Turning This Car Around

Turning This Car Around

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America’s number one best and favorite podcast about fatherhood hosted by Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Jon Armstrong.Turning This Car Around is a podcast about parenthood from three dads, Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Jon Armstrong. You can follow us collectively on Twitter as @ttcashowFollow us on Tumblr!Lex Friedman is the Chief Revenue Officer at ART19. He is a pretty important guy in the world of podcasting. He’s also a writer; he authored humor books like The Snuggie Sutra and The Kid in the Crib.He was also a senior contributor to Macworld, an author of technology books, and the co-host of Not Playing, a podcast where Dan Moren and Lex watch movies that everyone else has already seen. Mr. Friedman was formerly the cohost of Unprofessional.Lex’s blog is called Lex, Briefly.Lex lives with his wife and three kids in New Jersey.Follow Lex on TwitterYou might know John Moltz as a person on the Internet. Many people do! However, he also appears in other guises, sometimes as a large, golden bull and other


Quarantine!
Mar 16 • 31 min
We’re back to help you get through your self-isolation.
Coins
Mar 12 • 38 min
Driver’s ed is fun but have you ever owned a car with swivel seats?
Comatoast
Feb 6 • 36 min
What to do when you get stuck on a Disney ride.
Doctors and Disney
Jan 19 • 32 min
Talk to your doctor about having your ashes dumped at Disney after you’re killed on a ride.
Nipples and Cars
Jan 10 • 40 min
Jon and Moltz discuss young drivers and why kids might not be that interested in driving these days.
Socks
Dec 19, 2019 • 33 min
Let’s talk socks.
Everybody dies
Dec 17, 2019 • 36 min
The holidays are almost here. Oh no.
Birthday Lex
Dec 9, 2019 • 25 min
Will an amusement park argument ruin Lex’s birthday?!
Frozen Lip Syncing
Nov 24, 2019 • 28 min
A bat mitzvah recap brings us to the best use for the Donald Trump font.
Maisel Tov
Nov 19, 2019 • 33 min
Bat mitzvah time.
Seven up?
Nov 10, 2019 • 27 min
It’s what’s good for tender tummies.
Internet Fridge
Nov 3, 2019 • 26 min
AirPods Pro, connected fridges and other parenting tips.
Never Kill The Dog
Oct 27, 2019 • 57 min
Talking Star Wars. For the kids.
I got hair in my eye!
Oct 20, 2019 • 34 min
So much hair talk.
Robot butler
Oct 12, 2019 • 28 min
Watch out for that car!
Yellow Watch band parenting
Oct 6, 2019 • 49 min
Get your homework done, kids.
A heavy moving day
Sep 27, 2019 • 37 min
This is a technology show now. And Forza.
Russian watches
Sep 21, 2019 • 38 min
Apple Arcade! Trailer for Ad Astra! Lex has an Apple Watch Series 5!
The Munchiverse
Sep 14, 2019 • 41 min
Jon and Moltz discuss the difference between The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. We haven’t found the connection to St. Elsewhere’s Tommy Westphall universe yet. Detective John Munch sure got around, though, and is tied to that universe, meaning The Wire is…
Back back back to school
Sep 6, 2019 • 32 min
The kids are back in school in NY and NJ and Lex is missing the “chillaxation” of summer already.
Wreckfest
Aug 30, 2019 • 36 min
Is it time to get your kid a couch-driving learner’s permit?
Dad It Yourself
Aug 18, 2019 • 33 min
Let’s talk about all the work you could be doing around here.
Butt Photography
Aug 11, 2019 • 27 min
Lex and his daughter watched My Cousin Vinnie and The Sixth Sense. This Is 40 has a scene where a guy tries to take a picture of his ass. Moltz recalls when he burned his fingertips off. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman can be found @lexfri, John Moltz…
Camp Killer
Aug 4, 2019 • 43 min
Lex’s son did Poi at camp which, it turns out, is a performance art. Lex helped crowd fund Camp Killer, which was made by people he went to camp with. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman can be found @lexfri, John Moltz can be found at @moltz and Jon…
Moltz’s Urologist
Jul 19, 2019 • 38 min
This episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago. So don’t freakout about the timeline. It’s all good. New York City’s fireworks were pretty impressive. Bona Fide Potents are great mixers for cocktails. Moltz give a positive review for Spider-Man: Far From…
Summer Camp!
Jul 13, 2019 • 40 min
Summer travel with kids and dads missing their kids at summer camp, but glad the kids go to any camp at all.
The Most Dangerous Game
Jun 29, 2019 • 34 min
Sex Bob-omb in Scott Pilgrim is a Mario reference. It bombed at the box office, but it’s a great movie. If you play Forza, check out the LEGO add-on. Lex’s other podcast, Not Playing, is now covering the Fast and Furious movies. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex…
Snuggy Sutra
Jun 22, 2019 • 34 min
Moltz once peed next to Sleepy LaBeef. Please buy more copies of The Snuggy Sutra so Lex doesn’t have to work so much. These Pitch Meeting videos have those anime eyes Armstrong talks about. Our thanks to the beautiful city of Milwaukee for sponsoring…
Colon blow and Cameo
Jun 17, 2019 • 33 min
For you kids out there, this is the seminal SNL skit about Colon Blow. Jon has many premium suggestions for Moltz to get his dad from Father’s Day and they’re all crazy expensive and from Uncrate. Like this ranch. Liam rocks out. Bobby McFerrin plays the…
The Island of Doctor Moreau
Jun 10, 2019 • 36 min
Lex is off but instead of talking movies, Jon and Moltz talk Macs. And kids. How many Mac Pros are you getting? Still, the starting price is less than that of the IIfx. Jon has been enjoying the Mad Max game for the Mac. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman…
Thorok’s Glasses
Jun 2, 2019 • 34 min
Check out these crazy glasses that are supposed to cure motion sickness. When in Tacoma, try Ice Cream Social. Boba Lust is the boba tea place that Moltz couldn’t remember the name of. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman can be found @lexfri, John Moltz…
Cocaine Coat
May 25, 2019 • 27 min
Moltz uses StopTheNews to force Apple News links to open in Safari instead. Entertainment Weekly asks “Why do we love to judge bad parents?” Lex’s daughter is a professional boss. For some reason we really want you to have these links to Junior…
Immune To The Lava
May 18, 2019 • 33 min
Moltz introduces Jon to the amazing capybara. Moltz and his wife might just have a date night at a petting zoo. Jon recommends Shirosuki if you love adorable pets. John Wick 3 looks like fun but maybe not for the whole family. Watch Halle Barry go through…
Lunch shaming
May 11, 2019 • 36 min
Oh, good, we’re shaming people who aren’t all paid up on their school lunch tabs. (Post show update: the owner of Chobani has apparently agreed to pay off the tabs and the school has agreed.) The Jewish faith has something to say about how you should…
Nobody Wants To Know That
May 4, 2019 • 34 min
One study shows only children are more creative and less flexible. The dictionary loves Lex. Moltz and Hank are enjoying Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. Apple has booted a number of parental controls apps from the App Store. Our thanks to Candlewick Press,…
Infinity Bucket
Apr 27, 2019 • 39 min
Endgame, summer plans and chess.
A Town Called Hancock
Apr 21, 2019 • 30 min
The Mueller report and family seder.
500 Grand
Apr 12, 2019 • 27 min
More on the college admissions scandal and a new Avengers: Endgame trailer.
260: Circumnavigation
Apr 6, 2019 • 42 min
The Atlantic has a piece that explains the crazy behind the college tuition scandal. Jon likes Forza Horizon 4. Lex likes Super Mario Party for the Switch. MoviePass is back, believe it or not. The Mormon Church has made some much needed changes. The…
259: Dumbo’s Mom
Mar 30, 2019 • 46 min
High School Alien, Marissa Tomei and is Apple News+ actually possibly good for kids?
258: Doomsday Canning
Mar 22, 2019 • 47 min
The world’s favorite podcast about fatherhood in the dystopian hellscape.
