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 TBTL Week in Review recaps episodes 2719 (labor day, fantasy football, politics, Tucker Carlson tweet, school stories, homeschool, education, in bed with mother), 2720 (Winthrop half marathon, wearing earbuds, Lyft and Uber rudeness, politeness, airport security cleanliness, robot sound, isolated vocals, Smashmouth), 2711 (sports, Chuck Klosterman Van Halen songs, public radio, Twitter influence, Kevin the Janitor, self-promotion), 2722 (New York Times op-ed, Trump, mispronunciation, Burt Reynolds, #metoo, complimenting women, Goofus and Gallant, talking to strangers, Barnaby Joyce, Barnababy, Strictly Ballroom, Serial in Cleveland, podcasts as entertainment or journalism, student athletes, university athletics), 2723 (The Noid, trees, Michael Pollan, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Come Together, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Gwyneth Paltrow, rude coworkers, speakerphone conference calls).