Episode #23: Artisanal Hot Sauce Man

With so many new, independent publishing platforms out there, from YouTube to podcasting, blogging to tumblr, why are people still so consumed with the standards of old media? Do some podcasters just want to get a TV series? Bloggers just want to get a book deal? It’s not about selling out, it’s about controlling your destiny.

But first, we get caught up on everything that’s happened since episode #22, including Jenny’s podcast cruise and Paul’s foray’s into Portland tech conferences.

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Jenny: Welcome to Nightvale (listen in order)

Paul: Aardvark Hot Sauce

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Episode #22 – Everything south of Joliet

What does it mean to be from the midwest? And, where the hell is it anyway? Does Southern Indiana count? Is Chicago the same as Missouri? 

These are just some of the penetrating questions we tackle in this episode, joined again by Ellen Knutson, PhD., recorded from a bar in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

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Episode #21 – Is this the show?

After an inadvertant 2 month hiatus, we get heavy meta. The topic: podcasts. We talk about why we like podcasts and the podcasts we like. Lots of recommendations here, all linked below for your convenience. 

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Paul: Stitcher, an app on your phone to listen to podcasts.

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EPISODE #20 Funemployment

It’s Paul’s turn to quit his job, so he did. Then Paul and Jenny discuss why he quit, and why it’s important to have a plan, but also not be too scared to make the jump. And, of course, Rollins.

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Jenny and Paul Sell Out 20 – Funemployment

EPISODE #19: Let’s Get Physical (Media)

Physical media. For some, it’s antiquated, and something desired only for it’s festishistic qualities. For others, a vinyl record, still film picture or cassette tape is a vital tangible artifact, in a quickly digitizing world. Jenny pretty much falls in with the first argument, while Paul still has cassette decks. Listen to them duke it out.

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Episode #18: Hipster Tampons

Kyle Riismandel joins again for this episode, where we get heavy meta and discuss podcasting, sort of, but also kvetch about internet nerd celebrities, and how subcultures get insular then turn into markets full of fans who are more interested in earning merit badges and cred than enjoyment.

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Episode #17: It’s got some tang to it

Jenny just quit her job, but she didn’t tell anyone to take it, nor shove it. Her’s was a decision made as part of a methodical plan, even if other people think she’s crazy for doing it. Paul and Jenny discuss why she chose to leave her job rather than phone it in, and how she prepared to take an extended sabbatical.

We’re not necessarily advising or recommending that you should quit your job, or saying that it’s the best thing for just anyone to do. But if you hate your job, or feel like the thrill is gone and you’re phoning it in, perhaps you’ll find some useful advice or inspiration to make a plan. 

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Episode #16: Whimsy reeducation hut

Storytelling nights, Instagrams of everything you did last week, tweeting bowel movements; from these things it’s easy to get the impression that everyone is a special, precious flower. But if we’re all special, then really, nobody is special. 

The topic of this episode is specialness, and how the need to be special and treat every thing everyone does as special threatens to lead to a feedback loop of overadulated mediocracy. Our guest for this conversation is Eugenia Williamson, writer and contributing editor to the Baffler. It’s pretty special.

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Episode #15: In Defense of the Manchild

Adulthood.  Why do some people avoid it? Why do some people say they can’t handle it? What does it mean?

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Episode #14: Rollercoaster with a Yeti

After much badgering from Paul, and a 10-day trip to the Magic Kingdom, Jenny finally consents to take up authenticity. Paul’s not a fan of the concept when applied to culture, thinks it’s just a way to tell someone else that their taste is stupid. Jenny isn’t necessarily a defender of cultural authenticity, per se, but really thinks there needs to be a concise way to call out things that are fakey simulations, like Disney World’s Fake New Orleans or Fake Atlantic City. Especially when we should be concerned with maintaining and preserving Real New Orleans or Real Atlantic City. Listen to the debate and let us know what you think.

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