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It's been a long two weeks and Dan is done. It's all just gotten to be too much. Maureen is ready to talk about Comey and sentient banjo Jeff Sessions but Dan cannot do it any more. How can we save Dan Sinker before he is sunk? Maureen has an idea: A FULL-ON DISNEY SPECTACULAR with podcast superstars (and Disney superfans) Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi! We've long promised that when Trump leaves office--by resignation, impeachment, massive constipation from too much beef--we are off to Disney World. Well today we decide that a wish is a dream your heart makes and so we have to FOLLOW OUR DREAMS, Sayswhovians. Even if it takes us to a theme park in central Florida. What happens if you drop in the Tower of Terror 35 times a day for a month--does it better prepare you for life under Trump? What's going on inside the Hall of Presidents? If Trump went to Epcot's World Showcase, would he think it was real? And how could we trap him there? Is Trump's plane powered by his butt? How has Maureen's personality been influenced by a haunted painting? Will Blue Apron become a sponsor? When Trump leaves offices, what's the first ride YOU ride? This Says Who only happens if you truly believe. Clap! Clap! No, seriously. CLAP. SHOW NOTES: Special guests Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi of We Got This! See Maureen live on stage with Mark and Hal at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival on July 21! Walt Disney World is a theme park located in greater Orlando Florida. The nuns execution painting Maureen describes in this episode? It is so real. Your Intrepid Hosts: Maureen Johnson and Dan Sinker Our awesome theme is courtesy of Ted Leo. Says Who's Logo was made by the one and only Darth
Well that escalated quickly. Maureen and Dan play catch up with the events surrounding the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey. Sure, he didn't do well by Clinton's emails, but all indications are he was leading pretty deep investigations into all this Trump Russia stuff. Aaand, now he's not. That's convenient. Oh, and the Russia stuff? Now they're in the Oval Office too. Sure, why not. We also learn about Trump's dessert preferences, what he likes on his salad (surprisingly, not Russian Dressing), and Maureen begins to build a Stranger Things-inspired Spicer Light Wall to get readings from the Sean Spicer stuck in the upside down. There's a lot of smoke, there's a lot of fire, there's a lot of truth and a lot of fiction too. To help them wrap their heads around it all, Maureen and Dan are joined by Mother Jones' Editor in Chief Clara Jeffery as well. SHOW NOTES: Clara Jeffery is the Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones, whose coverage of Trump, Russia, and the repercussions of the election has been phenomenal. Support journalism! The pecan pie Dan references is from the Carmeilla Grill in New Orleans. Go. You will not be disappointed. The Watergate book Maureen has been listening to (after she finished All the President's Men) is [Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall](Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall ) by Elizabeth Drew. The organ music you hear on this (and other) episodes is performed by Josh Kantor, who in addition to being the official organist of Says Who moonlights as the official organist of the Boston Red Sox. You can hear him play at every home game this year. Your Intrepid Hosts: Maureen Johnson and Dan Sinker Our awesome theme is courtesy of Ted Leo. Says Who's Logo was made by the one and only Darth
[Note: there is some strong language in this podcast, as the hosts are losing their grip. If you are a teen listening to this: STAY IN SCHOOL.] Like many of you, Dan and Maureen have lost all sense of what time means. Now that every day feels like a year, they are struggling to compress two weeks of Trump news into one podcast. This is a near-impossible task, but that won’t stop them. We visit Dan’s Crazy Wall, where he is pointing his laser pointer to the new Mar-a-Lago and Michael Flynn wings. Maureen is in a tropical paradise and seems to have a better grip on reality, but then the subject of wedge salads comes up and things rapidly fall apart. Never before has a quarter head of lettuce lead to the complete devolution of political and social mores. (Sidenote: that salad is known as “Mr. Trump’s Wedge Salad” on the Mar-a-Lago menu.) This episode contains strong language, but you can probably handle it. We think. Look, it was a rough two weeks. Anyway, we’ll see you at Nordstroms. SHOW LINKS The guide to daily events that we mentioned is What the Fuck Just Happened Today? Trump’s handshake supercut The Mar-a-Lago photo extravanganza shot during an actual national security crisis Your Intrepid Hosts: Maureen Johnson and Dan Sinker Our awesome theme is courtesy of Ted Leo. Says Who's Logo was made by the one and only Darth
On a dark day in American politics, we go FULL BORE POSITIVE with a friendly alien named Jonny Sun. Dan has an idea for a sitcom. Maureen talks about puppets and wall cheese. There's a man with rocks in his head. All of this, improbably, has to do with the news of the last two weeks, somehow. Bonus: PODCAST DANCING! You can see it, but it's happening. It's all happening. None of this is brought to you by Blue Apron, which won't even come up. Says Who: because we all need a buddy comedy right about now. SHOW NOTES: Meet Jonny! And get his book! "I have rocks in my head." Mr. Trump's Strange, Strange Interview. The announcement for HOW I RESIST! Your Intrepid Hosts: Maureen Johnson and Dan Sinker Our awesome theme is courtesy of Ted Leo. Says Who's Logo was made by the one and only Darth
Insurrection, Impeachment, Inauguration… January of 2021 loves a Wednesday. Which is why Dan and Maureen are here on Thursday, clinging to the door like at the end of Titanic, trying to explain what’s been going on.In short: a lot.The slightly longer version: the fallout of the Capitol siege, a week of hilarious shitcanning, an impeachment, and a very sad Rudy. Yes, Rudy has been ghosted. There’s more, but who can even keep track anymore.Also… this year’s slogan revealed!Keep your head and arms inside the ride at all times, SaysWhovia. This one goes fast.
