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This Week in News: 6/27/19

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Rodge dives into the World’s more wacky and bizarre headlines this week from alien signs to singing seals. Get the skinny on the most hipster summer reading list and wackiest world cup soccer drills.


Episode 25: June 27, 2019

TITLE: This Week in News: 6/27/19

HEADLINE: Rubber chickens, seals, and aliens, oh my! Rodge dives into the World’s more wacky and bizarre headlines this week.

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Rodge dives into the World’s more wacky and bizarre headlines this week from alien signs to singing seals. Get the skinny on the most hipster summer reading list and wackiest world cup soccer drills.


Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!

Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the Seals in Scotland... Say hello Nessie!


Bomb from Aliens Warns Humanity: “Be Good or Else

After a bomb was discovered outside a Pennsylvania hotel, man claims it was a warning that aliens will destroy the planet if humans don’t "start being good people,” police said. David Oxenrider, 29, was taken into custody by state troopers after they responded to the scene at the Bahney House in Myerstown, PA. Oxenrider allegedly told the hotel manager that he made an explosive device and was keeping it in his room. When the manager told him to remove it from the building, Oxenrider allegedly placed it next to the dumpster outside of the hotel. A state police bomb squad disabled the package, and no one was injured in the incident. No known alien attacks have occurred since.


Scottish Soccer Team Plays Chicken

Scottish Women’s Team won’t bawk down. After their recent defeat to England in their World Cup opener, the team was seen practicing in a bizarre drill that included the use of rubber chickens. In a video posted to the team’s Facebook page, a coach is heard squawking at the players: “Do not get touched by the chicken!” while Fiona Brown smacks a teammate over and over with it. The Scots hope to put a feather in their cap on Friday with a win over Japan on Friday. Good cluck, fair lassies!

Crispy Critters Cereal



The Seattle Public Library has put together the most hipster reading list of all time! That’s right, Seattle Public Library has used an algorithm to search over 100 million records to find books that haven’t been checked out in over 10 years. Want to impress your favorite gourmet barista? Put on your Harry Potter specs and pull out a copy of Johnny Painter, Lead Pencil, or even No. Rodge would probably love the book No. Instead of responding to people’s queries as they interrupted my reading, I could just hold up the cover. I wonder if there’s a sequel called “Yes.”


Scientists in Scotland Reveal - Seals Can Copy Human Jib Jab and Even Sing a Tune

Well I’ll be jiggered. Sky News reports, grey seals are capable of singing songs from popular movies, even mimicking human language. W-ww-what!? Professor Vincent Janik of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews, pointed out that while copying language is one thing, understanding it is quite another. (His little band of science rebels) at the University of St Andrews say they trained three grey seals to copy sound sequences, resulting in a several-note rendition of Twinkle... Twinkle... Little Star, and Sir John Williams Star Wars theme. Have a listen

Lead researcher Amanda Stansbury said the seal mimmicry was not “perfect, but given that these are not typical seal sounds it is pretty impressive." The marine mammals were also found to be able to copy human speech sounds, including vowels. Can you believe it!? Why soon we’ll be picnicking with these fish eating aristocrats in McCarther Park! AMAZING!


This week’s news has me gobsmacked and giddy with wonderment. I mean, just imagine… just THINK if we could talk with the animals? What beast would you befriend? Dare I ask? Bobby DARIN is up to the task. Let’s gallop over to his wild number “If I Could Talk to the Animals” Take it away Bobby!



And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.

Until next time… make a good day!

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