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



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#22: Jericho Turnpike

March 22nd, 2016 · 135 minutes

This episode focuses on cars and driving. First, there's the automobiles that their families did or didn't drive and why. Then, John educates Merlin on the evolution of car design. This leads to more personal thoughts on their early days of driving.

#21: Throg the Important Caveman

March 10th, 2016 · 118 minutes

This week's main topic is meeting your heroes. Who do you wish you could meet and why? John marvels at Merlin’s comfort with his many celebrity connections, and Merlin gives some handy tips on not acting like a total creep.

#20: Stove Vigilance

February 25th, 2016 · 94 minutes

This week's main topic is 'trust your mechanic'. How to survive working with the experts who diagnose and fix your problems. John's not a Dead Kennedys fan, and Merlin's just so irrationally mad about the state of his oven.

#19: Four Toes

February 11th, 2016 · 118 minutes

This week, John and Merlin talk about the value of exposing yourself to new or uncomfortable ideas, before moving on to their main topic: how and when to recommend things to other people.

#18: It's Devastating

January 28th, 2016 · 112 minutes

The primary topic this week is names and naming. Merlin struggles in vain to pronounce John's name to his satisfaction, John reveals his middle name, and the boys dive deep on the lore, reality, and complexities of how both people get their names.

#17: Don’t Touch the Banana

January 14th, 2016 · 132 minutes

After a discussion about The Game, which Merlin has finally watched all the way through, the boys tackle the topic of jobs. They discuss what they did or didn't learn from them, and how their younger work lives shaped their future employment choices.

#16: Ancient Bird

December 17th, 2015 · 126 minutes

John probes Merlin about why exactly he’s so interested in remembering and recording his whackadoodle dreams. We learn, for example, that Permiso delivers 3 to 5 surprises per day.

#15: Emotional Swimsuit Season

December 3rd, 2015 · 114 minutes

This week, your hosts cover TV buying decisions, the legacy of Star Wars, thoughts on holidays, and how to not end up raising Dudley Dursley.

#14: Children's Shoes

November 19th, 2015 · 113 minutes

This time out, John and Merlin start with a consideration of parenting advice and (surprise) the Star Wars prequels.

Then, the wardrobe is opened for a discussion of clothing. What your hosts choose to wear and why...

#13: The Mickey Suit

November 5th, 2015 · 156 minutes

This episode, John and Merlin have a spirited debate on netspeak and emoji talk (🤕👹😭), then address the Wonderful World of Disney (World), including what makes it great and what keeps it relevant.