By Outrageous Mechanisms
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Categorical Oracle is a comedy podcast that pits three brave librarians against the rampant disorder of the modern world. Every other week your hosts apply the combined might of their organizational skills to a new topic in their never-ending quest to make things make sense. Join them as they unpack lists full of people, places, or things and organize them from best to worst and everything in-between.
||ExplicitPower Rangers Knock Offs||Once in a lifetime something truly original is made by combining existing clips from a Japanese TV show with new footage of attractive people doing high kicks. When that happens, the only thing to do is copy it as many times as possible in as many ways as possible in ways that just might make a child pay attention. Sit back and join the Oracles as they dig into some of the more interesting attempts to cash in on the earning power of the Power Rangers.||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSecond Sight||Categorical Oracle is entering its dirty thirties and to celebrate the Oracles are flipping the formula and taking a look back at what could’ve been by giving under-appreciated categories a second change.||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 29: Romance Novel Covers||The Oracle’s are back from their holiday hiatus! if that doesn’t get you excited then maybe these spicy romance novel covers will (wink wink)||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 28: B-List Christmas Specials||You know Frosty, and Rudolph, and A Claymation Christmas. The Miser Bros, Charlie Brown, and of the Grinch’s plan that was vicious. But do you recall, some of the least famous Christmas specials of all? No? Well don’t cry or pout, the Oracles are here to share their takes on some of the best, and worst Holiday Specials that time nearly forgot.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 27: Must Have Holiday Toys||Holiday episode season continues as the Oracles sort out the must have holiday toys of Andrew’s childhood||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 26: Weird Celebrity Diets||Did you go a little hard on the turkey and potatoes this Thanksgiving? Looking to shed some of that holiday weight and willing to take all of the joy out of your life? Well then why don’t sit back and join the Oracles as they take a crack at organizing some unique celebrity diets. If you’re interested in learning more, and supporting the podcast, check out Rebecca Harrington’s Book, “I'll Have What She's Having: My Adventures in Celebrity Dieting” here: https://amzn.to/2DWxOdM||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 25: Thanksgiving Potluck II - The Unthankful||Holiday traditions are important, so pull up a seat at the table and join the Oracles for our second annual Thanksgiving Potluck. This year’s theme, things we are NOT thankful for.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 24: Haunted Objects||Hey, are you thinking about taking a picture of that creepy doll in the corner? BIG MISTAKE! instead of throwing your life away, how about you settle into your coziest non-cursed chair and join the Oracles as they sort out some the this episode’s topic, haunted objects.||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 23: Conspiracy Theories||Bust out those tin-foil hats sheeple, in honor of this, the spookiest month, the Oracles are taking on one of their most terrifying topics yet, Conspiracy Theories.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||ExplicitVideoep 22: Fictional Kellys||What do Mindy Kaling, Jaclyn Smith, and Liam Kyle Sullivan all have in common? Basically nothing, beyond leaving an indelible mark on pop culture by way of characters named Kelly. Oracle Kelly (who maintains her Kellyness full-time with grace and wit) has challenged Mary and Andrew’s categorizing prowess with a list of fictional Kellys, and they get in the weeds brainstorming new installments of Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 21: Mythical Lake Monsters of North America||The Oracles might just need a bigger boat this time around as they tour some of North America’s most dangerous lakes and discuss the savage creatures that inhabit them.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 20: Great Lakes Tourist Traps||The Oracles are back from their summer vacation and are ready to show off their crustaches and opinions of the best tourist traps the midwest has to offer||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 19: Subversive Summer Reading||This week the Oracles are adding “overachievers” to their many titles and accolades by knocking out their summer reading lists early. However don’t be fooled into thinking they’re apple-polishing milquetoasts; for when all the “outdoor kids” were off playing sportsball your hosts had their noses buried in the bawdiest, juiciest, and wildest YA they could find, and they’ll joyride that train all the way to a library co-signed personal pan pizza. Features special guest Kate Whitney co-host of the latest Outrageous Mechanisms show, Space Bras!||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 18: Dumb Paint Color Names pt 1||On our latest episode the Oracles attempt to bring a little color into the world, and in doing so learn thing or too about parade float supplies, ballistic gel genitalia, fur diapers, and much more! Come along for the ride but please leave your mayo at home.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep 17: Summer Jams 2||Summer is finally upon us and to celebrate we're letting loose a previously unreleased follow-up to that CO classic Summer Jams, aptly titled Summer Jams 2. Originally recorded over the summer of 2017, this time around the oracles count down the #1 and #2 songs from 1977–1984, take a two month break, then pick back up with 1985–1996.