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Anthony Balderrama and Justin Thompson join forces to create a Chicago-based podcast that offers questionable & questioning reviews of what's happening in music, tv, film and pop culture - and of course lots of references to things you may barely remember, like Oprah wearing that Tina Turner wig! Join us, won't you?

Anthony Balderrama and Justin Thompson join forces to create a Chicago-based podcast that offers questionable & questioning reviews of what's happening in music, tv, film and pop culture - and of course lots of references to things you may barely remember, like Oprah wearing that Tina Turner wig! Join us, won't you?
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Chicago, IL

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Anthony Balderrama and Justin Thompson join forces to create a Chicago-based podcast that offers questionable & questioning reviews of what's happening in music, tv, film and pop culture - and of course lots of references to things you may barely remember, like Oprah wearing that Tina Turner wig! Join us, won't you?

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E13: The Coolest Rider: Loving Grease 2, Big Business and Thanksgiving 90s Television

11/24/2017
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Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! Today's very special episode is Justin and Anthony presenting to one another films that the other has never seen. For Justin, Anthony chose the classic 'Grease 2', starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. It has songs. It has dancing. It has nary a person of color at Rydell High. But now one more person understands the appeal of "Cool Rider." Also, how much money was spent on those costumes for "Girl of All Seasons"?! And Lorna Luft can't not belt a...

Duration: 00:47:12


E12: Call Me By Your Wig - A Discussion on Projection, Body Dysmorphia, and Toxic Celebrity Culture

11/16/2017
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Dear listener - this episode is a horse of a different color. While there is the usual frivolity and lunacy you've come to expect, Anthony and Justin go a bit deeper into body dysmorphia, projecting your shit onto other people, the toxicity of the internet and social media and how the cultural sarcasm may have led us to a more negative worldview in general. But don't worry - we also talk about wigs! Justin shares his tear-filled viewing of just the trailer to the Lizzie Velazquez...

Duration: 01:13:52


E11: A Toxic Tale - Barry's Bootcamp, Scuba School, Concert Extravaganza, Drunk Running and Synesthezia

11/9/2017
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We're back and more random than ever. We catch up and play our favorite game, "Who is the whiter person?" Brown Anthony tells us about his next exercise endeavor - Barry's Bootcamp. Spoiler - we don't find out squat about Barry. Then Justin tells us about going to scuba diving school - shout out to Underwater Safaris in Chicago - and we wander into our own ignorance about how deafness actually works within the ear. From there we chat about great new music that's come out as of late (St....

Duration: 01:08:30


E10.5 - Where the Halloween Have Y'all Been!?

11/2/2017
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We've heard people asking, "When is the next podcast!?" Like people who just cannot wait for another Ryan Murphy show to be broadcast on FX. And like Mr. Murphy, we will oblige. Justin gives a quick update on what's been happening in the world, where he and Brown Anthony have been spending their time and why taking a break from anything is a good, healthy thing to do. (The world needs a little less talking, right? It's good to have quiet). We usually don't get serious on the pod, but I...

Duration: 00:16:21


E10: Don’t Be So Maudlin, Gaga: Fried Green Tomatoes, Will and Grace Returns, Star Trek Discovery & Colon Parasites

10/10/2017
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It's been too long, dear listeners! We're back and ready to tackle a whole bunch of things. In this episode, Justin talks about the Thompson Family fish fry, Anthony's attendance at a big gay wedding in Chicago and we both have hot takes on the new Netflix Lady Gaga documentary 'Gaga:Five Foot Two,' a meandering tale of Super Bowl aspirations, the "meaning" behind Joanne and chronic pain. And of course that segues us nicely into the Showtime Whitney Houston documentary 'Can I Be Me?' and...

Duration: 01:14:01


E9: Mother! Has Arrived, Quitting A Cult, and Becoming Baby Vegans

9/22/2017
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We dive in this week with a quick recap of the Emmy Awards (HULU!) and the wins for Ann Dowd, 'Big Little Lies' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' and Julia Louis Dreyfus' reign. Then Anthony and Justin quit the cult. Literally. American Horror Story: Cult is unwatchable. With terrible writing, ham-fisted cultural references, and a woman afraid of porous thing lets her babysitter put it near her vagina. A highly unprofessional working relationship. We veer through Sarah Paulson's like of older...

