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35: 1-800-Flowers for Algernon

6/7/2018
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Oh Danny boy, the pipes are calling on this episode where we manage, despite our best efforts and potentially worst singing yet, to talk about the classic (sci-fi?) novel, Flowers for Algernon. Learn the importance of good branding, that the gross changes happening to your body are totally normal, and why being smart is a […]

Duration:01:09:55

34: Of Mice and Men and Salads

5/24/2018
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In an episode that could best be described as “Steinbeck adjacent,” we engage in some heavy petting, bacon thieving, obscure reference-making, and banana-insinuating. We also learn all about Burgess Meredith, the rules of Being In Van Halen, briefly become Oh No! City Slickers, and oh uh, talk about Of Mice and Men…kinda. But it’s okay […]

Duration:01:13:53

33: Mental Breakdowns in the Rye

5/10/2018
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Get ready to #CatchTheseHands in the rye as your two favorite phonies set out to eviscerate Holden Caulfield, but mostly just feel bad for him. Learn about the distinguished fields of kosher cheese mongering and elevator pimping, go faith findin’ with JD, and listen as Megan challenges John Travolta to a fistfight and RJ commits […]

Duration:01:23:24

32: Part Man, Part Alcohol, Part Kangaroo: The Ernest Hemingway Story

4/26/2018
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On this special episode, we take you on an intoxicated tour through the life, times, and wives of Ernest Hemingway, with a brief stopover at The Old Man and The Sea. Join us at the hottest spot north of Havana for this extra-long drunkstravaganza featuring: Gay marlins, Sandra Bullock, questionable surgery practices, baseball(?), and conquering […]

Duration:01:26:25

31: Down and Dirty John Donne

4/12/2018
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RJ takes the wheel to teach us a thing about John Donne: Reverend, husband, and mega-horny poet. Enjoy the tonal whiplash as we rocket between poems about doing it, poems about how everyone he loved is dead, and more poems about doing it. Megan crafts some fanfiction, Financin’ with RJ branches out, and we learn […]

Duration:01:15:34

30: Bowels of Darkness

3/29/2018
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This week, we head to Africa, not to bless the rains but to contend with Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. Megan is filled to the brim with salt while RJ tries to rack up a high score playing Devil’s Advocate. Join us as we discuss racism, imperialism, and the alleged contents of John Wayne’s […]

Duration:01:15:44

29: A Tough Tesseract to Follow

3/15/2018
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Warning: Episode contains spoilers for the film version of A Wrinkle in Time! Crack open your guide to interdimensional travel because we’re about to wrinkle some time! Join us and our friend Scott for a magical story of quantum mechanics, pulsating brains, and incompetent dads as we learn how pubescent girl-rage can save the day. […]

Duration:01:17:53

28: Fightin’ and Philanderin’ with Daddy Dumas

3/1/2018
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Get ready for some nougat-y goodness with The Three Musketeers, a novel less about swashbuckling and more about extra-marital cross-kingdom hookups, horse-shaming, and that famous Musketeer slogan: “Well, if it pisses off the Cardinal then I guess it’s okay.” Alexandre Dumas outsources his book-writing to make more time for lovin’, Megan laments a severe lack […]

Duration:01:20:39

27: ALL HAIL THE MAGIC CONCH!

2/15/2018
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British boys get stranded on a tropical island, and you won’t BELIEVE what happens next! …They get naked and try to murder each other. It’s Lord of the Flies, a book written out of spite for a different book written 100 years earlier. We look at provocative shell art, learn why choir boys are the […]

Duration:01:07:36

26: This Pie Tastes Like Murder

2/1/2018
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You guys, this show is a whole year old! In celebration, we bring you, from the depths of Shakespearean obscurity: Titus Andronicus, the play that asks “What if Shakespeare was possessed by Eli Roth and then wrote a play?” and “Can you do a Michael Caine impression without a tongue?” and also “Are goth kids […]

