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America's top two podcast personalities are finally coming together in one podcasting event that will change the way you think about podcasting forever! Like a rock skipping over the placid waters of an alpine lake, Dan and John are all too well aware that this burst of kinetic energy will ultimately deposit them, like all human effort, at rest in the icy depths where no light can penetrate. Until then, they mean to thrill to the chase! To soak up the remaining light and banish thoughts of tomorrow! EXCELSIOR! Hosted by John Roderick & Dan Benjamin.
||Explicit53: Pendleton||John and Dan talk about eBay. John also shares his thoughts about the world. Kind of hard to describe.||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit52: The Algorithm||John and Dan talk about being invisible to young people, lightning bolt earrings, the deer and the racoons, The Algorythm™, Snapchat, and shadow dancing.||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit51: The Grease on the Windshield||John and Dan return for their first episode of 2017. They discuss snow smoke, scraping ice, altimeters, John's need of a new Mac, the InfoSec crowd, vintage guitar pedals, Guns N Roses, Duff McKagan, and Seattle bands.||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit50: The Oxidizer||John and Dan talk about mom games, the Maccabees, "Jeff Kennedy", and superpowers.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit49: Listening in the Stock Room||John returns from New York to talk with Dan about the weight of a gallon of milk weighs, a hobgoblin at the center of a gas giant, a room named after your wife, the proper use of toothpicks and general toothpick etiquette, the fancies in the family, how a||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit48: Elysium||John Roderick joins Dan Benjamin to discuss medications, women's shoes, Elysium, and more.||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit47: Man of East and West||John and Dan have a serious talk about family.||10/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit46: The Guy on the Edge of Town||While visiting San Francisco, John Roderick visits with Dan Benjamin to talk about being an introvert, general eccentricities, Charles Lindbergh, electrons, buying a church, and regional cuisine.||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit45: Pipe Organ Preservationists||While in Los Angeles, John Roderick uses the Internet to speak with Dan Benjamin about the protoform dog, pawn shops, Ye Olde Pizza Parlors, bagels, and gold chains.||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit44: Agnostic Wolf Attack||John Roderick and Dan Benjamin join forces to discuss American Express, orcish war machines, smashing roaches, "will cabins", sleep habits, wolf attacks, scuba diving, and deep seated fears.||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit43: All About the Hohenzollerns||John Roderick, the musician, talks to co-host Dan Benjamin about visiting Portland, his XOXO talk, sticking the landing, Flight 93, performing live, engineers vs. rock stars, learning by reading, squid overlords, and his walk across Europe.||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit42: The Integrity of a Cardboard Tube||John Roderick meets with friend and Road Work co-host Dan Benjamin to discuss Matthew Broderick's role in keeping us safe, 300 baud modems, typewriters, the importance of maps, georgraphy, learning times tables, and furniture made of cardboard tubes.||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit41: No Room for Ninjas||John Roderick and Dan Benjamin talk about being sick, doped up bears, large rats, going to Alaska, shopping for hot tubs, the Swap Shop, kung fu, ninjas, anime, cartoon sex, and Princess.||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit40: Fish Psychology||Musician John Roderick talks with his friend Dan Benjamin about spending the day in your sleeping uniform, predator eyes, owls, television station sign-offs, "Alaska Is", the Catholic Debate Squad, the challenge of being a human being, a humanist, the ben||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit39: Looney Tunes||John Roderick talks with Dan Benjamin about making an album, managing fan and listener relationships, taking criticism, meeting journalists, UFOs, and things that are meant to be.||8/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit38: Sparkles||John and Dan talk about Clumping Cream's latest album "Turnin' Chunky", butter coffee, the affogato, bartender utility belts, the air buddy, sparkles, sprinkles, jimmies, cake donuts, dirt and grease, and blueberry pies.||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit37: Three Cups of Coffee and a Dead Bird||John Roderick talks with Dan Benjamin about Navy vs. Air Force pilots, being an avid magazine subscriber, tank and horse battles on quora, fermenting juice, the longevity of food and coffee when stored on countertops and in hot vehicles, and more.||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit36: Dinner at the Hawk House||John joins Dan to discuss having dinner with someone you admire, differentiating yourself from the 5th graders, being arm-candy at a party, and what fame takes from you.||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit35: Mr. Yuck||John joins Dan as to open the history books about Minesweeper, John's lack of tattoos, leather pants, buying motorcycles, radioactive salt mines, the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, living your dreads, joining the rugby team, and Harley Davidson.||7/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit34: China Pig||John and Dan talk about carrying coffee mugs, stacking BBs, the coats of arms of military organizations in the Habsburg era of the Czech Republic, china pigs, Winnie the Pooh, licking buttons, junk-men, and the perversion of college.