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A pop-culture podcast on Winnipeg and beyond *Description* - Winnipeg Free Press writers Erin Lebar and Jen Zoratti chat about trending topics, life in Winnipeg and, really, whatever else they want to – their pod, their rules. They’re basically Statler and Waldorf, but cuter.

A pop-culture podcast on Winnipeg and beyond *Description* - Winnipeg Free Press writers Erin Lebar and Jen Zoratti chat about trending topics, life in Winnipeg and, really, whatever else they want to – their pod, their rules. They’re basically Statler and Waldorf, but cuter.
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A pop-culture podcast on Winnipeg and beyond *Description* - Winnipeg Free Press writers Erin Lebar and Jen Zoratti chat about trending topics, life in Winnipeg and, really, whatever else they want to – their pod, their rules. They’re basically Statler and Waldorf, but cuter.






BtL Ep. 78: Holiday Stress Dreams

Jen and Erin talk about holiday- and event-related stress and the strange ways it manifests itself in your subconscious. They also give tips on how to navigate holiday stresses and maintain self-care during what can be the busiest season of the year. Also, Winnipeg Free Press wine/drinks writer Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson returns for another segment of Budget Wine of the Month Club, in which he gives the ladies the low-down on winter whites. And keep your ears peeled around the 16-minute mark! Jen...


BtL Ep. 77: Remembrance Twister Market

Halloween is over and Jen and Erin are feeling festive, discussing why they do and don't like going to local holiday markets. They also relay the importance of attending a Remembrance Day service this weekend, if possible, and talk about this year's new option of buying digital poppies. Jen learns Erin has never seen the film Twister and the ladies do a segment of Pop-Culture Blind Spots.


BtL Ep. 76: Deep Space Death

Jen and Erin get contemplative on this episode, discussing the various "unknowns" we fear: space, death (Erin goes to a statistically improbable number of funerals), the deep sea. Elsewhere, they talk about comfort watches. A nice, fun, light listen!


BtL Ep. 75: Halloween Costume Scare

It's Halloween! Jen and Erin discuss the decreasing number of kids trick-or-treating in their neighbourhood each year, their favourite costumes and what kinds of things scare them. They also do a seasonal Good or Gross with pumpkin-spiced Baileys.


BtL Ep. 74: Fall TV Weed

Jen and Erin are joined by Sol Israel, the Winnipeg Free Press's cannabis reporter, to talk about the legalization of recreational-use cannabis in Canada, which happened this week. He fills them in on his experience covering the cannabis beat, addresses the stigma around pot use, and breaks down the dos and don'ts of smoking/transporting/growing weed in Manitoba. Jen and Erin also do a bit of a fall TV primer, as both of them have seen sneak peeks of some anticipated new shows.


BtL Ep. 73: Swift Election Star

Jen and Erin are joined by Free Press political columnist Dan Lett to discuss the upcoming civic election: Why does no one care about civic politics? How can you get to know your local candidates? Who stands a chance of winning the mayoral race? How did Portage and Main become one of the biggest issues of this election? Dan tells it all! The ladies also talk about Taylor Swift's recent foray into the political landscape and, in Reading/Watching/Listening, they discuss the four versions of A...


BtL Ep. 72: Gritty Pumpkin Wine

Jen and Erin dive deep into fall, discussing why pumpkin is not the same as pumpkin spice (and why apple is clearly the superior fall flavour), the NHL's newest mascot, Gritty, and why Ticketmaster fees are the worst. Also, Free Press wine and drinks writer Ben Sigurdson returns for another installment of Budget Wine of the Month Club.


BtL Ep. 71: School Nicole Apple

In this loosely back-to-school themed episode, Jen and Erin discuss self-care tips for the stressed, whether or not bras should be mandatory (spoiler: no), and how a girl gang of Nicoles came to be at the University of Calgary.


BtL Ep 70: Dictionary Sperm Potter

Jen and Erin chat about some of the new words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and the evolution of language. They also talk about sperm! More specifically, a new GQ long-read that provides some pretty startling scientific evidence saying men are half as fertile as they were 40 years ago. The gals also bring back the popular Pop-Culture Blindspot segment during which Jen tries to explain the plot of a Harry Potter film without having seen it or read the books.


