This is not an advice show. This isn’t a how-to type of show. This is just 3rd Floor sketch troupe founder Ted Douglass telling you about his experiences raising two girls in the 21st century. The victories, the failures, the successes and the slip-ups, all of which are funny and touching to varying degrees, but the one constant? Being a parent is maybe the least precious thing, even if you believe your kid is the most precious thing on Earth. There’s too much messy, weird, FUN stuff out there to make yourself treat everything with kid gloves – that includes your kids.
In honor of Game of Thrones’ return to the schedule, Portland Mercury Senior Editor Erik Henriksen helps us make sense of what is sometimes a really weird and somewhat off-putting genre, and how the lines separating it from Sci-Fi, Horror, Political Thrillers, and even Sports are getting very, very blurred; Hear how a hunger for the more fantastical side of fiction can help readers and viewers make sense of things in real life, how millions of normies found themselves fully invested in a world that seems more appropriate for the side of a van than on HBO, and why having a wizard hanging around every now and again doesn’t necessarily mean the story isn’t worth your time and energy. Because there’s probably a good reason why George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and others think otherwise, and it’s not just the millions – although that helps.
Courtenay Hameister is a smart, successful, insightful, attractive and funny woman. Unsurprisingly, these qualities are not translating to a whole lot of dates in one of the more challenging places to be a single woman: Portland. Listen as one of the best people we know shares (maybe a little too much? Naaaaah) her struggles, her victories, her research, and her resilience as she tries to navigate a roiling sea of people all crashing into each other, looking for (mostly) the same thing.
In which Cort and Bobby reinvent podcasting at the same time Britain reinvents playgrounds, not that Cort’s kids are going to benefit from either occurrence; While Texas scored on some drugs to keep fueling its main addiction, stoners found out their addiction might not be as earth-friendly as they thought; Putin’s handpicked media mouthpiece got caught talking out his pischka, while Qatar made Russia’s problems with Sochi look like a British playground; A Portland woman is trying to crowdfund a Kurt Cobain museum in the city Kurt Cobain couldn’t stand, Biden-brand diplomacy is back in action, and we save a special goodbye for a special someone.
In which Cort and Bobby get in on this list-making phenomenon the internet is fascinated with, coming up with a surefire page-clicker you can’t possibly resist; America falls in (stinky) love with public transit again; Obama does a fake talk-show just in time to distract everyone from the executive order increasing the number of people recieving mandatory overtime pay; Oregon Republicans make history thanks to a smidgen of morals and a heaping of opportunism; The Senate doesn’t like it so much when you spy on THEM; Cort discovers a strange new fetish while researching the CDC’s worrisome report on STD treatments, and a national villain falls on his own sword in front of a Jeopardy studio audience.
In which Cort and Bobby evaluate the chances of an NFL football team moving into their beardy little city; NASA starts planning an expedition to enjoy some water sports on Jupiter; Vladimir Putin gives the a really lame excuse for crashing a rager; Turns out John Carpenter’s The Thing might be a documentary after all; The SATs are finally getting an overhaul; Jesus walking on water was nothing compared to the miracle that is saving Radio Shack; and a tale of Oscar snubbery turns into a Spider-Man and Batkid adventure in Disneyland – co-starring a massively baked Han Solo.
In which Cort and Bobby chase a late-night rabbit down a hole of guitars and Lego bricks; The Earth gets 721 new chances to make friends with some new neighbors; John Kerry makes an unfortunate choice in analogy, but not as unfortunate as some government officials’ choice in nostalgia; Babies might be the healthiest humans on the planet since they’re unable to order Waffle Tacos on their own; The country that created Big Brother finally gets around to spying on their own citizens on a major scale, and Arizona does the right thing for once – just for all the wrong reasons.
In which Cort and Bobby discuss the transformative properties of the common cold, and the stubborn silliness of a certain segment of fandom; Georgia embarrasses itself on the rear-end of its cars, and Kansas embarrasses itself on the rear-end of its children; Iran has a passive-aggressive take on nuclear negotiations; Harvard thought Avatar would be cooler if it starred monkeys instead of Thundersmurfs; NBC can’t seem to pick a side when it comes to people at the Olympics crying on camera; Congress loses a brilliant mind at precisely the wrong time; Oregon sets down the controller and walks away from the NES, and Washington and Colorado prove what every dope dealer’s already known since the first dimebag got sold – there’s a lot of money to be made in selling stoners their sacks.
In Which Cort and Bobby celebrate the holiday of love by declaring their befuddlement at a very specific kind of love, a love that includes basketball playing rabbits among other things; The week begins and ends with some uncouth bigotry from both the NFL and the state of Kansas, and the meat sandwiched between those two slices of white bread includes Comcast establishing itself as the first of three Orwellian Superstates; Two examples of Laser usage, one really awesome and one really stupid; The Lego Movie somehow got accused of being anti-corporate; and the NRA is standing up for the rights of children everywhere to make weapons out of cheap pastry if they so wish.
In which Cort and Bobby find themselves at a crowded restaurant next to a REALLY angry couple having a REALLY heated fight; Subway has to admit to a secret ingredient you probably don’t wanna chew on; CVS decides to go smoke-free for good; Wendy Davis comes up with a new variation on the Texas Two-Step; Coke catches some backlash for teaching the world to sing in languages other than English; Somehow we live in a world where people are willing to pay to watch George Zimmerman box an old rapper; America figures out how to turn some positive stats into a grenade fight; and we explain why it’s always a good idea to let a number you don’t recognize go straight to voicemail.