Reconcilable Differences

Reconcilable Differences
John Siracusa and Merlin Mann try to figure out exactly how they got this way. Hosted by John Siracusa and Merlin Mann.

141: The Panopticon of Frasier
Oct 15 • 83 min
John has questions about the bizarre surveillance state Merlin has installed in his garage..
140: I Know What to Do in a Tree
Oct 1 • 76 min
As a main topic, your hosts talk about “Dangerous Things We Did as Unattended Kids.”
139: Everything’s a Competition
Sep 17 • 97 min
As a main topic, your hosts talk about *those* movies. You know the ones. The ones you discovered when you were supposed to be asleep and you weren’t allowed to watch anyway? Yeah, those.
138: Their Terrible Butts
Sep 3 • 87 min
Welcome to the highly specialized and deeply opinionated world of cast iron skillets.
137: The Fifth Flavor of Entertainment
Aug 20 • 95 min
It’s that time of year again, so it is necessary to review some COVID era Vacation Results.
136: The Left Side of the Diving Board
Aug 6 • 80 min
Modern Mac window management, haircut updates, plus a new segment we’re calling “Secret Brit.”
135: Clutch Foot
Jul 23 • 77 min
For a main topic, your hosts interrogate some additional axes for choosing media—especially the axis of available attention.
134: Romeo Delta
Jul 8 • 82 min
Things kick off with an announcement on a new way you can help support the program. Also: can you choose to be tricked by your own clocks? What if every clock is different? What even is time?
133: Shave Daddy
Jun 24 • 81 min
Someone has tampered with Merlin’s bell, and John is looking forward to his “vacation.”
132: Bigger in Three Dimensions Than I’ve Ever Been
Jun 10 • 86 min
In America, you are not allowed to hit back.
131: The Past is a Grotesque Animal
May 28 • 119 min
For a main topic, John wants to talk about regrets, lost loves, and things that could have been different.
130: Good Quorn
May 13 • 92 min
John asks Merlin to talk about why he loves improv comedy so much.
129: Chocolate and Toy Story
Apr 29 • 95 min
How do you get your family to watch really good movies?
128: Ciao, Francesco Rinaldi!
Apr 16 • 64 min
The guys end up talking about the confusingly-titled resurrection of Merlin’s old podcast. John has questions, and Merlin does his best to respond.
127: Advice Nurse
Apr 2 • 102 min
In a main topic, your hosts try to share some ideas on sustainably working remotely from home
126: Social Distancing
Mar 20 • 114 min
What makes for a good car movie?
125: You Can’t Hang a Graduation on the Wall
Mar 5 • 102 min
The main topic is the career and oeuvre of New York resident, William Martin Joel.
124: Figures of Action
Feb 19 • 100 min
Some back-door Secret Weird Things People Do about the cadences that trigger stuff in your head.
123: Squirrel List
Feb 6 • 87 min
A litany of the lost things is presented and analyzed, and a catechism for finding the lost things is interrogated.
122: A Fib of Omission
Jan 24 • 99 min
How life is like a rally or a bridge or some…software, I guess?
121: Impotent Hydra
Jan 9 • 99 min
John has a Mac Pro prep mess, and Merlin is struggling with post-holiday mess stress.
120: Where the Packages Sleep
Dec 19, 2019 • 95 min
John continues to Prepare the Way, his wife can’t close one eye, and there’s a Spoiler Slot on HBO’s “Watchmen.”
119: Emcee of Thanksgiving
Dec 12, 2019 • 101 min
The boys envision a Thanksgiving in which you won’t get anywhere near the turkey until you’ve dealt with an upsettingly mercurial new host.
118: THAT’s the Star Wars!
Nov 27, 2019 • 114 min
Some more Secret Weird Things People Do. And, we’ve got some doozies.
117: That’s Not the Rigatoni
Nov 14, 2019 • 113 min
Apple TV+ is on the docket, but, first, Merlin wants to share the detailed results of his scientific Apple TV and Siri experiments.