257: Crime Pays
Mar 16, 2019 • 52 min
This week we talk about the college admissions scandal. We get a little confused about pizza CEOs. Turns out the Little Caesar’s guy was not a racist, anyway. At least this college admissions scandal has spawned some humorous tweets. Lex leaves early and,…
256: Marvelous
Mar 6, 2019 • 35 min
Lex is off this week but Jon and Moltz talk about what happens when kids Google their names. The first link on Amazon for Moltz is for Moltz’s brother’s book. The Spanish language version of his Minecraft book is 12th. Heather Armstrong had two articles…
255: Stinging Pee
Feb 27, 2019 • 28 min
Jon is a long-time fan of lapidary. Peeing on a jellyfish sting isn’t the way to go. Our thanks to Amaze jr., providing parents with honest, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex ed videos to watch with their 4-9 year olds. Amaze jr. helps you navigate those…
254: Saving My Life With My Butt
Feb 21, 2019 • 41 min
The story of Jody Roberts who disappeared from Tacoma in 1985 and turned up 12 years later in Alaska. Lex is watching (and reading) The Martian with his daughter and also watching Cast Away. Our thanks to Amaze jr., providing parents with honest,…
253: TMI Inside Baseball
Feb 15, 2019 • 39 min
Lex has a personal story to tell about the podcast Over My Dead Body. Some smart teens are getting vaccinated against their parents’ wishes. Some others are striking to protest inaction on climate change. Other kids are writing obituaries for the Parkland…
252: Snow Days
Feb 10, 2019 • 51 min
Valentine’s Day cards The Office. If you haven’t seen Patton Oswalt’s filibuster from Parks & Recreation, you should. Brandon Bird also has some very nice Valentine’s Day cards. Moltz’s son has this great pasta-making set of attachments for the…
251: The Marble Cinematic Universe
Jan 25, 2019 • 47 min
The First Citywide Change Bank SNL skit is a classic. Moltz reminisces about Old MacDonald’s Farm which was around from 1955 to 1979. Would you take your kids to Bonefish Grill? Moltz would not let his son play with his original Fisher Price farm. Jon had…
250: Cookies
Jan 20, 2019 • 31 min
You, yes YOU!!!, can buy Girl Scout cookies from Lex’s daughters just by clicking here! Not a sponsor, but we approve of Gillette’s The Best Men Can Be ad. Your homework, should you choose to accept it, is to watch Eighth Grade. Black Mirror’s…
249: Pets eat the strangest things
Jan 13, 2019 • 52 min
Moltz likes and uses Paprika for keeping recipes. Jon used to have African cichlids which are a fish not a disease. It seems that ferrets are still illegal in New York City. The animation in Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse is great. Boyhood, which is an…
248: Death Grip on the Dead Sea
Jan 5, 2019 • 30 min
Doc Martens envy is real. Jon and Lex recommend Three Identical Strangers. Sandra Bullock is a bad person to take a trip with, as evidenced yet again in Bird Box. Jon discusses Molly’s Game. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman can be found @lexfri, John…
247: A Christmas Chat
Dec 27, 2018 • 51 min
Jon did take his kids to Gulliver’s Gate. Conan O’Brien plays Mortal Combat X on Clueless Gamer. The Polsen HPC-A30s are good podcasting headphones on a budget. Jon’s daughter got a Nikon D3500. This tiny Space Invaders game is actually pretty cool. Our…
246: Holiday Endgame
Dec 21, 2018 • 68 min
Good shrubs by a good guy over at Bonafide Potents. Also check out The Phluid Project. If you’re in the Seattle area, Lawless Forge is a great group activity. Moltz knows from experience. Moltz and Lex (even though he’s not on this episode) recommends the…
245: Moltz’s Connecticut Christmas
Dec 14, 2018 • 42 min
Jon bought his daughter an alpaca head hat. Mary Poppins is back, god help us all. Dick Van Dyke is still alive and in the movie. Angela Lansbury is also in the movie and was also in Gaslight. Lin Manuel Miranda was on drunk history. The Ren and Stimpy…
244: ShrineFinder Rehearsal
Dec 8, 2018 • 47 min
Jon talks about watching Jaws with the kids. Back when Hank took a spill in his “I love Dad” t-shirt. Jon recommends Moltz make Harissa tri-tip for Christmas dinner. Jon got a new TV. Tom Cruise tells you to turn off motion smoothing. Our thanks to Joule…
243: No Video Games for Old Men
Dec 1, 2018 • 51 min
Jon and Moltz both like TVs from TCL. Jon recommends A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. He also recommends Little Big Planet on the Playstation. John Siracusa is not on this podcast but if he were he might recommend Journey for the Playstation 4.…
242: Thanksgivingish
Nov 23, 2018 • 38 min
Lex mentions This American Life episode 661: “But That’s What Happened”. Armstrong brings up a campaign by LDS members former LDS members to stop Bishops from asking kids about their sexual activities. If somebody you know and/or love is getting a…
241: One Percent Kids
Nov 16, 2018 • 45 min
Jon likes GRID Autosport for iOS. He also likes GRID 2 on the Mac. Facebook hired a firm to do opposition research on its critics. Screen Time is a nice addition to iOS, but it needs some work. Your smile says a lot about you. Your ADA dentist is your…
240: Eye Possession
Nov 9, 2018 • 46 min
Jon and Moltz both enjoyed Ant-Man and the Wasp. They’re also looking forward to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. They’re pretty high on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Your smile says a lot about you. Your ADA dentist is your best ally in keeping your…
239: Unpack My Away Luggage
Nov 3, 2018 • 43 min
Jon ran into this guy while Trick-or-Treating. Enjoy some fake products. Check out Lex’s kids’ costumes. Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the easiest way to get an amazing dinner on the table that everyone will love. Thanks to Joule’s precise temperature…
238: Halloween?
Oct 25, 2018 • 46 min
Jon and his daughters had a great time in Zion National Park. Jon says Tootsie holds up. Moltz and Lex are skeptical. We take a look at the movies of Mel Brooks. Here are some great Halloween costumes. And our thanks to Prudential. Prudential and…
237: Do Not Touch The Driver
Oct 20, 2018 • 37 min
Lex and Moltz reminisce about forgetting passwords for devices: https://www.instagram.com/p/Yl0lN/?taken-by=moltz If you need more control over a kid’s device, you can always use Apple’s Configurator tool:…
236: Potato Magic
Oct 11, 2018 • 47 min
Should every dad have a volt/ohm meter? How about a contour gauge duplicator? If you need old house stuff and are in L.A., go to Liz’s Antique Hardware. Van Dyke’s Restorers is also good. Jon is going to try to use a potato to cure car sickness. Moltz…
235: A Lot of DIY
Oct 4, 2018 • 52 min
Conan O’Brien is doing a podcast on Earwolf. Jon lives in a co-op. Ouef is a children’s furniture place in Brooklyn. Jon is a fan of using sash brushes. This isn’t the Aquaman trailer we were talking about but it’s longer and it’s still bad. So is the…
234: Struwwelpeter
Sep 27, 2018 • 36 min
We recorded this episode on the day Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford gave her testimony to the Senate committee. The terrible story of the woman who disappeared from a Disney cruise ship. Children’s books in 19th century Germany were terrifying. Richard Scarry’s…
233: Neck Dongle
Sep 20, 2018 • 37 min
No show links this week. We still love you. Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the easiest way to get an amazing dinner on the table that everyone will love. Thanks to Joule’s precise temperature control, you can make restaurant-quality food at home any night…
232: C Pickle
Sep 13, 2018 • 41 min
Apple announced some new phones this week. Moltz recalls Sleepwalking Through History which is about the Reagan years. Jon brings up Bob Woodward’s new book about Trump, Fear. Lex recommends Bankaroo for kids allowances. Our thanks to Away, high-quality…
231: Cross-Knobbling
Sep 8, 2018 • 36 min
Lex got to meet Jonathan Van Ness. Jonathan lost 70 lbs and is now completely shredded. The law clerk of Trump’s Supreme Court pick flashed a white power sign at his confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh also declined to shake the hand of the parent of a…
230: Rent the Rendway
Aug 30, 2018 • 39 min
Jon has finally seen Book of Mormon. Jon recalls 30 Rock’s Werewolf Bar Mitzvah bit. Jon also saw Be More Chill which is huge with the kids these days. Also popular with the kids is Dear Evan Hansen. Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the easiest way to get…
229: Love Children of Rock
Aug 23, 2018 • 41 min
We discuss the movie Three Identical Strangers. Moltz recommends the audiobook of Year of Wonders. Lex recommends Lily and the Octopus. Liam rocks it. Is there a School of Rock near you.? Our thanks to Away, high-quality luggage that is designed to be…
228: Maaaaaaanscaping
Aug 17, 2018 • 36 min
Lex saw Ben Folds. And, well, Cake. Visual proof. Jon has some concert experience as well. Jon suggests Life, Animated if you want a good cry. Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the easiest way to get an amazing dinner on the table that everyone will love.…
227: Testacular
Aug 11, 2018 • 39 min
So, you’re having a vasectomy? Do vasectomies increase the risk of alzheimer’s? Probably not. Jon is playing Need For Speed Payback. Hank enjoys videos from The King of Random. Jon’s not necessarily a fan of YouTube videos that show Sims trying to get…
226: Command Key
Aug 3, 2018 • 37 min
Lex is trying to kill MoviePass and it seems to be working. It’s too late to see the Spider-Man musical. The movie Eighth Grade should probably only be viewed by those at least in eighth grade or up since it’s rated R. Jon recommends the iArk. Moltz…
225: Monster Buffet
Jul 26, 2018 • 51 min
What the heck is going on with Henry Cavill’s beard? Jon discusses the book Checkpoint. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse looks great. Here’s how to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order. We also devote some time to the MacBook Pro…
224: Things You Can Throttle
Jul 20, 2018 • 46 min
Moltz like Toji-kan sake. Please stop calling gadgets “sexy”. Liam is going to miss his sisters. Jon recommends Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer videos. Or you could watch some classic Saturday Night Live Jeopardy skits. Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the…
223: Products for Winners
Jul 14, 2018 • 43 min
Jon still recommends Rocket League for playing with the kids. Our thanks to Sixt, a whole new car rental experience. Rent top quality cars, like a 2018 Jaguar F-Type, at affordable prices in cities like Miami, LA, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia,…
222: My people are big into money
Jul 7, 2018 • 40 min
Our thanks to Joule Sous Vide, the easiest way to get an amazing dinner on the table that everyone will love. Thanks to Joule’s precise temperature control, you can make restaurant-quality food at home any night of the week. To get yours, visit…
221: Passive Aggressive Revenge Strategies
Jun 28, 2018 • 34 min
Renting a Jaguar F-Type seems like it would be pretty cool. NBC News looks at an adventure playground in New York full of hammers and saws. Here’s the official site for it. Our thanks to Sixt, a whole new car rental experience. Rent top quality cars, like…
220: Always Play as Thanos
Jun 23, 2018 • 37 min
Jon and Moltz discuss Solo before they are joined by one Lex Friedman. Moltz is excited about Mario Tennis Aces. Neven Mrgan makes some great signs at the request of his son. The definition of “bershon”. Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom doesn’t look all…
219: Our Kids Are Already Ruined
Jun 16, 2018 • 38 min
We talk about an NPR article on how to get your kids to do chores without hating it and realize it’s too late for our kids. Jon recommends The Staircase: An American Murder Mystery on Netflix for your summer viewing (not for the kids). Lex does not…
218: Eat It
Jun 9, 2018 • 40 min
Our thanks to Simple Contacts. Renew your prescription and re-order your brand of lenses from anywhere, in minutes, through an online, self-guided vision test. Get $30 off your first Simple Contacts order by going to simplecontacts.com/ttca or enter the…
217: Moltz IS the Boilermaker
May 30, 2018 • 49 min
Jon references Cars That Go Boom. Moltz likes The Expanse. Lex is high on Forto. That da Vinci drawing of a man with his arms outstretched is called Vitruvian Man. Our thanks to Sixt, a whole new car rental experience. Rent top quality cars, like a 2018…
216: 18
May 25, 2018 • 36 min
How do you keep a yarmulke on? Kippon. Turns out “Dan In Real Life” is the name of a movie as well as being a good name for a podcast with Dan Moren. An amazing thread about Utah children’s names. You can find more Utah names at Utah Baby Namer. Lex…
215: Kleptosexual
May 11, 2018 • 42 min
Jon and Lex discuss Ready Player One. Two girls who were FaceTime friends meet in real life. Jon’s Pick Of The Week is Steam Link for iOS. Finally he can play Dream Date Daddy on his phone. Moltz likes Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories. Jon recommends Chef.…
214: Cocaine Thursday
May 4, 2018 • 40 min
George Clooney used to have a pet pig. Are the owners of Coors brewing Nazis? Well, not Nazi Nazis, anyway. Some more on free-range parenting. A strange and unfortunate incident from Tacoma. This superintendent is somewhat less than super. Our thanks to…
213: Summer is Coming. With Thanos.
