Why Do We Love the Zombie Apocalypse?

What can our obsession with apocalypse teach us? We explore how shows like The Walking Dead can be viewed as a new spin on utopia. Has the idea of rebuilding in the ashes of the world replaced our dreams of flying cars and jetpacks? Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on Why Do We Love the Zombie Apocalypse?

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 004 – The Balance of Life

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 004 – The Balance of Life

With Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, and Char Green-Maximo

Produced by Robert Mehling

Special Guest: Melissa Buffalo

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Art To Art: Anthony Withers

Native Hip Hop Spotlight – ALAS “Deathless”

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Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Char Green, Kat Stands, Melissa Buffalo, Butterflybuffalo, Parenthood, Trey Lane, Photography, Anthony Withers

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Sioux Empire Podcast 072 – Your Friendly Neighborhood Podcaster with Sarah Rhea Werner

Howdy neighbor!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew of Robert Mehling and Natasha Estes set out with Sarah Rhea Werner (Host of the Write Now Podcast and Forbes Contributor) explore what it is to be good neighbors.  Sioux Empire Podcast and Sarah Rhea Werner have officially learned that the best way to get along with your neighbors is to have dead neighbors.  Topics include:  Big Brother Mike Huether is watching you, or at least your lawn, and wants everyone to watch your lawn.  California boycotts South Dakota, South Dakota replies *shrug* meh. Robert makes an urgent plea to for people to be safe with fireworks no matter how cool messing with them looks on YouTube and does so by telling stories about how cool fireworks are… We cover the pros and cons to arming school staff.  And finally, we talk about neighbor etiquette in the 21st century.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is not nearly cool enough to have gotten locked in a graveyard while getting engaged.

Guest Host Sarah Rhea Werner, Forbes contributor and host of the Write Now Podcast.

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Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Sarah Rhea Werner, Write Now Podcast, Forbes, Mike Huether, Deliveries, Code Enforcement, TTassels Boycott, California, LGBTQ, Addoption, Dennis Daugaard, Discrimination, Puns, Tourism, Facepalms, Apartheid,  Politics, Emerald Ash Bore, Acts of Defiance, Fireworks, Drought, Popplers, Mellette, Armed School Staff, Police Videos, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, Problematic Norms, Man on the Street Videos, Wonder Woman, Glass Houses, Homeowners Association, Graveyard, Loud Lovers, Noise Complaints, WWI, rational adult conversation, neighbors, ghost towns, Memento mori, haunting, Tattoos, Sioux Empire Tonight, Girl in Space


Report thy Neighbor


Boycott South Dakota


Please don’t burn our state down


Armed school staff


Neighborhood Thunderdome in Sioux Falls

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Urban Indianz Podcast: Art to Art with Michael Saint Sanford from Checkmate Society

Urban Indianz Podcast: Art to Art with Michael Saint Sanford from Checkmate Society

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SEP071 – All About Joe Sneve

My how the tables have turned on The Sioux Empire Podcast.  This week the reporter becomes the reported as the Sioux Empire Podcast interrogation team (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) break down Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter Joe Sneve.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show.  The Sioux Empire Podcast always starts the answer to any question with “That’s a great question.”

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Story Tips Direct Line: 605-331-2318

Legislative Coffee Episode Referenced:

SEP070 - Read All About it with Joe Sneve

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Argus Leader, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, Joe Sneve, Political Science, University of South Dakota, Mike Card Ph.D, William Richardson Ph.D, William Anderson Ph.D, Eric Jepsen Ph.D, Elizabeth (Betty) Smith Ph.D, Al Neuharth Media Center, Vermillion, Main Street Pub, The Hills Have Eyes, River People, Dumpster Diving, Pamida, Writing, Alcoholism, Al Neuharth Scholars, Journalism Careers, The Future of Journalism, Journalism, Established Media, Source Development, Work Experience, Steve Young, Stu Whitney, Greg Gianforte, Mike Huether, SiouxperCon, Highway Pig, Sarah Burchard, Transgender Issues, Kansas, Nightcrawler, Legislative Coffee, Music, Motorcycle, Pearl Jam, John Thune, D-Days, Thomas Daschle, Alpine Valley Wisconsin, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Dave Matthews, Deftones, Radiohead, Print Media, New York Times, Sioux Falls, Boom Town, 5 year plan, Urban Indianz Podcast, Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Char Green-Maximo, Chaos Reigns, Ari Show, Dominic Wieneke

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Coyboy Bebop Live Action Series In Development

I’ll be honest, I have never been a fan of most anime. My white bread country upbringing usually kicks in, and I feel weird and lose interest. Even when the topic is something I like, and the animation is not too over the top, I’m still usually not interested. That changed somewhere around 2005 ish when I saw Cowboy Bebop on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for the first time.
This show brought a range of emotion and complication to anime for me that I had not known the medium was capable of achieving.

