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30 – The Family Band

Haley DeLeon plays in a wedding band with her family. She played her first weddings at age 12! She plays accordion and violin, but can play drums if the drummer needs to use the bathroom. Original interview with her twin sister here:

Duration: 01:09:39

29 – The Bookmobile

Justine Coldwater drives the bookmobile! She talks about her sweet new ride (it replaced a sad old school bus), about her patrons, and the history of bookmobiles. Original interview here:

Duration: 00:55:01

28 – From Lampshades to Late Night

Rachael Burke started her young career at a lampshade store in Vermont. Later, she won a dance competition on Jimmy Fallon and performed with Jimmy and the Roots. Now she works for him! I actually thought the interview was going to be about lampshades. Original interview here:

Duration: 00:47:35

27 – Movie Extra / Porn Cataloguer

Mike begrudgingly joins me to talk about a few of his friends. One was a movie extra for a brief period of time. The other catalogued porn. Original interviews here:

Duration: 00:54:37

26 – Running the Scrambler

In the 80s Kim Engler worked at a now-defunct amusement park in Northeast PA. She ran the Scrambler at Angela Park, a great place with a garbage-eating pig trash can and Olympic-sized pool. Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 00:31:50

25 – You IN PARTICULAR Don’t Understand the Rules

Dexter O’Connell is a referee who has been yelled at in every language of eastern Europe. He drops some Globetrotters knowledge, for example, how many times have the Globetrotters lost? Listen to find out! (Or Google it…) Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 00:57:34

24 – The Cemetery

John Ertle tells us what goes on at a cemetery when you’re not there. He’s crawled down into graves and removed thousands of tiny flags for Memorial Day. He says it’s OK if Suzanne gets a huge statue of herself doing a Rocky-style pose for her gravestone. Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 00:44:29

22 – Summer Camp!

Erica Jameson runs a camp that’s been in her family since the 1930s. We talk about animals and how to kill them, as well as that old camp standard--Bloody Mary. In the last 10 minutes, my daughter steps in to ask some hot-button camp questions and to give “shout outs” to kids in her class. Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 00:44:04

21 – BINGO

Avril and I discuss airplane drama, 80s trivia, and her mom, who called BINGO for a brief time in the 80s. Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 01:12:29

20 – Cracking the Whip

Allison Williams had a long career as a fire-eating, whip-cracking trapeze artist. She talks about what it's like to put fuel in your mouth and to use a whip to crack food out of someone's mouth. Original McSweeney’s interview here:

Duration: 00:54:09

19 – Sperm Bank / Fire Walker

This week Avril and I talk about what it's like to work at a sperm bank, and what it takes to be a firewalk instructor. Needless to say, we know nothing about either. Original McSweeney’s interviews: here:

Duration: 01:02:06

18 – Perceived Disrespect Kills More People Than Cancer

Preston Smith, who works in a jail, talks about how weapons are made from toothbrushes, how women hide food in their “purse,” and how farting causes the most fights.

Duration: 00:59:18

16 – The Paintball Invasion of Normandy

Dave Norman is a writer who wrote about paintball until the industry dried up. He’s met William Shatner and Russians making tanks to play paintball. Original interview here:

Duration: 01:10:36

15 – Saving Lives and Doing Dip

Kari was a lifeguard back when there were no real rules for lifeguards. Avril and I talk about this job, and Ludacris, and a car called a Comet. Original interview here:

Duration: 01:12:14

14 – The Cutthroat World of Ice Cream Trucks

Phil So was an ice cream truck driver for a brief time. Hear about the ins and outs of how he held his territory. Original interview here:

Duration: 00:23:38

13 – Wearing a Shower Cap and Raking the Chips

This week, Avril Watson and I discuss Tom Cooney, who worked at a potato chip factory. We also touch on 80s telephones, solar panels, and scorpions. Original interview here:

Duration: 01:05:10

12.1 – Slight Change of Plans

Going to mix up the podcast. Some will be with the interviewees, and some will be reading the interviews without the interviewee present. Give me feedback! @iloveusue on twitter, or

Duration: 00:12:07

12 – It Smells Like Fog Machine

Shelby Frantz worked in two huge haunted houses in Kansas. Drunk people yelled at her. She was an angel. Original interview here:

Duration: 00:50:44

11 – A Chucky-Sized Chucky

Abby Markson is a former “clothing exchange” employee who lived in LA and saw all kinds of nasty things. She has also taught music and been in bands, and collected fur for orphaned animals (long story).

Duration: 01:03:24

10 – Little Animals on Other Little Animals

Stephan Horvath wants you to remain calm when your kid has lice. It could be worse (listen till the end if you want to know how). Original interview here:

Duration: 00:57:59

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