Episode 70: 2016 in Review, part 3

Here’s the last of our 3-part year in review for 2016. In this episode we bring on our old buddy Spencer Gardner to talk about the year in sports. It’s pretty much only for the hardcore fans (there’s a lot of nerdy talk about the NBA, among other things), but we had fun. Happy New Year to you all. We’re really holding our breath for 2017 …


The Year in Sports Hair

Top ‘Do Nominees:

Most with Least Award Nominees [Bald of the Year]

Best Sports Moments


The coolest sport you’ve never heard of. Check it out:

Featured Image: Collage made from Robert Beck‘s images of Steven Adams for Sports Illustrated

Episode 69: 2016 in Review, part 2

Painting by Jack Bangerter

Here’s the second part of our 2016 year in review podcast. Think of it as an early Christmas present from us to you! On this episode Jack Bangerter joins us to talk about the year in art, culture and food, and Aaron Peck comes to talk about all things film. We’re pretty happy with how this one turned out, so please enjoy!


Art & Culture with Jack Bangerter

Jack’s Hairstyle of the Year:

The Last supper [La Ultimate Cena]

Jack’s Art Show of the Year:

John Kilduff’s Art Basil LA

Our TV Recommendations from 2016:

  • Trailer Park Boys [Jack]
  • HBO’s Night Of [Jack]
  • Detectorists [Steel]
  • Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite [Steel]
  • Stranger Things [Dave]
  • Rewatch 30 Rock [Dave]

The Year in Film with Aaron Peck

Top 5 movies this year that you probably didn’t see

    • The Witch

    • Krisha

    • Swiss Army Man

    • Cameraperson

    • Manchester by the Sea

Best performance by the Rock in 2016

  • Central Intellegence [the misspelling here is soooo fitting, Dave]
  • Ballers (HBO) [Aaron]

Surprising film you really enjoyed

  • The Shallows [Aaron]

Family film that you were into

  • Pete’s Dragon [Aaron]

  • Trolls [Dave]

What are you looking forward to in 2017

  • John Wick 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Aaron]

  • Fate of the Furious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Dave]

Featured image: Photography of a recent oil painting by Jack Bangerter. Jack writes: “There are spirit/shadows of the players represented by chess pieces. I was inspired by images of Ajax and Achilles playing a board game/planning a war on some Greek amphora pots.”

Episode 68: 2016 in Review, part 1

This year we’re trying something new (and awesome). We asked six of our friends to join us for a recap of the year that was, with each of them covering a subject that they’re an expert in. We’ll be bringing you our 2016 in review in two episodes (this week and next), but this week we were lucky to be joined by Rosie (the social issues that defined 2016: populism, political rhetoric, violence, and environmentalism); Jordan (the year in music, featuring songs from Mick Jenkins + BadBadNotGood, Camp Cope, Mitski, Big Thief, Pinegrove, and Snarky Puppy); and Rose (the year in books & reading).


Social Issues

Political Rhetoric

Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2016 DNC

Theresa May setting out a vision of Conservative leadership as socially responsible and humane (gasp!)


Subscribe to journalist Torie Rose DeGhett‘s “This Week in War” newsletter for weekly updates about violent conflict around the world.

Unchained Melodies: Favorite Songs and Albums of 2016

Book Recommendations

Our Top Children’s Books of the Year

Steel’s Poetry Tips

Finally, Rose has been writing a young adult fantasy book, Lesser Demons. Check it out on her site and share your feedback!

Featured image: Basil Bunting, from the cover of The Poems of Basil Bunting.

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.