your content. We are not stupid. We notice those things. And you know what? Extras, even though I sort of hate that name of extras, because I think acting happens without words as well, I think that they're vital to creating and setting a mood and a tone. We look at all those things. We notice it, we appreciate the depth and breadth of the, the entire creative process. And it is meaningful. So to somehow chop that up and say, it doesn't matter, we can just AI our way into this or we can AI our script. Michelle Kane: Yeah. Karen Swim, APR: Because machines are not human beings. And they can crank out words, but they can't crank out nuances, emotions, and personal experiences. If you've ever read articles about how scripts came together, about how ideas came together, about how an actor was in the moment and created something that wasn't on script, AI cannot do that. Oftentimes people developed entire series based on personal experiences or they bring something to their life, or you're in the writer's room and somebody goes, Hey, how about this? And then that, that reality makes its way into the creative process. Can AI do that? No, because AI is not a living being who's interacting with other human beings and has that to bring to the table. So yes, it's helpful in circumstances. Michelle Kane: Right. Case in point. So, the new Indiana Jones movie. They used AI to create a younger version of Harrison Ford. However, it was still Harrison Ford, 80-year-old Harrison Ford doing the acting. They had the luxury of having a catalog of all of his reactions from all of his films that he had done with that same studio. So, I don't know if you've seen him describe this, he said, they put the little dots all over his face and he still did the dialogue. But then they did the magic using him. So that's a great use of AI that came in really handy. It kept you in the story. What would not be cool is if they took that whole catalog of Harrison Ford and brought him back as Han Solo in a hundred years. And I guarantee he would probably haunt them. . Yeah. That's the last thing he would want. And honestly, it's just like you said, it's so cringy and unethical. Karen Swim, APR: Yeah. Imagine this, imagine that they did use this to create the next Indiana Jones movie and they paid him zero or they sent him a check for 4 cents. Because lots of actors and writers are receiving checks, residual checks for 4 cents. It costs more to mail the check than what you're receiving when you get something for 23 cents, 27 cents. Don't believe me. Go on social media. Follow the WGA strike hashtag and you'll get lots of information on the writers strike. So imagine as a public relations person, as communicators, we often write things. Can you imagine like somebody using you one time for something and then taking your work and profiting from it over and over and over and over and over again, rather than hiring you. Maybe they throw a bone your way and say, “Oh, we're going to send you 10 cents.” Because that's what they think it's worth. Michelle Kane: Yeah. I think recently Mandy Moore said that for a streamed episode of This Is Us, an incredibly popular, profitable show. Don't quote me on it. I mean, it was under a dime. So that is literally what they're renegotiating. They just want to be paid fairly. And I get it, we're in capitalism. The CEOs are beholden to their shareholders. They're beholden to make their shareholders richer. You'll still get rich shareholders, you will still get rich. In fact, you might get richer if you fund these creatives in a way. Yeah. I mean, let's face it, I think Tom Cruise in the last two years, and he's not my favorite person but in the last two years, he has been leading the way to get people back into movie theaters to keep that business going. Why? Because he knows it's good for everybody. And if they can't realize this, that funding good, creative content is in their long-term best interest, then that's just really sad and unfortunate. Karen Swim, APR: Well, another unfortunate trend that we're seeing play out in the labor market, and you know, again, this hits our industry as well, is that this, this reluctance to present people with professional development opportunities and kind of easing out those entry level people. So we're seeing this with the many writers rooms and not giving people a chance to advance their career. We're seeing it with the actors and the background actors. We also are seeing this in corporate America where people new to the workforce are not receiving training on how to work. All of these things, this is the same issue, played out differently across various industries. We need people entering professions. The reality of our life right now is that there are more open jobs than there are people to fill them. The entire global workforce has aged. There's a map out there somewhere that shows how this aging population impacts the entire workforce. We're getting older, the median age of US workers has risen. And so if we're not willing to train and we're not willing to give opportunities to people entering our professions, where does that leave us in the future? That's a little crazy. And it says to me, is this where we are right now? So we don't want to pay the people that have the experience. We want to take whatever we can from them. And then we want to, you know, use AI to like cover it up and do other things. But we also don't want to help people to do what we do. Like there's, there's a disconnect there. This is all going to come back and slap us. Michelle Kane: Bite us. