This Is Rad!

Welcome to Flavortown! This week on the show Kyle, Matthew, and Laura welcome longtime listener and baker Jesse Rivera to chat about The Food Network. Well... sort of. It turns out the Food Network could be the subject of a whole series of podcasts, so not unlike many episodes before, this is the first in what will likely be a long series of Food Network episodes. But we get into it. We all confess our true feelings for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We discuss Robert Irvine's terrifying monster arms. We debate Chopped versus Cutthroat Kitchen. (Something that if feels like we could do a whole episode on.) Plus, there are some pretty insane tangents including a pretty solid breakdown of the Xbox game “Steel Battalion.” Bleach the tips of your hair, scream “bam” as you throw around some spices, and enjoy the madness!

 

Weekly Rads:

(with special guests Katie and Becky!) 

Kyle: The Outsider by Stephen King (book)

Becky: Tokyo Ghoul (manga)

Katie: That video of the lady falling into the grapes (classic youtube video)

 

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Order up! This week Kyle and Burnside are joined by the brilliant and hilarious Andrea Allan and Emily Lubin of the Hot Mess Comedy Hour to chat about the wonderful world of diners. For some they're just a place to get a quick bite but for others, the diner can be a sacred space. They chat about do's and don'ts for ordering at a diner. They point out regional differences and what makes a good diner. Andrea and Emily discuss some of their favorite diners in New York City and Kyle and Matt give them some tips on how to get the most out of their time on the west coast. Should you get to know your waiters and waitresses? Plus, you get some real deep discussion of the age old debate of pie versus cake. So head on over to your favorite all night eatery, order some chicken fingers, and enjoy!

 

Weekly Rads:

Kyle: Oh man the future by De Lux (song)

Matthew: The Week Of (movie)

Laura: The White Album by Weezer (album)

Brandon Niznik (intro guest): Evil Genius (TV series)

 

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Yes, this not a bit. This week on This Is Rad Kyle and Matthew welcome back returning guest (and national treasure) Becky Joiner along with the brilliant Katie McCarty to discuss the Real Housewives spinoff show Vanderpump Rules. Normally either Kyle or Matthew bring some level of knowledge about a subject to an episode but the sheer level of enthusiasm our guests have for this show inspried us to take the plunge and break down this bananas crazy Bravo reality show. Thrill as we learn the true meaning of “pasta”! Speculate as to how much VD Jax has! Katie brought beers and we have ourselves a pretty great time and the episode gets very very silly. Even if you're not a fan of Bravo's reality programing, this episode has some pretty glorious moments.

Weekly Rads:

Kyle and Matthew: Avengers: Infinity War (movie)

Laura: A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Show)

 

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All tremble before the Infinity Rad! It's that time again. This Is Rad's resident Marvel man Jeremy Scippio returns for our 4thstate of the union of the MCU. This was recorded days before the release of Infinity War and the boys lay out what they think will happen in Marvel's most epic movie to date. Now that it's out check out what the boys got wrong (and maybe a few things they got right...) and hear their takes on Guardians 2, Black Panther, and the Netflix shows (Not a ton of Agents of Shield talk sadly... look there are only so many hours in a day.) Jeremy continues to be one of our favorite recuring guests and you should check him out if he's touring near you because he is a brilliant comic. Plus, as a bonus, on the intro Burnside recounts his and Laura's trip to Huntington Beach for the Back to the Beach Ska Festival. That's right, super nerdy comic book talk AND super nerdy music talk. We're aggressively on brand this week.

 

Weekly Rads:

Matthew: Back To The Beach Ska Festival (music festival) (also God of War is still pretty good...)

Kyle: The Brazillian Girls – Let's Make Love (album)

 

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Jingle Jangle... This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by returning guest Alexis Quasarano and her roommate and cosplayer Sarah-Jean Smith for a chat about Riverdale and the world of Archie comics. Somewhere in the last decade Archie comics went from a charming anachronism of the comic world to one of the most interesting and consistently excellent set of books out there. Then just when you thought that would be enough, they unleashed Riverdale on the world. Seriously, it's a great show. The gang chat about their experiences with the show. There's a lot of giggling. There's also a pretty intense sidebar about vore porn. There is a reason Kyle and Alexis are friends. So grab your Jughead beanie and sip on a milkshake from Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe while we take you on a tour of our new favorite fictional town.

