Biz and Theresa discover the joys of homework. How does our history of loving or loathing homework play into what we want for our kids? Who is homework for kids under age six *really* for? If my kid pastes the square into the circle, are we out of Harvard? Plus, Biz becomes the Big Ketchup house, Theresa becomes an aunt, and we talk to former NCIS agent Heather Ryan about empowering ourselves and our families to stay safe. Show notes
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For Thanksgiving week, this episode is all about the ENJOYMENT of FOOD.
Angela brings the case against her good friend Justin. Justin actively avoids dairy, claiming to HATE cheese, butter, and cream. Angela is irritated by the avoidance, alleges that Justin has consumed and enjoyed dairy in the past, and thinks he should own up. Who is right in this food fight? Only one man can decide!
The AV Club's Kyle Ryan and Nathan Rabin join us this week with music recommendations. Kyle suggests The Evens's new album, The Odds. Nathan recommends hip-hop group The Coup's new album Sorry to Bother You. Both albums feature artistic departures from the bands' traditional sounds -- The Odds marks a more melodic take on The Evens's punk-rock aesthetic, while Sorry to Bother You introduces punk and dance-rock elements.
Tavi Gevinson's interest in the artistry of fashion inspired her to start her blog, Style Rookie, when she was in middle school. Drawn to unusual color combinations, proportions, and textures, Gevinson sought to create narratives with her outfits -- which caught flack at school, even as fashion magazines praised her sense of style.
Most recently, Gevinson's founded and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine Rookie, a beautifully curated website for teen girls featuring content spanning myriad topics, including feminism, fashion, and how to build the very best forts. Gevinson recently collected some of Rookie's first year of content into a book called Rookie Yearbook One.
Gevinson joins us to discuss what sparked her foray into the fashion world, people's tendency to fixate on her age, and the qualities that make people worth writing about.
We may have only known Retta as a neurosurgeon, given her pre-med track in college. But after a few years of working in the pharmaceutical industry post-grad, her casual TV-watching led to a spark of realization -- acting could be a viable path, too. Her newfound dream of working in entertainment led to a stand up act, and eventually the role of Donna on NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Retta talks about her start in show business, her fear of being typecast, and the evolution of her character on Parks and Rec, Donna Meagle. You can catch Parks and Recreation Thursday nights on NBC.
Who is better suited to parody the reality TV show genre as a whole, and Antiques Roadshow in particular, than the folks at The Onion? This week, Jesse recommends Lake Dredge Appraisal, a sly take on your typical appraisal show which often defies your expectations.
What show are you enjoying lately? Why don't you head over to the MaxFun forums and share YOUR outshot?
The legendary Jonathan Katz and Tom Snyder join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's uncomfortable brunch, Jesse's Afro-Hatian dancing, Jonathan's friendship with David Mamet, and Jonathan and Tom's webseries, Explosion Bus.
Zoe brings this week's case against her mother Rochelle. Zoe and Rochelle adopted a puppy last summer, and Zoe did much of the heavy lifting when it came to caring for and training the dog. In the fall, however, school started up, and Zoe moved thousands of miles away. Now Zoe wants to have a long-distance say in how her mother cares for the dog -- Rochelle balks at the idea. Who is right? Judge John Hodgman will decide.
Guest bailiff Scott Adsit joins us in the courtroom this week! You can catch him on 30 Rock, which airs Thursday nights on NBC; if you prefer to see him live, he performs with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz in the improv show John and Scott at the UCB Theater in Chelsea. Scott will also be part of a larger improv show called Stolen House, which will appear Off-Broadway in January.
Fran Lebowitz's literary career had a somewhat inauspicious beginning -- not long after being expelled from high school, she moved to New York, showed up barefoot at a publishing house to submit her poetry collection, and was incredulous when it was rejected. Her determination, fearlessness, and sharp wit were undeniable, however, and she soon became not only a successful author, but one of New York's most important social critics.
Lebowitz shares stories of teenage rebellion, getting started as a writer, and why she considers herself to be the least envious person on the planet. A collection of her essays, The Fran Lebowitz Reader, is now available in audiobook form.
You may not immediately recognize his name, but chances are good you've heard Karriem Riggins's work. He's a jazz drummer who's played with greats like Diana Krall and Ron Carter, and he's produced hip hop for Erykah Badu and The Roots. Riggins' new solo album, Alone / Together, fuses his drumming with his production chops.
He joins us this week to discuss the song that changed his life: "Give it Up or Turnit a Loose" by James Brown.
"It Was a Good Day" is rapper Ice Cube's biggest hit -- a solid rap song with a great beat, it's easy to see why this record was so successful. What makes this song truly great, however, isn't Ice Cube's vivid description of his good day, but looming, omnipresent possibility of a much worse day.