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Geek/CounterGeek – #50: Was Total Recall Actually A Dream?

There may or may not be a new Beetlejuice movie on the way, depending on who you ask.

The new Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped during the week, and the Internet exploded with glee.

Daisy Ridley may already have an exciting non-Star Wars role lined up.

Plus, Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad finally tackle one of the ultimate questions: Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall?

Each week Keith Conrad and Chicago’s Top Geek Elliott Serrano debate a controversial topic in contemporary geekery: Kirk vs. Picard? Was Douglas Quaid dreaming in Total Recall? No topic is off limits.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 12-1-15: Unexpected Day Off

The University of Chicago was shut down on Monday because of a threat against the campus and it turns out it wasn’t just a student trying to get out of an exam. Someone posted online that they were going to be on campus and shoot 16 students, as many campus police as possible and themselves. They said it was in response to the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 3.38 million. U.S. opening week sales for Adele’s new album, “25,” the first to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen’s history of monitoring sales.

Because it’s that time of the year: The gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas would cost $34,131 in 2015.

The next world’s tallest building will be in Basra, Iraq and will be 1 kilometer tall. It should be done in 2025.

In technology news, A breach has compromised 4.8 million records of Hong Kong-based toy company VTech, potentially exposing customer account data to hackers.

Plus, a YouTuber claims to have found pictures of a mouse scurrying around on Mars.

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What Are We Going To Call This Thing? – #9: I Think That’s Ancient Hebrew For 9-9-9

Dave and Keith dissect a very bad week for Republican Presidential candidate and amateur historian Ben Carson.

Keith explains why, despite the fact that he never pitched in the Major Leagues, he may need to have Tommy John Surgery.

Plus, in Conrad’s Tales of the Unknown, Dave and Keith talk about the news from NASA about the planet Mars.

Dave Stripling and Keith Conrad are producers for rival Chicago morning radio shows, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get along. This forbidden friendship is a lot like West Side Story, except with less finger-snapping.

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Carson’s theory: Egypt’s pyramids stored grain
Paul mocks Carson: ‘Aliens’ likely built pyramids
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Mars’ Atmosphere Stripped by Solar Winds, NASA Says
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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-8-15: Bleak Financial Wasteland

According to a new survey, approximately 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts and 21% don’t even have a savings account. That’s certainly the case for me at the moment.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 2.8 percent. Cigarette shipments in the US are set to rise for the first time since 2006.

Have you ever used Waze? It’s a GPS app that also allows user to share information about things like traffic and speedtraps. A woman in Brazil was led by the Waze app to the wrong address where she was shot and killed.

An employee for the company working with Hillary Clinton on her double secret email server expressed concerns about what they were doing. One wrote to a coworker that he was, “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) s**t.”

In science news, it turns out there’s life on Mars, probably — the issue is that we may have put it there. At the 2011 launch of the Curiosity rover, there were an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 heat-resistant bacterial spores on the robot.

Plus, a South Carolina man called 911 early Wednesday morning to complain that his girlfriend would not have sex with him.

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Geek/CounterGeek – #33: Will We Ever Actually Get To Mars?

MacGuyver may be headed back to your TV. Keith thinks the news demonstrates that there is a career field in Hollywood that seems to offer a strange amount of career security.

Sarah Michelle Gellar teased Star Wars fans with the possibility that she might play Princess Leia on Star Wars Rebels. She will be on the show, but it won’t be as Leia.

The Terminator franchise is on hole indefinitely after less than stellar returns from Terminator Genysis. Keith thinks there will one day be room for a reboot of the franchise, but they have to give it a little more time and make a few tough decisions.

Plus, Elliott and Keith tackle the question that has haunted parents on road trips since the days of the Oregon Trail: “Are we there yet?” Watching The Martian over the weekend, Keith started to wonder if NASA will ever actually be able to send crews to Mars.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-5-15: Armed But Not Dangerous

A veteran and Umpqua student explained on MSNBC the night of the shooting the potential concerns if he and other vets tried to act. John Parker said he does have a concealed carry permit and had a firearm on him when the shooting happened, and so he and others around him wanted to see if they would be able to intervene. They ultimately decided not to, because it could have made them a target for SWAT teams responding to the shooting. Does that make him a coward or just smart?

Interesting Stat of the Day: $5.4 million. Congress is taking action following the revelation the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million over four years to salute the troops during its broadcasts.

