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#76 - David Plotz, Nic Kelman
September 29, 2015
"Human Nature" David Plotz of Atlas Obscura and the Slate Political Gabfest tells tales of political triumph and crushing defeat, and takes us on a journey to the most fascinating places on earth, some of which are right in our neighborhoods. Nic Kelman has found a manual from Android Zero entitled "How to Pass as Human." It is a clear-eyed catalog of our behavior that will make you question what it means to be fundamentally human. Plus, it's a thrilling adventure and a relentless race against time. MIND = BLOWN. Stay with us.
#75 - David G. Schwartz, Steve Spill
July 23, 2015
"Magic Man" Stories of ringmasters, impresarios, and magic men. First, David G. Schwartz, Director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Research, tells the true tale of Jay Sarno, creator of Caesars Palace, Circus Circus, and modern Las Vegas, as featured in his book "Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas." Next, Steve Spill, lifelong magician and creator of Magicpolis, reveals his secrets and stories from his new book "I Lie for Money: Candid, Outrageous Stories from a Magician's Misadventures." Some truly magical tales... stay with us.
#74 - Molly McAleer, Rick Rosner
May 22, 2015
"Adult Education" This American Wife is back from hiatus with two incredible stories of lessons learned. Molly McAleer (Hello Giggles, Two Broke Girls) returns with her new memoir, "The Alcoholic B**** Who Ruined Your Life." Rick Rosner (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Errol Morris' First Person) tells the incredible true story of his high school senior year - which he repeated for 10 years, all over the country. You do not want to miss this - stay with us.
#73 - Pamela Ribon, Richard Kramer
May 27, 2014
“Only The Young” - Pamela Ribon is a bestselling author - when it came time to write her new book, she realized she had written much of it years ago, in the form of various “Notes to Boys.” It’s worth seeing how these notes hold up after all of these years. Richard Kramer wrote and directed many episodes of “Thirtysomething” and “My So Called Life,” and then he wrote a book “These Things Happen”, and then he came on the show to talk about it. What happened next, no one can accurately describe. Stay with us.
#72 - Laura Slade Wiggins, Izabella Miko, Tara Miele, and Ken LaZebnik
April 25, 2014
"Hollywood Digs" Tales from the darker side of Tinseltown - first, stars Laura Slade Wiggins (The Tomorrow People) and Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans), and writer/director Tara Miele reveal the tale of "Starving in Suburbia," their new Lifetime movie premiering Saturday, April 26th. Then, writer Ken LaZebnik (A Prairie Home Companion, Touched by an Angel), tells crazy true tales of Hollywood from his new book "Hollywood Digs," including the time he made a movie with Peter O'Toole and Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light. Stay with us.
#71 - Mike Sager, Victoria Patterson
January 31, 2014
He's smoked pot with Snoop Dog, and smoked crack with Rick James. He's recorded gangster rap with Ice Cube. His story on the Wonderland murders inspired the movie Boogie Nights. His name is Mike Sager, and we have stories from his incredible career in journalism, plus a look at his new book "High Tolerance." Victoria Patterson is the acclaimed author of the new book "The Peerless Four." On the eve of some sports stuff happening (like, I think, the Super Bowl and the Olypmics or something), she tells a more personal tale of the sporting life. Stay with us.
#70 - David Nadelberg of Mortified, Dwayne Perkins
November 4, 2013
"Mortified" - David Nadelberg is the creator and producer of the show "Mortified", a nationwide stage show, television show, and now movie (www.mortifiednation.com), where grownups get up and read terrifically embarrassing writing from when they were kids. We also learn the shocking truth about the host's own mortification. Dwayne Perkins is a comedian, and the author of "Hot Chocolate for the Mind." He is very nice and helpful. Stay with us.
#69 - Bounty Killer Cast and Crew, Nick Antosca
October 4, 2013
"Nature's Bounty" The new movie Bounty Killer features an all-star cast, and also some surprising connections to our host. The truth comes out in in interview with director Henry Saine, costar Barak Hardley, and producer Colin Ebeling. Also, writer Nick Antosca is working on the upcoming JJ Abrams/Alfonso Cuaron series "Believe," and tells a story called "Rat Beast" from his book "The Girlfriend Game." It will freak you out real good.
#68 - Allie Goertz (Cossbysweater), Danny Lobell
August 28, 2013
"That's Amore" Danny Lobell (RISK!, This American Life) loves pizza, and he has some absolutely incredible stories about his love of pizza. Allie Goertz (aka Cossbysweater) is a singer-songwriter loves nerdy things, and has some absolutely incredible songs about her love of nerdy things. Love and pizza goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, as you are about to hear.
