"My wife loves to travel. It's one of her great treats and it's one of my abject horrors." ... "I always wondered what I was going to be able to do with all the travel that my wife drags me off on. And so I decided, well, I'll write a book about that. And so I did." So said Thomas King, in discussing his novel about Bird and Mimi and their vacation. [more inside]
Because This Is My First Life: Ibeon Saengeun Cheoeumira, aka Because This Life Is Our First Season 1, Ep 0
Two housemates get married for convenience, but discover nothing is simple when it comes to demanding in-laws, or facing their growing bond. (Netflix, tvN Korea) [more inside]
Mrs. America: Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc Season 1, Ep 5
The National Women's Political Caucus challenges Phyllis to a TV debate. Phyllis' husband counters with a married couples' debate. Thus Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc use their marriages to bolster the case for/against the ERA. Yet neither couple's marriage is as simple as seen on TV. [more inside]
Better Call Saul: JMM Season 5, Ep 7
Kim and Jimmy turn to Huell for help with a legal firewall; Jimmy is compromised as Kim struggles to work things out with her clients; despite the issues he faces, Gus navigates his way to build an empire; Mike tries to do damage control. [more inside]
Love Is Blind: All Episodes Season 1, Ep 0
Singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for a less conventional approach to modern dating.
This "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature and revives the life and work of a neglected master. Still known to millions primarily as the author of "The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) has been curiously absent from the mainstream American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense and psychological horror, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of post-war American more deeply than anyone. [more inside]
Lodge 49: Circles Season 2, Ep 6
Liz attends Champ's housewarming party, and discovers that there's more happening at Orbis, while Dud finds Blaise, as Blaise found Jackie's story. "We're stuck in a circle, but the magic is just there, just beyond. Merrill knew."
Lodge 49: Estrella y Mar Season 2, Ep 5
Marriages are tested, tried, discussed, considered, and re-considered. Alchemical truths (the magnum opus, making gold, finding the elixir of life and becoming immortal, "an endless catalogue of bullshit") are enjoyed. A psychic is consulted, about life and ponies. And there's a brief, violent interlude with a nail gun, which might just be the nexus for positive changes.
Lodge 49: Conjunctio Season 2, Ep 4
"Well, guys, this is my speech. Long ago, at Shamroxx, we served french fries. But here we serve Pommes Frites. They literally come out of the same bag, and we charge twice as much. It's magic. So, let that inspire you." Also, there's a robbery, an attack with a frying pan, the closing of a door, and a marriage.
In Furiously Happy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says: "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos ... [more inside]
The definitive edition of the classic, myth-shattering history of the American family Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary, a man's home has never been his castle, the "male breadwinner marriage" is the least traditional family in history, and rape and sexual assault were far higher in the 1970s than they are today. In The Way We Never Were, acclaimed historian Stephanie Coontz examines two centuries of the American family, sweeping away misconceptions about the past that cloud current debates about domestic life. The 1950s do not present a workable model of how to conduct our personal lives today, Coontz argues, and neither does any other era from our cultural past. [more inside]
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner. [more inside]
A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. Clea Duvall makes her feature writing and directing debut, and also acts; her character and Natasha Lyonne's are a lesbian couple; there are additionally three hetero couples, including the one being subjected to the intervention.
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. [more inside]
Adventure Time: Cherry Cream Soda Season 7, Ep 3
Cherry Cream Soda struggles to put her life back together after Root Beer Guy's death.
We return to the offices of Gimlet for the start of a new mini-season. It's been a year since the company launched and things are changing... fast. In this episode, Alex and his wife, Nazanin, wrestle with a huge decision that has implications for both the company and their family.
Regular Show: Dumped at the Altar Season 6, Ep 31
It's Muscle Man and Starla's wedding day, and everyone just wants to get through it in one piece.
This week Tim and Tom go to Toy Fair! But first, a frank discussion about how the subway tracks are cleaned, then it's on to Toy Fair! A place where they apparently don't give out free toys but will let you hurt yourself on a remote control skateboard if you ask them. We also try to solve a listener problem regarding an arranged marriage! [more inside]
Listeners, thank you so much for contributing your attention, questions and eartime to us this year. What a year it has been! Relisten to the highlights – and lowlights, including such annual delights as the Parade of Melancholy Calls and the blooper reel – in The Best of Answer Me This! 2014. [more inside]
Marry Me: Bruges Me Season 1, Ep 6
Jake gets to know more about Annie's dads. Annie helps Gil write a song for his Flemish pride parade.
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. [more inside]
Marry Me: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
A long dating couple tries to get engaged, through a midst of bad timing and tirades.
Arrested Development: Altar Egos Rewatch Season 1, Ep 17
We meet Maggie Lizer and her dog Justice. GOB goes a dare too far. Maeby and George Michael help a poor girl with BS, Surely. George Sr. finds out he can beat this case. He knows this for a fact! [more inside]
These shows are all just starting or (G&O) start next week & previewed this week. Any interest? [more inside]
Shameless (US): Three Boys Rewatch Season 1, Ep 5
Frank has a lump in his scrotum, and assumes he has cancer without waiting for the biopsy results. He starts to wear a tie so he’ll look nice for the Grim Reaper. [more inside]