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November 12

The Report: Part XV: Mueller's Report

It's Friday, March 22, 2019. It's been nearly two years since Robert Mueller was first appointed Special Counsel. Now, he's ready to submit a final report to the Attorney General. He has uncovered a sprawling and systematic effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. And he's developed a mountain of evidence about the president's efforts to obstruct his investigation, things like witness tampering, ordering the creation of false records, and trying to fire Mueller himself. But Mueller's got a problem: a Department of Justice memo says he can't indict a sitting president. So what is he supposed to do with all this evidence? Mueller decides to just lay it all in the report, all 448 pages of it. It'll be someone else's problem to decide what to do about it: maybe a future prosecutor, maybe Congress, maybe the America electorate. That isn't really Mueller's concern. He's done what he was asked to do. Now his report can speak for itself. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 6:51 AM - 2 comments

November 9

The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 46: Manny Jacinto | Dave King, Writer | Amanda Boisselle

The Good Place: The Podcast's host Marc Evan Jackson sits down with Manny Jacinto (Jason/Jianyu), writer Dave King and production assistant Amanda Boisselle to shoot the shirt about Season 4, Episode 7, "Help Is Other People." Amanda dishes on Ted Danson and the rest of the cast's hilarious snack routine, the arduous process of becoming an assistant director and the real magic performed on set. Dave reveals how Season 4 was broken in the writers' room and the joy of watching Manny perform as Jason. Manny talks about Ted Danson's dedication to learning the magic tricks in the episode and the joy of playing loveable dumb-dumb Jason Mendoza.
posted by bq at 1:08 PM - 2 comments

November 7

The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 45: Ben Koldyke, "Brent" | Lizzy Pace, Writer | Steve Day, Director

The Good Place: The Podcast's host Marc Evan Jackson sits down with Ben Koldyke (Brent), writer Lizzy Pace and director Steve Day to shoot the shirt about Season 4, Episode 6, "A Chip Driver Mystery." Ben talks about auditioning for Allison Jones, his time as a quarterback at Dartmouth College and how he got into acting at a late age. Lizzy reveals how Mike Schur surprised her by giving her an episode to write, the inspiration for "Chip Driver" and how the character is an homage to Michael Scarn from The Office. Steve describes the difference between directing and assistant directing on The Good Place and his excitement when Mike Schur told him he'll be directing a Season 4 episode. Be sure to subscribe for more behind-the-scenes stories, performance notes and shirt-ton more!
posted by bq at 3:26 PM - 2 comments

November 4

My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 484: Griffy Griffy Bang Bang

In which we realize the scope of our commitment in promising to send a horse to college, and then determine an extremely powerful and highly lucrative name for the aforementioned horse. Suggested talking points: Halloween Delay, Candy Potluck, Happy Birthday Ronald, Medicine Blintz, We're Sending a Horse to College, Ding Dong Speed Strats, Car Expertise
posted by Tevin at 4:08 PM - 12 comments

November 2

The Report: Part XIV: The Fixer Flips

We're almost at the end of our story. This episode will cover the final set of activity that the Special Counsel examines for possible obstruction of justice: the president's behavior towards his long time attorney Michael Cohen. Unlike the other possible acts of obstruction in Volume II, which mostly occur after Trump takes office, the relevant conduct towards Cohen spans the entire time period at issue in the Mueller investigation. It starts all the way back before the campaign. To Trump Tower Moscow. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 5:47 PM - 1 comment

November 1

Friends at the Table: The Road to PARTIZAN 05: Ech0 & Dusk to Midnight

In the leadup to the next season, the friends play two games that were made for the Emotional Mecha Game Jam. First, as several confused children playing games with a dying mech pilot from a battle long past, and then as a number of pilots losing a war against the season's big villains. This episode features Austin, Jack, Art, and Keith
posted by fomhar at 4:42 PM - 3 comments

October 31

The Report: Part XIII: Pardons On The Table

It's January 2018. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are in a whole lot of trouble. The past is catching up to them. Three months earlier, they'd both been indicted on multiple felony counts and now it looks like there might be even more charges coming. Gates is getting nervous--they're facing many years in prison. Manafort tells Gates to relax. He's talked to the president's personal counsel. He says they're going to "take care of us." Manafort tells Gates he'd be stupid to plead guilty now, "just sit tight, we'll be taken care of." Gates wants to be crystal clear on what exactly Manafort's getting at. So he asks: Is the president going to pardon them? [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 8:46 AM - 1 comment

The Adventure Zone: Graduation Ep. 1 "Orientation"

It's the first day of school! There are new friends to be made and plenty to explore! The teachers and staff are here to help with any problem that may arise! Just be sure to steer clear of Groundsy's hut...   Please enjoy the first episode of The Adventure Zone: Graduation!
posted by Tevin at 5:46 AM - 51 comments

October 28

My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 483: Face 2 Face: Beemen

We're taking a sick week and tossing up another live show from our most recent tour: Our maiden voyage to the good city Philadelphia. Unfortunately, we left that city worse off than we found it -- which is to say, covered in Beemen. We assume we will not be invited back.
posted by Tevin at 1:01 PM - 6 comments

The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 44: Jameela Jamil, Actress | Joe Mande, Writer

The Good Place: The Podcast's host Marc Evan Jackson sits down with Jameela Jamil and writer Joe Mande to shoot the shirt about Season 4, Episode 5, "Employee of the Bearimy." Jameela talks about the faux-abusive email she sent to Mike Schur; Joe describes the green screen process behind filming Michael (Ted Danson) and Jason's (Manny Jacinto) hand car scene and reveals a writers' room Easter egg. They also talk about Jason Mantzoukas' insatiable impulse to ad-lib in scenes and the Easter eggs in the Bad Place that contain a Parks and Recreation crossover. [more inside]
posted by bq at 10:14 AM - 4 comments

October 24

The Adventure Zone: The The Adventure Zone Zone: Amnesty Wrap-Up!

