Welcome to one week before the Once Upon a Time season 4 premiere, everyone. We survived!

When we started this podcast a little over a year ago we had 0 idea of what to expect. I remember we both said that if we have 5 people who bother to listen to us… well, then that was good enough for us. Little did we know that we’d end up having a supportive, intelligent and insightful bunch of listeners from around the world who we truly look forward to hearing from every week! Over the summer we climbed to around 2,000 unique listeners per month, which is mind boggling. It’s both amazing and a bit terrifying to know you all are out there.

We know we can’t wait to dive into season 4 with you. We’re working hard to plan some amazing surprises, guests, special features and cheeseburger bets for you all over the upcoming season, so stay tuned.

We’re already back to podcasting every week and our next show comes out Tuesday, but if 7 days still feels too long for you, catch up with everything that happened on our podcast over the summer below!

- Brittany and Amanda


Here’s what we did over the summer (below the cut):

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Kiplinger’s: The Age of the Podcasting 

Hot off the presses! Over my winter break I worked on this illustration for a story on the wide world of streaming audio content. I was happy to have an opportunity to draw both a plaid shirt AND a sailing vessel (two of my favorites,) and to be able to pay tribute to my single greatest source of cultural input. Thank you podcasts! AND, thank you Stacie Harrison for the great assignment! 

I’ve been secretly working on putting a podcast together for a little while. It’s called Reasonably Sound and next week I finally get to have people listen to it! It’s about sound and music and audio and the science, theory and culture surrounding those things. I’m very excited.

It’s been really fun to figure out how to podcast (the first episode is… rough) and to work with the folks who are distributing it (who I can’t name specifically yet because they’re making a big super secret deal about it).

Anyway, here’s some info, if you’re interested. Which I hope you are. If you want the direct line for Reasonably Sound info, you should follow the show account on Instagram: reasonablysnd.

Choice and responsibility, the podcast edition.

I host a podcast about video games. (We have tshirts.) I love hosting this podcast, but I feel like podcast listeners sometimes forget about the concepts of choice and responsibility. 

1) It is our choice to make a podcast. We have no contract, and no one is making us do it. We love doing it. 

2) It is our responsibility to make the best podcast we can, every week. 

3) It is your choice to listen to the podcast. We thank you and we love you.

4) It is your choice to provide us with “fan feedback”, which can range to “stop hiccuping” to “more tv star guests” to “lose the Pakistani” to “stop criticizing The Hobbit”. Giving us feedback is your choice, not your responsibility.

5) It is our choice (not our responsibility) to take in your feedback. Sometimes we incorporate your feedback, sometimes we don’t. Not using your feedback doesn’t mean we’re above reproach, it means that we are making the podcast we want, not the podcast you demand. 

6) It is your choice to create the podcast that is exactly what you demand to hear. We’ll never be that podcast. Neither will anyone else. 

7) It is your choice to listen to us or not after we’ve said something that irritates you. It is not our responsibility to make you feel better, or to alter things. Your choice, after you’re irritated, is merely to keep listening or stop listening. Period. We don’t want you to listen to anything that annoys you. 

A lot of listeners make it our responsibility to make them feel okay again once we’ve said something that irritates them. Nothing is more angering and scary than realizing the limitations of your control over this world. It still bugs me on a daily basis. But sorry guys, we’ll never take on the responsibility of your listening to our podcast. Once you start taking responsibility for other people’s choices, in podcasting or in life, you create unstable, unhealthy dynamics with those people. 

And we want stable, satisfying relationships with our listeners. Because we think you’re all pretty cool. (Except for the ones who yell at us when we have the sniffles or the hiccups.)

Quality of Life Check, For Those Who are Interested.

When recording these fanfic audio books. Would you like to listen to…

  • In character flat recordings. In which I am 6-8 inches from the mic and sound like I am talking to you normally.
  • Close up intimate in character recordings in which its sound like I am right in your ear (2-3 inches from mic, mic represents you ear).
  • Non-character recordings of either version of the above.
  • Music in the background? Y/N?

Keep in mind I am still learning. This will be as professional as I can make them. Also remember I will be reading for well on 10-15 minutes. If you can handle my voice in any of those variations for that long I salute you! I want you all to be happy with these, so, What do you think?

