Episode Archive

Hi there!

Since feedburner only lets you have 10 episodes live, I figured I’d keep a simple list of all episodes here, along with a little running commentary on how I feel about the episode now.

Click on the episode title and it will take you to the Archive.org page where you can get a downloadable link, and see also see how many people listened to it.

OR you can click the link that says see the original post, and that’s where the downloadable MP3  & the embedded player live.

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Episode One: Childhood – January 30, 2015 – The pilot! Igor Torgeson, Matt Flanagan & Jennie Josephson talk about their childhood. We only had one two microphones, so Matt and I were sharing. Still playing around with format, and I put too much (terrific) music in. The audio was not up to my personal standards and it took a few eps to get there. Plus there was that exhaust fan issue up on the roof which didn’t get solved till episode 5 or so…but it’s the first so here you go!  See the original post.

Episode Two: Shame – February 6, 2015 –  An early favorite, even with the audio imperfections. First episode we recorded on Skype. Featuring Chris Himes, Kate Flanagan & Jennie Josephson talk about things about which we are ashamed. See the original post.

Episode 3: Animal Stories – February 13, 2015 – Some great stories about puppies, peacocks and things that go bump in the kitchen. Featuring Robert Scheid, Elizabeth Hunt and Jennie Josephson.  We got fancy on this one and tried to record a Skype guest AND an in studio guest, with the minor issue that Jennie didn’t know how to do that yet. So there were horrendous ducking issues, and Jennie spent a LOT of time editing. Live and Learn.  See the original post.

Episode 4: Fear –  February 20, 2015 – A classic episode featuring Charlie Parrish, Jen Spyra & Jennie Josephson. This episode was Jen Spyra’s first ever podcast. Her second was with Stephen Colbert.  The episode was recorded via Skype and is a little rough, due to lack of proper microphones, but we endure! See the original post.

Update: Recently Charlie Parrish and his lovely wife lost their home in the Bastrop fires in Texas. If you enjoy this episode, perhaps consider supporting them here.

Episode 4.5 – Bits n’ Bobs. Our very first .5 episode, because I was editing the camp episode and needed more time. This will not be the last time I needed more time. Featuring Matt & Jennie. See the original post.

Episode 5: CAMP – March 4, 2015 – A classic, featuring Dave McHugh, Jennie Josephson & Herschel Bleefeld telling stories about camp, and Herschel playing the guitar. This was the first time I was really scared to tell a story, because it was still weighing me down a little. But there’s nothing like healing an old wound with a madly inappropriate song!   See the original post.

Episode 6: Humiliated – March 11, 2015 – I love love love the stories told by guests Ptolemy Slocum and Sarah Parsons. They both absolutely went for it. In comparison with my story, I didn’t feel like I quite nailed the emotional truth of the moment. In fact, almost every time I’ve tried to tell a journalism story, I’ve had trouble finding the core of what I was really trying to say. Oh well, I’ll keep trying.  See the original post.

Episode 7: Consumption & Consequence – March 17, 2015 – Featuring amazing drinking stories by Matt Flanagan, Seth Cohen & Colleen Basis. No story from Jennie in this one, because she doesn’t drink so much. 🙂  This was around the time I was making people talk into cardboard boxes with sound foam inside. Only later did I discover floor mic stands. Keep podcasting, keep learning’, that’s what I say.  See the original post. 

Episode 8: A Very Long Way – March 25, 2015 – Featuring our in-house musician Alex Cook, our in-house bravery consultant Greta Schwartz, and myself. Plus, Greta makes a shocking admission, and we don’t find out what happens until Episode 20! See the original post.

Episode 8.5: The Phone Number –  April 2, 2015 – This one cracks me up, because Matt really geniunely thought it would be cool to give out his phone number to the internet, and that’s why I love him so. See the original post. 

Episode 9: What Might Have Been –  April 8, 2015 – Stories about regret featuring noted actor and director Fred Goss, myself and the first appearance of Ms. Jackie Vleck, which led to us creating the 2nd ever Infinite Gain Productions podcast Hooray for Garbagetown with Jackie & Sarah Jean Kruchowski as hosts.  See the original post. 

Episode 10: How Did I Get Here? –  April 16, 2015 – Featuring Chris Black, Matt Flanagan and myself.  This one’s a doozy in the way where you think your stories are badass, and then you invite a rock star to the party. 🙂 I also love that all three stories connect together in sort of a beginning, middle, end kind of way.  See the original post.

Episode 11: That Sinking Feeling – April 29, 2015 -Really tremendously funny stories from Nick Holly & Jessica Kozack.  Nick’s story about his buddy Roger is an instant classic. See the original post. 

Episode 12: Mirror, Mirror (Or, That Time I Was The Villain) – April 29, 2015 – The internet’s own Tom Merritt makes his debut on Tell It Anyway, and such a special occasion is only enhanced by the return of Kate Flanagan. And I tell the story of Fucking Mittens. See the original post. 