Set in a future where humans are scattered around the solar system in various colonies and stations, Cowboy Bebop is an amazing exploration of loss, loneliness, and adulthood. All framed in a gritty lived in, believable sci-fi world the invokes the best things about shows like Firefly or movies like the first Star Wars films. I’d get more into the themes it explores, but I feel like YouTube’s Super Eyepatch Wolf does a better job of explaining this show’s greatness then I ever could.

Now, eighteen years after the final episode of Cowboy Bebop‘s iconic series, the crew of the starship Bebop is getting a live-action reboot on television.

Thor screenwriter and comic book veteran Chris Yost is adapting Cowboy Bebop for television, with Sunrise Inc. and Midnight Radio producing the series. The Cowboy Bebop anime debuted in Japan in 1998, and it quickly became one of the most popular series in the world. It was even the first anime to be broadcast on Adult Swim in 2001.

Conceived by Shinichirō Watanabe, Keiko Nobumoto, Toshihiro Kawamoto, and other members of the Sunrise animation team, Cowboy Bebop took place in a future where space was colonized by humanity after the Earth was rendered uninhabitable. The lead character was Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter (or a cowboy, as they’re called in this universe) who was joined on the Bebop by his teammates: an ex-cop called Jet Black, the deceptively youthful Faye Valentine, a young girl named Ed, and Ein, a hyper-intelligent corgi. The Cowboy Bebop live-action TV series will have to expand on the original story, which only had 26 episodes.

This makes me wonder how they would handle the end of the anime series since that seemed to me to be a very definitive end.

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Adam West, Star of TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Say it ain’t so Batman!

From The Hollywood Reporter

Adam West, the ardent actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic cowl of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died. He was 88.

West, who was at the pinnacle of pop culture after Batman debuted in January 1966, only to see his career fall victim to typecasting after the ABC show flamed out, died Friday night in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia, a family spokesperson said.

Goodnight caped crusader…

Adam West as Batman 1960

Adam West as Batman 1960 – Photofest

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Beef Products Inc. Has Beef With ABC News: “Pink Slime” Trial Begins

On Monday, both sides presented opening statements in what could become the biggest defamation trial in American history, the so called “Pink Slime” Trial.  All of it happening in Union County South Dakota. (Despite ABC’s repeated attempts to move the case to federal court) Beef Products Inc. (BPI) told jurors how a series of ABC News reports in March of 2012 about its product, officially called “lean finely textured beef” (LFTB) and dubbed “pink slime” by critics, is to blame for the loss of 75 percent of its business. ABC, in turn, defended itself with a scathing attack on BPI’s product while upholding the integrity of its journalism.

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The proceeding, expected to last a couple of months, is happening in Elk Point, SD. About five dozen people crammed into a makeshift courtroom in the building’s basement. The county spent $45,000 preparing this windowless courtroom with the expectation that army of lawyers and the national media would arrive.

Those who attended Monday heard two vastly different stories. BPI’s was one of entrepreneurship and destruction. ABC’s was about politics and secrecy.

Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney and a partner at Winston & Strawn, went first on behalf of BPI. He took jurors through the story of Eldon Roth, a man who had grown up in South Dakota, never graduated high school, and through his unique mind and expertise with machinery, had founded BPI and created “game-changing technology” to transform the meat industry. BPI’s product was at one point found in 70 percent of the ground beef sold in supermarkets. The company was moving 5 million pounds per week. And Webb presented this as a welcome development because consumers got a good source of lean beef at more affordable prices while also benefiting the environment thanks to fewer slaughtered animals.

Then, ABC came along.

“It took 30 years to succeed, and it took ABC less than 30 days to severely damage the company,” Webb told jurors.

On March 7, 2012, the initial report about LFTB was broadcast on ABC’s World News. The report featured interviews with two microbiologists and made what BPI contends were defamatory implications about the safety of its product. Subsequent reports that month, including one that featured an interview with a former BPI employee, would lead to the impression in viewer’s minds, BPI argues, that its product isn’t really beef — nor even meat.

“They ignored the proper name,” said Webb. “When you have a major news organization that is calling the product ‘slime,’ witnesses will say they can’t imagine anything worse. It connotes something disgusting, inedible.”

“It physically doesn’t look like slime,” argued Webb as jurors were shown a picture of LFTB.

Beef Products Inc. Has Beef With ABC News as "Pink Slime" Trial Begins

Beef Products Inc. Has Beef With ABC News as “Pink Slime” Trial Begins – Photo from Wiki Commons

The attorney acknowledged that the term wasn’t coined by ABC. It came from a 2002 email by Dr. Gerald Zirnstein, former USDA scientist who was one of the individuals interviewed by ABC News. But Webb asserted that the “pink slime” term got “minimal coverage” before ABC repeated it many times on air and to BPI’s supermarket customers when reporters at the network aimed to figure out who was carrying the product. BPI’s attorney would then lean on the USDA task force approving the product in 1992 in support of the proposition that LFTB was indeed safe and the product’s labeling showing protein and iron content for the proposition that LFTB was indeed nutritious. As for other elements like how LFTB is treated with ammonia, Webb framed it as something that’s routinely done in agriculture.

