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Topics with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter

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"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!

"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!
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Los Angeles, CA

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Earwolf

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"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!

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English


Episodes

Introducing Obscure - Michael's new podcast

6/11/2018
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Michael Ian Black is back on Earwolf with a new podcast. Obscure tackles a great work of literature. Join Michael as he reads Thomas Hardy’s classic Jude the Obscure and comments as he goes. Here's a preview, and you can hear Episode 1 right now in your podcast app. Hear Episode 1 of Obscure in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/obscure-with-michael-ian-black/id1388660385?mt=2

Duration:00:03:10

56 Santa

12/24/2014
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In Episode 8 of Season 4, Michael and Michael show their Christmas spirit by giving listeners the gift of talking all about Santa. Their conversation covers everything from Santa’s elves to his North Pole home to the historical roots of Santa.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:32:35

55 Unknown

12/17/2014
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In Episode 7 of Season 4, Michael and Michael delve into the mysterious topic of the Unknown. Their conversation covers everything from the ol’ tree falling in the woods saying to the future to the Umami theory. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:29:16

54 The Nolan Film, Interstellar

12/10/2014
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In Episode 6 of Season 4, Michael and Michael stick their beaks into the topic of the Nolan film, Interstellar. Their conversation covers everything from man’s place in the universe to the dream qualities of Nolan’s work to Hemingway’s influence on Nolan. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:25:11

53 Architecture

12/3/2014
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In Episode 5 of Season 4, Michael and Michael drill deep into the topic of Architecture as social commentary. Their conversation covers everything from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to thatched roofs to the story of the 3 little pigs.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:32:26

52 Snow

11/26/2014
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In Episode 4 of Season 4, Michael and Michael take a deep spoonful of today's topic of snowfall aka snow. Their conversation covers everything from the meaning of lake-effect snow to no two snowflakes being the same to Robert Frost.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity.

Duration:00:32:22

51 Empires

11/19/2014
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In Episode 3 of Season 4, Michael and Michael get their creative juices flowing as they delve into the real hardy broth of a topic, the allure of Empire. From Egypt to the Romans and beyond, their conversation covers everything from the corruption that stems from power to solving the world’s conundrums.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity .

Duration:00:33:55

50 Rebirth

11/12/2014
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In Episode 2 of Season 4, Michael and Michael discuss Rebirth & Renewal. Their conversation covers everything from the recent changes in their life to sharing the energy of artists of the past such as Michelangelo to the music of God.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:32:53

49 Topicon

11/5/2014
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In Episode 1 of Season 4, Michael and Michael are back in the saddle as they recap and rehash this year's Topicon. Their conversation covers everything from the long lasting friendships to all the study groups that attended from almost 30 different countries to the major announcements for next year's Topicon.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.

Duration:00:37:07

48 Nature of Identity (w/ Nev Schulman)

6/25/2014
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In Episode 20 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest Nev Schulman get to know themselves in a whole new way as they explore the topic of identity. What did Nev learn about the nature of identity from his experience with the film Catfish? What is identity? Why do we post pictures of our butt hole on social media websites? Aren’t we all afraid of being rejected? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Nev unpack the topic of identity and learn a few things about themselves along the...

Duration:00:36:39

47 Perspectives on Writing (w/ Susan Orlean)

6/18/2014
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In Episode 19 of Season 3, authors Michael, Michael, and special guest author Susan Orlean wet their beaks with the topic of Perspectives on Writing: From Cave Drawings to Computer Code and Back. What is the difference between Non-fiction and Fiction writing? What is truth? What does the phrase Creative Non-fiction mean? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Susan get their beaks wet as they discuss a juicy topic filled with words and language.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon....

Duration:00:40:41

46 The Money Question

6/11/2014
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In Episode 18 of Season 3, Michael and Michael get into a very important topic that we deal with every day of our life, the Money Question. From Smith to Piketty to back again. How do we survive in the 21st century? How are Cabbage Patch Kids related to the law of supply and demand? Why does Leno need all those cars? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss Adam Smith aka father of modern economics, the French economist Thomas Piketty, and everything in between.“Topics” features original...

Duration:00:39:03

45 The Law

6/4/2014
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In Episode 17 of Season 3, Michael and Michael delve into the topic of The Law: questions of Tort reform, the Judiciary process, Habeas corpus and beyond. Will we keep tripping over the word society? What is best for the individual versus what is best for the collective? Does God himself need law? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss a very important topic that we all deal with in our lives.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by www.TRYAUDIOBOOKS.com

Duration:00:35:50

44 Madness (w/ Rich Sommer)

5/28/2014
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In Episode 16 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and fantastic actor/friend of the podcast Rich Sommer talk about the passionate topic of madness. How do we know who is the sane one and who is the insane one? Why does love drive us mad? Is Dr. Frankenstein the monster? Or is his monster the monster? Or are we the monster? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Rich discuss a topic that might drive people a little crazy.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:...

Duration:00:40:23

43 The Connell Institute

5/21/2014
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In Episode 15 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the lessons they've learned from the incredible Connell Institute. Where did a young Michael Ian Black have his brain pumped with lifelong knowledge of several topics? How far does the legacy of the Connell Institute go? What about the great gift shop that is also located there? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss about the dense history of the Connell Institute.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is...

Duration:00:42:15

42.5 Listener Mail #9

5/14/2014
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Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on travel reimbursements for study groups to Topic Con to the first ever Topics podcast birth. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com !

Duration:00:11:27

42 The Near East & The Far East

5/14/2014
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In Episode 14 of Season 3, Michael and Michael organically find their way to discuss the topic of the near East & the far East. What is the story behind Pier 1 imports? Who is Bill Johnman? What are some of the many imported goods we take for granted in the West? Tune in as Michael and Michael talk about the rich history of both the near & far East.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by: Hulu Plus : Go to huluplus.com/TOPICS for a free two week trial....

Duration:00:39:44

Friendship (w/ Steve Agee)

5/7/2014
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In Episode 13 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest/friend of the podcast Steve Agee talk about the glorious and loving topic of friendship. How does everyone define friendship? Does their always need to be attraction involved? Does making a pen pal with a prisoner count as having a friendship? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Steve share what it takes to create and sustain a friendship.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.Today's episode also features original music by...

Duration:00:42:30

Music (w/ Liz Phair)

4/30/2014
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In Episode 12 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest singer-songwriter Liz Phair talk about the very musical topic of music. What is music? Is a breast like a kazoo? What's the difference between classical music and the Liz’s song "H.W.C."? What would have happened if Paul McCartney and John Lennon never met? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Liz get deep into the process of creating and enjoying music.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:...

Duration:00:36:54

39 True Crime

4/23/2014
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In Episode 11 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the very serious topic of true crime. Why does this topic generate the image of darkness? Why is it that some follow the interest of committing the perfect murder? How did Truman Capote's iconic true crime novel In Cold Blood start a trend of storytelling in the journalistic arts? Tune in as Michael and Michael dive right into this juiciest of topics.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:...

Duration:00:35:16