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S2E2: Fraternal Organizations

From the Freemasons to bronies, people everywhere seem to want to get together, lord their membership over others, and be secretive about ridiculous things. We’re no exception, although the secrecy is mostly because we keep forgetting to tell anyone. The regular panelists throw down on some of America’s favorite habitual wearers of hats. Don’t miss Christen’s true confession as a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Please keep an eye on our Twitter account, and those of the cast, and what the hell we’ll probably even post it here, for discussion about the upcoming first meeting of an online lodge – yet to be titled – of charitable service and most ancient drunkenness. We are not kidding.

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Season 2, Episode 1: TEETH

Welcome to the second season of America’s definable-as-successful quiz show podcast! We kick off our new period of delivering shows regularly with all the regulars, talking about the things they most like to use to mash food up into digestible bits. Also discussed are corporate conspiracies, old people, dogs, dead people, and presidents. That covers pretty much everyone, so listen to this podcast because we talk about someone you know.

We thank you for your continued support. Spread the word! SELDOM IMITATED, NEVER DUPLICATED

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Episode 12: Family Restaurants

We embrace, now, meaning by “we” the regular cast plus Tom “mathpunk” Henderson, a phenomenon which is dual in nature: that of the restaurants attended by families, and of the restaurants owned and operated by “families.” So that’s kind of a giveaway for one of the things we discuss. Actually it gives away all of them, but in a really vague sense that you can’t really call “giving away.”

This show is pretty long. That’s okay, you can pause it – it’s a podcast! The epic corporate-history battle at the end is worth it. Tip your waitresses!

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Episode 11: Civil Servants

TAMF returns triumphantly with our best-sounding episode yet. These are the employees in your governments. By which we mean not our regular panelists, but subjects like long-dead pledges to obscure British organizations, stamps, Albert Einstein’s sexual history, and a game of This-or-That that cannot be told… you must simply experience it. Bag this one up and take it home.

We really have made leaps and bounds in audio quality – scout’s honor – and appreciate your patience!

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Episode 10: Pastry

A live studio audience augments this show featuring Christen McCurdy and guests Tom Henderson, Bryan Bingold and Doruk Özaydın. Discussed are Chinese dissidents, nationalist rivalries in or near the seat of civilization, and more serious topics, like obscure manga. Nobody involved seems to be 100% clear on what pastries are, but 90% is pretty good, right?

There is a distracting noise issue during portions of the program – the audience thing is throwing us a few curve balls and we are still unsure how to address this. As always we thank you for your patience.

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Episode 9: TEEN HYSTERIA

This episode, featuring the regulars as well as Pat Rafferty of Raffertyesque, has finally stumbled in the door, several weeks late, with a torn jacket and no pants. Discussed are the Salem witch trials, LSD, the Comics Code Authority, and various secrets and codes. Not discussed whatsoever are rainbow parties.

This episode clocks in a little long; did not have time to write a short one, et cetera. Thank you for your patience.

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Episode 7: Chemical Dependency

From the heart of caffeine, beer, and meth country comes a podcast that discusses none of these. We have more serious chemicals to discuss, such as paint fumes, Portland tap water, and meth. Okay, we do talk about meth. A little. Join us, and you’ll see that as the regular panelists continue, the probability that Judy Garland will be compared to Hitler approaches one.

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Episode 6: Hair

Where there is hair, there is culture and disgust, therefore there are the regular TAMF panelists plus special guest Jess Rude. Discussed (see what I did there) are topics including bezoars, the Han Dynasty, variants on Rule 34, and made-for-TV movies that might have been fever dreams.

There is a lot of microphone noise in this show – it was impossible to get rid of all of it. We are taking steps to avoid this in the future. Thanks for your patience as we learn to do this thing a little better each time.

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Episode 5: Heteronormativity and its Discontents

The cast plus special guest Tom Henderson have their own private Heteronormandy. The show’s a bit long, so not included is a lengthy sidebar on the appropriateness and cross-cultural applicability of the word “douche.” Also not included are most of the less funny microphone-adjustment noises.

Tom’s old podcast Math for Primates is worth a listen, and don’t miss the chart-topping Kickstarter video for his upcoming book.

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Episode 4: Fictional Detectives

With extra assistance, we are capable of addressing literature. The regulars, with Mark Bergo whom we would start counting as a regular by now if he had a web page we could link to, winnow the vast field of detective fiction down to an expertly editorial selection of random things we wrote questions about. Subjects run the gamut from Lord Peter Wimsey to Captain Nazi. Prepare to be thrilled.

(Speaking of being thrilled, Brendan Adkins’ original joint the Children’s Hour of Knowledge is back for a new season! Check it out.)

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