Dawn believes that information wants to be free. Which makes her attempt to introduce a new intro to the show extra frustrating for her. Also frustrating – whatever it is the people behind “Parenthood” think they’re doing to that show. Other discussions include the freedom of schmutz, and the emotional blackmail that only a cat can provide.

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Episode 255 – You Can Like a Butt

by admin on January 19, 2015

Bet you didn’t think this would be an episode centering on the world of FRIENDS and the trials and tribulations of one Jennifer Aniston, did you. But it kinda does that. It also kinda spends a lot of time talking about the awkwardness of trying to score your sexual encounters to music, and how that can not only ruin your sex, but ruin the music you previously enjoyed. Also, as the title implies, we talk about butts. Enjoy!

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Episode 254 – Know Your Source

by admin on January 12, 2015

Noted satirist (and also movie critic and all around bon vivant) Eric D. Snider stops by to talk about the slippery subject of satire, and why people have such a hard time getting it. Also discussed: Technological innovations, the movie “Clue,” and Dawn’s inner journey to outer peace. It’s a discussion that involves the phrase “Turtling.” Hi Mrs. Snider!

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Episode 253 – You Gotta DO Somethin’

by admin on January 5, 2015

For an episode that starts inside a not-too-distant future where VR helmets render the home theater craze of the mid-’80s a quaint endeavor, it seems sort of funny that we end up discussing the lo-fi need to simply make things with your hands, for the sake of being able to look at yourself, and look at the thing you made, and say “I did that.” Also discussed: The strange and varied ways Leonard Maltin has touched us all.

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Episode 252 – The Bad Gravy

by admin on December 29, 2014

In which a discussion about… INTERESTING Christmas cuisine leads to a shared love of high-quality Ramen, and adventures of both the culinary kind, and the good old fashioned road-trip kind, of which Dawn already has planned for 2015, which not only will lead her to Austin, Texas, but lead the show in a discussion on both “Boyhood” and “The Babadook.”

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Episode 251 – Donut Trek

by admin on December 22, 2014

Eric D. Snider shares a particularly heartwarming story of Christmas tradition, which is good because there wasn’t a lot of heartwarming stuff to discuss when the rest of the week is involved. Dawn watched a bad sci-fi show and it was all the more irritating considering how much REALLY GOOD sci-fi is out right now. And then, of course, there was that whole business with Sony. And the heartless murder of a Gingerbread person was perpetrated by Patrick. It’s a pretty big show. Hope it lasts you til 2015, because that’s when we come back. See you then!

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A Ham-Fisted Christmas 2014

by admin on December 9, 2014

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How can it possibly be time for another Ham-Fisted Christmas? And yet, here it is — and holly-jolly pantsload of yuletide cheer to accompany your cookie basting and mistletoe jingling. You’ll find the playlist after the jump, or you can just listen and let it be a surprise. Happy Holidays!

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The title makes the show sound more sinister than it really is. It’s really just a remembrance of how cutesy holiday commercials used to be. Sure, eventually it becomes a philosophical digression into how branding has become such a pervasive element of modern culture, but it starts as just basically cooing over how cute Louie Armstrong is singing about dollies. Also, broccoli is awesome. You should eat more.

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You Need to See: Harold and Maude

by dawn on December 3, 2014

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When Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult classic Harold and Maude was released, ├╝bercritic Vincent Canby of The New York Times hated it passionately. Of lead actors Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort he wrote:

Mr. Cort’s baby face and teen-age build look grotesque alongside Miss Gordon’s tiny, wizened frame … as performers, they both are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting, that Harold and Maude are obviously made for each other, a point the movie itself refuses to recognize with a twist ending that betrays, I think, its life-affirming pretensions.

Gordon wrote a letter to Canby in response, saying in part:

I wish you’d liked Harold and Maude. They said you saw it in a screening room with a dozen other critics. I wish you could have seen it with an audience. Maybe you wouldn’t have liked it then, but then I’d feel it you saw it the way it was meant to be seen. Shoulder to shoulder with people is how a play or film is written to be seen and I wish you’d seen it that way.

In her autobiography My Side, Gordon continued, “Harold and Maude for the next five years would be shown in New York, Boston, Dayton, Paris, Minneapolis, Edgartown, you name it; people would come up to me and say they saw it two times, nine times, thirty times, and when last heard from Doug Strand of St. Paul, ‘two hundred and one.’” [click to continue…]

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Episode 249 – Facebook Surprise!

by admin on December 1, 2014

A comfy, friendly Thanksgiving for Dawn gives way to the real reason for the season: Turkey Sandwiches. While enjoying the tasty combo of bread, meat, and mayo, she discovers a pleasant surprise on Facebook. Also discussed: Trader Joe’s sells some of the most delicious diabetes you’ll ever taste, and Dawn passes judgment on Portland’s Christmas traditions.

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