The Podcast Avocado

Tonight, I am sitting down and compiling tweets before they disappear into the aether: the story of how I set in motion a chain of events that will eventually lead to the extermination of the avocado as a species.

The sacrificial avocado is my contribution to the podcasting community and it will warm me during the long, cold, winter nights that I have given it to the world. You’re welcome, world. You’re welcome.

(It’s not a very long story: a few months ago, Reidan asked on Twitter what to sacrifice in order to appease podcast gods and I told her to do it with an avocado. Do not ask me why, the holy spirit was in me, it was a flash of inspiration. Since then, our local podcast ecosystem has been religiously sacrificing avocado as a way of resolving podcasting technical difficulties and it has worked every single time.)

I found this post in my drafts folder on Tumblr from last year. I wrote it in the green room of Meltdown Comics after reading a comment online that irritated me, and Chris Hardwick happened to walk in while I was writing it and talked me out of it. “No good will come of it” he said, and he was right. 

However, upon reading this months later, when my anger has subsided, I think both the comment and my response should be seen. What the guy wanted was to get under my skin, but (and not to presume his worldview too much), it also seemed like his genuine opinion. 

And that is why I’m posting this. The idea that this commenter genuinely thought the things he did is not just insulting to me, but to many women. So read on if you like! 

Here is a comment that was posted by a guy named Tom on Nerdist.com on the page for the episode of You Made It Weird that I did in Chicago recently:

As a former Indoor Kids listener, Emily can be shockingly catty (re: Anthony’s point above). On I think their 100th show she made a point, completely without provocation, of saying that she never listened to a show when Ali Baker was the co-host. Which is just bizarre and hurtful, and there’s no reason to say it except to be hurtful and catty. Kumail and Steve Agee had no idea what to make of it.

It’s especially catty because Ali Baker is much younger and more attractive than Emily and as far as I can tell that’s the only reason to be antagonistic. She’s also a *MUCH* better podcast host, though those early shows overall weren’t as good because Kumail (who is hilarious, obviously) was still finding his legs both hosting and in terms of broader gaming awareness.

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Julie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

- Episode 132 of the How Was Your Week?

I rediscovered Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, so that’s something. How come that Clay Aiken photograph isn’t a meme, like the way that you see, you know, Grumpy Cat or … wasn’t there that disapproving Asian father? That wasn’t racist. But why don’t I see that photo of Clay Aiken in his coat of many colors constantly, why hasn’t that taken over the Internet? That makes me feel like the Internet is a hetero … gene — no, that’s not the right word. Homophobic, I’ll just call the Internet homophobic.

(sighs) Clay Aiken will do justice to that role, I feel, because if you don’t know the story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it goes like this: The Narrator comes out, she’s one of like two female roles. The other’s Potiphar’s wife and she’s a slut. Oh, I slut-shamed Potiphar’s wife within five minutes of my monologue.

The Narrator comes in and she talks about how some people have bigger ambitions than others and some people have intentions to be more on this Earth than the schlubs who will mouth breathe on their crossword puzzles when you’re just trying to get to 34th street … without having their long hair brush against your bare skin. That is the thing I’m looking forward to most in Fall, is being on the subway and not feeling someone’s hair brush against my skin just because I happen to be sitting or standing next to them. There’s literally nothing worse.

Anyway, the Narrator — who I played in camp … then there was a British counselor that kept telling me to wear a waistcoat and I was like, “What are you talking about? What’s my costume?” She goes “Get a waistcoat, get a waistcoat.” I found out that she was talking about a vest, which I found because it was 1989, everything worked out great.

Anyway, the Narrator, who’s really the main character, I mean, you wanna be the Narrator, sets up the story about Jacob, whose wife died and had a lot of sons and he very blatantly favored one, which was a recipe for resentment. And the one he favored reminded him of his wife … which is not explored. Tim Rice — I almost said Tim Rice was many things, but he really wasn’t, he was just a lyricist … until Andrew Lloyd Weber was having no more of him. And for good reason, because Tim Rice is not a good lyricist. He’s just not. I’m not gonna qualify that, I’m not going to apologize for it. It’s just a fact. There are worse things to be … but not many.

(sighs) What was I up to in the story? The father bought a colored coat for Joseph because he liked him best and then at this point in the show Clay Aiken will spin around. He will just never stop spinning around … to show off the coat. And I also think it’s weird — and not just because I’m Dolly Parton-centric — but I think it’s weird that Jacob bought the coast instead of made it.

