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The Shithole Shutdown ends as McConnell promises a vote on a bill to protect the DREAMers, and Democrats vote for another short-term funding bill. Then medical student and immigration activist New Latthivongskorn joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the challenges he's faced as an undocumented American. Previously... [more inside]
We interview a mouth piece of the Dark Lord in a packed tavern. We're also joined by a solo nymbee of nymbee and Grundle. (Recorded live at the historic Sixth & I synagogue in Washington D.C.) [more inside]
Due to the government shutdown Amber and Matt have been furloughed so Will, Felix and Virgil take the show in a strange new direction...topics include: the government shutdown, Trump voter letters to the NYT, Smokey the Bear: Hot or Not?, What "the economy is good" means in regards to Americans' actual lives, Chelsea Manning at Freedom Night, the right wing musical stylings of Milk n Cook and Mark Steyn's Putty Tat song. They also give their congrats to this weekend's winning NFL teams. [more inside]
Jenna and Wesley are back for Season 3! This week, they look at the movie “Proud Mary” as a jumping-off point for the cultural moment that black women are having. The discussion includes a brief history of black women in movies and television, from Hattie McDaniel to Dorothy Dandridge to Whoopi Goldberg to Halle Berry. Then Wesley and Jenna consider what all this means for Oprah’s theoretical presidential run. [more inside]
Our heroes take one step closer toward their joined destinies, and learn the truth about the woods outside Kepler in their own ways. Aubrey visits the Lodge. Ned shoots a fan film. Duck gets a visit from an old friend.
This week: Yes Yes No returns and takes us to the brink of apocalypse.
This episode contains some dark revelations about Earth's Best Animal, as well as some semi-coherent ramblings fueled by a cocktail of potent cold and flu medicines. It is a challenge; a mountain you must overcome. Suggested talking points: Nastyman, Sweat Dress, Ghost in the Eggshell, Equine Anatomy, Ski Jeans, Ann, Unrinal Transfer
The boys + Amber joined by Alex Pareene of Splinter to discuss Shithole week, and the immigration deal the Democrats were ready to cut. Also, the House passing the extension of the NSA's warrantless surveillance program, the barbaric new work requirements for Medicaid in states like Kentucky, and what would have been the epoch defining scandal of another timeline. In the reading series they pay tribute to the Tarfu Report by dipping into David Brook's latest with Alex. [more inside]
We talk to a boy who used to be a bird. [more inside]
The full series of this podcast that delves into the story of the Heaven's Gate cult with empathy, excellent reporting, and serious lack of sensationalism. Includes an episode of the host reflecting on his own experience growing up in a cult, and another episode featuring listeners' experiences with cults.
Our heroes begin a fateful day in the unassuming, rural ski town of Kepler, West Virginia. Duck answers a peculiar distress call. Aubrey puts on a memorable magic show. Ned plans his next grift.
First up: An enthusiastic endorsement from Prudence for walking out of movies you don't like! Then, academic and pop culture writer Anthony Oliveira joins to tackle your letters: How do I get my husband to stop using a body spray that makes me ill? I told my "social justice warrior" kids I'm questioning my gender and they're threatening to skip the holidays. Help! My husband and I married young – should we open up our marriage to try new things? I adopted a lost cat as my own, but now I think I might've stolen it. I had a fling with someone that I later realized was in a long-term committed relationship – should I tell the other woman? And finally: My friends created a dumb nickname for my boyfriend and it stuck – how do I let it go so I don't accidentally call him by it?
Pretty much everyone in our family is sick this week! Which means we couldn't record. Instead, we've combined the best bits from our TWO shows in Chicago last year into one super episode! Finally, you can find out why the folks in attendance at these shows won't stop talking about ... the seven parrots.
An aspiring voice actor talks about using jokes to help with the hard times, and explains how she frames success. Plus she asks Chris the most important question he has ever faced: if you were to be eaten by an animal of your choice, which one would... [more inside]
The President assures the country of his mental stability, Mueller hones in on obstruction while Republicans in Congress try to undermine him, and the Democrats plot their strategy to protect the DREAMers. Jon, Jon, and Tommy do the pod live from Stockholm, Sweden. Previously... [more inside]
This week they talk the latest messy bitch media gabfest about the Trump Administration contrasted against the opening of much of the US coastline to offshore drilling. Then have a laugh about the new Philly DA Krasner firing a whole bunch of prosecutors. Matt gives us the rundown in the big Intercept interview with James Risen, and takes a trip down memory lane to the Plamegate fiasco. We close with Felix's fever dream nightmare of Elon Musk's Rockabilly Martian colony and the "Raw Water" craze sweeping Silicon Valley. [more inside]
The Tavern is packed with a phoenix, a will o' the wisp and more. [more inside]
Unsure of her future, a young German woman finds herself in Australia picking cherries with a group of ex-cons & social outcasts. She passes the phone to a fellow picker and mentor of sorts who opens up about finding solace in the wilderness. He shares some practical tips, like how to hunt and cook wild pig. Hint: Don't use a fishing spear. [more inside]
We're moving on to a new game, new genre and new world as we continue our run of experimental mini-arcs! This time around, Griffin's back in the saddle as GM as we play the Horror-Lite RPG Monster of the Week! Join us in this setup episode if you want to hear about this arc's setting, and get the 411 on our new characters.
This week's caller is a linguist who teaches Geth all about the "corpora." In case that's too nerdy for you, hang around for the story about a first date that was captured on a Coast Guard thermal camera. And if you're still not satisfied, we'll take you shopping at the Face Depot. [more inside]