Rachael Burke started her young career at a lampshade store in Vermont. Later, she won a dance competition on Jimmy Fallon and performed with Jimmy and the Roots. Now she works for him! I actually thought the interview was going to be about lampshades. Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/rachael-burke-apprentice-to-the-lampshade-lady
Mike begrudgingly joins me to talk about a few of his friends. One was a movie extra for a brief period of time. The other catalogued porn. Original interviews here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-interview-with-matt-haze-former-movie-extra https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/buying-malt-liquor-with-nickels
In the 80s Kim Engler worked at a now-defunct amusement park in Northeast PA. She ran the Scrambler at Angela Park, a great place with a garbage-eating pig trash can and Olympic-sized pool. Original McSweeney’s interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-ran-the-scrambler-an-interview-with-kim-engler
John Ertle tells us what goes on at a cemetery when you’re not there. He’s crawled down into graves and removed thousands of tiny flags for Memorial Day. He says it’s OK if Suzanne gets a huge statue of herself doing a Rocky-style pose for her gravestone. Original McSweeney’s interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/john-ertle-buries-dead-people
Erica Jameson runs a camp that’s been in her family since the 1930s. We talk about animals and how to kill them, as well as that old camp standard--Bloody Mary. In the last 10 minutes, my daughter steps in to ask some hot-button camp questions and to give “shout outs” to kids in her class. Original McSweeney’s interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/erica-jameson-is-not-crazy-nor-in-a-cult
Allison Williams had a long career as a fire-eating, whip-cracking trapeze artist. She talks about what it's like to put fuel in your mouth and to use a whip to crack food out of someone's mouth. Original McSweeney’s interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-eat-camping-fuel-an-interview-with-allison-williams
This week Avril and I talk about what it's like to work at a sperm bank, and what it takes to be a firewalk instructor. Needless to say, we know nothing about either. Original McSweeney’s interviews: here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-sperm-bank-an-interview-with-dina-n https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-interview-with-robert-cork-kallen-certified-firewalk-instructor
Dave Norman is a writer who wrote about paintball until the industry dried up. He’s met William Shatner and Russians making tanks to play paintball. Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/dave-norman-and-the-paintball-invasion-of-normandy
Kari was a lifeguard back when there were no real rules for lifeguards. Avril and I talk about this job, and Ludacris, and a car called a Comet. Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/saving-lives-and-doing-dip-an-interview-with-kari-former-lifeguard
Phil So was an ice cream truck driver for a brief time. Hear about the ins and outs of how he held his territory. Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/phil-so-sold-ice-cream-to-your-children
Going to mix up the podcast. Some will be with the interviewees, and some will be reading the interviews without the interviewee present. Give me feedback! @iloveusue on twitter, facebook.com/suzanneyeagley or suzanneyeagley.com.
Shelby Frantz worked in two huge haunted houses in Kansas. Drunk people yelled at her. She was an angel. Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/shelby-frantz-come-home-with-me-i-drive-a-chevy
Abby Markson is a former “clothing exchange” employee who lived in LA and saw all kinds of nasty things. She has also taught music and been in bands, and collected fur for orphaned animals (long story).
Stephan Horvath wants you to remain calm when your kid has lice. It could be worse (listen till the end if you want to know how). Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/stephan-horvath-picks-out-the-lice
Safecracking for fun and profit with Ken Doyle and Ken Dunckel! Original interview here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/ken-doyle-safecracker Also, I know you probably can't find your password, but please rate/review on iTunes. It would mean a lot to me.