Now, where are we up to? Joseph has a coat, he’s being kind of a cock about it. He talks about how great he looks in it. I don’t remember how he’s a cock about it but he’s a cock about it. And then the brothers decide to … kill him? They get mad. One of the lyrics has to do with like “getting our goat” and then there is a goat and they kill the goat. I think at one point they’re like “We’re gonna kill him” and then they said “no” or maybe Benjamin said “no”?

Benjamin’s the youngest. Benjamin was the second favorite. In the Bible it was perfectly okay to rank your children. Different parenting ideas, although as I say that, count down to the next fucking blog to book deal of some asshole in Brooklyn saying “Wouldn’t it be fun if I raised my children for a year in the way that they do in Biblical times?” Just … how ‘bout you play Russian Roulette instead? And let me pack the chambers, wink-wink, she says with a fistful of bullets.

So the brothers have a change of heart or Benjamin convinces them otherwise and they decide to kill a goat. And the Narrator, who as I mentioned is really the star of the show, has a line where she says “The wretched beast” or “The wretched creature” … whatever is dead and then they spill the blood on the — by the way, there’s a lot, in Jewish — and this is a Jewish show. Jesus Christ Superstar is a goyish show, New Testament. This was AL Dubbs’ (Andrew Lloyd Weber’s) old school Testament show. And it was a testament to how lousy something can be and still please the ear.

Now, where was I in the story? The brothers put blood on the coat. If you’re the prop master of a production of Joseph, here’s what you need: You need two coats. You need one coat that looks great and then you need another one that has blood on it. So they bring that coat to their Dad and the Dad’s devastated ‘cause his favorite son is ostensibly dead. It’s already dark and I’m telling you that growing up I related to everybody in this play. Except for Potiphar.

… (sips) Clinky-clinky, guess what’s back? Mr. Maker’s Mark.

I just related to the idea of being jealous of someone getting special attention, of deserving special attention because of special abilities and then being bullied. I felt this show in a deep place. Which is why my role as Narrator was so — oh, the other thing about that British counselor, she called it “na-rate-or”, which is not how you pronounce that. You ever know someone who will use the British spelling of things or pronounce things British-ly in their American day-to-day lives because at one point they decided to have an affectation? Those people are the most fun.

Act II: Joseph is sold as a slave by his brothers to some pee-pell. He ends up in jail and then he predicts dreams from I think a baker and a butcher … or a tailor and a tinker and a soldier and a spy. Some semblance of the archetypes that were or were not going to fuck-marry-kill Tevye’s daughters. They’re in the prison cell with him, they have dreams, they tell Joseph, Joseph says “Here’s what your dreams mean” but not in a shrink way. People say “Joseph was the first psychiatri—” no, he wasn’t. “I had this dream” and he goes “Oh, that means that there’s gonna be war or famine.” He’s basically doing the equivalent of holding an index card to his head while Ed drunkenly guffawed in times of olde. Those were the good old days.

(sighs) No Steve Higgins was Ed McMahon.

So what happened? Pharaoh said “You’ll be my dream interpreter”, he comes up, prepares them for famine. What happens? Potiphar’s wife tries to fuck him, he says no, she says he tried to rape her … ‘cause that’s what sluts do. Slut-shamed her again! Joan Collins plays her in the movie version with Donny Osmond, I strongly recommend looking that up. And I think the guy who plays Otho from Beetlejuice is in that scene. It’s not bad, there are worse ways to spend an afternoon than watching that.

What happens then? Joseph does well for himself. The brothers forgot to plan for the famine or something? And they come and beg for food … to the Pharaoh … is it the Pharaoh? And Joseph’s like “Surprise, it’s me!” and the brothers are like “Oh … boy!” And he’s like “No, it’s cool, I forgive you.” And Jacob is psyched. And to be honest that’s also kind of Joseph looking like a cock because he extended kindness to his brothers while everyone was watching. Mm-hm.

And then he sings a song at the end and it is called “Any Dream Will Do”. There are two songs that Joseph sings: One is “Close Every Door to Me”, which he sings in a prison, and the other is the one I just mentioned. “Close Every Door to Me” was originally going to be the opening theme song to Orange is the New Black but they decided it wasn’t long enough.

