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EP147: Reality TV Casting, Fidget Spinners, & Childhood Sexism

This episode has us talking about the casting of reality shows, how they decide which people to put on the show, and what is in a "casting Bible." We then discuss fads and trends, and why Beanie Babies were such a huge cultural phenomenon. We compare that type of trend to more short-lived viral hits like fidget spinners. We discuss a recent online post by a clown who was asked by a boy to paint a butterfly on his face, but his mom said no. She made the clown paint a skull and crossbones...

Duration: 00:49:37

EP146: Fantasies, Body Positivity, & Gender in Sports

Today we are exploring the mysterious world of asexuality, and learning about excites people who claim no attraction to men or women. We also delve into the complicated issue of gender and competition. We discuss how the Olympics and other competitive organizations are dealing with gender ambiguity, fluidity, and intersex individuals. We also look at the example of Ammo on the Challenge, and how Dirty 30 handled his gender fluid identity. Plus, we talk about the curious case of Weight...

Duration: 00:50:19

EP145: Missing White Women, Catfights on the Challenge, & Curvy Wives

Today's show took a very female point of view. We start with a discussion about Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at knifepoint many years ago. She lived with her captors for 9 months before being rescued. We talk about why missing white women capture so much media attention. We also learn how our ovulation and menstrual cycle affects everything in our life including when and why we buy things. This same theory also might help explain why women on the Challenge end up in verbal and...

Duration: 00:45:05

EP144: Popular Porn, Astrology, & Ouija Board Science

Today we talk about the popular porn searches over the years, and why they change year-to-year. We also find out (whether we like it or not) why Sarah is not into creampie videos. We hear about the horrible tale of a woman who bleached her own hair (and what Sarah thinks is the worst part of the story is absolutely not the worst part of the story). We find out about the science of ouija boards, and why they seem to actually work. Plus, we debate whether people should pay drug addicts to be...

Duration: 00:49:20

EP143: Magical Scandal, Failed Romance, & World of Pigeons

Today we are discussing a scandal that is rocking the world of magic. Apparently a magician is trying to steal the tricks from another magician. We discuss intellectual property and patents, and why it's hard being a magician, but how we don't know what to believe. Is it all an illusion?! We also rant about whoever the asshole is that broke up a child's lemonade stand, and fined them for running a business without a license. We also talk about a viral Twitter thread about what it's like to...

Duration: 00:59:34

EP142: Gay Speak, Psychic Baby Predictions, & Money Buying Happiness

Sarah recently watched the film "Do I Sound Gay" about the history, origins, and motivations behind the way gay men (in particular) talk. Is the "gay voice" even a thing, an affectation, or something gay folks are born with? We also discuss a recent emoji study about the way emojis act as language, and why linguistic scholars are debating their role. Plus, we talk about the English language and some funky things we never noticed. Why Disney makes their villains sound gay, and a prediction...

Duration: 00:43:42

EP141: Donkey Sauce, Challenge List Debate, & Crazy News

Today's show is a mish-mash of so many topics. We start by talking about Susie's obsession with Guy Fieri's donkey sauce (this is not a double entendre). We then talk about if we were Chopped baskets what three ingredients we would be (there's wine involved). Sarah claims McDonald's warns their employees not to eat their food, and we talk about why Susie wishes should could eat it everyday. They also discuss a recent ranking of Challenge players, and Susie explains why she thinks she got...

Duration: 00:50:09

EP140: R.Kelly's Sex Cult, Bachelor in Paradise Update, & Beyonce Outrage

This episode covers so much! We start with a discussion on the Bachelor in Paradise returning, and the reaction people have about the controversial trailer. We then discuss the disturbing allegations against R. Kelly who is supposedly keeping women hostage in a sex cult. We also debate whether Beyonce's recent released pic of her with her new twins. Some Brainiacs think it's tacky, while others think she is a goddess and think the haters are just threatened by strong black women. We weigh...

Duration: 00:52:15

EP139: Adrenaline, Accusations, Advice, & Anatomically-Correct Dolls

Hear about our trapeze lesson, and why Sarah is the quintessential adrenaline junkie (and how annoying it is to Susie). We answer a query from a listener who was accused of being a racist. We offer our take on the subject of whether it's racist to support a sports team that co-ops Native American culture (e.g. Blackhawks, Braves). Plus, we hear about a woman who breastfeeds her baby WHILE SHE HAS SEX with her husband. Finally, we talk about a woman who had a botched reconstructive breast...

Duration: 00:55:23

EP138: Celebrities & Reality Stars in Trouble w/ the Law

We noticed a few celebs and reality stars getting in trouble with the law. We discuss some of our favorite reality mugshots, arrests, and bad PR. Plus, we talk about some major celebs like Tiger Woods and Shia LaBeouf seem to be on a downward spiral. We also discuss about our fear of ending up on TMZ for one horrible reason or another. We analyze the bizarre arrest of the Challenge's Abram who smeared his feces on his cell wall. In addition, Susie describes a recent dramatic moment she had...