Episode 13: Shock – May 20, 2015 – Alan Zibel, Sarah Kleinman and I tell stories about times we felt shock. I also achieved my meta goal within the episode of trying to be as shocking as possible about someone’s mom. See the original post. 

Episode 14: It Was Supposed To Be Fun – June 4, 2015 – Herschel Bleefeld returns. Debi Bradshaw is awesome, and I tell that story about the time I almost drowned. I think this was the first episode where we used floor mic stands, so the audio is good AND everyone could see each other. WIN.  See the original post.

Episode 15: I Know It Was You, Frodo: Stories of Betrayal – June 17, 2015 -Featuring the very first episode storytellers, Igor Torgeson, Matt Flanagan and me. This episode has the easy unforced feel of people who have known each other for 20+ years. Because we have.  See the original post. 

Episode 15.5: The Good Ship Larrypop – June 24, 2015 – We had some fun looking back on our first 15 episodes. I’m probably over proud of small milestones, but since each one of these feels like a baby, I guess it makes sense to celebrate all the birthdays! See the original post. 

Episode 16: I Really Put My Foot In It – July 2nd, 2015 –  Featuring the return of Elizabeth Hunt, the appearance of Mystery Brian from Alaska, and me.  Also, I realized soon after that this title really should be “I Really Stepped In It”. But a wise teacher once told me poetry comes from unexpected places. So there. See the original post. 

Episode 16.5: Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? –  July 8, 2015 – Hilariously, this episode got  the most downloads of any Tell It Anyway ever. (Close to 3k!) I guess people really wanted to hear Matt and I talk to our personal assistant. See the original post. 

Episode 17: A Total Disaster – July 15, 2015 – Two TV writers guest on TIA. Billy Finnegan, who writes for the hit Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” and Seth Cohen returns with another wild tale. This was the first episode of Tell It Anyway to feature a content warning, which I have since embraced.  See the original post. 

Episode 17.5: Punchline Awareness Month – July 23, 2015 – Matt and Jennie try to pilot a “Two Tiny Tales” episode which leads to an on-air argument. Alt title: How Married People Yell. See the original post.

Episode 18: It’s All Fun & Games Until… – August 6, 2015 –  The Nerdtacular Episode! This was when we found out that real people listen and enjoy the show, and told us some amazing stories of their own. This marks the first time I used my portable Zoom recorder for a field recording and I was really happy with the results.  See the original post.

Episode 18.5: Lazy Sunday – August 16, 2015 – Matt and Jennie have some things to say, plus one last story from Nerdtacular from Alex Hanna! Warning, lots of .5’s coming up. I mean, it was August and all… See the original post. 

Episode 18.6:  Hooray for Garbagetown pilot – August 16, 2015 – The second Infinite Gain Productions podcast makes its debut! Matt and I liked Jackie Vleck’s style so much on Episode 9 that we encouraged her to do a podcast of her own. She and her producing partner Sarah Jean Kruchowski do a fabulous job each week and I encourage you to take a listen!  See the original post.   And here’s the Hooray for Garbagetown home page!

Episode 18.7:  Two Tiny Tales – August 23, 2015 – Igor filled in for me with some fun tales about body betrayals with Mystery Marjorie from Alaska!  See the original post.

Episode 18.8: Podcast Class – August 25, 2015 – Jennie knock out a quick episode while teaching young minds how to podcast. It’s still August.  And the in-laws are in town. ALL THE EXCUSES.  See the original post. 

Episode 18.9: The Don Orsillo Situation – August 30, 2015 – It’s very rare that I get mad enough to post a rant. But fire our favorite broadcaster and hell hath no fury…  See the original post. 

Episode 19: The Dogs Days of Summer – September 1, 2015 – Finally! A full new episode of Tell It Anyway featuring Herschel Bleefeld, Matt & Jennie telling summer stories. Once again, I feel like I didn’t crack the essence of my story, but it was still vaguely interesting. See the original post.

Episode 20: Is This Real Life? – September 15, 2015 – Scott Johnson of the Frogpants Network and Greta Schwartz of the New York City join me on the 20th episode!  The West Wing themed story I tell on this episode is part of why I wanted to do a storytelling podcast. It’s really a forever favorite moment in my life, and I’m so glad I had such great guests on to share it with. See the original post.

Episode 20.5: Job + Change + Muppets – September 24, 2015 – Matt and I discuss going biweekly in light of his new “go to a writer’s room job” and me teaching two classes. See the original post.

Episode 21: The Doctor Is In – October 14, 2015 -Amazing standup comedian and storyteller Tom Parks is on the show, as it is the unquenchably enthusiastic, incredibly talented actor Ben Burdick. Plus I tell a Dalai Lama story!  Also I recorded three separate tracks of audio on this one, and yeah, it just about killed me to edit, but it sounds TERRIFIC.   See the original post.

