Episode 60: Art Talk with Jack Bangerter

Switzerland's Steve von Bergen w/ hair by 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.


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 27: Ode to Summer, Great Moments in Advertising, Small Talk, OTC Money, Would You Rather?, Unchained Melodies: Unrequited Love Edition, and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

This week Dave and Steel are joined by their old friend Howard. Together the three of them discuss their shared love of water parks and share recent child-related misadventures in public pools, cover some great moments in 1990s advertisements, cover the eight benefits of saunas, what it’s like to write political speeches for a dishonest moron, and the return (to Netflix) of Reading Rainbow. They also introduce a new segment, OTC Money, in which they give advice for buying a car, play a few rounds of would you rather, share heartbreaking melodies of love and loss by Dr. Hook, Van Morrison, Biz Markie, Pepe Aguilar, Phil Collins, and The Contours, and Howard shares some book wisdom from the storyteller Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years about how to make your life into a meaningful story.


Great Moments in Advertising

Wendy’s — Where’s the Beef?

Listerine — Tarzan Song

Mountain Dew — Do the Dew

Honda — The Cog

Small Talk

Unchained Melodies

This week we tackled songs on the theme of ‘unrequited love.’ Watch out, there were some real heartbreakers.

Dr. Hook — Sylvia’s Mother

Van Morrison — Ain’t Nothin’ You Can Do

Biz Markie — Just a Friend

Pepe Aguilar — Directo al Corazon (Por Unas Monedas)

Phil Collins — Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

The Contours — Do You Love Me?

Book Wisdom

Howard chose this week’s passage from Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.

Episode 26: Summer Fashion, OTC Friendship, Unchained Melodies: 90s Hip-hop One-hit Wonder Edition, and Master & Commander

This week Dave and Steel are joined once again by Dave’s nursing compatriot Katie. Together the trio discuss the latest in summer fashions (including the longstanding battle for GOAT between seersucker and white linen), Off the Chain friendships, share great timeless music from Nate Dogg and Warren G, Tag Team, Wreckx-N-Effect, Coolio, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Vanilla Ice, Partners in Kryme, and Wee Papa Girl Rappers, and dave drops some amicable hilarity from Patrick O’Brien’s Master and Commander series.


Summer Fashion Musts

Here’s Steel’s & Dave’s guide to this summer’s must-have’s

  • Seersucker [classic]
  • White Linen Suits [will literally never go out of style. God himself wears these.]
  • Polo shirts with animals embroidered on them (like Izod, Lacoste, etc.)
  • Any male short with at least 4 inches of skin above the knee
  • Espadrilles
  • DIY/Home-made jorts and tank tops
  • Overalls. Just great for people of all ages. But not sexy overalls. Just regular ones.
  • Athletic shorts +black crew socks + slip-on men’s sandals
  • Mom jeans. High waisted, of course. Bonus points for pleats or acid/stone wash.
  • Puff paint t-shirts, XXL or bigger.

OTC Friendship

  • Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin. Who are these guys? Only the greatest friends in all of literature, that’s all.
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca. Renegade and wookie who owes a life debt. What more could you ask for.
  • Seinfeld and Costanza. The very model of neurotic, outraged, nebbish friendship.
  • Elliot and ET. Interspecies comraderie at its finest.
  • Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. Not all friendships are healthy. Remember that.

Steel also wants to recommend Charlotte Delbo’s amazing Holocaust memoir, Auschwitz and After.

Unchained Melodies

Nate Dogg & Warren G — Regulate

Tag Team — Whoomp, There it Is

Wreckx-N-Effect — Rump Shaker

Coolio featuring L.V.– Gangsta’s Paradise

Sir Mix-A-Lot — Baby Got Back

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony — Tha Crossroads

Vanilla Ice — Ninja Rap

Partners in Kryme — Turtle Power

Wee Papa Girl Rappers — Wee Rule

Book Wisdom

This week Dave (and Steel) read two passages demonstrating the literary friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in Patrick O’Brien’s Master and Commander series.

Episode 25: Summer Movies, On Death and Dying, Ask OTC, Unchained Melodies: Funeral Music, and Preparing for Death

On this week’s episode, Steel and Dave are joined by Katie, Dave’s friend and fellow nurse. Together, the trio discusses favorite summer blockbusters from their adolescence, discuss their views on death, modern medicine, and what constitutes a good death, answer listener questions (in which Dave confesses his most embarrassing medical secret) and endure another of Katie’s lightning round of questions. They end the episode with great music from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Silver Jews, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Neil Diamond, The Weather Girls, and Lisa Hannigan, and some deep wisdom from the Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus’ treatise “Preparing for Death”.


Summer Movies

  • In God’s Hands [Steel]
  • The Goonies [Katie]
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace [Dave]

 On Death and Dying

Unchained Melodies

Bonnie “Prince” Billy — I See A Darkness

Version Two:

Silver Jews — Random Rules

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole — Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Neil Diamond — Hell Yeah

The Weather Girls — It’s Raining Men

Lisa Hannigan — Safe Travels, Don’t Die

Book Wisdom

Today’s passage came from Desiderius Erasmus’ classic treatise De Praeparatione ad Mortem [Preparing for Death].