Baby Geniuses

Baby Geniuses is a show for people who know stuff and people who don't know stuff, but would like to. Every week, comedian and super-genius Emily Heller and cartoonist and mastermind Lisa Hanawalt, challenge their guests to share some knowledge on any topic they want.

Matt Braunger / Paul Danke

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Paul Danke

Hello babies!

Welcome to the other side of the looking glass! We’re discussing how our lives have changed post-inauguration. We’re not on social media a lot, so if you’ve tried to slide into our mentions we might have missed you. We’re wasting less time on Twitter, but that time is well spent thinking about how La La Land is so terrible. On Chunch Chat, Martha Stewart has been quite withholding of Chunch news. Alternatively, Lady Gaga was recently spotted riding her Arabian mare Bailey Ann. On Wiki of the Week, we read the page for “Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands,” or The Gay Kingdom of the Coral Sea. I want to go to there! We welcome Matt Braunger, who we talk with about his cousin’s book The Disaster Artist. Required reading for fans of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. On Expert Hour, millennial funeral curator Hunter Barry joins us to talk about the business of being remembered.

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Matt Braunger

Paul Danke

Kurt Braunohler / Kristen Studard

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Kristen Studard

Hello babies!

We did it. We actually did it. We lived through 2016. I know it is hard to believe but you are stronger and better for it. You deserve to pamper yourself. Maybe treat yourself to one of the many wonderful products dedicated to making your bathroom experience (read: pooping) better? You could also consider making or buying a really great sandwich. On Chunch Chat, Martha gives us an update on her Sicilian donkeys Rufus, Clive, and Billy. On Wiki of the Week, we read the page for “Melon heads,” the name given to legendary beings and urban legends in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut generally described as small humanoids with bulbous heads, theorized in the 1970s, who occasionally emerge from hiding places to attack people. We welcome Kurt Braunohler, who tells us about Neural Nets, which are networked computers that are now talking to each other and we don’t know what they’re saying. SCARY! Family photographer Violet Beechman joins us to give us an appreciation for the many different types of non traditional families she works with.

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Kurt Braunohler

Kristen Studard

Aparna Nancherla / Alana Johnston

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Aparna Nancherla
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Alana Johnston

Hello babies!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Did you sleep well on your old twin bed at your parents’ house? Or maybe they turned your old room into some sort of multi use office situation and now you’re sleeping on a pull out couch bed? Either way, you’re sleeping in your own bed tonight and that always feels great. On Chunch Chat, Martha must have learned a trick from her friend Snoop Dogg because she’s doing a lot of wrapping! On Wiki of the Week, we read the page for Gef, also known as the Talking Mongoose or Dalby Spook. Nothing I respect more than the integrity required to take a lifelong hoax to the grave with you! We welcome Aparna Nancherla to the show to discuss her history selling Cutco knives. They’re actually great knives! Parenting expert Chandelyne Jean joins us to teach us how to be better parents to however many children we may or may not have.

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Aparna Nancherla

Alana Johnston

Casey Ley / Craig Rowin

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Hello babies!

Its almost Christmas! We got the ultimate gift this year - Lisa’s dog Indy survived cancer! There is still good in this crazy world! Turning to bad news, the final episode of Great British Bakeoff with the classic cast is airing soon. We’re coping by literally sticking our feet in bags of acid. We’re doing everything we can to boost our Wikifeet.com ratings. On Wiki of the Week, we tackle the wikipedia page for “Responses to Sneezing.” Bless you! Our guest Casey Ley has HIV and he’s doing just fine. Expert baby namer Vivaldi Earnst Deveraux stops by to show us how to subvert child naming traditions.

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Casey Ley

Craig Rowin

How to Fight Trump with Katt Hoban & Cynthia Sanchez

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Katt Hoban
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Cynthia Sanchez

Hello babies!

This is our first episode recorded post-election. Welcome to the new world! We unpack some of our feelings regarding this hellscape. On Chunch Chat, we’re experience a Chunch news drought. We talk Martha’s new show, in which she offers some wisdom about prison and being struck by lightning. On Wiki of the Week, we discover the page for Candle Salad. It’s a really funny looking salad - Look up a picture. We forgo our traditional Expert Hour segment for an interview with non fictional experts. Cynthia Sanchez is an organizer who works for PICO, who organizes around immigration, homelessness, youth, district elections and voter engagement. Katt Hoban is a former youth worker, community organizer, and occupier who studies social movements in the sociology PhD program at UC Irvine.