Duration: 00:57:44


E8: Send in the Coulrophobia starring Pennywise, Twisty and Iyanla Vanzant

9/14/2017
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In this episode we focus more on tv, namely the premier of Ryan Murphy's (always half-baked) American Horror Story, specifically Cult, and all the thing that are wrong with it. And right off the bat - there's quit a lot! While Murphy's shows always ham-fist too many ideas into a single season, we've really upped the bar for Sarah Paulson's weepy white fragility as a Jill Stein lesbian, for which she deserves to be terrorized. As someone with both Coulrophobia and Trypophobia, Anthony...

Duration: 00:54:39


E7: Turtleneck Mashed Potatoes, Mortality and New Music Overload

9/11/2017
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This week we do things a little different - one long episode, split into two for your pleasure. This one is all about a little catch up with us: our difference of opinion and personality on autumn, mashed potatoes, vitamin D, yoga, spinning and the cult of Soul Cycle, Anthony meets SZA and Justin nearly vomits from a contortionist in Cirque du Soleil's Luiza. Then we talk hot takes on new music from Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, Beck, St. Vincent, Zayn, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Tove...

Duration: 00:56:16


E6: Thank U, Alanis - A Concert and Career Retrospective from 2 Stans

9/11/2017
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This week’s very special episode is dedicated to Alanis Morissette, an artist Anthony and Justin have been stanning for more than 20 years. But first you learn why Anthony actually goes by a nickname, what Justin got right about Shania’s history with Lyme disease, and the history of the disease’s name. Riveting stuff. We then do a quick rundown of some recent pop moments. Katy Perry’s new video is…well, she’s having fun. Taylor Swift released a new song that we refused to listen to...

Duration: 01:09:29


E5: O, So Good - Husky Pants, Husky Voices, Making Lemon and Lyme-ade

8/21/2017
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Because Anthony is old, we check in on his health. Does he have diabetes? Why did the doctor stick a needle in his knee? These gripping medical updates ease us into the episode. We then move onto a much sadder topic inspired by the Lemonade box set that Justin preordered: How much of our disposable income (or in Anthony's case, the majority of his income) goes to overpriced vinyl records. But the heart of the day's discussion is none other than Shania Twain. Her new video is something to...

Duration: 00:55:04


E4: Golden Girls Trivia, Self-Indulgent Artists and Sex Ed PSAs with Shania Twain

8/17/2017
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We start right in with questions about the white haired stalker from The Bodyguard and wonder - who did he kill? Then we recount our experience at Golden Girls trivia at Chicago's Sofo Tap in Andersonville. Anthony gives us his review of the Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears co-headlining tour (Duran Duran was not there selling popcorn). Then Justin describes his night with the 73-year-young diva, Ms. Diana Ross. Then we get into a topic we've bandied about for some time: when good...

Duration: 01:03:43


Episode 3: Emmy nod to 'Henrietta Lacks and The Sorcerer's Stone'

8/14/2017
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In this very special episode, we discuss the 2017 Emmy Nominations and the reactions to such overlooked people (Carrie Coon!) and overlooked shows (The Leftovers! The Americans) and those who have had enough damn praise (Big Little Lies, amirite!?). This jaunt includes a dalliance around Gay Twitter, a literal surprise nominations of Thandie Newton in Westworld, Justin blacking out at Judy Davis' name, the fan favorite Laura Dern, Tracie Ellis Ross and her potential to play Miss Frizzle...

Duration: 00:48:38


Episode 2: Her Name is Carrie Coon, Damn It!

8/10/2017
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Prepare to go on a journey in this episode as we start with Christine McVie and make our way to Dorinda Medley's now famous "Clip Clip Clip!" bit that brings gay men together on patios, Katy Perry's use of internet sensation Gretchen and some updates on our rickety knees as well as Anthony's breakup with Clif Bars. Justin's mom Sue reviews 'House of Cards' season 5, 'A Handmaid's Tale' and 'Transformers: The Last King.' From there we venture into some literature with Herman Koch's 'The...

Duration: 01:03:45


Episode 1: Motor City Madge & Sister Mary Crossfit

8/8/2017
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In this inaugural episode of A Question of Taste, Anthony Balderrama and Justin Thompson talk about influential music, movies, tv and cultural moments that have made them who they are today (and that's not saying much). We go in on Ryan Murphy, discuss the impact of Tina Turner and the song "She Bop," discuss Anthony's posterboard projects around Julia Roberts, the deaths of Christopher Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Madonna's career. And the shocking revelation that Sister Mary Clarence was...

Duration: 00:44:28