Episode 22: Bad Dates – November 6, 2015 – The return of Nick Holly & Sarah Kleinman in studio. They both have amazing dating stories. And Matt Flanagan leads us on an epic tale of high school betrayal and counter-betrayal. See the original post. 

Episode 23: Questionable Decisions – November 24th, 2015 – Brian Ibbott of Coverville and The Morning Stream and Marketplace’s Molly Wood join us to podcast together for the first time ever! See the original post.

Episode 23.5: Turkey Hangover – November 29, 2015 –  Matt and Jennie briefly lift their heads off the Thanksgiving table to give thanks for their patrons.  See the original post. 

Episode 24: Show me Christmas – December 20, 2015 – It’s the first episode of holiday storytelling with Igor Torgeson, Colleen Basis and Matt “Christmas” Flanagan. Warning: Contains stories about the perils of Christmas trippin’, interfaith holiday decoration and radiator safety. See the original post.

Episode 25: Serpentor! – December 21, 2015 – It’s the second episode of holiday storytelling with Herschel Bleefeld, Greta Schwartz and Renee Gindi featuring more interfaith holidays and the parable of Serpentor. Recorded via Skype. See the original post. 

Episode 26: Star Wars & Santa Claus – December 22, 2015 – The Ladies of Garbagetown are here to tell Christmas stories, and Jennie’s sad mess of a Christmas story is saved by the last minute appearance of Molly Wood with a tragicomic Christmas tale. All that and STAR WARS! See the original post. 

Episode 27: Of Men in White Coats – December 23, 2015 – The final Tell It Anyway of 2015 features Katie Best, Santa’s best defender, uncertified brain mechanic Jennie Josephson, and Mr. Christmas now and forever, Matt Flanagan’s “Of Men In White Coats, A Christmas That Almost Wasn’t” See the original post. 

Episode 27.5: Solipsistastic! – January 17, 2016 – Matt and Jennie ring in the new year three weeks late! They have some questions for you, because it wouldn’t be a .5 without some navel gazing. See the original post. 

Episode 28: The Law – January 27, 2016 – Rich Stroffolino, J. Hammond Chamberlain and Jennie Josephson share their stories about breaking various laws of family, good neighborliness and of course, the universe. See the original post. 

Episode 29: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time – February 10, 2016 – Jackie Vleck, Lance Whinery and Matt Flangan share their deep dark decision-making process. Tune in for witches, wheelchairs and the 4:30am shift at the local strip joint. See the original post. 

Episode 29.5: Fat Trampoline – February 13, 2016 – Matt and Jennie bring you an ill-advised podcast experiment. See the original post. 

Episode 30: After Hours – March 3, 2016 – Stories from the dark of night! Charlie Parrish, Alan Zibel and Jennie Josephson share stories about wild parties, even wilder seabees, and we all learn why you should never, ever get naked in a military camp filled with cameras. See the original post. 

Episode 31: What Was I Thinking? – March 17, 2016 – What Was I Thinking?!? Jessica Kozack, Allan Rice & Matt Flanagan attempt to answer this question. Things get steamy. And, of course, awkward. See the original post. 

Episode 31.5: The Eulogy Nugget – April 7, 2016 – Matt and Jennie debate the wisdom of the “eulogy nugget” See the original post. 

Episode 32: Was It Worth It? – April 24, 2016 – Julia Grob stars in “Breaking Bike,” Jennie Josephson makes dubious financial decisions, and Sarah Kleinman is gonna need a bigger boat. Each of us must face the ultimate decision: Was it worth it? See the original post. 

Episode 32.5: The Road to Vegas – May 12, 2016 – Matt and Jennie take a road trip to Vegas, and they’ve got mics in all the wrong places. Really. Feel free to fall asleep in the back of the car. They won’t mind. A super sized .5 just for you! See the original post. 

Episode 32.6: TIA Day to Day – May 14, 2016 – Jennie Josephson and Molly Wood give it a try to a new podcast! Day to Day is a conversation between Jennie and Molly, like all those phone calls they usually have. This is the first one. Enjoy! See the original post. 

Episode 32.7: TIA Day to Day 2 – May 26, 2016 – Stand tall and hang tight Patrons! We’ve got a full episode on TIA in the can to be edited this weekend. But I know some of you were sad to hear a repeat in the rotation, so let me tide you over with an amuse bouche of a podcast. Would that be an amuse pouche? Do I even want to think what that might mean? We spend some time mulling over the “amuse douche” that is Peter Thiel v. Gawker, and the “gendered assholery” of the Variety takedown of Jennie’s former CEO. See the original post. 

Episode 33: The Curveball – May 30, 2016 – Erika Kaestle, Matt Flanagan and Igor Torgeson share stories of the curveballs thrown at them by life. Dickish dentists, Repot Depots and the love of the game. See the original post.