#67 - Sascha Rothchild, Margot Leitman
June 11, 2013
"Fallow Period" - First up, Sascha Rothchild, author of "How to Get Divorced by 30," and known for her appearances on a radio show and television series that is apparently called "This American Life" (??), and Margot Leitman, author of the new book "Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase," indulge the host's desire to really dig into that time of the late 80's and early 90's that they all grew up in.
#66 - Joel Hodgson, Peter Mehlman
April 23, 2013
"Guys Who Got Their Start with Jerry Seinfeld" Two brilliant men who happened to have gotten their big break working for Jerry Seinfeld. Joel Hodgson is the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Learn the surprising true story behind the creation of the show, and so much more. Peter Mehlman wrote many of your favorite episodes of Seinfeld, popularizing the phrases "yada yada," "spongeworthy," and "double dipping." WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THIS EPISODE? Stay with us.
#65 - Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, special guest Joel Hodgson
March 29, 2013
"Robots of Mystery and Science" This American Wife is back from hiatus with a very special episode. Joel Hodgson created the iconic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. And he got by with a little help from his robot friends. Interviews with Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) and Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) on man and machine, with a little bit of insight from Joel. Stay with us.
#64 - Janie Haddad Tompkins, Best of 2012
December 27, 2012
Hollywood stories from "Janie and Aaron Does Hollywood" co-host, and actress extraordinaire, Janie Haddad Tompkins. Plus some of our favorite moments from 2012, including a story from Kelly Carlin, and some good advice from Superego and singer/songwriter Adam Cohen. Plus, a sneak peek at our imminent web series, featuring dubstep superstar Drillbit.
#63 - Julieanne Smolinski, Dave Ross, Eric Klinenberg, Michael Cobb, and Sandra Daugherty
November 1, 2012
Happy and horrible stories of single life from writer Julieanne Smolinski, This American LIFE contributor Eric Klinenberg, author and professor Michael Cobb, and comedian and Moth winner Dave Ross (with Sandra Daugherty). Stay with us.
#62 - Sara Benincasa, Maggie Serota, Faith Salie
October 18, 2012
This week on the podcast, good advice from comedian Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous) on sex and other human activities, Maggie Serota (Low Times podcast) on breakup songs, and Faith Salie (PRI's Fair Game with Faith Salie, WNYC's Relationshow) on getting yourself out there. Stay with us.
#61 - Robert Greene
October 3, 2012
This week on the podcast, bestselling author Robert Greene ("The 48 Laws of Power") reveals the Art of Seduction. Plus stories of his collaboration with 50 Cent, and a peek at his upcoming book "Mastery." Stay with us.
#60 - Dan Harmon and Erin McGathy
September 18, 2012
This week on the podcast, compelling new tales from Erin McGathy (This Feels Terrible) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown) on dating and relationships. Stories of how they lived apart, how they met, and how they came together. It's funny. It's adorable. Don't miss it.
#59 - Dan Harmon and Erin McGathy, H.R. Giger and Shunt McGuppin from Superego, Robert Greene, Julieanne Smolinski, Sara Benincasa, Anna David, Maggie Serota, Faith Salie, Stacey Grenrock Woods, Sandra Daugherty, Dave Ross, Eric Klinenberg, Michael Cobb, Kate Bolick, and Adam Cohen
August 30, 2012
"Good Advices" Quite possibly the biggest podcast of all time. Public radio advice from Faith Salie. Sex tips from Stacey Grenrock Woods and Sex Nerd Sandra. Sad songs from Maggie Serota and Shunt McGuppin. Dating advice from Sara Benincasa and Anna David. Seduction tips from Robert Greene and Adam Cohen. Going solo with Eric Klinenberg, Julieanne Smolinski, and Michael Cobb. Feeling terrible with H.R. Giger, Erin McGathy, and Dan Harmon. Stay with us.
Extrasode 1: Matt Gourley and Jeremy Carter of Superego, Thomas Middleditch
August 20, 2012
This hour on All Things Ill-Considered, Melissa Block presents a sneak preview of next week's very special "This American Wife," with a segment featuring a pair of nationally renowned advice columnists (Matt Gourley and Jeremy Carter). Also, Robert Siegel interviews acapella dubstep sensation Drillbit (Thomas Middleditch), who has been setting the YouTubes on fire with his surprising new multimedia experience. Stay with us.
#58 - Gigi Levangie Grazer, Julian Tepper
August 8, 2012
"The Books of Summer" Gigi Levangie Grazer is a bestselling author (The Starter Wife, Maneater) and screenwriter (Stepmom). She tells tales from an amazing life, and talks about her new novel, "The After Wife." Julian Tepper tells the story of his first book, "Balls." Hold on to your unmentionables, it's This American Wife. Stay with us.
