Me and my brother Mike have always been interested in space, and while on vacation in Arizona we found time to sit down and watch for some stars! We did some research on stars (maybe the wrong stars) and had a good time seeing the whole univers
Pop music is a difficult topic to approach if you're a music snob like I am. Every time I listen to a new pop album I have to convince myself that it's worth my time and that I'm not doing something awful. Taylor Swift broke down that wall fast
We all have our favorite albums, but there are some that stick with you forever, and some that change how you view and interact with the world. This week on The Assignment Notebook, three guests discuss the album that changed their lives.
I have a list of podcast ideas. This list is about 70 items long and consists of things that I would like to try out and, for the most part, haven't and probably don't have the guts to do. This episode is exemplary of the content of this list.
I've been running for a while, so I know how much I like it, and I know I'm pretty good at it. I also know that a lot of people won't start running because it sort of sucks to start from nothing. This week, we discuss accomplishing our goals, t
Mad Max, released on May 15, 2015, was a movie years and years in the making. The movie brings us back to the post-apocalyptic world we left in 1985 with Beyond Thunderdome, bringing back the original writer/director, and using a huge amount of
Gregory Burosh and Zach sat down in October of 2014 to discuss Yelle's latest album. Zach didn't even know if he wanted to do a podcast at this point! Listen to him awkwardly introduce the show and feel the format out
One of my first episodes was this tetris game, but I wanted to get an expert opinion on it. I found that in Alex Kerr from The Tetris Concept forums. We talk why TGM is the best tetris game of all time and what is next for the series. Follow hi
It's getting to be that time of the year where Chicagoans don their blackhawks garb in order to show their support for their one really good sports team. I've never watched hockey, so this week Carl Landra from The 4th Line Podcast (twitter.co
Andres told me a story before we even first me. He told me that when he was a kid, he was in a bowling league where he never felt like he was as good as he could be. Cut to twenty years later, and andres is learning the techniques he never knew
This week, your assignment was to participate in a board game night! Zach's board game night was at Chicagoland Game's Dice Dojo in the Edgewater neighborhood in Chicago. This episode is a departure in format for The Assignment Notebook, but I
My brother Mike Weiss is on the podcast again! This time, we're talking about close listening, the practice of listening to specific parts of our favorite songs, in order to get a better understanding of why we like them as much as we do! The i
The final draft of our essays were due today! We talk about what we find acceptable for publishing. Check out Jacks essay here http://themegaphoneblog.com/2015/04/03/trevor-noah-lena-dunham-and-the-rebirth-of-casual-antisemitism/ . Don't forget
The plan was set to have a two part episode this week, when we had a guest bail on us! Everything turned out okay, though, when Clay Pilkenton stepped in to talk about essays that he's done and to give Zach a little feedback
Both Zach and his guest Erico Ramirez are Starbucks employees in their real lives and on the show we prepare a french press and a pour over coffee, using Guatemala Antigua coffee. We discuss flavor profiles and the benefits of each brewing meth
After tossing around a few ideas for this episode, Zach's friend from college, Peaches, aka Andrew Begue, drops by the podcast to learn how to cook! This week we took to Google or Epicurious in order to find a recipe that we've never cooked bef
Zach sits down with second time guest, Jewell Lay, to talk about two favorite episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation. The episodes are The Inner Light, which widely regarded as the best episode of TNG. The second episode is Starship Mine, wh
I've had this idea for an assignment for a while, but a random conversation with Greg is what made me want to do this episode, after hearing his Jewel story. We have a good time talking about songs we either used to like, and just the weirdness
I want to get the word out about professional wrestling. It's a genre of entertainment that I've been into since about 2009, and I'm glad that I got into it when I did. CM Punk helped me take it seriously as a genre, so I'm glad to share this m
The West Wing was a show that I didn't watch much of growing up, while my parents watched quite a lot of it. It was always something that I was aware of but never paid much attention to. Now that it's on Netflix, it's definitely a show that eve
Your assignment this week is to talk to a family member and ask for a family recipe! Talk to your parents, grandparents, or anyone who has a recipe that will give you family nostalgia! Me and my mom baked cookies and made pulled pork. Next week
Zach's friend Nils introduced him to his friend Rob Henlder, who is a member of the Chicago slam poetry scene, and the host of the fantastic podcast Poet at the End of the World, which is starting its new season in February. You can check out t
This week on the assignment notebook podcast Zach sits down with Adam Roy (www.http://twitter.com/adnroy) from Westword magazine (http://www.westword.com) to discuss the video game The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games. This game is based on the
Zach and his girlfriend took a trip to the traveling Treasures of Disney exhibit when it was in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and it made them want to watch classic Disney shorts! This week was a good one, we just sat down in front o
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