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



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#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.

#28: Getting to Know a Broken Person

June 16th, 2016 · 126 minutes

The main topic is repping, a pickup of the frequent theme of a program Merlin does with Another John.

#27: The Morning Prompts

June 2nd, 2016 · 100 minutes

Things really kick into high gear as your hosts finally (FINALLY) go toe-to-toe on the hot topic of iOS app quitting. Why Merlin is so mad at John and why John insists Merlin is still wrong.

#26: One Dollar Cat

May 19th, 2016 · 122 minutes

The main topic this week explores how a young John first began measuring the parameters of the world. How can we tell if something is true? Are Bigfoot, telekinesis, and space travel each really a thing?

#25: Zarro Droogs

May 5th, 2016 · 201 minutes

The main topic this week is—wait for it— drugs. In particular, the listener is treated to an epic tour of the "four toadstools" that mark Merlin's journey with the forbidden pharmaceutical wild side.

#24: I Will Outrun Death and Thermodynamics

April 21st, 2016 · 162 minutes

Things kick off with a discussion of Star Wars. In particular, there is extensive discussion of your hosts’ preferences regarding fan restorations of the original trilogy. Next, the spoiler horn fires off for a detailed examination of The Walking Dead.

#23: A Sprite Man

April 7th, 2016 · 130 minutes

The main topic is sense of humor. How, where, when, and from whom did the boys learn what make them laugh? How come British things seem extra funny? Why does Lisa need braces?