We're answering some questions about The Adventure Zone: Amnesty in this bonus episode, and talking very, very briefly about our next season! It's called Graduation, and it launches next week!
posted by Tevin at 1:46 PM - 10 comments

Heavyweight: #27 Scott

Eight years ago, when Scott was addicted to heroin, he crossed a line he thought he would never cross. And he's been trying to uncross it since. Fourth installment in the new series - a story for fathers and sons... Credits: hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein; episode produced by Stevie Lane, along with Kalila Holt and BA Parker; editing by Jorge Just; special thanks to Emily Condon, Alex Blumberg, Nathan Foster, Jacob Eppler, and Jackie Cohen; mixed by Bobby Lord; music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, Michael Charles Smith, Podington Bear, Shadowlands, Stratus, Haley Shaw, and Bobby Lord; theme song by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, ad music by Haley Shaw. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 9:27 AM - 0 comments

How I Built This: Gimlet Media: Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber

Alex Blumberg made his early career by helping build two of the most successful shows in radio and podcasting: Planet Money and This American Life. In 2014, convinced that podcasts could make money, he walked away from the safe umbrella of public media to start a new media company with co-founder Matt Lieber. Every doubt, triumph and humiliation of building the business was documented on the podcast Startup, which included the back-and-forth over how the company got its name: Gimlet. Many more successful podcasts followed, and five years after launch, Gimlet sold to Spotify for roughly $200 million. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," after years of researching how women's shoes wreak havoc on the joints, Casey Kerrigan quit her job in medicine to start 3D printing more comfortable designs: Oesh Shoes.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:16 AM - 0 comments

October 23

The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 43: Cord Jefferson Tom Zawacki Josh Siegal

The Good Place: The Podcast's host Marc Evan Jackson sits down with Tom Zawacki from the props department, writer Cord Jefferson and Josh Siegal, who plays "Glenn," to shoot the shirt about Season 4, Episode 4, "Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy." They discuss the origin of Daisy the blob-horse, how Ted Danson pulled off playing "Vicky," who's playing "Michael," Team Cockroach's reaction to Michael when he admits to lying and many other great forking topics. Be sure to subscribe for more behind-the-scenes stories, performance notes and shirt-ton more! The Good Place: The Podcast is a production of NBC Entertainment Podcast Network © 2019 [more inside]
posted by bq at 10:12 AM - 5 comments

The Report: Part XII: It Will Never Get Out

It's February 6, 2018. Don McGahn is back in the Oval Office with President Trump and the new White House chief of staff John Kelly. The New York Times has just published a story reporting that, back in June of 2017, Trump had directed McGahn to have Mueller fired and that McGahn had threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. The story doesn't look good. Trump says: "You need to correct this. You're the White House counsel." Trump wants McGahn to say it never happened. But McGahn knows that it did happen. The White House Counsel is sticking to his guns. He's not going to lie. The president asks again. Is McGahn going to do a correction? McGahn feels Trump is testing his mettle, seeing how far he can be pushed. And so he answers: No. He's not. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 7:23 AM - 1 comment

October 21

My Brother, My Brother And Me: MBMBaM 482: Face 2 Face: Big Stitch Energy

Enjoy our most recent show from the gorgeous Kings Theater in Brooklyn, complete with a musical introduction from Lin and a cameo appearance by a guy who we are like — for real now — about 81 percent certain was Matt Doyle.
posted by Tevin at 1:13 PM - 6 comments

October 20

Radiolab from WNYC: Radiolab Presents: Dolly Parton's America

"Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we're here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad's special series, Dolly Parton's America. In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America's great icons." Note: this episode contains an interview with Metafilter's own Paul Slade.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:34 PM - 1 comment

StartUp Podcast: The Final Chapter

Five years ago, StartUp began chronicling the life of a fledgling Brooklyn-based podcasting company called Gimlet Media. This year, the streaming giant Spotify bought that company. In the final season of StartUp, what it's really like to sell a business. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 11:49 AM - 2 comments

October 18

The Good Place: The Podcast: Ch. 40: D’Arcy Carden, Actress | Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Actress

The Good Place's D'Arcy Carden (Janet), Kirby Howell-Baptiste(Simone) and writer Andrew Law shoot the shirt with host Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn). In this Season 4 premiere episode, they talk about how the writers' room approached breaking the story for the final season, the calming presence of director Drew Goddard and Kristen Bell's nuanced performance as Eleanor playing the architect. They also discuss the incredible performances of the actors playing the new humans in the neighborhood, D'Arcy's impressive range as a stressed-out Janet, the many jokes that hit the cutting room floor and many more behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes. The Good Place: The Podcast is a production of NBC Entertainment Podcast Network © 2019
posted by bq at 8:54 AM - 1 comment

October 17

The Good Place: The Podcast: Bonus Episode: Our Hot Girl (Not a Girl) Summer

The Good Place's D'Arcy Carden (Janet), Kirby Howell-Baptiste(Simone) and writer Andrew Law shoot the shirt with host Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) before the final season premieres. They take a look back at their summers and at shooting the final season of The Good Place. They also chat about their experiences at Comic-Con. Marc shares a touching story about Mike Schur giving him a very personal gift, and Andrew shares some details about a writers' trip to Las Vegas. The Good Place: The Podcast is a production of NBC Entertainment Podcast Network © 2018
posted by bq at 10:01 PM - 1 comment

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