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Episode 829 the NEWS show!
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March 01, 2015 11:59 AM PST
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Today it's the return of the much loved feature NEWS RANDOM where we take a look at some interesting news stories, plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley! And methane based creatures on one of Saturn's moons? There's a methane based creature living in my house named Basil the Boxer. Gosh, those dogs are gassy! We find out more on today's show!

Yoga tights and leggings, I never thought Peter Pan would inspire a fashion revolution in women's wear. What's next? Green hats with feathers and announcing, "I'm never going to grow up?" Usually that's followed by "I'm a Toys R Us kid," but I just hope this fashion trend doesn't stretch into men's wear. "Stretch" being the operative word. There would be a certain amount of stretching that would be a little more distracting than the hind end of the tight pants women wear. Yes, you eastern states are not really having that problem right now since going outside in those pants would mean that certain parts would be frost bitten. I'm just thinking this all out loud for you so you'll be prepared when the warm embrace of spring comes. You're welcome.

Next show I am very excited to have the lovely Lupe and dashing Joey Muller of the BERKELEY band MULLERETTE on the segment INTO AN INTERVIEW and we'll hear some of their unbelievably addictive music! Plus we'll hear from Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer!

Episode 828 the FINALE of the T BIRD AND THE BREAKS interview!
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February 28, 2015 02:07 PM PST
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Today it’s the FINALE of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster! And Google wants to build more stuff in Silicon Valley. Thanks, Google! Silicon Valley needs it...it's so sparse.

I'm amazed how such an old form of communication, Morse code, gets used in all these superhero shows. Recently, Agent Carter and the Flash both had pivotal Morse code scenes. Apparently it also played a big part in some of Steven Spielberg's recent movies including Super 8, The Adventures of Tin Tin, and Lincoln. One of my favorite concept albums, Radio KAOS by Roger Waters, starts and ends with the sound of dots and dashes. I guess in our crazy big modern binary world, it's reassuring to break down communication to dots and dashes. Why the hell not? We've already broken it down to white and gold or black and blue dresses.

Next show it's the return of the much loved feature NEWS RANDOM where we take a look at some interesting news stories, plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley!

Episode 827 the T BIRD AND THE BREAKS interview part 3!
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February 27, 2015 01:14 PM PST
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Today it’s PART 3 of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we hear from Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer! And white and gold or black and blue? Black and blue is what you'll be if you ask me that again! We find out what's really happening on this show.

Leonard Nimoy was like my second mega-intelligent dad. I watched him every Saturday on Star Trek reruns shown on channel 5 in Los Angeles. Then he hosted a show called "In Search Of' that used to scare and fascinate me. That's another thing Mr. Nimoy taught me. Out to say non-8 year old words like "fascinating" and "illogical." He made it into his 80's and even reprised his role later in two pretty good Star Trek movies. He was our last true link to the original Star Trek, both in JJ Abrams' movies and in reality. While William Shatner sells plane tickets and George Takei has become the funniest man on the Internet, Leonard seemed mystically Star Trek. The best thing you can do to remember him is look at some of the amazing theater he did in his life. Find it with a simple google of his name. I am doing that "live long and prosper" thingy with my hand. If you can't physically do it, grab some rubberbands...that's how I learned! Thanks Mr. Nimoy for all you taught me!

Next show it's the FINALE of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we'll hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster!

Episode 826 the T BIRD AND THE BREAKS part 2!
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February 26, 2015 01:33 PM PST
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Today it's PART 2 of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley! And wearable tech is going to be launched when we "spring forward." That's not a cryptic riddle that I found on a piece of paper in the crannies of Harrison Ford's laugh lines, this is actual news we'll find out on today's show!

I have been trying to lose weight in a healthy way over the past several months. I've stopped buying milk. I eat a bunch of fruit and veggies every meal. I walk Basil the boxer at least two miles every day, usually more. I do weights or pushups every other day. But apparently, that's not enough since there's a wall to how much I can lose. So in my frustration I ate my firs papusa last night. Not impressed.

Next show it's PART 3 of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we hear from Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer!

The T BIRD AND THE BREAKS interview!
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February 25, 2015 09:41 AM PST
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Today it's the return of the segment INTO AN INTERVIEW with the absolutely amazing AUSTIN band called T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus, we hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster! And the airlines we use like crazy here in California just had a big bump of turbulence. Please remain seated with your seat belt fastened. We find out more on this show.

So the interview you'll hear today I actually recorded last night before the T BIRD AND THE BREAKS show in Oakland. I live about 40 minutes from the venue. I was thinking about texting a couple of friends to come meet me. I was totally going to go and support an indie band like I like to do, but I could not justify the 40 minute drive. That is how lazy I have become living here in the Bay Area. The venue wasn't close to a BART station so that ruled out sensible public transportation (and drinking). I love T BIRD AND THE BREAKS music. They were super cool to be on my show, but I couldn't get out of my BLEEPING house! The nail in the coffin was literally the nail in the coffin when I turned on SLEEPY HOLLOW on Hulu and watched some undead shenanigans going on. So sorry, T Bird. I will have to now fly to Austin to see you play. And I will thoroughly enjoy hearing our interview and four of your great songs over the next four podcasts!

