Episode 33: Small Town USA, Small Talk, To the Limits, Great Moments in Advertising History, OTC Hall of Fame, Unchained Melodies: 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and "Pig in First Person"

This week Dave and Steel are joined by their old friend Jordan to discuss Dave’s recent move to a small town in Arizona, cover some small talk topics, describe some extraordinary feats of human endurance, great advertisements featuring pro athletes and attorneys for local markets, induct the newest member of the OTC Hall of Fame, share great music from The Bacon Brothers, Arcade Fire, Stan Rogers, The Tragically Hip, Fujima and Miyagi, and Kenny Loggins, and share a wrenching poem by John Levy, a Tuscon-based poet who works as a public defender.


Small Talk

To the Limits

  • Terry Fox ran with one leg across Canada to raise money for cancer. The 30 for 30 documentary Into the Wind tells his story. 

  • Filip Müller was a Jewish prisoner of Czech origin who was forced to serve on the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz. He was one of a very few crematorium workers to survive Auschwitz.
  • Hesham Modamani and Feras Abukhalil, two Syrian refugees who recently swam from Turkey to Greece.

Great Moments in Advertising History

Athletes in Local Commercials

Scottie Pippen for Submarine sandwiches

Some Incredible Lawyer Commercials

OTC Hall of Fame

Lawyer Mike

This guy is incredible. Just watch his videos and you’ll understand.

Unchained Melodies: 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Book Wisdom

Today’s selection for book wisdom, “Pig in First Person” is a poem from John Levy‘s collection Oblivion Tyrants Crumbs.

Episode 32: Back to School, Expert Testimony: Ed Tech and Uvula Facts Edition, OTC Disaster Movies, Unchained Melodies: Back to School Edition, and Two Poems

This week Dave and Steel are joined once again by their friend Josh. They share back to school memories (lots of bus ride reminiscing), ask Josh about his loved of technology, pedagogy, video games and uvulas, and then Dave and Steel share some great music from Pulp, The Korgis, Modest Mouse, Blackalicious, Bombadil, and Camera Obscura, before Steel ends the episode by dropping some anti-teacher book wisdom from Roger Waters and Philip Levine.


Expert Testimony

Israeli researchers explain the purpose of our uvula.

Unchained Melodies: Back to School Edition

Book Wisdom

This week Steel read the opening lines from the immortal Roger Waters’ poem “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” and Philip Levine’s “M. Degas Teaches Art and Science at Durfee Intermediate School, Detroit 1942“.

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Episode 31: Men's Hair Care Tips, The Apocalypse, Unchained Melodies: Apocalypse Now Edition, and The Circle

We know that we missed a week (Dave was moving his lucrative nursing practice to a new city), but we’re back, and this episode is more than worth the wait. Our friend Josh joins us to discuss hair care and grooming tips for men, several flavors of apocalypse (he and Dave are experts on the topic!), we play end of the world themed music from Wyclef Jean, Nena, Barry McGuire, Tom Waits, Tool, and Echo & the Bunnymen, and Dave shares some dystopian book wisdom from Dave Eggers’ most recent novel The Circle.


Hair Care & Grooming Tips for Men

  • Dave recommends Garniet Fructis’ now-discontinued Surf Hair product.
  • Steel once bought some Malin+Goetz hair pomade. The one time he used it was pretty nice.
  • Josh is a big fan of Brut spray-on deodorant, especially when applied in poorly-ventilated locker rooms. Do everyone a favor and use a ton of this stuff.

The Apocalypse

Some recommendations, sorted by type of apocalypse:

Natural Disaster

    • Waterworld, obviously.
    • The Mad Max franchise
    • The Age of Miracles, a novel about time slowing.
    • Deep Impact & Armageddon 



  • PontypoolRage as a disease transmitted through the spoken word.
  • The Signal. Technology spreads rage!

Alien Invasion


  • The Zombie in Film (FULL ESSAY: Parts I, II, and III)
  • Maggie
  • World War Z
  • Fido
  • Warm Bodies
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Zone One
  • 28 Days Later
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Night of the Living Dead Franchise
  • Walking Dead
  • iZombie (not apocalypse, just living as a creature among humans.)



  • Hunger Games
  • The Postman
  • The Road
  • The Terminator Franchise
  • Fallout Video Games

Religion/Act of “God”

Zombie Preparedness Resources

Unchained Melodies: Apocalypse NOW! edition

Book Wisdom

This week’s edition of Book Wisdom comes from Dave Eggers’ satire of the new media and tech industries, The Circle.

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