Ultrasonic Alarm Call: The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Bebe Neuwirth

It’s Bryon! Bryon Burnett! In this episode, you’ll get to hear me totally blank on that name! But wily editor, Stephen Whitworth, covers my gaff by dropping an angry scorpion in my lap.

Don’t believe me? Listen to season two, episode twelve of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog‘s only Amaretto-themed podcast. It’s all there on tape. And by tape, I mean wax cylinder because that’s what we record these episodes on before digitizing them for the web.

Don’t like the sound quality? Don’t blame me. Blame Thomas Edison!

And why would I be trying to remember Bryon Burnett’s first name, you wonder? Because the day we recorded this was the same day the 2012 city election finally ended. And that was with the completion of the Ward 4 recount which re-confirmed that Byron Burnett will be the councillor for that ward for four years.

Don’t like the outcome of that recount? Don’t blame me. Blame Euclid for inventing counting!

We also talk about that Kal-Tire facility that will be built on the edge of the city. And there’s some ranting about buses. And we talk about the Ikea in Winnipeg. And ice on Mercury. And about NASA. And we talk about Star Wars again. And the new X-Men movie. And that’s it. But there’s another half hour content that will probably turn up here in a couple days.

And for the record, Aidan makes up these episode titles.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call s02 e12 – The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Bebe Neuwirth: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Stephen Whitworth and me. Runtime 40min and 3 sec.

Ultrasonic Alarm Calls: The Enemy Of My Enemy Is Bebe Neuwirth by Paul Dechene

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Come Back To The Five And Dime Brandon Tartikoff

In this episode, we discuss World Town Planning Day (which was November 8, the day this was recorded), we take one last look at the swearing in of our new city council and we discuss the Republican flameout in the American election.

Then, the new Modern Superstitions album. Steve and Aidan really like it. So much that Steve arranged for us to get a clip from it to include in the podcast. So, randomly inserted into our hilarious banter, you’ll hear the tune Bad Habit. It’s great!

After that, we devote the last half of the show to Shit We Haven’t Seen in which we talk about plans to once again adapt Tarzan for the big screen and the upcoming mangling of the Parker novels that stars Jason Statham and is coming out very soon.

Also, Star Wars Episode VII. Lots of talk about about Star Wars. And Disney. And George Lucas.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call, Season 02 Episode 11 — Come Back To The Five And Dime Brandon Tartikoff: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Stephen Whitworth and me. Runtime 48 min 35 sec which is kind of a miracle because the recording session ran an hour and a half. But I spared you the worst of our digressions.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Come Back To the Five and Dime Brandon Tartikoff by Paul Dechene

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Save Us From The Gin Monster

In this episode, we kick off a new segment called “Shane Is Baffled.” What is Shane baffled about this week? How to vote in the October 24 city election as it turns out. So, to answer Shane’s many questions, we interview Joni Swidnicki, the city’s chief returning officer.

Yeah. We don’t know how long this segment will stick around. But the interview is really informative and if you’re at all confused by or curious about changes to election procedures, this will answer your questions.

After that, prairie dog scribe, Katherine Norton, is in the podcast chalet to discuss the boundary commission that recently wrapped up its work in Regina. Why does Saskatchewan need urban-only ridings? Kat can explain.

Lastly, comics awards season recently ended and there were some big Saskatchewan winners (and one near winner). Shane has all the details.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call – Save Us From The Gin Monster: At the table, Stephen Whitworth, Shane Hnetka, Katherine Norton and me as guest host. Runtime 46 min. Music by the Lazy MKs.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Vote For Tarzan In Ward 3

On this episode of prairie dog’s official podcast we discuss the Regina city election, we ask questions about the stadium P3 project and we wish Tarzan a happy 100th birthday.

Prairie dog finally kicks off its election coverage on the Alarm Call where we dish on the candidates and opine about vote splitting.

Then, Tarzan is 100 years old. Or he would be if he had ever existed. In honour of his imaginary birthday, we look at the history of this iconic character.