#57 - Anna David, Jillian Lauren, Stacey Grenrock Woods, Christie Nittrouer, Laura House, and Vanessa Marshall
July 20, 2012
"True Tales of Lust and Love" This week, stories from Anna David's live monthly storytelling show "True Tales of Lust and Love." Funny, harrowing, sexy tales from Jillian Lauren (Some Girls, Pretty), Stacey Grenrock Woods (The Daily Show), Christie Nittrouer (Good Humor), Laura House (Talkin' Bout My Meditation), and Vanessa Marshall (The Spectacular Spider-man). Stay with us.
#56 - Pamela Ribon, special guests Amy Tan and Sam Barry
July 9, 2012
"Side Gigs" The Rock Bottom Remainders are bestselling authors by day, and rock stars by night. Hear tales of this literary supergroup (including Stephen King, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, and Byrds cofounder Roger McGuinn) from band members Sam Barry and Amy Tan. Also, bestselling author Pamela Ribon has a new book called "You Take It From Here," and so we take it to a lot of fascinating detours, including her time as an anime actress and a roller derby girl. Stay with us.
#55 - Elizabeth Laime, The Exquisite Corpse Project
June 21, 2012
"Back from the Dead" - The members of the Olde English sketch group reunite for one more project - a movie called The Exquisite Corpse Project. The writers would each write 15 script pages to tell one story, but could only see the last 5 pages of what the previous writer had written. Ben Popik, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Caleb Bark, Chioke Nassor, Adam Conover, Dave Segal, and Jesse Novak tell a funny and moving tale of what it means to create something together. And Elizabeth Laime of the Totally Laime podcast tells the story of how a nice Midwestern girl got to hang with Leonardo DiCaprio. So to speak. Stay with us.
#54 - Todd Zuniga of Literary Death Match, Steve Abee, Chip Jacobs
June 8, 2012
"L.A. Stories" - Todd Zuniga, creator of the worldwide phenomenon Literary Death Match, tells new tales of Tinsel Town. Steve Abee tells the story of Johnny Future, lover of all that exists (specifically in the East Hollywood area). And Chip Jacobs tells the unbelievable true story of money, muckrakers, and a murder for hire corporation that stretched from Wilshire Blvd. to the far-flung suburbs. Los Angeles, I'm yours. Stay with us.
#53 - Julia Vickerman, Laura Krafft
May 24, 2012
"Passion" Julia Vickerman (Yo Gabba Gabba) tells a tale of her passion for the beguiling actress Kristen Stewart, and how what started as a silly joke became something muchos mas grande. Laura Krafft (The Colbert Report) began her career in the Chicago ad world, and tells the story of her incredible passion to succeed as a high-powered advertising executive. It almost worked. Stay with us.
#52 - Lahna Turner, Adam Spiegelman
May 8, 2012
"Origin Stories" - Lahna Turner tells the story of how she discovered comedy and her future husband (comedian Ralphie May), all in one night. Adam Spiegelman takes us to the dark world of daytime television, and tells the tale of how he was able to see a ray of sunshine and escape to late night television, becoming a producer for Jimmy Kimmel and George Lopez. Season 3 of This American Wife begins here - stay with us.
#51 - Second Anniversary Show with Adam Cohen, Sex Nerd Sandra, Dave Ross
April 18, 2012
"Romance and Sex" This week on the podcast, Sandra Daugherty and Dave Ross, hosts of the wildly popular Nerdist podcast Sex Nerd Sandra, talk about sex. But first, the romance - Adam Cohen is a singer and songwriter like his dad, Leonard Cohen. He tells the story of how his new album came to be called "Like a Man." It's the second anniversary of This American Wife, and we got you something special. Stay with us.
#50 - Brandon Bird, Laura Krafft, "Wait Wait... Don't" with Adam Spiegelman and Shaye Troha
April 4, 2012
On "All Things Ill-Considered," Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) interviews artist Brandon Bird (Law and Order Coloring Book, No One Wants to Play Sega with Harrison Ford), who reveals the stories behind his most renowned works, and writer/storyteller/producer Laura Krafft, who reflects back on her time writing for "The Colbert Report." Also, Melissa Block (Jen Goldberg) reveals an exclusive sneak peek at the latest "Retraction" episode of "This American Wife." Finally, laugh and learn along with public radio's own news quiz show, "Wait Wait... Don't."
#49 - Kelly Carlin, Ned Hepburn
March 19, 2012
"A Carlin Home Companion" On today's episode, Kelly Carlin tells stories of growing up with her parents, George and Brenda Carlin, and of both living and waking up from the American dream. The show features an excerpt from Kelly's show "A Carlin Home Companion," now playing in Los Angeles (tickets available at kellycarlin.com). Also, our own Ned Hepburn tells a story from his new book - "Life's Rich Pageant." Stay with us.
