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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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Oct 15, 2020

IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 54! A GREAT episode for a GOOD man!

The good man in question is, of course, our man Chuck Brown. We talk about the history of iconic stage musical YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. We cover the original 1966 "concept" album to the 1967 off-Broadway production, to Broadway, to TV (including the 1985 animate feature) and beyond. 

We also have a "Random Strip of the Month" and a "Peanuts by Schulz" review. This month's episode is "Amateurs".

Looks like they're dimming the houselights. Get to your seats, sit back, relax, and enjoy as the curtain rises on another episode!

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com to get show notes, social media and episodes of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and my other weekly storytime podcast ATARI BYTES here.

Subscribe to the show on the ATARI BYTES page on www.patreon.com Members can get episodes early or bonus content.

The website also has info and links to some places you can buy my books, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

Sep 15, 2020

Welcome to IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, episode 53. Hurry up and listen, then clear your schedules, everybody! There's a new book coming out September 22 with the simple, but no less enticing, title THE PEANUTS BOOK. You are going to want to own and read this one!

And this month on the podcast, we've got the book's author Simon Beecroft! We talk about the book, Schulz and Peanuts. We also talk about Lego and Star Wars. A lot. 

Also this month: A "Peanuts by Schulz" episode titled "A Bad Mood" and another "Random Strip of the Month". And other assorted, peanut-y goodness.

Sam Mason tells us about October's Peanuts Gang virtual reunion. Listen to that and then learn more on Facebook @peanutsreunion. 

he Peanuts Strips That Were Luckily Never Published

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for episode links, social media info and more for this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and for my other, weekly storytelling show ATARI BYTES here. 

Support the show by subscribing on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. Subscribers at different levels can get early access to episodes or even bonus content!

The website also has info about books I've written and just some of the places you can buy them, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

Aug 15, 2020

I really need a giant mug of root beer right now. Or maybe Schroeder's mom's slipper full of root beer. (You'll understand after you listen.)

So, here's the thing. The recording of episode 52 went just fine. The post-production? Not so much. BUT, we got the episode out, though you'll notice the audio is glitchy in some places. Sorry about that.

The good news is...SNOOPY'S GETTING MARRIED, CHARLIE BROWN! This 1985 special finds our favorite beagle all set to walk down the aisle. Will he go through with it?

We've also got a couple of "Motion Comics", a "Peanuts by Schulz" titled "Autumn is Here" and 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 Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Check out www.carnivaofgleecreations.com for info, episodes and social media for this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and my other show ATARI BYTES, which features an original short story by me every single week

The website also has info and links to some places to buy my books like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

Support the show by becoming a subscriber on patreon.com. You could get episodes EARLY or even get BONUS CONTENT!

 

Jul 15, 2020

Episode 51 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN is one for the history books!

No, sorry, I meant, it's an episode about how "Peanuts" was shaped by the history happening around it and how "Peanuts" itself IS history. Our guest, historian BLAKE SCOTT BALL, has many thoughts. His forthcoming book is titled: "Charlie Brown's America".

We've also got a Random Strip of the Month and an episode of "Peanuts by Schulz" titled "Strike Out". 

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.

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Show notes, social media and episodes of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN can be found here at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com. While you're there, check out my other podcast, ATARI BYTES.

The website will also give you info about books I've written here!

Support the show by becoming a subscriber on Patreon.com. If you do, you could get early episode access or bonus content.

Jun 15, 2020

EPISODE 50! We made it!

Because people think numbers ending in "5" and "0" are significant, and, let's say, in honor of the Peanuts secondary player "5" and because, as Peppermint Patty tells Franklin, "In answer to your question, Franklin, I think we know who the ZERO is..." we thought this month we'd talk to a man steeped in the 70 year (another number ending in zero) history of our favorite comic.

Author/publisher/blogger of the "Aaugh Blog", aboutcomics.com and so many other things, Nat Gertler returns to the show for the first time since episode 13. He has been exploring "Peanuts" filmstrips from 1979 like the ones many of us watched in school. So turn out the overhead fluorescent lights, roll the projector and give a listen. No sleeping or you'll get detention after school. 

