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Royal Baby Watch with Dave Hill - Episode Two!


Royal Baby Watch gets even hotter for Episode 2 as intrepid and extremely well-dressed reporter Dave Hill sits down with the Chairman of the British Monarchist Society to ask the tough questions about Prince William and Kate Middleton and also meets with prospective buyers of his very own line of Royal Baby-inspired merchandise, including but not limited to, the Kate Middleton vajazzling kit and the Prince Harry dildo (Nazi and non-Nazi versions available).

My Brother, My Brother and Me 158: The Taco Nexus


Folks, we implore you, for the good of mankind, for the sake of your children and your children's children, for the betterment of the entire world and all its inhabitants: Just tilt the taco.

Suggested talking points: Patriotic Mash-Up, Snake Guy, Basketball Hyperkinesis, Pringles Yoga, Anger Two, Squishy Winks, Sheryl Psy

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 281: Salute Your Chorts with Alex Blagg

Alex Blagg

Alex Blagg joins Jordan and Jesse for a further discussion of FULL CHORT, a tutorial on making an ice cream cake, a story of Jordan's trip to the library and the most terrifying momentous occasion ever.

RISK! #439: Hurt

Trevor Noah
Ptolemy Slocum
Robin Gelfenbien

Song: Ambassador by Jonathan Geer

Live Story: When We Were Friends by Ptolemy Slocum

Song: Excerpt from Mangled Meditations #19 by Jeff Barr

Live Story: Vargas by Robin Gelfenbien

Song: Comes and Goes (In Waves) by Greg Laswell

Live Story: The Best Looking Person in the Family by Trevor Noah

Song: Always Spring by I’m From Barcelona

Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident Ep. 74: Krister Johnson finally comes out as non-Swedish

Krister Johnson

After a brief hiatus so I could get some much-needed procedures done, Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident is back like a mofo with Episode 74. This time around I let Krister Johnson (@kristerjohnson), writer (The Onion, New York Times, EW, GQ), comedian, and one half of the faux Christian acoustic duo God's Pottery (Check out their fake teen survival guide What Would God's Pottery Do: The Ultimate Guide to Survivng Your Teens and/or Being Successful), into my beautiful home for a delightful conversation that covers topics including but not limited to whether or not he is actually Swedish, letting his son watch him take a crap, how his dog swallowed a used condom once, and so much more. For more information on this podcast and other Dave-related topics, please visit my website at and follow me on Twitter at @mrdavehill. Okay, great. You are the best. Thanks so much.


Dave Hill

The Memory Palace Episode 54: Origin Stories

Jordan Morris
Jesse Thorn

Here's a personal story first performed at MaxFunCon featuring your MaxFun overlords, Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: Lexicon Valley

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Format: a “podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages”
Episode duration: 25-30m
Frequency: 1-2 per month, with gaps

I grew up with a reputation as a “smart kid.” Given your presence here, maybe you did too. If so, I do hope you handled it better than I did. Po Bronson explained a large part of my own burden in a New York Times Magazine article a few years ago: hearing myself called smart, I set about protecting the image by avoiding any task, intellectual or otherwise, at which I might not easily succeed, a condition that persisted into my twenties. Worse, I gained this aura of intelligence to some extent illegitimately, by learning to read early and from then on cargo-cultishly employing whichever words and phrases I thought might impress adults. So I spent my childhood ever more fearfully performing what amounted to smoke-and-mirrors act, but at least it kept me off drugs. It also taught me about the power of language, and, ultimately, the importance of using that power productively. One example of unproductive use: compulsively correcting grammar and usage aloud.

Most kids lead such boring lives here in America that, if we’ve received the mixed blessing of stronger-than-usual verbal ability, we can’t resist passing the time by ridiculing mismatched tenses, split infinitives, and even grocer’s apostrophes. We become what, in his review of Bryan Garner’s A Dictionary of Modern American Usage, David Foster Wallace memorably called SNOOTs, “just about the last remaining kind of truly elitist nerd,” “the sorts of people who feel that special blend of wincing despair and sneering superiority when they see EXPRESS LANE — 10 ITEMS OR LESS or hear dialogue used as a verb or realize that the founders of the Super 8 motel chain must surely have been ignorant of the meaning of suppurate.” SNOOTs and only SNOOTs, you might assume, make up the audience for Lexicon Valley [iTunes], Slate’s “podcast about language, from pet peeves, syntax, and etymology to neurolinguistics and the death of languages,” but the show turns out to take a broader view of the subject. I report this with great relief, having spent the past five years listening to foreign-language podcasts and broadening my own linguistic Weltanschauung thereby.

