It's Christmas in July!
Mark and Hal of Maximum Fun's own We Got This released an episode naming a popular Christmas movie as the definitive best Christmas movie. Mark regrets the choice and has tried several times to convince Hal to re-evaluate. While Mark seeks to get the decision reversed, Hal would like to prohibit Mark from bringing it up again. Who's right? Who's wrong?
SUBMITTED BY HAL
Text conversation between Mark (in gray) and Hal (in blue) after recording the Best Christmas Movie episode:
Text conversation between Mark's girlfriend, Juliana (in gray), and Hal (in blue), which Juliana initiated right after Mark texted Hal:
If you want to listen to the We Got This episodes referenced, they are Episode #43 "Best Christmas Movie," and Episode #52 "The One Year Anniversary Spectacular."
Thank you to Steve Marois for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.
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For the 4th of July weekend, the ladies each record their own segments on a very special episode of Lady to Lady. Barbara reads listener mail, Brandie interviews the owners of a museum in the Midwest and Tess and her boyfriend take a love test. Edited by David Janove, theme song by Zach Ames.
Guy, Margaret, and Oliver are joined by special guest, comedian and writer Jonathan Rowell to talk about Mexico and Canada's pop culture. Sabado Gigante, Walter Mercado, You Can't Do That On Television, Porky's and so much more! Plus, The Pop Rocket Book Club talks all about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.
That’s My Jam:
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.
Hello Buddies and Happy (Belated) Birthday America! Yes, it was the Fourth of July this week and that means one thing: FIREWORKS! Awesome Internet person Charley Feldman joins us to discuss the bombastic bangers! Fireworks can be beautiful, but they can also be very useful in the apocalypse! Useful or beautiful, they are also very dangerous. Every year, there are wildfire and injuries related to fireworks. We're joined once again by Andie's sister and wildland fire expert Abby Bolt to discuss the risks. Abby also gives us an update on the wild fires that occurred in the Bolt's home town. Take a listen and be sure to share!
When Riker gets some DNA in him, it’s not just from another romp on the holodeck. Unfortunately, the STD test comes back positive and it's a race against time to save his life. Dr. Pulaski hatches a plan to make Riker re-watch episodes of the show that would even make Captain Picard shudder. Is Chief O’Brien trying to give Pulaski a heart attack? Is Troi going to be ok when Riker’s most erotic dreams leave her in the lurch? Is the Captain ever going to recover from being bald-burned? It’s our most ill-advised episode yet, and the one that took by far the most work!
You asked us, so we answer: Which is best - Planes, Trains, or Automobiles? Mark and Hal plot out the road to the correct answer, and move their cabooses to fly to the correct decision. Because let's face it: There's only one way to go, right? Right.
Be sure to check out this week's episode Judge John Hodgman, in which Mark and Hal bring suit against one another! It's the can't-miss crossover of the judicial branch of Maximum Fun!
Adam is joined by Bruce Schneier to talk about current problems facing the TSA, gun control, and how data and security intersect.
One of the topics that resonated deeply with last season's Adam Ruins Everything viewers was Bruce Schneier's take on security and "security theater". So we had to bring Bruce on the podcast. Bruce is a brilliant cryptographer and security expert, who's written countless articles and academic papers and published 13 books, including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.
Produced by Shara Morris.
This week, the sisters discuss all of their favorite foods from their pre-teen and teen years, and collectively realize how gross most of them really were. Also, from the same sisters that gave you Teddy Chair, comes their newest hit product, and you get to hear them create it!
Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas
Hello there and welcome to a VERY SPECIAL 50th episode! What makes it so special? The fact that YOU'RE here and YOU are great! In Dogs We Met This Week, we have a lot of dogs! Renee met Katie-Grace the Bulldog and Finn the Golden Doodle and Travis met Drak and Titan the Great Danes! Learn all about the Great Pyrenees in this week's Mutt Minute! We are very excited to be joined by Renee's parents Hank and Peggy! They give us a Puppy Blaze and Bailey update! In Dog News this week, Twinkie the Jack Russell has set a new world record! Enjoy and don't forget to share!
Though she didn’t earn a degree in the sciences, author Mary Roach has a knack for writing about them with insight and wit. Whether she’s describing what happens to the body after death or the many aspects of human sexuality, Roach makes her topics accessible and fun.
Roach has authored half a dozen books including: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, as well as articles for magazines including Vogue, GQ, and National Geographic.
Mary Roach sat down with Jesse about whether shark repellant actually exists, life on submarines and how leaches inspired her to write a book on military science.
Mary Roach’s new book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
William Bell is a soul singer and songwriter whose distinctive sound is forever associated with the legendary Stax Records. Along with with performers like Otis Redding, Sam and Duke, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers, Bell helped create music that continues to entertain and inspire.
He is famous for his hit songs including You Don’t Miss Your Water, Private Number, A Tribute to the King and Everybody Loves a Winner. He also co-wrote the classic song, Born Under a Bad Sign which was originally performed by Albert King and later covered by Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Cream and even Homer Simpson.
William Bell joined Jesse to talk about what it was like beginning his musical career while still a teenager, how he returned to his career after being drafted and what he thinks about his own voice, now that he is in his seventies.
William Bell’s new album is This is Where I Live.
Jesse shares why Tanya Tucker’s voice and classic song, What’s Your Mama’s Name manages to move him every time he hears it.