Fueled by lukewarm rosé and cold water from various bottles discussed only briefly in passing (you’re welcome), Bobby, Hillary and Ann are staying up late on Friday to recap the latest week of TBTL. Plus, find out why Bobby is in Worcester, Hillary is in bed, and Ann is clearing her Google image search history.
Pull your shirt up over your face, hide beneath a blanket, or do whatever it is you need to do to get through this, because it’s time for some embarrassing stories. One of the great things about our TBTL friendos is their willingness on a regular basis to dredge up the most unfortunate and cringeworthy things that have happened to them. Many of these stories have been covered on this podcast already, but Ann and Christy have returned with a new crop of tales about interactions, both small and large, that make us nervous and sweaty while listening (usually while hollering, “Luke, noooooooooo!”). We’ve got an unfortunate trilogy of celebrity interactions - one at a bar, one over email, and one involving … puppets. There’s the time Luke commented on something you should never, ever, EVER address with a woman. And, in our “it wasn’t your fault” segment, Jen tells a story about how she was tripped up by inappropriate tipping practices and a nautically-themed restaurant employee. Oh, and you didn’t think we’d do this show without sharing a few embarrassing moments of our own, did you? Christy had a spectacular night at Pride many years ago, while Ann was the cause of another person’s cringey memory.
The newly minted LRB coven of Meredith, Hillary, and Ann Come Together in this episode to cast some spells against the Patriarchy, hex the current political power players, and direct our evil eye toward Michael Pollan and Gwyneth Paltrow. (By the by, Luke, we tend to dislike her for reasons other than that she’s “perfect” and has a good relationship with her ex-husband.) It was kind of a rough week of TBTL, so we have a lot to break down, including whether it’s rude to wear earbuds in a ride share, podcasts as exploitative entertainment vs. worthwhile journalism, the pitfalls of complimenting a woman, and the awful business of collegiate athletics. Plus, burgeoning sympathy for Luke’s educational deficiencies, Andrew’s encroaching old man grumpiness, the three most terrifying words in the workplace, and the parenting cycle continues.
This week your LRB hosts are all under the weather in different ways, but we’re soldiering on to bring you the TBTL week in review. We’ve got a plethora of topics, including duplexing tips from Missy Elliott, new fall menu items for McDonalds, and an existential question about whether life is worth living without the noodles. Bobby ran himself into a froggy state (complete with sound effects), Meredith developed a new criterion for Airbnb reviews, while Ann had a very important houseguest. Plus, getting trapped in Canada, how nasal spray is like love, and French dip snobbery. Bonus: it’s the debut of the LRB Poetry Corner!
Bobby, Ann, Hillary, Christy and Mike aren’t sure if Little Red Bandwagon can have a true river show, but they are sure they can successfully be derailed from most of their (admittedly thin) show sheet for this end-of-the-month Friday special by a message from an anonymous listener in the mailbag. On the upshot, we did still read a bunch of listener emails, unlike some shows we know.