Mark Bland the host of the Q has been completely out of touch with why people in the South, a major win point for Trump, voted so blindly. Always believing if he figured out the reasoning, that he could apply it across the board and get a better picture of how things happened. Then the makers of SERIAL, the podcast, did a new one called "S-Town".
S-Town was brought to Mark's attention by the website VOX.com and it focuses on an eccentric man from a small town outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama named John B. John calls up NPR and This American Life to come do a expose on his town and a murder that happened there (we won't say anymore for fear of spoiling). It's a great podcast but Mark caught something in the show and when he heard it, it literally was a "gotcha moment" politically for him. The Fuck It Theory.
The Fuck It Theory explains it all in detail and Mark, along with producer Bobby and Jason Kull, break down the theory and discuss it's merits within the context of the 2016 Election. Plus Trump made his first Foreign trip to the Middle East and man did some weird Orb stuff happen. All this and much more on the new episode of the Q.
Producer Bobby is off for the week, so what was a three-way turns into a two way but that other member is a doozy. Andy Echele, former co-host, joins the show to talk with Mark about whats been up in his life.
This leads to Mark and Andy breaking down the St. Louis area for the people listening around the country and throughout the world. Mark brings up the fact that STL people tend to be riddled with bad attitude and the guys try to figure out where this attitude comes from. Is it upbringing? Maybe? Is it the water? Maybe?
Then the two tackle a special story out of the STL area about a mother and father sticking up for their kid at a local park...by pulling a gun. Mark poses this to Andy to find out who was in the wrong in his mind. Was the mother being overly protective or just out right lawless?
Finally, the discussion turns to Kim Davis. Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Court clerk who has persistently refused to issue gay marriage licenses, has asked the Supreme Court to hear her case. Mark and Andy break down the ill will she is throwing out there and figure if she is a worthless idiot or making a strong case for others. This in a weird way leads to a discussion about Motorcycle Riding clubs and their backgrounds, as well as their ranking system amongst each other.
In Overtime, Andy brings up Umar Lee and his mild dislike for people within the STL community in the past year taking sides on racial inequality. They discuss the value of racial inequality in the area and a recent story regarding neighbors not getting along because of loud dogs (go figure in STL).
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After a hiatus to better their lives and take a few week vacation, Mark and Bobby are back with author Matt Murphy to discuss Matt's upbringing in trailer parks and foster homes in North Eastern Missouri.
Next, Mark announces a huge opportunity for the Q as they have been tapped to broadcast throughout South Africa on CliffCentral.com . Bobby takes to this news to heart and decides he wants to start speaking in the native tongues of South Africa.
Next up is the topic of this week. NFL player James Harrison decided that he was going to give back his kids participation trophies from their local sport teams. Kurt Warner, former STL Ram, also supports James thoughts on this decision too. This brings us to the Q and who would accept a participation trophy or not. Mark and Bobby get into a heated discussion because Mark refuses to just throw every parent that has no issues with Participation trophies under a bus.
Finally there is Overtime, where a man with a donut fetish writes into the show to get good advice on whether he should seek the help of a doctor or let the Doctors of Love on the Q give him sound advice.
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The Q is a worldwide leader in opinionated talk/discussion and it is proven again when we welcome a fan of the show and guest from Russia, Vitaly (and his wife) to the show to discuss the differences in Russia and the USA. Vitaly is quite timid at first hoping to not sway the boat and say anything that might make Putin hate him....but before you know it, he calms down and spits that beautiful Russian Language.
And there is irregularity afoot when Mark walks in on Bobby doing food prep for his Rollin Around Egg Rolls and realizes that he puts onions in the Chicken Teryaki??? No one puts onions in Chicken Teriyaki except Producer Bobby! This becomes a running theme on the show as Mark asks Vitaly to back him up....but it doesn't go well.
Finally, its been a while, but the guys are ready for the next Tournament of Pop Culture. This time around they break down 32 GUY MOVIES to find the absolute best Guy movie of all time. Could it br Rocky, Predator, Goonies, Godfather or one of the others...we don't know, but we guarantee if you listen you won't turn it off as you see why the tournament breaks down the way it does. Eventually the guys crown the best guy movie and its a weird twist!
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For the first time in a while, HD Reeves steps back into the fold and onto the Q as our esteemed guest. The comedian brings his strong wit and comedy but he ain't prepared for the ranting that Mark goes on. And all done live once again for the Periscope on Twitter an worldwide.
Mark recieves a letter from someone chastizing him for talking about his Twitter verification and how he thinks he's "Hot Sh-t" now talking about it on the radio show. Mark decides to put everyone on point with the help of Producer Bobby and HD, and he lets the masses know that he is better than them (he kids...or does he). And, this individual who calls Mark out is a Podcaster....not a broadcaster, which just opens back up that can of worms that has been discussed on the show before.
Next up, Mark decides to broach the subject of body odor with two heavy set males and discuss the finer points of grooming when you are a bigger person. This leads to the national story of Jared Fogle of Subway Sandwich fame getting his house raided by FBI on the heals of a potential child pornography charge. The guys discuss the seriousness of the charges and whether they believe that Jared could do it at all. HD is merciless in his attack of the subway spokesman.
