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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. 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...


BtL Ep. 58: Roseanne True Crime

Jen and Erin discuss the cancellation of Roseanne and Samantha Bee's use of the c-word to describe Ivanka Trump. They also talk about the rash of thievery that always happens this time of year and their obsession with true crime TV shows, most recently Netflix's Evil Genius. Erin answers a listener's question on a new segment of Tough Love, and also raves about some summer essentials she's recently added to her toiletry kit.


BtL Ep 57: Vegan Kijiji Wedding

JP Hoe and Rusty Matyas join Jen and Erin for an extra-long episode of BtL. JP and Rusty are part of the new five-piece, Middle of Nowhere, and discuss the band's new album, as well as providing some insight on the Royal Wedding and Kijiji shopping. They also partake in a Good or Gross segment focused on the food trend of plant-based eating.


BtL Ep 56: Yanny Laurel Toilet

In this week's episode, Jen and Erin listen to Yanny/Laurel, the mind-bending audio clip that's breaking the Internet. Not since The Dress has social media been so divided. Elsewhere, they discuss the royal wedding as well as an innovative Winnipeg pilot project that is raising awareness for the need for public toilets by actually providing some. Free Press drinks guy Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson returns for Budget Wine of the Month Club.


BtL Ep 55: Playoff Emergency Horses

In this week's episode, Jen and Erin talk playoff fatigue (don't worry, they're still cheering for the Jets! Don't yell at them!), the failure that was the emergency alert system test, and the return of Cavalia's Odysseo.


BtL Ep. 54: Photo Journalism Mothers

Erin's away on vacay so Free Press photo and video journalist Mikaela MacKenzie joins Jen to talk all things photo — the challenges of news photography, the art of a good selfie and the pros and cons of Instagram.


BtL Ep. 53: Travel Apu Riverdale

In this episode, Erin and Jen discuss traveling within Canada, and why it seems less sexy than travel elsewhere — even though this country is MAJESTIC. Elsewhere, Erin has become more adventurous when it comes to trying new food, the gals discuss the Simpsons and The Problem with Apu, and, in Pop Culture Blind Spots, Jen is aghast that Erin has never read an Archie comic.


BtL Ep 52: Pretty Earth Weed

Jen and Erin admit to being very square while discussing the future of marijuana use in Canada (they recorded this episode on 4/20)and, in honour of Earth Day, they complain about the new recycling restrictions. Erin also has some things to say about the new Amy Schumer comedy, I Feel Pretty.


BtL Ep. 51: Lindi Body Liberty

Country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega joins Jen and Erin as a guest host this week! She discusses her new album, Liberty, and also expands on the Lenny Letter she wrote about suffering from body dismorphic disorder and how her life as a performer and musician has helped her deal with it.


BtL Ep. 50: First Birthday Drinks

Bury the Lede turns one this week! Jen and Erin talk about their first year of podding and they also introduce two new segments: Budget Wine of the Month Club with drinks and books editor Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson and Tough Love, during which Erin dolls out advice to listeners who write in with their problems. As a birthday treat to all the loyal listeners, Jen and Erin also have some comedy fest tickets to give away, so listen to the end for instructions on how to enter.


BtL Ep. 49: Waffle Double Down

Jen and Erin clog their arteries with the new Waffle Double Down sandwich from KFC. They also discuss the Jets making the playoffs and how even non-sports fans can get into it, Wal-Mart removing Cosmopolitan from their till-side magazine racks and why top sheets are, in fact, the worst.


BtL Ep 48: Crystal Downtown Facebook

Erin survived the scary escape room and has returned to tell the tale. Jen and Erin talk about development downtown -- including Market Lands and True North Square -- as well as the new RWB season. They also try the Crystal Ball Frappucino from Starbucks in Good or Gross. Jen quits Facebook.


BtL Ep 47: Clean Birthday Escape

It's Jen's birthday, so Erin and Jen talk about many cake-related topics including childhood cake traditions and the new Netflix show, Nailed It! They also chat about spring cleaning and Erin's love of escape rooms. Jen also partakes in a rousing round of Pop Culture Blindspots by describing an episode of Jersey Shore, a show she has never seen.


BtL Ep 46: Halo Parks Bill

Jen and Erin do a play-by-play on their Disney on Ice experience, try to convince the City of Winnipeg to invest in goats as groundskeepers and try four flavours of the ultra-trendy, low-cal Halo Top "frozen dairy dessert," which is new to Canada as of March 5.


BtL Ep 45: Spring Festival Naps

Jen and Erin talk about falling asleep at work and how they think the seasonal change has made their pets go bananas. They also talk about how much Spring Ahead stinks, festival lineup announcements, and Erin gives an update on her wedding planning.


BtL Ep 41: Grammy Ticket Headlines

Jen and Erin discuss the Grammy Awards and Erin explains why she believes Shaggy has the perfect career. They also discuss the art of crafting headlines after criticism fell on the Canadian Press for their headline on a story about second-degree murder trial of the Raymond Cormier, who is accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. Finally, Jen and Erin try a new segment called Netflix Rabbit Hole, during which they discuss the strangest things they've found (and watched) on Netflix.


BtL Ep 40: Raw Instant Smartphone

Jen and Erin experience RAW:almond, Winnipeg's famed frozen-river pop up restaurant and muse about the winter renaissance in the city. They also discuss the cult of Instant Pot, smartphone addiction, and debut a new game: Real Country Star or Fake Name Jen Made Up.


BtL Ep 39: Trail Sex Appetite

In this episode, Erin and Jen discuss the Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct allegation, and why the #metoo movement should absolutely include discussions about dating and sex. Elsewhere, they talk about the ever-expanding Red River Trail, and Ms. Pacman eating habits.


BtL Ep 38: Shark Globes Reckoning

In this week's episode, Jen and Erin discuss the San Jose Shark "attack" on our civic pride, the post-Weinstein era Golden Globes, and why 2018 might the year women burn it all down. Also: Free Press writer Willy from Willy's Garage taught Erin how to check her tire pressure, while Free Press photographer Boris Minkevich told Jen all about how he got an iconic shot of Tonya Harding at the 1994 winter Olympics in Lillehammer.