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" episode called "The Great Outdoors" and another RANDOM STRIP OF THE MONTH.

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

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

Find more info, episodes, social media and more for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com. There, you'll find the same for my other podcast, ATARI BYTES.

The website also has information and links to some of the places you can buy my books, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS and IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME.

If you subscribe to the show via the Patreon project, you could get access to episodes EARLY. You might even get BONUS content. It's true! Do that here!

May 15, 2020

This month in episode 49, we're losing our marbles. No worries, though because we can still have our cake and eat it too.

From 2006, we're watching "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown" and from 1997, we've got "It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown". Will these provide the best viewing experience every or will we have to be bullied into finishing them?

We've also got a review of the "Peanuts by Schulz" episode "Black & White" and another RANDOM STRIP OF THE MONTH. 

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

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

Find info, show notes, episodes and more for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here, and for my other show ATARI BYTES here on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" shirts and mugs on www.zazzle.com/ab_pod_store 

Support the show by becoming a subscriber on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on Patreon.com. You could get episodes early! Or bonus episodes! Good grief!

Get info about books I've written and links to just some of the places you can buy them on the website here. www.carnivalofgleecreations.com

Apr 15, 2020

Now that Easter is over and you've had a chance to clean up the mess from the Easter Bunny lobbing eggs over your fence in deference to social distancing, here's episode 48 of the podcast to relax with.

We've got an interview with Gini Holtzman who, back in the day, provided the voice for "Peppermint Patty" in a number of TV episodes, including "Snoopy's Reunion" and the iconic "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown". What was it like to make these shows? What did Charles Schulz give her? What does she think Peppermint Patty would be like as a grown up? The answers to all of these questions and more are waiting for you inside this episode.

We've also got another installment of "Random Strip of the Month" and a review of another "Peanuts by Schulz" called "School is Out".

No chocolate bunnies though.

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" Remix. You can find that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

Get episode info, social media and more for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for the weekly ATARI BYTES, a podcast where we talk about old games and present an original short story more or less inspired by something related to that game. It's all on the website www.carnivalofgleecreations.com 

Support the show by becoming a subscriber on the show page on Patreon.com. If you do, you could get episodes early or even get bonus content! Good grief!

 

Mar 15, 2020

Springtime. And the livin' is easy!

Okay, actually things are kind of brutal out there right now. But that makes this the perfect time to self-medicate with more PEANUTS! And episode 47 is just the tonic you need!

From 1992, we're watching IT'S SPRING TRAINING, CHARLIE BROWN where Mr. Hennessey from CHARLIE BROWN'S ALL-STARS (episode 1!) offers new uniforms to the baseball team. Yay!  All Chuck and the gang need to do is win a game! AAUUGH!

Then we check out two installments of iTunes' 2008 experiment MOTION COMICS, a series of very short episodes produced with "limited animation" (don't let that scare you". We're checking out "The Sore Arm" and "Independence Day". 

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" short "It's Raining, It's Pouring". And, as always, a Random Strip of the Month. This is a good time to remind you to...*ahem*...SEND IN YOUR RANDOM STRIPS OF THE MONTH!

Thank you.

"How Snoopy Became the Mascot of Knott's Berry Farm"

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of "25% Off".

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

Find info, show notes, episodes, social media and more at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and for my other show ATARI BYTES, which features an original short story every week here

The website also has info and some order links for books that I've written, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

You can become a subscriber on Patreon.com and possibly get access to episodes early, or even bonus episodes. 

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads!" mugs and shirts at zazzle.com/ab_pod_store 

Feb 15, 2020

February's episode 46 is sweet like the box of candy you and Sally Brown wish your valentine had gotten you. We're watching 1975's BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN and a short documentary extra called "Unlucky in Love: An Unrequited Love Story". Splash on some shaving lotion from your heart-shaped bottle and join us!

We also have a Random Strip of the Month and a Peanuts by Schulz short called "Tennis". Just think of these as the bonus truffles in the gorgeous candy display.  

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

Thanks Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus and Lucy" Remix. Find that and other music on Soundcloud here.

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of "25% Off".

Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for info, show notes and episodes of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, as well as the weekly, short story podcast ATARI BYTES.

The website also has info about books I've written like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED  BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS, which is a thing you can buy.

Pick up "Greetings, fellow blockheads" stuff at the AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Become a subscriber on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on Patreon.com. You could get episodes early! Get BONUS content!

Jan 15, 2020

Greetings, fellow blockheads! Welcome to episode 45! A new year, a new episode. What more could you ask for?

This month, we've got a special guest. William Johnson is the author of the forthcoming book "A History of Peanuts on Parade", a life-long Peanuts fan, and an occasional Chik-Fil-A cow. I had many questions about these things. Tune in to hear many answers. 

We've also got a Random Strip of the Month and A "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Like Skates on Ice".

Follow the show on Twitter @itsapodcb, like the show on Facebook and Instagram. Email us at charliebrownpodcast@gmail.com.

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. Find that and more here. 

Find info, episodes, social media and more for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and about my other podcast ATARI BYTES, a weekly review of old video games AND original short stories by me here at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com 

Pick up shirts and mugs at www.zazzle.com/ab_pod_store. 

Become a subscriber to the show on Patreon.com and get access to episodes early and bonus content!

Your podcaster is also an author. Find out more about his books here!

Dec 15, 2019

Christmastime is here! Happiness and cheer! Fun for all that children call... IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN ep. 44!

This month, Samantha Claus (you'll have to listen to understand) brings "Sparky" playwright Jack McManus back to the show. We'll be discussing the 2002 TV episode "Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales".

Also, unlike poor Sally's dollhouse bicycle, you'll also find under your podcast tree a Random Strip of the Month and a review of the "Peanuts by Schulz" short "Doing it Right".

Happy holidays!

Support graphic artist and friend of the show Jason Yungbluth, author of "Weapon Brown" and many other things by going to his Death Ray 2020 kickstarter here.

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

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of "25% Off".

Thanks to Saul Solano Jr. for the "A Christmas Story"/podcast mashup bumper thingy.

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

Find episodes, social media and info about IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here  and about the weekly ATARI BYTES podcast featuring an original short story by me every week here at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com.

Consider supporting the show by becoming a subscriber on the IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on Patreon.com. Get episodes early! Get bonus episodes! Good grief!

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" shirts at mugs at the AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com. New stuff coming...someday!

 

Nov 15, 2019

Phew! After many technical glitches, episode 43 is here. Sorry about the lost five minutes in the second half of the show. Try to enjoy!

The TV episodes featured in episode 43 find Charlie Brown first trying to get rid of one of the Peanuts gang - Lucy - and then trying to bring one into the fold - Snoopy. In the end, of course, the Peanuts universe rights itself and Peanuts Town is harmonious once again.

We're watching "Lucy Must be Traded, Charlie Brown", which originally aired August 29, 2003 and "Snoopy's Reunion" from May 1, 1991. Plus! A "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Good Sports". 

Send in your RANDOM STRIPS OF THE MONTH!

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.

Consider becoming a Patreon subscriber here. Early access! Bonus episodes! All sorts of madness!

Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for social media, episodes and show info for ATARI BYTES and the monthly Peanuts podcast IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN.

The website also has info and links to just some of the places you can order the novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME and short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

"It's the Great Impeachment Charlie Brown"

Everything Wrong with "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

Snoopy in Space season 1 recap

Peter Robbins update

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Snoopy's Town Tale Relaunching

The 13 Highest Paid Dead Celebrities

Dollywood sued by Peanuts

Snoopy Themed Hotel

Oct 15, 2019

This month, much like the Pied Piper himself, episode 42 of the podcast will lure you away from all those other shows with a mesmerizing spell of Peanuts goodness. Wait, in that metaphor, that makes you all a bunch of rats. Never mind. *ahem*

Anyway, we're watching IT'S THE PIED PIPER, CHARLIE BROWN, a year 2000 (!) direct-to-video release; the first after Schulz died. We also say goodbye to THE CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY SHOW by reviewing episode 18, the final one, from 1985! This month's "Peanuts by Schulz" review is "Show Dog".

