Episode 82: Classical Music Favorites


In this episode, we talk about our favorite classical pieces and our recent live symphony experiences.

Also: our What to Watch Next Bracket poll results! By the will of the popular vote (or the person/s with the most ways of accessing the internet), we will be watching The Good Place.

The playlist for this episode is on Spotify.


Boston Symphony Orchestra
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Für Elise
Seattle Symphony
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Classic King FM
Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 “Elvira Madigan”
Mozart: Turkish March
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Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Ravel: Bolero
Torvill & Dean 1984 Gold Medal Ice Dancing Routine
Tchaikovsky: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Great Courses: The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
San Francisco Chronicle: “Classical So White and Male: The Time is Overdue for Diversity
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (stand up)
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Beethoven: 5th Symphony
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra/2001: A Space Odyssey
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini/Somewhere in Time
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Satie: Gymnopedie
Rossini: William Tell Overture
Beethoven: Pathétique
Beethoven: 7th Symphony
Billy Joel: This Night
Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Star Trek/Star Wars Spectacular
John Williams

Musical Obsessions
Belle of the Ball” by Leroy Anderson
Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty

A Wrinkle in Time
One Day at a Time


Episode 77: Movie Advisory 2017B, Best of 2017, and 2018 Preview


We give our takes on the theatrical releases we watched in the back half of 2017, then talk about our bests of the past year before plunging into what we’re looking forward to in the new year! There are some spoilers, but we rarely make much sense. Movie Advisory 2017A was episode 66!


Movie Advisory 2017B
Battle of the Sexes
The Dark Tower
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Mountain Between Us
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Murder on the Orient Express
Pitch Perfect 3
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Coming Soon
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Ready Player One
Ocean’s 8
Proud Mary
A Wrinkle in Time
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Fifty Shades Freed
Crazy Rich Asians
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The House With a Clock in its Walls
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best of 2017
Movies: Get Out, Wonder Woman, The Last Jedi, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Books: #libfaves17, Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal, Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz, Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
Television: Riverdale, One Day at a Time, Supergirl, Hallmark/Lifetime movies
Music: Rainbow by Kesha
Other: the power of twitter (Metro-North train rescue), phone battery replacement, eclipse, Women of NASA Lego set

Looking forward to in 2018
Midterm elections
She-Ra on Netflix
Lumberjanes Coloring Book
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New Becky Chambers book
Painting by Numbers (Shades of Grey 2) by Jasper Fforde
Black Lightning on the CW
Grown-ish on Freeform
The X-Files on Fox

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Seasons of Love” from Rent
Alene: “Santa Fe” from Rent

Anna: 221B Baker Street board game, Fandom Hearts series by Cathy Yardley, Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St. Onge
Alene: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Episode 59: Clonesplaining with @renatasnacks




Wolverine expert Renata returns to recap the first two (confusingly named) Wolverine movies featuring Hugh Jackman as an appetizer for our spoiler-filled discussion of the new movie Logan. You might not want to watch the movies when we’re through, but you’ll definitely want to watch movies with Renata. Apologies in advance for some sound quality issues during the episode.

Also: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was the winner of our episode 57 Bellwether Friends What to Watch Next Bracket Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be recording an episode about the show in the near future!

One Day at a Time
The Boyfriend of the Week
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine
FAA Flight Planning Information
Buzzfeed: “Logan” Will Change The Way You Think About Violence In Superhero Movies
Final moment
X-Men video game
Deadpool 2 teaser
The Worst Best Sellers (discussing All-New Wolverine!)

Renata: Laura Kinney! X-23: The Complete Collection, Volume 2All New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
Alene: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer)
Anna: Rivers of London series (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on audio (get the first three on Hoopla!)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It’s A Sunshine Day” from the Trolls soundtrack
Anna: “Die Young” by Ke$ha
Alene: “The Sound” by The 1975




Episode 58: Dragon Talk with @stephanieburgis


Dragons, dragons, dragons! In this episode, we talk about dragon books, movies, television, games, and more with author Stephanie Burgis, including her book The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart! And a short discussion of . . . Jurassic Park?

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (audiobooks narrated by David Tennant)
Dungeons & Dragons
Dragons of Autumn Twilight/Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
The Crystal Shard by R. A. Salvatore/Forgotten Realms series
You Slay Me/ Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister
Dragon Bound/Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Hero and the Crown
 and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Cartoon sidebar: Jem and the HologramsThundercatsThe Powerpuff GirlsHe-Man (episode 85: The Rainbow Warrior)

Dealing With Dragons/Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
A Natural History of Dragons/The Memoirs of Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragon’s Fat Cat/Dragon Tales by Dav Pilkey
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
His Majesty’s Dragon/Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (audiobooks narrated by Simon Vance)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins
Anne McCaffrey
David Eddings (Episode 36)
The Neverending Story
Pete’s Dragon
Peter and the Wolf (no dragons)
Harry Potter
Game of Thrones
The Flight of Dragons
Ender Dragon in Minecraft
The Lego Batman Movie
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Jurassic Park
Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Dragonbone Chair/Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams
Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Dragon Actually/Dragon Kin series by G. A. Aiken (Shelly Laurenston)

Musical Obsessions
Stephanie: “Franklin Shepard Inc.” from Merrily We Roll Along (documentary film The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened, Tim FederleBetter Nate Than Ever)
Alene: “Causing a Commotion” by Madonna
Anna: “Into the Groove” by Madonna (Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs Episode 36)

Anna: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin, Serving Victoria by Kate Hubbard (My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley)
Alene: 40 Bags in 40 Days
Stephanie: One Day At A Time