Duration: 00:54:52

EP137: Twitter Beefs, Bullying, & Reality TV

We've been noticing a lot of cast members beefing on social media, and a lot of bullying on reality TV. Perhaps this is nothing new, but we felt there was a trend happening. We talk about the idea of "girls supporting girls," and whether we practice what we preach. We also explore the ways men and women fight differently, and why the difference is particularly pronounced on reality TV.

Duration: 00:40:36

EP136: Teen Mom, Rob Kardashian, & Other Scandals

Hear our thoughts on the recent Teen Mom incident where a cast member was driving under the influence of Xanax. We talk about whether producers should have aired the footage of him driving in that state. We also talk about Amelia Earhart, and the recent evidence that suggests she survived her final voyage. Plus, we discuss the Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna situation, and how revenge porn is a travesty. Also, if you're a pet parent, be sure to check out our new partner Rover if you want to...

Duration: 00:49:34

EP135: Stripper Classes, Sexuality, & Seduction

Sarah went to a stripping class, and now she wants to talk about it. Settle in for some seriously sexy time. We find out about Sarah's love-making playlist, and some suggestions for late night loving and she details how she gets herself in the mood. We discuss the differences between men and women in the sack. Sarah also shares some fun facts about the body and sex. Plus, we talk to Bernadette Murphy who wrote the book Harley & Me in which she explores her own sexuality and identity...

Duration: 01:03:16

EP134: High School Memories, Reunions, & Mascots

Today is a trip down memory lane to high school days. We talk about why Susie (Twitter @susie_meister) and Sarah (Twitter: @imsarahrice) had two totally different experiences, and what was going on in their lives at the time. They debate whether Susie should go to her 20 year reunion, which is this year. We find out why Susie broke up with her first boyfriend, and why Sarah was such a rebel. And they discuss how high school weirdness continues on now thanks to Facebook.

Duration: 00:50:02

EP133:: Tattoos--Fails, Regrets, Trends, & Meaning

This episode is all about tattoos. Sarah talks about her extensive ink, the meaning behind some of her tats, and the ones she'd rather forget. We talk about tattoo fails, trends, and bad choices. Sarah offers advice on how to find a good tattoo artist, she reveals how many tattoo artists she's hooked up with, and how she got her first one when she was only fifteen.

Duration: 00:58:01

EP131: Bachelor in Paradise Update & Interview w/ Reality Steve

Today we go in greater depth about the Bachelor in Paradise situation in light of the recent news that Warner Bros has completed their investigation and found no crime took place. We also talk to Reality Steve about the Corinne and Demario scandal, but we recorded the interview before the more recent developments. Also, we talk about Sarah's goth years and other silly Sarah nonsense.

Duration: 01:14:41

EP130: Bachelor in Paradise Scandal, Sexting, & Sextortion

Today we dive into the news about Bachelor in Paradise shutting down production, and our thoughts about the fallout. We also discuss other headlines that made our wheels turn. Sarah talks about sextortion and how some organizations are tackling the sexting trend among young people (hint: it involves naked molerats). Plus, talk abut the terrible situation involving the girl who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself. We debate whether cheerleading is a sport and whether we would...

Duration: 00:49:20

EP129: Fame, TMZ, & Life After Reality TV w/ Guest Robinne Lee

Today we look at the weird world of celebrity and fame. We explore the gossip industry and examine the history of TMZ (which is actually really fascinating!). We talk about how violating it can be to have cameras around you all of the time, the obsessiveness of the paparazzi, and the ethics of journalism. Plus, we discuss the Britney Spears breakdown, and the way the public reacted to it, the Erin Andrews peephole nightmare, and the Beyonce elevator incident. Plus, we interview actress and...

Duration: 01:10:18

EP128: The Keepers, Catholic Church, & Interview w/ Filmmaker Ryan White

Today we discuss the hit Netflix docu-series, The Keepers, which details the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik and sexual abuse allegations at the school where she taught. Our conversation is inspired by the series, and the many themes it brings up including sexual abuse, religion, secrets, shame, and even gender. We talk a lot about the women featured in the film, and their tireless efforts to advocate for the sexual abuse survivors as well as the work towards solving Sr Cathy's...

Duration: 00:46:27

EP127: Hot Topics--Body Shaming, Cultural Appropriation, & Abortion

Sarah is back from Peru and ready for some hot topics. We discuss whether some Portland burrito-makers are guilty of cultural appropriation. Then we tackle the controversy about a high-schooler who is not allowed to walk at graduation because she is pregnant. We talk about the recent "body-shaming" of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Finally, we hear from a listener who thinks we should stop using words like fat, bigger, and skinny-fat, and should only use words like "curvy" to refer to...

Duration: 00:54:16

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