Apr 27, 2018 • 46 min
Moltz reads the poem Good Bones by Maggie Smith (not the actress). Mission To Mars is not a great movie. Moltz was a budding Art Bell back in the day. Our thanks to March of Dimes. For every parent who’s ever done a frantic online search at 2:00 AM. For…
212: Promo Code: Butts
Apr 20, 2018 • 40 min
Kids in Utah are now free-range. Lex’s kids were watching An American Tail. Our thanks to March of Dimes. For every parent who’s ever done a frantic online search at 2:00 AM. For the first days home from the hospital, and every long night after that. For…
211: Car Terrors
Apr 12, 2018 • 46 min
Jon talks about the Black Mirror episode Arkangel. Jon reminisces about his dad’s Volkswagen Rabbit and Moltz about his parents Chevy Malibu Classic wagon. Moltz still likes the looks of the Saab 900 Turbo. Jon and kids liked Ready Player One. Our thanks…
210: Spring Break, Dad Edition
Apr 5, 2018 • 37 min
Lex would like to talk about his Swagger Wagon. The guy you might recognize is Brian Huskey. Armstrong recommends the game Werewolf. Our thanks to March of Dimes. For every parent who’s ever done a frantic online search at 2:00 AM. For the first days home…
209: Professional Dad Opinions
Mar 28, 2018 • 28 min
Do not click on this link to Share My Shit, it is only being included for completeness. Our thanks to CanvasPeople.com, a really easy to use Photo-to-Canvas service that takes your favorite photo memories and turns them into beautiful artwork for you to…
208: I don’t need that
Mar 23, 2018 • 46 min
Here’s how to delete your Facebook account or just lie to them. Looks like it’s time to regulate companies like this. Jon says the kids like VSCO. 99 texting acronyms your kids might be using. Hank ready to do Easter battle. Our thanks to Away,…
207: It’s Been Awhile
Mar 17, 2018 • 38 min
Jon and kids liked Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Please enjoy The Wolverine podcast. Or the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Our thanks to Care.com for sponsoring this episode. Care.com helps you find any kind of care help you need: babysitters,…
206: Old Men Talking
Mar 8, 2018 • 49 min
A terrific and sad read about Ichiro Suzuki. Jon suggests the Star Wars Force Bands for the Sphero. The OP-1 keyboard from Teenage Engineering looks pretty cool, but expensive. Their Pocket Operators are pretty cool, too, at $50. This thread that started…
205: Not In An Armstrong Way
Mar 3, 2018 • 37 min
Hank used to play tetherball in all kinds of weather. Lex speaks of the movie The Tall Guy. Lex and his daughter are reading The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Lex plugs a podcast from his DEAR FRIENDS Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott called R U Talkin’…
204: The Kids Are Alright
Feb 22, 2018 • 39 min
This week: Liam is turning seven, we don’t want our kids buying guns and we think maybe young kids shouldn’t walk out of schools when high schoolers protest. Meanwhile, Kathy Lee Gifford thinks “the F word” maybe is “fart.” Lex likes HotelTonight for $80…
203: Kool Aid House on a River of Guns
Feb 17, 2018 • 46 min
Jon speaks highly of Black Panther. What type of flu do you have? Should a kid with rumpled hair and pants too small for him raise red flags? The Olympics feature the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Leslie Jones’s Olympics twitter coverage is…
202: Work Emergency Possibly Involving Wolverine
Feb 9, 2018 • 46 min
If you haven’t heard, Lex’s favorite team won the Super Bowl. He might have gotten a little emotional. Jon wonders if the iPad is computer enough. Moltz’s family used to have this wicked boss Betamax. Check out some of Jon’s pics. Our thanks to…
201: Steam Cleaning and Salad Questions
Feb 1, 2018 • 41 min
Do you know the history of the Caesar salad? Our thanks also to the new podcast, Life on the Fast Track. Cheer on three girl scouts as they design, build and race wooden cars in the Ford Girls Fast Track Races. Download and subscribe to Life on the Fast…
200: Self-Waterboarding
Jan 24, 2018 • 51 min
This year’s flu is pretty gnarly. If you get it, what should you do? Look beautiful, of course. Jon suggests NeilMed, presumably made by guys named Neil. Does your baby have snot? Just suck it out. But, please, not like this. The 2018 Women’s March did…
199: Best Fathering ProTips: Top 300 ways to embarass your kids
Jan 18, 2018 • 43 min
Please enjoy this Reddit thread on how to embarrass your kids. Kids, dont eat Tide pods. What is the matter with you? Support for this episode comes from Health IQ. Health IQ gets you lower rates on life insurance for living a health-conscious lifestyle.…
198: Doing It Wrong. Again.
Jan 11, 2018 • 43 min
Science proves Moltz right about smoke detector batteries. If, like Moltz, you haven’t been on Radiator Springs Racers at Disney, you can see a taste of it here (the actual racing part starts about five minutes in). Our thanks to Care.com for sponsoring…
197: Snownado 2018
Jan 4, 2018 • 36 min
No Armstrong this week but Lex and Moltz talk about snow, skiing and air travel. Moltz blew his buffer and couldn’t remember the name of Whistler. Despite Moltz’s belief that they’re falling out of the sky left and right, air travel was extraordinarily…
196: Not Good With Babies
Dec 29, 2017 • 28 min
Lex made a candy bar and was forced to dress up (https://www.instagram.com/p/BdDpbBqHsu7/?taken-by=lexfri) ridiculously for the privilege. He then tortured one of his children on this ride: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdGKVuEnFFH/?taken-by=lexfri As if…
195: Have a Nice Xmas
Dec 22, 2017 • 40 min
Jon and Moltz have enjoyed a little move called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Moltz recommends the holiday song Fairytale of New York even though it has a slur in it. Lex is partial to Wonderful Christmastime. One of Jon’s favorites is Darlene Love’s version…
194: Video Mad Libs
Dec 8, 2017 • 42 min
Moltz recalls the old ads for Raceway Park. Please pick up some fine Fireball products at Target. Lots of people suffer from stage fright. Only one has thrown up in Moltz’s driveway. If you wanted to buy any of us a Mac Pro as a holiday gift we probably…
193: Probable Hershey Trip
Dec 7, 2017 • 43 min
Here is the Game of Thrones character known as Buffalo Wildlings. Al Franken is resigning. Moltz makes a reference to Steve Jobs unveiling the original iPhone that no one thinks is funny other than himself. Lex’s Disneyland plan is discussed. Our thanks…
192: Men Really Really Really Really Suck
Dec 1, 2017 • 41 min
Moltz is hoping to get a Tacoma Rainiers hat for Christmas. Talking to your kids about Matt Lauer. We discuss Slater-Kinney and Carrie Brownstein. The Day After was not exactly the feel-good hit of the summer back in 1983. Zombieland is also apocalyptic…
191: Who Needs Oral Hygiene When You’re Dead
Nov 25, 2017 • 45 min
Jon makes a reference to the seminal movie Conan the Barbarian. Secret Hitler could be a good game for your kids. Or, perhaps, the great taste of Prongles if you can find some. Lex’s daughter is reading some Judy Blume books. Jon’s kids wanted to watch…
190: Caramel Earwax Swirl
Nov 18, 2017 • 50 min
We talk about clogged ears in this episode but do yourself a favor and don’t click on any of these links that Jon was texting us while recording. If you do, you might need to guzzle a bottle of Aftershock. Ed. note: Important Data from Lex Our thanks to…
189: Divorce doesn’t have to suck
Nov 12, 2017 • 40 min
Moltz is sadly not on this episode. Jon saw Thor and says kids 8 and will love it. There is some hilarious talk about Thor’s relationship to his hammer, Mjölnir. The younger kids will not get the reference, but their parents will. Lex voted. His wife and…
188: Headless Horseman Situation
Nov 2, 2017 • 42 min
Liam is adorable and somehow Lex still manages to not eat his face. Here’s part of Jon’s Halloween costume. Here’s Lex as the Spartan cheerleader. How did Moltz not know that Heathers was made into a musical? Please join the Resistance: bring back Reeses…
187: Butt Puns
Oct 27, 2017 • 46 min
Deathwatch may not sound like a book for kids but it won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. The movie Race With The Devil is probably not for the kids. Also not for the kids is Conan playing Grand Theft Auto. Cabel Sasser’s Buggy Saint’s Row. Good…
186: Respect the Dead
Oct 19, 2017 • 39 min
Want to see something scary this month? Watch The Haunted Mansion. It’s scary bad. People has supposedly been known to scatter ashes of their loved ones on the Disney Haunted Mansion ride. As always, be sure to check Common Sense Media to find out which…
185: This week’s show is cancelled due to Harvey
Oct 14, 2017 • 41 min
There’s a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer out. Hocus Pocus is another movie. Yes, it is. Emma Thompson has some words to say about Harvey Weinstein. Our thanks to Lily and Grey, makers of curated gift boxes. Make gifting simple with tailor-made boxes…
184: Favorite Teachers
Oct 6, 2017 • 36 min
Is this coach kidding? Ryan Gosling’s Papyrus skit on SNL was pretty good. Farewell Mr. Bunting is really good, too, but it’s not for the kids. Our thanks to Pro Flowers, fresh flowers delivered straight to your door, guaranteed fresh for seven days. It’s…
183: Lightning Fast Hunter and Pecker
Sep 29, 2017 • 35 min
Jon references Agile because this is a tech podcast. He’s also playing Rocket League. Is the C64 Mini real? Alas, probably not. If you haven’t yet, please enjoy Computer Show. Our thanks to Lily and Grey, makers of curated gift boxes. Make gifting simple…
182: Lex and Moltz Learn About Mormon Stuff
Sep 23, 2017 • 44 min
This week we delve into Mormonism. You might want to brush up on the Salamander letter. Mormon leaks is a site that tries to increase transparency within the church. Birdy isn’t a great movie for kids but Bye, Bye Birdy is fine. Do you want your child to…
181: Mazel Tov To You, Jon
Sep 17, 2017 • 36 min
Jon is sick. Moltz is travelling, so Lex goes solo. Until the TTCA Slack sent enough messages to wake Jon. Lex talks back-to-school wins. Jon mentions the accidental discovery of Dream Daddy, a gay dad dating sim. The Steam reviews are priceless:…
180: I’d love an option where I can throttle him
Sep 7, 2017 • 39 min
Sending good vibes to Florida. Stay safe during the coming storm. In Moltz’s neck of the woods, it’s fire that’s the problem. Probably a good time to learn how to plan for a disaster. Jon saw Dunkirk and The Big Sick and liked both. Moltz recommends The…
179: Dog-Like Object
Aug 31, 2017 • 31 min
Lex has now seen all the Star Warses, thanks to Not Playing with Lex and Dan. Long Lake Camp for the Arts is pretty amazing. Here’s the camp Lex went to, see if you can find the places he made out. Moltz can’t believe it but Urinetown is a real musical.…
178: Disney, No Kids!
