It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast! You’ll probably notice there’s no episode number this time around, but that doesn’t make it any less special. Big changes are coming to the best free speech podcast money can buy (we’d love some money if you wanna send, just saying), including some key personality swaps that can’t be avoided. All good things, however, and we’re doing it without missing a beat.

Also making his Safe Spaces debut is legendary grumpster Herman Exum, famed across the internets for his pithy commentary on technology and love of the arcade. Make him feel welcome, why don’t ya!

The guys pay their R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to the legendary “Queen of Soul” herself, Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week at the age of 76 after battling a particularly nasty form of pancreatic cancer. Apart from a career that spanned decades and topped nearly every chart imaginable, she continues to influence just about everyone who followed. Listen for a lively reflection on some of the most surprising covers in music history, including a few tunes you’d never think were actually covers. Plus, they get to talk about the joys of Rick Astley and the classic Rickroll. What’s not to love about that?

On a serious note, if you or anyone you know is suffering from – or may be a hereditary high risk – for any form of cancer, stop whatever you’re doing and schedule a visit with the doctor right away. The sooner the diagnosis, the sooner the treatment (or preventative treatment) can start. Don’t play games with your health if you don’t have to.

If you’re not sure where to start, head over to the American Cancer Institute website today for a few good suggestions. What are you waiting for?

Did you see the new killer shark movie The Meg, starring the irrepressible Jason Statham? You probably did, or know someone who did, as the movie has been doing gangbusters at the box-office. It’s also one of the most high-profile American/Chinese productions yet, which helps explain why there’s so many Chinese victims being gobbled up by the movie’s marquee monster.

Listen as the guys take you through the strange, wacky world of the endlessly popular “killer shark” mockbuster film genre, which includes such “classics” like The Asylum’s Sharknado franchise, as well as fan-favorite Shark Attack 3: Megalodon starring Doctor Who and Arrow favorite John Barrowman. You can never have too much shark.

Things wrap up with a frank conversation about infamous Silicon Valley billionaire celebrity, Elon Musk. The man behind tech-favorites PayPal, TESLA, SpaceX, solar-powered batteries and possible Mars travel has been in the news lately, and for all the wrong reasons. From bizarre Twitter rants that rocked the stock market to accusations of drug usage, the future of Musk in both the tech world – and as one of the most popular figures of industry – is definitely in question, and it’s pretty clear his erratic behavior can’t be blamed on Ambien alone.

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