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Rebecca and Producer Robert talk with Fraser Brown about genetics, the law, patent trolls, the lack of peanut butter in Brazil/Brasil, X-Men super powers, Glaswegians vs Brits, feeling at home, living your best day and attending all the college the law will allow. 


Theme song: Just Like July by Pelicans and Their Allies - https://www.facebook.com/PelicansAndTheirAllies/

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_044_-_Fraser_Brown.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Rebecca and Producer Robert (filling in as co-host in Joel's absence) talk to Ron Southwick. He fills us in on the cliffhanger of The Great Texas Meat Journey story set up by his wife Alison on episode 36, plus conversation about the Cup-O-Pork, building architectural models, the best and worst ways to spend eternity, homemade bacon ice cream and the drunken meet-cute that started it all. 
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Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_043_-_Ron_Southwick.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

Rebecca and guest co-host Emily Pearl Goodstein talk with Watt Hamlett (a man of many talents) about nicknames (wanted and unwanted), things that we judge (or don't judge), personal style (or lack thereof), how it seems like we all have mentors (and/or mentees), whether ladies should be required to shave their legs (or not), and whether one should admit to ever having told a lie (or lie and claim to have always told the truth). 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_042_-_Watt_Hamlett_-_FIX.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and guest co-host Emily Pearl Goodstein talk to personal finance guru and fellow podcaster Robert Brokamp of the Motley Fool (who expresses only his own views and opinions here...ugh, why does that need to be said?) about giving shoulder rubs in VERY inappropriate places, personal finance, found and lost religion, dirty jokes, bad grammar, font choices, 7-11 cuisine, and teaching sex education with nuns...all over breakfast pie and mimosas. 


Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_041_-_Robert_Brokamp.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Matt Laslo of Bills and Brews about getting drunk with congressmen, the legacy of Marion Barry, chuckle-heads, Leonard Kravitz, voting advice from the Wu-Tang Clan, and we act out Eat, Pray, Love with a Reese's egg, a beer and a glass of whiskey.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_040_-_Matt_Laslo.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with musician Derek Evry about all manor of vegan business, stoner recipes, the various levels of Joel's beard aspirations, pop-cultural 180s, viewing all websites through the lens of Geocities, books of the bible that are solely about smiting, the fact that music still happens in DC, controlling a famous person for a day, how best to destroy the seven wonders of the ancient world and who's the best at the internet. 


Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_039_-_Derek_Evry.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and guest host Dave Connell talk to Misty Herrin about how to #SaveElephants, cultural time capsules, paper dolls, things you can make with your hands, being Neil Young's private busboy, the joy of crayons, giving the perfect gift, the dinner rants of David Cross, various things of which one can make molds, ignoring famous graves and the lost Snap Chats of Jonathan Franzen. 




Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_038_-_Misty_Herrin.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and guest co-host Dave Connell talk with river scientist Jeff Opperman about traveling down the Mekong, the power of the hyper-fecund floodplain, the motels of Compton, why everyone should hate chewing gum, cynics who are pleasantly surprised by Disney World, how to make a memorable impact on the children of the third world and whether or not Steve Jobs is the patron saint of hand-held technology rectangles. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_037_-_Jeff_Opperman.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Alison Southwick about curling, young adult mysteries in the style of Encyclopedia Brown, the sex appeal (or lack thereof) of Olympic curling teams, writing the sequel to the great American novel, Korean costume dramas, the meats of Austin, minor European separatist movements, best TV show theme songs and the very frustrating white people problems of addiction to Costco brand drugs and pistachios that are closed all the way. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_036_-_Alison_Southwick.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with musician/teacher/speaker/songwriter/performer Daniel Magnolia about companies who admit that their products need improvement, crowd sourcing baby names, preferred means of death, why and how all pop songs are the same but different, neuroscience, the Kansas of Long Island and embracing the talk show format for funerals. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_035_-_Dan_Magnolia.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

Rebecca and guest host Paxton Ramsdell talk with John Kerkering about interning at The Onion, keeping up with the DuPonts, dancing the 6:30, making homemade board games, writing ridiculous postcards to children and picking the perfect funeral song.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_034_-_John_Kerkering.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk to Gabe Rottman about Canadianism, pop culture artifacts one passes on to their progeny, first class jerks on the Amtrak Acela, JJ Abrams (again), hypothetical eating contests, the ACLU-niverse, net neutrality, Generation Catalano and the basic components of eukaryotic cells. 



Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_033_-_Gabe_Rottman.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel and Producer Robert sit down without a guest to catch up on what's been happening since Joel left for paternity leave and Rebecca left to be an author's assistant. They grade the guest hosts that filled in for Joel, make pop culture recommendations, talk about state symbols, rate new desserts that taste like other desserts and complain about their doppelgangers.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_032_-_Host_Episode.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

Rebecca and Producer Robert are joined by guest-host (and former guest-guest) Sam Brannen to talk with Baris Ornarli about Turkey (the country), turkey (the bird), sailing (and naming your sailboat), personal strengths (that are also personal weaknesses), cacti (vs octopi vs spatuli), skippering a duck tour (but only on your birthday) and the fact that cats and human babies are both mammals (and should therefor be held in the same manner).

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_031_-_Baris_Ornarli_-_ROUGH.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Producer Robert are joined by guest-host (and former guest-guest) Paxton Ramsdell to talk with WAMU reporter and former DCist.com Editor-in-Chief Martin Austermuhle about the antics of Marion Barry, the gentle voices of NPR, hashtag problems and solutions, Argentinian beef, favorite podcasts and the beautifully re-branded neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Co-host Joel is out on paternity leave. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_030_-_Martin_Austermuhle.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk to Cakelove owner Warren Brown about cake in a jar, dips that can be made tableside, picking up litter, desserts that taste like other desserts, legal briefs, kitchen sink meals and speaking in the hushed tones of a golf announcer. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_029_-_Warren_Brown.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca visit the excellent DC restaurant Ris to talk to chef extraordinaire (and Iron Chef America alum!) Ris Lacoste about fine dining, visiting a familiar place at an unfamiliar time, the perfect chicken pot pie, cooking for Julia Child and Oprah, spicy chicken fingers, corner stores, eating Totino's Pizza Rolls from a gas station, hot air balloons and the alter careers of our alter egos. 