A White House petition posted Friday is calling on President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chris Mintz. He is the Army veteran who has been hailed as a hero after trying to block the gunman and taking multiple bullets on Thursday’s mass shooting.

ISIS has opened two theme parks for young children. They are in Syria and Iraq, and include among other things spinning teacups, a big wheel and a miniature.

In technology news, based undoubtedly on the success of The Martian over the weekend, Elon Musk is walking back his plan to nuke Mars to terraform it. He says that he doesn’t actually want to nuke Mars, he wants to create a couple of artificial Suns.

Plus, a guy in Russia was spotted driving around with a bear in his passenger seat.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-29-14: The Walking Brain-Dead

Distracted walking is become a bigger problem than distracted driving. All over the place people are looking at their phones rather than where they are walking and they are running into things en masse.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 20 percent. The first two days of the new TV season saw a 20 percent drop in 18- to 24-year-old viewers compared to 2014.

A mom is upset because she went to Party City looking for a costume for her 3 year old daughter and found only three options: A cheerleader, cowgirl and police officer. Worse, the police officer outfit had a short skirt, low-cut top and boots with high heels.

CNN has created some drama surrounding the first Democratic Presidential debate. They say they will allow Joe Biden to participate in the first debate, even if he announces a run for the White House on the day of the debate.

In science news, NASA announced on Tuesday that they’ve found evidence of liquid water currently on Mars.

Plus, A couple near the border between Mexico and Arizona woke up to a sudden, loud crashing sound. It turned out to be a 23-pound package of marijuana that fell through their roof.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-28-15: Tag, You’re Emotionally Damaged

A school district in Washington state has decided to ban the game of tag. They say they are trying to ensure they “physical and emotional safety of all students.”

Interesting Stat of the Day: 13 minutes, 22 seconds. That’s how long it took five competitive eaters to choke down an entire goat in the name of ending the curse against the Cubs.

A high school quarterback died after being tackled in a game Friday. His teammates didn’t know how severe his injuries were and kept playing.

Bill Clinton told Fareed Zakaria on CNN that Donald Trump is a “master brander” and could win the GOP Presidential nomination. He said that Trump has been able to distinguish himself in a way that plenty of other Republican candidates haven’t been able to do.

In science news, NASA says that on Monday they will unveil a new discovery that solves one of the on-going mysteries on the planet Mars.

Plus, Matthew McConaughey’s brother gets year supply of beer for naming son Miller Lyte.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-17-15: A Clockwork, Stupid

On Wednesday, America learned about Ahmed Mohamed, a 14 year old in Texas who thought it would be cool to build a homemade clock. His teachers thought it was a bomb, called the police and he was arrested. After that though, he may have had the best day ever. Not only were people outraged on social media, but people actually stepped up to help him out, big time. The White House invited him to come and demonstrate his homemade clock, and he also got invitations from Facebook, NASA and MIT.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 85 percent. That’s the percentage of parents of high-school aged kids who said that computer science courses were just as, or more, important than classes like math, science, history and English

Actor and comedian Stephen Rannazzisi is coming clean about a lie he told about being in one of the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001. He was in Manhattan, but nowhere near the twin towers.

The Republican Presidential candidates faced off in a debate last night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

In science news, NASA said the first manned flight of its Orion capsule, a deep-space vehicle intended to eventually allow human exploration of Mars, is likely to be delayed by two years to 2023.

Plus, Waterton Canyon in Colorado has been warning people repeatedly that taking selfies with the bears in the park isn’t a good idea, but people keep on doing it. So now they are debating whether or not they will have to close the park.

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Gabatron Morning Briefing – 9-15-15: Hot & Blistery Corporal Punishment

A Texas coach is in trouble after he had students do “bear crawls” on the turf field outside as punishment for being late. The students all ended up with sore hands and knees, some even had actual burns.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 2.8 million. That’s the number of people who have been advised to evacuate their homes in eastern Japan thanks to heavy flooding.

In science news, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly is officially halfway through his epic year-long stay at the International Space Station.

NBC has announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity Apprentice.

In technology news, the entire online world came to a crashing halt yesterday for 35 long minutes. Twitter’s website was down for a healthy chunk of the afternoon, causing near panic and severe bouts of boredom.

Plus, a group of scientists and professional buzzkills are making it clear that Elon Musk’s plan of nuking Mars to terraform it is not a good idea.

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