BtL Ep. 69: Burger Coat Chat

On this episode, Jen and Erin talk about Burger Week, which kicks off in Winnipeg on Sept. 1, as well as Balenciaga's $9000 'Joey Tribbiani' coat and group-chat etiquette.


BtL Ep. 68: Food for Thought

Jen and Erin discuss a new Free Press food project called Food For Thought, and give some shout-outs to readers for the feedback the ladies received from their food road-trip story. Erin also tries her first ever peanut butter and jelly sandwich, sparking a conversation about nostalgic eats. Keeping with the food theme, Jen and Erin try two new (non-alcoholic) beverages; both were... not good.


BtL Ep. 67: Hot Folklorama Bachelorette

Jen and Erin embrace Folklorama and talk about some of their favourite pavilions. Also, Winnipeg is facing some surface-of-the-sun like temperatures this week, so the ladies also talk about access to water in public spaces. Then, Erin gives a rousing recap of the Bachelorette three-hour finale episode.


BtL Ep. 66: Rural Road Eats

Jen and Erin share all the details from their Rural Eats Roadtrip, in which they scouted out the best places to eat in nine Manitoba towns, and were thoroughly charmed in the process. Elsewhere, Free Press drinks guy Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson joins them for the August installment of Budget Wine of the Month Club, which isn't about wine at all but cocktails in cans.


BtL Ep. 65: Summer Bod Positivity

Jen and Erin are joined by Brooke Van Ryssel, owner and creator of My Body Fitness and Nutrition, a body positive fitness and holistic nutrition company. The three ladies do some major chatting about what body positive fitness is, why the idea of a "summer bod" or "sweating for the wedding" is so damaging, and Brooke shares some of her thoughts about the fitness industry and diet culture.


BtL Ep. 64: HUNKS of Fringe

Rory Fallis and Tim Gray of local sketch comedy troupe HUNKS join Jen and Erin to talk all things Fringe — prepping for it, what it's like during the festival and which shows (other than their own) they recommend checking out this year.


BtL Ep. 63: Slurpee Summer Fatigue

Summertime, and the living is... hard. On this episode, Jen and Erin discuss Summer Fatigue, and the pressure of having to make the most of what can feel like a too-short season. Winnipeg continues its reign as Slurpee Capital of the World, so they try the new sour watermelon and birthday cake flavours in a new installment of Good or Gross.


BtL Ep. 62: Donny Woo Folk

Jen and Erin are joined by special guest Donovan Woods at the 2018 Winnipeg Folk Festival! They chat about his new album, the Polaris longlisted Both Ways, festival culture and nicknames. They also made up a quiz for Donovan: Folk Band or Local Business? Killbeat Music's Jared Falk makes a cameo.


BtL Ep. 61: Children Tariff War

Jen and Erin get political on the pod this week, discussing the separation of children from their parents while being detained after crossing the border into the U.S. They also do a deep dive on tariffs with the help of economics professor Laura Brown from the University of Manitoba; she breaks down what exactly tariffs are and how a potential tariff war with the U.S. will negatively impact us as consumers, and also why boycotting U.S. products may not be the best thing to do.


BtL Ep. 60: Ireland Survival Wine

Jen and Erin pool their collective festival-attending knowledge and offer up some tips and tricks for tackling Winnipeg's numerous summer festivals. They also touch on Ireland's recent repeal of an anti-abortion law and wine and drinks editor Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is back for another Budget Wine of the Month Club segment featuring canned wine (spoiler: it was actually pretty tasty).


BtL Ep. 59: Hereditary Emoji Shed

After hearing of chef Anthony Bourdain's suicide earlier in the morning, Erin and Jen talk about him, designer Kate Spade, death by suicide and how silent battles with depression are often connected with personal branding. On a lighter note, the topic of garden sheds comes up for the third week in a row (it's the last time, they promise) and Erin is pumped there are now red-haired emojis available. Also, Erin -- self-proclaimed scaredy-cat -- saw the new horror film Hereditary and it went...