Then, more on the stadium. Only, we look at the Public Private Partnership deal that the city hopes will get the thing built and find that we have questions, like…

Why has the city gone rogue and decided to ignore their own consultant’s advice? And why are they rushing this deal through when P3 experts across the country say go slow and do it right? And has the province messed everything up with their “dome ready” requirement?

Ultrasonic Alarm Call – Vote For Tarzan In Ward 3: At the table, Stephen Whitworth, Shane Hnetka and me as your fill-in host. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 37min 33 sec of podcast and maybe there’s 1min and 11sec of easter egg at the end and maybe there isn’t.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Parker Lewis Can’t Jump

In this episode of Regina’s most random podcast, we look at the new season of Doctor Who. Also, we talk a bit about the city’s purchase of land to the south east of the city and what it means for the housing crisis, if anything. Also, we have a new segment, Shane’s Secret Regina Spaces. In the inaugural installment, he tells us about the recent upgrades to the Rainbow Cinemas in the Golden Mile Mall and what it means for cheap movie viewing in the city (hint: It’s very, very good news).

Last, Steve gives us an update about what’s going in the next issue of prairie dog. Only, because I suck! this episode is going out a week late and so he’s actually giving us an update about what’s going into the last issue of prairie dog.

I need more time in the day! Then I could edit podcasts in a more timely fashion!

Ultrasonic Alarm Call – Parker Lewis Can’t Jump: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Stephen Whitworth and me. Music by the very awesome Lazy MKs. Runtime 32 minutes, 20 seconds. Our shortest ever!

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: We Gots Scads…

… of stuff, that is… to talk about this episode.

First up, city hall. What’s going on? Not much. Well, except for that stadium dealie thing getting through council. And the downtown plan bylaw getting to Planning Commission.

And then there’s the Olympics. Is anybody even talking about that anymore? It’s so 2012.  But we’re the throwbacks keeping that flame alive as we discuss a prescription to save Canada’s Olympic program.

Then, the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound list of the best movies of all time. We talk about that. And that leads — naturally — into a discussion of The Dark Knight Rises.

Then we end off with Aidan and his Tales of New York, which is where he was recently, attending the BlogHer convention on social media. President Obama spoke at this thing. And Katie Couric.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call – We Got Scads: In our ultraswank podcasting chalet, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka and Paul Dechene. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 47 min 32 sec.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: The “Rush That $300 Million Stadium Project But Not The Recycling Program” Edition

In this episode, we look at the city’s plans to build a new stadium for the Roughriders. Also, the Dark Knight Rises, we discuss it before we’ve seen it because we’re nerds and nerds are like that. And, The Amazing Spider-man, did Aidan like it? Do nerds like Mountain Dew? Yes they do. But Aidan does not. We also talk about the city’s recycling program and a failed attempt by Councillor Clipsham to restore some sanity to the thing. Also, my daughter Ada, who is six, makes a lot of noise in the background because she’s trying to find something to colour then she ends the episode with a review of Pixar’s latest, Brave.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call – The “Rush That $300 Million Stadium Project But Not The Recycling Program” Edition: At (or near) the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Ada Meagher and Paul Dechene. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 48 min and a second.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Heteronormativity

The plan this week was to talk about Prometheus (in light of Ridley Scott wrecking the Alien franchise with it) and the likely fate of Connaught school (in light of a report that makes it sound like the building is beyond repair and needs a good wrecking).

That was it. It was going to be a short, easy to consume episode.

But things went a little off the rails.

For a fuller list of topics, here are my show notes:
Prometheus and why it sucks
– blah blah blah, eldritch horrors
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer, why?
– Can Con suggestions for the “historical figures fighting monsters” subgenre
– Bruno Gerussi
the Amazing Spiderman
Moonrise Kingdom not coming to Regina, WTF?
Chipwrecked is gone, finally, Shane is happy
– Rainbow cinemas going digital!
Dark Knight Rises Imax event in Regina
– we blame everything on Jorge
Watchmen vs Before Watchmen, fight!
– and now we talk about a school board meeting and you get topic whiplash
– Glen Elm school vs Haultain — winner gets students, loser gets the wrecking ball
– Imperial school vs McDermid — same deal
– Connaught School, will it get torn down? (Yeah, very likely)
– the 21st Century classroom
– repurposing Mosaic Stadium as the ultimate open-concept school

And that was it. More or less.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call s02 e05 – Heteronormativity: At the table Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka and Paul Dechene. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 59 min 16 sec.

