Stuff Smart People Like
By Stuff Smart People Like
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A panel consisting of an actor, writer, neuroscientist, statistician, and tech expert discusses news, politics, sports, and entertainment with an eye toward topics that appeal to smart people.
||ExplicitEpisode 157: Retiring my face to the side of a vehicle||We’re just Mad about Max in this episode which drives our discussion in the Question of the Week. Then, Ed, Paul and Dean wax philosophical with their smart suggestions. Question of the Week: How would you survive in the apocalypse (as portrayed in th||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 156: Poor Branding and a Letterman Tribute||Ben and Dean try to figure out what the POTUS Twitter feed is for, talk about some odd name/product combinations and what makes Letterman cool. Then it’s a very music centric Smart Suggestions segment. Caricature by Ed References: @POTUS joins Twitter,.||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOops, All Sketches! (Rebroadcast)||The gang was a little busy this week, so here’s an episode originally posted just prior to number 100. It’s a timeless look a back at some of the funny bits we’ve attempted over the last couple of years. Comment on this episode Feedback: feedback||5/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 155: Shun the creator||Ben and Dean and Ed wonder what good can come from getting creators to tweet less. Then some smart suggestions that truly run the gamut of human experience. References: “A Case of Spring Fever” Smart Suggestions: Ed: Freeline Skates (Amazon link,||5/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 154: How to Succeed in Business without really Flying||Ben hosts and Paul and Jim just have to take it in this episode. Here we pull apart the very essence of what it means to be a businessperson in a fictional universe. Then we discuss the virtues of our smart suggestions.||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 153: C2E2 2015||Ben, Ed, Jim and Dean are back from C2E2 a little lighter in the wallet and heavier in the head (thoughts have mass, right?). We recap the good and not-quite-as-good and share some discoveries from the Chicago comic convention.||4/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 152: On lead guitar and Gameboy||“…And a fine podcast episode was delivered unto the people who did delight in it and left many positive reviews on iTunes…” But seriously this episode sees Dean, Ben and Ed pondering the pugilistic skill of two “doctors” and closes with v||4/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 151: Karaoke Clean||We open on Dean and Ben. Alone. Afraid. Well, actually neither of those things but talking about twitter. Speaking of Twitter, you can follow Dean @theamericandean and Ben @mistahben- Help get Dean over the “Jackie Robinson hump”!||4/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 150: Ben’s Twitter Troll||This week’s episode is the sesquicentennial! Ed, Paul and Dean help Ben decide how to respond to a caddy tweet, then they each give a fine Smart Suggestion. This is the episode you’ve been waiting for, if you’ve been waiting since last week for the||3/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 149: Totally like a DJ thing||This episode finds the trio of Dean, Ben and Ed pondering the mysteries of the universe by way of a “would you rather” question. PLUS! some awesome smart suggestions that will make your life better by orders of magnitude!||3/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 148: St. Patrick’s Day and other observations||It’s all good clean fun with Ed, Ben and Dean this week. We talk videogames, St. Patrick’s day, and music. Question of the Week: Smart Suggestions: Ed: A Brief History of Graphics (youtube) Dean:Bloody Sunday (your choice of viewing options on Amaz||3/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 147: Handstyles||Paul, Ben and Dean start out with a Question of the Week pertaining to the value of handwriting and cursive being taught in school. Question of the Week: Should cursive be taught in school? Ben is in favor of it still being taught,||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 146: Power slash Rangers||It’s a very minimal episode! Aside from the disembodied voice of Dean, it’s just Ben and Ed in for today. It’s highly focused on questions, answers and suggestions- in that order. Question of the Week: When you watch old movies,||3/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 145: Besiege cat-apults||It’s Dean, Ben and Jordan tonight (or today, it’s really up to you when you listen) for a fun-ducational episode. Cats, Dogs, People. Some people believe that they are all mutually exclusive. In the question of the week we ask of our panel,||2/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 144: Oscars Speculation 2015!||In preparation for the big pool, Dean, Ed & Ben discuss the 2015 Oscars and humble themselves before IMDb as they (mostly Dean) frequently misremember past nominations and winners. Hashtag Brian Williams, anyone? Anyone? OK, Smart Suggestions too.||2/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 143: Hyperbole’s 2 Kill a Mockingbird||We’re shaking things up a little and the format of the show has been tweaked. This week we’re talking about the forthcoming book by Harper Lee, “Go Set a Watchman” and the ethical questions surrounding this bit of news.||2/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 142: De-boiled eggs||Ed, Ben and Paul can’t un-record this episode, but science can sure as heck un-boil an egg. What else do they want to un-do? That’s the question of the week. Then the guys *ahem* huddle up for a little pre(to us)/post(to you) Super Bowl Big Game tal||2/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 141: Deflate-gate Haters||After Ben augments our understanding of augmented reality, he, Ed & Dean yuck it up over a funny sounding, so-called NFL scandal. Also, we’re back to the regularly scheduled Smart Suggestions. Tune in! Main Segment: Deflate-gate NFL.||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 140: Best of 2014 pt. 2||Continuing the theme from last episode, Dean returns to talk good comics, good tv, and other pretty good stuff from last year. Main Segment (best stuff): TV: Broad City Adventure Time American Horror Story Black Mirror Fargo Arrow The Flash Brooklyn 99...||1/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 139: 2014 year in review (part 1)||Ben, Paul and Ed look back on 2014. This episode has a slightly updated/different production sound so bear with us. Smart Suggestions: Ed: Smartypig Paul: Howzabout Skype and other developers not put a milltion misleading check marks on their software ...||1/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 138: It’s a Wonderful Episode, Isn’t It?||You want the moon, listener. We’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down for you. Ed, Ben and Dean talk about that holiday classic and try to figure out what made George Bailey so desperate. Then it’s on to Smart Suggestions. Happy holidays!