SportsPolitik 002: USA Soccer fallout with Dan Karell and Matthew Zimmerman

The Ringer dropped a 10,000 word bomb on Tuesday, detailing the many faults and fractures behind the scenes of the US Men’s National Team, and USA Soccer as a whole, that led to the men’s team missing out on World Cup 2018. We couldn’t let that go without spending some quality time podcasting about it, so I brought back two longtime SportsPolitik favorites — Dan Karell, who has covered soccer for many years and currently covers Louisville City FC, and Dr. Matthew Zimmerman, whose professional journalism career saw him cover the LA Galaxy and Team USA. We talk about our reflections from the piece, the interesting interviews, the logistical issues of the Klinsmann era, and the problematic present and future of USA Soccer.

Cosmic America 24: Elephant by The White Stripes

It’s been a bit of a hiatus, but we’re back with the next installment of our deep dive into The White Stripes. For this edition, we tackle what is possibly their best-known album, Elephant. This 2003 masterpiece put the band on top of the rock world, and showcased an ever-expanding sonic palate. We brought along a special guest to join us for this episode! Longtime White Stripes fan Nate Lynch joins us on the third line to talk about his perspective on the album.

Comments or questions? Hit us up on Twitter at @doctorgc or @akmccarthy. And stay tuned as we cover the rest of the discography.

001: Katie Metz

The SportsPolitik Podcast has relaunched, and our first guest is Katie Metz! We talk about yoga, commitment, national doughnut day, and the instant pot craze. If you’re tuning into this one for sports talk, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

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The Drop Zone: 2018 Premier League EOY review

After a 10 month hiatus, The Drop Zone is back, as Zach and Galen walk you through the aftermath of the 2017-18 Premier League season. We spend most of our time talking about the Top 5 (with a little Arsenal and Burnley thrown in). We discuss the implications of Manchester City’s record-breaking yet somewhat disappointing year, Manchester United’s uncertain direction, Tottenham’s uncertain future, and Liverpool’s chances at glory. We also discuss the relegation victims, and a few other storylines floating around the margins.

We’ll be back with more Drop Zone for the World Cup early next month!

Cosmic America 23: White Blood Cells by The White Stripes

We’re back for part 3 of our six-part White Stripes odyssey. This time we uncover the album that broke them into the big time: White Blood Cells. And what an album it is — bluesy and hooky and layered with all kinds of fascinating touches. Is it their best album? There’s a worthwhile debate to be had about that. But in the meantime, let us walk you through it track by track.

Comments or questions? Hit us up on Twitter at @doctorgc or @akmccarthy. And stay tuned as we cover the rest of the discography in the next week.

Cosmic America 22: De Stijl by The White Stripes

It’s an Easter Sunday special edition for Cosmic America! Alex and Galen continue their investigation of the career arc of The White Stripes. This episode sees the guys breaking down the band’s second album, De Stijl, and diving further into both the sound of the band and the mythology surrounding it.

If you have comments or questions, send ’em our way on Twitter – @doctorgc and @akmccarthy.

Cosmic America 21: The White Stripes by The White Stripes

The new Cosmic America has officially launched! We’re still here talking about great music, but we’ve upped the ante by talking OVER great music. Our goal is to give you in-the-moment analysis, criticism, and evaluation of whole albums worth of music. And to do it one artist at a time, album by album. What makes these great artists tick? How did their career arc sound, and what sorts of things were going on in and around the recording of the songs?

Our first group for review is The White Stripes, who need no formal introduction. This podcast starts off with a brief overview of the band, before launching into a review of their debut album, titled The White Stripes. Not a whole lot of people heard this one when it first came out, but the later success of White Blood Cells would usher in a lot of positive critical acclaim for their debut. How does this album hold up, nearly twenty years after it was released? Let’s find out.

Cosmic America 20.5: The Beck Mini-episode

We’re soft-launching Cosmic America (again!), with a new format and some nifty new recording techniques. Here, we talk about a couple of songs off of Beck’s 1998 classic album “Mutations”.

Episode 1: Another Podcast?

Another podcast? Another podcast! Here’s Matt and Greg talking about things. The NBA Trade Deadline that happened last week? Someone finally breaks it down. The Last Jedi? We’ve got takes. The Olympics? These two Jews have watched some of it. Please join us on maiden voyage. We’ll get better. We promise, or your money back.

The Drop Zone – Season 2 Episode 1 – Premier League Preview

The season is afoot! We charge into the 2017-18 Premier League season with an hour-long examination of the overarching storylines, transfer business, and overall roster health and construction of the top 7. We then give predictions for the upcoming year.