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It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

As a kid, it was a good Saturday afternoon if I had a bowl of Cheetos and a collection of Peanuts comic strips in front of me. Charlie Brown and the gang were friends to me. (I especially identified with Linus.) I really liked the week-long story arcs and the brilliant mix of humor, frustration and perseverance of these lil' folks. And, honestly, I'm a little sad Shermie never took off as a main character. Animated Peanuts was great too. The airing of a Peanuts TV special was a big event in my house. I was pretty young, but I remember seeing RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN in 1977 in a movie theater. I know I watched A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN over and over on cable. BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (And Don't Come Back!) is a wonderful movie, animated or otherwise. And I don't think a year has gone by that I haven't watched the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. I pretty much have the dialogue memorized, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids. To date, Charlie Brown and the gang have appeared in five feature films and dozens of TV specials, including the series "This is America, Charlie Brown" and "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". And on this podcast, we're going to watch them all. We'll discover what we liked and what we didn't. What worked and what didn't. There are many layers to a Peanuts special. Even in two dimensions, these characters are fully fleshed-out humans - and one beagle - with all the fears, anxieties, joys and laughs we all experience. Let's explore those together.
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May 18, 2018

Have you ever packed a suitcase for a trip?

Don't worry. I'm going somewhere with this.

If you have packed a suitcase, you know sometimes you have too many sweaters and Snoopy print underwear to stuff in there.

Episode 25, it turns out, was kind of like that. There was just TOO MUCH SHOW to stuff in there. Thus, this bonus episode was born.

The Elmhurst History Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois is the FIRST IN THE NATION to host the Charles M. Schulz traveling exhibit "Snoopy and the Red Baron". In this centennial year since the end of WWI, the exhibit is a celebration of Snoopy's alter ego, the World War I Flying Ace, as well as a history lesson about the war. And it's going on RIGHT NOW. You should go see it! I'm going to!

So, I got a chance to talk to David Oberg, executive director of the Elmhurst History Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois about the museum and the exhibit. Snoopy's Sopwith Camel zooms away from Elmhurst on June 17 so I decided not to hold onto this conversation for episode 26, but instead put it out for you right now. Enjoy!

Thanks again to Dave Oberg for taking some to talk to me about the museum and the Snoopy & The Red Baron exhibit.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

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May 15, 2018

Episode 25 of the podcast is a celebration! No, really, it's in the title.

We're watching A CHARLIE BROWN CELEBRATION from 1982. I'll bet Lucy hates that concept. Is the party that is this HOUR LONG episode worth show up for? 

The undercard for this month's episode is a new segment on the podcast. I do a deep dive into the origins and history of Snoopy's alter-ego The World Famous Author, which, of all his personas, is the one most near-and-dear to my heart. 

Of course, we also have a new "Random Strip of the Month" and check out another "Peanuts by Schulz" short. This one is called "Man's Best Friend". 

Whether it's bright and sunny or a Dark and Stormy Night, I hope you enjoy this month's episode!

Here's the link to the Father's Day 5K Race for the Charles M. Schulz Museum fundraiser.

The Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Find that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

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Apr 15, 2018

For episode 24 of the podcast, it would be cool if I had a clever tie in to twenty-four hours in a day. But I don't.

What I do have is my conversation with Stephen Lind, author of the 2015 book A Charlie Brown Religion, which is much more than a mere Schulz biography. Lind does a deep dive into Schulz's faith and outlook on the world. You need to read this. (After you listen to the conversation, of course.) 

We also take a look at episode 9 of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" from October 29, 1983, in which lots of people are cruel to other people and some of them get punched for it. Including a tree. 

We also hear another "Random Strip of the Month" and a review of a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Telling Stories".

Here's a link to the Tom Lehrer "New Math" bit we talked about.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out his music on Soundcloud here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - notes, social media and more.

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"Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" shirts and more at my Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store.

You can support the show financially on our Patreon page here.

Mar 16, 2018

So...yeah, this month's episode is a wee bit late. Sorry 'bout that. I had a hard time getting into the podcast studio to finish the editing on the episode, what with all these NO DOGS ALLOWED signs around. I guess that's what I get for wearing my Snoopy costume as every day wear.

But episode 23 is finally here. We're talking about the Peanuts gang's second theatrical outing, SNOOPY COME HOME from 1972. Snoopy's feeling unwanted at home and around town (NO DOGS ALLOWED!). Will the return of a mysterious figure from Snoopy's past lure him away?

We also have a "Peanuts by Schulz" review. This month's short is called "Woodstock". (Woot woot! We love Woodstock!)

We'll also enjoy another "Random Strip of the Month". (You, too, can send me a "random strip" audio to play on the show. Please do!)

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

Thanks also to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Find this and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

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Feb 15, 2018

This month on episode 22, we put Peppermint Patty, who has barely had time to rest since winning musical chairs last month in "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown", through her paces. First, we explore which came first: the peppermint patty candy or the character. Then, in NO TIME FOR LOVE, CHARLIE BROWN (which first aired 3/11/73), a field trip to the art museum puts her feelings for ol' Chuck on display. (See what I did there?)

Next, we have an episode from THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW, which originally aired 12/10/83, in which Charlie Brown's rage at the kite-eating tree and Peppermint Patty's jealousy at her campmate, the little red-haired girl, prove to be the undoing of both of them.

We also watch a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Too Cold" and we have another "Random Strip of the Month". 

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight". 

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out more of his music on Soundcloud here.

Which came first, Peppermint Patty the candy or the character?

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - notes, episodes and more

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Jan 15, 2018

This month, episode 21 of the podcast is unofficially the month of the VanPelts. In 1981's "Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown", Linus is in his familiar role as the best, but ultimately clueless as everyone is in Peanuts Town, friend to Charlie Brown. The two boys stalk, er, search for the beautiful girl our man Chuck fell in love with after seeing her briefly during a "honey shot" on TV in the crowd at a football game. Will they find her? Will she fall in love in return? Will she prosecute? Tune in to find out!

Next, the three VanPelt siblings - Linus, Lucy and Rerun - feature prominently throughout the seventh episode of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show", which originally aired 9/24/83. Even the VanPelt family matriarch makes an appearance. No Mr. VanPelt though. Maybe he and Mr. Brown went bowling or something.

We also have a fine "Random Strip of the Month" from listener Josh, a special audio report from listener William, and a review of the "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Word of Mouth".

Good grief! This show is jam-packed!

Don't forget to find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or by emailing charliebrownpodcast@gmail.com Send us your turkey cards, drawings, and, of course, audio "Random Strip of the Month" submissions!

Here's the Schulz drawing of Batman

The "Stranger Things"/"A Charlie Brown Christmas" mashup

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Bass Walker" and "Mining by Moonlight".

Thanks to Henry Pope for use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out his music on Soundcloud here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - show notes, episodes, social media...

Atari Bytes - Hey! That's my other show!

Find "Greetings Fellow Blockheads" shirts and mugs at our (Atari Bytes) store on Zazzle.com here.

If you're able, please consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here, to help offset some of the production costs. Thanks!

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