By Clive Desmond - Peter McHugh
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Deadpan satire comedy memoir.
||CleanA 700-Foot Mountain of Whipped Cream||A guest episode originally aired on 99% Invisible. Written and produced by Clive Desmond||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 24 | Uncanny Valley (Into The Great Unknown)||Season 2 | Episode 24 | Uncanny Valley (Into The Great Unknown) |The world’s first Artificial Being wakes up only to find (despite his knowledge) something is missing.||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 23 | The Dove Anniversary||Season 2 | Episode 23 | The Dove | You never know who you'll meet on a skating rink.||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 22 | Driving Around With Susan (From Rumble Strip)||Season 2 | Episode 22 | Driving Around With Susan | Guest Episode from Rumble Strip. Takes you places others don't. Produced by Erica Heilman.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 21 | The Smithsonian||Season 2 | Episode 21 | The Smithsonian | How did the world change between 1986 and today? Visiting The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC is a good place to start.||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 20 | Wildlife||Season 2 | Episode 20 | Wildlife | What do pigeons want?||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 19 | Vanishing Twin Syndrome||Season 2 | Episode 19 | Vanishing Twin Syndrome | Imagine discovering you had an identical twin.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 18 | The Blue Buddha||Season 2 | Episode 18 | The Blue Buddha | The plan was to practice yoga. But on day 2 she met 3 local boys with a catamaran.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 17 | The Dove||Season 2 | Episode 17 | The Dove | You never know who you'll meet on a skating rink.||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 16 | The Gift of the Magi||Season 2 | Episode 16 | The Gift of the Magi | How do you buy a gift when all you have is $1.87?||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 15 | Nikita Part Two||Season 2 | Episode 15 | Nikita Part Two | What’s it like to have a number one hit record in Romania? Find out now.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 14 | Nikita Part One||Season 2 | Episode 14 | Nikita Part One | These days erasing history is more important than making history.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 | Episode 13 | Haunted Hotel||Season 2 | Episode 13 | Haunted Hotel | Unless you have a ghost phobia, business travel can be exhilarating.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12| Twisted Sister||Episode 12 | Twisted Sister | In some bathrooms, no one can hear you scream.||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 | Oak Valley||Episode 11 | Oak Valley | Why break up with someone in person, when you can do it online, and get some shopping done, too?||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 | Night Time At The Slaughterhouse||Episode 10 | Night Time At The Slaughter House | Pigs weren’t safe at this packing plant. Why should the humans who worked there be any different?||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 09 | Mid by Midwest||Episode 9 | Mid By Midwest | Snakes, fireworks, and two 12 year-olds: what could possibly go wrong?||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 08 | Strangers on a Train||Episode 8 | Strangers on a Train | A pair of American tourists meet a German woman on what turns out to be a one-way trip to Zurich.||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 07 | Runaway Molly||Episode 7 | Runaway Molly | Intergenerational sexual taboos hit a little too close to home.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 06 | Liars Club||Episode 6. | Liars Club | Hard-drinking middle-aged mandiscovers that karma actually does exist.||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 05 | Digitalis Interruptus||Episode 5 | Digitalis Interruptus | Ever met a 7 year old girl with a penchant for amputation? We have.||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 04 | Fahrenheit 1000||Episode 4 | Fahrenheit 1000 | Welcome to the one place where everything’s served well-done.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 03 | 911||Episode 3 | 911 | College grad learns powerful life lessons on first job. Then takes 5:45 home.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 02 | Search and Rescue||Episode 2 | Search and Rescue | Opera singer panics when pet monkey escapes into the wilds of suburbia.||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 01 | Special Delivery||Episode 01 | Special Delivery | Good Samaritan finds an unconscious man lying next to her car in a parking lot. Is giving him a ride home the right thing to do?||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
1st season great, 2nd not so much
The first season lives up to the billing. Great, surprising, and weird tales from Clive’s life, with an invented detail or two to tie things up nicely (hence the tag “83 to 100%” true). I can even forgive the Oak Valley episode that seems to only exist so it can poke fun at millennials.
Season 2 is a real disappointment though. The stories, if not straight fiction, are much more tame and uninspired, containing little life details about Clive or the characters within. It’s frustrating, because “A 700 foot mountain of whipped cream”, a moving yet experimental piece about growing up listening to radio and radio advertisements, is one of the best non-fiction podcasts I have ever heard. It makes the surrounding cookie cutter stories about femme fatales, yoga students, and artificial beings fall even flatter.
Hopefully season 3 will be more upfront about the fictional and non-fictional nature of each episode, and will stick to the latter.
My new favorite pod cast. Will take you out of yourself for a bit.
Between 83% and 100% awesome. Ear candy. If you like Here Be Monsters, Love and Radio or The Truth then you'll love this.