116: Brown Sludge Water
Oct 31, 2019 • 103 min
John has questions about Merlin’s bizarre obsession with the House of Commons’ Brexit proceedings.
115: Rational Twilight
Oct 16, 2019 • 99 min
Your hosts return to their Secret Weird Things People Do project.
114: Confronted with a Jar
Oct 3, 2019 • 81 min
In a side-door main topic, middle school is discussed, and this leads to an exploration of the value of test prep and learning how to understand and exploit systems.
113: Ambient Pleasure Generator
Sep 19, 2019 • 96 min
Your hosts return to Secret Weird Things People Do, and this week it’s John’s turn. Merlin wants to learn about the benefits that John gets from keeping his things nice.
112: Here Comes the But
Sep 5, 2019 • 104 min
This week’s main topic is the backdoor pilot for a multi-episode arc: secret weird things people do.
111: Brackets Around the Brackets
Aug 21, 2019 • 97 min
John interrogates Merlin about his weekly reminder errand.
110: Five Dollars in a Bar of Soap
Aug 8, 2019 • 108 min
Since John has recently returned from his Summer trip, it’s time to review his vacation results.
109: My Self-Hypnosis Period
Jul 25, 2019 • 97 min
John quizzes Merlin about his vacation results.
108: Next Week is Now
Jul 10, 2019 • 98 min
This week’s main topic is the controversial debate over running Apple betas.
107: Aren’t We a Pair?
Jun 27, 2019 • 112 min
John has thoughts on Merlin’s baked ziti recipe, and Merlin tells John about his family finally getting to see “Hamilton.”
106: Tales from the Elder Days
Jun 12, 2019 • 93 min
Provided it makes it into the final edit, your hosts finally discuss the Japanese Moving Video.
105: Bastik in a Bastik
May 29, 2019 • 112 min
For a main topic, your hosts fire off the Spoiler Horn to talk about “Game of Thrones.”
104: True Bottom
May 15, 2019 • 94 min
This week’s main topic is “Jobs We Were Terrible At.”
103: Minimum Viable Joke
May 1, 2019 • 79 min
Merlin needs some help finding an artifact from his youth, and John has beef with whether the artifact is actually funny.
102: Preparing the Way
Apr 17, 2019 • 117 min
Your hosts discuss John’s new refrigerator.
101: Duke of Bits
Apr 3, 2019 • 109 min
Your hosts respond at length to a listener’s question about things they’ve given up
100: Tungsten
Mar 20, 2019 • 108 min
This week, Merlin feels a little thin, and John still has to re-position his windows. Every time.
99: Coconut Scenario
Mar 6, 2019 • 99 min
John shares a harrowing ordeal involving Apple IDs.
98: You’re Killing Your Father
Feb 20, 2019 • 95 min
Can’t we just always have the flaps face the same way? Shouldn’t we just stack the forks here in the forks area? Why is Daisy leaving caltrops in the hallway?
97: Invisible Work
Feb 6, 2019 • 96 min
This week’s sprawling main topic is “Emotional Labor.” Who ends up ordering the birthday cake as well as justifying the ways of boss to employee?
96: Mr. Scrapie
Jan 23, 2019 • 96 min
John confronts Merlin on his disloyalty, and this leads to John interrogating Merlin’s newfound fondness for NBA basketball. Yes: sports are discussed.
95: Shadow Childhood
Jan 9, 2019 • 88 min
More Project Talk. Merlin introduces the idea of “The Message Gift,” and John wonders if Merlin’s new desk has memory. Amazon should let you say when a box is from Santa. So much cardboard. Now, the IKEA child’s kitchen is in danger of being disappeared.
94: Hiding the Machete
Dec 26, 2018 • 108 min
This week’s main topic is the long-running ABC reality show, “Survivor.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it.
