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It's Valentine's Day, which means love is in the air, and we're back for the fourth straight year with delightful tales of camp love. Join us as we talk with couples Janet and Adam Guy and Mimi and Marc Yoskowitz about how their relationships connect to their summer camp experiences. It may be cold outside, but this episode will warm your heart! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Songleaders are the ultimate camp rock stars, so what must it be like to go from camp to being an actual rock star? We talk to Guster's Ryan Miller, who spent a decade at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, before going on to front one of the more popular touring bands of the last 25 years. Join us as we discuss the thrill of being a Color War leader, awkward first kisses, and what Guster song he'd want to be in a camp songbook. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Jess McKenna is a hilarious comedian and the co-host of Off Book: The Improvised Musical, a podcast that would be right at home as an activity at summer camp. But before she got into showbiz she was a long-time camper and staff member at Camp Bravo, a theater camp in Northridge, CA. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and discuss the differences between month-long and week-long camp, mafia, and much much more. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
This episode is the second part of our interview with Michael and Sarah Marks, two great storytellers who had us cringing in disbelief at some of the stories they shared about both the pranks they pulled and the pranks that were pulled on them. Turns out, Sarah LOVED having her underwear run up the flagpole... and she almost convinces Sara that pranks are a sign of affection. You’ll also hear about Sarah’s first camp kiss (it's the absolute best) and how having your dad at camp can definitely ruin your last-night-of-camp mojo. Michael tells an amazing story about flirting while holding a snake and he confirms that boys are really just mostly gross when there are no girls around. Micah also shares prank stories from his camp memory, including a butt cheek situation, how no one dared prank his dad, and how he and his friends thought that wearing white sheets would definitely make a bunch of girls think he and his friends were ghosts.
Rebecca Caplan got her start as a comedy writer putting together dramatic plays at Camp Timber Tops, where she also penned the world-renowned Forrest Gumpstein for Lip Sync Night. Join us as we discuss the difficulties of being a counselor, the importance (or lack thereof) of keeping a clean bunk, and hear her tale of romance torn apart due to government interference. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Micah is joined by Longwood University professor Jeff Halliday to discuss his time growing up at Boy Scout camp and how having a father as a scoutmaster is like having a father as a camp director.
Ellie Krupnick spent many a summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, and based on her time there co-authored a great piece for HuffPo singling out the 24 Reasons Dating At Camp Is Better Than In The Real World. We dive into some of those reasons, plus explain why napping with your boo during an off period is one of the great treats in life. And much much more! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Have you ever fallen in love at camp? Did you ever wish you were one half of a cool camp couple? On this very special Valentine’s Day-themed episode, two camp couples take Sara and Micah through how they lasted past the dog days of summer, tied the knot, and started a family of little campers-to-be of their own.
If we ever needed to transport ourselves to our happy places, that time is now. Tamar Anitai joins the podcast to talk about her experiences at Kutz Camp, the joys of going to camp exclusively for teenagers, and we talk (of course) about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on us all. Join us to try to escape at least for a little bit - and stick around for a musical surprise at the very end! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
You may know Josh Brener from his hilarious roles on shows like Silicon Valley and Maron, but before all that he was a camper at Echo Hill Ranch Camp in Medina, Texas, famous for being owned by the family of songwriter/comedian/occasional politician Kinky Friedman. Josh shares his stories of his summers at Echo Hill, including his impressive archery skills, and much much more. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
In the inaugural episode, Micah and Judy discuss why they are starting a podcast about summer camp memories, their own backgrounds going to summer camp, plus give their answers to the Campfires and Color Wars Questionnaire (which needs a better title).
It's our Completely Arbitrary Celebratory 50th Anniversary Episode! Featuring listener (and former cohost) stories for each of our questions in the Title Still Pending Campfires and Color Wars Questionnaire! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Fireworks on the 4th of July are a staple of summer camp. HuffPost Senior Editor Alana Horowitz Satlin joins to tell one hell of a tale about fireworks gone wrong from her days at Camp Pocono Ridge. Plus we debate the merits of having a birthday at camp, the sports version of camp goggles, and much much more! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Every camp is special, but not every camp can boast the former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins as camp director! Longtime NFL signal caller Jay Fiedler joins Micah and Sara to talk about leading Brookwood Camps in upstate NY and his summers growing up at Lenni Lenape, as well as the similarities and differences between a season in the NFL and a summer at camp.
Micah and Judy talk to Andrew Zidel about growing up at Camp Herzl in Wisconsin, and about some of their favorite summer camp traditions from their childhoods.
Jonathan Goldman stops by to give a full account of the story told on the last episode, of the time he nearly got kicked out of camp for eating half a cheeseburger (and some corndog nuggets) on the big summer trip to the water park. So much drama! Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Michael Blieden is known for many things in the comedy world where he's a writer, director and performer, but he's best known (to our hosts at least) as Micah's counselor at Jacobs Camp in the summer of 1990. He joins Micah and Judy to talk about that magical summer as well as growing up at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.
What's better, being a camper or being a counselor? Judy and Micah are joined by Austin schoolteacher Sara Ballon to discuss the pros and cons of each, with a special appearance by Judy's long-time camp friend Dan Hart.
Mandy Berman, author of the summer camp coming-of-age novel Perennials, joins Sara and Micah to discuss that magical time of transition into adolescence, and how camp provided a safe place to develop who you were, physically and emotionally. Plus we learn the meaning of Rock Time, and why it's always important to take everything out of your shorts before your mom does the wash. Take a listen!
Sometimes if you feel like you don't fit in, you end up on the sidelines making fun of all the perceived cool kids. Perhaps that experience helped shape the comedic voice of Jason Sattler, aka @LOLGOP on Twitter, who takes some time out of his busy schedule roasting the embattled leaders of the free world and fighting for progressive causes to join us this week. Jason recounts his times at an Orthodox Jewish Camp in California waiting on the arrival of the Messiah, gives tips on who to befriend when you get to camp, and discusses his epic attempt at finding a camp date no matter the odds.  Take a listen!
College basketball reporter and long-time veteran of Camp Equinunk Seth Davis joins the podcast to share why his camp has the best color war, the thrill of competing in the Upper Senior Basketball Game, and how dancing in a kilt turned out to be a transformative experience for him. Don't miss it!
Author Iris Krasnow joins to discuss her new memoir "Camp Girls" and how her time at Camp Agawak created lasting friendships that continue to this day. Plus we discuss the allure of the horse stables, taking the train to camp as a young child, and much much more. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
Writer and author Nathan Rabin joins Judy and Micah to discuss being homesick, what it's like to feel like an outsider at camp, and his new book about the 2016 election and the Insane Clown Posse.
Elaine Gibson grew up at summer camp at Camp Blue Ridge in the 1950s, and her kids (including previous guest Seth Davis) and grandkids continue to go to the same camps to this day. We talk about the similarities and differences of camps then and now, plus much much more. Don't waste a minute, take a listen!
It's time for another Camp Movie Night, as Micah is joined by Jare Akchin and Kari O'Hara to break down the movie "Indian Summer". Does it hold up after all these years? Do the camp references stick? Can anyone figure out what people actually wear at camp? Don't waste a minute, take a listen and find out!
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Jul 7th, 2016
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Mar 5th, 2020
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