What's Shakin with Shaner

What's Shakin with Shaner

Where we celebrate the passion and the madness of the Geek, the Nerd, and often the Absurd. Each episode will be a different topic such as Saturday morning cartoons or Superheroes, favorite books, debates on absurd issues, movies and lesser known historical people and events.

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July 9, 2022 59 min

Shakin Shaner has assembled an expert panel to discuss why we do not yet have jetpacks. He is joined by Jim, Raye from the podcast, Being Bookish, Matt from the podcast, Don't Wreck Yourself, and Mike from the podcast, Multiverse of Badness. 

​Why don't we have jetpacks? Are the airline unions behind it, is the government testing them but allowing us to think they are UFOs, is there problem with fuel, or is this all part of ...

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In this 10-minute installment, Psycho Bob the Cat & Shakin Shaner explore the films and legacy of special effects and animator Ray Harryhausen. Join them as they discuss "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", "Jason and Argonauts" and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad."  

In “Whats Shakin with Shaner’s” recent episode of Hercules v Heracles, our good friend Randy mentioned that he first got interested in Greek Mytholog...

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June 5, 2022 62 min

Join Randy and Shakin Shaner as they discuss the 1997 Disney movie Hercules and geek out over Greek mythology. They explore the differences between the movie versions of Hercules, Zeus, Hera and Pegasus and the actual Greek myths. Check out their favorite stories from the 12 labors of Heracles.  


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Psycho Bob the Cat is the co-host, producer and engineer of “What’s Shakin With Shaner” and he usually has a lot to say. To give him a bigger voice, we will be releasing 10 minute episodes in between our larger episodes. These installments will be based on topics picked and written by Psycho Bob.

Psycho Bob says “what’s the deal with the half-naked statute of George Washington?” 

The seated and sandal wearing Washington gazes sternl...

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Shakin Shaner is joined by Kevin and Jeremy, two fellow veterans on a complete geek out on the book, Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. 

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.  It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, w...

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Join Shakin Shaner in a celebration of the long lasting legacy of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers, and authors who together collected and published folklore and fairy tales. Less well known is the their pioneering scholarly work on a German dictionary, which they began in 1838.

Shakin Shaner discusses that their tales were not originally intended for c...

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April 2, 2022 48 min

Shakin Shaner has a complete nerd-fest in this homage to the original Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. He relates several noteworthy items, such as Sherlock Holmes, as a fictional character has been featured in more movies than any other character in the history of cinema and that the phrase, "Elementary my dear Watson," is not found in any of the novels or short stories. 

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March 5, 2022 48 min

Shakin Shaner is joined by Marquis and Tony, fellow sandwich connoisseurs, as they discuss bread and its secret code, the namesake of sandwiches, the first sandwich recipe in America and the great debate of what is and is not a sandwich.

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September 12, 2021 32 min

Shakin Shaner and Psycho Bob the Cat explore failed marketing and publicity stunts while contemplating ways to promote "What's Shakin With Shaner". 

Learn about the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati's turkeys away episode in 1978 and  McDonalds millions lost in the 1984 Olympics give away. Then it takes a sharp turn to the tragic with Pepsi's failed marketing campaign in the Philippines that lead to death threats, riots...

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August 21, 2021 26 min

Join Shakin Shaner as he discusses mirrors in mythology and attempts to determine who's soul is trapped in the magic mirror in Snow White, the Grimm Brothers story. Charlemagne, Windikund, and the Irminsul from the 8th century all play a role in Shakin Shaner's wild-ass assumptions with no proof.  You know you are curious so check it out. The 1856 publication of the 7th edition of the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales is the refer...

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July 31, 2021 35 min

Join Shakin Shaner as he explores fun words to say, words we do not use often, 80's slang, military terminology and the crazy shit his dad says. His is join by Matt, co-host of the Don't Wreck Yourself podcast. Listen in while they debate which is colder....

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Join Shakin Shaner as he discusses the gate control theory of pain and how we instinctively sucked a burned finger. He then heads on a rabbit hole to discuss two mythical heroes and  how they gain their power from sucking a burned finger...does this open a mystical gateway?  Discover the absurdity of this episode. 

Finn McCool (Fionn MacCumhaill) was a 3rd Century AD warrior chieftain in medieval Ireland. He led a clan of warriors c...

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February 3, 2021 74 min

Join Shakin Shaner and Jeff as they pay homage to Sean Connery and learn how he defined James Bond and helped create the blockbuster and an enduring franchise. Sean Connery was the first to portray James Bond in the movies, but did you know he was not the first to play Bond?  A great tribute to the legacy of Sean Connery as Bond....James Bond!

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January 14, 2021 78 min

In this episode, Shakin Shaner is joined by three expert panelists to create a new superhero team....The Fictitious Five.  For some context--this is all in the spirit of the comic books Flaming Carrot and the Mystery Men.

They must create their superheroes from a list of 15 absurd super powers, a name and an origin story.  Our team also discovers that they are missing the Fictitious Five leader, the Night Manager. Then they must di...

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December 24, 2020 73 min

Shakin Shaner and Jeremy discuss how they discovered this New York Times Bestseller from Dean Koontz.  WARNING--Listen at your own peril, as the Bodachs have sabotaged Jeremy's audio to prevent him from advising this realm of their existence. We tried to salvage his comments even after the Bodachs' otherworldly attacks. 

​Odd Thomas sees dead people. However, that is not the strangest or most interesting thing about him. Dea...

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December 2, 2020 81 min

Shakin Shaner and Mike from Comics in the Golden Age (@ComicsintheGA) let their geek flags fly on the original Adventures of Jonny Quest which aired in 1964!

​They discuss the uniqueness of the show when it first aired, starting with the original artwork from Doug Wildey, the influence from the comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and even James Bond.  The show only lasted one season, but churned out 26 episodes of action adventur...

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November 11, 2020 61 min

Shakin Shaner explores the life and legacy of Major General Smedley Butler, AKA, Old Gimlet Eye, who received two Congressional Medals of Honor.  He dives into his life after the Marine Corps and touch on his participation in the March of the Bonus Army, the Business Plot and his book, "War is a Racket".  This is truly a great story about honorable service, giving back and standing up for veterans, derailing a plot against ...

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October 30, 2020 92 min

Shakin Shaner and his friend and cinema enthusiast, Jeff, discuss some of the reasons why we like scary/horror movies. They discuss several of the subcategories including the monster movies of the 1930s and 40s, Hitchcock, the 80's slasher movies, alien movies, vampire, zombie, and several other movies that they find scary or disturbing. Also check out the new sponsor, WTF Films and their movie trailer.  Guaranteed to make you ...

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September 30, 2020 64 min

In this episode, Shakin Shaner is joined by four expert panelists to debate the complex issue of the Jetson Transport Tube Thingies: Why don't we have them and who dropped the ball.  Apparently companies in the 1960s were working on the technology to transport humans in pneumatic tubes just like in the Jetsons. However, we never got the technology so Shakin Shaner and Lisa, Ashleigh, Jim and Randy join him to debate the reasons...

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September 9, 2020 59 min

Shakin Shaner and his friend Randy, a fellow book worm, embark on an enthusiastic nerd-in on Ivanhoe. They explore this 200 year old novel, how they discovered it by the same means and the positive impact it had on both of them. With Randy's background in history and time spent as an educator, they dig deep into some of the background, discuss the historical significance of King Richard, Prince John and even Robin Hood. Check o...

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