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 16: Misused Quotes||"Hand down one of the best — and classiest — episodes of the show to date. You won't want to miss it. Ya Boob" - Captain Hook||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 15: Modern Greek Choruses||Don't you hate it when you're watching a movie and don't know how to feel? Lucky for you, the ancient greeks felt the same way and came up with a clever solution: the aptly named, Greek Chorus. It's worked so well over the centuries that we still use it today, and that's what our latest episode is about, modern greek choruses.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep: 14 Fictional Places to Get a Cup of Coffee||Feeling sluggish, do you long for the company of good friends? Well pull up a chair at the Oracles' table and wrap your hand around a warm mug as we take a tour of some of the fiction's most notable java joints.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 13: illegitimate Children of Zeus||On our latest episode, the Oracles bravely laugh in the face of the fates by taking a look at children of one of mythology's greatest cads, Zeus. We'll cover everything from dehydrated celestial bears to egg shell hats and golden showers, all of which help us to better understand the greatest lesson of the ancient greeks; Zeus is an a*****e. We prophesize that you'll love it.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 12: Go to Products in Supermarket Sweep||Is this one of your fantasies? You see a big beautiful supermarket and they say "go ahead, do what you've always wanted to do! Make terrible sandwiches, frantically dig through bins of canned food, and wear a dickie!" No? What if you got to do all that and get chased by men in rubber monster masks!?! Join the Oracles this week as they whip through the aisles in their cheapest primary colored sweatshirts and categorize some of the weirder bonus items from one of TV's most peculiar game shows, Supermarket Sweep||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 11: Awkward Oscar Moments||What a night folks! Hollywood’s greatest stars, both human and cardboard, are out and breathlessly awaiting the arrival of this week’s episode — and look who just arrived! It’s a stretch limo with all three Oracles packed in like sardines with a list just dripping in couture and jewels! They’ve got all the great Awkward Oscar Moments with them, from Adele Dazeem to the hottest “It” couple Rob Lowe and Snow White! This will surely be an episode you won’t want to miss!||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 10: Retired Conversation Heart Quotes||Remember being in elementary school and shifting through an impeccably decorated shoebox only to find impersonal Valentines your classmate gave you out of obligation? Remember that first February 14th after a brutal breakup where literally everyone else is eating steaks with their true loves and you’re just huddled with a crispy chicken salad wishing you could set yourself on fire? Well, this episode is all about blowing those hollow sentiments and bitter disappointments out of the water as the Oracles come to grips with stale sentiments printed on staler conversation hearts.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 9: Summer Jams||Winter bringing you down? Throw off your snowshoes. pop on your sandals, and join the Oracles as they take a look back at the most popular summer jams of the last couple decades.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 8: Cults||On this weeks episode, the Oracles have turned their eyes on some of America's most notorious cults and encourage all CO listeners to have a happy, healthy, and cult-free new year.||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 7: Rudolph: The Red Nose Trilogy||You know Rudolph and Hermie, and Yukon Cornelius. Donner, the Bumble, Santa, and Missus (Claus). But do you recall, the least famous Christmas creatures of all? Well, if you don't then pop on a pair of headphones and come with us on a journey through the ragtag menagerie of idiots, clock monsters, and elder gods that populate the trilogy starring everyone's favorite mutant reindeer; Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Rudolph's Shiny New Year, and Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July.||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 6: Pop X-Mas Songs||Hello-ho-ho faithful listeners and welcome to the first annual Categorical Oracle holiday episode. This week, we three oracles have traveled far to deliver you this nicely sorted list of pop Christmas tunes. So post up by the fire, pour yourself a pot of toddies, and unwrap our latest episode.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 5: Thanksgiving Potluck||In this very special Thanksgiving episode the Oracles are hosting a potluck! Get your lips smacking and your chops set because we’ll be carving up three mini lists this time around. Our buffet table is groaning with items each host is especially thankful for; a baker’s dozen of La Croix flavors, platters of famous cats, and to finish off, massive slices of Meat Loaf’s album covers.||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 4: Fan Theories||Break out the tin foil fez, it's Fan Theories||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 3: Halloween Candy||Join us on a sugar-soaked odyssey through everyone's favorite holiday treat, candy.||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicitep 1: U.S. State Flags||A categorical assessment of the U.S. State Flags||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart, hilarious, charming.
Amazing New Pod!!!
This podcast is clearly born out of love and I love listening to these three chat. Keep it going guys!