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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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Dec 15, 2021

Remember how when we were kids, we'd celebrate New Year's Eve at, like, 5 p.m. because midnight was too far away? Episode 68 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN is a little like that.

Even though this episode drops December 15, we're going to a New Year's Eve party! We've got the BRAND NEW special "Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne". How new? So new, I had to cram my review of it into the rest of the pre-recorded episode to get it out to you!

Then we check out S1, episode 11 of "The Snoopy Show", a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "On the Campaign Trail" and enjoy another "Random Strip of the Month". 

Pop open a root beer and join the party!

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. 

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com has episodes and info for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here. 

The website also has info about books I've written like IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME and 2nd DUCK ON THE RIGHT & OTHER VERY SHORT STORIES.

(Check out a trailer for 2nd Duck here.)

You can help keep the lights on in the podcast doghouse by signing on as a patron on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. Thanks!

 

Nov 15, 2021

You, dear listener, are even luckier than Woodstock soaring across the Browns' backyard with that wishbone. YOU get to listen to episode 67 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN!

This month, Luke Epplin, author of the new book "Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball", drops by to chat about baseball, the intersection of "Peanuts" and baseball, and whether "Peanuts" is "art".

We've also got a review of "The Snoopy Show" episode 10, the "Peanuts by Schulz" episode "A Little Nap" 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 his song "25% Off"

Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his "Linus & Lucy" remix.

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com has info, links, social media for this podcast IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here. 

The website also has information and links to some of the places you can get my books, like the new collection 2nd DUCK ON THE RIGHT AND OTHER VERY SHORT STORIES here. 

Go sign up at patreon.com to help support the show and maybe get yourself some perks!

Oct 15, 2021

Episode 66 offers up a treat better than even the Great Pumpkin could provide. (Kidding! I didn't mean it, Great Pumpkin!)

We've got a discussion of "The Snoopy Show" S1, Ep 9 AND we take a little time to talk about MY MOST FAVORITIST OF ALL THE TIMES AWESOMEST CHARACTER EVER! ...Woodstock! (Now imagine Woodstock's excited chirping.)

We've also got a review of the "Peanuts by Schulz" episode "The School of Hard Knocks" and another "Random Strip of the Month" review. 

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

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

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to be for show notes, episodes and more for this podcast IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here

The website also has info and links to a few places you can order books by me, including HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES. 

Support the show by subscribing on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. 

Sep 15, 2021

Before "Peanuts", there was "Li'l Folks"! In episode 65 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, we chat a little about Sparky's single-panel comic that he did before "Peanuts". How different would our world be had he syndicated that one instead of "Peanuts"? Artist Robert Pope returns to the podcast to discuss that very question...and many others.

We've also got S1, ep 8 of AppleTV's "The Snoopy Show", another "Random Strip of the Month" (Send us an Mp3 of your own!) and a "Peanuts by Schulz" review for the episode "Frieda".

So. Much. Stuff. Start listening!

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".

https://www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you should go for episodes, info and more for this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here.

The website also has info (and links to some places to buy) books I've written, like HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

Support the show on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. 

 

Aug 15, 2021

Will ye no come back again, Charlie Brown? Ye will after ye hear the lineup for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 64!

We've got author Jason Cooper and artist Robert Pope discussing the legacy of Peanuts and their latest Peanuts graphic novel SCOTLAND BOUND, CHARLIE BROWN from Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Boom! Studios. We also talk about actor/comedian David Spade. Really. To a weird degree.

THEN...we've got S1, ep 7 of "The Snoopy Show".

Not enough? How about a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Philosophy"? And another "Random Strip of the Month"? And more things with quote marks around them.

Grab a plate of haggis and join us!

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.

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to go for info, show notes and links for this podcast, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here.

The website also has info and links to just some of the places you can order my books! For example, the short story collection HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

Support the show on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2021

In IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 63, we go deep into the dark closets, boxes and hidden recesses of the endless Snoopy's doghouse that is the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center. Our guest is museum archivist Sarah Breaux. You can ask her anything about Peanuts...the comic, not the legume. 

After that, we discuss the new Apple TV+ documentary "Who Are You, Charlie Brown?" Maybe they should have asked Sarah. 

We've also got an episode of "Peanuts by Schulz" called "A Friend Indeed" and a "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 songs "25% Off"

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to be for info and show notes for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here, and for my other show ATARI BYTES" here.