There are so many other things I should be talking about besides this … I’m not good at prioritizing. I put this monologue list together right before I recorded it, and … just like a ramshackle — and it should be organized by priority and yet it isn’t, but I have a feeling that Clay Aiken will bring a dimension to a role that will further affect me because he is a redhead. And I know that, especially as a redheaded male it’s easy to feel like you’re getting too much attention, and not the best kind. So I’ll be interested to see what he uses from his personal experience in playing the part of Joseph. In … what production is it, by the way, is it going to be televised? Is Clay Aiken doing it on Broadway, is this going to be on Ovation with Raising McCain, Meghan McCain’s new talk show?

Lotta talk shows. Women get daytime talk shows. Men, as long as they’re white or Arsenio, which I’ll talk about in a second, rule the night. Women need to take back the night in a different way, starting with laughter.

S.S. Librarianship is a weekly podcast featuring two librarians, Sam and Alli, and occassionally a guest or two, discussing pop culture, nerddom, librarianship, and the vast array of fascinating ways we humans make sense of our modern existence. We occasionally discuss books, too!

Hey all! On the heels of our tenth episode, we just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of the Tumblrers and Tumblarians who’ve been listening and participating so far! We LOVE doing the show, and hearing from YOU is one of the things that makes it so worthwhile. If you’ve been enjoying being on board the S.S. Librarianship, consider dropping us a review on iTunes or sending us a comment, question, or idea for the show (on Tumblr, or at sslibrarianship@gmail.com, or on Twitter @sslibrarianship). We’re always on the lookout for interesting new topics and guests, in the library world and beyond - and we’re currently working on learning how to conduct interviews via Skype, which could mean that some of you faraway Tumblarians could join us soon!

  • Skronked!
  • Kind Of A Talk Show
  • 2014

Episode 95: Skronked!

Madeeha defines skronking as ‘quantity over quality in music making’. She and her co-hosts Thomas and Daniel, however, take the opposite tack in podcasting, with a short series of stories involving Kenny G’s role in regulating the Chinese workday, going ballistic over airline food, and extraterrestrial advertising. All of this before answering YOUR questions!

(You can also listen to the show by left-clicking this link, or right-clicking it and hitting ‘save link as’ to download it or just visit our blog!)

Been putting a lot of thought into my #podcasting of late and I’ve decided to recommit full-force behind #BBTD - with some serious tweaks in the mix. More info in tomorrow’s new episode (Ep #38).

[Link to the Podcast in my bio]

I am up at a reasonable hour.

I’m pretty excited about my day. This is a feeling I haven’t felt in a long time.

1. I’m starting my day out by going to a Creative Mornings talk given by a former teaching pastor at my church-turned filmmaker. The topic? Failure. This is going to be good for me.

2. The morning is also sponsored by Creatives on Call, which people keep telling me I should check out for freelance work. Now I won’t be able to avoid it, right? My portfolio site is almost completed.

3. I have been invited to two pool parties, a 1-year-old’s birthday party and a “post-breakup dance-it-out.” Unfortunately I don’t think I can make all of them… Haha.

4. I need to finish reading the user’s manual for the mixer so we can use it tomorrow for the podcast. We’re doing Drumline and I’m so excited about it. Be prepared to listen to an hour’s worth of me nerding out about marching band.

5. I need to change the write up on our indiegogo page for fundraising for our next short film… We have 21 days left in our campaign and we’ve raised $183 of $3500. Whoo.

Bonus: I’m truly hoping to get a call with a job offer today.

Episode 009 - Brew

W00tstout 2.0 by Stone Brewing Co. / San Diego,CA

For Episode 009 we shared the imperial stout known as W00tStout 2.0 13.5%abv. This is a collaboration beer between Aisha Tyler, Drew Curtis, and Wil Wheaton. A heavy bourbon barrel aged beer with pecans and ground chocolate. See what else we have been drinking by looking at our show Beer List.

Photo by Taylor Gilmore

Episode 89: Old MacDonald Had A Drone
  • Episode 89: Old MacDonald Had A Drone
  • Kind Of A Talk Show
  • 2014

Episode 89: Old MacDonald Had A Drone

This week, Thomas and Madeeha discuss newly available KOATS underwear, a man arrested via predator drone, “Mainestreaming” acceptance of transgender students, the first issue of Marvel’s new Muslim superheroine graphic novel, and much, much more, including issuing of corrections and answering YOUR questions.