||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit33: Apocalypse Vehicle||John Roderick of Seattle sits down with Austinite Dan Benjamin to discuss the purchase of a police car, frisbee golf, the malaise years of the Carter Administration, Fox body Mustangs, visiting smelters at night, looking like a cop, the aquisition of an A||6/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit32: Chocolate and Gasoline||John and Dan talk about the Bohemian Grove, revisit optional traffic lights, street sleepers, the Macintosh Company, Mama Cat, perfect foods, and the Ampex ATR 102. John tastes chocolate and has an epiphany.||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit31: Socks and Gloves||John talks with Dan about fume venting, driving, the Chateau, skin to skin contact, sidekicks, Evel Knievel and the Snake River Canyon, first exposures to porn, interacting with millennials, and heroic practice.||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit30: Florida in Her Eyes||John and Dan talk about Helicopter-themed television shows (Blue Thunder), Magnum P.I., John's theater experience (Hot l Baltimore, etc.), Michelle Shocked, Northern Exposure, the A-Team, Foul Play, Greatest American Hero, the Bill Murray/Chevy Chase fued||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit29: There's A Lot of Stuff Inside A Bear||John and Dan talk about stolen sleep, interacting with the straight world, second sleep cycles, midnight wakefulness, what it means to be human, seeking a paleo life, the vagabond life, living on the skids, sleeping in the Aerostar, and more.||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28: Casual Shinto Exposure||John and Dan talk about days of enchantment, hauntings, Triskaidekaphobia, growing old with dignity, Charlie Watts, jazz hipsters, the Hardy Boys, growing up with religion, speaking Yiddish, Messiah politics, timeshares, and harnessing the atom.||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27: The Vampire Cross||John talks with Dan about trolling car sites, the essence of cool, The Fonz, Formula 1, lifting of curses, and being normal.||5/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26: A Glorious Revolution||John and Dan talk about Prince's passing, Kurt Cobain, humping songs, The smartest Beatle, converting insecurity into a lightsaber, The Emperor’s New Jams, sex, politics, and religion, idealogical purity, Ted Nugent's confederate army, and a glorious re||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25: A Pint Glass Full of Meatballs||John and Dan talk about La Croix, olives, potatoes (which John calls fat dirt), tater tot guns, secondary body spray, eating in the bathroom, John's lady friend/special lady, Future John™, the clenched fists of determination, Neanderthal genes, golems m||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24: Science Kids||John and Dan talk about John's recent experiment with being vegan, building princess castles, time spent thinking about food, addictive tendencies, the time Dan smoked pot, parking by the airport to watch airplanes land, the little devil on your right sho||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23: The Day the Internet Opened||John and Dan talk about men who talk about prostates, "gypsy curses", the collected work of a lunatic, the Instagram of Michael Stipe, self mockery, beards, virus immortality, the Great Bear Motel, and rooms available by the hour.||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22: All You Could See Was My Boots||John returns from his battle with a virus to talk with Dan about Russian baths, "the executive workout", terry cloth rompers, daydar, podcasting from home, legitimate businesses, private premises, cough buttons, Iron and Wine shows, becoming the "Al Pasto||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: Closed Head Injuries||America's top two podcast personalities are at it again. John recalls an Orlando mugging, wearing white jeans, getting in fights, murderers on the highway, living a life of romance, closed head injuries, nursemaid's elbow, and childhood traumas.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20: Wall to Wall and Treetop Tall||John and Dan talk about John's heart being on the wrong side, vehicle repair and owner pride, rising like a phoenix, being the lizard king, Ray Manzarek and his hair, living on the cusp of greatness, non-famous dog selfies, and more.||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19: Space Lizards||John and Dan talk about dentist chairs, marijuana whippet combos, near death experiences, and John's path from druggie to sobriety.||2/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18: Seized by the Demon||John and Dan talk about international coffee, using illness as means to escape caffeine and nicotine addiction, finding inner peace and your natural self, and licking a South American frog.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17: Knob and Tube House||John and Dan talk about salvage yards, the tearing down of Victorian houses and childhood schools, maritime maps, electrical wiring, the erecting of false walls, doubling down and powering through, the "Lady Carpenter", and the Flying Academy of Miami.||1/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16: No Raven Has Ever Brought Me a Button||John and Dan return for the new year in this special 2-hour extravanganza. John opens and reveals the contents of the mystery packages he has received. They also discuss macramé owls, taxidermy, dream guitars, zwetschgenmaennla, and spirit animals.||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15: One Foot in The 20th Century||John and Dan discuss faulty water pumps, becoming a turtle, efficiency for its own sake, the "cult of the best", interstitial moments, making art, compulsive self-documentation, and the lost history of humanity.