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Wrapped Up S1E10: An electronic panic reaches the White House

Welcome back to another episode of Byte's news podcast, "Wrapped Up"! In this episode, Blake Chapman reports on President Biden's meeting on semiconductor shortages, the new live-action Gundam, and Sony's new investment in mobile gaming. Tune in for all this and more on this week's episode of Wrapped Up! Host: Blake Chapman Edited by: Blake Chapman Graphic by: Emily Hanes



‘My Hero Academia’ Season 5, Episode 4: “Make It Happen, Shinso!”

Despite the slow-developing story arc, this episode held many attributes contributing to the character growth of less developed characters in the My Hero Academia universe. However, it only added to the growing anticipation for when Deku will finally square off against Shinso again. Minor characters receive more depth to their personality, and we start to see a growing relationship between the distant Shinso and Class 1-A. All of which establish a starting point for more teamwork and well-developed interpersonal relationships in the future, impacting their journey as heroes and overall character growth. 



Artist of the Month: Rina Sawayama

Despite the alarming number of assignments congregating on my to-do list and the mountains of textbooks piled on the desk in my tiny dorm room, I scrolled through Tik Tok. I did this because it is the only thing that drags me from the pull of schoolwork and gives me a break from the pressures of being a sophomore in college. Most of my feed includes memes and music, so I am used to people on the platform recommending me new music. But it was the dreamy and up-beat sound used as a dramatic parallel to the heavy references including systematic racism and generational trauma that drew me to Rina Sawayama. 



Possible ‘Sons of Anarchy’ works

During its seven-season run, Sons of Anarchy became one of, if not the most, successful series on FX, gaining a massive following along the way. With the popularity of the show, it is no surprise that a spin-off series, Mayans M.C., was put into development. Season three recently premiered on FX, however, the original creator of the Sons of Anarchy universe, Kurt Sutter, was fired after Disney took over the brand. Before his departure, Sutter had other projects in the works that now possibly won’t come into fruition. 


Agree to Disagree: Godzilla vs. Kong

There have been countless “versus” movies where studios pin two popular characters against one another. Aliens vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, and Batman vs. Superman are some of the most notable ones, with Godzilla vs. Kong being added to that ever-growing list. Between these two titans, who is the reigning champion?



Remixed Minisode: Lil Nas X stirs up controversy

  Welcome back to another minisode of Remixed! In this episode, join Sam as he discusses the controversy surrounding Lil Nas X's new single, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) and Sam's thoughts on it! Tune in as we discuss all this and more on this week's minisode! Hosts: Sam Shipe Edited by: Sam Shipe Graphic by: Emily Hanes


Wrapped Up S1E9- Despite COVID-19 E3 doesn't flee

Welcome back to another episode of Byte's news podcast, "Wrapped Up"! In this episode, Kellyn Harrison reports on E3's return after a year of COVID, Jimmy Fallon's AmongUs charity stream, and what to expect for Record Store Day 2021. But that's not it! Listen in on the latest news regarding Twitch's new misconduct policy and the U.S's stance on the 2022 Beijing Olympics!