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Michael and Jonny bring you the news of the week, both Small Beans and otherwise.
Soren Bowie joins Michael in the pit to discuss textbook teen angst, never being depressed, and the terrible burden of having a child.
Menendez Brothers trial juror Hazel Thornton, author of Hung Jury, stops by to discuss her time engaged with one of the most high-profile cases of the century. Topics include gender bias, political bias, and flow charts.
The beloved Abe Epperson sits down with Maggie to talk about his experience as a "drifter" in middle school and high school, and how he eventually decided to start cultivating lifelong friends. He also has a very strong opinion about the word "LOVE" in friendships, VERY strong.
Biba Pickles discusses art, battling bi-polar disorder, and covering her body with cereal and self-inflicted cigarette burns. It's a party! Art by Seth Laster. Music by Abe Epperson, Kelsey Hudgins and Kevin Clark.
BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In the first episode, BLM Los Angeles co-founder Dr. Melina Abdullah discusses America's history of police brutality, current efforts to dismantle that system, and how you can get involved. Also features a piece by Alyesha Wise and voices and sounds from the ongoing effort to remove Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey from office. Music by Rachael Cantu and Melantopia. Art by Michael Vincent Bramley.
Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston discuss the unique hardships around running the Some More News series and Even More News podcast, jobs that require them to ingest All The News All The Time. If you're addicted to your news app, Cody's Showdy, or just stressed out, join us in the Pit and let's hug it out. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB MERCH:
Adam and Michael sit down to discuss the award-winning furniture-bashing sim Control. Michael puts health systems on notice and Adam thinks "that's fine." Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch:
BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In the second episode, writer, educator, and legendary social justice advocate Paul Kivel helps Dahlia and Michael explain a bit of the history of white allyship, what your stakes as a white person are in dismantling racism in America, the history of racial assimilation in America, the relationship between racism and economic inequality, and much, much more. Also features a piece by Ariel Luckey, and voices and sounds from ongoing protests against 24-Hour Fitness following the locker-room murder of Albert Ramon Dorsey by police.
Your sick host Michael Swaim is super-stoked to welcome tight guest Vanessa Gritton to discuss hella-pertinent issues like romance and dating through the lens of mental illness, addiction, and family drama. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content:
In the premiere episode of Waveformed, host Cristian Ramirez gets to know Katie Willert better by exploring a playlist of ten songs that have impacted her life. Playlist Available at: SB Merch:
Adam brings his director knowledge to explain the tactics Soderbergh uses to lure the viewer into complacency. It might be sly editing, pacing, or shot design. Abe chimes in every now and then to remind him it isn't any of that and the real culprit is demon spells and ghouls, probably. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch:
In this brand new podcast, Abe poses the question: why does award season prefer art house films but shy away from romantic comedies? He makes the case that the production and costume design teams of The Wedding Singer (1998) got robbed and Adam makes fun of Abe's use of "slaps" (as in "this podcast description slaps"). Description written by Abe Epperson. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch:
Famed Writer/Director of The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Nice Guys, Iron Man 3 and other flicks, Shane Black, sits down with Michael to discuss his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a movie he also wrote and, as alluded to, directed. He's a Writer/Director. His dialogue is known for being a lot snappier than this episode description. You know, Shane Black! Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch: Theme by Abe Epperson.
Molto bene! Mike and Adam discuss taking up the role of Desmond Miles, then Ezio Auditore, then forgetting about Desmond Miles because Ezio can climb and jump and stuff. It's Assassin's Creed 2. Arguably the most foundational of the AC games, and a good one to fight over regardless. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch:
Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you. Art by Michael Vincent Bramley. Theme by Abe Epperson. Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: SB Merch:
Michael ropes Katie Willert and Abe Epperson into discussing his favorite scripted comedy -- 1993 Alex Winter/Randy Quaid vehicle Freaked -- for fifty minutes, thereby destroying any credibility he once had as a film analyst.
In an epic crossover and out-of-order episode of CBB, Abe and Michael are joined by David Bell and Tom Reimann, their analogues over at the Gamefully Unemployed network! All four convene to strike Buster Scruggs wile the figurative iron is hot. Does it work? It appears to do, yes!
Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Pryzbylewski from The Wire, Ash from Evil Dead, Paul Newman and the Dad from Frasier all join forces to invent the hula hoop. It's the Coens' first flop, and one of Michael and Abe's all-time favorite films. You know...for kids!
Abe and Michael discuss 1999's The Mummy, and learn of Brendan Fraser's untimely death (and resurrection).
Your intrepid hosts Abe and Cristian briefly mention The Day After Tomorrow, then essentially just have a sobering talk about Climate Change. So BUCKLE IN and SAVE A BEE, because our lives depend on it.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goOHMYGODSOMEONEISINTHEHOUSE!!!! The Beans talk Tension of the Highest sort.
Abe and Cristian examine fictional economies that strive to span galaxies, yet fail to actually function in any conceivable realm of reality. From Trade Federations to the Replicator to Spice-Trade and the Houses, it's alllllll just bullshit. So let's enjoy it!
It's a hard-boiled mobster noir bromance from the Coen Brothers! What's not to like? Abe Epperson and Michael Swaim drag you into the metaphorical woods to make you beg for your life, but in a good way, as they delve into the Coens' third masterpiece.
In the Coen's second number, Nic Cage and Holly Hunter prove that it takes a village to kidnap, raise, almost kill, and then return a child. Join hosts Michael Swaim and Abe Epperson for the ride.
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Podcast Details
Dec 5th, 2017
Latest Episode
Feb 14th, 2020
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