This week we take a look at Ad Campaign Villains – the Goofuses to the Gallants for whatever brand created them. Fear is a powerful selling point, and if hideous troll-beasts drilling into your teeth is enough to get you to worry about the quality of your toothpaste, then the ad wizards have done their job.
The Simpsons: perhaps the greatest show in TV history. And when you’ve been on the air for 57 years (a guess), you’re going to become an ingrained part of pop culture for a lot of reasons that go beyond what happens on-screen.
This week we delve into everything Simpsons…except the episodes. Whether it’s branded promotional items or causing a moral panic, the Simpsons are everywhere and will still be everywhere long after we are all gone.
You might have recently heard a certain current President joking that he belongs on Mt. Rushmore. As experts on the matter, we can say this: we certainly don’t want him joining Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and…let me check, it’s Teddy and not FDR, right…yes, Teddy Roosevelt on this hallowed monument.
However, we have another place he can go. (Well, several, but most of them aren’t fit for a family podcast.)
In honor of our 75th episode, we build our Mt. Rushless – a symbol of the crummiest Presidents this country has ever seen. WARNING: lots of pre-and post-Civil War leaders ahead!
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