Aug 25, 2017 • 38 min
Lex recently visited Disneyland and his question: “Why is there any amount of Chip ‘n’ Dale? Our thanks to That’s It Fruit for sponsoring this week’s episode. That’s It Fruit bars are great grab-n-go snacks for kids made of real fruit with no added sugar.…
177: MaxPunCon
Aug 20, 2017 • 41 min
Who needs a Dew bucket? Have you read The Butter Battle Book? We struggle to remember which Daily Show correspondent was in Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Blast From The Past was kind of cute. So was Enchanted. Arrival isn’t cute, but it’s…
176: Hamilton Slash Fiction
Aug 11, 2017 • 39 min
Jon is the best of us at Alto’s Adventure. He recommends Zombie Gunship. Liam solved a problem with Nabbit. Dunno if you’ve heard but the kids love Minecraft. Moltz reminisces about Red vs Blue. Our thanks to Pro Flowers, fresh flowers delivered straight…
175: Kids in Cars Not Having Coffee
Aug 5, 2017 • 40 min
No Armstrong this week so Lex and Moltz talk cars again a bit. Lex has a Tesla Model S. Moltz’s wife got a Subaru Crosstrek. Our thanks to Sleep Number, the best sleep of your life. Set your sleep number from 0 to 100 to adjust how firm or soft you want…
174: New Cars!
Jul 28, 2017 • 41 min
Jon and his kids play Steven Universe Monopoly. Lex uses the Plugshare app to… do electrical car stuff. Our thanks to That’s It Fruit for sponsoring this week’s episode. That’s It Fruit bars are great grab-n-go snacks for kids made of real fruit with no…
173: Horrible Bike Puns
Jul 22, 2017 • 43 min
Here’s Jessie Char’s passenger feet horror with Anderson Cooper. Our thanks as well to Blue Apron. Blue Apron ships you ingredients and amazing recipes. Learn while you cook and cook meals you’ll love. Go to BlueApron.com/TURNING and get three meals FREE…
172: Lex is a Hero
Jul 14, 2017 • 47 min
James Thompsons is the author of PCalc and also Lex’s personal travel agent. Moltz got a Switch but didn’t get the ARMS game. Conan O’Brien battled Will Arnett in a game of ARMS. Our thanks to Pro Flowers, fresh flowers delivered straight to your door,…
171: Food & Fireworks
Jul 7, 2017 • 54 min
Jon discusses his dinner at Yakiniku West. Our thanks to Sleep Number, the best sleep of your life. Set your sleep number from 0 to 100 to adjust how firm or soft you want your sleep experience. Find a Sleep Number store near you at SleepNumber.com and…
170: Home Improvement
Jun 30, 2017 • 42 min
Lex is away but Jon and Moltz discuss summer plans, fatherly repairs and power tools and such. Jon is a fan of heat-shrink tubing. Don’t make it weird. Our thanks to CozyPhones for sponsoring this episode. CozyPhones are comfortable headphones in adorable…
169: The One Where the Boy Dies
Jun 22, 2017 • 44 min
Lex will be dragging his tired children around an 11th century castle as a sign of his power. Maybe that’s why they got him a character that gets left in a hole. Our thanks to Redbox for sponsoring this week’s episode. School is out so it’s time to get…
168: Lex’s Father’s Day
Jun 15, 2017 • 34 min
Turns out there’s another Lex Friedman. Lex isn’t getting a Father’s Day present other than the one he’s buying himself. We again discuss Randy Pausch’s last lecture. Our thanks to Redbox for sponsoring this week’s episode. School is out so it’s time to…
167: I Was Literally In That Movie
Jun 8, 2017 • 50 min
Lex attended the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Lex recommends Impractical Jokers for Hank. We also discuss Twitter personality Darth who is a national treasure. We discuss children and their online presence, such as the kid who does makeup tutorials…
166: The Perviest Episode Ever
Jun 1, 2017 • 53 min
The kids in Jon’s house watched Hook. Moltz will not hear any criticism of Rufio and is looking forward to his upcoming origin story. Jon and Moltz both like Four Roses bourbon. Looking for a prom dress? Try not-an-advertiser PromGirl. We regret to inform…
165: LARP Disaster
May 25, 2017 • 38 min
Jon has some things to say about Pat Metheny. Also Nyle Steiner. This New York Times piece on German outdoor preschools is interesting but I’m not sure it’ll work in Alaska. We prep for our upcoming podcast about Jeff Goldblum (probably not a real thing)…
164: Sleepunder v Sleepfauxver
May 17, 2017 • 42 min
Lex makes many a Slack Call. Moltz fondly remembers Ho-Hos. Fidget spinners are causing injuries? You drive a stair car, you’re gonna get hop-ons. Everyone loves Otter Pops. The Chief Crunchy ice cream bar character is just as racist as Moltz remembers…
163: Furiously Awkward
May 11, 2017 • 41 min
Jon likes the Johnny Drum. As well as Booker’s. He is fresh from a production of Godspell. Lex just watched Little Shop of Horrors with his daughter. This guy really hates Portland. Our thanks to Protect America, award-winning home security with locked in…
162: Albert Brooks Hair was Fantastic in Taxi Driver
May 4, 2017 • 56 min
Lex discusses traditional hamentashen cookies but check out these hamentashen cookies. Common Sense Media can help you figure out what entertainment is good for your kids. The movie Caligula? NOPE. Even though it does have Helen Mirren in it. Lex’s wife…
161: This Ends Before I’m Born
Apr 28, 2017 • 28 min
You missed Bring Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Kids seem to like FaceApp (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/faceapp-neural-face-transformations/id1180884341?mt=8). Even if it is racist…
160: So Much Wrong With Everything
Apr 20, 2017 • 43 min
Lex likes Someday much better than that book Jon likes. The character John Munch has been on many shows. Jon recommends the movie Swimming With Sharks for Lex. Several of us like the game series Just Dance and it even has a Wiki. Our thanks to West County…
159: YouTube Rathole
Apr 13, 2017 • 41 min
Moltz fell down a rathole by watching the Space: 1999 intro credits. Then he watched the Six Million Dollar Man intro credits and so on and so on. Watching Julie Louise-Dreyfus crack up repeatedly is pretty fun. Get the real scoop on the 8-year-old who…
158: Gone to the Dog
Apr 6, 2017 • 43 min
No Lex this week but we have a special guest. Moltz talks about seeing Mike Monteiro’s talk on fighting fascism. Jon talks about Umberto Eco’s essay on Ur-Fascism which is available in PDF form. Jon speaks fondly of playing Need For Speed. His favorite…
157: Horror Show. For Kids!
Mar 30, 2017 • 39 min
We reflect on The Revenge of the Nerds. The new interpretation of It looks appropriately scary. The Moltzes don’t own the Is It Tea You’re Looking For teapot. Yet. John C. Reilly makes some weird videos. The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! was…
156: Missing Bidet
Mar 22, 2017 • 37 min
We talk about school experiences and Jon brings up some research showing boys and girls learn differently. More importantly, however, why isn’t Tushy a sponsor on this show? I mean, really. Our thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this episode. Blue Apron…
155: Kids are Like Dogs
Mar 16, 2017 • 42 min
Lex recommends a podcast called Brains On. And we all like Hello From The Magic Tavern if it’s not always kid-friendly. And, since this a podcast about pet ownership, we talk about whether or not dogs have emotions. Is a dog’s mouth cleaner than a…
154: Not Real Frustrated, Just Game Frustrated
Mar 6, 2017 • 32 min
Lex says a big thank you to Jared at Earwolf for helping him with studio time for this week’s show. Jon’s daughter wanted to go see Doctor Strange. They went to The Red Turtle instead and he recommends it. If you feel like it, why not introduce your…
153: Kids R Weird
Feb 28, 2017 • 49 min
We talk about a bunch of parenting stuff before we get to entertainment, I swear. Moltz love The Great Escape but there are a few goofs in the movie (he’s gonna have to go back and check the one he mentioned because it doesn’t seem to be listed on IMDB).…
152: Just for the Halibut
Feb 23, 2017 • 41 min
Note: Mr. Armstrong apologizes for his crap audio. Time for a new mic. The San Diego Zoo is a great place to spend the day or a few hours if you’re 13. Pizza Port and The Belly Up Tavern are two of Lex’s favorite San Diego places. Jon brings up mercury…
151: Valentimes & Crafts
Feb 15, 2017 • 35 min
We talk about Valentine’s Day for a bit and then crafts. Jon recommends a fancy paper cutter. He also suggests a color laser printer. This is the one The Wirecutter recommends. Our thanks as well to Movement Watches, makers of beautifully designed watches…
150: Wildo the Schmildo
Feb 10, 2017 • 43 min
Having trouble getting going in the morning? Jon recommends HappyLights, there’s a big one and a smaller one. Here’s an awkward letter to have you kid sent home with. And a child’s awkward drawing to go with it. Our thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring…
149: All Games, No Politics
Feb 1, 2017 • 47 min
Jon recommends the game Telestrations. Jon speaks fondly of the Black Knight pinball game. Lex’s dad had the Dolly Parton pinball. Moltz waxes poetice about Tempest again. He also like Star Castle. Jon remembers Indy 500, a pretty stone-aged racer game.…
148: An Inconvenient Reality
Jan 26, 2017 • 39 min
Moltz and Jon went to Women’s Marches last Saturday. Jon has some pictures from DC. Lex is certifiably, 100% apolitical but his children are dangerous subversives who inexplicably hate Dear Leader. Here’s a map of the Washington DC Mall if you’d like to…
147: The Podcast Party
Jan 19, 2017 • 46 min
Jon and Moltz are fans of the Netflix show Travelers. Jon will be attending the Women’s March in DC this weekend, Moltz the one in Olympia. You can find one near you here. Jon points out some nice anti-Trump posters. Lex can’t talk politics so he talks…
146: Stay Hydrated
Jan 12, 2017 • 42 min
How about president-elect, huh? Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes was better viewing than Trump’s press conference. A six-year-old ordered a $160 doll house from an Amazon Echo. Our thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this episode. Blue Apron…
145: You Can Sext if You Want To
Jan 4, 2017 • 45 min
Moltz’s mom got them a puzzle from Wentworth Puzzles and they’re not as expensive as he thought. Jon’s kids were wowed by the Wright brothers exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum. Bullet Bill sends kids a bad message about gun safety. Our thanks…
144: The End of 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 34 min
Lex took his kids to see Sing. Liam is learning to play Nintendo Land (which Lex mistakenly calls “Nintendo Party” in the episode). Liam gave Lex this plate which is awesome and he loves and is not copyright-violating. Moltz made Cioppino for Christmas…
143: Rouge One
Dec 22, 2016 • 37 min
BEHOLD, THE MENORASAURUS! Our thanks also to Toca Boca, makers of Toca TV. Toca TV is hand-curated videos for kids with no ads. Everything from Minecraft let’s play to silly songs. Download it today from the App Store and enter code TTCA to get your first…
