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Geek/CounterGeek – #66: Happy 50th Birthday Star Trek!

Keith spent Labor Day weekend at DragonCon, where he saw an “old friend” of Elliott’s.

You can’t swing a dead cat on the Internet without hitting a Star Wars spoiler, but Keith doesn’t buy that any of them are actually accurate.

Plus, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, Elliott and Keith talk about their favorite Star Trek moments.

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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Geek/CounterGeek – #65: Money In The Star Trek Universe

Last week Elliott Serrano and Keith Conrad expressed their concern with Chief O’Brien’s lack of career advancement in Star Trek; The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, which got them wondering: If there isn’t any money in the future in Star Trek, would there be any career advancement at all? How exactly would the world work without money? Would it actually be any better?

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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Geek/CounterGeek – #64: Is Captain America Retired?

An email from a listener has Elliott and Keith wondering about Chief O’Brien’s career in Starfleet before he showed up on the USS Enterprise.

Plus, has the movie version of Steve Rogers put down his Captain America shield for good? In an interview with The Huffington Post, directors Joe and Anthony Russo set the record straight on exactly where Steve (Chris Evans) stood philosophically at the end of the film. “I think him dropping that shield is him letting go of that identity,” said Joe. “[It’s] him admitting that certainly the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.” Steve can’t be the dutiful soldier anymore, not after all he’s seen.

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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Geek/CounterGeek – #63: A Red Shirt Gets Their Own Show?

Sad news in the sci-fi world this week, as Kenny Baker the actor who brought R2-D2 to life in Star Wars died at the age of 82.

Also, in the Star Wars world, the second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiered during the Olympics. The geek world reacted with the predictable amount of joy.

Plus, more details are starting to emerge about CBS’s new online Star Trek series. Most notably, the main character will be both female and not the captain, which will be a first in the Star Trek universe. This got Keith Conrad and Elliott Serrano talking about which Star Trek supporting characters should have had their own show.

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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Geek/CounterGeek – #62: (Suicide) Squad Goals

NBC and ABC seem to have gone full boat in tinkering with the Space-time continuum with their new shows this fall. Elliott and Keith agree that Timeless and Time After Time both look interesting, but network TV could have done something a little better if they wanted to tackle time travel.

Speaking of television, Disney head honchos are once again dropping hints that there could be a live-action Star Wars show headed to the small screen. Elliott is skeptical, because of the cost involved in doing it right, but Keith may have a possible solution. Also, it appears there may be a figure from the Star Wars prequel trilogy showing up in Rogue One.

Plus, Suicide Squad hit theaters over the weekend. It seems like people loved or hate it. Elliott shared which side of the fence he comes down on.

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 – 8-1-16: The Old Man In The Cave

A guy in Argentina has been living in alone in a cave for 40 years. When he gets hungry he picks up his rifle and goes hunting or heads on a three-hour trek down the mountain to the nearest settlement, and he has a creek nearby for all of his drinking water needs. He’s definitely roughing it. No phone, no lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury. Like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. I have to be honest with you, the way things are going, living in a cave doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

JetBlue is offering flights to Cuba for $99 one-way or $210 round-trump starting August 31st. How long do you think it will be before someone says something the Castro brothers don’t like, and they end up thrown in a gulag, bringing this thing to an end? The over/under is 3 months…

Donald Trump is upset about the Presidential debate schedule this fall, mostly because two of them are on a Sunday and Monday night respectively. He says he’s not alone, because the NFL wrote to him complaining about it as well. The problem is the NFL has responded and they say that while they would prefer a different night for the debates, they never complained about it to Trump.

A daredevil skydiver jumped out of an airplane without a parachute from 25,000 feet over the weekend, successfully landing in a net instead. I have at least two people I’d like to see give that a try.

Speaking of the wild blue yonder, the Air Force has decided to raise their enlistment age limit from 27 to 39. So, enlisted recruits can now experience the joys of basic training in their late 30s. Actually, it is good to know that’s still a valid career option for me.

One more thing to worry about: According to a new report, logging on to public WiFi could potentially pose a catastrophic risk. Basically, there’s no way to know if the connection is actually secure or not. Gabatron.com is always secure though.

What Are We Going To Call This Thing? – #13: If We Put Hitler In The Title It Will Trend

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In think week’s thrilling edition, Dave and Keith discuss Hitler’s triumphant return to TV sitcoms (Really, this is a thing that’s happening). This gets Keith revved up on one of his pet peeves: People who get the definition of Fascism all wrong. Keith worries that he might lose a Mancard for being excited about Fuller House on Netflix. And of course the worst Valentine’s Days we’ve ever had.

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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2016 Predictions with Rob Hart, Jill Urchak & Keith Conrad

Listen to the Big John Howell Show weekday morning 5-9am CT on 890 WLS in Chicago.

Rob Hart and Jill Hart sat in for Big John Howell on 890 WLS as John took some time off during the holidays. Rob, Jill and Executive Producer Keith Conrad took some time out on New Years Day to speculate on the upcoming events of 2016. Predictions include Donald Trump’s use of the Apprentice television program to select a running mate, a meteorite of death, Hillary Clinton’s true gender, and events to take place in the 2016 Olympic games.

Geek/CounterGeek – #35: Would You Want To Live In Back To The Future’s 2015?

Fandango has announced a marathon of all the Star Wars movies just before The Force Awakens is released in December. Plus, a new trailer will debut during Monday Night Football. Keith is somewhat annoyed by the obvious corporate synergy going on there.

Star Wars Rebels is back, for good this time. After taking several months off since the debut of the season finale, they’ve come back with some friends from the Clone Wars Days.

Plus, this week is finally the day that Marty McFly visits in Back to the Future II: October 21, 2015. Elliott and Keith discuss which version of 2015 is better — the Robert Zemeckis version, or reality.

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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Star Wars Marathons, Tickets Sales and Movie Theater Exclusives All Announced
A New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Will Debut During Monday Night Football
Star Wars Rebels Season 2 is off to a strong start
Back to the Future Day October 21, 2015
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