Christy Wise

#412 (Clip Show): Paleo-Curious and Other Diets

#412 (Clip Show): Paleo-Curious and Other Diets

In our media-obsessed culture, the emphasis on having a trim figure is constant and overwhelming. Almost all of us have been frustrated, at some point, by not being able to achieve the perfect (or, let’s face it, just slightly improved) body, but nobody remains more stubbornly committed to winnowing away those extra pounds than Luke “LB” Burbank. Christy and Ann are ready to do a run-down of many (but certainly not all!) of the fad diets, kooky nutrition ideas, and far-out strategies he’s employed over the years in an effort to build his beef castle. From extreme calorie restriction, to cheeseburgers and booze-ahol, to part-time veganism, he’s willing to try just about anything, although his enthusiasm usually outpaces his preparation. Along the way, we remind ourselves that it’s a “cheat meal,” not a “cheat day,” get annoyed by Bridget Jones’s Diary, and wonder exactly what Luke was doing with those pickles.

If you’re interested in reading about the truth of dieting, why it doesn’t actually work, and what you can realistically do to be happy with your body, here’s the book Ann mentioned: Secrets from the Eating Lab, by Traci Mann, PH.D.

#406 (Clip Show): “Just throw the script out and go crazy!”

#406 (Clip Show): “Just throw the script out and go crazy!”

We’ve all been there – feeling nervous and slightly sweaty as we attempt to impress a stranger so they will eventually pay us money. JOB INTERVIEWS. I’m talking about job interviews, you pervs! The TBTL fellas have a rich history of awkward or embarrassing experiences trying to (or trying not to) get a gig, and have no problems recounting the particulars. Christy and Ann are ready to dig into the details of Luke’s commercial auditions, which provide a motherlode of material, and puzzle over the shady business practices that forced Andrew to tank an interview in beautiful Boise. We also take the opportunity to share some of our own awkward interview experiences, including the time Christy was forced to take a photographic pop culture quiz, and how Ann’s accidental networking triumph spanned three decades, two countries, and two sets of gossipy parents. Feel free to call or text the LRB voicemail at (802) 432-TBTL to share your own interview nightmares (we don’t want to lose the number!).

#399 (Clip Show): Have Passport, Will Travel

#399 (Clip Show): Have Passport, Will Travel

A TBTL international road trip is on the horizon, and when you leave the country there are a few things you should be sure to have -- your travel treadmill, your laser baldness helmet, and oh, I don’t know, maybe your passport? While I think we can agree that all of these things are equally important, our pal Luke has had some trouble keeping track of one of them, so Ann and Christy thought the time was right to revisit some of the times his carelessness got him into travel trouble. From sweet-talking the passport office lady on his wedding day -- dressed in his tuxedo! -- to melting down at the rental car counter in front of national hero Yvonne, Luke’s had his share of self-induced passport emergencies. Plus, Jen’s always prepared to flee at a moment’s notice, and Andrew’s the friend you want when the chips are down (and they won’t let you on the cruise).

#390 (Friday): The Return of #trypod

#390 (Friday): The Return of #trypod

On this Final Friday show the gang has gathered around the ol’ microphone to hang out, talk turkey, and debate the correct amount of melatonin to give your kids (and mothers-in-law?) before bed. Up first, we peruse the contents of the mailbag, which spark discussions regarding the appeal of the Real Housewives franchises, airport crimes against humanity, the pitfalls of getting a variety pack of Seagrams, and the time Hillary got kicked out of a sorority formal. Then we revisit an old concept: #trypod. We’re in agreement that our podcatchers are significantly more crowded than we’d like, but, like all good addicts, we’re always ready for a hit of something new. We’ve chosen shows that inspire us, make us smarter, dial us into pop culture, and transport us to another world (not literally, because that would be terrifying).

#387 (Clip Show): We All Need to Find Our Dinkytowns

#387 (Clip Show): We All Need to Find Our Dinkytowns

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

We should all take a little more time to appreciate the wonder that is the United States Postal Service, so Ann and Christy are using this month’s clip show to examine the special place the Post Office occupies in the history of TBTL. Jen teaches us about the subtle language of stamps. Luke complains about the long lines, but doesn’t know how to work the system. Andrew has a weird mail-related fear. Multiple plans to turn the fortunes of the USPS around are proposed. Plus, the secondary stamp market, the wonders of General Delivery, our confusion re: current stamp prices, and why don’t you just send Grandma a note once in a while, for God’s sake!