John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way.



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#140: I Know What to Do in a Tree

October 1st, 2020 · 76 minutes

As a main topic, your hosts talk about "Dangerous Things We Did as Unattended Kids."

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In follow-up, John has extensive clarifications regarding the importance of saucing the pasta in accordance with his instructions. So, of course, he also has some more instructions. Ultimately, John just wants to help you, the listener.

Moving on to kids and eating, your hosts contrast their views on how to manage a constantly moving target. Merlin doesn't want to contribute to an eating disorder, and John has grave concerns about whether his son could survive when confronted with an unopened container.

Inspired by the recent documentary about Action Park, your hosts recall some of the inadvisable things they each did in the absence of adults. No spoilers, but Siracusa easily wins this one. How is this man still alive?

In the extended members-only episode, John and Merlin challenge each other to curate and present some songs that they think their co-host might like. Go to to become a member today.

(Recorded on Tuesday, September 22, 2020)


Hypercritical: Better Pasta

Here’s my advice, in no particular order.

Condire la pasta!
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