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 his other music on Soundcloud here.

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off"

You can find show info, social media, and links to show notes and episdes for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and my other weekly, short story podcast ATARI BYTES on the website www.carnivalofgleecreations.com

I'm a writer too. Find out about my books MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS and IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME on the website www.carnivalofgleecreations.com. You'll also find links to just some of the places you can order the books!

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" mugs and shirts in the Zazzle.com store AB_Pos_Store here.

Please consider becoming a Patreon subscriber at the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here.

Charlie Brown themed pumpkin patch at Dallas Arboretum.

Snoopy in Space on Apple TV+: Everything to Know About Apple's Peanuts TV Show - decider.com

The "Snoopy in Space" trailer

"The Far Side" coming to the Internet

The Peanuts 70th Anniverary Holiday Collection Limited Edition

The Debt that all Cartoonists owe to Peanuts

 

 

Sep 15, 2019

Good grief! This month in episode 41 of the podcast, actor Brad Kesten learns the danger of reaching out to podcasters and saying things like (a) I really like your show and (b) I was the voice of Charlie Brown on TV. When you do that, you end up getting drafted to be on the show.

Brad was the voice of Charlie Brown for most of the run of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show", in "It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown" and other Peanuts specials. He also worked in front of the camera and did voice work on a lot of other things many of us watched in the '80s.  And now he's on the podcast!

Check out Brad's official website here.

Nick Jones provides this month's "Random Strip of the Month" and we've also got another "Peanuts by Schulz" episode.

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 this and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com has links to social media, show notes, episodes of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN. There you can also find out about my weekly show ATARI BYTES, which features an original short story by me every week.

Check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, which you can order here, among other places. Also check out my short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS. Ebook or print, wherever you want to get 'em!

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" mugs and shirts at AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Support the Podcast financially on Patreon.com here. Early access! Bonus episodes! 

"Peanuts, McDonald's Launch Apollo 11 Partnership"

"A Tale of Sand" - "Jim Henson's 'singularly biggest project' that daughter Lisa says "never saw the light of day'"

"The Reasons Adults are Never Visible in Charles Schulz's Peanuts Comic Strips"

"The Paradox of Peanuts" from theatlantic.com

"You Can Do Anything: Must Every Kids' Movie Reinforce the Cult of Self-Esteem?" - theatlantic.com

The 20th New Yorker Festival - Good Grief, Charlie Brown

Aug 16, 2019

This month in episode 40, the Peanuts kids are headed off to camp!

RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN from 1977 is the third big screen outing for the Peanuts and they set sail on troubled waters. Raft races! Bullies! Dangerous waterfalls! Sweet motorcycles! Bears that knock first! You're gonna need Velcro (brand fastener) on your popcorn bag, otherwise the tension is gonna make you drop your snack all over the place.

We've also got another Random Strip of the Month and a "Peanuts by Schulz" short episode called "Snoopy the Superstar".

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

Find links to episodes, show notes and social media for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and my other show, ATARI BYTES at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com 

Check out the AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com for "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" shirts and mugs.

Please consider supporting the podcast financially on our Patreon Page here.

Check out in print or ebook my short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS wherever you like to order books. Here's one of those places.

Jul 15, 2019

In the 1980s, Charles Schulz and his son Monte Schulz set out to create the "Citizen Kane" of Peanuts specials. The result was 1988's IT'S THE GIRL IN THE RED TRUCK, CHARLIE BROWN. 

In this special, scripted by the two Schulzes, we find animated cartoon Spike wandering around live-action Needles, California - ala "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" - where he meets up with Jenny, played by Schulz daughter Jill Schulz. There's lots of driving around in the titular red truck, falling aluminum cans and...gunfire? 

"Citizen Kane"? Well, you can decide for yourself. 

We've also got Peanuts news, another "Random Strip of the Month" and a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "No Strings Attached".

So finish your popcorn, strap on your roller skates (you'll understand after the episode) and boogie on over to episode 39!

Thanks to Henry Pope for his "Linus & Lucy" remix. Check out that and other Pope music on Soundcloud here.

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

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown show notes and what not.

