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#38: The Monkey God Situation

November 1st, 2016 · 108 minutes

The main topic this week has Merlin probing John’s thoughts on the idea of a thing being “wrong within normal parameters.” John calls someone a “super doof,” and both hosts share their strategy for not ending up on a desert island.

#37: A Useless Angle for Swordfighting

October 18th, 2016 · 105 minutes

The main topic this week is whether we’re living in a simulation (and how we’d know it).

#36: The Ragged Edge of What's Possible

October 4th, 2016 · 84 minutes

The main topic is solo parenting. Facing The Shoe Crisis, thrice ruining the dinosaur eggs, and finding yourself in a Staples line that’s literally not moving. Is fear and anxiety really such a smart and time-tested motivator?

#35: A Lot of Them Are Tricks

September 21st, 2016 · 118 minutes

The main topic this week is "magic and superstition." What delights (or angers) your hosts in a magic show? Why can't Cardini get rid of those cards?

#34: All These Assistant Principals are Now Dead

September 6th, 2016 · 131 minutes

The main topic this week is high school reunions. Or, at least it starts out that way.

#33: Survival Bucket

August 25th, 2016 · 91 minutes

The main topic this week is ratings and reviews. John talks about how he drinks eagerly from the fire hose of product recommendations as well as sharing his perspective on how he thinks about his epic OS X reviews in retrospect.

#32: Pigs and Bunnies

August 9th, 2016 · 99 minutes

The big topic this week? Sauce. More specifically, John walks us through how he cooks, stirs, and deploys delicious spaghetti sauce at scale. A general discussion of cooking practices reveals that Merlin is probably America's greatest microwave wizard.

#31: Backsolve From Your Urges

July 28th, 2016 · 106 minutes

The main topic this time is 'Evolutionary Biology'. John runs through some common misconceptions, and widespread errors of analogies. Merlin candidly admits that he still doesn't really understand what he doesn't understand.

#30: Captain of the Living Room

July 14th, 2016 · 101 minutes

This week's main topic can be roughly called, "my part of the couch." More specifically, why are your hosts so piqued about how hard it is to have nice things—let alone their own things—in their respective households?

#29: Six Fax Machines

June 30th, 2016 · 117 minutes

The main topic this week is The Future. Merlin can't contain his fascination and admiration with how John's rationality and long view of history has colored and redirected his own conceptions about what the future holds.