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, and you know, at both ends of the spectrum, I think there's ageism at both ends of the spectrum. And what I'm seeing a lot is people applying for what they are told are full-time jobs and then once they're hired, they're only given part-time hours. Well, there goes their opportunity for health insurance, there goes their opportunity to make their living. I'm not saying it's all corporations, but some of the corporations who are bemoaning the fact that people don't want to work, well, they do want to work, they want to be able to provide for themselves. And I'm pretty sure even if you don't love your job, you still like the feeling of contributing to society even if you don't realize it. So if they're not provided the proper platform, like you say, with proper training, and that could be as simple as we know, Karen, everyone's talking about Gen Z, they don't know how to operate in an office. Well maybe, just maybe, you need to start a program to help that, to help nurture them, nurture their intelligence, you know, nurture the gifts that they bring to you. And if you say you're looking for full-time, hire them for full-time. Karen Swim, APR: The reality is I think that we need to, we as communicators also need to make sure that we're not playing into that narrative. And we don't allow companies to play that narrative because it's actually, it's erroneous. Gen Z, how do you learn to work unless people teach you to work, they don't teach you how to work in school. Education does not do that. No, education does not teach you how to live your life. Education does not teach you those subtle nuances about how to conduct meetings or how to participate in meetings or how to engage with your coworkers. Those are things that you learn on the job. And so I have seen a couple companies that are stepping up and coming up with training programs that are teaching these soft skills to younger workers. Unfortunately that's not being normalized. And it's to all of our detriment that there's not this investment in the next generation of workers. Because if we're not teaching them, how would they learn? They come up with their own rules that may not match what your expectations are. And then you get mad and you say, well, Gen Z's lazy. Well, they're really not. Maybe, maybe they're onto something. Maybe they're not willing because they live through the Covid years and they see how quickly our lives can shift. Maybe they're not willing to work 12 hours a day in an office. Is that being lazy or is that being smart? Maybe they've decided that, you know what? Work cannot be the number one thing in my life. It is a part of my life, but I also have this other life that I'm going to tend to. Is that being lazy or is that being balanced? So I think we're unfair to them as well. And, we hold some responsibility for that, which, you know, that whole generational thing is a topic that we'll delve into at some point on this podcast. But today it's all about workers' rights and how this is shifting and how it really does impact us. And from a practical standpoint that everyone can find accessible. What happens when the content creators go away? Because fall TV now has officially already been disrupted. So enjoy those reality shows and reruns because that's all we're going to have for a while. And you know, if you don't have people making movies, promoting movies, entertainment is going to stink. And, and that's going to affect jobs. I mean, yeah. I have friends that work on moving construction sets. They build sets. There's no movie making happening right now. They're not working. What about the people who clean the costumes? What about the food caterers? They're not working either. What about all of these people who normally buy things that can't buy things because they are not working? This is everyone's issue. And I know sometimes people get caught up in numbers, like, actors make so much money. Yeah. They really don't. Michelle Kane: Oh, they don't. And I'm glad to see those that are out there stating that fact that yeah, we're the, we are the lucky few. Karen Swim, APR: Yeah. Michelle Kane: And you know, even with the AI stuff, if they're trying to pull this with us, what chance do those who aren't at this point in their careers, what chance do they have? There's definitely going to be a ripple effect. And you know, look, unions have done a lot of good, they're not perfect. But if you enjoy your five day work week, thank your union. If you enjoy weekends, thank your union. Someone's got to draw the line because if we did not have them drawing the line, trust, the rest of non-unionized corporate America would be far worse than it is. Karen Swim, APR: Yeah, and the math is Right. Whether those people are in the union or not, giving a voice to these issues that I think we all need to be aware of. And I think one of the key things for us as communicators is understanding and protecting our own intellectual property. And standing strong for the value that we deliver. Because I honestly do see this, this environment that we're in currently that is wholly focused on economics with a shortsighted view to the value of communicators. So you see companies that you know, and this happens in economic downturns. What are the first departments to go? Marketing and communication. And we know that's problematic. Companies don't care. They only care about how those numbers look right now and moving forward for the future. And they, I think that at some levels of the company, they realize the steps back that they will take, but it's a risk that they're willing to accept. But again, our profession is also being devalued and media is definitely going through dramatic shifts as well. And so I feel like these issues that apply to Hollywood writers also touch the journalists that we interact with. Michelle Kane: Yeah, absolutely. Well, we've given you a ton to chew on this week. 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