Reincarnation is definitely one of the nicer afterlife options, so obviously we're trying to think of funny stuff to say about it. And that means mocking psychics, recapping forgotten supernatural romantic comedies, and debating whether or not microbes have souls. Presented with a cherished belief held by millions of people, how long does it take us to start picking at the edges? Less than the length of this episode, it turns out.
December 8, 2013
December 1, 2013
This week, we're breaking format all over the place, inviting a guest into the Breakfast Kitchen to discuss her own topic. And we're asking the hard questions. Can Plinko ever be made truly handicap accessible? Is Pat Sajak a Highlander? Do people want to see oiled-up hunks on game shows? How sturdy are those sets? Some portions of some of these questions may be answered!
November 24, 2013
Comparing a real news story to a piece of satire is basically a cliche at this point, but that doesn't mean the resemblance isn't there. Real people still get fooled by fake stories, and real stupidity is more carefully documented than it's ever been. It's entirely possible that this is the episode that ends up unraveling the universe, so maybe listen to it before that.
November 17, 2013
You dared us to talk about it, and we took the bait! That's right: a whole show about the mysterious, seemingly impossible structure on Donald Trump's head. How does it work? What does it look like when it hasn't been styled? Is it a wig, a combover, or some kind of animal companion? And what does it say about Donald Trump, the man, and the empire over which he presides? Tune in to watch us struggle to avoid the obvious jokes!
November 10, 2013
Every now and then, someone unexpectedly bursts into flames, and science has never been able to explain why. Except it totally has, and we're going to explain it too. It's a story that spans continents and centuries, involving the history of tobacco farming and candle-making, techniques for building houses from dung, and the sad fate of washed-up ex-gods. Plus a bunch of people get set on fire, which is always good for a show.
November 3, 2013
This week, we're looking at our favorite (and least favorite) film adaptations of books, and hopefully coming up with a formula for not screwing it up. And yes, that means some unfavorable comparisons between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, but it also means Douglas Adams and Truman Capote and Harvey Pekar, and you like all of them! Plus board games, comic books, and Super Mario Bros., even though those aren't strictly books. Because why are any of those movies, right?
October 27, 2013
This week, we've been asked to tell the world the true meaning of Valentine's Day, and we sort of make an attempt at that. Sure, we get hung up on the horrors of ensemble romantic comedies for a while, and debate the qualifications for sainthood, and try to write a better Farmer's Almanac, but it's all in service of the topic. We definitely took this one very seriously.
October 20, 2013
We love a good old-fashioned topic about weird animals, and they don't get much weirder than cephalopods. They change colors, they solve puzzles, they fight whales, and they're basically the closest thing we have to intelligent aliens. So of course we love them! We also waste some time talking about Halloween music and picking fights with Sacramento, so maybe you'll be interested in seeing that happen.
October 13, 2013
How exactly does a musician capture one's heart? Because that's basically the question we've been asked, and we're going to make some sort of effort to answer it. Does our listener love Regina Spektor's talent? Her willingness to experiment? Her total lack of media coaching? Her cool friends? We've got ideas, and a whole lot of strained comparisons to help us sort through them, plus maybe a little bit about Regina Spektor's actual music.
October 6, 2013
Dystopian game shows are hot right now. Or at least we're all predicting that they'll be hot in the future. But the trend dates back at least to the 1980s, when Arnold Schwarzenegger fought for his life against a bunch of heavily armed gladiators on the abandoned streets of Los Angeles. It's a tale of legendary game show hosts, impeccable pacing, Captain Freedom's honor code, and -- to a lesser extent -- a man who does a lot of running.