PopCult Rudy Panucci on Pop Culture

The AIR is under the Weather

It’s rerun time again this week on The AIR as we give our listeners a chance to catch up with some of our favorite episodes of our music programs from the last few months. It’s still great stuff, and you can tune in at the website, or on this embedded radio player…

As many of you know, The AIR, PopCult’s internet radio component, is pretty much a one-man show (with considerable help from Mel Larch and our friends at Haversham Recording Institute in London). That means that when I’m not feeling great, something’s gotta give, and this week it’s the new programming on The AIR.

By way of explanation, your PopCulteer has made no secret of the fact that he has an auto-immune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis. This disease causes my immune system to attack the membranes that transmit nerve signals to my muscles. In the reverse of the way things usually work, the more I use a muscle, the weaker it becomes. It can be very serious, but I am fortunate to have an extremely mild case. I am not completely off the hook, though.

One of the major pitfalls of MG is that its effects worsen in extreme heat and cold. If you were in the United States last weekend you can probably see where this is going. Last weekend my lovely wife and I made our way to Chicago for a quick theatre trip. The heat index in the Windy City was about 117 degrees last Friday and Saturday.

Now, the way heat affects me (and keep in mind that every MG patient is affected differently) is that I do fine for a day or three in extreme heat, and then it hits me like a ton of bricks and I feel like five kinds of hell for a few days.  That’s where we are now. I had planned to record Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift yesterday, but I just wasn’t up to the task. I made the decision, since the Haversham shows are scheduled to take this week off anyway, to just use reruns for everything this week so that I can recover from the trip and put together a few special photo essays from the trip, as well as cover some of the news out of SDCC and write about the revival of Toys R Us.

So we’ll be bringing you episodes of our shows from April and May this week, and The AIR will return with all-new programming next week. You can see the schedule below…