It seemed like it was never going to come, but we are here, together, at the end of 2020. Join Maureen and Dan for a little bit of looking back and a little bit of looking ahead and a little bit of that ol' Says Who magic here at the end of the worst year. Plus: AN ANNOUNCEMENT.
It’s the holiday season in SaysWhovia! Dan and Maureen are sitting by the fire, waiting to tell you a story. What’s the story about? Well, it’s about vaccines, and Joe Biden, and spreading cheer. Also, it’s about Rudy Giuliani visiting Santa and Maureen’s issues with wearing pants. It’s a real up and down sort of experience.Come. Join SaysWhovia in this celebration. Get a cup of this nog stuff, don’t visit Santa, don’t ask about the pants, and enjoy!Ho ho ho! HO HO HO. HO. HO. HO.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is… unremittingly grey. People are… forced to stay apart. And it’s a season of giving… COVID to people who can’t or won’t avoid close situations.Okay, so things could be better. Maureen has turned her book in and is holding things together better than Dan expected. Dan is over the Chicago weather. But what’s this? News from the Trump legal team? Who now ALL have COVID. 100% COVID? Dan and Maureen put on their mystery-solving hats to crack the case of: How Did Rudy Get COVID? Seriously, how? He did everything right! Someone get House on the phone. There’s an admiral mystery afoot!And then Amy Carter’s Shoe comes and sings carols.2020. Not over yet. 
Celebrate the moments of your life, SaysWhovia, that's what Dan says, because it's suddenly December and perhaps we need to remember those moments sometimes. Maureen does, as she's deep in the deadline on her book and doesn't think she's gotten anything done this year, you know other than write three books. So SaysWhovia, if you are listening it means you are here, at the end of the year, and that means you have gotten something major done indeed, so celebrate it!Also celebrate the fact that we've now witnessed one full month of Donald Trump losing and re-losing the 2020 presidential election. November ended with both Wisconsin and Arizona certifying their election results, the latter with Trump calling the governor literally wile he was on camera signing the certification documents. And SaysWhovia, even Amy Carter's Shoe is celebrating, in the way that only she can, which is better left unstated in these notes since there's already profanity in our show title and so Apple's probably already pissed. But mostly SaysWhovia, celebrate the moments of your life... with General Foods International Coffees. 
Gobble, gobble! It’s Thanksgiving week! In SaysWhovia, we celebrate in the traditional ways: cransberries pie, paper turkeys, and gravy made of whatever that was coming off Rudy’s head the other day! Yes, somehow it’s the end of November. Trump’s weird fall continues to fall weirdly, in a perpetual-motion machine of self-own. But Dan and Maureen aren’t going to talk politics at their Thanksgiving dinner table. Not in front of company.Yes! Company! Akilah Hughes has stopped by to have dinner with Dan and Maureen. Akilah is doing great, and has not lost her mind during eight months inside. Not at all. Her very real relationship with TV man Chris Cuomo is going great. They are very happy together. In fact, their relationship is so healthy that Dan and Maureen can be a part of it. Did all three of them inhale plastic fumes as children? Maybe.Anyway, grab a handful of mashed potatoes and join the gang. Where else do you have to be? 
It’s been two weeks since the election, and Dan and Maureen are doing great. Maureen is drinking some coffee in a can that she found. Dan is creeping around his house making tea. They discuss the fact that Dan can’t remember any band from the 90s, because there’s nothing going on and nothing else to talk about! Just tea and Canadians.Well, there are maybe some things. Like the fact that Trump won’t concede the election and keeps losing lawyers. And that the fall COVID spike has arrived. And we have no idea how things are going to pan out in the next few months.Seriously, though, for a guy who edited a music magazine in the 90s, Dan really has no idea what was going on. Maureen will explain, and while she does, she will pour some other stuff into the first stuff. Gross!But that’s 2020. Weird and gross, and not nearly Canadian enough.Get your flannel! It’s SaysWho time! 