142: Manspread Like Keanu
Dec 15, 2016 • 39 min
John Wick is a violent but fun movie and definitely not for the kids. Super Mario Run is out! The name of Neven Mrgan’s upcoming game that Moltz couldn’t remember in the show is Stagehand. Moltz and son still like the new Plants vs Zombies card game.…
141: Fake News
Dec 6, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode we talk about kids and fake news. Snopes is a good place to start. Our thanks to Enclosed, gorgeous and enticing panties for women. Visit Enclosed.com/car and get $25 off any of their subscription plans. Our thanks also to Toca Boca,…
140: Avalon (Lex Needs to See This Movie)
Dec 1, 2016 • 45 min
Moltz talks a bit about his new MacBook Pro. Lex has a pretty sweet PAC-MAN clock. Lex likes NES Remix. Jon made some neat videos of the Parrot Mini Drone. Lex’s son is getting some cool LEGO physics toys. Moltz’s family is getting an Xbox One Minecraft…
139: Number Two
Nov 24, 2016 • 46 min
Contrary to rumors spread by us, Lex is not digging the Cards Against Humanity hole. Moltz watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this week. The Mayo Clinic has some recommendations on potty training. As does WebMD. Our thanks to Enclosed, gorgeous and…
138: Make America Dads Great Again
Nov 16, 2016 • 40 min
Hey, to divert you from the unpleasantness of the U.S. presidential election, we talk about… uh, well, the election again. Sorry. We talk about some other stuff, too, though. Moltz was unaware of Evan McMullin’s candidacy in Utah. Worried about talking to…
137: Election Hangover
Nov 8, 2016 • 63 min
Lex is away so Moltz and Jon commiserate over the U.S. election results. One good note, we elected our first Somali-American legislator. And, to ease the pain, Moltz bought himself a new MacBook Pro. Maybe consider a donation to the ACLU. Our thanks to…
136: Electile Dysfunction
Nov 2, 2016 • 47 min
Hey, did you hear that the Cubs won the World Series? Just don’t discuss the current trend of the presidential race with Moltz. Armstrong is happy with the results of his bulk Halloween candy purchase. Our thanks to Sleep Number, the best sleep of your…
135: Big
Oct 25, 2016 • 47 min
Jon is back from his trip with his girls to Arches National Park. They all surved the Delicate Arch hike. It was beautiful. Jon and his girls visited Zion National Park in 2014. All of the hosts can recommend Hello From the Magic Tavern, a hilarious…
134: Moltzytasking
Oct 19, 2016 • 49 min
Who doesn’t like a nice story about a girl raised by monkeys. Penny Dreadful is a good show. Not so much for the kids. The Saturday Night Live skit “Farewell, Mr. Bunting” is hysterical and also not for the kids. You’ll be happy to know Moltzytasking.com…
133: Halloween at Costco
Oct 12, 2016 • 49 min
A new movie takes a look at genital mutilation. Moltz’s son might go as Jigsaw from the Saw movies on Halloween, even though he hasn’t seen the movies. Lex’s son is going to be Mario. One of Jon’s girls is going to be a Ghostbuster. Another a character…
132: The Rebound, Jr.
Oct 6, 2016 • 51 min
This week we talk tech and Lex tells us about his arcade game machine. You may remember Super Pac-Man as the confusing and hard-to-play Pac-Man. Sorry, Windows and Linux users, we spend a bunch of time on macOS Sierra. Lex’s Instagram account includes…
131: Lick the Third Rail
Sep 28, 2016 • 43 min
Have you shown your kids the SNL more cowbell skit? Our thanks this week to Tweed Wolf, where it takes just three simple steps to produce a beautiful hardcover photo album. Nothing to design, download or install. Go to TweedWolf.com/TTCA and get a $50…
130: Pictures Not Exhibited
Sep 21, 2016 • 45 min
Lex is away this week so Jon and Moltz discuss some iOS 10 Photos features. Jon also uses Google Photos. Moltz probably needs to upgrade his iCloud storage. Tacoma’s Stadium High School is pretty cool looking. Our thanks this week to Tweed Wolf, where it…
129: Back to School Follow-up
Sep 14, 2016 • 47 min
We geek out for a bit about iOS 10. Moltz has some questions about iOS Family Sharing. Kids should not be subjected to Teen Wolf Too. We reference a classic episode of Turning This Car Around: Weights On The Unit. Our thanks to Harry’s. Harry’s sells…
128: iPhone 7! For Kids!
Sep 8, 2016 • 53 min
Jon heard the most recent episode of The Rebound and needs to talk some Apple stuff. And kids. The jet black iPhone 7 probably scuffs but is apparently the grippiest of the iPhones. Moltz is excited for the AirPods although they might be easy to some…
127: Navigational & Marital Aids
Sep 1, 2016 • 46 min
This week, it’s dads and directions. Jon uses Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze, just to be on the safe side. Lex’s family paid another visit to Diggerland. Lex has some praise for the Make-A-Wish organization. Taking the Tappan Zee Bridge is almost always…
126: Hershey Highway
Aug 24, 2016 • 50 min
The Moltzes visited Hershey Park last week but not Lex or Jon. An encounter with an old iMac prompts Jon to give some backup advice. Walgreens is not a sponsor, but Jon says it’s a good, cheap place to print your pictures. Our thanks to Close5 for…
125: Dad Guilt
Aug 18, 2016 • 49 min
Moltz is on a well deserved vacation and Lex joins Armstrong from the magical and storied Earwolf studio in Los Angeles. The only guest on this episode is massive amounts of guilt. Armstrong has seen the new Pete’s Dragon. Lex talks about forcing his…
124: Binge Dranking
Aug 10, 2016 • 46 min
Jon’s daughter lost a tooth. Writing for The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan suggests How Helicopter Parenting Can Cause Binge Drinking. Jon is trying out Google Photos and has some privacy concerns. Our thanks to Hooked On Phonics for sponsoring this week’s…
123: Bidet Curious
Aug 4, 2016 • 49 min
Psychologists recommend children be bored during the summer. Moltz and son are playing Super Mario 3D World. Please meet Lex’s bidet. The Xbox One S is a 4K Xbox for your viewing pleasure. Here are some age-appropriate chores for your frontier child. What…
122: Summer Corn Circle
Jul 26, 2016 • 47 min
Lex kinda sorta suggests the Norpro 5405 Grip Ez Corn Cutter. Jon’s discovery of the “Amazon Corn Page”. Moltz talks a bit about his Circle. Jon explains ARP spoofing. Our thanks as well to Mack Weldon. Mack Weldon makes fucking glorious underwear to hold…
121: Whipped Cream (Vodka) & Other Delights
Jul 21, 2016 • 56 min
Lex is enjoying himself some delicious vodka. Jon’s daughter likes the Junie B. Jones books. Our thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this episode. Blue Apron ships you ingredients and amazing recipes. Learn while you cook and cook meals you’ll love. Go to…
120: Nerds
Jul 12, 2016 • 52 min
Jon saw The Secret Life of Pets and gives it a thumbs up. Have you heard of this Pokémon Go thing? Kinda huge. Moltz liked Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which is on Netflix streaming. Our thanks to Blue Apron for sponsoring this episode. Blue Apron ships you…
119: Everything is Awful
Jul 7, 2016 • 43 min
We offer some thoughts on recent horrible events, including what happened in Dallas. It has us thinking about 1968. Our thanks to Rhone, makers of very fine athletic wear. Their silvertech technology fights odor and provides maximum comfort. Visit…
118: OITNB LARP Camp
Jun 29, 2016 • 48 min
Jon Dickerson writes an elegant ode to camp. Jon is not that many degrees separated from Sting (that’s Sting’s daughter). Moltz recommends Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens which features new dialog from the original cast of the movie. Jon recommends…
117: Don’t Touch My Kid
Jun 23, 2016 • 42 min
A Medium article suggests we stop trying to make everything perfect for our kids. Can it be there was a Saturday Night Live parody Apple ad that Moltz hasn’t seen? Our thanks to Pinhole Press for sponsoring this episode. Upload your photos and make a…
116: My Connection is Better Than Yours
Jun 16, 2016 • 42 min
Airplane is a good movie. Swift Playgrounds should be a good way for kids to spend the summer. Human Resource Machine is more of a game but also teaches programming. MIT’s Scratch is a third way for kids to learn programming. Our thanks to Pinhole Press…
115: Lex Pool Party
Jun 8, 2016 • 43 min
None of us is crazy about Amelia Bedelia. Lex is OK with Frog and Toad but thinks one of them is a jerk. Our thanks to Pinhole Press for sponsoring this episode. Upload your photos and make a simple and smart memory game for your kids. Visit…
114: Covered in Gorilla @#$%
Jun 2, 2016 • 36 min
Lex loved this year’s Spelling Bee. Sleep++ is an Apple Watch app Jon uses for sleep tracking. Are you the last person on the Earth to hear about Chewbacca mom? What about the Cincinnati gorilla? Moltz and Jon are concerned the only Star Wars movie Lex…
113: There’s A Weird Switch Inside Me
May 24, 2016 • 58 min
Moltz was taught a messed up alphabet as a kid. Jon is having quite the situation with his refrigerator. Our thanks to the Amazon Kindle e-reader, a co-sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Kindle e-reader is the perfect no-strings-attached…
112: Strategic Conquest
May 19, 2016 • 48 min
Jon’s last name is Armstrong if you hadn’t heard. Lex still likes to play Excitebike. Moltz wants to get the Midway Arcade figure for Lego Dimensions. I mean his kid does. His kid. Super Mario Maker is a pretty cool game, too. Moltz fondly remembers…
111: Harmonica Convergence
May 9, 2016 • 46 min
Lex waxes nostalgic about his 1990s wacky sound device. Remember the Big Mouth Musical Singers? We do. Polaroid has a new instant-print camera. They also have a printer you can send pictures to right from your phone. Our thanks this week to Mack Weldon.…
110: Littler Hitler
May 4, 2016 • 46 min
We make mention of Room, both the book and the book/?tag=turningthiscararound-20” rel=”nofollow”>the movie. Jon thinks the song The Mighty Rio Grande from the movie is pretty amazing. We also mention the movie 127 Hours which somehow leads us to talking…
109: Live on Tape from the TTCA Tower
Apr 26, 2016 • 77 min
Jon mentions the movie Tapeheads. Lex’s kids are getting into Minecraft, which Moltz wrote part of a book about. Lex is considering getting a MAME cabinet for his basement. People have some thoughts on how to make scrambled eggs appropriately. Moltz’s…
108: Netflix and Dryl
Apr 21, 2016 • 44 min
Moltz and Armstrong advise Lex to invest in a drone to track his children. They stand behind that solid parenting advice. Leslie Blanchard’s Huffington Post piece about what happened when she was afraid her daughter was being the bully. Moltz’s son used…
107: Sprained and Steampunk Dog
Apr 14, 2016 • 45 min
Lex’s presence prevents Jon and Moltz from geeking out over the Doctor Strange trailer. Moltz talks about his vacation in Long Beach, WA. Tampopo is the best movie about ramen. Probably not for the kids. Lex’s son is doing some ads which causes us to…
106: How To Crush It At Disneyland
