Episode #2908: Ziggle Skagit, Let’s Get Back Agit!

May 24, 2019 · Duration: 1:38:39 · Play

Luke and Andrew are all packed and ready to leave on their Australian Adventure. Meanwhile their friend & colleague P-Fletch stops by to give them a ride to the airport and help kick off TBTL-a-Thon 10!

Episode #2907: Sing Dem Welsh Boy Blues

May 23, 2019 · Duration: 1:20:16 · Play

Luke and Andrew are slightly freaking out on the eve of their great Australian adventure. Plus, Luke has a mouse in his house, and it just might be one of the Wet Bandits. And speaking of bandits, there’s a super villain on the loose in New York’s subway system. 

Episode #2906: I Would Do Anything For Larrikinism (But I Won’t Do That)

May 22, 2019 · Duration: 1:37:21 · Play

Luke tries to persuade Andrew to take part in one of Australia’s grossest traditions, but Andrew…well, he’s Andrew. They also find themselves at the intersection of two of TBTL’s most lauded topics: Dreams and bathroom talk.

Episode #2905: Roofing Is What Happens When You’re Making Other Podcasts

May 21, 2019 · Duration: 1:14:51 · Play

Luke and Andrew discover a kink in their plan to podcast live from the very remote town of Larrimah, Australia. But they also discover a beautiful solution. Plus, Luke is caught in a real “hot mic” situation, and Patagonia takes a stand with its “power vests.”

A Song Of Ice And Spoilers: More Like Bran The Boring

May 20, 2019 · Duration: 1:23:10 · Play

Luke and Andrew bid farewell to Game of Thrones as they break down the good, the bad, and the Bran-ness of yesterday’s final episode. They also look back at the entire series and the wild journey it’s taken them on for almost a decade. 

Episode #2904: Don’t Stop Bewitching

· Duration: 1:28:54 · Play

Luke and Andrew set out to discuss the cultural significance of the Game of Thrones finale, but they mostly end up talking about Rush lead singer Geddy Lee and whether or not they intend to start watching “Ballers.” So you know, typical TBTL stuff.

Episode #2903: The Grumpy Was A Cat!

May 17, 2019 · Duration: 1:19:35 · Play

Luke and Andrew come up with a plan to meet-up with Australian listeners during their time down under. They also discuss the connection between the California Raisins and Batman, and they pay tribute to (and discuss the finances of) Grumpy Cat, who passed away this week. 

Episode #2902: There’s A Right Way To Clock

May 16, 2019 · Duration: 1:05:35 · Play

Luke and Andrew start off by tackling the big question of the day: Is “as per usual” a proper phrase or a bastardization of the English language? (Or is it just “very unique”?) Plus, a man gets kicked off an airplane for making an offhand remark about vodka. And Andrew accidentally admits to some shame eating.

Episode #2901: You Know I.T., Baby!

May 15, 2019 · Duration: 1:50:11 · Play

Luke and Andrew join the show hot off their company-mandated cyber security training, which they found to be very informative and a worthwhile use of their time. They also discuss the investigation into Navy pilots who drew a naughty doodle in the sky above Washington State. And Andrew tries to remember a song.

123: When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

When Vision Narrows To A Single Beam of Light by Eleanor Wilner For years he had been hidden, quiet, huge head on his paws, almost a sphinx in his composure, a figure waiting for a breeze to move the dense green canopy of leaves overhead, enough to bring a hair-thin laser line of light down […]

A Song Of Ice And Spoilers: Downtown Dany Targaryen

May 14, 2019 · Duration: 55:20 · Play

Maybe it’s all the dragon fire, or maybe it’s the 17.6 cups of coffee they both consumed this morning, but Luke and Andrew are very fired up about this penultimate – and very controversial – episode of Game of Thrones. They are also flattered that the showrunners decided to steal their idea of using more bells.

Episode #2900: All Kinds Of Quiet Trouble

· Duration: 1:08:18 · Play

Andrew is having trouble waking up in the morning, and he blames the new alarm sounds on his phone. Luke tries to help. Then this special 2900th episode goes off the rails as they discuss DIY braces, AndyMan Grills, a fascinating article about toxic masculinity, and the second-best film reviewer in Rancho Cucamonga.

