Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 72 “Resetting the Mountain, Erasing the Saga”

We’re back this week after an unplanned break with a full show. In Disney Detective we talk about the major changes coming the Splash Mountain. Then we’ll examine the delays with the previously planned July 17th reopening of Disneyland. We’ll finish up with a look at a recent lawsuit victory for Disney regarding accessibility and it’s Fast Pass system.

Star Wars Insights takes a look at the many pseudonyms of Mark Hamill and his cameos throughout the later Star Wars projects that Disney has undertaken. We’ll examine a new book that suggests there was only one Jedi who could have stopped the rise of the Empire. We’ll finish up with some wild speculation and some connecting of the dots that suggest Disney might have a way to erase the much maligned sequel trilogy and start over.

Entertainment News will talk about a much loved Marvel Cinematic Universe star who will not be making an appearance in the final season of Agents of SHIELD despite the current time traveling story line being a perfect opportunity for the crossover. And Disney World Rival and Comcast owned Universal Orlando plans on moving forward with its Halloween celebration despite Disney’s cancellation of their own version of the event in the COVID-19 conditions.

Then we’ll finish up with a couple of great Insightful Picks of the Week in this Independence Day themed show. Another great podcast coming at you this week!

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 72 “Teens and Religion”

This week we take a deeper look into Madison’s beliefs and religious upbringing. We’ll take a look at the religious background of her parents, talk about the religious holidays we celebrate and how we celebrate them. We’ll also talk about what religious services we attend and our overall beliefs from a larger picture standpoint.

Our second segment address statistics on religion and teens. How important is religion to different age groups. What benefits people gain from their faith as well as some of the unexpected consequences of religion on peoples lives.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 71 “The Dark Side of Cancellations”

This week Disney Detective investigates attempts by unionized Disneyland employees to delay the planned July 9th opening of the park for safety reasons. Disney World cancels all occurrences of the “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2020 due to social distancing concerns. Disney World begins testing a new hand-off security back check at Disney Springs that could revolutionize mass security scans for public facilities.

Star Wars Insights will delve into the bad news of Star Wars Celebration 2020’s cancellation and when we can expect to see the popular fan convention return. We also take a peak behind the scenes to see what the Adam Driver inspired back story for his character Kylo Ren might have been in a special Father’s Day related story.

Entertainment News takes a look at a scheduling change and the extension of eligibility window for the 93rd Academy Awards. We’ll also explore plans for San Diego Comic-Con to move to a Virtual Convention format free for all to experience the unique event along with exclusive merchandise and much more.

We’ll wrap up with our Insightful Picks of the Week. This week we’ll highlight The Great Debate from Syfy and World War II: Total War on Amazon Prime. Stick around at the end for some after thoughts on upcoming convention news as well.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 71 “Q&A Series: Existential and Philosophical Questions”

This weeks set of questions get’s deep. We talk about hypothetical, existential, philosophical and religious questions. From conversation starters such as “would you rather live at the beach or mountains” to philosophical questions like “is it ever ok to lie” we’ve got a load of unanswered questions. We’ll talk about surviving the Zombie Apocalypse to what would you like to be famous for. We’ll ask the difficult questions like “do adults automatically deserve respect” right down to “what do you think is the meaning of life”.

It’s a fun filled question and answer session that takes down paths we didn’t originally expect to go when preparing for the show. Madison reveals surprisingly complex, mature and well reasoned answers to some of the more subject questions that teens and adults alike are asked and find difficult to answer. It’s an enjoyable discussion that gives some real insights into the teenage mind.

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Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 70 “A Splash of Soccer”

Disneyland Resort releases details of it’s reopening plan starting on July 17th, the parks 65th anniversary. Disney saves another sport, this time Major League Soccer will be housing it’s next active tournament at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. And Disney faces backlash over Splash Mountain and it’s “Song of the South” based theme.

In Entertainment News we take a look at the trademark battle brewing between the United States Space Force and Netflix’s Space Force for international merchandising. Then we’ll close out the show with two great Insightful Picks of the Week. Michelle will talk about the Amazon Prime documentary “Bettie Page Reveals All’. Joe highlights the Netflix documentary “History 101”.

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Insights Into Teens: Episode 70 “School Refusal”

Anxiety, stress and fear in a teenager can lead to an unwillingness or inability to attend school. This week we discuss what School Refusal is. We’ll look at the symptoms and warning signs to look for. We’ll investigate some of the common causes of School Refusal. And we will look at some of the ways that parents and guardians can help their children overcome some of these issues.

Teenage years are stressful in nature. Add to that the social awkwardness associated with school, the expectations of performance in school and the random variables of bullies, peer rejection, family conflict and underlying anxiety disorder and you have a perfect storm. Supporting our children and ensuring they have an outlet to work through these issues is key. We’ll talk about this and much more in this week’s episode.

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