Hello again, SaysWhovia! It’s been *checks notes* two days since Dan and Maureen last recorded. What a time that was! The crematorium ash had barely settled on Rudy’s shiny bald head back then. Now, everybody’s been to the Four Seasons.What malarkey awaits? Whither Mark Meadows? Who’s the boss in Trumpvania? And what the hell is going on?Grab a podium. It’s time for a presser. You know where to meet us.
Amy Carter's Shoe is going to have one hell of a good four years.Maureen and Dan are still a little shocked by it all, but they're here, to celebrate, with you Sayswhovia!
Hey Sayswhovia! Dan and Maureen are back with a Friday afternoon update in this never-ending election week. BUT WAIT: MAYBE IT IS OVER????
So last night the election happened. Now it's today. We... maybe know some stuff? Or not? Or maybe? Join Maureen and Dan as they attempt to puzzle it through. There's math!Plus, a very special guest opens the episode. What the actual living f*ck.
It's election day. Uh, yay?  No, that doesn't sound right.It's going to be a long day, so join Maureen and Dan with some ideas on how to fill the time so you don't spend it all just furiously refreshing FiveThirtyEight.See you tomorrow!
It’s just ONE WEEK until the election, and Dan and Maureen are ready. By ready, this means they are not ready. They are sort of ready. They are as ready as they will ever be, which is not that ready, but ready enough. So, not ready.It’s time to talk about final moves, coping, and who might be hiding in your toilet.SaysWhovia…assemble! 
It’s the calm before the storm, SaysWhovia. Or the eye of the storm. Or it’s not a storm. Or it’s not calm. Dan and Maureen are no longer sure. It’s 14 days until Election Day, except it’s not even that because people are voting already so…DAN KNOWS, HE KNOWS.Maureen feels that the quiet is eerie. She has been working a lot. Dan is happy to hear it, because he has a story he would like to tell her—a story about Rudy and his Magical Repair Shop. A store of a pile of wet laptops, a sticker, a sad man, and what it means to be 50% sure of something. This story has it all. Mostly, it has Rudy. So much Rudy.We’re in the chute now, SaysWhovia. WHEEEEEEEEEEE 
It’s 21 days until the election at the time of recording. Dan and Maureen have gotten into the groove, now. They’re battle hardened. Do you think those two chumps from 2016 could have handled COVID Trump? They could not. This new Dan and Maureen can.Kind of. Well, they aren’t crying as much as usual.The President is on a lot of drugs and is flying around the country, like some kind of 70s rock star. Maureen knows a lot about those. Trump has big 1973 energy. Also, Maureen would like to know how election night is going to play out, but Dan will not tell her. Goddammit, Dan.Pass to the left, SaysWhovia. It’s almost time to vote.
Maureen has had enough of everything and needs Dan to talk her down. Dan is fine with that—also, he has some facts he would like to share about who has COVID in the White House. Hint: almost everyone!Then Maureen taps out and orders a weighted blanket.That’s pretty much it.Into the blanket fort, SaysWhovia. Cuddle up.
A lot of things happened between checks notes Thursday and Saturday. A lot. 
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It’s Tuesday again or something! Dan and Maureen aren’t sure. They think it is Tuesday. Anyway, things are fine. Dan is dealing well with Zoom Kindergarten, and Maureen has good news to share! Really good news! She had an adventure.Of course, there are things that have to be discussed, like the passing of RBG and failed COVID policies in two countries. And the debates next week. Oh, that’s right. The debates next week. And Dan, because he is a jerk, won’t tell Maureen what will happen in the aforementioned debate. She wants to know. It’s all a lot, so why Dan is keeping this information to himself isn’t clear.We’re really in it now, SaysWhovia. Time to stick together. Follow the big metal finger.
It’s here! The day that was never supposed to come! It’s the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of Says Who! And, as with every other Says Who anniversary, our very first guest, Ana Marie Cox, returns to reflect on the year passed and the year to come.Dan and Maureen are fine. They’re great. They’re definitely not coming apart at the seams. Maureen has been to Philadelphia and has a story about a turkey in a hat. Dan has given in to Zoom Kindergarten. Somehow, the phrase “emotional dump” come up and that features a lot, so watch out for that. Anyway, they’re fine. Four years! Here’s to the next four! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 
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Created by
Dan & Maureen
Podcast Status
Sep 11th, 2016
Latest Episode
Jan 14th, 2021
Release Period
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About 1 hour

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