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The podcast that asks why YOU know SO MUCH about a VERY specific topic. Comedians Nadia Osman and Steve Szlaga invite guests to talk about a singular, limited point of interest they know more about than anyone (but that Nadia and Steve usually know next to nothing about). Topics range from pop culture, history, science, politics, and art, to anything and everything niche, kitsch, camp, weird, wild, wondrous, and beyond. Come join the party!

The podcast that asks why YOU know SO MUCH about a VERY specific topic. Comedians Nadia Osman and Steve Szlaga invite guests to talk about a singular, limited point of interest they know more about than anyone (but that Nadia and Steve usually know next to nothing about). Topics range from pop culture, history, science, politics, and art, to anything and everything niche, kitsch, camp, weird, wild, wondrous, and beyond. Come join the party!
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The podcast that asks why YOU know SO MUCH about a VERY specific topic. Comedians Nadia Osman and Steve Szlaga invite guests to talk about a singular, limited point of interest they know more about than anyone (but that Nadia and Steve usually know next to nothing about). Topics range from pop culture, history, science, politics, and art, to anything and everything niche, kitsch, camp, weird, wild, wondrous, and beyond. Come join the party!

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English


Episodes

The Concept of Empathy in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace with Joseph Scrimshaw

10/9/2019
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This week, Nadia and Steve talk with writer and podcast host Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) about the specific topic of the concept of empathy throughout the 1999 prequel Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. We get into how this epic space opera movie written and directed by George Lucas promotes cognitive, emotional, and compassionate empathy, especially in a galaxy far, far away. Do Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, or Queen Amidala understand how to empathize with...

Duration:01:30:20

Center Stage & Jody Sawyer's Dancing with Becky Feldman

10/2/2019
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Fouette! FOUETTE! This week, Nadia and Steve talk with writer and podcast host Becky Feldman (@beckles212) about the specific topic of Jody Sawyer aka Amanda Schull and her dancing abilities in the cult classic film Center Stage. We get into Becky's love for this movie and her short-lived dance career, plus the making of this beloved teen drama. Do ballerinas really smoke that many cigarettes? Is it a good idea to make a ballet based on who you boned? And exactly who was at Meghan Markle's...

Duration:01:20:31

The Study of Facial Expressions with Lilan Bowden

9/25/2019
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Anger, fear, joy? Oh my! This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor Lilan Bowden (@yourfriendlilan) about the specific topic of the social scientists and studies behind facial expressions, including facial recognition disorders, the types of basic human emotions, micro expressions, and the development of the Facial Action Coding System. How do you pronounce prosopagnosia? Can you tell what faces we're making right now? Should Steve finally listen to his Malcolm Gladwell audiobook? Let's do...

Duration:01:01:07

Dave Matthews Band's Before These Crowded Streets with Mike Mitchell

9/18/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor and podcast host Mike Mitchell (@BDayBoysMitch) about the specific topic of rock group Dave Matthews Band. The Doughboys host fills us in on why this collegiate jam band is so important to him -- specifically their third album, Before These Crowded Streets. How did MTV's TRL play a role in DMB's success? What happens when your tour bus has an accident across the Chicago River? Is Mitch still on AntsMarching.org? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:24:14

Titanic's Jack Dawson: Manic Pixie Dream Boy with Cait Raft

9/11/2019
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All aboard the Titanic! This week, Steve and Nadia talk with writer, artist, and host Cait Raft (@caitraft) about the specific topic of the blockbuster film Titanic, and specifically about how the character Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is actually a Manic Pixie Dream Boy. We get into how Jack's MPDB status makes him a necessary match for Kate Winslet's character Rose, spiking the chowder on set, and why this movie is so horny! Hist-orny-cal? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:22:59

J. Crew Men's Button Up Shirts with Joe Saunders

9/4/2019
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Button downs, but make it fashion! This week, Nadia and Steve talk with writer and podcast host Joe Saunders (@saundersjoe) about the specific topic of J. Crew men's button up/down shirts. Yes, men's shirts, specifically from preppy fashion mall store J. Crew. We get into why Joe loves these shirts and being fashionable and current trends in men's fashion, plus Madewell, Jenna Lyons, and more. Is J. Crew suggesting we wear a ditsy floral print with white denim?! What kind of shirt doesn't...

Duration:01:15:16

Eugene V. Debs and American Socialism with Leann Bowen

8/28/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedy writer Leann Bowen (Dear White People, I Love You America) about the specific topic of Eugene V. Debs and the origins of American socialism, an American socialist advocate who fought for shorter work days and unions that Bernie Sanders deeply admires. Plus, Alice in Wonderland porn! Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:08:45

The Chuck Jones / Looney Tunes Hunting Trilogy with Tony Rodriguez

8/21/2019
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Eh, what's up doc? This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor and podcast host Tony Rodriguez (@TheTonyRodrig) about the specific topic of the Hunting Trilogy cartoons, aka the Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck vs. Elmer Fudd Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1950s. So, is Bugs Bunny drag enough to slay with RuPaul? Where did Daffy Duck's catchphrase come from? What about meeting animation hero Chuck Jones? And why doesn't Steve know about the musical Chess? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:09:19

Pokemon Red for Nintendo Gameboy with Matt Apodaca

8/14/2019
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Gotta catch 'em all! This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedian and podcast host Matt Apodaca (@mattapodaca) about the specific topic of Pokemon Red for the Nintendo Gameboy. Not Blue, nor Yellow -- Red only, baby! We get into the video game development, Matt's breakdown of cheat codes and rumors, and a brief history of the origins of the 151 original Pocket Monsters. What do we think of Andy Samberg as Charmander? What would Bruce Springsteen have to say about Pallet Town? And what's a...