What Happens At Podcasts Typically Ends Up Here

Last night I hung out with Paul Dechene and Shane Hnetka to record the most rambling and nonsensical Ultrasonic Alarm Call yet. Mostly we sat around and further spoiled Prometheus for Shane. The photo below is a rare, behind-the-scenes image of Paul checking the microphone in our Chalet of Podcast (may or may not be located in the Alps).

paul at the mic

See? Clearly we’re doing some serious, Murrow-esque shiz up in this alt (bi)weekly. Good morning and good luck.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Blaze Of Glory

This week on prairie dog‘s “official” (in the most generous sense of the term) podcast, we take a long hard look at DC Comics’ “Before Watchmen” series of “comics”.

Then, special guest, Martin Gourlie of Regina Urban Ecology joins us in our ultra-ritz podcasting chalet to discuss this year’s Jane’s Walk.

Then Aidan recounts his adventures at the German Club’s Spargelfest and gives us a rundown of dinner at Simmer Hotpot Restaurant.

We also take a look at Joss Whedon’s Cabin In The Woods, and Aidan and I wind up totally spoiling it for Martin and Shane. Ha ha. We’re such jerks.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call — Blaze Of Glory: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Paul Dechene and guest, Martin Gourlie. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 45 min.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Sadness Is My Boyfriend

In this episode of prairie dog magazine’s most audible internet thing, we look at demolition and development around Regina; we ponder the strange, eldritch rituals that were involved in the construction of the downtown plaza; we celebrate the rise of Image comics and Brian K Vaughn’s Saga; and, Aidan for some reason reviews Stallone’s masterpiece, First Blood.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call s02 e02 — Sadness Is My Boyfriend: At the table, Aidan Morgan, Shane Hnetka and Paul Dechene. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime 38 minutes of podcastery plus 1 second of bonus hijinks.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call: Loincloths!

We’re back. With season two of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog’s most-hiatused podcast.

This week: adapting the classics. We look at Disney’s megaflop, John Carter, as well as the surprisingly excellent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And then we look at Geoff Dyer’s book, Zona, which examines Andrei Tarkovsky’s film, Stalker.

Also, Aidan’s apartment building, the Crescent Annex, is probably going to get torn down (not to be confused with the Crescent Apartments which is definitely getting torn down). But for some reason, we don’t get around to talking about that.

But we do dish on all the rumors about Southland theatre’s dismal future. And we explain Happy Days to Shane, because he’s never seen it. I know! Creepy!

Ultrasonic Alarm Call s02 e01: Loincloths! At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka and Paul Dechene. Runtime 41 min. Music by the Lazy MKs.

Ultrasonic Interview: A Cookie In Derbyland

Frequent Ultrasonic Alarm Call guest, Cookie Madill (aka, Doom Cookie) of the Pile O’ Bones Derby Club is in Toronto at the World Cup Of Roller Derby.

We caught up with her on Friday and got the rundown on what’s going on.

You can find out more about the event here.

Today’s the playoffs, by the way. Team Canada is up against Team England in the first round. Then it’s Team USA versus Team Australia.

If you want to catch some of the derby-tastic action, you can head on over to O’Hanlon’s where they’re showing the games live.

Ultrasonic Minisode – A Cookie In Derbyland by Paul Dechene

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We won’t be posting a new Ultrasonic Alarm Call this week. But come back Dec 12 for a Very Special Holiday episode. Until then, you can get your podcast fix in our episode archive.

UPDATE (3:28pm): The third place game between England and Australia is on right now. I’m watching it in another tab, in fact. It’s 147 England, 66 for Australia. Coming up later this afternoon, the gold medal game between Canada and the USA. You can watch it all live at the Derby News Network.

UPDATE (4:10pm): The 2011 World Cup final between Canada and USA is on now!