||12/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 137: Updates to updates||It’s a quiet night at the Stuff Smart People Like headquarters. It’s just Dean and Ben and bowl of popcorn. The popcorn doesn’t really have much to add the discussion because it never had to worry about software updates shaking up its favorite apps.||12/15/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 136: Let’s Talk About Star Wars||In this episode, Ben, Paul, and Jim talk about the recent Star Wars teaser trailer based on a question of the week from B. Kenobi. That leads into, well, a lot more talk about Star Wars. If you want to hear us talk about Star Wars,||12/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 135: Mobile Payments||Paul, Ben and Dean answer a Question of the Week from 1989, chat about the future of commerce on our phones and toss in a few Smart Suggestions, per usual. Question of the Week: Miami Nights 1984 Main Segment: Mobile payment systems Apple Pay Google Wa||11/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 134: Poop Flavored Taffy||Much like that bag full of candy you pulled in last week, this episode is full of goodies and a few duds. We do a lazy man’s version of the lightning round. Least favorite candy? Most inappropriate costume? The Pope has some news.||10/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 133: What is a Geek Bar?||Ed hosts this episode while Dean takes care of his dog’s rent or something. Ben and Jim banter about the new Geek Bar in Chicago and provide an illuminating selection of smart suggestions for your pleasure.||10/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 132 Eddy Franchise and the Smarties||The guys discuss what movie franchise characters they’d like to see get their own line of movies. Ben waxes poetic about spooky ad sounds, and Jordan forgets about a Smart Suggestion yet again. Main Segment: Movie Worlds/Universes Smart Suggestions: Be||10/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 131: Large White Guy In a Strange Land||Ben and Dean are subjected to Ed’s vacation slides from his recent trip to China. Ben misplaced his bomb shelter. Dean is hoarding apps. Main Segment: Ed’s Trip to China Smart Suggestions: Ben: General’s Layout Pencil | Uni-Ball Kuru Toga Ed: Poc||10/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 130: Time travel you difficult, yo||Dean, Paul, Ed, Ben and Jesse spend some time in your past talking about some time deeper in their past and also some time in the future, unless you’re reading this in the future and then they’re talking about the past but maybe you’re a time travel||10/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 129: Future Tech/Lovenouns||Ben, Paul and Dean answer an extended Question of the Week, ruminating on technology of the past and fictional future, then make a few Smart Suggestions for your present. Main Segment: Technology Old and New Smart Suggestions: Ben: Aphex Twin – Syro P||9/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 128: ‘Craft Punk||Ben gets to take the ol’ podcast out for a spin and Jesse and Paul are joyriding along as well. The meat of the issue is the acquisition of software developer Mojang and the ultra-popular game Minecraft by Microsoft. Prior to that,||9/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 127: Stuff Gamers Like.||(This is a picture, not an advertisement. Thank You). Paul, Ben, Jordan and Jesse talk gaming from theme parks to college tuition! We also talk more about Livestreaming and E-sports! Main Segment: World of Warcraft Theme Park Robert Morris University .||9/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 126: The New News Spoilers?||Ed, Ben, and Jesse debate the trend on twitter (and elsewhere) of news “spoilers”. They also debate the greatest rock riffs of all time. Smart suggestions, as always added but a $1.25 upcharge. Smart Suggestions: Ed: Lift (specifically September chall||9/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 125: Podcasting from the road||Jordan acts as our reporter in the field this week, as we call him during the middle of a cross-country move. The highlights are a chicken at a gas station and a beef jerky store that doesn’t make Jordan’s top 20.||8/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 124: Music Appreciation||This is kind of a “get to know your panel” episode, where we talk about our musical backgrounds. In case you don’t know (and why would you) Jesse has studied music and composes in his free time. With that in mind, Jesse interviews Ben,||8/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpoilercast: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||In this bonus episode of the stuff smart people like podcast, Ben, Paul and Ed, completely spoil Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Comment on this episode Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org | Leave a voice message Subscribe: blog & podcast | podcast||8/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 123: Utopia or Dystopia?||Paul hosts this week’s cast in which we discuss future inventions that never came to be (Jetson’s style) as well as dystopia and utopia as portrayed in movies and television. Ed adds a new segment called “Things I learned this week: thanks, google||8/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 122: Happy 75th, Batman!||Would Batman be a better superhero if he just ate a few more bananas and brazil nuts as a child? Ed, Ben, and Paul tackle this and other comic questions tangentially related to everyone’s favorite bat-based crime fighter. Spider-man, Watchmen,||7/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 121: DASHCONventional Wisdom||In this week’s episode of the Stuff Smart People Like podcast, we discuss the joys and miseries of running a convention. Ben reports on the strange happenings at the first ever “Dashcon”, a convention for Tumblr users (totally unrelated to Tumblr a||7/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 120: Summer Movies, Some Aren’t||Paul, Ed and Dean answer a litigous Question of the Week, talk about the abysmal box office over the holiday weekend, make a few Smart Suggestions for your enjoyment. Main Segment: Box Office: ‘Transformers 4,||7/14/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
The show is insightful, the suggestions have a wide range of topics, and the analysis is fair. Jacks of all trades, masters of a few more than most. And they're Detroit Tigers fans. Subscription won't let you down.
Audio was good for me.
I enjoyed it, fun thought provoking.
Didn't hold interest
Potential to be a good one, but fell flat right from the start. Weak execution and topics. The guys really didn't sound like they had anything to offer. I listened to most of it to try to give it a chance, but it never got better. Learned nothing, there are many better podcasts and this honestly felt like a waste of time.
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