Duration:01:27:03

Swedish Cinema with Anna Salinas

8/7/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with Bad Comix By Anna creator and writer Anna Salinas (@badcomixbyanna) about the specific topic of Swedish Cinema. Ever wanted to get wild about WILD STRAWBERRIES?! From the silent era to Ingmar Bergman's depressing obsessions with death to, like, two TV channels, to modern Swedish movies like Let the Right One In, we cover as much as we can in a reasonable timespan. Get your lingonberry jam ready and let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:10:41

Aleister Crowley with Anne Lane

7/31/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with Rick and Morty writer and performer Anne Lane (@AnnieLLane) about the specific topic of British occultist writer and mountaineer Beast 666, Aleister Crowley, the practitioner of magick with a K and, uh, "decadent" lifestyle choices. Ever wondered how much linseed you need for a spell to figure out your future? What the hell is the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and why does it sound like Harry Potter? Why do rich guys think they can conquer mountains?...

Duration:01:13:21

Balloonfest '86 with Katie Willert

7/24/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor, writer, and producer Katie Willert (@kawillert) about the specific topic of the United Way of Cleveland, Ohio disaster Balloonfest '86. Ever been to a hot air balloon festival? How did a well-intentioned nonprofit fundraiser end up pissing off Canada? And who exactly thought it'd be a great idea to compete with Disneyland's world record? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:12:10

Seventh-day Adventism with Edgar Momplaisir

7/17/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedian, writer, and podcast host Edgar Momplaisir (@edgarmomplaisir) about the very specific religious topic of growing up Seventh-day Adventist! What's the connection between corn flakes and masturbation? Is the theme song for The Leftovers a religion? How was Upstate New York's Second Great Awakening the 1800s Coachella? Oh, and we probably owe Ariana Grande an apology. Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:15:05

Homestar Runner with David Zwick

7/9/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedian and podcast host David Zwick (@tryitlikeitpod) about the specific topic of beloved Internet video star Homestar Runner. Are the Brothers Chaps part of the Quentin Tarantino universe? Will the 2020 Democratic nominees figure out how to bring back Flash? What's better, the original "Come On, Fhqwhgads" or Strongbad vs. Daft Punk? Get into the Excitement Zone and let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:00:20

Queerness and Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Brittany Ashley

7/3/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor, writer, and podcast host Brittany Ashley (@britt27ash) about the specific topic of queerness in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. LGBTQIA representation on television? Does Susan Sontag consider Buffy "camp"? BDE aka Big Dushku Energy? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:07:11

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Seasons 1-3 with Oscar Montoya

6/18/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actor and podcast co-host Oscar Montoya (@ozzymo) the specific topic of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, airing from 1993 to 1996, and how much Oscar loves the show. Non-union stunt work? Racial stereotypes? The city of Santa Clarita? Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:37:46

Max and Dave Fleischer aka The Fleischer Brothers with David Kantrowitz

6/12/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with animator David Kantrowitz (@DavidKantrowtiz) about the specific topic of The Fleischer brothers, Max and Dave, who ran an animation studios and were responsible for animated classics like Betty Boop and Popeye. Terrifying clowns? Sexy cartoon dogs? Family scandals? Let's do this again some time! FUN FACT: David is the artist behind our amazing Why Do You Know That? logo!

Duration:01:30:21

Some Very Rad 90s Commercials with Frank Garcia-Hejl

6/5/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedian Frank Garcia-Hejl (@frankgarciahejl) about his deep obsession with watching all kinds of commercials from the decade known as the 90s! Mark Wahlberg, your naked parents, and the horniest M&Ms all make an appearance! Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:05:02

Sensory Deprivation Tanks with Julie Brister

5/29/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with actress Julie Brister (@bristahsouljah) about her love of sensory deprivation tanks! Joe Rogan, antidepressants, and hearing the frenzied thoughts of dolphins, oh my! Let's do this again some time!

Duration:01:10:29

Greek Pop Music with Mano Agopian

5/22/2019
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This week, Steve and Nadia talk with comedian and podcaster Mano Agopian (@manoagapion) to dish about Mano's love of Greek pop music! MTV, Eurovision, growing up in a legit castle, and Katy Perry's Super Bowl sharks all show up! Let's do this again some time! NOTE: Steve's audio is funky, but we promise it's not too bad? "Technical difficulties!" But this ep was too good not to release!

Duration:01:16:23