219 – YouTube-sday (with Ben Kirk)

We’ve all been there– one minute, you’re searching for a video on how to change a light fixture, and the next thing you know, you’ve been watching makeup tutorials and music videos for five hours straight. Though YouTube may have started with a mere trip to the zoo, it has been entertaining people (and launching talent) since 2005. Let Ben Kirk take you on a journey through the most popular YouTube videos of all time– and take a trip down memory lane! Later on, take a delightful quiz called “YouTubers That You Goobers Should Know.”

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[Music: 1) Gabe Bondoc, “(I’ve Got a Crush on a) YouTube Star,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

216 – Being Patrick Swayze (with Neal Fischer)

Our podcast brother and author Neal E. Fischer joins us for an episode that ties in with his latest book: Being Patrick Swayze: Essential Teachings from the Master of The Mullet! [If all you know about People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” of 1991 is that he didn’t want to put Baby in a corner, then you have a lot to learn.] Neal instructs us on The Ways of The Swayz through five elements: Tender Strength, Pure Adrenaline, Hungry Eyes, Peaceful Warrior, and The Mullet.

Listeners of the podcast can get a 30% discount on preorders of Being Patrick Swayze with coupon code SWAYZE through Chronicle Books until April 26th. [Otherwise, grab a copy from your favorite bookseller!]

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[Music: 1) Patrick Swayze, “She’s Like the Wind,” 1987; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

214 – The ABCs of Hobby Gaming (with JP Adams)

This week, we’re joined by the marvelous Judge JP to discuss a veritable A through Z of important terms and names to know regarding hobby gaming. [He even made us an illustrated slide deck to accompany the episode– be sure to check it out here!] Whether you’re a seasoned gaming fanatic or you just want to learn more about the topic for trivia purposes, JP has you covered. Later, enjoy a wonderful quiz called “Play the Game”!

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[Music: 1) Queen, “Play the Game,” 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

212 – Insectapalooza! (with Nina Devine)

What’s the buzz? We’re joined this week by our favorite entomology student Nina Devine, who gives us the downlow on some of the bugs that inhabit the Earth. (Get ready to learn a lot of insect superlatives!) Later, enjoy a quiz on computer bugs!

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[Music: 1) Nikolia Rimskij-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumble-bee,” performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi, 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]