#48 - John Ross Bowie, Jamie Lee
March 5, 2012
"Potpourri 2012" John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) tells tales of the New York post pop punk scene with his seminal band Egghead, and just how inappropriate administrative assistants named Barb and Sheila could get in the halcyon days of the Internet bubble. Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing) discovers how a gig in corporate PR can lead to becoming a champion of the people. Aside from these two being very funny and on TV, these stories have little in common. Therefore, we will not even attempt to shoehorn an arbitrary theme onto this week's episode. Stay with us.
#47 - Danny Lobell
February 23, 2012
Danny Lobell is a comedian and storyteller. He recently told a story on a similarly-titled program (This American Life) about his pet chicken Dona and rooster Juanito. On today's episode, Danny reveals the story of Dona's fate - plus more tales of seagulls, elephants, hippos, sharks, and Jackie Mason. Stay with us.
#46 - DC Pierson, Anna David
February 6, 2012
"Falling For You" DC Pierson is great at funny videos (DERRICK Comedy), and at writing books (The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To), but DC Pierson is Bad at Girls. At least, that's the name of his new show. Also, author Anna David (Party Girl, Bought) gave out advice for years on G4's Attack of the Show. When it came time to get advice of her own, she went to the source - Sex and the Single Girl author Helen Gurley Brown. What she found was sexy, surprising, and totally changed her life. What's more, it could change yours, too. Stay with us.
#45 - 5 Second Films, Liezl Estipona
January 19, 2012
"Picture Pages" This week, the incredible true story of a studio that makes movies that are only 5 seconds long. See why they've partnered up with Patton Oswalt, Andrew WK, Weird Al Yankovic, and more (hint: it doesn't take that long to shoot). Ben Gigli, Kelsey Gunn, Michael Peter, and Daniel Hollister from 5 Second Films finally get to take their sweet time. In Act II, photographer Liezl Estipona (Paul F Tompkins Show, Upright Citizens Brigade), reveals stories from her new book, "Liezl Was Here." Stay here.
#44 - Max Landis redux
January 4, 2012
"All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel and Melissa Block drop a journalistic bombshell with their top story - most of public radio's programming is meticulously edited to within an inch of its life. To prove this, they air an extended version of the interview between "This American Wife" producer Eric Martin, and screenwriter Max Landis ("Chronicle," "The Death and Return of Superman"), and the results will likely shock, and surely entertain you.
#43 - The Writers of Hello Giggles, Max Landis
December 15, 2011
"Back in the Day" Hello Giggles is a new humor site from Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer. This week, we present stories from their recent UCB show "Letters to My Younger Self," based on a column from Ingrid Haas - featuring letters from Ingrid, Nicole Shabtai, Annie Stamell, Melissa Stephens, and Molly McAleer. In Act II, super-hot writer and director Max Landis tells the sad story of the death and return of Superman. Stay with us.
#42 - The Apple Sisters, Best Comedy of 2011 Part 2
November 29, 2011
"Hollidoozy" Radio and podcast sensations The Apple Sisters are interviewed by a young Robert Siegel in a segment that originally aired in December 1943. Also, our best comedy from the second half of 2011, including our segment on Quigley R. Gomez with an incredible all-star cast (written by Vanity Fair's Mike Sacks), and interviews with Paul F Tompkins and Paget Brewster, both in and out of their Thrilling Adventure Hour characters (dialogue by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker). Stay with us.
#41 - Kate Bolick, Natasha Vargas-Cooper
November 15, 2011
"All the Single Ladies" You have likely seen Kate Bolick glaring at you from the cover of the Atlantic - arms crossed, defiantly popping the question: "What, Me Marry?" On today's show, Kate uncrosses her arms and answers the question very nicely. Also, Natasha Vargas-Cooper tells tales of her radical upbringing, and dives into the world of internet porn, a world that is an uncomfortable mirror of our own dark impulses. Stay with us.
#40 - Jordan Morris, Tracii Guns
November 3, 2011
"Rock On" Tracii Guns founded two incredible bands that bear his name - the LA Guns and Guns and Roses. He has just recorded a new live acoustic album with the LA Guns, and he comes on our program to tell tales from 30 amazing years of rock and roll. But first, Jordan Jesse Go cohost and regular public radio guest Jordan Morris talks about ska music. Among other things. Stay with us. DONATE: http://bit.ly/iplQUC
#39 - Eddie Pepitone
October 19, 2011
"Bitter Buddha" - Eddie Pepitone has mastered the art of the rant, on programs like WTF with Marc Maron. On today's show, Eddie dials it down a bit to tell incredible stories from a life in art and comedy. Also, "All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel interviews Art Pecatore, an artist working on a very, very small scale. Finally, the This American Wife studio was flooded on 9/30/11, won't you please give in support of fake public radio? DONATE: http://bit.ly/iplQUC
#38 - Dave Holmes
September 21, 2011
"A Drink with Dave" Learn why Dave Holmes was named one of NPR's 10 Favorite Pop Culture Humans, as he tells stories from his career as an MTV VJ, host, and comedian, including auditions for two of the most stereotypical roles ever. Also: an exclusive sneak peek at the latest season of his hit show "A Drink with Dave," and a story from producer Eric Martin, about the anniversary of being very, very afraid. Stay with us.
