Episode #2863: Spring Equi-Nots

March 22, 2019 · Duration: 1:06:19 · Play

Luke accidentally bought the most expensive glass of milk in New York City. He and Andrew also discuss a new Volvo that will take control of itself if the driver looks distracted.


85: Night Surrender

· Duration: 4:59 · Play

Night Surrender by Leila Ortiz All of us on a stoop. Late, too late to be out. We like to squat in black and blue night. We are owls with pocket-knives. Stoop summer of Uncertainty.  Colt 45 Tastes like rain and bone. This girl Myca left alone by parents off vacationing. The Beastie Boys whine, […]


Episode #2862: They Fugetaboutited It!

March 21, 2019 · Duration: 1:27:22 · Play

Luke’s stay in the Barton Fink Hotel is getting weirder. Also, he just got his photo taken for a CBS ID card, and it is…not good. 


84: Storm

· Duration: 4:59 · Play

Storm by Tina Chang I summon them. Eat, children, eat. And they do. Lie down, children, lie down. Though the sounds of wolves move in the bushes, they lie down. This is the trust they live, the only one they sleep in. I falter, I do not falter. Each day I live like this. When […]


Episode #2861: Cleats And A Clipboard

March 20, 2019 · Duration: 1:17:13 · Play

Luke and Andrew wake up in the middle of the damn night to watch the Mariners open their baseball season in Japan. Plus, the StuBot checks in from Arizona, where he’s following all the latest lotion-related airport news. 


83: Spring and Fall

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins                  to a young child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! As the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By […]


Episode #66: Concentric Circles

March 19, 2019 · Duration: 49:50 · Play

In the first of three episodes from Pittsburgh, PA, we talk with three women about how the ripple effects from a shared public tragedy have affected their lives. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can pre-order Nora’s new book – No Happy Endings […]


Episode #2860: Canoodle Me You Must

· Duration: 1:38:40 · Play

Luke is back with stories of his LA adventures involving Kathy Griffin, her dogs, and a healthy dose of adult acne.


82: I Watch Her Eat the Apple

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

I Watch Her Eat the Apple by Natalie Diaz She twirls it in her left hand, a small red merry-go-round. According to the white oval sticker, she holds apple #4016. I’ve read in some book or other of four thousand fifteen fruits she held before this one, each equally dizzied by the heat in the […]


Episode #2859: You Kiss Your Mother With That Podcast?

March 18, 2019 · Duration: 1:29:45 · Play

Famously Clean Person Hanna Brooks Olsen swings by TBTL to test her knowledge of cleaned-up movie lines and song lyrics…and also to talk about her upcoming Soup Date. 


81: Parable of a Firstborn

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Parable of a Firstborn by Rebecca Morgan Frank I never left the yard, I never took            a single drop of blood or let the dog out the fence to die. Only once did I take my sister’s hand            and lead her across six lanes while she covered her ears to the horns’ sea, and even […]


Episode #2858: God Loves A Condor

March 15, 2019 · Duration: 1:38:05 · Play

Luke’s latest off-book athletic adventure leads to a run-in with a well-armed soldier. Meanwhile, Andrew’s not sure he could ever truly love a turtle. 


80: Muse

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Muse by Loretta Collins Klobah She always walks at the threshold of shadows under the awnings of the locked car lot, through flood lights of the war monument, past clacking pool tables of Confetti Drink Confetti and the unlit storefront of Igelsia el Cielo de Fuego, late, under rain, through night, into day. In the […]


Episode #2857: Blursting At The Seams!

March 14, 2019 · Duration: 1:22:10 · Play

Luke is in San Diego, so Andrew assumes that he’s hanging out with the San Diego Chicken. Which might actually be a turkey? Also, Twitter considers making a fundamental change that Luke would absolutely hate, even though it would be the best thing to ever happen for him. 


79: Trans Is Against Nostalgia

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Trans Is Against Nostalgia by Taylor Johnson Everyday I build the little boat, my body boat, hold for the unique one, the formless soul, the blue fire that coaxes my being into being. Yes, there was music in the woods, and I was in love with the trees, and a beautiful man grew my heartbeat […]


Episode #2856: The Fighting TBDs!

March 13, 2019 · Duration: 1:54:14 · Play

Andrew tries to help Luke with some troublesome pimples with the help of a YouTube makeup tutorial. Meanwhile, the college admissions scandal that is rocking the nation leads Luke and Andrew to reflect on the value of their own college experiences…and they hatch a plan to get into Yale. 


78: Introduction to Patriarchy

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Introduction to Patriarchy by Chelsea Rathburn For a while we found them everywhere we looked, tucked in our brothers’ closets or slipped inside our fathers’ attachés: carousels of airbrushed women with rumpled curls wearing sweaters or raincoats or negligees or nothing but shoes. (Their feet were never bare.) Bedecked in stockings and heels as tall […]


Episode #2855: Repo The Rocking Horse

March 12, 2019 · Duration: 2:10:52 · Play

Today on TBTL, we learn that there are many more flavors of Bartles and Jaymes than you ever possibly imagined and that piano players shouldn’t try dog sledding. 


Episode #65: Sad and Lucky

· Duration: 44:33 · Play

Sad! And Lucky! Those are things you can be! Includes an essay from Nora’s book, No Happy Endings, available where books are sold except like, Walgreeens. But always at noraborealis.com/book. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are […]


77: Utsuroi

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Utsuroi by Lee Ann Roripaugh Morning light sifts through the window later, more tentatively. It takes its time pooling and accumulating in hot buttery squares on the floor where the cats love to dip and roll themselves as if they were succulent pieces of lobster. Night comes shuttering down more quickly. The band of light […]


Episode #2854: You Don’t Have To Be Right To Be Proud

March 11, 2019 · Duration: 1:42:11 · Play

The Mystery of Luke’s Missing Basketball comes to a conclusion, but not after some more twists and turns. Plus, Luke talks about his illicit hiking adventures over the weekend, and he and Andrew discuss the Simpson’s decision to drop it’s iconic Michael Jackson episode. 


76: Listen

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Listen by Didi Jackson Like a hundred gray ears the river stones are layered in a pile near the shed where mourning doves slow their peck and bobble to listen to a chorus of listening. Small buds on the lilac perk up. A cardinal’s torpedoed call comes in slow waves of four, round after round. […]


Episode #2853: Flavor Blasted Within An Inch Of Our Lives

March 8, 2019 · Duration: 1:32:57 · Play

Things got weird on the final day of Luke’s Vegas pizza expo. Like, “old man trying to steal camera equipment” weird. Plus, Luke felt forced to eat meat, making him question his vegetarianism, and Andrew finally unveils his idea for the pizza of the future. They also discuss the last Blockbuster video store on earth and offer up some Music For Your Weekend!


75: The Unwritten

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

The Unwritten by W.S. Merwin Inside this pencil crouch words that have never been written never been spoken never been taught they’re hiding they’re awake in there dark in the dark hearing us but they won’t come out not for love for time not for fire even when the dark has worn away they’ll still […]


Episode #2852: Game Apologize To Game

March 7, 2019 · Duration: 1:24:08 · Play

Andrew is giddy after having a wonderfully aimless day in Seattle that involved hot dogs, dice, and a chance encounter. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, Luke is shoving as many pieces of pizza in his mouth while people gather to watch. They also discuss sad news about Alex Trebek’s health and take a moment to appreciate the Jeopardy! host.