The website also have info and links to some places to get my books, like HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

You can support the show as a subscriber on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN on patreon.com 

Jun 15, 2021

IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 62 offers up shocks - Schulz wasn't a one-comic man in the '50s! He also did, with Jim Sasseville, the sport-themed gag panels "It's Only a Game". The scandal!

Tearful goodbyes - episode 6 of "The Snoopy Show" is the S1 finale!

And the makings of an international incident - Author/publisher/"peanuts nerd" Nat Gertler tells us why we should hate Canada. As if we needed another reason! (Kidding!)

And, of course, there's another "Peanuts by Schulz" episode review and a "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".

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com has info and links for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, here and for my other show, ATARI BYTES, here.

The website also has info about books I've written here.

You can support the show on the patreon.com page here.

 

May 15, 2021

Can't get enough Peanuts on TV, in newsprint, comic books, phone apps, museums, collectibles and underwear?

I feel you.

And so did record publishers in the late seventies and eighties when "Charlie Brown Read-Along Records" debuted. We talk about them this month!

We also talk about "The Snoopy Show" season 1, episode 5, a "Peanuts by Schulz" episode called "Technical Difficulties" 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.

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you can go for all the info you need about this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and about my other podcast, the weekly story telling show ATARI BYTES here. 

The website also has info about books I've written and links to some places you can buy them, like HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

Support the show on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here.

 

Apr 15, 2021

I am on record as saying Woodstock is one of my favorite characters, so I was thrilled to have voice actor Rob Tinkler on episode 60 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN. We talk about how he gets inside the head of a little yellow bird who doesn't talk to voice Woodstock on "The Snoopy Show" and "Snoopy in Space". We also talk about other things he's worked on and the craft of voice acting.

Also on this episode: a discussion of "The Snoopy Show", season 1, episode 4; another "Peanuts by Schulz", titled "Have a Nice Day, Linus", and we find out Rob's favorite "Random Strip of the Month"!

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

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

www,carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to go for info, show notes and episodes of this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here. 

The website also has info about books I've written, like HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES, and links to some places to order them. 

Support the show by subscribing on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. 

 

 

Mar 14, 2021

In episode 59, we're going to the movies! Our guest this month is actor Brandon Ford Green. We're talking about his 2017 movie "Good Grief", which he wrote, directed and appears in. Interesting title, Brandon. And the group of adult friends gathering together for a funeral look awfully familiar. Hmmm. We'll ask Brandon about that.

We also talk about "The Snoopy Show" episode 3, another random strip of the month and a "Peanuts by Schulz" short called "Novel Idea". 

It's a feast for your earholes!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incomepetech.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".

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to go for show notes, info, social media and links for this show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, here and for my other show ATARI BYTES, here. 

The website also has info and order links for my books! They include HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

Become a show supporter on the IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com. Get stuff!

Feb 15, 2021

Guess what! There's new Peanuts content on our TV's! Well, those of us who have Apple TV+, but it's still pretty exciting!

"The Snoopy Show" debuted on February 5 and this month on episode 58 of IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, we watch and discuss the first two episodes of the six-episode season one. Is the show a tasty, televisual meal of jelly beans and toast or the bitter disappointment of a pulled-away football?

We also take a few minutes to talk about one of our favorite characters as Marcie undergoes a character study.

AND...another "Peanuts by Schulz" review and "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".

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you can go for show notes, episodes and info for this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show ATARI BYTES here. 

The website also has info and links to places you can buy my books, like "Hell's Cereal: Very Short Stories Fortified with Essential Syllables". 

Subscribe to the show on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here and you could get episodes early or even bonus content...like my review of the "Snoopy in Space" series. 

Jan 15, 2021

Remember travel? It's a thing people used to do before the pandemic.

This month in episode 57, we vicariously take a trip abroad as Peppermint Patty, Marcie, Snoopy, Linus and good ol' Charlie Brown become exchange students in France. But mystery awaits our intrepid travelers. Who is Silas Brown? Who is Violette? Why were Linus and Charlie Brown invited to stay at a creepy old chateau? How dangerous is the baron who vows to get rid of them no matter the consequences? How is Snoopy paying for all that root beer?

From 1980, it's the fourth Peanuts feature film, BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (And Don't Come Back!) Oh la la!

Plus, the "Peanuts by Schulz" short "Creepy Crawlies" 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".

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com has episodes, show notes, social media and more for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here and for my other show, ATARI BYTES, here. 

The website also has info about books I've written, and links to some places to get them, like HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES.

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

 

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