#37 - Mike Sacks, Rachel Bloom, Todd Levin, Andres du Bouchet, with special guests Julie Klausner, Eddie Pepitone, Dana Snyder, Dave Holmes, Mike Rock, Hal Lublin, Matt Champagne, and Jordan Morris
September 7, 2011
"Your Wildest Dreams (Within Reason)" Stories from Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks' new book, as read by Todd Levin and Andres du Bouchet. Rachel Bloom recounts the amazing story behind her breakout smash "F--- Me, Ray Bradbury." An incredible line-up of guest stars come together to tell of the incredible rise and sad fall of Quigley R. Gomez, the Idiot Savant of Stand Up. Stay with us. It's This American Wife.
#36 - Shelby Fero, Ahm Mingus, Lisa Beth Johnson
August 24, 2011
"Angels of Twitter" On today's show, we interview three fabulous ladies, and hear longer-form stories from these masters of the short-form joke. Compelling tales from @shelbyfero, @ahm76, and @ladybirdj. Calling all angels - it's This American Wife.
#35 - Alison Agosti, Hilary Winston
August 9, 2011
"The Horror, The Horror" Writer/producer Hilary Winston (Community, My Name is Earl) describes the horror of discovering her boyfriend wrote a book about her in her new book, "My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me," and Alison Agosti describes the horror of public speaking, by speaking publicly about it. It's Apocalypse... Now! Stay with us.
#34 - The Thrilling Adventure Hour - Paul F Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker
July 26, 2011
The Thrilling Adventure Hour takes over public radio! All Things Ill-Considered's Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) interviews Frank and Sadie Doyle (Paul F Tompkins and Paget Brewster), Banjo Bindlestuff (Craig Cackowski) and his hobo mentor Gummy (Hal Lublin), and Robert's childhood hero Sparks Nevada (Marc Evan Jackson) and his faithful tracker Croach (Mark Gagliardi). Later, the cast and writer/producers (Ben Acker and Ben Blacker) tell their own stories of thrills and adventure (and the supernatural). Stay with us.
#33 - Margot Leitman, Best Comedy of 2011 Part 1
July 13, 2011
Margot Leitman is a storyteller (Grand Slam Winner of The Moth), actress, and comedienne. In this episode she reveals one of the secrets of good storytelling, and proceeds to tell not one but TWO tales that will shock, delight, and even move you - including one about how she almost did not make it to the recording. Later we recap some of the best comedy from 2011 so far, including improvised interviews with Superego and James Adomian, a ghost story from Kyle Kinane, and an incredible tale from our live show with Pete Holmes. Stay with us.
#32 - Stephen Falk, EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE
June 28, 2011
"Reefer Madness" On the eve of the season premiere of Showtime's "Weeds," writer and supervising producer Stephen Falk tells amazing true tales about the devil weed, and so much more. Also, VHS culture-jackers Everything is Terrible visit the studios to watch some of the very worst clips ever committed to video. Let's get to the point, and let's roll another joint. Stay with us.
#31 - James Adomian
June 15, 2011
"Pledge Drive" - This episode, you'll hear the best programs that public radio has to offer. Award-deserving programs like "All Things Ill-Considered," featuring interviews with Christopher Hitchens, Alan Watts, and Huell Howser. "Do You Have a Point" with presidential candidate Ron Paul. "The Shriek of Young America" with Arianna Huffington. Finally, we welcome "WTF" to our fold as Marc Maron interviews radio legend Joe Frank. And more! Please give, won't you? Donate (for reals): http://bit.ly/iplQUC
#30 - Ned Hepburn, Dan Dominguez, The Morning After, and YOU, with special guest Dave Horwitz
June 2, 2011
"Dirty Jobs" This week, stories of occupational hazards. Ned Hepburn tells a tale of a shocking job interview. Comedian Dan Dominguez recounts horror stories from his time at McDonalds and in the Air Force. Our sister podcast Planet Monotony gets an interesting email from a Nigerian heir (Dave Horwitz) and Sasha Wilkes-Bronstein (Jen Goldberg) checks out an exciting investment opportunity. We have listener stories from Paul Mikesell, Catherine Smith, and Rye Silverman. Finally, Jake Weisman and Eli Olsberg of "The Morning After" podcast interview adult movie legend Gene Faruka (Eric Martin). Hosted by Paul Jay. File those TPS reports, and stay with us.