93: Forty Gronks
Dec 12, 2018 • 108 min
John interrogates Merlin about his heartbeat, and Merlin reveals he’s conducting a personal longitudinal study.
92: Zoom in on the Fish Head
Nov 29, 2018 • 96 min
John helps Merlin understand which places are and are not on Long Island.
91: Truck Stop Floor Mat
Nov 14, 2018 • 93 min
This week’s main topic concerns the Gimlet podcast, “Heavyweight,” and how we think about redoing (or undoing) the past.
90: Cargo-Cult Thoreau
Nov 1, 2018 • 98 min
Merlin finally asks John to explain his fondness for apocalyptic literature and media.
89: Popcorn Problems
Oct 17, 2018 • 85 min
In this week’s main topic, John recounts his recent experience seeing “Hamilton” live on stage.
88: Static Contraction
Oct 3, 2018 • 123 min
John did not fix the document.
87: Looking for Something to Manage
Sep 19, 2018 • 111 min
John and Merlin argue about the Google doc for a pretty long time.
86: Horse’s Feed Bag Full of Food
Sep 5, 2018 • 122 min
Homework is discussed, and John confesses to once starting the world’s longest book report. John recounts his career of creative abuse of Macintosh skills back in elementary and high school, and Merlin dons his notional 43 Folders hat.
85: Comedy’s Not Funny
Aug 22, 2018 • 107 min
John has some questions about a podcast Merlin likes, and this leads to a discursive walk through what makes a podcast stick.
84: Camptivities
Aug 8, 2018 • 108 min
This week’s main topic is a goodie: the things only YOU notice.
83: A Pit of Feek
Jul 25, 2018 • 86 min
The boys weigh in on The Civility Debate.
82: Summer of Intentionalities
Jul 11, 2018 • 105 min
This week’s main topic is “Getting Big in Podcasting.”
81: Sixteen-Tile Puzzle
Jun 27, 2018 • 95 min
In what ends up being the accidental main topic, John and Merlin dive into the impossibilities of “Keeping House.”
80: Death is an Easy Diagnosis
Jun 13, 2018 • 100 min
This week’s main topic finds John interrogating Merlin about the germophobia threat model. Merlin tries to distinguish his carefulness from a three-letter condition, and John reminds us why he doesn’t make lists.
79: Goofball Island
May 30, 2018 • 92 min
This week kicks off with a main topic: Kid Independence Projects. Merlin is trying a new thing, and John admits that he’s “pan-fretful.”
78: Right Above Self-Actualization
May 17, 2018 • 110 min
This week’s main topic is tricky to label, but let’s call the jumping-off point, Millenials and Quality.
77: Prodigal Bird
May 2, 2018 • 115 min
This week, John and Merlin come in hot with an accidental main topic: punctuality.
76: The Dandelion of Content
Apr 18, 2018 • 121 min
John provides much-requested follow-up on Twitter’s recently announced changes. This leads to a broader discussion of free speech and platform ownership.
75: The Most Popular Meat Grinder in Town
Apr 4, 2018 • 129 min
In something like a main topic, your hosts talk about Facebook. Schadenfreude aside, Merlin struggles with why anyone is still there, while John’s not so sure some people will ever leave.
74: Stingy on the Fives
Mar 22, 2018 • 126 min
This week’s main topic concerns The Oscars and the general phenomenon of industry award shows. What makes us get into these things, and who do we pull for?
73: Ladyhawke Times
Mar 8, 2018 • 133 min
For something like a main topic, things turn to trying to talk to kids about…stuff. A “Predestination”-style thought experiment is considered.
72: The Seventh Alarm Clock
Feb 21, 2018 • 108 min
This week’s main topic: “What If Productivity, but Too Much?” In the pursuit of efficiency and professional development, how do you know when you’ve gone too far? And what are the downsides when you do?
71: Racist Uncle Baby
Feb 8, 2018 • 111 min
This week’s broad-ranging main topic is lyrics. John wonders how many people care about the words as much as he does, and Merlin considers what happened when Lisa met Chelsea at the knocking school.
