Week in Review

#405 (Recap): The Kangaroo is TBTL

#405 (Recap): The Kangaroo is TBTL

The TBTL-a-thon wrapped up in Australia (OR DID IT???) and your LRB hosts are making a quick getaway in our car (Foley included) so that we can use our outdoor voices without embarrassment. On deck for today’s discussion: television show longevity, driving in NYC, the popularity of Tim Allen, and our extraordinary contrariness. Hillary remembers the Alamo. Mike Has an Idea that might just work. Meredith is a victim of Oreo marketing. And Ann learned that triple scoops are for winners. Plus, science facts about ear-cleaning, the merits of meeting kangaroos in the wild, and we wonder how much you should tip your housekeeper in space.

Here’s the GoFundMe for Sherri's Walk of Hope - Alice Springs to Darwin. Thanks again to Ross for passing it along.

#402 (Recap): T-Minus Two Hours to Jubilee

#402 (Recap): T-Minus Two Hours to Jubilee

It’s a vest-heavy week for the “conventionally attractive” tech-bros at LRB HQ, but between business calls the gang is squeezing in a recap of the final week of TBTL (before Luke and Andrew inevitably bite the big one in Australia). Topics discussed include: the problem with shopping for t-shirts at the Roo-A-Rama, why The Rock is the Cookie Monster of opioids, field mice as python food, and whether it’s the vest or the man wearing it (Idris Elba, anyone?). Mike attended the Austin social event of the year, but he’s subsequently in hot water because Bobby inadvertently “activated a Kramer.” Meredith’s breakfast choice leads to a discussion of ‘morning cheese’. Ann shares why she can never get upset when tv programming is pre-empted for news. Plus, the exchange rate on jams Down Under, upcoming kitten parties, and we desperately try to make Mike stop talking about his lucid dreams.

#400 (recap): How Much Could a Banana Cost?

#400 (recap): How Much Could a Banana Cost?

The Coven® has reconvened for this week’s recap and we’re covering all of the TBTL “news.”  But first, it’s our 400th episode! Can you believe? Also, Hillary is beginning her favorite day of the year (no, it’s not her birthday), Meredith is, once again, dealing with illogical Money Pit problems (and also making tasty bread), and Ann has a student-led BO problem. Blessedly, there was limited garbage talk, but the guys did tackle some well-worn subjects such as dog/leash issues/karma, inexplicable cheese eating, odd Australian animals, and Andrew’s walk on the wild side (Tony is a bad influence!). Join us as we dive into those topics plus, and we’re warning you, LOTS of Hamilton. How lucky we are to be alive right now!

#397 (Recap): “Turkey talk is never over.”

#397 (Recap): “Turkey talk is never over.”

It’s time for another meeting of the LRB coven as Hillary, Meredith, and Ann gather ‘round the cauldron to work our witchy magic. We dial up the feminism this week with discussions about equality in armed service requirements, the problem with the concept of body positivity, and how a touch of toxic masculinity can invade even the most enlightened guys. Additionally, we’ll dig into how urban wild turkeys are no joke, how Luke’s late-night tipping decision was disappointing, and why Terry Gross isn’t the boss of us. In host news, Hillary is kitten-curious, Meredith might be on a Japanese public television show, and Ann is workshopping new LRB taglines. Plus, grumpy-yet-kindhearted Mr. Walsh, our ideas to improve the sport of bowling, and why “the best minds in comedy writing are not working in local news” may be the truest words ever spoken on a podcast.

#395 (Recap): “Personal Wild Animal Sanctuary” Never Ends Well

#395 (Recap): “Personal Wild Animal Sanctuary” Never Ends Well

Hey gang, we’re ten minutes late for a hike, but Mike, Ann, and Hillary have managed to squeeze in a TBTL recap while simultaneously charging our phones and looking at the map. Mike’s perfecting his new Cardio Rage ™ workout. Hillary’s upset that the Easter Bunny is getting unearned credit. Ann’s family cabin is the setting of the CW’s hottest new teen show. Plus, turtle fights, how to get the most out of the Game of Thrones dragons, the strange hunky-ness of Tom Hanks, and the etiquette of nut-punching. Please enjoy the calls of the wild canterkoopies and kooperberrys that we’ve piped into the broadcast. Sorry about all the dong talk.