#29 - Andy Wood, Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Hillary Buckholtz
May 17, 2011
"Bridgetown Stories" - Bridgetown founder Andy Wood sets up this episode of tales from the Portland, Oregon comedy festival. Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture podcast) and Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie) spin yarns about their all-star improv troupe "Theme Park" (with Oscar Nunez, Simon Helberg, and Michael Hitchcock) and more. Hillary Buckholtz looks forward to a new comedy career while looking back on her popular nostalgia blog "I'm Remembering." Don't forget to stay with us - it's This American Wife.
#28 - LIVE from the Bridgetown Comedy Festival
May 3, 2011
"I Want Your Sex?" Recorded live at the beautiful Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon. Tales of incredibly awkward sexual encounters from Pete Holmes, Moshe Kasher, Claudia Cogan, Chris Garcia, Erin Lennox, and Karl Hess, hosted by Paul Jay. Plus, All Things Ill-Considered presents its signature brand of award-deserving journalism. Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) grills "match.com" CEO George Leslie (Ron Babcock), while Melissa Block (Jen Goldberg) profiles comic Nikki Glaser.
#27 - Oriana Small (Ashley Blue), Deborah Vankin
April 19, 2011
"L.A. Women" Act I features Oriana Small, aka Ashley Blue, who became one of the top adult performers of the new millennium. She recounts some of the funny, harrowing tales from her new memoir, "Girlvert." Act II features Deborah Vankin, author and current staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Deborah talks about the crazy LA arts and nightlife scene that she has covered for years, and how it inspired her new graphic novel, "Poseurs." Hold on to your britches, it's This American Wife.
#26 - April Richardson, Christine Friar, Morrissey?
April 6, 2011
"Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before" - stories of musical encounters. Comedian and Chelsea Lately associate producer April Richardson tells of her childhood love of music superstar Morrissey, and the incredible true story of their meeting, years later. Writer Christine Friar discovers that maybe, just maybe, tween singing sensation Rebecca Black is one of her biggest fans. Finally, an exclusive special recorded message from Morrissey for the first anniversary of This American Wife!
#25 - Brooke Berman
March 23, 2011
"No Place Like Home" - Acclaimed playwright Brooke Berman, author of the recent book "No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments," and the hit play "Hunting and Gathering," talks about her long odyssey through New York in search of a home. Also, host Ned Hepburn tells another story of New York. Start spreading the news - it's This American Wife.
#24 - Superego
March 7, 2011
"Freudian Slips" Today's show features an intimate diagnosis with the good doctors of the brilliant and hysterical Superego podcast. But before that, "All Things Ill-Considered" features interviews with several of Superego's most infamous Case Studies. Robert Siegel (Eric Martin) interviews Coach Helzevec (Matt Gourley), Trevor Lundgren (Mark McConville), and Imogene Kanouse (Gourley). Meanwhile, Nic Harcourt (Ned Hepburn) previews the latest music tracks from Shunt McGuppin (Jeremy Carter) and Daniel Plainview (Hepburn) on "Sounds Epileptic."
#23 - Chuck McCarthy, The Colonel's Original Recipe
February 22, 2011
"You Get the Idea" First things first - we MAY have found the original recipe for the Colonel's Original Recipe, one of the world's most closely guarded secrets. Listen as we make a batch and see how it measures up (with Matt Gourley and Mark McConville of Superego). Today's show also has another original recipe - and his name is Chuck McCarthy. He's a man with a lot of ideas, and his latest one - Hollywood Acting - may be his best one yet. His story in six acts. Stay with us.
#22 - Kyle Kinane
February 7, 2011
"The Day the Party Died" Variety named Kyle Kinane one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2010, so that's just what we did. We watched him. It was uncomfortable for him, boring for us, and made for terrible radio - us just sitting there and absently staring at each other. So we cracked open some beers, then had a funny and compelling conversation on the craft of comedy and the benefits of good, hard work. And buttplugs. That got in there somehow.
#21 - Popcorn Mafia's Grae Drake
January 26, 2011
"Take Two" Popcorn Mafia host and new movies.com critic Grae Drake joins This American Wife producer Eric Martin for a second look at two critically panned movies from the recent past. First up is "Jonah Hex," a film about a necrophiliac bounty hunter battling an evil Cotton Gin. Second is "C Me Dance," a movie about a young dancer battling leukemia, the devil, and her father/writer/director. Because everyone deserves a second chance.