70: Where the Fish Was
Jan 24, 2018 • 105 min
John has fence problems, Merlin is riding a weird new vehicle, and the guys discuss “Patriot.”
69: Concentric Circles of Hangers-On
Jan 10, 2018 • 103 min
In this week’s Spoiler Slot (starting at `1:04:39`), your hosts discuss “The Last Jedi.”
68: Bellicose Phone Booth
Dec 28, 2017 • 130 min
After firing off the spoiler horn at `1:27:12`, your hosts enter the Spoiler Slot to talk about a remarkable documentary called “The Barkley Marathons.”
67: Everything That’s Good About Garlic
Dec 14, 2017 • 113 min
This week’s main topic goes into kids and security. Or, more specifically, what kids learn (or don’t) about password hygiene and the broader landscape of basic InfoSec.
66: Inherent Injustice
Nov 30, 2017 • 144 min
For this week’s main topic (and Spoiler Slot), we find Merlin playing “The Last of Us.”
65: The Mustard of My Father
Nov 15, 2017 • 121 min
Dad Hole, garbage robots, Northern European runts, and a system forged in the crucible of terrible people.
64: All Fight
Nov 2, 2017 • 122 min
Many mini topics.
63: Five Stars for Jeremy
Oct 18, 2017 • 114 min
This week: automated systems and Merlin’s new TV.
62: The Old Lady and the Duck
Oct 4, 2017 • 94 min
The main topic this week is Twitter.
61: Rat King of Glue Traps
Sep 21, 2017 • 91 min
Main topic this week is Household Pests. The gloves are off as extreme measures are employed to deal with John’s mouse invaders.
60: Anything Can Be a Smoothie
Sep 6, 2017 • 86 min
This week kicks off with some Daisy updates and surprisingly deep dives into online banana quizzes and proper application of The Bristol Scale.
59: Herbal Bourbons
Aug 23, 2017 • 140 min
This week’s main topic is Mid-Life Crisis. What even is it? How do you know if you’re having one, and how many will there be?
58: Elective Plumbing
Aug 14, 2017 • 117 min
This week’s main topic concerns “Liking Things to Be a Certain Way.”
57: Losing my Stormtrooper
Jul 27, 2017 • 129 min
This week’s main topic is “Taking Care of Things.”
56: Living Inside an Apology with Pie
Jul 13, 2017 • 116 min
This week’s main topic is all about “Full Media Blackout.”
55: Dog-Shaped Dog
Jun 29, 2017 • 111 min
The main topic focuses on a new addition to House Siracusa. No spoilers, but it’s a pee-poop-nipping machine and a sweet precious angel.
54: Literally the Least I Could Do
Jun 15, 2017 • 109 min
The main topic this week is Housework and House Duties, which John quickly persuades Merlin is, indeed, a trap.
53: Birds All Day Long
Jun 1, 2017 • 111 min
The main topic this week is PIXAR. Specifically, your hosts react to a recent article on whether Disney has “ruined” PIXAR, then proceed with candid opinions on whether or how House Mouse might influence House Luxo.
52: This Bird Can’t Get Laid
May 17, 2017 • 97 min
In this week’s accidental main topic, John addresses his new bird-enemy and the Wile E. Coyotean lengths to which his desperation with living in a drum may drive him.
51: Pull Here, Dummy
May 3, 2017 • 119 min
50: Barrel Week
Apr 19, 2017 • 123 min
In a surprisingly robust main topic, John recalls his youth spent playing handball and many other New York street games that Merlin had assumed were just made up.
49: Celebrity Outreach Program
Apr 4, 2017 • 111 min
This week’s main topic is *Follow-Up*. John has strong feelings about properly crediting the provenance of this segment, and, honestly, he really asks for so little in life. This leads to a discussion of how one’s ideas often develop a life of their own.