As BPI is a big company deemed by the judge to be a “public figure,” BPI also has to demonstrate so-called “actual malice” to win a defamation claim. What this means is that BPI needs to show that ABC’s reporters had an awareness of the story being false or exhibited a reckless disregarded the truth.

Webb presented ABC’s sources — Zirnstein, another ex-USDA scientist named Carl Custer, and “whistleblower” Kit Foshee, the former director of quality assurance and food safety at BPI — as biased individuals. He added that ABC and its correspondent and co-defendant Jim Avila had ignored “independent experts” who were willing to speak to the quality of its product.

In one story, Avila got on the phone with Dr. David Theno, who was a paid consultant in the agriculture industry. According to Webb, Avila hung up on Theno after hearing that LFTB was the safest component in ground beef. Theno thought the two had been disconnected. But Webb added that when Theno called back, Avila said, “Fuck you.”

“That’s what happens when someone tells ABC something different from what they wanted to hear,” said BPI’s attorney.

Webb ended his opening statements by contrasting what happened at the headquarters of ABC and BPI upon the announcement that the company was closing three of its plants after the fallout from the “pink slime” reports. Raising his voice in outrage, Webb said ABC staffers were congratulating each other in emails and “backslapping” each other. Lowering his voice with a solemn note, Webb talked about the press conference where hundreds learned they would be losing their jobs.

Becuase South Dakota is such a red state and a Trump state, ABC’s lawyers have been careful to angle their approach in a pro-conservative manner. For example, Butswinkas began a section of his opening statement geared towards all the reporting and commentary that preceded ABC’s by mentioning how Rush Limbaugh had expressed concern with how pink slime was being served to school kids and how the conservative icon had taken the government to task. Butswinkas made sure to mention how Limbaugh cited Custer and Zirnstein, too. The attorney added that the idea for ABC’s report was inspired by a story in the defunct web publication, The Daily, which Butswinkas added gratuitously was owned by the same company that owns Fox.

That Daily report, along with a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2009 exposé in The New York Times titled “Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned,” showcased how “the air of secrecy was already deflating” by the time ABC got around to it, according to Butswinkas. What’s more, the attorney said “the dam had burst” two months before March 2012 when BPI lost its three biggest customers — McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell.

But the real core of ABC’s opening statement was Butswinkas’ detailed review of the history and problems of LFTB based on BPI’s internal documents. Much of this has never been made public before and served as the reason for massive secrecy at the pre-trial stage. In sum, Butswinkas portrayed BPI’s product as maybe being far worse than ever advertised in the news. For example, the attorney spoke how the addition of ammonia changed the PH levels and how the product was treated with heat so as to resolve issues with bacteria including e. Coli and salmonella. But the problem, Butswinkas said evidence would show, was that the process was creating a nasty, musty smell and poor taste. So the PH levels were taken down again. When that happened, McDonald’s allegedly reported to BPI that its customers were getting sick, with BPI’s response being, don’t put too much of the product in your ground beef. On the day ABC’s report aired said Butswinkas, BPI’s product had a positive test for e. Coli.

Both sides will now present witnesses and evidence. BPI will first look to a marketing expert to testify about the reach of ABC’s so-called “campaign” to tarnish its product. The plaintiff plans to present findings from a survey about whether viewers got the impression that its product was unsafe, not nutritious, and not meat. When it is ABC’s turn, the network has its own survey lined up. Teased by Butswinkas, it evidently shows 102 out of 102 individuals preferred the visual of “traditional” beef to LFTB and 101 of 102 preferred the taste.

This whole case promises to be a national media rollercoaster with the Sioux Empire along for the ride. We’ll keep you posted here on as the case develops.

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This week: Alex has discovered the technology to make him car talk to him, Marvin is getting too hyped for Wonder Woman, and Garrett thinks 10 calories is a lot to handle. We talk this week’s books and remember Foes who were Forgotten.

0:00-9:50 – Intro (featuring spoilers from the Flash TV show and Deadly Class)

9:51-16:04 – Dept H #14

16:05-23:14 – Wonder Woman #23

23:15-33:55 – Deadly Class #28

33:56-41:20 – Captain America: Steve Rogers #17

41:21-48:27 – Infamous Iron Man #8

48:28-56:27- Kamandi Challenge #5

56:28-1:31:33 – Feature – Forgotten Foes

1:31:34-1:36:58 – End of the Show






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Chaos Reigns Ep 90 – Sioux Empire Film Festival Recap And The Return Of Twin Peaks

Sioux Empire Film Festival Recap And The Return Of Twin Peaks.

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