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Dork&Beans (often written as Dork and Beans) is a free podcast hosted by writer and culture critic Elliot Harris. Its first episode went online on March 23 of 2018. The show is hosted on Apple Podcasts as well as several other hosting affiliates.
The podcast features a format in the style of an open discussion, with the distinction of never editing the audio of episodes in post production. All conversations are unscripted, and often topical or based on community suggestions.
Initial format and response
The first episode of the show titled "First is the worst" introduces the viewership to the tonality and style of the podcast. Dork&Beans doesn't script or edit the dialogue in any episodes, allowing for improvisation and original content. The episodes continue to maintain the content patterns of several culture topics being critiqued and speculated upon. Video games, movies, television, comics, role playing, tabletop games and many more fandoms are touched on regularly.
Episode seven was the first time a pressing issue was addressed, with the podcast coming out in favour of preserving net neutrality in the face of the USA's looming vote on the subject. Since then links to support worthy causes and groups, as well as in-podcast mentions, became the response to global affairs. Recently, due to the show being based in Toronto, Dork&Beans has featured several episodes that focused on the tragedy and aftermath of the Toronto Van Attack and Danforth Shooting respectively.
As of 2018, each show episode is aired weekly and posted around freely afterwards. The regular pattern for an episode has one large focal topic, that is often spoken about at length. Before or after a secondary or tertiary topic will be covered as well. Dork&Beans maintains a foot in the modern and vintage content areas, with reviews covering both recent releases and those "off the shelf".
The episodes lengths vary, with some averaging around ten minutes, and on the other end averaging around thirty minutes.
Guests and Community Involvement
Dork&Beans encourages community suggestions for content . Comments submitted via iTunes or the podcast's official Twitter are incorporated into episodes as frequently as possible.
Guests in both the entertainment fields, as well as local Toronto persons are all scheduled to appear as guests in near future episodes.
Segments and Themes
Often the podcast opens with Elliot telling anecdotes about his recent personal life, often turning into characteristic rants about DC comic characters, Marvel films, Toronto infrastructure, food, or the frustrations from people he deals with. The show episodes are usually heavy with cultural references and throwbacks to a variety of mediums.
Despite the premise of reviews and critiques, Dork&Beans promotes a positive response to media. The number of positive featured films is far greater than that of negative ones, and the language and tonal message is one of an appreciation for the content.
Despite the show's left leaning opinions on many issues (Marijuana legalization, LGBT rights, etc.) Dork&Beans strives to keep the episodes fairly free of political opinions and discourse.
Dork&Beans was created (and is currently hosted) by Elliot Harris in Toronto. A self described "Cultural Renaissance Man" Elliot shares from his broad history as a "dork" as well as from firsthand travels and experiences with the content. The first academic foray into pop-culture for Elliot was publishing "Superheroes and the Cold War" in university, a theoretical revisionist history book exploring the presence of comic heroes in our world's past . Elliot's writing experience has turned to reviews since school, but with a brief comedy and script writing period in between. Dork&Beans exists as an improvisational styled show, with Elliot and several of the guests possessing formal training in comedic improv.
As an avid convention attendee in Ontario, many related topics get an in depth look such as; cosplay manufacturing, celebrity meetings, panel hosting, and more.
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