48: Slim Pickings in the Terrarium
Mar 23, 2017 • 151 min
Merlin gets his time in the barrel as John disabuses him of his self-styled situation as “the dumb one.” Merlin tries gamely to change the subject to how status works in improv, but finds his knife further sharpened in the bargain.
47: Now I Dream in French
Mar 7, 2017 • 124 min
This week’s first topic is self-driving cars and how soon they’re likely to be ready, as they say, for prime time. Later, you’ll find The Spoiler Slot filled with a discussion of the 2016 movie, Arrival.
46: Some Form of Ballast
Feb 23, 2017 • 110 min
Main topic this week is ***Valentine’s Day***. Why Merlin hates it, and why John thinks it has its purposes. Why is tonight’s Holy Day of Obligation different from all others, and why exactly did John have a mat?
45: The Blood is Normal, Right?
Feb 8, 2017 • 111 min
Main topic this week is **John’s Cautious Tech Optimism**. How does John see technology’s role in potentially bringing out our better angels? Why is dystopian sci-fi so depressingly myopic? How much does technology ever really change human nature?
44: Assistant Manager Material
Jan 26, 2017 • 131 min
For the main topic, your hosts address Money on the Internet. How have technological and cultural changes altered our idea about what’s valuable and how much people are willing to pay for it?
43: Pack Mule with a Checkbook
Jan 12, 2017 • 117 min
The main topic this week is Dad Stuff. Dad Jokes, Dad Hats, and Dad…everything. In particular, when did Dad Jokes become a thing, and exactly what part of that label is supposed to be so bad and insulting?
42: The Punching in Me
Dec 22, 2016 • 100 min
The main topic this week is Merlin’s documentary obsession. Turns out: there are a lot of turns-outs. John and Merlin explore what’s so tantalizing (or off-putting) about some documentary films—as well as the whole genre as a thing.
41: Jingling Keys
Dec 15, 2016 • 180 min
Lots of follow-up on Free Will, including thoughts on Heisenberg, tail-chasing, and provocative recent scholarship on whether what we see is “reality.” Around 01:45:00, we fire off the spoiler horn for a discussion of season 1 of HBO’s _Westworld_.
40: Slippery Slope to Dr. Manhattan
Dec 1, 2016 • 113 min
The main topic this week is _**Free Will**_. While Merlin has concerns about bong talk and living in a fingernail, John quickly gets things refocused on people’s garden-variety defenses of free will and where they probably come from.
39: Rocks Aren’t Magic
Nov 16, 2016 • 116 min
This week’s main topic covers teaching kids about technology_ When, how, and what should young students learn about computers at school?
38: The Monkey God Situation
Nov 1, 2016 • 108 min
The main topic this week has Merlin probing John’s thoughts on the idea of a thing being “wrong within normal parameters.” John calls someone a “super doof,” and both hosts share their strategy for not ending up on a desert island.
37: A Useless Angle for Swordfighting
Oct 18, 2016 • 105 min
The main topic this week is whether we’re living in a simulation (and how we’d know it).
36: The Ragged Edge of What’s Possible
Oct 4, 2016 • 84 min
The main topic is solo parenting. Facing The Shoe Crisis, thrice ruining the dinosaur eggs, and finding yourself in a Staples line that’s literally not moving. Is fear and anxiety really such a smart and time-tested motivator?
35: A Lot of Them Are Tricks
Sep 21, 2016 • 118 min
The main topic this week is “magic and superstition.” What delights (or angers) your hosts in a magic show? Why can’t Cardini get rid of those cards?
34: All These Assistant Principals are Now Dead
Sep 6, 2016 • 131 min
The main topic this week is high school reunions. Or, at least it starts out that way.
33: Survival Bucket
Aug 25, 2016 • 91 min
The main topic this week is ratings and reviews. John talks about how he drinks eagerly from the fire hose of product recommendations as well as sharing his perspective on how he thinks about his epic OS X reviews in retrospect.