“There is only one Beethoven”


Everybody knows the Beethoven story: He’s a brilliant composer who faced hearing loss; a genius who couldn’t listen to his own masterpieces. But there’s a different way to consider the story we think we know. * * * Thank you to Matthew Winn, director of the Listen Lab at the University of Minnesota, for his […]

122: Whipping Tree

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Whipping Tree by Rachel Eliza Griffiths           Laurel Grove Cemetery South, Savannah, Georgia, 2018 Where are the whips & hands that risked their own history to lash lessons of blood upon black bodies roped against these simple oaks? The marks are too high to touch now, the evidence too grotesque to […]

Episode #2899: High Art Clowning

May 13, 2019 · Duration: 1:52:02 · Play

Luke gets into more trouble with his boat this weekend (not the boat that he crashed in the water, but the one he crashed on land last year.) But luckily, a good friend saved the day! He and Andrew take a break from discussing Australia’s most dangerous animals to reflect on one of it’s most dangerous (smelling) fruits, which caused an emergency evacuation at a University last week.

121: A Room of Her Own

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

A Room of Her Own by Ming Di She never knew love made for such cold winters. She hides in the room she painted for herself, tuning, listening, as music spreads pain like spiderwebs down her legs. She walks from one corner to another, the room grows bright with sunlight, or moon, stabbing her with […]

Episode #2898: Ken Jennings: The Kayfabe Is Strong

May 10, 2019 · Duration: 1:25:29 · Play

TBTL Friendo and All-Time Jeopardy! Champ Ken Jennings swings by the studio to talk about the latest challenger to his throne. He also talks to Luke and Andrew about the irreplaceable Alex Trebek and his uneasy relationship with the word “cloche”. 

120: What’s Left

· Duration: 4:59 · Play

What’s Left by Kerry Hardie I used to wait for the flowers, my pleasure reposed on them. Now I like plants before they get to the blossom. Leafy ones — foxgloves, comfrey, delphiniums — fleshy tiers of strong leaves pushing up into air grown daily lighter and more sheened with bright dust like the eyeshadow […]

Episode #2897: The Misadventures Of Carl Cruller

May 9, 2019 · Duration: 1:22:43 · Play

Digging deep into TBTL voicemails from a decade ago has Luke and Andrew feeling all kinds of ways. Plus, a fascinating Top Story from Andrew’s hometown leads to a confession about his criminal past.

119: He Said

· Duration: 4:59 · Play

He Said by Gerald Stern Thank God for summer, he said, and thank God the window was to his right and there was a wavy motion behind him and a moon in the upper right corner only four days old and still not either blowsy or soupy.                 […]

Episode #2896: The Frenzy Continues! (Part 1)

May 8, 2019 · Duration: 1:01:16 · Play

Luke and Rudy find themselves in a stranger’s scary backyard while out on an evening stroll. Was it Bugs Meany’s house? MAYBE! Plus, listeners offer some Australia advice – in song!

118: Migraine: Aura and Aftermath

· Duration: 5:00 · Play

Migraine: Aura and Aftermath by Claudia Emerson First, part of the world disappears. Something is missing from everything: the cat’s eye, ear, the left side of its face; two fingers from my right hand; the words from the end of a sentence. The absence is at first more absolute than whatever darkness I imagine the […]

Episode #2895: They Might Be Gigante

May 7, 2019 · Duration: 1:29:07 · Play

Luke and Andrew learn about yet another weird animal to watch out for in Australia, while also descending down a rabbit-hole of minor league baseball mascots. TRIGGER WARNING: if you like dancing, soccer or Hamilton, you might want to skip this episode. We hope the 3 of you who are left enjoy it. 

A Song Of Ice And Spoilers: Cersei Gonna Cers!

· Duration: 1:03:10 · Play

Luke and Andrew take a look at Episode Four through dragon-colored glasses. Andrew is very into the conflicting feelings about Daenerys Stormborn, and Luke is concerned with “the last mile problem” vis-a-vis castle storming.

Episode #69: Happy Friggin’ Mother’s Day

· Duration: 54:11 · Play

It’s that special time of year again. Where we look long and hard at our own mothers. And at ourselves as mothers. So… how does everyone measure up? You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora’s Instagram is @noraborealis. You can order Nora’s new book — No Happy Endings […]