Episode 43: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and A Head Full of Ghosts

Unreliable narrators abound this week, starting with young Merricat and her odd ways in We Have Always Live in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, then jumping in to The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, detailing the life of an acquitted murderer post court. Finally, possession or schizophrenia inhabits a young girl in our listen with A Head Full of Ghosts.

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Episode 42: Legion, S-Town and The Soul of Money

Ready for a trippy X-Men tale? We weren’t, but after watching Legion, our sanity may be a little bruised. The folks behind This American Life and Serial also know how to leave you emotionally puzzled, and continue to do so as we listen to S-Town. The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist then covers some of the emotions we tie to money. So many feels.

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Episode 41: The Singing Bones and Black Mirror

Tales of old and new feature this week, with old tales brought to life with sculpture in The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan. New tales of the possible future are then brought to life on Netflix with Black Mirror.

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Episode 40: The People v O.J. Simpson, I Did It and Sword and Scale

We jump back to the nineties to relieve a court case that shook the U.S. in The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story; then we read O.J.’s personal story in I Did It: Confessions of The Killer; and continue with the criminal element, listening to the true crime podcast Sword and Scale.

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Episode 39: The Happening, We Hate Movies and X-Men: Apocalypse

We Hate Movies is a podcast with four comedians covering a movie they watch, so to get the best experience, we loaded up two films they review – The Happening and X-Men: Apocalypse – and listen to their associated episodes.

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Episode 38: 100 Days, The Gifts of Imperfection and Sleep With Me

Join us this week for a health kick as we join John and Chris on their midlife health crisis mission in 100 Days; learn the benefits of shame, courage and living a wholehearted life in Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown; and then finish the day with a slide in to slumber listening to the Sleep With Me podcast.

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Episode 37: Son of Zorn, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Dumb People Town

What would happen if He-Man had a blood thirsty cousin, who moved to California to be closer to his estranged son? The series Son of Zorn may or may not be the answer you’re looking for. Speaking of looking for, two brothers needed dates to a family wedding and became internet famous doing so, and we read about the adventure in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Finally, we listen to three comedians tell real stories of the bizarre in Dumb People Town.

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Episode 36: Emerald City and Alien: Out of the Shadows

Wait… Dorothy’s grown up and Toto’s a German Shepard? That’s not all that’s changed in the 2016 re-imaging of the land of Oz in the TV series Emerald City. With a jump from fantasy to sci-fi, we float in to space and find out what happened to Ripley between Alien and Aliens in the Audible audio drama Alien: Out of the Shadows.

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Episode 35: Bob’s Burgers and Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook

A duo of culinary catches this week: we join Bob, Linda and their family in the animated tale of a burger joint in Bob’s Burgers; then we get to the kitchen to test some fo’ real recipes with Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook.

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Episode 34: Passengers

This week’s mini-sode features Passengers, fresh from the theatre. Find out what we thought of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s space odyssey.

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