Thursday, December 24, 2020

Episode 77 - Clausian Morality

Santa's list of who's naughty and who's nice fails completely to provide a clear moral framework for children's behavior. We are going to fix that.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Episode 76 - We're Probably Not Experts

Have you ever overestimated your own competence? You ever told someone they were bad at something? What's with our impulse to soften criticism? Also, Jim's got a norm and a question about broadcasting "fuck" on TV. Something for everyone!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Episode 75 - Talking Everything But Turkey

The time has come to settle Best vs. Favorite: Thanksgiving Sides! Generally just a whole episode about gabbing about food. Hot meals or hot showers? Only cake or only pie? Don't listen on an empty stomach.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Episode 74 - Nobody Moves, Nobody Experts

If you had to rob a bank, could you do it? How would you go about it? What's stopping you? Dark stuff!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Episode 73 - We're No Graveyard Smash

Halloween 2020 is upon us! If you had to be one of the classic Halloween monsters, which would it be? Is the move to go vampire? Werewolf? Juke into being an alien? Let's figure it out since we can't go to a Halloween party.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Episode 72 - Bucket List Beef

Bucket lists as a concept don't make much sense to us, so we attempt to unpack the idea and figure out what the point is with frequent digressions into: trading cards, going to outer space, and top dollar vs. bottom dollar.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Episode 71 - Tico Conestoga

Don't be fooled by the excellent episode title. This time around, we address a dense listener email! It's the email that's dense, not the listener. Includes follow-ups on littering and tough decisions about everyone's favorite topic: time travel.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Episode 70 - One Bad Episode Spoils the Podcast

Spoiler alert: We are talking about the morality of spoiling stories and what price (if any) you should pay for it. We necessarily spoil several stories in the process. You've been warned.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Episode 69 - Keano Experts

If you ever get the chance to zap a new skill into your brain, what's the right move? Do you go straight for the kung fu and gunplay, or do you become the most dominant Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon player in history? We get there after about 20 minutes of digression centered around the filmography of Keanu Reeves.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Episode 68 - Suspicious Minds

Urban legends and conspiracy theories spread quickly and stay around a long time. Why is that, and is there any truth to them? Also: assigned seating norms, driving in the left lane, and other tangents.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Episode 67 - Litter-ally a Garbage Topic

Why the hell do people litter? What's in it for them? What distinguishes litter from something you wouldn't care about throwing on the ground? We try to get to the bottom of that. Plus, we think it's time we had a little talk about the birds and the bees.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Episode 66 - Dream On

Why the heck do people even dream? There must be a function or reason for it. We puzzle through it and tackle some idioms.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Episode 65 - Animal for a Day, No Expert for a Lifetime

If you had to be an animal for a day, what's the right choice? You don't want to mess up and be, like, an armadillo or something and wind up roadkill. You also don't want to go the draft horse route and wind up doing a bunch of work. Let's figure this thing out.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Episode 64 - We're No Groundhogs, Part I

A listener suggestion brings us the topic of: How would you spend a Groundhog Day-esque loop? There's a lot of fruit on the vine here, so expect us to return to this cheap and easy well of material.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Episode 63 - Best vs. Favorite: Stallone Movies

Stop or My Mom Will Shoot, Over the Top--classics of cinema. But which film scores the knockout win in the ring of BEST VS. FAVORITE when it comes to Sylvester Stallone movies?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Episode 62 - You Spin Me Right Off, Baby, Right Off

What are your dream TV show spin-offs? We list several of our top picks and actually manage to stay on topic for almost the entire episode--a series first! Don't get used to it.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Episode 61 - Here Come the Gestures, 1-2-3

You ever thought about where different gestures come from and how they came to mean what they mean? We have, but we didn't bother researching or anything. Check it out!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Episode 60 - Menace to Society

Listener Ryan asked, "How would you organize society if given the chance?" Folks, don't ask questions you don't want the answers to, by which I mean questions we don't know the answers to.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Episode 59 - Friendship by the Numbers

How much work should you put into maintaining a low-level friendship? What does "low-level" mean in the case of a friend, anyway? Can you assign hard numbers to this stuff?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Episode 58 - Better the Double You Know

What would you do if you met someone who could be your twin? Would you be the first to engage? Would you call your parents liars? Maybe take the safest route and instantly attack them? All this and watch talk since we have so much...time on our hands!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Episode 57 - Ernest Goes to Camp, But Not Us

Neither of us understands the appeal of camping. Why do people put themselves through it? We try to sort that one out with a lengthy sidebar about jalapeƱo poppers, then we talk at length about bidets. Something for everyone!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Episode 56 - Sasq-Watch

Are you prepared to encounter Bigfoot? It's guaranteed to be a life-changing experience, right? But what does that mean for you, and how would you handle it?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Episode 55 - I Could've Had a V8!

How do cars work? Don't bother DDGing it—just listen as we two ignoramuses try to enlighten you. By the end of this episode, you will be a true gearhead. Or maybe you won't. Probably you won't, but we go out on some hat etiquette, which Jim says is the best part.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Episode 54 - We're Snow Experts

It's snowing, which means we couldn't record a full episode. But our commitment to delivering the quality you're accustomed to is so strong that we have managed to put together something for you in any case. Full episode sometime next week!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Episode 53 - Gettin' Picky Wit It

Inspired by this blog post, when and how do you accommodate a picky dinner guest—in particular children? We also speculate about the origin of the idiom "cold turkey" and muse about Scott Bakula.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Episode 52 - We're No Jetsperts

What started as a well intended discussion of airplane etiquette dissolved almost immediately into Jonathan asking lots of questions about professional sports, but despite that derailing, we managed to get back to it. Enjoy a new Bathroom Break, a new idiom, and maybe even a couple of #lifehacks!

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Episode 51 - Not a Star Wars Episode

A listener suggestion leads us to unavoidably discuss Star Wars at some length. But we don't start there! Enjoy some wallet talk first at the very least. There is plenty of Terminator talk as a consolation prize.