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#157: Champion Snackers

May 28th, 2021 · 91 minutes

Merlin's household has expressed a renewed interest in PlayStation games, and John has been wondering about "super babies."

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with some call confusion, a boombox cameo, and a roundtable on the problematic nature of John Hughes's movies. Automobile?

This leads to some nostalgia for the 1979 film, Breaking Away. Your hosts debate which one of them is which character in the movie, but both agree it’s still a stone cold classic.

John has a lot of thoughts, but his memory is getting really bad.

What happens when two talented people sire a child? Seems like sometimes they inherit their parents’ genius, and other times they just want to run in the opposite direction. What roles do wealth, support, and expectations play? And how about the times when someone would very much prefer that their kid not get into the family business?

Your hosts disagree on whether one super baby’s name is terrible but agree that “geriatric pregnancy” is kind of an awful term.

(Recorded on Tuesday, May 18, 2021)


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