Duration:01:11:06

25: Scout Finch is Going to Kick Your Butt

1/18/2018
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They say it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird, so we get to sinning with Harper Lee’s immortal required reading classic. Learn how Lee plagiarized her own life, why Atticus Finch needs to sharpen his lawyer skills, and how all problems can be solved by punching and/or kicking. Megan chronicles the thrilling exploits of a […]

Duration:01:19:37

24.5: We A Some Qs

1/9/2018
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It’s a new year with new experiences to have and new challenges to face! Like having your schedule completely derailed by medical emergencies! (On an unrelated note, RJ met his unfortunate demise under circumstances that are neither mysterious or criminally suspicious). Megan and RJ Jr. Part 2: The Sequel answer submitted questions in this special […]

Duration:00:31:31

24: The Nightmare Before Christmas Carol

12/20/2017
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We’re celebrating the last episode of the year with a double-feature of A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi! Embrace the holiday spirit of giving rocks to Baby Jesus, spending money you don’t have on things you can’t use, multiple ghosts telling you what a jerkoff you are, and the spectacular debut of […]

Duration:01:01:47

23: Ralph Ellison’s Big Book of Symbolism

12/7/2017
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Who wouldn’t want to be an Invisible Man? Playing awesome pranks, sneaking into R-rated movies…wait, this isn’t that one? This is the one about racial and social inequality and the failure of identity due to society’s perceptions and prejudice? Oh. Join us as we hunt for shirtless pictures of Ralph Ellison, endure entirely too much […]

Duration:01:00:47

22: 99 Problems but a Witch Ain’t One

11/23/2017
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We celebrate Thanksgiving by bringing America back to its awful roots with The Crucible, a play about the Salem witch hunts written during the communist witch hunts. Grab a turkey leg, accuse your aunt of being a witch, and enjoy spoilers for various Bruce Willis movies, puritans casually wandering in and out of other people’s […]

Duration:01:08:25

21: Back to the (Bradbury) Future!

11/9/2017
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Come take a trip with us to the Bradbury-Future of Fahrenheit 451: where firemen burn books, buildings, robots, each other, whatever gets in the way of the flamethrower, really. Along the way, we’ll learn how far Ray Bradbury got with a little gumption and a pair of rollerskates, write the crossover fanfiction no one was […]

Duration:00:58:58

20: Pour One Out for Your Poe-mies

10/26/2017
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Our Halloween celebration continues with the master of Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe! Cower in fear at the return of the curséd city of Boston! Tremble in horror at how out of touch we are with popular music! Shake your head with pity at the tragedy of Poe and his alarmingly poor life choices! Also, […]

Duration:01:09:40

19: Don’t Kinkshame Dracula

10/12/2017
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Is there a more recognizable literary monster than Dracula? Maybe, but who cares, IT’S A HALLOWEEN EPISODE! Join us as we learn why wolves make great lockpicks, create a Halloween “Dream Daddy” DLC, debate the merits of a manly brain, and listen to RJ do The Worst Impressions Ever. The scariest part of this episode? […]

Duration:01:19:51

18: The Gay Penguin Agenda – Banned Books Week ’17

9/28/2017
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In an episode meant to explain and explore the world of banned and challenged books, Megan and RJ instead fail to resist drugs and violence, rewrite Lolita by way of Free Willy, are attacked by bugs, and actually have a serious, mature conversation about censorship, trigger warnings and what it means to read “in context.” […]

Duration:00:59:01

17: The Big Willy Conspiracy

9/14/2017
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On this special episode, we’re investigating a centuries-spanning, Da Vinci Code-style conspiracy: Did beloved wordsmith William Shakespeare actually write all those plays? Or was it…someone else?! Megan and RJ probe Shakespeare’s life, watch a very bad movie with a disappointing lack of Radiohead, discuss RJ’s predictably gross book of poems, and hurl obscenities at Academy […]

Duration:01:00:22