It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast! Episode 58! That’s a lot of episodes, and we’ve got lots more to talk about. Tons more. Let’s get right to it!

Things start off fresh with a brief overview of Pixar’s Incredibles 2, which broke box-office records last week and will be the final film from the company to include the name “John Lasseter” in any capacity. Sure to break box-office records this week is the super-sequel Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom, which doesn’t get a brief overview from our guests as we’re not prone to spoilers. OK, that’s not true, but at least we’re being honest about it. Same goes for Anton’s belated views on Star Trek: Discovery, a show that’s beleaguered on its best day, though for surprising reasons you might not have considered.

From here co-host Nate revisits his recent interview with author Travis Jeppensen about his new book See You Again in Pyongyang, which tells the story of “the first American to study in North Korea”, which leads to a fascinating discussion about politics and propaganda in the so-called Hermit Kingdom. What’s real and what’s simply “epic kitsch”? You’ll be hard-pressed to tell after listening to a discussion that’s at least twice as open-minded as anything you’ll see on cable news. Or anywhere else. We promise.

It’s also one not for the faint of heart, and in the interest of full disclosure we’re including a link to some of the gruesome imagery on display at the country’s Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities to help illustrated this. We usually don’t give trigger warnings…so proceed with caution.

A quick segue into updates regarding certain statements from our last guest-filled special episode with Corey Janzen lead co-host Anton to realize he may have underestimated the power social provocateur Anita Sarkeesian holds over fans/fanatics, as well as the unfortunate “erasure” of Nerdist founder and The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, who was effectively banished from brands he created and show he hosts immediately following unsubstantiated claims by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Did you know that Hardwick subsequently released text messages that appear to throw her account of what happened into suspicion? Probably not, because due process no longer exists in the circles these two run in.

Concluding this week’s episode is a brief look at the current news cycle’s biggest, unavailable, elephant in the room: the crisis of immigrant children being ripped from their parents while seeking asylum in the US. Or maybe that should be the “crisis” of immigrant children allegedly being separated from people who may or may not be relatives while they await processing. One event, different perspectives. While we can agree to disagree about the solution, not helping people make rational decisions have been the many photos purporting to “show” child detention centers, complete with chain fences, cages, and foil wrapped blankets. Oh my.

While nearly every photo can be reasonably ‘explained’ as taken from a different administration (or, in at least one case, completely misrepresented), there’s little to explain about Time Magazine’s outlandish cover showing a crying little girl being looked down on by a scowling President Trump. It was fake. Even if you take the magazine’s subsequent apology (i.e. correction, on Twitter of all places) at face value, it still doesn’t change the fact they misrepresented both the original photo and its accompanying message to promote an agenda over fair and accurate journalism. Despite the blatant and intentional misrepresentation, Time stands by the original report’s overall messaging. Facts be damned; the damage is done.

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