UPDATE (5:10pm): Ooooh. It’s halftime. And it’s not going well for Canada. So not well that I can’t type the score. You’ll have to go to DNN (or O’Hanlon’s) yourself.

FINAL UPDATE: The USA swept the first Roller Derby World Cup, winning the gold medal round against Canada, 336 to 33, it pains me to type. (Read Justice Feelgood Marshall’s game summary at the Derby News Network here.) Earlier in the day, England took third place, beating Australia, 203 to 85.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 15: Atlas Napped

This week, the Alarm Call goes ultralite with a slender wafer of audio antics that won’t even occupy a half hour of your time.

In the ultraswank podcasting salon, prairie dog‘s senior political correspondent, Stephen LaRose, is this week’s special guest. He’ll school us all in what happened to the NDP in the provincial election. Guess what? It was bad.

We follow that up with a review of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Does it hold up like a bridge built of Reardon Steel or is it a titanic train wreck? Aidan gives us his objective assessment.

Next, a look the 2012 City of Regina budgets. But only a brief look. Because budgets are boring and we know that.

Then finally, Shane’s discovered a new boardgame he thought we might be interested in. It’s called Urban Sprawl and he was right.

Now, are you ready? Boop off!

Ultrasonic Alarm Call No. 15 — Atlas Napped: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, special guest Stephen LaRose, and me. Music by the Lazy MKs Runtime: 20 min ineffectual blather, 8 min 12 sec grotesque hyperbole.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 14: The Art Of Sinking

On this episode, we look at things that are taking on water and going under like the Titanic.

In fact, we start with a discussion of that fabled ocean liner as Collette Parks of the Saskatchewan Science Centre visited our ultraswank podcasting module to talk about the Centre’s Titanic exhibit. (It’s on right now!)

Then, we look at the city’s foundering housing situation. Two apartment buildings are slated to be demolished and one of them is Vanda’s! She talks about the perils of renting in Regina.

Later, Stephen Whitworth talks about the sinking fortunes of the provincial NDP.

But take heart. All is not lost to the icy depths. Cookie and Cassie are back to talk again about the True Knit Art Show. Regina’s alternative craft show was such a success this past weekend we could pre-record about how awesome it was.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call 14 — The Art of Sinking: At the table, Cassie Ozog, Cookie Madill, Stephen Whitworth, Carle Steel, Vanda Schmockel, Collette Parks and me as your humble host. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 48 min raucous conversation, 6 sec gorgeous silence.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call Bonus Track: Chamber of Commerce At Ideas Fair

We ended off the latest episode of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call, Terror For Blood Town, with a montage of interviews recorded at the city’s Ideas Fair on October 25.

Well, here’s one I didn’t include. It’s with John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina Chamber of Commerce.

At the risk of damaging my leftie bona fides, I found myself nodding along to a lot of what he had to say. He talked about the need for affordable housing, a comprehensive infrastructure strategy and a vital cultural scene — all stuff I’m in total agreement with.

(Of course, he also makes mention of the “importance of transportation infrastructure which includes [public] transit.” I shudder to think what else it includes. I suspect he’d be savvy enough not to suggest more parking around me.)

Hopkins of Chamber of Commerce at Ideas Fair by Paul Dechene

I left the interview out, by the way, because I mention in it that I’m talking to John Hopkins but didn’t mention who he was there to represent so it probably wouldn’t have made any sense sitting out of context like that in the middle of an audio montage.

The other interviews are also worth listening to, by the way. And you can hear them all (six in total) at about the 3/4 mark of lucky Episode 13 of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, which is jam packed full of other awesome stuff. So you should listen to the whole thing. By clicking here. And don’t forget to check out our archive of past episodes.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 13: Terror For Blood Town

Be afraid! Because this is a Very Special Halloween episode of Ultrasonic Alarm Call, prairie dog‘s most sanity shattering podcast.

We begin our chilling audio adventure with an examination of the recently exhumed and reanimated lecture series, Chicken & Wine, and learn a terrible truth about nasal irrigation.