||12/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14: Jinx! You Owe Me a Coke Pt. 2||John and Dan talk about how they define success, setting and achieving goals, and continue their discussion about conspiracy theories, bigfoot, the fluoridation of drinking water, The Long Walk, the Roswell UFO crash, and the Bermuda Triangle.||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13: Jinx! You Owe Me a Coke Pt. 1||John and Dan talk about superstition, jinxes, OCD, secret cabals, NFL money, surveillance, playing tambourines on the floor, real magic, and sociopaths.||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12: Intellectual Languages||John talks with Dan about his recent trip with John Hodgman, eating fancy meals, Cleopatra hair, Pendleton shirts, smoking pot and chewing tobacco, mixed media shows, foley artists, social scientists, metaphors of fire, and John's acquisition of Silver Me||11/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11: To Serve Man||John and Dan talk about John's mystery package, false Egyptian beards, reading in the modern age, receiving data, vinyl, authorship, and the Mighty Max.||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10: The Parts You Don’t Need||John and Dan talk about existential crisis, young coyotes, spirit quests, acid trips, Buddhist awakenings and the 4th Jhana, getting robbed, animism, talking to trees, long walks, and the vagaries of human experience.||10/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9: The Hill People||John and Dan talk cover tremendous ground, from grammar rules to Libertarianism and Marxism, restrained chaos, things you can do in a restaurant, Benghazi tweets, getting punched by strangers, wearing the wrong baseball cap, american tribalism, and travel||10/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8: Sacred Meanings||John and Dan take an investigative look at fashion, talking about contrast-collar dress shirts (so-called "lawyer shirts"), playing against one's type, a prison of denim and cotton, cutting your own hair, modern-day uniforms, dressing like a space cowboy,||10/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7: Working Out with Logs||Dan talks with John about his internal world, finding succor, peccadilloes, creating peak art, Nick Drake, the garbage robot, space barges, wasp sports, the Rocky 4 Model™, working out with logs, a chronology of the rockies, and the power of amateurs.||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: Nebbishy Vulnerability||John and Dan talk about monetizing the pizza rat, criks, shanty towns, survival bags, pocket knives and switchblades, when to use a machete, the stockpiler impulse, the line between necessity and luxury, owning 24 blazers, the perfect spork, feather aller||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: Barf. Doesn't matter.||John gets a speeding ticket and talks with Dan about automonmously piloted cars, instant messaging, being cocooned in neato, how social media may lead to the genesis of a sentient Earth, breaking Juan Gomez' Burton Woody, living in words, philosopher king||9/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: Pie from a Stranger||John and Dan talk about the search for automotive parts in junkyards, taking pies from strangers, the tendrils of insecurity, the cruelty of absence, emotional threats, a trip to Istanbul, clogged feeds, and the concept of giving.||9/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: I Now Declare This Mall Open||John talks with Dan about his recent performance with Fiona Apple, the events which took place on July 25, 2008 at the Westfield Southcenter mall, and their musical "first-times".||8/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Trading Sandwiches||John and Dan talk about fixing cars, metal shop, handheld football games and pacman watches, exploding cigarettes, wearing vests, Wonder Bread Star Wars trading cards, sandwiches, square pizza, owning a thermos, smoking, varmint infestations and deaths, a||8/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: Scrambling Eggs||John Roderick and Dan Benjamin talk about rituals and routines, the privilege of being big, being introverted, stoping at stoplights, bad neighborhoods, making graveyards and fluffernutters, crumbling of bones, and making eggs.||8/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
What a fun show.
Dan is one of the great interviewers and hosts of the podcasting world. John is one of the most interesting people around. The camaraderie is fantastic. The world might not have needed another “two white guys talking about whatever” show, but this is the perfection of that genre.
Best phrases in the entire world.
For example: "the many halls of my psychological Versailles".
Another wonderful opportunity to hear John Roderick
If you’ve listened to Roderick on the Line (or any of the Back to Work episodes that John Roderick has been a guest on) - and if you haven’t, please go do that immediately! - then you know what a treat it is to get an hour or two of exposure to John’s considerable intellect, insight, and storytelling ability. The inaugural episode of Road Work had me laughing out loud - including during the ad reads, where John helped to make the usual advertising pitches fresh and new, something I didn’t think was possible after hearing those brands advertised dozens of times across the various podcasts I listen to. Dan Benjamin does a great job of setting up the conversations and you can feel his obvious pleasure and joy as you laugh along with him at John’s stories.
You definitely want to listen to this. I hope this podcast lasts for hundreds of episodes and I’m looking forward to them all.