Still, I approach with trepidation any program dealing mainly with English, a language about whose usage enervated pedants have long since dominated the conversation. But enjoy the show though weenies may, non-weenies listen too. Co-host and producer Mike Vuolo usually reads a complimentary and/or linguistically interesting iTunes review at the top of each episode, one of which praised he and his partner Bob Garfield for their refusal to adhere to prescriptivism. Wallace wrote much about linguistic prescriptivists, “whose bemused irony often masks a Colonel Blimp's rage at the way the beloved English of their youth is being trashed in the decadent present”; for their counterparts, the descriptivists, according to Garner, “it’s impermissible to say that one form of language is any better than another: as long as a native speaker says it, it’s OK — and anyone who takes a contrary stand is a dunderhead.” So Vuolo and Garfield, on the whole, care more about language as humans actually use it than language as humans “ought to” use it, premising their conversations on the assumption that everything spoken, written, or grunted, no matter how casually, confusingly, or irritatingly, means something.

I’d long idly wondered, for instance, at the common yet seemingly nonsensical habit of modern English speakers to begin a reply with the words “yeah, no.” In an episode breaking down this very phenomenon, Vuolo actually whips out a clip of Tim Burton at a screening Q&A, asked to explain the strange prevalence in his films of the name “Ed.” “Yeah, no,” the director admits, “I know.” Discussing a few television clips from Australia — land of “yeah, no,” apparently — and consulting the relevant literature, our co-hosts find that the odd phrase can function in several ways: as agreement with a negative statement, as strong agreement that removes any possibility of contradiction, as a hedge or softener, and as something called “the resumptive yeah-no.” Most episodes similarly use sound clips, and sometimes even interviews with the experts, to illustrate the linguistic subject under discussion, whether they come from Slate’s other podcasts or Seinfeld or even Legally Blonde. Vuolo marshals that last one in a discussion of “vocal fry,” a creaky way of speaking used, as Garfield’s observations emphasize, mainly by young American women.

He actually took heat from a handful of listeners for that; evidently they sent in e-mails writing him off as a “sexist.” Personally, I often don’t start listening to someone until they do get accused of an -ism, and I’ve since paid closer attention to Garfield’s curious role on the show. Having referred to himself as the “bad cop,” he does indeed stake out the curmudgeonly position on many a language issue, if only for the purposes of devil’s advocacy. But what draws a man known primarily for writing about advertising and co-hosting On the Media, let alone one who admits he couldn’t even learn Spanish, to a podcast as specialized as this? He does a good job, certainly, but why does he do it? His tendency toward unreconstructedness does give me an idea for a Lexicon Valley episode I’d like to hear, though. The show, to my mind, covers not just the mechanics of language but the truths language reveal about us. So what can we learn about ourselves from the thirty-year prevalence of accusations of “sexism,” “racism” — for that matter, -isms of any sort? Some of the same lessons we’d learn by examining our seventeenth-century use of the word “heresy,” I suspect, but I’ll hold off with the guesses until Vuolo and Garfield get on the case.

[Podthinker Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture [iTunes] and writes essays on literature, film, cities, Asia, and aesthetics. He's working on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer. Contact him at colinjmarshall at gmail or follow him on Twitter @colinmarshall.]

Sawbones: Mercury


Wait. Stop. Before you put mercury on that chancre, let Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin explain why that's such a terrible idea. They'll also take you on a delightful tour of all the other upsetting ways we've tried to make use of quicksilver.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet with the #Sawbones hashtag and tell all your friends (and loved ones). You can also follow the show on Twitter (@SawbonesShow).

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 15 - Violence in Movies and Upstream Color

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Wham Bam Pow

This week, we have a discussion about violence in movies -- how do current events affect our consumption and enjoyment of action flicks? Plus, we put on our thinking caps and dive into Shane Carruth's sci-fi stumper Upstream Color. What IS this movie ABOUT?

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!


Ep. 17: Birthday Parties and Romantic Reading Time

One Bad Mother

Biz gets insulted by her nurse, Theresa has a well-deserved Mom Meltdown, we talk about kids' parties and wrap it all up with contemporary romance novelist, Rebecca Rogers Maher. It is just that kind of show this week.

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Hurricane Lily -Kindle Edition

Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Anthem , Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Beehive, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans ( and available on iTunes)

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