Episode 82 – Erik Uriarte

This episode features rabbinical student and addiction counselor, Erik Uriarte. Michael and Erik discussed Judaism, shabbat, Challah, spices, Purim, Yiddish vs. Hebrew, The Torah vs. The Talmud, translation vs. interpretation, variations in Jewish culture, family history, Julius Bamberger, World War II, anti-semitism, greed, good vs. evil, grey areas, sin, Judaism vs. Christianity, The Council of Nicea, Jewish popular culture, Jewish comedy, commitment, cooking, kosher cooking, Ethiopian food, video games, LARPing, TV, podcasts, and comics.

This episode is sponsored by WhedonCon 2017. Get your single day or full weekend tickets at http://whedoncon.com.

LINKS
Julius Bamberger on de.Wikipedia.org (you will need to translate the page)

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Episode 81 – Jennifer Zhang

This episode features producer, actress, model, cosplayer, and singer, Jennifer Zhang.  Michael and Jennifer discuss creative lapses, cosplaying, donuts, exercise, acting, Batman: The Animated Series, viral videos, fan films, true nerdiness, bullshit filters, horror films, Evil Inside, J-Horror, The Ring, masculinity, Bowie, celebrity deaths 2016, gender fluidity, childhood cosplay, peaceful resolutions, her album Emocean, Electronic Dance Music, community, DC Comics, Batman, Star Trek, Doctor Who, anime, and video games.

This episode is sponsored by WhedonCon 2017. Get your single day or full weekend tickets at http://whedoncon.com

LINKS
Jennifer Zhang offical site   
Jennifer Zhang on Instagram 
Jennifer Zhang on Twitter 
Jennifer Zhang on Facebook
DK’s Donuts
Evil Inside (2012)

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Episode 80 – Shannon Corder Returns

This episode features the return of comedian, Shannon Corder. Michael and Shannon discussed podcasting, recording equipment, ADD meds, misdiagnoses in men vs. women, family issues, Imposter Syndrome, standup comedy, how to create a podcast, Social Justice Warrior Princess, Internet singularity, name-calling, willful ignorance, listening to the opposition, Boards of Canada, news outlets, political anger, wanting to make a difference, sandplay therapy, Jungian archetypes, Greg Proops, Billy Dee Williams, Laurie Kilmartin, and Maria Bamford.

This episode is sponsored by WhedonCon 2017. Get your single day or full weekend tickets at http://whedoncon.com.

LINKS
Social Justice Warrior Princess
Shannon Corder on Facebook

Shannon Corder on Twitter
Reductress
Soundcloud
WordPress
ReGena M. Booze, Ph.D

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Episode 79 – Rig Moroi

This episode features blogger Rig Moroi of facebook.com/criticalmassesthinking. Michael and Rig discussed audio engineering, photography, vintage sound equipment, Boards of Canada, music, our parents’ music, 56 KLZ, Country and Western, celebrity deaths of 2016, subverting masculinity, integrated schools, critical thinking, Magnet schools, dangerous neighborhoods, youthful defiance, drama productions, nerdiness, old computers, family game rules, movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe, horror movies, cinematic sexism, Hidden Figures, equality, Alien 3, Batman films, and standup comedy. 

LINKS
Critical Masses Thinking
WhoSampled

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Episode 78 – Abby Polakow and Erica Lange

This episode features the return of teacher, costume designer, and cosplay nerd Abby Polakow, and her creative partner, graphic designer, Erica Lange; known collectively as The Spindle Sisters. Michael, Abby, and Erica discuss paper dolls, Benedict Cumberbatch, old friends, terms of endearment, boys playing with girls, Grim Faerie Tales, justice in stories, nature horror films, Prince, Regency costumes, Victoria, waistcoats, Barbies, childless aunts, She-Ra, prolonged adolescence, New Age parents, nerdiness, children’s programming 70s vs. 80s, toy-based cartoons, The Four Yorkshiremen, Scotch tape, robbers, lock down drills, growing up with TV vs. without, heterogeneity, consumerism vs. passion, brain development,  home movies, LibraVox.org, The Santa Clarita Diet, and Werner Herzog.

LINKS
The Spindle Sisters on Facebook
The Spindle Sisters on Instagram
Spindle Sisters on Twitter
The Four Yorkshiremen sketch
Werner Herzog

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Episode 77 – Jen Saunderson

This episode features comedian, Jen Saunderson. Michael and Jen talked about standup, Seattle, The Comedy Underground, roller derby, comedy clubs, strip clubs, burlesque, higher education, comedy podcasts, Laurie Kilmartin, baking, holiday parties, breads of the world, French onion soup, holiday cookies, childhood comedy influences, Garfield comics, The Rabbit of Seville, Muppet Babies, college comedy shows, grandma’s sex toys, wedding rings, Elijah Wood, Andy Dick, impressions, Justin Rupple, First Impressions with Dana Carvey, The Filling is Mutual, aphrodisiac cupcakes, oysters, seafood, the first date with her husband, soundtracks, The Twilight Zone, height disparity, Gilmore Girls, sex on TV, Victoria, The Walking Dead, and Black Mirror.

LINKS
Jensaunderson.com
Jen Saunderson on Twitter
Bam Margera Roller Derby Right Guard Commercial
Rabbit of Seville (1950)
The Filling is Mutual on IFC

Sponsor: Whedoncon 2017

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Episode 76 – Mary Soracco

This episode features homemaker, and founder of The Contrary Dame jewelry, Mary Soracco. Michael and Mary discussed small businesses, mentorship, self-study, big business, big pharma, big medicine, conscription, making a difference, pop culture, pop music, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder, nice celebrities, James Corden, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Kimmel, Banksy, The Contrary Dame, psychology, allyship, allyship failures, smart people, privilege, fear of change, growth, The Worldwide Women’s March, equality, worker’s rights, inclusivity, intersectionality, unity, racism, social divide, the status quo, cable news, TV, women’s issues, Ian Curtis, and depressing music.

LINKS
The Contrary Dame on Facebook
The Contrary Dame on Instagram
The Contrary Dame on Twitter
The Contrary Dame on Etsy
JewelsByJackie.com
Occam’s Razor
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic official site
‘Weird Al’ on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
The Hill
The Atlantic
Endless Night Vampire Ball Los Angeles
New Hope Community Church Sunland
Bats Day Black Market

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