#20 - Erin Gibson, Alie Ward, and Georgia Hardstark
January 11, 2011
"Modern Ladies" Where is This American Wife host Ned Hepburn? All Things Ill-Considered hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel speak with Ned via satellite from London, England. But first, Robert interviews Erin Gibson (host of Current TV's "Modern Lady" on Infomania) about the current media landscape for the fairer sex. Later in the show, cocktail superstars Alie and Georgia stop by to make another incredible beverage for our hosts, in a segment from our live show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. Stay with us. It's This American Wife.
#19 - Best of 2010
December 29, 2010
Let's celebrate the end of the year with our favorite holiday tradition - the time-saving clip show. Ned hosts this fun and fast-paced look back at just a few of the highlights of the past... really, the show has only been going on for 8 months? This episode features our favorite moments with guests like MST3K's Frank Conniff, Justine Bateman, Adult Swim's Dana Snyder, @BPGlobalPR and Josh Simpson, Dave and Marisa from Dealbreaker, and more! And it kills us that we couldn't get everybody into an hour-long show! It's This American Wife.
#18 - The Apple Sisters, Molly McAleer, and Chuck McCarthy
December 14, 2010
"Christmas Stories" - It's Christmas 1943, and showbiz sensations The Apple Sisters join a young Robert Siegel in the studio to chat and sing some new songs before their holiday show this Wednesday at the ultra-modern Coronet Theater in Los Angeles (aka Largo). Later in the show (67 years later), Molly McAleer joins us for a story about a run-in on Christmas eve with a very jolly fellow, and Chuck McCarthy tells a funny and deeply moving tale about a chocolate turkey. Time to unwrap your presents, it's This American Wife.
#17 - Dana Snyder
November 30, 2010
"Snyde Time" You may know him as "Master Shake" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, or from his other bravura performances on Squidbillies, Venture Brothers, Code Monkeys, and more, but did you know Dana Snyder was also a storied raconteur, a well-traveled flaneur, and consummate connoisseur (of celebrity CDs)? D. Snyder is our very special guest on this week's program, as he takes us through an intimate and unplugged journey along the artist's path. It seems to involve lots of digressions about Steven Seagal, Richard Simmons, and culturally insensitive slot machines. Don't touch that Snyde - it's This American Wife.
#16 - GWAR, Yelle, Valient Thorr, Chris Trew, and Tami Nelson
November 16, 2010
"Fun" - This American Wife heads to the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and delves deep into the music and comedy scenes found therein. This episode features interviews with Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR, French pop stars Yelle, and Valient Himself from Valient Thorr. Later in the show, Chris Trew talks about his amazing projects - including his half-beard, Air Sex Championships, rap albums, and collaboration with Tommy Wiseau (of "The Room" infamy). With all of this, you'd think it would be a lot of fun. And you'd be right. It's This American Wife.
#15 - Alex Blagg, Leslie Meisel, and Megan Neuringer
November 2, 2010
"Potpourri" Social media guru and internet master Alex Blagg amplifies his hits 10x by appearing on the popular and renowned This American Wife podcast, his first. Alex lays down some serious strat on how to win all the hits on the internet, and dishes on the runaway success of his new website www.bajillionhits.biz. Act II features a trip to Silverlake Wobegone, where Garrison Keiler-Keiler spins yarns of the Scary Home Companions known as hipsters. Finally, the award-winning one-woman show "Love Can Suck a Dick, and So Can I!" takes a brief detour from its long Broadway run with a special show in Los Angeles. Robert Siegel interviews Leslie Meisel and Leslie's Broken Heart (Megan Neuringer), and presents some exclusive excerpts from this powerful performance piece. Time to get intimate with This American Wife.
Episode 14 - Frank Conniff, Jerry Beck, Erica Doering, with special guest Emily Bazelon
October 19, 2010
You may remember Frank Conniff from his role as "TV's Frank" in "Mystery Science Theater 3000," or have seen him in their new incarnation as "Cinematic Titanic," but did you know Frank has another show? A show about THE WORST CARTOONS EVER? That show is "Cartoon Dump," described by their recurring guest Patton Oswalt as "a children's show set in Bosnia." Frank is joined by producer and animation historian Jerry Beck for a harrowing look at the worst cartoons ever. We also take a journey to Cartoon Dump and land an exclusive interview with co-hosts Moodsy the Clinically Depressed Owl (Frank) and Compost Brite (Erica Doering), that you do not want to miss. Finally, Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, checks in on the upcoming national elections, and also offers her blurry recollections on the time her colleagues tried to emulate the characters on Mad Men - by drinking their way through the work day. Spoiler: it did not go particularly well. Time to pop the question for This American Wife.