Apr 4, 2016 • 54 min
Lex shares his family’s schedule for their recent Disneyland trip. Spoiler alert: They crushed it. Here’s the epic breakdown of schedule and some insights about FastPass usage. Day 1: 21 rides!! https://twitter.com/lexfri/status/714644838516264960 See the…
105: Don’t Insert Your Junk
Mar 30, 2016 • 51 min
Lex is at Disneyland this week so we are talking with very special guest Merlin Mann! Author Peggy Orenstein has thoughts on how we talk to girls and sex. Moltz has a complaint about iOS provisioning profiles. Merlin recommends Cloak and 1Blocker. What is…
104: Disney Cheese Dog
Mar 25, 2016 • 28 min
Lex is on his way to Disneyland. Moltz has questions about California Adventure. Alaska flies Disney-themed planes. Lex is not riding one of those. Lex is a fan of his keypad door locks. Our thanks to Acronis for sponsoring this episode. Your stuff is…
103: Baby Tampy
Mar 14, 2016 • 44 min
Lin-Manuel Miranda worked on the music in Maz’s bar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you have a daughter, consider making a first period kit. California has raised the age for buying tobacco to 21. Moltz and Jon like Firewatch. Our thanks to Acronis…
102: Zombies Inside Out
Mar 9, 2016 • 50 min
You all know that Airborne is B.S., right? Firewatch is a great game. Lost Highway is a good movie. Neither of these are probably for the kids. But Inside Out is. There’s a new trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Jon’s favorite non-Pixar animated film…
101: Civics
Mar 3, 2016 • 48 min
Lex is away this week so Jon and Moltz start by talking about movie trailers. Surprise. The trailer for the new Ghostbusters looks pretty good but has one problem that bugs us. Jon is looking forward to Batman vs. Superman, Moltz is skeptical. Jon has…
100: The Granny Situation
Feb 25, 2016 • 48 min
It’s the 100th episode and we have a cast of 1,000s lined up for, nah, it’s just us. Always remember to get off in Crackton. What else would we talk about on our 100th episode than Anita Hill. That Liam sure likes Uptown Funk. Mouth.com may sound like a…
99: Designated Lunch Packer
Feb 17, 2016 • 48 min
Please enjoy the Jurassic Park theme song done on the melodica. Lex’s son is getting a karaoke machine for his birthday, perhaps one like this. We talk about school lunches and food allergy rules (links are not necessarily endorsements, we support keeping…
98: Frothy
Feb 11, 2016 • 43 min
This week we talk about timeouts and breakfasts. As mentioned on previous episodes, Moltz’s son is fond of omurice. Lex may be reigniting an open relationship with Brian. Our thanks this week to Sleep Number, the best sleep of your life. Set your sleep…
97: Lapsitter Thingmaker
Feb 3, 2016 • 40 min
Here’s your overblown parenting article of the week, this one about child prodigies. Here’s a funny video that involves quantum mechanics, chess, Ant-Man, Stephen Hawking and Bill and Ted. Seriously. Little Bits looks pretty cool. Snap Circuits are also…
96: Four Holes for Your Butts
Jan 28, 2016 • 46 min
Here’s a story sort of about a dad getting arrested for taking away his daughter’s iPhone but there’s more going on. Some smart kids have a plan on how the oceans can clean themselves. Finally, Brian, beloved by all some, returns to the show in a surprise…
95: FIreplaces are B.S.
Jan 22, 2016 • 45 min
Here’s an article on parenting. We don’t really talk about it very much in this episode. Here’s how to build an upside down fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America says Duraflame logs are safe but Moltz doesn’t buy it. Make sure your chimney doesn’t…
94: Enema Time
Jan 14, 2016 • 48 min
Lex is enjoying him some Slimfast and they’re not even a sponsor. Jon and Moltz are more into Bulleit. We wonder about the safety of kids drinking caffeine but the big problems seem to be soda and energy drinks, not necessarily coffee or tea. Adele’s…
93: Lex’s Last Dance
Jan 7, 2016 • 55 min
Moltz quotes the movie Top Secret. Some of our kids are going through changes. Jon’s daughters plays Tapple and Telestrations. Moltz’s family is currently playing Ticket To Ride. Second Step is a bullying prevention program which is probably better than…
92: The Lex Awakens
Dec 23, 2015 • 75 min
NOTE: There is a special, holiday Star Wars aftershow, where spoilers to Star Wars, Episode 7, The Force Awakens, are shared. After the end theme plays, you should not listen if you want to remain pure. Our thanks to Little Passports. Subscribe to Little…
91: Snowball(ing)
Dec 16, 2015 • 62 min
Patton Oswalt’s Star Wars filibuster is a must-see. The Chevy Malibu Classic Moltz grew up driving looked almost exactly like this one. The record store Moltz worked in during the ’80s is still there You cannot buy pot there. Never could. Jon attended a…
90: A Very Chomsky Christmas
Dec 10, 2015 • 57 min
No Lex this week, he’s still on vacation. Jon’s daughters are fans of Little Big Planet. Moltz’s son is hoping to get Lego Dimensions this year. Moltz will, sadly, not be playing Star Wars Battlefront on a shiny new Playstation 4 this year. Moltz…
89: Stereotypically Lex
Dec 3, 2015 • 39 min
The Moltzes played Settlers of Catan on Thanksgiving. The Friedmans played Pop 5. Moltz misspoke in the episode. The game his wife and son played was Cover Your Assets, not Protect Your Assets. Jon suggests getting people underwear and other items. Moltz…
88: Thankful for being born
Nov 25, 2015 • 53 min
Our thanks to Little Passports. Subscribe to Little Passports and your child will get an age-appropriate package with fun and engaging items that teach them about a new country every month. Turning This Car Around listeners can save 40 percent if you use…
87: Record Breaking Prostate
Nov 18, 2015 • 50 min
Lex and Jon are fans of Rocksmith, which is not an advertiser. Harrison Ford surprised some fans on Skype, unfortunately none of them were us. Hey, who likes purity balls? There’s nothing weird about them. When talking to your kids about sex, you can go…
86: Guitar Shopping
Nov 12, 2015 • 51 min
Moltz is away this week and we invite listeners to send some good energy and thoughts his way. Everybody should be fine. Unless they are not. The correct pronunciation of pedagogy. TL;DR: the long and short o sound are acceptable. Lex and Jon have a…
85: Helloween
Nov 6, 2015 • 50 min
For reference, here’s Liam as a restricted motion pumpkin. Jon is not a fan of Five Nights At Freddy’s. Children, however, seem to like it. Kids also like Disney’s Descendants. Lex’s Olaf pumpkin is a little messed up. The Minion is a little better. Lex…
84: Holy My Goodness
Oct 29, 2015 • 38 min
This week we start by talking about how you talk to your kids about an uncertain future. Moltz is the only one who took his kid to The Martian, which has swearing and is suspenseful but not terrifying. Unfortunately, the trailers before it for Crimson…
83a: The Force is Calling
Oct 21, 2015 • 50 min
Lex is absent on this very special episode of Turning This Car Around where Moltz and Armstrong let The Force in by talking about the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Moltz mentions the tweetfest of @drance about the Star Wars trailer which is…
83: Star Wars Schtick
Oct 21, 2015 • 55 min
We spend most of this episode talking about the new Star Wars trailer because kids. Lex doesn’t like Star Wars that much but he super likes Spaceballs. Then we spend some time talking about Mel Brooks movies. LATE BREAKING NEWS: Our data team has this to…
82: Dad Boner
Oct 15, 2015 • 46 min
Jon starts off by talking about Magnolia. Lex talks about Neil Flynn and West Wing. Moltz talks about The Martian. Jon’s vote for best 3D movie goes to The Edge of Tomorrow. This is a movie podcast, right? Jon took a trip down the Green River as a kid but…
81: 17 Inches of Dangling Hell
Oct 8, 2015 • 49 min
We start out by talking about names. Lex’s kids all happen to have analogs in the Joss Whedon universe. Sierra was almost Sienna if not for Sienna Miller. One of Jon’s daughters is kind of named after character in The Wire. Apropos of nothing, we’re all…
80: Figurative Hole in the Ground
Oct 2, 2015 • 46 min
80: Figurative Hole in the Ground by Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Jon Armstrong
79: Lex’s Sleep Patterns
Sep 25, 2015 • 43 min
This week we kick it off by trying to figure out if our kids have any idea what it is we do. We also catch up on the school year to date. We also talk about homework. And we don’t really have any links for this. Our thanks this week to Mack Weldon. Mack…
78: GWAR
Sep 18, 2015 • 39 min
We start by talking about Ahmed Mohamed, the teen charged for bringing a clock to school. Moltz got several of the details wrong, but Florida teen Kiera Wilmot was not as fortunate. The mayor of the town where Ahmed Mohamed goes to school is very…
77: Back in Time
Sep 11, 2015 • 59 min
Lex is away this week so first Jon and Moltz discuss the new iPad Pro, Apple TV and iPhones because they have apparently forgotten the theme of this podcast. Apple’s new upgrade program looks pretty good. Then the trailer for a new documentary on “Back to…
76: Nobody Has Sex in Pennsylvania
Sep 3, 2015 • 44 min
This week we tell our car stories. Sponsor Loot Crate is giving away THE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE. Is that The Glaive or The Infinity Guantlet? California is requiring self-driving vehicles have manual controls. Jon fondly remembers his VW…
75: Very Real, Very Estate
Aug 26, 2015 • 38 min
Jonathan Mann and Lex did a duet. One of Jon’s old places had vermiculite in it. Moltz’s area has toxic soil! If anyone wants to join the show Slack room, here it is Our thanks also to Little Passports. Subscribe to Little Passports and your child will…
74: Scared Straight-ish
Aug 24, 2015 • 54 min
Here’s the reading for the day: Most Parenting Advice Is Worthless, So Here’s Some Parenting Advice.” Here’s a good book on minimalist parenting called “Minimalist Parenting”. So, take it easy and learn to play craps with your kid. Jon recently enjoyed…
73: Illegalize It
Aug 13, 2015 • 47 min
Hey, kids, who wants drugs?! Lex has apparently seen White Men Can’t Jump which is weird. Lex took his kids to Diggerland and they did not do drugs there. Jon and Lex recommend Super High Me. Probably not for the kids, though. Set a good example for your…
72: Death and Underwear
Aug 7, 2015 • 44 min
First we check our underwear before checking in on camp experiences. Here’s the last ride you’ll ever love, it’s the rollercoaster of death. It’s no DeathCoaster. The story of a retired nurse who decided to end her life while healthy in her 70s inspires…
71: Location, Location, Location
Jul 30, 2015 • 52 min
This week we talk about REAL ESTATE. We hate to be the ones to deliver this news but Ann Rule has passed away. Moltz recommends this recipe for pork, onion and chili pepper stir fry. Big news: The Midroll has been acquired by Scripps and we aren’t all…
70: Liam! Liam! Liam!