From there, we brave the existential horror that is the City of Regina’s Ideas Fair. Oh, the many mind-blistering mysteries we unearth about our city’s future!

And as if that’s not enough, Shane finishes off his 31 Days Of Monstrous Horror…. with an axe! Then we ask, what film was so terrifying, so gut-manglingly demented that even our Maestro of the Macabre Movie wouldn’t dare include it in his series of sinister cinema? Listen in to find out.

We end things off with a cavalcade of very pleasant interviews with several of the agreeable folk who partook of the Ideas Fair festivities. It’s so amiable and uplifting, it’s almost nausea inducing.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call 13 – Terror For Blood Town: At the table, Carle Steel, Shane Hnetka and me as your guest host. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 40 min bone-chilling dread, 7 min 30 sec mild jitters.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call 12: The End…

… but not of the Ultrasonic Alarm Call. We trudge onwards.

No, in this episode, we shoehorn several topics into the theme of endings.

We’re having a look at the end of condominium conversions (for now), the end (maybe) of the walking strategy downtown (or maybe that’s a product of my paranoid imagination), the end of analog film in Regina’s theatres (and the beginning of UltraAVX awesomeness), the Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden, the latest True Knit Art Show (meaning, Cassie and Cookie are back in our ultraswank recording studio and have pretty much taken over things), and, finally, the sad passing of Steve Jobs.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call 12 — The End: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Shane Hnetka, Cookie Madill, Elan Morgan, Cassie Ozog and me. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 40 min inane chatter, 2 min 18 sec of Cookie laughing.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 11: Regina Goes Boom!

This week’s episode isn’t merely a podcast, it’s our submission to the Design Regina process.

The city is out to revamp its Official Community Plan and we’re getting involved. But instead of just filling in the little “Citizen Circle” workbook the city sent us, we recorded our discussions and we’ll be sending in this mp3 as well.

What’s with that look of trepidation, city? It’s not like council is ever going to see more than a point-form summary of what’s offered up by the Citizen Circles, anyway. Don’t worry. Carle’s crazy ideas about how the city should take over parking again, our hand wringing about heritage buildings being demolished, our shared rage about how unaffordable housing has recently become, our discussion of where the zombie apocalypse will begin and what it has to say about good urban form, all of that will wind up as nothing more than a few bowdlerized remarks in a list of hundreds.

But you know who I pity? It’s the poor intern who’s going to have to slog through all those Citizen Circle submissions. At least when they get to ours, they’ll get to listen to some awesome intro and outro music by the Lazy MKs.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 11 — Regina Goes Boom: At the table, Carle Steel, Vanda Schmockel, Cassie Ozog, Karen Meagher and me as host. Bonus interview with Cookie Madill. Music by the Lazy MKs. Runtime: 45 min 53 sec.

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Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 10: Signal To Noise

What is orgonite and how can it help with that chem trails problem? Why are crop circles so darned pretty? Do dogs have auras? How can Archangel Michael help out with the lotto?

We answer all these questions and more in this week’s Ultrasonic episode as we recap our roadtrip to beautiful Fort Qu’appelle for the Extraordinary Fair, a paranormal symposium.

We have interviews with a ghost hunter, a crop circle researcher and an angel channeller! And we drink Manhattans! It’s 100% pure fun!

(And if you want even more paranormal thrills, be sure to check out the next issue of prairie dog, which will be hitting newsstands and countertops city wide later this week. We have more on the paranormal fair and we have an interview with someone very amazing.)

Also in this episode, Shane and Aidan have seen Drive. Did they like it? Does a Chevy Malibu have a soul? Can it learn to love? I imagine it must. Why else would people keep them as pets? And what about the Emmys? They’re long over but why did they suck so hard? Aidan has a few ideas.

Ultrasonic Alarm Call Episode 10 — Signal To Noise: At the table, Aidan Morgan (host), Vanda Schmockel, Shane Hnetka, and me. Music by the always excellent Lazy MKs. Runtime 31 min of free-ranging mockery, 11 min 28 sec guilt.o download this episode for your later listening enjoyment, click on the radio above or on the little down arrow in the player window.

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