Episode 20 – Novelty Food Items

We’re Americans. We like our food with lots of sugar, fats, cheese and enough chemicals to stock the labs at Cal Tech. In many cases, this comes in the form of novelty food items that are mash up two things we love, reimagine food that we love, or simply cram as much stuff together into one wad of goodness.

In this episode, we dive headlong into the world of novelty food items. Open up your craw so we can jam as much junk food in as possible!

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Episode 19 – Famous Sports Fans

Some of the biggest celebrities in the world are athletes, who gain the adoration of millions for playing child’s games. (Except for Australian Rules Football, which is the pinnacle of all that is manly in the world.) But what about when the fans are as famous – or more famous – than the players they support?

This week, Michael, Richard and Jeff explore the work of sports fans who either were already famous or became famous because of their sports fandom. Pick up your pom poms, get out your Vuvuzelas and…actually, please put that Vuvuzela down. It’s really quite loud and BLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

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Episode 18 – Training Montage Music

Are you ready to get PUMPED? We’re definitely ready to get PUMPED! You can tell how PUMPED we are by how often we spell PUMPED in ALL CAPS! Maybe we’ll throw some extra exclamation points in there just to show just how PUMPED we are!!!

If you want to get PUMPED like us, you’re going to need the right music. Fortunately, this week we’ve got you covered, as we explore the Mt. Rushmore of Training Montage Music. This topic was suggest by Aaron Spacemuseum, a great musician and friend of the show. If you have an idea for a topic, let us know in the comments.

WARNING: Lots of “Rocky” ahead. Also, make sure you listen for the MAJOR CONTROVERSY that breaks loose midway through.

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Episode 17 – Recess Activities (with Guest Judge Vivian)

Michael, Richard and Jeff want to discuss the merits of all of the fun recess activities they did as kids. But since they are all old, they realized they needed a recess expert who is a little bit closer to the target audience and has recent firsthand knowledge of the finer points of Recessology.

With that in mind, welcome our first Guest Judge – Richard’s daughter Vivian (age 8). She’s on board to lay down the law and teach the grown-ups a thing or two about how kids like to spend their free time.

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Episode 16 – Fathers and Sons

There’s nothing more special than the relationship between a father and his son. Well, maybe the relationship between a mother and daughter. Or a boy and his dog. OK, let’s start again.

Few things are more special than the relationship between a father and his son. Fathers can be tough and difficult to please, but they can also provide a tremendous amount of support and caring. This week we take a look at some of the most famous pairings that show the whole gamut of relationships between kids and their dads.

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Episode 15 – Fictional Wealthy People

If you are making a film, TV show or book and need an instant villain – just add a rich person. You automatically have a source of conflict with the “common people” and a character that the audience already feels like they know. Of course, not all rich characters are evil, because these are works of fiction that can be different than real life.

In this episode we explore the many different types of rich people. And Michael shows just how little he does at work by coming up with a comprehensive 3D graph plotting different types of rich people.

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Episode 14 – Skateboarding Scenes

Are you ready to get RADICAL? How about grinding some rails and hitting some WICKED front side 180s? Do you think I have any clue what I’m talking about? OF COURSE NOT!

But that doesn’t mean that we all can’t appreciate a good skateboarding scene. Whether it shows the balletic nature of pros doing it right or are laughably bad, a good skateboarding scene can improve any movie. So strap on your helmet, kneepads and elbow pads (safety first) as those thrashin’ dudes Jeff, Michael and Richard take on the most iconic skateboarding scenes around.

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Episode 13 – “&” Partnerships

Laurel & Hardy. Martin & Lewis. Chips & Salsa.

Partnerships bring out the best in each other. At their best, partners support each other and provide something that the other person lacks. At their worst, they eventually want to kill each other, which is still high entertainment.

We’ll let you be the judge on which side Richard & Michael fall on. Listen as Jeff plays marriage counselor and helps them decide the Mt. Rushmore of “&” Partnerships.

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Episode 12: Secondary Looney Tunes Villains

The Looney Tunes characters are among the most beloved and long-lasting in all of entertainment. Generations of children and adults have laughed at the perfect mix of sly satire and outright silliness shown when a character like Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck has to match wits with a nemesis like Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam.

But all Looney Tunes stories could rely on the main stable of bad buys. In fact, some of the best Looney Tunes shorts featured evil-doers who might be somewhat forgotten today.

We’re setting out to right these wrongs as we take a look at the Mt. Rushmore of Secondary Looney Tunes Villains. Make sure you stick around to the end for one of the most SHOCKING decisions Jeff has ever made.

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Episode 11: Bands That Should Have Been Bigger

The “Great Lost Band” is a white whale, except usually with more addiction problems than Moby Dick. Everyone has their favorite band that, for whatever reason, didn’t achieve the type of long-term commercial success they should have. In some cases, being pushed to the fringes let these bands explore more unusual creative elements and created a cult of hardcore fans.

We take a look at the bands that, in our opinion, should have been much more successful than they were in their times. So come aboard our musical Peaquod and wait, what happened to the boat at the end? Yikes! Never mind. Well, we just hope you enjoy the show.

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