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

Pick up "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" shirts and mugs at AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Support the show financially on our Patreon page here.

You can read a collection of my short stories - MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED by OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS - in e-book or print wherever you like to order books. Here's  one of those places.

Jun 15, 2019

Playwright Jack McManus returns to the podcast this month to discuss one of his favorite Peanuts specials: "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" from 1990. This first TV special of the 90's arose out of Schulz's desire to honestly talk to kids about cancer. One of the Peanuts kids is diagnosed with leukemia and we follow the others as they process this information. It's a heavy episode. Does it manage to both entertain and inform? 

Unfortunately, there were some audio issues that makes Jack hard to hear for a lot of the discussion. Don't give up, though, it's good stuff if you just bump up the volume a little. My apologies.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Base 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 - show notes, episodes, social media, etc.

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

Pick up It's Podcast, Charlie Brown mugs and shirts and what not at our AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

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

You can pick up my short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS in ebook and print many places. Here's one of them.

May 16, 2019

It's time to start the music! It's time to light the lights! It's time to get things started on the....oh, wait. That's the Muppet Show.

Anyway, we're talking about the 1988 animated version of SNOOPY THE MUSICAL on the podcast this month. So, to be clear: there was a comic strip called "Peanuts" (you may have heard of it) that became a stage show called SNOOPY THE MUSICAL, which, in turn, was turned into an animated TV special. Got it? 

All right, the usher will now show you to your seats as the show is about to start. Please make sure your phones are turned off...NO! Wait! Don't do that! You won't be able to hear the show!

Also this month: Random Strip of the Month and a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Feeling Insecure".

"It's Tennis, Charlie Brown" article from Longreads

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

Kickstarter for the "The History of Peanuts on Parade" book

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

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - show notes, etc.

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

Check out "Greetings, Fellow Blockheads" mugs and shirts in the Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Please consider supporting the show financially on the It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown page on Patreon.com

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Apr 15, 2019

On episode 36, it's the return of author/illustrator Jason Yungbluth! Several months ago, Jason appeared on the show and offhandedly commented that his "favorite" Peanuts special is the 1976 "IT'S ARBOR DAY, CHARLIE BROWN". So...I invited him back to the show to defend that dubious position. That'll teach him to express an opinion!

We also have a Random Strip of the Month and a review of a "Peanuts by Schulz" short episode called "Fly". Plus, the usual mixed bag of Peanuts news and musings.

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. Find that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

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Mar 16, 2019

Greetings, fellow blockheads! IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN Episode 35 is here!

Just so you're not confused, I messed with the schedule this month and not just because this episode is dropping a day late. We've still got a random strip of the month. We've still got a "Peanuts by Schulz" short (this one is called "Reach for the Stars"). We even still have episode 17 (the penultimate one!) of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show".

BUT, we're shelving the planned "A Good Man, Charlie Brown" discussion until a later date. I had the unexpected good fortune of booking an interview with playwright Jack McManus about his new musical "Sparky", which debuted earlier this year in New York. The play presents significant points in Schulz's life and sounds very cool. I think you'll agree the scheduling change was well worth it. 

Even we blockheads get it right once in a while.

Go here to donate to William Johnson's "Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles Schulz" book Kickstarter. Listeners who kick in $50 or more get an extra photo!

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. Hear that and more of his music on Soundcloud here.

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Feb 15, 2019

This month, episode 34 is booting one through the ol' uprights with not one but TWO football themed episodes. 

First up is IT'S YOUR FIRST KISS, CHARLIE BROWN from 1977. Charlie Brown's kicking prowess is all that stands between victory and defeat in the big Homecoming game. (Never mind that this is usually a high school thing. Peppermint Patty has a game to win!) Will the Little-Red-Haired-Girl-turned-Homecoming-Queen have Chuck banished from the royal realm? How much power do Homecoming queens actually have?

Next, we check out YOU'RE IN THE SUPERBOWL, CHARLIE BROWN. Except he's not. This 1994 tie-in with that year's Superbowl finds World Famous Coach Snoopy trying to lead his team of birds to Animal Football League glory while Linus and Charlie Brown vie for the affections of New Girl in Town Melodie Melodie even as they get ready for the "punt pass kick" contest where they could win a new bike..also, a Superbowl ticket. Just one though. 

