November 24, 2013

Episode 140: Real News vs. The Onion

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:35 am

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.

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November 17, 2013

Episode 139: Donald Trump’s Wig

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:37 am

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!

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November 10, 2013

Episode 138: Spontaneous Human Combustion

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:31 am

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.

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November 3, 2013

Episode 137: Adaptations

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:30 am

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?

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October 27, 2013

Episode 136: Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:33 am

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.

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October 20, 2013

Episode 135: Cephalopods

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:34 am

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.

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October 13, 2013

Episode 134: Regina Spektor

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:33 am

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.

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October 6, 2013

Episode 133: The Running Man

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:36 am

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.

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September 29, 2013

Episode 132: Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:35 am

Strap in, because this one is going to get stupid. We’re traveling back to the futuristic year 1994, when the only thing standing between Earth and an invading alien army was a group of Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters. From Beverly Hills. Yes, somehow this was a real show, as well as the topic that finally broke us, and you get to watch it happen. Whether you love seeing us suffer, or you’re just a fan of the fat guy from Beetlejuice, there’s something for you here.

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September 22, 2013

Episode 131: Maker Faire

Filed under: Breakfast with the Beak — Johnny @ 7:39 am

Once in a great while, we stumble into a situation too awesome to ignore. Topics? Bah! We just got back from watching a real-life carnival barker set off a human-sized game of Mousetrap. Obviously we’re talking about that. And robots, and go-karts, and artisan peanut butter, and guitars made of tennis racquets, and homemade jewelry, and Earth’s best defense against unfriendly asteroids. Yeah. It was that kind of day.

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