Episode 62: Eye on the Gold Chain [Rio Olympics 2016!]

This week Dave and Steel are joined by Steel’s old friend Jack Bangerter to talk all things Summer Olympics. We talk about our lack of world-class talent, they also throw in a segment of small talk (this week featuring edible crayons, demonic chimpmunks, and metallic hydrogen) and then spend a solid 40 minutes reliving all the great moments from the Rio Olympics 2016 and suggesting some really outstanding improvements to the lineup of events for future games. We also present to you an Unchained Melodies made up of our ideal medal winning songs and bring to you some ancient Greek poetic Book Wisdom from Pindar, whose Olympic Odes are among the earliest records we have of athletic greatness. It’s a gold medal performance, this week, for sure.

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Small Talk

Mastery of these three topics are sure to make you the center of any late summer social gathering you might be lucky enough to attend. You’re welcome.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Personal Olympian Connections

  • I took an art class with Alev Kolter, and Kelsey Card was a student worker in our son’s daycare last year. Had no idea that either were Olympians until after the games ended, though. [Steel]
  • I met Michael Phelps at a karaoke bar. We sang The Turtles’ classic hit “So Happy Together.” I feel directly responsible for at least 5 gold medal perfomances. [Dave]
  • I accidentally stepped on Jeret “Speedy” Peterson’s finger once and he stood up and punched me in the face. It didn’t really hurt but it broke my sunglasses. I was wearing them indoors, so I guess all’s fair? Also, my uncle, mom’s sister’s husband, Jim Osborne won a bronze medal in the 1968 games in Mexico City.

Favorite Athletic Achievement

Favorite Failures

Unchained Melodies: Olympic Anthem Replacements Edition

Book Wisdom

This week Steel shared the ancient Greek poet Pindar‘s victory ode: “Olympian 12“: For Ergoteles of Himera Long Foot Race 466 B. C.

Episode 61: That One Time at Band Camp …

This week Dave and Steel are joined by Steel’s old friend Liz Feezor. Together the trio discusses the recent political conventions leading up the US presidential elections, ask Liz all about her career in HR, recent misadventures in Colombia, her past life as a member of the University of Oregon marching band, and her ongoing expertise as a style/fashion blogger. We also play great drum music by Wilco, James Brown & Clyde Stubblefield, Beyonce, Radiohead, Fela Kuti, and Van Halen, and Liz shares some book wisdom about the art of writing from Stephen King.

Links

On Cargo Shorts & the RNC

On Cargo Shorts Generally

On Khizr Khan

Unchained Melodies: Drum Line Edition

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Book Wisdom

Liz shared a brief passage from Stephen King’s classic writing memoir On Writing.

Featured image: Liz playing caixa (a Brazilian snare drum) at Trolloween in Seattle in 2011.

Episode 60: Art Talk with Jack Bangerter

This week Dave and Steel are joined by the artist Jack Bangerter, who many listeners have long suspected was merely a figment of Steel’s imagination. This week’s episode proved for once and all that he is, in fact, a real human being. Together the three of them discussed their great summer vacation memories, discussed some ideas for meaningful social change, talked about art and creative processes with Jack, who makes his living as a painter, played music to make art to by Barry White, The National, William Basinski, The Beach Boys, Mutual Benefit, and Rostam, and Jack shared some book wisdom from the 19th century French painter Paul Gauguin.

Links

OTC Social Change

Art Talk with Jack Bangerter

Unchained Melodies: Music to Make Art To

Book Wisdom

Jack shared some inspiring words from a 1885 letter from the artist Paul Gauguin to his friend and fellow artist Emile Schuffenecker found in the book Writings of a Savage.

Featured image: Steve von Bergen, with hair by Jack Bangerter

Episode 59: NBA Finals Recap

In this week’s episode Steel and Dave are joined by their old friend Spencer. It’s not exactly as timely as when we recorded it (thanks a lot for being a super quick editor, Steel!!!), but this episode is mostly dedicated to the recent NBA Finals, the gripping, seven game battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dave, Steel, and Spencer recap their own greatest lifetime athletic achievements (lots of running, including Dave’s epic poop marathon), share some finals observations, discuss some of Spencer’s numerous NBA conspiracy theories, discuss the influence of pro wrestling and LeBron’s film watching habits on the course of this year’s title champions, name their favorite bench players and stadium characters, dig in to the historical roots of the Cavalier-Roundhead struggle, and offer some incredible ideas for improving the NBA playoffs in future years. We also suggest songs to replace Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as the go-to post-victory tune, and Steel shared some book wisdom, a dunking-inspired poem by his friend, the poet Josh Kalscheur.

Links

  • City of Meridian, Idaho’s POOP SCOOT 5K Run Poster
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    Poop Scoot Fun Run!

    Favorite Bench Guys

  • Kevon Looney, 45 year old catfisher posing as a 20 year old rookie from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • MOZGOV [Dwight Shrute without glasses?]
  • Sasha Kaun
    Generic dad Sasha Kaun
  • Channing Frye (because his face is 50% skinnier than the rest of his team

    Cavs team photo
    Channing Frye is not like the others
  • Mysterious but radical Warriors employee?/superfan?/all-around awesome dude

Post-Finals NBA Stuff

Unchained Melodies: “We are the Champions!” Edition

Book Wisdom

Josh Kalscheur’s poem “Throwdown

Episode 58: ROOOOOOOOOBOTS!

