Solutions to Problems
By Nathan Comstock, Austin Hendricks, and Michael F. Gill
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Solutions to Problems is a Dear Prudence style advice podcast set on a space station in some version of the future hovering over some version of Earth. Join us every other Friday for advice on work, relationships, time travel paradoxes, and the occasional brain parasite. Now available on RadioPublic. For more information and episode transcripts, visit us at www.stppodcast.com.
||CleanEpisode 11 - I've Deleted Grandma||Janet and Periwinkle get back into the swerve of things for an AI-themed show, with a very special (if unintended) guest in studio. They tackle when to come out as a sentient being, how to be a good virtual assistant, and also give tips on how to cope..||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Ep. 3 - Office Announcements||Melody updates the employees of IFM2 Subspace Radio on office news and upcoming events. The voice of Melody is Chloe Cunha. Solutions to Problems is written by Nathan Comstock, Austin Hendricks, and Michael F. Gill and is also produced and...||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Ep. 2 - Janet's Voicemails||A collection of messages left in the voicemail inbox of a selves-obsessed, hyper-capitalistic radio co-host, during her time traveling shenanigans. Turns out it's hard to maintain a social life when you exist in so many places at once! Featuring Ramy...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMini Ep. 1 - Loaf's Voicemails||A collection of messages left in the voicemail inbox of an ambiguously named radio co-host during his hibernation period. Good news though - it's almost 17.8 degrees Celsius! For more information and full episode transcripts, visit us at...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Announcement!||Season 2 of Solutions to Problems starts August 31st! Austin, Nathan, and Michael fill you in on all the details, including new ways to support the show. Also, an 8 bit surprise. We love you. We really, really do. Thank you for listening!||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Behind the Scenes of Season 1||In this EXCLUSIVE BONUS EPISODE, a person who is definitely Not Michael interviews the actors and writers behind Season 1. Also included: bloopers, sound checks, and awkward laughter. For more information and full episode transcripts, visit us at...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Under New Management (Season 1 Finale!)||Officer Nassif and Frankie return for our season finale. With the Grapnofalians in control of their solar system, the crew struggle to do their job while being closely watched. Also: the pros and cons of freezing oneself to escape a...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: That's Not a Unicycle, Those Are My Legs||In this episode: what to do when you're mistaken for non-sapient, how to handle a body swapping boyfriend, when simulations have you asking 'Is anything ever real???', and that special anxiety that comes with a possible invasion. For more information..||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Possibly-a-Robot Moments||In this episode: Nassif returns to advice on a new time travel dilemma, a Grapnofalian pilot writes in about a crush on her boss, and what to do when your girlfriend might be a replicant. For more information about our show and episode transcripts,...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Brain Parasites and You||This week, Loaf and Janet receive a message from a battle cruiser, discuss how to make an informed decision on whether or not to get a Todavian brain parasite, counsel a teenage girl on her new universe-bending powers, and dabble in diplomacy with...||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Big Game||In this episode, Loaf and Janet discuss the upcoming Big Game, the merits of travel over putting down roots, how to deal with the aftermath of a time loop, and what to do when you have a disturbing lack of faith in your boss. Plus: the return of...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Dangerous and Illegal Time Tourism||In this special edition of Solutions to Problems, Officer Nassif drops by to advise us on the difference between time travel and time dilation, if you should risk destabilizing the space-time continuum to save your brother's marriage, and whether...||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: What is a phone, even?||This week Janet and Loaf tackle overly invasive phones, limericks, and how to handle your co-workers when you've seen species rise and fall against the backdrop of an uncaring universe. For more information and episode transcripts, check out our...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Barbabrababs||Loaf and Janet discuss the pros and cons of joining a collective, what to do when you're left out of the fantasy baseball league just because you look like a horrifying monster, and shoes. For more information and episode transcripts, check out our...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Ranking Your Friends||In this week's Solutions to Problems: our hosts contemplate nicknames, when your mate won't participate in the culling ritual, how to wrap your heads around wedding ettiquette, and holographic simulations gone wrong. For more information and episode...||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Two Body Problem||Widely syndicated and beloved INTERGALACTIC RADIO PROGRAM Solutions to Problems welcomes a new co-host this week to discuss problems with humans, gift giving practices, and transporter incidents. For more information and episode transcripts, check out..||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Hilarious blend of sci-fi and advice tropes
From Spaceballs and Galaxy Quest to Futurama and Rick and Morty, parodying sci-fi tropes has been done and done well. But Solutions to Problems brings that same kind of humor into a new genre with its own tropes ripe for parody: The advice show. The result is a podcast that's funny for anyone and hilarious for science fiction devotees. The humor comes from the hosts, an alien and a human, reacting to sci-fi problems in ways you wouldn't expect: treating the mundane as extraordinary and the extraordinary as mundane.
Like all the best sci-fi parodies, StP ends up doing some legitimate science fiction along the way, making us think about human problems, values, and ideas in new ways by viewing them through a lens of galactic perspective.
After just three episodes, I'm already hooked. But I'm also excited to see where the story goes next as the writers introduce more serial plot elements into the mix.
A clever little show.
If you enjoy sci-fi, or listening to the absurd things people send to advice shows, this is definitely worth listening to. All the wonder of sci-fi, an odd amount of insight into problems we may face tomorrow, and plenty of strange, ludicrous humor are neatly wrapped up in a 20-minute podcast. It's quirky, but it's really smart. Just try one episode, it's worth it.
Bahahaha this is hilarious
What a unique show! Honestly, I don't think any podcast like this exists but I'm already hooked.