Jul 22, 2015 • 47 min
It’s summer and we all wish we had machines that spray on sunscreen. If you open your mouth in the machine you can be shiny and chrome. Jon and Lex speak fondly of Global Entry, if you know what I mean. Moltz saw Mad Max: Fury Road while his family was…
69: Drinking Up to a New Level
Jul 17, 2015 • 37 min
Moltz is recovering from his first night with the wife and son away so please be respectful and listen to this episode quietly. We spend a bit of time discussing whether or not college is worth it. Here is a link to a piece that discusses the same thing.…
68: Ball Pit Full of Bunnies
Jul 7, 2015 • 53 min
This week we talk about Jon’s family vacation and Moltz’s week alone as Lex slides in and out of our space/time continuum. Jon is back from a week of driving the 2015 Ford Transit XL. And vacation. He also saw Circus Smirkus and recommends it. Jon and Lex…
67: This Ain’t SeaWorld, Grandma
Jul 2, 2015 • 47 min
This episode was recorded a few weeks back but it’s about summer plans so it’s a good time for a gut check. Jon recommends sea-bands for car sickness. Aren’t those car-bands? Lex’s family is going to Dutch Wonderland and Hershey Park. The Dutch Wonderland…
66: Bill O’Reilly Parts
Jun 25, 2015 • 43 min
Before listening to the show, please take the time to fill out a 5-minute survey on podcast advertising. When you’re finished you can enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! This week we talk about Father’s Day and so much more. We all agree that the…
65: Sacrificial Phil
Jun 17, 2015 • 52 min
This week we talk about the sacrifices parents make. First, as some FU, Jon and Moltz’s ideas for a reboot of The Rockford Files was favorited by Jim Garner’s daughter. Moltz sacrificed being at the live episode of The Talk Show at WWDC. Jon discusses a…
64: Middle School Means No Bare Shoulders
Jun 11, 2015 • 50 min
Before listening to the show, please take the time to fill out a 5-minute survey on podcast advertising. When you’re finished you can enter a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! This week we talk about middle school. Sometimes a kid in middle school…
63: Summer Family Movie Blockbuster Edition
Jun 5, 2015 • 58 min
Lex is away so we talk about summer television and movie-watching. Or something like that. First we talk about illness and how Moltz can’t see Felix the Cat or Heckle and Jeckle. Jon and Moltz both fondly remember General Hospital’s heyday. Both of their…
62: Blood Coaster
May 27, 2015 • 48 min
This week we talk about going away. Also coming back. Jon talks about his trip to the Faroe Islands. Jon recommends the San Francisco Exploratorium when in “Frisco”. It seems like every time we talk about travel we end up talking about theme parks and…
61: Learning and Some Hugging
May 17, 2015 • 40 min
This week’s episode is, sadly, Moltz-free. Jon and Lex do their best to talk about decisions parents face when a child performs well educationally. And then there is hugging. Lex’s accelerated/special learning included a lot of Tangram work. Jon mentioned…
60: Apple Watching Kids
May 5, 2015 • 40 min
This week we talk about Apple Watches and kids. Also what you’ll keep of your kids art. Moltz tells a story about a loose dog which makes him thing of The Incredible Journey. The book and the movie but not this version of the movie. Lex and Moltz tell Jon…
59: Let’s Get Physical. Or not.
Apr 22, 2015 • 50 min
Moltz is ridiculously mad about the Apple Watch ordering situation. He’s pretty sure that two-thirds of listeners have ordered an Apple Watch. But the real subject of this week’s episode is physical education and some about games. And camp. Anyhow. Lex’s…
58: 5th Grade Camp
Apr 17, 2015 • 50 min
This week Moltz relates his experience at camp. This camp, to be precise. Jon expresses his love for all things Wes Anderson like Grand Budapest Hotel and, pertinent to this conversation, Moonrise Kingdom. He’s also a fan of Boyhood, although that’s not…
57: I’m Conflicted At This Moment
Apr 10, 2015 • 32 min
Today’s show features a Moltz-free zone where Jon and Lex talk about parenting and stuff. And we hope Moltz is surviving camp. Follow us: @ttcashow. Lex Friedman can be found @lexfri, John Moltz can be found @Moltz and Jon Armstrong is @blurb.
56: Musical Camp
Apr 3, 2015 • 49 min
This week we talk about the theater. Lex likes Little Shop of Horrors. But his favorite stage production is The Book of Mormon. Jon likes The Elephant Man. Moltz picks Camelot. Jon was in Dracula. Moltz was in Antigone. What this has to do with parenting…
#55: Lexless
Mar 27, 2015 • 57 min
No Lex this week, so Jon and Moltz talk about learning how to drink, “Dad voice”, collecting things and Jon’s advice on how to scan old negatives using Legos. There’s a brief diversion about our old Macs, including the Centris 660AV and the old Mac Pro…
54: Free Range Parenting
Mar 20, 2015 • 48 min
It’s an all-scare-tactics episode as we talk about THE DANGER THAT LURKS FOR CHILDREN EVERYWHERE. If Kimmy Schmidt can get abducted, it can happen to anyone, right? Except it turn out it’s really rare and much rarer than people think. Still, parents are…
53: The Random Show
Mar 13, 2015 • 47 min
We start by talking about the Apple Watch and new MacBooks because we’re dads who are also nerds. Good news Minecraft fans! Mojang will soon be shipping its own Java with Minecraft so you don’t need Oracle’s tarted up version. If you want your kids to…
52: Performance Anxiety
Mar 5, 2015 • 49 min
Let’s talk about performances. Music, plays and kicking ass. First we talk about the weather. There’s so much snow on the east coast planes are sliding off the runways but in Washington state there isn’t enough snow on the volcano to play in. Jon’s…
51: The Hard Questions
Feb 28, 2015 • 41 min
This week we talk about explaining the hard things, like death. Jon knows some girls who are literalists like Amelia Bedelia or Drax the Destroyer. Sometimes explanations get hard. Lex uses Dead Man’s Switch which will send out pre-written emails in the…
50: Fears and Dogs
Feb 20, 2015 • 45 min
This week we talk about fears. Eventually. Sometimes you just start a podcast and then you figure out what it’s about during the podcast. Jon recounts a treatment he’s heard of for OCD. Lex’s daughter is considering donating her hair and if your or…
49: And his name shall be Cody
Feb 13, 2015 • 53 min
Dogs, dogs, dogs. Lex is getting a new dog. This dog, to be specific. Jon recommends The Art of Raising a Puppy. Lex and Moltz aren’t so sure. Moltz recommends a squirt bottle for raising a dog. Uber for puppies is a thing. Jon offers a cautionary tale…
48: Anal Vacuuming Technique
Feb 6, 2015 • 46 min
This week we talk about chores. Jon rudely brings up the last five minutes of the Superbowl. This episode is not brought to you by Febreze, Swiffer or the shredding industry but it might as well have been because those are good chores for kids. Moltz…
47: Rabbit Poop
Jan 23, 2015 • 47 min
This week we talk about pets because we’re so sick of talking about kids. Moltz recommends guinea pigs as small pets but his info on bedding is out of date and backwards. There’s not conclusive evidence, but you probably shouldn’t use either pine or cedar…
46: Vomit Jelly Beans
Jan 15, 2015 • 54 min
We start with a discussion of hygiene and then move into more game talk. The Armstrong kids (and Jon) enjoy a nice game of Tripoley or Apples to Apples. The Friedmans like Blokus and Jishaku and the Moltzes like Risk and Sushi Go. We also reminisce about…
45: Happy Puberty
Jan 6, 2015 • 44 min
First we review our respective holidays. Lex has seen and recommends Boyhood. Jon has some choice words for the people who took down the Playstation Network on Christmas. So instead of playing Minecraft, they played the LEGO Movie game. Lex talks about…
44: “Jews Don’t Drink Eggnog”
Dec 19, 2014 • 53 min
In this episode we catch up with Lex and discuss our holiday plans. You know what? You’ve been great this year. You should buy yourself a Drobo 5D like Jon did. And you should totally use that affiliate link to do it. Win-win. Happy holidays to all our…
43: Holiday Johns
Dec 12, 2014 • 65 min
Lex was traveling this week so we have a guest, one John Gruber. He’s apparently some guy in the Internet. Not coincidentally, this is our longest episode ever. What was the deal with bearer bonds back in the 1980s movies? They were basically what every…
42: Nearly Instantaneous Torque
Dec 4, 2014 • 47 min
This week’s episode runs the gamet. Buckle up. Jon’s in the New York area which blew up this week over a grand jury failing to indict police officers over the death of Eric Garner. We share the New York Time’s opinion. If you’re not one, you can read what…
41: Some Families are Farting Families
Nov 25, 2014 • 42 min
This week’s discussion centers around gender. Which leads us to presents, comic book movies and farting. It all makes sense, trust us. We’re professional podcasters. Moltz’s son got a Little Tykes kitchen for his first Christmas. One year Jon’s girls got…
40: LARPing the Manger
Nov 20, 2014 • 47 min
[Note: There’s a brief glitch in Lex’s audio about half way through. Unfortunately, it was a problem in the source file. We regret the problem.] It seems like the holiday podcasts start earlier every year. In this episode, Jon and Moltz explain their…
39: Minions Don’t Have [redacted]
Nov 13, 2014 • 42 min
Lex talks about his Disney cruise this week. They’re apparently pretty cool. Slides and food and entertainment and characters. If you like that kind of thing. He did not end up in a Gilligan’s Island situation, so even better. Speaking of characters, if…
38: Judgment & Blow
Nov 5, 2014 • 40 min
This week we get judgy. Other parents… we’re judging you. Not just this week but every week. We’re just talking about it this week. Really, there’s a long list of things we disapprove of, ranging from giving your kids unlimited access to soda and behaving…
37: Teens on the Corner
Oct 30, 2014 • 39 min
Hey, it’s Halloween! We talk about costume ideas. Here’s Lex as a greaser. Which pretty much just looks like Lex. Then we spend some time workshopping a “Han Solaf” concept. Jon discusses the dangers of drinking and trick or treating and how it leads to a…
36: Pro-Naked-Butt-Farting Tag
Oct 22, 2014 • 42 min
This week we’re $&^$-ing talking about *$&#@ swearing. If you want to read about kids and swearing, you could read this but you already subscribed to the podcast, right? You’re probably in your car. Why are you even reading these show notes while you’re…
35: There Are Two Holes In The Basement Wall
Oct 17, 2014 • 47 min
In this episode, we reminisce about how stupid we were before we had kids. And happy. Probably because we could get sleep whenever we wanted. There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a torture technique. We take two brief breaks, one for a commercial…
34: You’ll Never Love a Clown Again
Oct 9, 2014 • 45 min
This time we’re going to talk about the stories that get told. Some of them are lies, some of them are just fiction. Which is kind of like lying. Relevant films for some of Jon’s kid’s lies are The Sixth Sense and Poltergeist. Also, Shakes The Clown.…
33: Mucous Powers Activate!