This week Dave and Steel are joined by their old friend Spencer. The trio discuss wedding planning, Steel’s first Vin Diesel film experiences, debate the future of artificial intelligence and the ethics of robot hunting, share great music from Radiohead, Looper and Ane Brun, and hear an allegory of the afterlife from the poet David Kirby.

Links

Enjoy Steel’s multi-part blog series on wedding planning, especially if you’re thinking about getting married.

Unchained Melodies: Dystopian Technological Future Edition

Book Wisdom

This week Steel shared David Kirby‘s beautiful poem “more than this.”

Featured image by PinkMoose

Episode 57: [Hidden Track]

This week Dave and Steel welcome their old buddy Spencer back to the show. Together, the trio discusses their dream tattoos, the NBA playoffs, great moments in terrible officiating, the best sports gambling moments in life and film, share some monumental hidden tracks from Travis, Todd Snider, Cracker, The Beatles, Wilco, and Beck, and Dave shares some beautiful Andy Pafko/Bobby Thomson-related book wisdom from Don DeLillo.

Links

Great Moments in Sports Gambling

Unchained Melodies: Hidden Track edition

Book Wisdom

This weeks’ edition of Book Wisdom came from Don DeLillo’s description of Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in his masterwork Underworld.

 

Episode 56: Flip the Switch! Jordan Faux for President in 2020

This week Dave and Steel are very pleased to break some super important political news as Jordan Ford Faux announces his presidential bid for 2020. We discuss The People’s Elbow, his newly formed political party, cover some very important platform positions, hear his take on the most pressing issues of tomorrow, listen to his ideas for appointees to serve in “The Cabinet” (his official White House band), and hear a preview of some of his campaign music (Starship, Kurtis Blow, Neil Diamond, Wilco & Billy Bragg, White Zombie).

Flip the Switch: Jordan Faux for President in 2020!

Episode 55: Politics, Presidential Style

This week Dave and Steel are joined by their old buddy Jordan to discuss the biggest news of the day. They cover sportsball (NBA PLAYOFFS! LEICESTER CITY!), as well as the most important questions facing this year’s voters as they seek to decide who should become the next president of the United States, share some aspirational music for several of the leading candidates from Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Bill Frisell, Eminem, Tim McGraw, and Neil Young, and Dave shares some beheading book wisdom from A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones fantasy epic.

It’s a shorter episode this week, but we’ll release a VERY SPECIAL POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT in the very near future, so hang tight for that. All we’re able to say for now is that it’s going to be shifting some tectonic plates, electorally speaking.

Episode 54: Everything You (N)ever Wanted to Know About Babies

This week Dave and Steel bring back their old friend Amy (Scott) Anderson. Together the trio discuss epic meltdowns, some amazing things that have they’ve been dying to share with each other during Dave’s paternity leave, talk (for a long time) about babies and parenting, share great music they’ve been digging recently by AURORA, the Strumbellas, Pinegrove, AdriAnne Lenker & Buck Meek, and Whitney, and Amy drops some impressive book wisdom from Paul Kalanithi’s touching memoir When Breath Becomes Air.

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OTC Quick Hits

Assigned Reading

Unchained Melodies: Songs We’re Into Right Now Edition

Book Wisdom

Amy read a moving passage from Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air, in which a dying father gives his final message to his infant daughter.

Featured image: Things not going so well for golfer Jordan Spieth, whose Masters collapse inspired our epic meltdown opening segment on this episode.

Episode 53: #ToniBraxton

Dave is out for a bit because his wife just had twins, so Steel hosted this episode solo. To remedy Dave’s absence, he brought on two old friends: Kate Kelly and Ashley Sanders. Together the three of them discussed the Virtues (Night) that initially brought the three of them together, shared small talk stories touching on staged child abductions for TV morning shows, dental dams, and failed sperm banks for geniuses (genii?), talked about their current obsessions (changing our minds, the Internet/AI, Charles Rezikoff), had a segment of expert testimony in which we discussed Planned Parenthood, ghostwriting for a legal firm, revealed where Kate gets her iconic cat-eye frames, parsed the definition of style, and gave our male listeners six life-changing style tips, among other things. As if that wasn’t enough, we also played great music by powerful women like Sia, Toni Braxton, Matson Jones, Dar Williams, Nina Simone, and Thunderbitch, and closed with some powerful book wisdom from Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.

Links

Small Talk

  • I am on an email listserv for media stuff in NYC and the other day, an email came over the server from The Today Show asking for parents who would be willing to to let their kid be pretend-abducted on national television while a child abduction expert watched and analyzed what the kid did so he could give the kid and parents TIPS later on how to … be abducted better? Anyway, they were offering 15 minutes of fame and maybe, they didn’t know, a couple of martial arts classes if they could swing it? The response was amazing. [Ashley]
  • In another galaxy, on another podcast far, far away I explained what a dental dam is to a pretty large live audience. So, that is my life now, I guess. [Kate]
  • Robert Graham, super insane millionaire shatterproof eyeglasses magnate who tried to start his own utopian island and The Repository for Germinal Choice, a racist sperm bank for people with super high IQs. [Steel]

Unchained Melodies: Powerful Women Edition

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#ToniBraxton #4eva! #ThnxAshleysDad!

Book Wisdom

This week Ashley shared an inspiring passage from Doris Lessing’s classic The Golden Notebook.