32: Pigs and Bunnies
Aug 9, 2016 • 99 min
The big topic this week? Sauce. More specifically, John walks us through how he cooks, stirs, and deploys delicious spaghetti sauce at scale. A general discussion of cooking practices reveals that Merlin is probably America’s greatest microwave wizard.
31: Backsolve From Your Urges
Jul 28, 2016 • 106 min
The main topic this time is ‘Evolutionary Biology’. John runs through some common misconceptions, and widespread errors of analogies. Merlin candidly admits that he still doesn’t really understand what he doesn’t understand.
30: Captain of the Living Room
Jul 14, 2016 • 101 min
This week’s main topic can be roughly called, “my part of the couch.” More specifically, why are your hosts so piqued about how hard it is to have nice things—let alone their own things—in their respective households?
29: Six Fax Machines
Jun 30, 2016 • 117 min
The main topic this week is The Future. Merlin can’t contain his fascination and admiration with how John’s rationality and long view of history has colored and redirected his own conceptions about what the future holds.
28: Getting to Know a Broken Person
Jun 16, 2016 • 126 min
The main topic is repping, a pickup of the frequent theme of a program Merlin does with Another John.
27: The Morning Prompts
Jun 2, 2016 • 100 min
Things really kick into high gear as your hosts finally (FINALLY) go toe-to-toe on the hot topic of iOS app quitting. Why Merlin is so mad at John and why John insists Merlin is still wrong.
26: One Dollar Cat
May 19, 2016 • 122 min
The main topic this week explores how a young John first began measuring the parameters of the world. How can we tell if something is true? Are Bigfoot, telekinesis, and space travel each really a thing?
25: Zarro Droogs
May 5, 2016 • 201 min
The main topic this week is—wait for it— _drugs_. In particular, the listener is treated to an epic tour of the “four toadstools” that mark Merlin’s journey with the forbidden pharmaceutical wild side.
24: I Will Outrun Death and Thermodynamics
Apr 21, 2016 • 162 min
Things kick off with a discussion of Star Wars. In particular, there is extensive discussion of your hosts’ preferences regarding fan restorations of the original trilogy. Next, the spoiler horn fires off for a detailed examination of The Walking Dead.
23: A Sprite Man
Apr 7, 2016 • 130 min
The main topic is *sense of humor*. How, where, when, and from whom did the boys learn what make them laugh? How come British things seem extra funny? Why does Lisa need braces?
22: Jericho Turnpike
Mar 22, 2016 • 135 min
This episode focuses on cars and driving. First, there’s the automobiles that their families did or didn’t drive and why. Then, John educates Merlin on the evolution of car design. This leads to more personal thoughts on their early days of driving.
21: Throg the Important Caveman
Mar 10, 2016 • 118 min
This week’s main topic is meeting your heroes. Who do you wish you could meet and why? John marvels at Merlin’s comfort with his many celebrity connections, and Merlin gives some handy tips on not acting like a total creep.
20: Stove Vigilance
Feb 25, 2016 • 94 min
This week’s main topic is ‘trust your mechanic’. How to survive working with the experts who diagnose and fix your problems. John’s not a Dead Kennedys fan, and Merlin’s just so irrationally mad about the state of his oven.
19: Four Toes
Feb 11, 2016 • 118 min
This week, John and Merlin talk about the value of exposing yourself to new or uncomfortable ideas, before moving on to their main topic: _how and when to recommend things to other people_.
18: It’s Devastating
Jan 28, 2016 • 112 min
The primary topic this week is names and naming. Merlin struggles in vain to pronounce John’s name to his satisfaction, John reveals his middle name, and the boys dive deep on the lore, reality, and complexities of how both people get their names.
17: Don’t Touch the Banana
Jan 14, 2016 • 132 min
After a discussion about The Game, which Merlin has finally watched all the way through, the boys tackle the topic of jobs. They discuss what they did or didn’t learn from them, and how their younger work lives shaped their future employment choices.
