Episode 76 – Simpsons Periphery

The Simpsons: perhaps the greatest show in TV history. And when you’ve been on the air for 57 years (a guess), you’re going to become an ingrained part of pop culture for a lot of reasons that go beyond what happens on-screen.

This week we delve into everything Simpsons…except the episodes. Whether it’s branded promotional items or causing a moral panic, the Simpsons are everywhere and will still be everywhere long after we are all gone.

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Episode 75 – Mt. Rushless (aka Crummy Presidents)

You might have recently heard a certain current President joking that he belongs on Mt. Rushmore. As experts on the matter, we can say this: we certainly don’t want him joining Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and…let me check, it’s Teddy and not FDR, right…yes, Teddy Roosevelt on this hallowed monument.

However, we have another place he can go. (Well, several, but most of them aren’t fit for a family podcast.)

In honor of our 75th episode, we build our Mt. Rushless – a symbol of the crummiest Presidents this country has ever seen. WARNING: lots of pre-and post-Civil War leaders ahead!

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Episode 74 – Canadians

Canada: our neighbor to the North, with access to everything from free healthcare to French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. (Note: perhaps there’s a correlation between the poutine and the need for healthcare?) They’re just like us, except for being much more polite, speaking two languages and having a working system of governance.

So when we decided to do our Rushmore of Canadians, we knew we were out of our depths and needed an expert. Fortunately, we were lucky enough to convince Casey Corbin to join us as a guest judge. Casey is one of Canada’s most successful stand-up comedians and a REAL CANADIAN who truly understands what makes Canadians tick. (Answer: mostly maple syrup.)

If you like funny things (despite your patronage of this podcast), you should definitely follow Casey on Twitter and listen to his comedy album “Vampires Are Popular” on Spotify. And if you like wrestling, also make sure to check out his Talk ‘N Wrestling Podcast.

So grab a Labatt’s, order some Pizza Pizza, turn down the “Hockey Night in Canada” theme and crank up this episode. Please?

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Episode 73 – Truckers

This week, the boys are loading up the Big Orange and putting the hammer down on the Super Slab. They’ve got a load of hot takes on pop culture truckers, and they aren’t stopping until they reach the 99. That is, if they can get their convoy past Smokey.

Yeah, we really don’t know what that means, either, but we know it sounds cool as hell. And that’s because truckers are cool as hell. Well, the ones who aren’t serial killers, but really, that’s such a small population that we shouldn’t worry about it. Instead, we’re talking nothing but bandits. Outlaws. Good Buddies, if you will.

So turn on your CBs and get ready for a big Breaker 1-9 on the Mt. Rushmore of Truckers.

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!

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Episode 72 – ROAD TRIP!!!

OK, before we get on the road with this podcast, make sure that you’ve got everything you need. Everyone went to the bathroom before we left, right? Everyone has snacks and whatever they are going to read or listen to on the road? Because once we get this podcast started, I’m not stopping until it’s time for lunch.

Yes, there’s nothing like the lure of the open road. Especially when you are trapped in a car for hours with your family or friends. So instead of another game of Slug Bug to break up the boredom of your 11-hour trek from Sioux City to St. Louis, put this week’s episode on over your car speakers as we discuss the best and worst things about road trips.

Wait, what? You have to go to the bathroom? But we just left 10 minutes ago! Fine, we’ll pull this podcast over, but after this, that’s it!

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Episode 71 – Trades

Look, we don’t have any money. But we’re willing to trade ya 40 minutes of our C minus quality podcasting for 40 minutes of your super extra valuable time. Sound fair? Good.

This week we cover the Mt. Rushmore of Trades. From The Great One to the Bambino to Oswald the Rabbit, we’ve pretty much got it covered.

We also accept magic beans.

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Episode 70 – As Seen on TV Products

Has this ever happened to you – you’re trying to find a new podcast episode but your ears just keep getting filled with the same old boring stuff? Well, now there’s help. Say hello to our As Seen on TV Products episode!

You’ll get all four of Richard’s favorite useless products. But wait! We’ll throw in Michael’s semi-informed opinions ABSOLUTELY FREE! And if you act now, you’ll also get Jeff’s imperialistic judgments as a bonus gift. How can you possibly turn this down?

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Episode 69: Albums You Listened to As a Kid (And No Frontin’)

Our musical tastes change as we get older – one day you are listening to “Sesame Street Fever” as a precocious child. Then you grow up into a moody teenager and dive into the world of Japanese thrash and Norwegian techno because you’re cooler than everyone else. And then you hit your 30s and start listening to “Sesame Street Fever” again because your kids found it in the garage and it’s STILL AMAZING.

This week Richard and Michael dig deep into their youths to talk about the albums they remember loving as a kid. And no frontin’ – that means not retroactively making your choices cooler than they were. Jeff and his brother Sam are on board to keep them honest and ensure that this is a NO FRONTIN’ ZONE!

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Episode 68 – Celebrity Cameos in Music Videos

Getting your music video played on MTV was the goal of almost every musical act in the 1980s and 1990s. (Yes, kids: MTV actually used to play music videos instead of a 24/7 loop of Real World/Road Rules Challenge). And there was nothing to make your music video stand out like have a celebrity – or multiple celebrities – show up for a cameo.

I mean, who could deny the celebrity firepower of Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle or Ally Sheedy. One of them appearing in your music video = instant hit!

We break down the best – and strangest – celebrity music video cameos ever. Jeff’s had enough of Michael and Richard’s shenanigans, so he’s brought in some help – his brother Sam! It’s double the Hopkins, double the judgments.

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Episode 67 – Spoiler Alerts

SPOILER ALERT! No, that’s actually what we’re talking about in this episode. As social media becomes more ubiquitous – Facebook and Twitter feeds will be implanted straight into our eyes by 2025 – it’s harder to keep “shocking” twists shocking. You practically have to live like a hermit and NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE FOR HOURS if you don’t want those jerks on the East Coast to ruin all the fun of the “Riverdale” season finale.

So while we’re talking about Spoiler Alerts this week, we won’t spoil our choices (except for after the jump). Trust us: We wouldn’t dare ruin the surprise that Michael chose all spoilers from Korean soap opera as his picks. And definitely not the fact that Jeff is actually Richard’s father. That would just be awful.

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