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Katt Hoban

Cynthia Sanchez

Jenny Zigrino / Zach Broussard

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Zach Broussard

Hello babies!

Got your emergency go bags ready? We recorded this before the election and hope that this still brings you some joy in these uncertain times. On Chunch Chat, we’re hopefully so close to getting a Chunch update! We skewer take on the bots who hang out in Martha’s blog comments section. On Wiki of the Week, we cover a condition called Penis Captivus, which doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. Jenny Zigrino joins us to talk about the various religious camps she attended as a child. We thought we booked Julian Assange of Wikileaks fame, but we made a simple mistake. Shoelean Assange joins us to talk about his website Wikifeet.com.

NOTE: If you need a safe place to share/vent/scream through your keyboard, feel free to email us at babygeniusespodcast@gmail.com or reach out on our Facebook group.

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Jenny Zigrino
Zach Broussard

Kulap Vilaysock / Erin Whitehead

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Erin Whitehead

Hello babies!

On this VERY SPOOKTACULAR episode, we tackle the important questions. What dat mouse? Listen and find out the answer! The spookiness continues as we tackle that crazy election! If you’re not voting for Hillary, what is actually wrong with you? On Chunch chat, there is no new Chunch news. In general horse news, Lisa has graduated to the fast horse in her riding class! On Wiki of the Week, we talk about a retro 90’s Clinton scandal that was really not a big deal. Kulap Vilaysock joins us to talk about crystals, astrology, and general witch stuff. On Expert Hour, Patty Pecker joins us to talk about her career as a mortuary make up artist. Some of the babies she works with are so cute!!

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Kulap Vilaysock

Erin Whitehead

Nate Fernald / Brad Morris

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Nate Fernald
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Hello babies!

Spoiler alert: people are often using the term “spoiler alert” incorrectly! Even brands like Starbucks are getting in on the action! We look into The Great British Bakeoff’s winning recipe, and the main ingredient is humility. Related: anyone else think Paul Hollywood is kinda hot? On Chunch Chat, Lisa goes horse shopping. One of these horses does a fun fast food related trick that helps you aquire hamburgers. On Wiki of the Week, we learn how the phrase “hair of the dog” originated. It’s less about booze and more about actually putting dog hair on your bites. Nate Fernald joins us to talk about his secret love of G.I. Joe and it’s wacky, under appreciated storyline. Did you know that Cobra Commander is a Libertarian? On Expert Hour, breakup expert Mel Birnbaum teaches us how to cut ties with our partners.

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Nate Fernald
Brad Morris

Erin Judge / John Milhiser

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Erin Judge
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John Milhiser

Hello babies!

Shake the playa dust out of your angel wings and find some decent WIFI, because it’s Burning Man Craigslist Missed Connection season! Did you fail to swap contact info with that sexy steampunk? There’s still hope - make a really desperate Craigslist missed connection post! We read our favorites. On Chunch Chat, we melt over an Instagram post featuring Banchunch. He’s getting up close and personal with Martha’s pups Ghengis Khan the chow chow and Bete Noir the frenchie! On Wiki of the Week, we’re covering the Tilberi, a shudder inspiring creature of Icelandic folklore. Erin Judge joins us to discuss how to improve cooking stoves in the developing world. Her novel Vow of Celibacy is out now! Go get it! On Expert Hour, Wedding/party toast expert Jacob Mackenzie stops by to teach us how to improve our toast technique. Spoiler alert: Your toast is probably too short!

Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz / Zach Sims

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Hello babies!

Our babies are growing up! Our very own Lisa got papped! A paparazzo pops Lisa and Adam a peculiar question that, frankly, outs the photog as being bad at sex. Tune in to find out what I’m talking about! On Chunch Chat, there is no new Chunch news. On Wiki of the Week, we discuss the Wikipedia page for Lisa Nowak. You may remember Lisa Nowak as the diaper wearing, revenge seeking, cross country driving astronaut. Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz joins us to talk about how nuns are real people with real careers who get horny sometimes. On Expert Hour, Darrell Maxwell joins us to remind us about the lost art of letter writing.

FYI: Emily has a Comedy Central special airing this Friday, Sept 23!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz
Zach Sims