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The Station Wagon Podcast with Marc and Julie is a brother and sister project. In each episode we discuss the cultural and historical implications of something we take for granted, we give it up or change it, and then tell you how it goes!






Episode 32: Filler Words

Julie and Marc attempt and fail, attempt again, and fail again to stop using filler words. You know, er, um, uh. Spoiler alert -- failure is a wonderful teacher as long as she doesn’t smack one’s knuckles when accidently saying ‘um’.

Duration: 02:41:37

Minisode 31.5 Shows we Love

A mini ep all about other shows we love, including Varmints (, the Troyer Show (, Wine and Crime (, and Julie's newest show, The Meddling Kids Podcast (!

Duration: 00:29:09

Minisode 2: Marc and Julie's Research Methods

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Marc and Julie do their background research for The Station Wagon Podcast. Hear more episodes at Twitter:

Duration: 00:23:32

Episode 30: Water

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.” - Benjamin Franklin In this episode do you think Julie and Marc have gained wisdom? Nope- we stopped drinking wine. Did they gain freedom? Nope, they stopped drinking beer. All that can be hoped for is that their water was clean and bacteria-free. Their bar is low.

Duration: 02:41:40

Episode 29: Giving up Humor

"Humor is just another defense against the universe" - Mel Brooks So check it out. In this episode we give up humor, our usual defense against the universe. Instead we pick up flamethrowers and big guns ala Aliens - spoiler alert- humor would've been more effective. Here's some keywords that crop up during this episode: yucky, Hebrew, impulse control, and career limiting. Among all the great points to learn, here's one keynote from Julie: When you have something that happens that makes...

Duration: 00:39:10

Mini Ep 28.5: Killing Time in Airplanes

Here's a mini episode with more observations about putting down our phones during "down time." This time we benefit from the observations of Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum (Herzl-Ner Tamid congregation in Mercer Island, WA; Hear more episodes at!

Duration: 00:03:18

Episode 28: Giving up Killing Time with Screen Time

We explored the history and science of screen-time and then tried giving it up for two weeks.What's that mean? We gave up using our cellphones and other mobile devices to fill those unanticipated boring times we all have day-to-day. Some say this exercise is supposed to help a person be more mindful of their surroundings and contribute to relationship building. Spoiler -- Marc loves his cell phone. "If you leave your cell phone at home, you feel impacted by not having it. It's an important...

Duration: 00:53:38

Episode 26: Giving up Touching

Julie and Marc are from Indiana where each person depends on a 36-inch circumference of personal space to maintain sanity. In this episode, the siblings get to have their wildest fantasy made real, expanding the 36-inches of space to infinity! That's right, they gave up all forms of touching. No high-fives, hugs, kisses, snogs, smooches, shoulder bumps, or shared-knee slaps.

Duration: 00:52:12

Episode 25: Giving up Peanuts

Millions of Americans are allergic to peanuts. We gave up eating peanuts to try and walk a bit in their shoes and find out what it's like to go without this miracle legume. We talk about the history of peanuts, the science and psychology of having the allergy, and believe it or not, Julie gets 2 out of 3 questions right in our quiz.

Duration: 00:49:54

Episode 24: Giving up the Snooze Button

How many times do you hit your snooze button in the morning? One? Four? 23? What about ZERO? That's how much we used it during this episode's field work. It is true we do not shy away from huge, life changing activities that force us to be mindful of our world and the impacts it has on us.

Duration: 00:37:14

Episode 23: Giving up Pants

Yup. We gave up wearing pants. for some reason fans wanted us to do this, so we did. Not such a big deal for Julie except when she works out (and everyone knows exercise is bad for you). What are pants? what are not pants? why do women wear skits? What does Marc think about wearing a skirt for two weeks? Listen and find out.

Duration: 00:56:16

Epsiode 22: Happy One Year Anniversary

We are a happy, cooing, gurgling one year old baby podcast! In this episode, we talk about our favorite episodes and the many experiments that have impacted our lives and the lives of those around us. We also get to hear wonderful greetings from some of our listeners!

Duration: 00:12:00

Episode 21: Giving up Making Garbage

Please stop what you are doing and give your garbage collector a big hug; leave them an unopened packet of Sprees or M&M's; buy her or him a $25 gift card at your local coffee shop; do anything you can to let him or her know you care for, respect, and love them. You need to do this to make up for us possibly putting several garbage collectors out of work during this episode. We tried to give up creating garbage. The dire impact of our effort likely had rippling repercussions to this...

Duration: 00:47:20

Episode 19 Giving Up Unsafe Driving

“Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car.” -Duane from “Annie Hall” In addition to driving head-on into other cars, there are many other habits we all have that make us unsafe drivers. In this episode, Julie and Marc tackle three (Julie tackles four) of these habits. We give up distracted driving by not touching or looking at our cellphones,...

Duration: 00:45:52

Episode 18: Giving up Shaving

In this episode, we gave up shaving. Marc gave up shaving his face, and you'll have to listen to find out what Julie gave up shaving. We talk about the history of various shaving practices, the social implications of shaving and not shaving, and whether the Puget Sound Area (i.e. Seattle and Olympia) is a sanctuary where body hair can live a long and prosperous life. Spoiler alert - one of us liked this experiment, the other turned into a porcupine (according to a 7-year old).

Duration: 00:47:13

Episode 8: Giving up Gendered Pronouns

Giving up Gendered Pronouns. Yup – we did. (at least we tried). Spoiler alert (there’s one he and one she in this podcast).

Duration: 00:39:01

Episode 2: Giving up Swearing

In this episode, we have given up swearing for two weeks. That's right, no bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, swearing, cursing, cussing, or using expletives. Of course, we bring you the latest definitions and history of swearing wrapped up with a bow. Show Notes:

Duration: 00:27:47

The Station Wagon Teaser Clip -- a taste of things to come!

Enjoy this brief clip of The Station Wagon Podcast with Marc and Julie! The full episode will drop in August 2015. Until then, please connect with us on Facebook, subscribe on iTunes, follow us on Twitter (@WagonPod) and email your suggestions for future torture to

Duration: 00:00:41