One Bad Mother, Episode 321: LIVE from Boston: He Who Smelt It Is Probably Mom!

One Bad Mother
Liz Sower

We are LIVE from WBUR’s CitySpace in Boston this week as Biz and Theresa explore the range of smells that come with being a parent. From the delightful smell of a newborn's head to the less pleasant diaper genie, we talk about the good, the bad and the odorous. Are our noses a super power or a curse? Plus, live audience genius and fails and we are joined by special guest Liz Sower of the Ghost In The Burbs podcast!

Follow Liz on Twitter @ghostintheburbs and on her website Her podcast Ghost in the Burbs is excellent and you can listen wherever you get your podcasts!

Check out Theresa's new book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold

Our book You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold.

Thank you to all our listeners who support the show as monthly members of Our sponsors this week are Michelin and Mathnasium. Next time when you’re looking for new tires for the family car, consider Michelin Premier® All Season tires. Michelin, performance EVERY time! To schedule an assessment with Mathnasium, go to today, or call 855-354-MATH.

Share your genius and fail moments! Call 206-350-9485
Be sure to tell us at the top of your message whether you're leaving a genius moment, a fail, or a rant! Thanks!!

Share a personal or commercial message on the show! Details at

Subscribe to One Bad Mother in iTunes
Join our mailing list
Join the amazing community that is our private One Bad Mother Facebook group
Follow One Bad Mother on Twitter
Follow Biz on Twitter
Follow Theresa on Twitter
Like us on Facebook!
Get a OBM tee, tank, baby shirt, or mug from the MaxFunStore

You can suggest a topic or a guest for an upcoming show by sending an email to

Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Ep. 37: Go Fact Yourself with Margaret Cho & Jamie Kaler

Gary Griffin, J. Keith van Straaten, Margaret Cho, Helen Hong, Jamie Kaler
Margaret Cho & Jamie Kaler
Gary Holland & Gary Griffin

Dolphins and music and sports, oh my! It’s a brand new episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Margaret Cho is a comedian and actress, known for her role in "30 Rock" as Kim Jong-il, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Margaret is also heavily tattooed, but she’ll explain why she’s ready to slow down the body art now that she only has space on her bodies that would be painful. You can find her tour schedule on her website.

Margaret will face off against fellow comedian and actor Jamie Kaler! He rose to prominence for his role in the TBS series "My Boys." He’s also a former Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He’ll explain why the punctuality he developed as a Navy man was a poor preparation for a career in Hollywood. Jamie can be found in the YouTube series "Dads in Parks" and the "Father Time" podcast

Our guests will reminisce about their careers and answer trivia questions about marine life, basketball and celebrities from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

What’s the Difference: Something fishy

What’s the difference between a seal and a sea lion?

What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?

Areas of Expertise

Margaret Cho: Korean revenge movies, YouTube beauty wars and The Beach Boys

Jamie Kaler: The Dirty Harry film series, the basketball player Larry Bird and potty training.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong

Margaret Cho and Jamie Kaler

Margaret Cho
Jamie Kaler

With guest experts:

Gary Holland, longtime high school basketball coach, whose players included Larry Bird.

Gary Griffin and Margaret Cho

Gary Griffin, keyboardist, vocalist and music producer who’s played with The Beach Boys.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Ross and Carrie and Jennings Visit Healing Rooms Ministries: Boston Live Show Sexpert Edition


Ross and Carrie visit the Healing Rooms Ministries of Boston on a quest to heal eczema, migraines, allergies, and myopia, and then share the tale with a live Boston public radio audience... and also all the people walking by who overhear their buttfisting references. The great Jennings Brown (Gizmodo, The Gateway) also shares his recent exposé of a fake sex expert, and comes along to the healing rooms to cure his thanatophobist malady. Plus, Carrie tests her new allergy cure in front of a horrified crowd, and Ross shares his dad photos (mostly graves). It's the greatest MaxFunDrive episode of the century! Buttfisting.

See the pics by liking us on Facebook at!

Judge John Hodgman Episode 289: Live From Boston, MA 2016

Juliana Hatfield
Ken Reid

"Sole Custody" and "Law and Gag Order," taped in front of a live audience in Boston, MA on September 18, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice, Expert Witness Ken Reid of TV Guidance Counselor and songs from Juliana Hatfield!


Click here to check out Heena's Powerpoint presentation from "Law and Gag Order!"

Here are some photos taken by Zac Wolf and follow up photos from the Swift Justice case between running siblings Lisa and Andy:

Thank you to Stephen Coughlin and Michael Toscano for suggesting this week's titles! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.



Boston MaxFun Meetup


Honeysuckle Duvet, the burlesque dancer we named on Jordan Jesse Go, is organizing a MaxFun Meetup in Boston for December 4th. More information on the forum. Looks like Natalie, who brought Jordan and I up to UMass Amherst a couple years ago will also be attendance. I can vouch for these two nice ladies, so it should be a good time.

Click & Clack Host "A Thousand Clowns"

| 1 comment

Regular readers probably already know that my favorite movie which does not feature a Great Adventure is 1965's "A Thousand Clowns." It's the heartbreaking and hilarious story of Murray Burns, as played brilliantly by the great Jason Robards. Murray's an unemployed comedy writer, struggling to come to terms with his responsibilities as an adult, not least of which is the nephew his sister abandoned in his apartment as a baby, and child services' imminent repossession of said nephew. Anyone who's ever wondered how to hold onto wonder and irreverence without letting go of adulthood will be profoundly moved by the film.

