Episode 44: The Best of 2015: The Year in Review


This week Dave and Steel reflect on the year that was 2015. We discuss news you might have missed in science, technology, and medicine, and give our 2015: The Year in Review summary, covering highlights from the year in sports, and share our list of bests from 2015 (new bands, food, day trips, films, children’s books, podcasts, films, magazines, humans, and social issues), say goodbye to some prominent people who died this last year, share great music from Leon Bridges, Anna B. Savage, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Handsome Family, and Dom La Nena & Rosemary Standley, before closing the episode out with some timeless wisdom from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address.



2015: The Year in Review [Important News You Might Have Missed]

Science, Technology, & Medicine

  • January 13: The first lab-grown, contracting human muscle is announced by Duke University
  • March 2: First ever image captured of light as both a particle and a wave!
  • March 6: NASA’s Dawn probe orbits Ceres, the first time a spacecraft from earth has ever visited a dwarf planet [Ceres is the biggest object in the asteroid belt]
  • March 30: A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections – containing onion, garlic and part of a cow’s stomach – has been shown to completely wipe out staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]
  • June 19: A major study confirms that Earth is currently witnessing the start of a mass extinction event the likes of which have not been seen for at least 65 million years. It is being precipitated by human actions over the past 500 years
  • June 30: Cuba becomes 1st country in the world to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV & syphilis. July 20: Cuba & US establish full diplomatic relations (after 54 years!)
  • July 21: Men who become fathers experience weight gain according to a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn’t become dads actually lost weight over the same time period. SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF DAD BOD.
  • October 21: Emmett Brown, Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker arrive from the year 1985, see shoes with self-tying laces, people riding hoverboards and learn that Cubs finally won the World Series, beating the Miami Gators. [Also the day the Cubs lost the NLCS to the Mets]

The Year in Sports

  • Basketball: The Warriors rule the NBA. And rule it beautifully!
  • Rugby: New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup. Amazing, considering the size of New Zealand. The country has just 4.5 million people: fewer than Costa Rica, or South Carolina or Louisiana!
  • Soccer: USA won the Women’s World Cup against Japan by a score of 5-2. Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick in the final, including a goal from inside her own half.
  • Baseball: Royals win the World Series!

Other News

  • February 14 – The New York Police Department reports no murders in New York City over a 12-day period for the first time in the city’s history, citing extreme weather as possible reason.
  • March 21: Dan Jennejohn gets married to Camille Gamboa. Steel and Dave and their kids see each other in person!
  • June 17: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announces that an image of a woman will replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill starting in 2020, with Lew planning to choose the woman by the end of this year. Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Susan B. Anthony are considered frontrunners.
  • August 21: Banksy opens Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Dave almost takes his kids here on vacation before trauma dreams about Skegness force him to revise his plans and go to the real Disney World instead.

Best of [the year in review]

Best new band

Best Food you had in 2015

Best Meal under $10

  • Dave – Backyard Taco in Mesa, AZ
  • Steel – Luang Prabang Thai food cart in Madison, WI

Best Day Trip

Best expensive purchase of the year

Best Hike you took

Best Film

Best Children’s Book you read this year

Best board game

Best Non-OTC podcast

Best Condiment

Magazine you subscribe to

Man of the Year

Woman of the Year

Social Issue of the Year

Unchained Melodies: Songs of the year edition

Book Wisdom

Dave shared the concluding paragraphs of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, delivered just before the conclusion of the American Civil War.

Episode 43: Our Favorite Things

This week Dave and Steel take a page from the Oprah playbook and discuss some of their favorite things from 2015. They also tell some stories about their kids, share great music from their favorite musicians: Pavement, Damien Jurado, Wilco, and M. Ward, and Steel reads George Oppen’s poem “Psalm.”

We’re going to be taking next week off, so enjoy this one for the next little while. Here’s our plan for the rest of the year: on Christmas Eve we’ll release a very special present: Dave’s 2015 family spoken word Christmas album, and we’ll have a New Year’s Eve episode with the year in review (our Best of 2015 episode). Hope you all have a safe, loving December.


Our Favorite Things


Live Performance Experience

Penis Shaped Bread Tridents

  • Dave – The one Oprah recommends. The best review I saw was by Adam W:

    For years, I’ve searched the internet for assorted-size bread penises. When I have found them, they’re either way too expensive or uncircumcised. Well, now I don’t have to worry about that. This is one amazing bread penis set. The best part is the single penis with two heads that tangles itself to form the base of this treat. I can’t wait to gobble down every inch of this.

  • Steel – I’m partial to the bread penises baked by WeedPriest, a former Subway employee [Steel]


Mail order Catalog


  • Dave – Giraffe
  • Steel – Otter or capybara


    • Dave – May
    • Steel – December

Matching Family Pajama Set


Hat for a dog


Dance Party Song

  • Dave – Lotus Flower – Radiohead
  • Steel – Kiss – Prince

Place to take the kids on walks/outings


  • Dave – that one about the guy in WWII talking to the shop keeper [it’s by Charles Reznikoff — ed. note]
  • Steel – Psalm – George Oppen

Local Attraction


  • Steel – Oliberte shoes
  • Dave – Socks

Unchained Melodies: Favorite Musicians Edition

Book Wisdom

Steel shared his favorite poem: George Oppen’s “Psalm

Episode 42: Engerland, Oh Engerland

This week Dave and Steel were joined by their old friend Dan to discuss the joys and virtues of the North of England, where each of the three served an LDS mission in the early 2000s. We talked about England for a long time, which was probably cathartic for all of us. Dan also did a great round of Expert Testimony: answering questions about weightlifting, hair care, clean energy business models, Middle Eastern food and weather women, and boxing, and we all shared great British Invasion music from The Rolling Stones, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Lindisfarne and Steel read the Philip Larkin poem “The Explosion”.


Unchained Melodies: British Invasion

Book Wisdom

This week’s passage of book wisdom was Philip Larkin’s gorgeous poem “The Explosion