Eventually, Dawn gets around to discussing the 800 pound behemoth at the box office that is Avengers: Age of Ultron. But on the way there, we discuss Patrick’s butt, and the weird tightrope actresses like Melissa McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Kristen Wiig are all currently walking in films. And after a conversation on the weird ways Hollywood tends to frame mental illness, we discuss the everlasting joy to be found in a perfectly executed pratfall. Because big guy fall down go boom is almost always hilarious.

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Episode 269 – Shut the Front Door

by admin on April 27, 2015

Outrageous things are said. Outrageous things are reacted to. Outrageous things tend to make people tired of the concept of outrage, which is almost as tiresome as being outraged itself. Especially when the things people are being so *angry* about are things like Superman’s cape, Joker’s tattoos, Star Wars movies, and that kinda crap. If only you could close the door, count to three, re-open it, and then step into a different world. Or maybe you can…

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The Oregonian’s master of all things Pop-Culture stops in to talk about the beautiful finale of Justified, what made it work so well, favorite Harlan County characters and moments, the weird foggy morass of question marks that is Mad Men’s upcoming finale, why the PDX Carpet is worth a little ridicule (and not for the reasons you think) and why the Corgi has henceforth replaced the Pug as the little dog du jour.

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David Lynch is up to something. So is Boyd Crowder. And so are the dentists that are probably going to dig into Dawn’s mouth sooner rather than later. But what the hell is Bobby’s doctor up to, and more to the point, what is Bobby’s stupid thyroid up to? And what about getting down? Iggy Pop is down to visit Buttown, and Ron Howard is down to make serviceable, pleasant entertainment – even when that entertainment is centered on Childe Roland and his journey to the beam.

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They used to make kids do really questionable things for P.E. Now it’s up in the air whether your kids even get a P.E. class. But who can worry about whether little Jimmy can do a pull-up when people are worried about Trevor Noah’s tweetstream? A trip down a media rabbit hole opens up into a free-floating, free-flowing discussion about religion, systems of belief, and the power of storytelling as a form of basic government.

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Episode 265 – Oreo Jones

by admin on March 30, 2015

A discussion on the joys of Tank turn into a musing on the pains of addiction: Oreo addiction. Dawn finally comes clean about the jones she just can’t let go of, while other chocolate-flavored crimes against culinaria are also explored. And an interesting idea to keep people stuck to their diets, and by interesting, we mean somewhat horriffic.

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Episode 264 – Interstellar Switch-Ups

by admin on March 24, 2015

Dawn changes the game a little, which is appropriate since the show is all about how to change your own game so that you don’t lose, whether that game is procrastination based, or weight-loss based, or even storytelling based. Sometimes changing the game is great. Other times, maybe you thought it would be great, but others didn’t appreciate the switch up (cough Interstellar, cough cough).

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Did you know Patrick’s heart exploded once? Did you know this still causes Dawn a decent amount of stress, even if Patrick seems to be nonchalant about it? This situation leads to a discussion on health care, which leads to a discussion about raising children, which leads to a discussion on getting grounded, which leads to a discussion on how if a kid says “I wanna grow up and become president” you should probably distrust that kid. There’s also some talk about TV shows, too.

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Episode 262 – A Wild Dingo (re)Appears!

by admin on March 9, 2015

Maybe not wild, considering most of the conversation hews to the theme of “man, getting old kinda sucks when you’d like to do something even remotely physical,” but still, even if the flesh is not willing, the heart and the mind absolutely are, and Jaime Kirk, Captain Dingo of PDX Yar, is still out there firing off cannons and kicking asses. Not only will you hear some piratey myths get debunked, but you’ll learn some nautical terms that just might save your life. Actually, they probably won’t, but they’re REALLY fun to say.

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Episode 261 – Roll Your Own (Burrito)

by admin on March 2, 2015

The show begins with a serious topic (Comedy and self-censorship) and then moves to a hotter one (Microwave chimichangas and the cheesy lava they contain) and then moves to the most important of all topics: BURRITOS. What you put in them, how you roll them, why you need to cut it out with the rice and the hash-browns and whatever, so on and so forth. There’s some TV talk in there too. Oh, and the Ritual of CHUD. Can’t forget that.

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