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Episode 86 — Conspiracies


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:04 AM

Do you believe in conspiracy theories? The one and only Janeane Garofalo joins Tig, Kyle, David, and Aaron to discuss the moon landing, why she disconnected from the internet in 2004, the theories surrounding 9/11, the Flat Earth Society, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Janeane also shares how Paula Poundstone inspired her, being grateful for the spade of luck & opportunity she has had in her career, and the many tangents of the lovable Dave Hill. Don’t sleep on this episode Blastronauts!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

I love that Janeane didn't realize Kyle was on Reno 911.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

Good episode. Aaron has really come out of his shell in these NY episodes.

The flat Earth clip was hilarious. Under that guy's 'gravity' explanation, Earth would be 'rising' at the speed of light in a little under a year.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

I remember, especially in the early episodes, there was a contingent who liked to complain that Tig, Dave, and Kyle would talk over their guests. Like some guest would be trying to say something profound, and then Kyle would bust out an irrelevant "swamp rock!" just for a laugh.

I feel like this episode is like a bizarro version of those episodes. So many times Kyle would try to break in with something hilarious, or Tig would try to mutter something hilarious, and Janeane would talk blindly over them with her commentary. I'd be frustrated, "But Janeane, they are funny! Let them digress from the subject matter!"

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

TIL Janeane Garofalo has gone completely crazy and is pointlessly argumentative.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

The comments here make me sad.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

I really liked what Janeane added to the podcast. I think she brought some great thoughts and points. Also, I think she and Tig have a really nice chemistry. I'd love to see her back...or better yet, as a cohost.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:33 AM

View PostSean G, on 08 January 2013 - 07:43 PM, said:

I remember, especially in the early episodes, there was a contingent who liked to complain that Tig, Dave, and Kyle would talk over their guests. Like some guest would be trying to say something profound, and then Kyle would bust out an irrelevant "swamp rock!" just for a laugh.

I feel like this episode is like a bizarro version of those episodes. So many times Kyle would try to break in with something hilarious, or Tig would try to mutter something hilarious, and Janeane would talk blindly over them with her commentary. I'd be frustrated, "But Janeane, they are funny! Let them digress from the subject matter!"

I thought the same thing, though it did get better, specifically when Janine went along with Kyle's "it calms her heart" character and made him her dad. I still enjoyed the episode and Janine, though, but it was a little more intense than usual.

But the good thing about Janine not being online is that we can say anything we want about her and she'll never know. Like that she has a necklace made of babies' toes.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

Favorite part goes to Kyle with his soft-spoken "Literally" during the second "dogs in space" mention.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:20 PM

Speaking of conspiracy theories.....,,,,,.has anyone ever seen "Craig" and Chris Fairbanks in the same room at the same time?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

It sounded like Kyle was narrating the Youtube clip.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

Couldn't make it through this one... is there a way to mute the guest? It would be great if there was an ongoing conversation with the invisible angry lady in the room... maybe a recurring character in the hatch. Sorry, look forward to the next!!
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

I loved the idea of all the hosts wearing matching "grandpa sweaters"! We must make this happen!

One thing that came to my mind a lot during this episode was the use of the word "fact". As a scientist I used to be very sure of what a fact was. The older I get, the more I wonder. Yesterday's facts are today's quaint old-fashioned, wrong-headed notions. In our fractured society where even "science" becomes "political" folks don't agree on many facts anymore.

Maybe this would be a good topic for a future show.

I love Kyle's "Carl" character aka Janeane's father. Check out his videos on youtube. Just search on Kyle Dunnigan and subscribe to his channel.

David did a great diplomatic job of moving the discussion forward at a couple of points.

I agree that Aaron is fitting in so well. He really is a co-host. It is not easy to lay back and then jump in without seeming awkward.

And I have to say how much I love all the gang down in the hatch. And all the Blastronauts!

Welp, that's been comment.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

I liked it when Janeane played around with charactery stuff with tig and kyle. And she was so sweet to Morbot.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:15 AM

I'm not a Janeane fan (historically) but I thought this was great. I agree that it might have gone more smoothly had she understood the format a little more (can't blame her for that since she has sworn off technology) but I thought her point of separating the two aspects of conspiracy theories, free and critical thinking versus crazy, was interesting. I think the problem is you can't specify that without invalidating the idea of it.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

I agree with some of the previous posters. I've always enjoyed Janeane's humor but this felt less like a discussion about conspiracies and more like a Janeane Garofalo commentary. Which is fine, I listen to this podcast to be entertained and I was. But I was expecting more conspiracy talk along the lines of a Coast to Coast discussion (but funnier of course), in which a conspiracy topic is brought up and the crew humorously unpacks and pokes at it.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

I feel like you missed an opportunity to discuss the truth about cats and dogs and possibly the truth about "The Truth About Cats and Dogs."

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:44 PM

The pure joy in Janeane's voice when she realized Kyle was Reno's 'Craig,' made this entire podcast for me. I miss Janeane on the radio from back in her Majority Report days. She undersells herself too much. She's funny, albeit a bit serious from time to time...but still, she's always been funny.

I seriously love Professor B these days and have started RE-listening to the episodes lately on my afternoon jogs.

Thanks for calming my heart,

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

I'm glad to read the other comments about this show because they echo mine own thoughts. I just love Janeane, and I felt so bad for being nearly annoyed with her serious tone and the talking and talking and talking with no one else talking. However, I agree that the show definitely took a turn for the better when she lightened up a bit.