Unfortunately, it's never been released on DVD, and has been out of print on VHS for many years. For a while, it was available for streaming on Netflix, but it looks like it isn't anymore. I'm told it pops up regularly on the classic movie channels, so if you've got a Tivo, tell it to watch out.

If you live somewhere near Brookline, Mass, though, you've got a special chance to see it Monday night as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Coolidge Corner Theater. Even better is that the screening will be hosted by two men almost as charming and irreverent as Murray himself -- Tom & Ray Magliozzi, aka Click & Clack the Tappet brothers, the host of NPR's Car Talk. Apparently it's their favorite movie too. You can find more information here.

"The Takeaway" debuts Monday on WNYC and elsewhere!


I'm looking forward to the launch of a brand-new public radio morning show tommorow, "The Takeaway," with John Hockenberry and Adoara Udoji.

"The Takeaway" is a co-production of PRI (my distributor), the BBC, WNYC in New York, the New York Times and WGBH in Boston. The goal is, at it's essence, to provide an alternative to Morning Edition, which is something that I think is desperately needed in public radio. (And to be clear: I like Morning Edition).

When I attended my first public radio conference six months or so ago in Minneapolis, I was really wowed by Hockenberry's brief talk about how he imagined the show. Expect a program that at least aspires to be truly multi-platform, and focused on the in-depth and analysis, which is exactly what I think public radio does better than any other broadcast outlet.

You can hear the show on WNYC (both AM and FM at different times), on WEAA in Baltimore, and on WGBH in Boston. You can also hear it online at There's already a sample up at PRI's site.

Now, just to make this a bit more Maximum Fun-like, I will say that while I was at the conference, I saw Udoji at Saks Off 5th in downtown Minneapolis. I was looking at shirts, and she asked me what shirt size I wore. I told her (16.5x35, if you're wondering), then told her how much I enjoyed their presentation earlier that day.

"How did you..." she started, confusedly. "OH! You don't work here!"

Yes, PRI's new flagship star thought I worked at Saks' discount store.

More Mike Daisey follow-up...


Student protest has ART upset

Celebrated storyteller Mike Daisey had barely begun his 90-minute monologue at the American Repertory Theatre when much of the audience stood up and walked out. One of the put-upon patrons even picked up a glass of water used as an on stage prop and poured it over Daisey's papers. The problem? The posse, 87 students and staff visiting Thursday from Norco High School in Southern California, objected to Daisey's dirty language. (They left during a particularly profane riff about Paris Hilton.) Daisey, who's posted the episode on YouTube, invited the aggrieved audience members to talk to him, but they bolted. "None of you have the guts to stay here and talk to me," said Daisey. "Saying [expletive] is the least racy thing I do, so I'm a little flabbergasted." Daisey's handwritten outline -- he doesn't work from a script -- was soaked, but salvageable. "If a patron in an art museum objected to a painting and slashed it, we'd be clear that that's a criminal act," the ART's artistic director, Gideon Lester, fumed yesterday. Seems the school group did inquire about the content of the show, called "Invincible Summer," and was told it includes profanity and adult subject matter. They decided to buy tickets anyway. Daisey has since talked to Cindy Lee, Norco's activities director, and received a halfhearted apology. "They keep saying it was a 'security issue' . . . They had to get their children out because of these words," he said. "It's ludicrous." The show runs through Sunday.

Here's some original reporting from the Boston Globe on the incident. Like my pal Hodgman, I apologize for spreading the rumor that it was a Christian school group. Turns out it was a *public* school group, which is even worse.

Mike Daisey Follow-Up...


I just got an email from our friend Mike Daisey. Turns out, by coincidence, that they were taping the show the night of the walk-out. Above, you can see what happened -- apparently they were objecting to the word "fuck" being said in front of high-school students? Hard to tell, because none of them will talk to Mike as they file out of the theater.

In the video above, you can see not only the walk-out, but Mike's perplexity, then anger, then regrouping. As a special bonus, you can see a bit of Mike's great show.

Note to protesters: this was a shitty protest.

(Post-action report on our blog here, Mike's description here).

Mike Daisey show interrupted by anti-art terrorists...


You may remember monologuist Mike Daisey from our live show in New York City late last year, when he told an amazing story about his childhood in Maine. Mike is an extremely nice guy, a gifted performer, and a thoughtful man. Last night, his show was interrupted by a choreographed mass walkout.

I'm still dealing with all the ramifications, but here's what it felt like from my end: I am performing the show to a packed house, when suddenly the lights start coming up in the house as a flood of people start walking down the aisles--they looked like a flock of birds who'd been startled, the way they all moved so quickly, and at the same was shocking, to see them surging down the aisles. The show halted as they fled, and at this moment a member of their group strode up to the table, stood looking down on me and poured water all over the outline, drenching everything in a kind of anti-baptism.

Here's his full description of the events.

If you live in the Boston area, I think the best way to respond to this kind of madness is to go to his show. If you're on the fence, try reading this rapturous review in the Boston Globe. Mike will be at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge through May 8th. It's worth your time.

Syndicate content