 

Weekly Rad:

Matthew: God of War (2018) (video game)

 

Kyle: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (documentary)

 

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Take a deep breath and focus on the rad. This week Matthew and Kyle welcome the incredible Laura House to the show for a chat about meditation. But before they dig in, they cover a whole plethora of topics. Laura is one of Kyle's favorite comics and her new album “Mouth Punch” is amazing. They talk about the origins of Six Flags and the glories of Norway amongst other things before getting into a pretty heavy chat about the benefits of meditation. All three folks on the episode suffer from some level of anxiety and depression and Kyle and Laura have both found that meditation was a bit of a life changing discovery for quieting the parts of their brain that want to ruin their day. It's a fun episode but also gets pretty raw and honest. If you find yourself dealing with any of these issues yourself, maybe this episode can give you some things you can explore for dealing with it. Try it out and hit us up on twitter with your own experiences!

Weekly Rads: 

Burnside: Barry (TV Show) 

Kyle: The Breeders - All Nerve (album) 

 

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Oh things just keep getting radder. This week Kyle, Matthew, and Laura welcome comedian Nicole Bucannon to the show for a chat about Queer Eye in all its incarnations (or at least the one from 2003 and the new one). They talk about the effects the show has had on the way they treat themselves and the way they look at the world and you better believe everyone has cried at at least one episode of the new series. This is also the first in a series of eps the gang are doing in their temporary living room studio. They've recorded there before but this is the first time they've brought a guest by the Casa de Matt and Laura. If you like loose and silly episodes this one is a good time.

 

Weekly Rads:

Kyle: Baby Showers/Roasted Whole Pigs/The Food at Filipino Family Gatherings (concept/lifestyle/food)

Laura: Nothanger Abbey (and more generally the collected works) by Jane Austen (book)

Matthew: The new season of Trailer Park Boys (Show)

Nicole: DILFS of Disneyland @dilfs_of_disneyland (instagram)

 

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Live rad and prosper. This week on the show Kyle and Matthew welcome Klee Wiggins and Alicia Orme into the very last recording session in the Meltdown recording studio. In the intro they discuss their adventures at the final Meltdown party and say a bit of a fond farewell to their second home of the last 7 years. While it is always sad to say good-bye it begins a new chapter for the show and for everyone's lives. But enough of this sad sack stuff, the gang sit down to talk about Star Trek and after nearly three hours they realize that this is only the first part of what looks to be a long series of chats about one of the greatest sci-fi properties of all time. In this installment they explore their first exposure to Star Trek, as it turns out, everybody has a nerdy family member that brought them to the Trekkie fold. They also talk about the TOS movies and Matthew gets an education in the long standing “Odd vs. Even” Star Trek movie philosophy. Plus, Klee and Alicia both may or may not attribute their early female awakenings to Wil Wheaton. It's long, it's rambly, it sets up future episodes, and we can't think of a better way to send off the old studio. Let us know what aspects of Star Trek you'd like to see us break down in future episodes. The world of TIR keeps changing but what doesn't change is how much we appreciate you, as always thanks for listening and being a part of our lives. (Can you tell we're feeling all emotional this week?)

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This week Kyle, Matthew, and Laura trekked up to the great white north for the first ever Yukon Comedy Festival. They discuss America's super friendly neighbor to the north and have a whole heap of guests help them recount adventures from the fest and just a sampling of the things that make Canada rad! Our first ever solo live episode and it is a real doozy! 

 

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We'd rather be nine people's favorite podcast that nine hundred people's ninth favorite podcast. Today on the show Joe Kaye returns to break down the musical [Title of Show]. [Title of Show] is a pretty amazing and inspiring DIY musical that started as two guys pushing themselves to come up with a show idea and ended up a full on Tony nominated Broadway play. Kyle actually did research for this episode and comes at Joe with a bunch of questions about the history and production of the show. Joe worked as part of the street team for the play and has a pretty amazing story of his personal experience with the play. This is one of those fun episodes that hopefully inspires you to not give up on whatever weird idea you have. Make the time and start it, you never know where it might take you!

 

Weekly Rads:

Joe: Veronica (movie)

Burnside: Sea of Thieves (video game)

 Kyle: The Strangers: Prey At Night (movie)

Annihilation (movie)

Mouth Punch by Laura House (comedy album)

 

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