Next show is PART 2 of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the AUSTIN band T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley!

Episode 824 the Entertainment Show!
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February 24, 2015 07:08 PM PST
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Today more uncanny shenanigans with the characters Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer, and is the beautiful uber rounded dulcet toned voice of Lester Hold going to replace Brian Williams? Now there's more of a chance of that happening! We'll find out why!

Supposedly you can go to Yappy Hour at the Hap Maggee Ranch Dog Park in Danville on Fridays at 6pm. I was told it is closed now till March 1st, which is this Sunday, so that means Yappy Hour a week from this Friday! So excited! I love dog people, on the whole. Especially Contra Costa dog people. They are definitely a very fine looking bunch and very friendly. I did go to the dog park in the marina in San Leandro last Friday and had a great conversation with some dog owners there about how wonderful the Bay Area is. We did this while watching one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen. The sun sets over San Matteo, but the light reflects on the Bay and it is, as the French say, tray sweet. Right? That's how they say it? Ah, le screw them!

Next show I'll have the return of the segment INTO AN INTERVIEW with an absolutely amazing AUSTIN band called T BIRD AND THE BREAKS! Plus, we'll hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster!

Episode 823 the NEWS and CULTURE show!
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February 22, 2015 01:43 PM PST
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Today it’s the return of the much loved feature WOW SCHATZ WOW where we look at some interesting, surprising recent news stories, plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley! And do you have a Windows Phone? Do you feel lonely? Soon you won't...there's an app for that!

I am so glad that the whole world's gone country. No, wait, they've gone podcastry. I said on my podcast back in 2009 that I looked forward to the day when EVERYONE had a podcast because the few voices that broadcasted back then on radio were so limited in talent and perspective. Now in 2015 we have the problem that there's lots of podcasts, but people only listen to the top three or five on iTunes or the one's that are lucky enough to get "featured." So what do we do? We tell our podcast listening friends to go out of their way to check out INDEPENDENT and NON-FEATURED podcasts, the underdogs! There is so much talent out there to listen to and we only are rewarded by exploring these non-mainstream creations. Go suck it, Ira Glass.

Next show it's more uncanny shenanigans with the characters Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Floorman, and John Deer the Engineer, and the latest news you didn't know because Lester Holt didn't mention it with his beautiful uber rounded dulcet toned voice. God, I love that man. Be banished ever and ever, Brian!

Episode 822 the FINALE of the GREAT HIGHWAY interview!
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February 21, 2015 01:46 PM PST
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Today it’s the FINALE of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with the SAN FRANCISCO band GREAT HIGHWAY! Plus we hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster! And Proctor & Gamble, the huge company that used to have a satanic logo, is selling off some of their huge brand names. Oo, can I buy Bounty? I want THE QUICKER PICKER UPPER as my dog walker name. We find out more on this show.

Remember a couple weeks ago when gas prices were still going up and they were saying we were getting an Economic Stimulus? Bush gave us one a couple years back. The gas companies gave us this one. But do you know who gave us a Space Stimulus? TV makers. That's right, by making our televisions and computer monitors flat, we suddenly have an extra couple feet of space! Also less heat. Are we a happier nation because of it? Maybe not, but we have more room to stretch, so maybe we're a little more limber.

Next show it's the return of the much loved feature WOW SCHATZ WOW where we look at some interesting, surprising recent news stories, plus we hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley!

The GREAT HIGHWAY interview Part 1!
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February 20, 2015 01:56 PM PST
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Today it’s a new INTO AN INTERVIEW with a SAN FRANCISCO band called GREAT HIGHWAY! Plus we hear from Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Foorman, and John Deer the Engineer! And spies hacked into a bunch of people's phones. I know you don't care, but I bring it up because chances are you're reading this on a phone...and you might sense the irony.

My friend Pam Baumgardner does a weekly blog called "A Couple of Things" which you can find at that name and then dot us. In a recent post she discussed the name "hipsters." I use that name a lot to describe the young people I see wearing huge beards and vintage fashions. Pam brings up an interesting point about the word "hipster" which we explore this show. I then grow out my beard in which a bird makes a home.

Next show it's the FINALE of my INTO AN INTERVIEW with GREAT HIGHWAY! Plus we hear from Benita, the Disgruntled Fiddle Player, and the Brewmaster!

Episode 820 the NEWS show!
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February 18, 2015 01:19 PM PST
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Today it's the return of the much loved segment THIS IS inTRESTING where we look at some very interesting recent news! We also hear from Madame Rootabega, Valentino, and Bison Bentley! And we just had a star drive by. Well, it was a REAL star and it was 70,000 years ago, but you get the idea. We'll hear that news story.

Thanks to my Marvel movie savvy roommate, I am getting all caught up on that comic book franchise's movie arsenal. The latest I finally watched was Guardians of the Galaxy, and now I'm a lemming like everybody else that went to see it. However, parts of it I wish I could un-see. It's a better-late-than-never review. That means I'll watch that Age of Ultron movie sometime in 2020.

Next show it's a new INTO AN INTERVIEW with a SAN FRANCISCO band called GREAT HIGHWAY! Plus we'll hear from Chely Shoehart, Floyd the Foorman, and John Deer the Engineer!

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