When the walls fall at Shaka, Kiazi’s children’s faces get really wet. The beast is at Tanagra, but it’s anyone’s guess where Darmok and Jalad are w/r/t the ocean. Will Zinda’s face be black and his eyes red? Who, if not Mirab, is going to unfurl these sails? Is Uzani’s army going with the fist open or the fist closed? Is the river Temarc in winter or what? It’s the episode that opens Sokath’s eyes.
Last week, we kinda threw our hat over the fence vis-a-vis zagging on y’all. This week, we’re trying to adhere to this new philosophy with an episode chock-full of surprises and twists and turns and … uh … shocking … revelations?
Suggested talking points: Zag Update, Fushigi Update, Robe Rules, Gary Spangler, Volvo Comms, Good Mugshots, 50 First Fake Dates
New MaxFun Senior Producer Laura Swisher joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's new resolution, Jesse's difficulty getting Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther comic book, and the new slogan for 2017.
When the Enterprise chooses the flashpoint of a Klingon civil war to begin the galaxy's biggest game of Cat's Cradle, Klingon Jake's future in the empire is at stake. But when Captain Picard's most dramatic "Apparently..." story comes back to haunt him, it's up to Commander Data to take command of a little ship with a secret strategy. Does the Sutherland have a clip show machine? What's the name of the captain from Crimson Tide? It's the episode where lose all our feminist credibility by playing a terrible game that we're extremely ashamed of.
Biz and Theresa revisit their resolutions from last year and are reminded that resolutions are bullshit! Seriously. Let's resolve to talk about cake or anything else next year. Plus, Biz recovers from the holidays, Theresa reminds us of her favorite gift, and we talk to Professor of Cognitive Sciences Barbara Sarnecka about her fascinating recent study on how moral judgments affect the way we perceive risk.
Barbara Sarnecka: http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/cogdev/Sarnecka/
No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children: http://www.collabra.org/articles/10.1525/collabra.58/
The NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/08/22/490847797/why-do-we-judge-pa...
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans
This week Bryan explains how Mamma Mia is the modern day Cats, while Erin shares about her eventful New Years Eve with a bunch of dead rats. Also, Religious TV Show host Gordon James Klingenschmitt recently defended a stationary store that was discriminating against gay people, and The New York Times published an article about tech companies recruiting women candidates for positions of power to help enact change. Happy New Year!
Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind.
"Shut Your Drawer Hole" and "The Most Important Trial of the Day," taped in front of a live audience at one of two shows recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Jenny and Erin from Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto and songs from PitchBlak Brass Band!
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Here are some photos submitted as evidence in the dispute, "Shut Your Drawer Hole!"
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Worf’s honor and civil war hang in the balance when Captain Picard is called back to Qo’nos to be a witness on Gowron’s ketubah. But there’s a not-so-sneaky Romulan sneaking around, and the Duras Sisters are eager to ruin the big jacket-putting-on ceremony. Is that Klingon Jake? Is Guinan the best marksman on the Entrepreneur? Does ‘Romyarlan’ work? How does it affect the monitors if you sharpen a pencil on a Klingon ship? It’s Part One of a two episode arc about how close to death Ben can be and still record a podcast.
We spend half this episode coming up with a name for the new year, which is as important an endeavor as we can undergo. Yes, we boned it last year. This time, we're FEELING IT SO HARD.
Suggested talking points: THE NAMING OF THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2017, Sriririririracha, The Fushigi Art Patronage
Bill Withers is a man who prefers his life and his music on his own terms. The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s last album was released over thirty years ago, and he has no regrets about walking away from a career in music. His back catalog, which include classics like Ain’t No Sunshine, Grandma’s Hands and Lean on Me, is still as vibrant and influential as it was decades ago.
Bill Withers sits down with Jesse to talk about growing up in coal-mining town in West Virginia, why he didn’t dress-up on stage or dance like his contemporaries, and what his relationship to music is like now.
Joe Randazzo knows funny. Starting with his career as section editor for The Onion and continuing with his role as head writer for @Midnight, he has enjoyed a diverse career that has allowed him access to some of the industry's best comedic talents.
He plumbed his own experiences, and that of many of his colleagues and extended network, for the advice he offers in his new book Funny On Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy.
Randazzo interviewed writers, performers, directors and producers about how they each have managed to create comedy careers in television, film, podcasting and on YouTube. Interviews include conversations with Judd Apatow, Joan Rivers, Jack Handey and -- disclaimer -- our own podcast impresario Jesse Thorn.
Joe Randazzo joins us to discuss what he learned during his career as an editor at The Onion, his forays into stand-up and improv and why it’s essential to build and sustain relationships with other people in comedy (even if it feels like you're competing with them).
Randazzo’s book Funny On Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy is available now.
Jesse talks about his great American hero - a kid named Harry Altman from the Academy Award winning film, Spellbound.