Does that Superbowl one sound fun? Want to buy a copy to watch? You can! If you time travel to 1994! And get your gas at Shell Stations! And still have a functioning VHS player! Listen to the episode to have this explained. But if you time travel BEFORE you listen, you'll spoil the ending. 

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Company" and another "Random Strip of the Month". Send us your Random Strip submissions right now … after you listen, of course. 

Here's the 1999 Hartford Current article expressing the belief that Schulz overstayed his welcome.

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.

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Jan 15, 2019

This month on the podcast, all of the Peanuts secrets are revealed...

Okay, not really. But we do have a conversation with Benjamin Clark, curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Benjamin gives us some insight into the daily life of a curator, how exhibits are put together, and a LOT of exciting things coming up in coming years. I even asked him, as the keeper of all things Peanuts, what is REALLY inside Snoopy's doghouse.

Want to know the answer? Tune in to this episode!

We've also got one of the few remaining "Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" episodes (#16 to be specific). In this one, the Peanuts gang boldly goes where no Peanut has gone before. At least it felt that way.

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" episode called "Nice Doggy" and another "Random Strip of the Month".

Chew your cookies loud as you want (It'll make sense after you listen) and tune in! Thanks!

Here's a link to Luke Epplin's article, "Selling Out the Newspaper Comic Strip".

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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Dec 15, 2018

Good grief, happy holidays, everybody!

Episode 32, IT'S CHRISTMASTIME AGAIN, CHARLIE BROWN, was just too darn big for one podcaster, so I called in a partner. Paul Johnson, host of "Total Stickcast" and a new show, "The Happy News Podcast" drops by. Together, we woof, meow, moo, whatever (you'll get that after this episode) through this story as Christmas commercialism gets revenge on Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty searches for the Christmas sheep within, and - hark! - Sally hears...well, you'll see.

We've also got a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Christmas is Coming" and another in our ongoing "Random Strip of the Month" segment. If YOU would like to share your favorite strip, or even just pick one at random, just record your thoughts and email them to me at charliebrownpodcast@gmail.com 

Big thanks to Paul Johnson. Go listen to him on "The Total Stickcast" podcast!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incomptech.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 his music on Soundcloud here.

This is a holiday episode, so how about a holiday book? Like this one! IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. Order it wherever books are sold, like here.

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Here's a link to the Snopes article "Are you racist, Charlie Brown?"

Nov 15, 2018

This month, we've got author/illustrator Jason Yungbluth talking about his post-apocalyptic take on adult versions of the Peanuts gang in "Weapon Brown". We've also got September 1985 the fifteenth episode of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show", which isn't apocalyptic, but does feature Charlie Brown in a pelican costume. So there's that.

We've also got another "Random Strip of the Month" (make sure to send your submissions for this segment!)

And we review another "Peanuts by Schulz" episode titled "Security".

My thanks to Jason Yungbluth for giving us his time. 

Here's a link to Derrick Bang's article about Charlie Brown's baseball team we talked about in the show.

Thanks also 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. You can find much of his music on Soundcloud here. 

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It's the holiday season! Please check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. Here's one place you can pick it up.  Wherever you purchase it, don't forget to leave  review!

Oct 15, 2018

The first one to catch that in the intro to this month's podcast I call this episode 29, when it is in fact episode 30, wins ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Oh, hey! I won! Oh, but I don't have a million dollars....

Anyway, we've got a pleasingly odd episode this month. From 1985, we dive into season two of "The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show" with episode 14. I don't know what sort of medication Schulz, Melendez and Medelson were on when they came up with this episode, but pass some over here, guys.

After that, we've got a second installment in what I guess now constitutes a recurring series of Peanuts character studies, wherein I ramble on for a few minutes about a particular character and that character's place in the neighborhood. This month's victim is: PIG-PEN. 

We've also got a Random Strip of the Month and a review of another episode of "Peanuts by Schulz" called "Let it Snow". 

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 other music by Henry on Soundcloud.

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