Episode 13 - Dave Horwitz, Marisa Pinson, and Kelly Egan
October 5, 2010
Dave Horwitz and Marisa Pinson, creators of the popular "Dealbreaker" blog, discuss dating dos and don'ts, and perform selections from their new book "Dealbreaker: The Definitive List of Dating Offenses." Kelly Egan returns with a new segment called "Your Move America," in which she recounts her upbringing as a Catholic schoolgirl.
Episode 12 - BPGlobalPR, Josh Simpson, and Steve Connell
September 21, 2010
"Real American" We begin with a breaking news story, featuring an exclusive final interview with @BPGlobalPR's Terry, who might have some connection to a man named Josh Simpson. Later in the show, we call the Dove World Outreach Center to ask what they are going to do with all of the Korans they did not burn. We also hear two amazing pieces from acclaimed actor and performance poet Steve Connell. You do not want to miss this one - it's This American Wife.
Episode 11 - Meaghan O'Connell, Melissa Gira Grant, and Erica Moore
September 8, 2010
"Coming and Crying" Meaghan O'Connell and Melissa Gira Grant, creators of a self-published anthology about sex, discuss their journey on the verge of the project's tearful release. Erica Moore reads a heartbreaking story from the book about being free, while producer Eric Martin tells a story about going down - just not like you think. Chin up, it's This American Wife.
Episode 10 - Peter Atencio, Tara Miele, and the cast of Step Up 3D Live
August 24, 2010
A very special episode of this American Wife is interrupted by local station KCRUAQT. "None of Your Business" is a show about the business of show business, of which there is no business like. Hosts Kim Masters and Matt Holzman are visited in the studio by director Peter Atencio (who talks about his new thriller set on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico), writer Tara Miele (who tells stories about running with cougars), and the stars of "Step Up 3D Live" (who are currently touring on the county fair circuit). Go nowhere, it's This Americ... oh, wait, it's None of Your Business.
Episode 9 - Molly McAleer
August 10, 2010
"Sleep Tight" Molly McAleer, aka Molls (She Wrote), joins Eric in the studio for an interview that goes to many interesting places, especially south. Meanwhile, Ned ruminates on his cup of joe, and finally, we learn what happens when the bedbugs actually do bite. Stay with us - for the kids' sake - it's This American Wife.
Episode 8 - Justine Bateman and Jillian Lauren
July 27, 2010
"These American Wives" The show features not one but two American Wives, actor/producer Justine Bateman, and author Jillian Lauren. Justine discusses some of her new projects, including her new rap album (as J-Bate). Jillian discusses her NY Times Bestseller "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem." This is pretty awesome. It's This American Wife.
Episode 7 - Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark
July 13, 2010
"Bottoms Up" Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, inventors of the McNuggetini, visit the This American Wife studio with the raw ingredients for another amazing cocktail. They then proceed to drink these ingredients. Act II features a hard-hitting investigation into the McNuggetini and the Damage Done. I don't mean to be a nag, but it's This American Wife.
Episode 6 - with special guest Dan Dominguez
June 29, 2010
"Nether Regions" On this week's show, comedian Dan Dominguez visits the This American Wife studio to investigate a mysterious package. Later, Ned Hepburn tells the story of the first time he saw a naked woman. Don't touch my dial. It's This American Wife.
Episode 5 - with special guests Lauren Pritchard and Ron Babcock
June 13, 2010
"One Man Show." On the eve of the True Blood Season 3 premiere, Season 2 alum Lauren Pritchard joins "All Things Ill-Considered's" Robert Siegel for a fascinating discussion involving vampires, Mad TV, and more. Comedy's Ron Babcock also presents selections from his acclaimed show "Hey World, You Just Got Babcocked." All this and more. Stay tuned. It's This American Wife.
Episode 4 - with special guest Kelly Egan
June 1, 2010
Kelly Egan regales host Ned Hepburn with a frank discussion of relationships. As far as we know, she is not seeing anyone named Frank. Act II features a visit to an unusual self-defense school for women. Don't touch that dial. It's This American Wife.
Episode 3 - with special guests Paul Jay and Jen Goldberg
May 19, 2010
Paul discusses a life in comedy, and Jen discusses a life with Paul. They plug their new project, "The Biggest Mistake," and boy are they not kidding. Act II is a feature story on a website that lets lonely male gamers play with hot women online. Go nowhere. It's This American Wife.
Episode 2 - with special guest Tess Lynch.
May 3, 2010
This American Wife - Episode 2 - with special guest Tess Lynch. Tess discusses the merits of dinosaur arms with host Ned Hepburn, and plugs her new project Coming and Crying. She then graciously consents to another interview with All Things Ill-Considered's Robert Siegel.
Episode 1 - with special guest Jack Conway
April 15, 2010
On the inaugural podcast, Jack Conway discusses with Ned a novel way to get the ladies. It involves anime. His roommate is also interviewed.