Oct 2, 2014 • 50 min
Let’s get something straight before we get into notes: the fact that Jon Armstrong was able to filter out the DEAFENING SOUND OF GRINDING that was going on on his end is sheer wizardry and he should be feared for his magics. Now, notes. We’re going to…
32: Stay Off-Property
Sep 17, 2014 • 52 min
Just remember, no podcast starts weirder than this one. That’s our promise to you, the listener. But on this episode we talk about theme park vacations. Which are crazy expensive. Let’s just be clear about that. For California Disneyland, Jon recommends…
31: Accidental Car Podcast
Sep 10, 2014 • 51 min
This week we continue talking about going back to school. And, because “car” is in the name of this podcast, we finally get around to talking about cars. Turns out Jalopnik is a car site, according to Jon. While waiting for his school to start, Lex’s son…
30: Back to School
Aug 28, 2014 • 47 min
It’s back to school time! Congratulations, parents, you made it! Aaaaaand, sorry, kids. So sorry. (Not really.) For the etymology of the name Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse you can check the Wikipedia page. That has not much to do with going back to school. Like…
29: My Wife Would Not Say She’s Been Lucky
Aug 23, 2014 • 43 min
It’s technically still summer over here in podcast land, so that means we will be continuing the lack of formal show notes and instead share potential episode titles: No Infringement Intended You Have Skipped The Astral Plane What Are Your Feelings About…
28: I’m No Longer Fulfilled Taking Him to the Bathroom
Aug 16, 2014 • 51 min
Again with the absent show notes writer? Yes, again. Please enjoy these alternative titles for this episode: There’s Our Title Wasn’t That Bad I Have Deep Feelings The Whole Thing Is So Stupid Guess What, Bitches?! Need-to-Know Basis of Excitement Bros…
27: You Can’t Handle This Train
Aug 6, 2014 • 50 min
This week, our usual show notes writer is away on retreat. Please enjoy these alternative titles for this episode: I Punched Myself In the Scrotum Dialing the Gate There Might Be Some Crying Very Painful You Knew That Was Coming Cry Like a Moltzy Done…
26: Not-Yet-Born Kirk Cameron
Jul 25, 2014 • 52 min
To get things rolling, Lex talks about his lunch from GrubHub and then we all agree that our fathers were Nordicktrack users. Jon denies the rumors that his daughter is in a doom metal band. No, in fact she’s into Taylor Swift. None of our kids have…
25: Brian’s Pants Were Permanently Attached
Jul 12, 2014 • 47 min
This week we talk about what you save for your kids. First, though, it’s summer and Moltz’s kid loves him some wave pool. Here’s what Lex’s pool looks like. You’re welcome at his house any time. After a story Lex tells later, though, you might think twice…
24: A Dishwasher Is More Important Than Meat. Also Bourbon.
Jun 25, 2014 • 45 min
This week we talk about Father’s Day. Moltz got some nice glasses that look a bit like these. As far as things to go into fancy glasses, Jon recommends Maker’s Mark or Bulleit for everyday bourbon drinking. For the good stuff, try Pappy Van Winkle or…
23: There is a Beaver in the Nursery
Jun 19, 2014 • 45 min
This week we talk about gear again, because there’s a lot of territory to cover. We may do it again next week. If you haven’t seen The Rockford Files, well, you should. That’s not gear-related, though, unless answering machines count. If you love your…
22: Useless Nipples
Jun 10, 2014 • 55 min
This week we talk about gear. Eventually. We start by talking about underwear, which is not exactly gear but we’ll get to it. ThinkGeek has some underwear for the child in every dad. Then we talk about Frozen which is also not gear but is very popular…
#21: Swords and Guns and …
Jun 3, 2014 • 47 min
First, some follow up from last episode. The artist who did the covers of the Gor books was Boris Vallejo, not Frank Frazetta. We spend about half the episode talking about his art. And sort of how it relates to parenting. Kind of. A little. Here’s the…
#20: Don’t Put Fireworks Up Your Butt
May 28, 2014 • 51 min
We continue our discussion of summertime. Lex and Moltz do an impromptu review of the current summer blockbuster movie Godzilla (mild on the spoilers) which has the guy from Breaking Bad in it. There’s a little confusion between Godzilla 2000 and the…
#19: The Pool Whisperer
May 21, 2014 • 40 min
Once again we ask our listeners to complete a short survey that will help keep this podcast and other podcasts you might enjoy running. And you could win a $100 Amazon gift card. What other reason do you need than self interest? Not to disagree with Game…
#18: Tell Your Mom I Said Hi
May 13, 2014 • 38 min
In honor of Mothers Day, this week we talk about moms. First we ask our listeners to complete a short survey that will help keep this podcast and other podcasts you might enjoy running. Moltz tells the story of how he met Lex’s mom on Twitter. Jon speaks…
#17: Sex Talk 2: Army of [Redacted]
May 2, 2014 • 37 min
Sex, Part Deux! For an episode about sex we talk a lot about movies for some reason. There’s not much sex in The Avengers, Man Of Steel or Thor but Jon learned everything he knows about women’s underwear from the original Superman. Lex gets his…
#16: Why Do You Need the Rooster?
Apr 30, 2014 • 43 min
Speaking of sex, which we are on this episode, check out these cringe-inducing ads for HBO Go. Jon recommends Where Did I Come From? which features adorable images of people doing it. As for parts, Lex and Moltz mostly use clinical names but Jon’s kids…
#15: Mistakes Were Made
Apr 15, 2014 • 52 min
The dads take a break from their usual sterling parenting advice (cough) to talk about things they screwed up. Getting your kids to take shots successfully should be like Scott Pilgrim, but there are no coins for winning. John has recently had to cut back…
#14: You’re in Second Grade and Your Ass is Still in First
Apr 9, 2014 • 49 min
Other people’s kids. The worst, right? It’s not related to the topic, but John found his old mix tapes and expresses his fondness for Jim Carroll. Both Lex and Jon have the problem of their kids assimilating body issues. Lex seems to think he’s on a…
#13: I’ve Been Vetted
Apr 2, 2014 • 54 min
On this episode, the dads talk about becoming a dad. Ch-ch-ch-changes! That’s a David Bowie song, right? Once again the whole free-range kids thing comes up and it comes up early. Speaking of changes, since becoming a father, John cries while watching…
#12: Elmo Ate Daddy
Mar 26, 2014 • 53 min
Happy birthday! There are good birthday experiences and bad ones. And horrible ones. Lex is not a big fan of bouncy places like BounceU but Jon thinks Kangaroo Zoo isn’t so bad and John doesn’t mind Pump It Up. But as far as really good experiences, Jon…
#11: I Don’t Have Time for That
Mar 19, 2014 • 56 min
Let’s talk about time management. Can someone help us with this? Because we need it. John tries to sing a Jim Croce favorite but can’t. But time songs are a thing and many of them can make you cry is what you should know. The dads support schools efforts…
#10: Stay in School
Mar 12, 2014 • 53 min
Let’s talk about education. Getting to school, staying in school, homework, tests and the PTA. Jon’s use of the term “redshirt” is questioned, particularly since it doesn’t match up with John’s known definition of the term. Now you know why John’s kid…
#9: Ron is the 7th Cylon
Mar 5, 2014 • 54 min
Hey, kids! It’s screen time! Experts say you shouldn’t let your kids watch television until they’re two. And then they should only watch test patterns for a year. As far as shows for little kids shows go, PBS’s Curious George is pretty good. WonderPets,…
#8: Rad Hair
Feb 25, 2014 • 59 min
This week we talk about getting ready in the morning. There’s dressing, there’s brushing teeth, there’s hair… oh, god, so much hair. John recommends California baby hair detangler. Lex used a Barbie head to practice hair do’s and hair don’ts. Speaking of…
#7: Monsters Do Not Like Poodle Farts
Feb 19, 2014 • 55 min
This week we talk about getting away from your damn kids because they’re driving you crazy! Be forewarned: many states require that you have some kind of child care, though. (Dogs apparently don’t count? Lame.) John and his wife used Annie’s Nannies in…