Ep. 41: Prince. Just Prince

April 22, 2016

Episode 41: Joal talks about Prince thoughts you could be pondering, and/or Prince things you could be watching rather than listening to her Prince-only podcast. You're welcome. 


Ep. 40: It’s All Your Fault, Joe Garagiola

April 10, 2016

Episode 40: Joal pays tribute to the late Joe Garagiola, the athlete and broadcaster who made her the superstitious, baseball-addled person she is today. 

For the kids, she recites KABC-AM 710's weekday talk-show lineup from the 1970s from memory. It's fun for all ages!  

Ep. 39: Your Foolproof Oscar Ballot, or: What a 62-Year-Old White Man Will Pick!

February 28, 2016

Episode 39: Joal channels the soul of the Oscars' typical voter: a sixtysomething white male. Hint: It's gonna be a Mad Max: Fury Road kinda night! 


Ep. 38: A Person v. “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

February 24, 2016

Episode 38: Joal discusses the new John Travolta-led series, American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, with the one, non-O.J. American who still believes the fallen star is innocent of the 1994 murders ofNicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman: her mother.


Ep. 37: Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, the Eagles

January 20, 2016

Episode 37: Joal welcomes guest Stofor Bartol of Legacy.com to discuss why the winter really is bleak and, statistically speaking, deadly--and, no, not just for famous people. 

She also wonders what SEO voodoo prompted news outlet after news outlet to refer to the late Glenn Frey as "Glenn Frey, guitarist of the Eagles."  


Ep. 36: Batman, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez’s Cape, Amy Schumer’s Pockets, Mozart in the Jungle, Golden Globes

January 11, 2016
Episode 36: Joal talks to comic-book writer Jim Beard, editor of the anthology, Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s TV Series Matters, about the colors, literally and figuratively, of the 1966-1968 Adam West-Burt Ward TV series, Batman, turning 50 years old on Jan. 12, 2016. 

Elsewhere,she commends Jennifer Lopez and Amy Schumer for their Golden Globes cape and pockets, respectively, discloses that Mozart in the Jungle is not about shipwrecked musicians bringing their big-city ways to an indigenous people and offers a personalized tribute to the late David Bowie because that's what we do when a famous person dies: we make it mostly about us. 

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Ep. 35: The Man in the High Castle, 11.22.63, American Idol, Oscar Nominations, Pete’s Dragon, Rizzoli & Isles

December 31, 2015

Episode 35: Joal's holiday present for you: a listicle! Specifically, her 12 totally random and arbitrary pop-culture things she's looking forward to in 2016. Somehow, Rizzoli & Isles is discussed, as is her totally exclusive finding that Robert Redford will be way older in the new Pete's Dragon than Mickey Rooney was in the old Pete's Dragon.

And, yes, she knows Man in the High Castle won't necessarily be back in 2016 with new episodes, but she can hope.  

Plus, a conversation with a 9-year-old about the only holiday season in which he'll be a 9-year-old. Mass shootings are, of course, discussed. Thanks, America. 

Ep. 34: Charlie Brown Christmas, Toy Story, Marlo Thomas, It’s a Wonderful Life, Hanukkah

December 11, 2015

Episode 34: Joal opens up a holiday grab bag, and finds: news about Charlie Brown Christmas child-actor Peter Robbins; the least holiday-y holiday special not made in the 1970s (Toy Story That Time Forgot); the least holiday-y holiday special that was made in the 1970s (Home for the Holidays with Sally Field); a good argument as to why someone should remake Marlo Thomas' remake of It's a Wonderful Life (It Happened One Christmas); and, a sad story of a little girl with an angelic voice who, lacking the child-star gene, lost her solo on the Hanukkah song because she couldn't remember the words.


Ep. 33: Scott Weiland, Tiffany Thornton, Macaulay Culkin, Bob Saget, Justin Bieber, John Lennon

December 4, 2015

Episode 33: It's grab-bag time. Joal serves up toasty warm takes on Mary-Kate Olsen's "bowls of cigarettes," Justin Bieber's and One Direction's new albums, Macaulay Culkin's apparently crazy Bob Saget connection and notes the deaths of Scott Weiland and reality-star Chris Carney, husband of Disney Channel alum Tiffany Thornton.

By the way, she just remembered: Chris Cornell was the frontman for Soundgarden

Oh, and Why Me? is the name of the Sammy Davis Jr. autobiography you should totally skip.


Ep. 32: Monster Cereals, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Monica Lewinsky, Foster Brooks

October 31, 2015

Episode 32: Joal welcomes special guest Anthony Marco, podcaster and keeper of a Facebook fan page for General Mills' iconic monster cereals (Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Boo Berry and the rest), to talk, well, General Mills' iconic monster cereals. Listen advisory: Franken Berry stool, marmints and Foster Brooks are discussed. 

Joal also talks why Justin Bieber's pop-star transition is and will continue to be tougher than Justin Timberlake's, and why Monica Lewinsky's latest column for VanityFair.com is a must-read for all trick-or-treaters.