Note: Totino's Pizza Rolls, though easily the finest pizza roll product on the market, did not sponsor this episode. 
Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_028_-_Ris_Lacoste.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with fellow podcaster Alex Vidales (of The Pilot Waves Podcast) about drunken impersonators, how to sustain a local art scene, making out with a racist, using the shower as a mental fortress of solitude, art vs commerce, the luxuriousness of free time and the Hebrew Hammer's war on Christmas.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_027_-_Alex_Vidales.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Jay Austin of Boneyard Studios about the tiny house movement, filler junk, traveling across the country on a scooter, huntering and gathering, Mormons at the dry cleaners, traveling to Mars, living on a deserted island and finding out the maximum extent to which one can reasonably live a minimalist lifestyle. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_026.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Avi Glandon about social tragedies caused by terrible middle names, retroactive embarrassment, drunken encounters on airplanes, the ideal reality show for one's particular skill set, growing up Jewish in Alabama, the beer mile and mail order neckties and bras. Plus: Joel becomes the first person to actually refer to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as "TMNT" and Rebecca tells a horrible lie in order to eat suckling pig in Portugal. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_025_128.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Nick Lund (AKA The Birdist) about birders and bird stuff (best and worst state birds, sports teams named after birds, bird-related mistakes in movies, white whale birds, bridges that look like birds, colorful birds vs brown birds, etc), make fun of Atlanta, praise Portland (ME), debate whether or not we should hide our nerdiest pursuits, and try to figure out which concerts we would go to if we had access to a time machine. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_024.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Joel And Rebecca talk with fellow podcaster and singer-songwriter Justin Trawick about being a bon vivant, pursuing creative projects that don't make money, nibbling on bullion cubes, getting virtually expelled from a virtual warehouse and listening to Beck in an Italian monastery.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_023_EDIT.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Laura Brannen about hiring a limousine to take you to dive bars and a roller skating rink, the most important part of the sandwich, illogical brand loyalties, division of labor and the state fish of Pennsylvania. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_022.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Speakeasy DC's Artistic Executive Director Amy Saidman about storytelling (duh) and the power of narrative, who to thank in your Oscar acceptance speech, the dangers of trekking through Rat Alley, elevator nudity, OkCupid incidents, our shared love of Eleanor Roosevelt and Leslie Knope, meat dances (you read that right) and sticking with a bad experience because you know it will make for a good story.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_021.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with food journalist and culinary conquistador Yigal Schleifer about the best way to cook a sheep's head, incomprehensible food traditions, food porn, travel tips, smuggling harmless items through customs and the controversy of artisanal toast (which is totally a real thing). 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Nkosi Sharpe about things that were great in college but don't hold up, donating one's body to science to pay for dates, sweet karaoke jams, the forced removal of a Michael Jackson poster, the handsomeness of Bruno Mars, and deciphering Voyager's instructions for how to build a record player.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_019.mp3
Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Thor Cheston of Right Proper Brewing Company about beer, beer quests, the 4 stages of being a beer dork, owning a beer bar, brewing beer, drinking beer, drinking beer when you've really earned it and other beer-related things.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_018.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca sit down at Poste Brasserie in DC to talk with Executive Chef Dennis Marron about his transcendental truffle fries, the Jersey Shore, end of the world feasts, ordering the wrong thing at a restaurant, secret ingredients, and doughnut sundaes. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_017.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Jonathan Daniels (you might know him as Jack) about karaoke mishaps, the narcissism of Ohio, graduation songs, the silk pajamas and intimate candlelight of Boyz II Men, Amy Grant's Rumspringa and the fact that Unionville is just a long drive and then a short train ride away from the big(-ish) city. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_016.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel sit down at Pork Barrel BBQ to talk with David Goodzit about DC Meat Week, making your own sausage, the brisket continuum, a meal that could save the planet from alien attack, and the untapped potential for kosher BBQ joints.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_015_Porkcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Trevor Martin about courtship over burritos, growing up to play for the Denver Broncos, vanity license plates and prank calling the most famous person in your contact list. Plus the usual talk of beard-o's, ranch dressing and roofies.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_014.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Melissa Silverman about David Copperfield's private island, the ways that our current selves screw over our future selves, the disappointing reality that John Cusack is NOT Lloyd Dobler (like, at all), and whether squid ink pasta is an acceptable second date food.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_013.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:30am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Chris Hawkins about middle school dances, a la carte strip clubs, unfortunate nicknames, terrible second dates, and how they literally can't stop saying the word 'literally.'

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_012.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Cat Reynolds about road trips, Chilean tea time, Argentinian guanaco duels, drinking the entire bottle of whatever, and when girls should keep their shirts on.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_011.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Dave Connell about selecting new additions for the Smithsonian collection, being an internet professional, speculation on what happens at a Canadian badger symposium, family camping at an amusement park, sleep junkies verses the hangry brotherhood, and whether or not lying is bad if it's done with confidence.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_010_MP3.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with ARLnow.com founder Scott Brodbeck. They discuss the history, challenges, purpose and absurdities of running a local news site, where to find the best sandwiches in Pittsburgh, the super power that both Scott and Rebecca share and why Bocce Ball may never have a home in Arlington, Virginia--all while regularly mispronouncing Scott's last name. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_009.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ep 008: Brisket Rain Check

Joel and Rebecca talk with Sam Brannan about green chilies, growing a beard, how to know when your meat is properly cooked, and which side of the Bosphorus to sit on while enjoying a refreshing adult beverage. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_008.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk via Skype with Producer Robert about living on a houseboat, having your luggage stolen, becoming a Port Wonk, poorly planned high school reunions, and how great things are going in our lives (according to Facebook). 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_007.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Matt about coming-of-age moments at the neighborhood pool, exploring our internal landscapes via pontoon boat, snobs vs. aficionados, eating the entire sleeve of Chips Ahoy, and the deep cuts of Darius Rucker. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_006.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Emily Pearl about jinxes, future dessert trends, birthday conferences, and how water and sleep can fix just about anything. 

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_005.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Matt about The Book of Mormon, six-fingered class presidents, meatball subs, high school Latin club mixers, and children named after John Denver songs.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_004.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Joel and Rebecca talk with Jeff about reading books out loud, hating pepperoni, drinking queso, having life rules, and why there is no Ep 001.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_002.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Rebecca and Joel talk with Paxton about urban planning, DC snobs, and small town restaurant murals.

Direct download: 10_Questions_Ep_003.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT