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Episode 171 – Get Their Kicks!

11/17/2018
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As many of you know, I do not tend to follow the vagaries of the sporting life. And so, when it comes to Berenstain Bears books on sports, I’m usually at a loss. Thankfully, I have the ever eager David Kalan on speed-dial to talk about sports while I listen and absorb his knowledge. This... Continue reading →

Duration:00:43:07

Episode 170 – The Homework Hassle!

11/10/2018
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We’re back with an ACTUAL BOOK! It’s exciting! You know what else is exciting? Homework. Wrong! It’s Brian Skinner! Brian Skinner is exciting and he’s back on the show to talk about taxes, homework, radio shows, peanut butter and not doing your assignments! It’s a meandering conversation that sometimes comes back around to “The Berenstain... Continue reading →

Duration:00:55:14

Episode 169 – Berenstain

11/3/2018
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Let’s talk for a few minutes about a name. https://ia601502.us.archive.org/25/items/DIBCEP169/DIBC-EP169.mp3

Duration:00:12:21

Episode 168 – What *Is* the Green-Eyed Monster?

10/27/2018
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Like, seriously, what *is* this thing? https://ia601502.us.archive.org/19/items/DIBCEP168/DIBC-EP168.mp3

Duration:00:35:18

Episode 167 – The Spooky Shadows!

10/20/2018
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Nick Wood, from “Stranger Still” and “Limited Cel” returns to Bear Country to help me confront my fears and to talk about 1994’s “The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Shadows!” Does this book teach a good lesson about fear? Did Sister learn to weaponize shadows? Do Bear Country bears grow an extra finger at puberty?... Continue reading →

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 166 – The Baby Chipmunk (1993, 2003, 2005)

10/13/2018
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What’s sadder than a baby chipmunk who’s been abandoned by his mother? Maybe a pocaster sitting in his car on a rainy day talking about a baby chipmunk who’s been abandoned by his mother? Maybe? What if he talks about THREE different incarnations of the story? How would that make you feel? https://ia601501.us.archive.org/8/items/DIBCEP166/DIBC-EP166.mp3

Duration:00:21:59

Episode 165 – Jellybean Books (Part 2)!

10/6/2018
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I have two more Jellybean Books to get through and my COLLECTORS have joined me in this bizarre and satisfying task! Brad and Jeremy phase in and out of reality as we talk about “Scardies!” and “Twitchies!” and “CROTCHIES” because CROTCHIES IS CANON! CROTCHIES IS CANON! CROTCHIES IS CANON! To see Brad’s full list of... Continue reading →

Duration:01:57:45

Episode 164 – Jellybean Books (Part 1)!

9/29/2018
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This week, I’m taking a look at three books in the Random House Jellybean Books series “The Berenstain Bears Get the Screamies” “The Berenstain Bears Get the Noisies” and “The Berenstain Bears Get the Don’t Haftas.” Why have you never heard of these books? Because they tend to not stand out. Why *should* you have... Continue reading →

Duration:00:26:47

Episode 163 – Lenny!

9/22/2018
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⛥ Ǹ̷̘̝̞̰͍͆̀o̴͈̅̽̑̉̚t̷̬̹͖͕̃̿̃͂̈́ ̴̨͙̿ŕ̴̪͇̘ȩ̴̬͙̣͉͒ả̶̪̠͚̙͆͂l̴̥̔͑͆l̷̡͈͎̜̊̔y̵͚̤̒̌̇͠ ̸̙͎̲̄̆̋͊͝ś̶̚͜u̶̱͒̋͐̚͝r̸̰͘͠ͅe̵̙͓͒ ̴̧͈͉̼̯̅͋̏w̵̮̰̆́̏̚͝ͅh̴̩͖̯̆͘͠ả̶̮̈́̒̄̽t̶̡͓̾ ̷̛̟͉͇̹̌ͅt̴̮̺̩̀̂̓õ̶͓̖͚̳ ̵̤̍w̵̩̝̳̙̎̓̄͝r̴̝͆í̷̝̙͔́͛t̴̖͉͘͠e̶͙̿̀̀̏̕ ̶̨̡͙̹͚͛͛a̸̧̪̯̰͐͘b̶̭̱͖̰̌͌͒́̚ơ̶̫̳ǔ̶̡̥̺̉̆̒t̷͙̹̃̊̈́ ̵̢̟̇̓͛̉̚t̷̨͙̜͎̀͒̇ḧ̵̢̢̛͕͉͝í̷̧̛̟̠s̵̢͈͕͂ͅ ̴̘͉̟̪́̆͝o̷̝̯͇̾̌͜n̷̲͇̂e̶͖͇͈̥̽̃̏͌.̶͍͉̇͋̓̃͠ ̸͉̮̈́̕̕͜I̶̡͖̖̼̒́̚t̵̳̅͝’̷̩̝͊̊̃͝s̷̻̰̣̊̐͠ͅ ̵̲̪͋͆̅͒k̴̝̂i̵̠̯̱̺͋͗ͅǹ̸̼d̷̛̩̾̄͜ą̴̫͖͎̆͝ ̸̝̰͚͙̃̌̋m̶̡͎̩̼̣̂͛̎ẻ̸̦̥̲̒͌š̸͕̩̮̭͌ş̸͈̣̙̮͠e̶̙̊d̴̠́̓̽...

Duration:01:31:11

Episode 162 – The Blame Game!

9/15/2018
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When is a book *not* a book? When you can’t figure out what the heck point it’s even trying to make. This week, Christy Admiraal from Nerdist and The California Diarists Podcast joins me to talk about(?) “The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game!” It’s a book that almost ceases to be a book and... Continue reading →

Duration:00:28:19

Episode 161 – Count Their Blessings!

9/8/2018
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When is a story *not* a story? When it’s TWO stories! Elana joins me to discuss these two stories and how they don’t really add up or connect or ever speak to each other in “The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings.” Does the beginning of the book forget about itself? Does the thunderstorm make the... Continue reading →

Duration:00:29:33

Episode 160 – GROW-IT! Mother Nature Has Such A Green Thumb!

9/1/2018
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Psst! Hey everyone! You, uh . . . you wanna learn about vermiculite? Shh! Don’t let everyone hear, or they’ll all want in on this. Well, I got a book for you that not only mentions vermiculite about a dozen times, but doesn’t really explain what it is! Sound good? Hello? Oh, you left. THIS... Continue reading →

Duration:01:00:53

Episode 159 – The [REDACTED] [REDACTED] and Too Much [REDACTED]

8/25/2018
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My collectors are back! Brad Mariska and Jeremy Gloff have joined me to discuss a book that is the worst thing and that should not exist. “The Berenstein Bears and Too Much Tequila” is dumb, bad and dumb and bad and I hate it. I hate it. I hate that I’m even discussing it in... Continue reading →

Duration:00:53:29

Episode 158 – PATREON QUESTION: POLICE BLOTTER!

8/18/2018
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This week, I answer a question from Patreon Subscriber Michael, who asks, “What do you think the Bear Country police blotter looks like on a typical day (let’s say big chapter books continuity since that’s where we are)?” https://ia601508.us.archive.org/32/items/DIBCEP158_201808/DIBC-EP158.mp3

Duration:00:31:48

Episode 157 – The Green-Eyed Monster!

8/11/2018
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This week! My dear college friend, writer, director, performer, monologist, cartoonist Brad McEntire joins me to talk about “The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster!” And, boy do we ever talk about it! And, a lot of other things! Check out Brad’s many projects at his website! He always has a dozen things going on.... Continue reading →

Duration:00:59:09

BONUS CONVERSATION – Phil and Brad on The Out-of-Doors

8/8/2018
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In this excised excerpt from the upcoming “The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster” Phil and his guest Brad McEntire go off on a long tangent about Scouting and Camping. It has nothing to do with the book and everything to do with Phil’s neurotic aversion to the Great Outdoors. https://ia801509.us.archive.org/8/items/BONUSCamping/BONUS%20-%20Camping.mp3

Duration:00:05:50

SUMMER RERUN – Go To School!

8/4/2018
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Let’s go WAY back in time to EPISODE 15! That’s right! I remember thinking “Oh, man, I’ve done maybe a MILLION of these shows!” But, I hadn’t. Just the fifteen. My guest was Rachael Schlee who is currently appearing in Medusa at the Minnesota Fringe Festival! We talk all about Kindergarten and prepping for school.... Continue reading →

Duration:00:32:35

SUMMER RERUN – The Dress Code!

7/28/2018
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It’s a SUMMER RERUN from LAST SUMMER! Meghan Griffin of Judging Book Covers and Fableulous Retellings joins me to talk dress codes, law enforcement and a Berenstain Bears book that gets way more political than we were anticipating! https://ia800808.us.archive.org/12/items/DIBCEP111/DIBC-EP111.mp3

Duration:01:12:32

SUMMER RERUN! – The Bad Dream!

7/21/2018
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It’s July and I’m BEAT. I had a birthday; now my girlfriend’s having a birthday; I gotta clean the stove; there’s summer camp, doctor’s appointments, school shopping, UGH! Time for a rerun. This week, let’s go back and enjoy a Deep In Bear Country CLASSIC! Brian Skinner joined me in my steamy backyard to talk... Continue reading →

Duration:00:59:50

Episode 156 – The Bully!

7/14/2018
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This week, I am very excited to welcome Jason Bucklin onto the show. Jason is the LGBTQ Programming Director for Minneapolis Public Schools and he’s here to talk about “The Berenstain Bears and the Bully” a book I’ve been excited yet nervous about for three years. Jason walks us through what bullying is, how parents... Continue reading →

Duration:00:56:38