16: Ancient Bird
Dec 17, 2015 • 126 min
John probes Merlin about why exactly he’s so interested in remembering and recording his whackadoodle dreams. We learn, for example, that _Permiso_ delivers 3 to 5 surprises per day.
15: Emotional Swimsuit Season
Dec 3, 2015 • 114 min
This week, your hosts cover TV buying decisions, the legacy of Star Wars, thoughts on holidays, and how to not end up raising Dudley Dursley.
14: Children’s Shoes
Nov 19, 2015 • 113 min
This time out, John and Merlin start with a consideration of parenting advice and (surprise) the Star Wars prequels. Then, the wardrobe is opened for a discussion of clothing. What your hosts choose to wear and why…
13: The Mickey Suit
Nov 5, 2015 • 156 min
This episode, John and Merlin have a spirited debate on netspeak and emoji talk (🤕👹😭), then address the Wonderful World of Disney (World), including what makes it great and what keeps it relevant.
12: Hobbit Tendencies
Oct 22, 2015 • 159 min
The centerpiece of the episode is a lot of talk about _travel_, focused on the myriad reasons your hosts find it so terribly difficult. Observations on helplessness, motion sickness, money, and the titular “Hobbit tendencies” emerge.
11: Frog Board Room
Oct 8, 2015 • 92 min
John ruefully updates us on the stressful state of renovations to his house—and how his quest for quality collides with whatever passes for quote-unquote craftsmanship today.
10: That Darn Cat
Sep 24, 2015 • 177 min
The boys settle into a detailed exploration of “Merlin’s world of music.” From AM radio (through a pillow speaker) to abortive accordion and trombone lessons to impersonating Pete Townsend through the Bacon Ray years.
9: Late Bloomer
Sep 10, 2015 • 130 min
This week’s main topic focuses on the many aspects of being a “late bloomer.” From secondary sex characteristics and serial social prickliness through figuring out how to be in a family and studying the anthropology of the opposite sex.
8: Devouring Essence
Aug 27, 2015 • 143 min
John educates Merlin about the first-person shooter game, “Destiny.” Merlin feels overwhelmed, while John says we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
7: 50 Shades of John
Aug 13, 2015 • 132 min
This week, John and Merlin do some follow-up on John’s picky eating and his family’s failures at meal planning. Both men cop to loving soup. Then on to the big topic: how does John’s mind work, and how did he get that way?
6: Mud and Gaffer’s Tape and Broken Lenses
Jul 30, 2015 • 109 min
This time we learn that your hosts and their families are both/all screwed up and hopeless in different ways. Merlin is weird, but not bulimic; John is picky, fretful, and hopeless; and children continue to be a problem that cannot be solved.
5: Shiny and Chrome
Jul 16, 2015 • 101 min
This week is dedicated to a spoiler-heavy look at Mad Max: Fury Road. If you haven’t seen it, treat yourself to a cinema viewing as soon as you can. John and Merlin’s world is blood and fire.
4: Ohio Intervention
Jul 2, 2015 • 91 min
John probes Merlin’s spotty history with video games, then sketches out the current console landscape. Merlin is assigned preliminary homework to start catching up.
3: Helena Sell
Jun 18, 2015 • 143 min
This week, John and Merlin finally set themselves to the task of beginning to argue about their differences.
2: Thrown to the Wolves of Puberty
Jun 11, 2015 • 108 min
John and Merlin discuss the origins of the show, including their contrasting approaches to authority, conformity, and contrariness. Also, Merlin credits John with helping him become less horrible, and John deposes Merlin about military school.
1: We All Ruined It Together
Jun 3, 2015 • 129 min
In this inaugural episode, John and Merlin begin framing the conversation on exactly *how they got how they are*. From the dungeons of Usenet to the dragons of roving bullies, origins are explored, and differences are provisionally reconciled.