Finally, HD came in with questions. On the backside of recent stories in the media about flags and racial tension, HD wants to know where Mark and Bobby stand on the issues and give his two cents about them too. Mark brings up his grief poaching argument and the need for minorities to gravitate towards making a bigger deal out of past transgressions than the people that were affected in past did.
All this and much much more on this episode of the Q!
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First up, Kevin Harvell of STL Tech Talk and Tech Informist joins the show to discuss tech and phones and Producer Bobby's love of hating the iPhone (errr wait....yep thats sort of correct). But he also jumps in to give his opinion on the big story out of McKinney, Texas (Dallas) where a pool party goes awry and the police are called in. All of which is fine as long as you are not one specific cop and his Lethal Weapon-esque style all caught on camera. The guys discuss the implications and the racial inequality discussion that came out after the fact.
Then we switch gears and talk with Gerogia Page calling in from Australia. Georgia put on the black and gold for Lindenwood Unversity (Mark's Alma Mater) and played Womens Rugby....which eventually led to her showing how dominate and tough she is through ESPN replaying her clip over and over in their Top Ten plays. Georgia takes a massive hit and keeps on trucking. We talk with her about the sport of womens rugby and Vegemite.
Finally Mark goes all in discussing soccer in the midwest and specifically the attitude of fans in 2015 with regard to soccer in the US. This brings up the attempts by some to bring Soccer back to prominence in the STL and Mark hits them all with a strong dose of reality only he can deliver.
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Its edging on Memorial Day 2015 and Mark/Bobby decide to lighten up on the politics for a bit. Not much really going on in it and Mark gets side tracked when Producer Bobby starts to break down his family tree and teach Mark about his heritage. Bobby hasn't had the easiest life as Mark and everyone will come to find out. And all of this because he explained he had a birthday party for his daughter that Mark and his family were in attendance at.
Then Mark decides to breakdown his own personal car story that he has been dealing with for the past week. Mark bought a part, thought he didn't need it and then ended up needing more. Typical trial and error type car fix that goes awry fast. Of course this brings up some famour car stories from Bobby and Mark, including some stuff with lemon laws.
Finally one of our co-hosts made a decision regarding his career and it bring about some discussion of things Mark and Bobby gave up when they were forced too. Basically unpleasant decisions and how they affected their lives.
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Audio issues aside, we are rolling forward with the Q each week! On this epsiode of the show, Mark and Producer Bobby discuss the current situation of the shows syndication and why they are having problems finding a new home in STL.
From there the two radio veterans delve into the idea behind the United States and the education system as it stands after a story about a college student suing the school cause her testing situation was a little unfair...in her opinion. This of course leads to a much deeper discussion about schooling and standardized testing. Whay are so many other countries ahead of us.
Then a story about an oil company out of control as they try to sweeten land deals with teen prostitutes. Multiple times! Eventually the topic turns to the skyline of major cities in the United States and why other countries have some amazing city skylines and how we are behind the times in so many things in the USA.
Finally DUBSMASH is the new app everyone is infatuated with and Bobby is becoming a Dub smash superstar. After that discussion, the two sit down for a game called most awesomest thing in the universe...its a website that compares two things and you decide which is more awesome. Find out the matchups and play along at home to find out what wins!
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Ever been in a fight? Ever thought, hey I could do this and win this fight? Well that's exactly what happened when an off duty police officer got into a back alley fight with another guy and decided to get a mouth full. This story leads to a huge discussion between Mark and Producer Bobby about what is and is not fair in a fight between men. Which side will you stand on in this discussion.
Next the two host didn't get a chance to explain out their experience at this years Roller Coaster Race. So Mark and Bobby talk about the return of the Polar Vortex Dan Walsh as well as some unique aspects of the event itself. Mark just can't understand how two people running can hear each other through their music and headphones, but refused/couldn't hear Mark asking them rudimentary questions while they were running. This plus all the fun stories of the event.
Finally Mark and Bobby go back to the topic of technology and how it can help people in 2015. The discussion is based off what Mark and Bobby would do as CO-PRESIDENTS of the USA. Find out all the fun things they would implement as the leaders of the free world and how far they would go to make your living experience in the USA the best it possibly could be!
Plus....Dorian Johnson, the Ferguson Police department and many other topics.
(we know the audio in the first 23 minutes is bad, its passable but everything after that sounds great...so please bare with us on the show)
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We as a society need to stop creating moments of hostility so we can soapbox in public for no reason other than our own voices. Well this is the main topic of the newest epsiode of the Q. In California, there was a situation going down and out of nowhere a lady starts filing the police and yelling at them for doing their job. Of course this leads to cumbaya songs and everyone happy.....right? WRONG! It leads to a phone being confiscated and destroyed, so we will discuss this further on the show.
Also, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to wage battle the first weekend of May in Las Vegas, but during his ramp up for the fight, Floyd claimed that he is equal to or better than Muhammad Ali. This of course takes everyone but Mark by surprise and the two discuss the virtues of Floyd and whether his background and merits have earned him the ability to make that statement.
Finally, its been a while and Bobby has upped his game as the two bring back the hot game of GAME ON/ GAME OFF. Both Mark and Bobby bring a couple APPS/Websites to get you familiar with and then Mark goes for the jugular singling out a section of society that tends to wear a specific look as if it is still cool.
All this and much more on this episode of the Q. Real Radio, Real Honest!
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