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  1. Honestly I think one of the best suggestion-based scenes one of the early ones, the multiple referee from episode 4:


    Don't know if that's what you're looking for but it's one of the earliest ones that I thought was really a perfect demonstration of the art of longform and got me really hooked on the show.

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  2. Hey so I was going to just put this in the most recent episode thread but I don't want to take anything away from that guy who wrote that song about Shaq


    I have spent the last two months ignoring all of the other podcasts I listen to and catching up on everything Sean and Hayes have ever done. I don't even like reality shows. Now I'm coming up on the final episode of RSS after listening to every Hollywood Handbook twice and I don't know what to do.


    Will I be able to listen to any other podcasts ever again? They're like this one, but way shittier. Will Sean and Hayes be on the second season of Serial, or will I have to skip that one too?

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  3. I wrote a story about pick-up artists a while ago and one interesting thing I found is that there's actually a lot of first- and second-generation immigrant males among the groups, at least in Canada. When they come from patriarchal societies or places without the same level of sexual freedom, dating in the Western world can be a real mystery. They're attracted to the PUA movement because it not only provides them with an alleged method to "get" women, it can also reinforce their ingrained cultural norms about male dominance.


    Which is totally horrible because literally the best pick-up technique is "Be interesting and be interested in other people."

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  4. Trip report: This guy is actually way less offensive than I thought, but he's still not very funny. I like that they took a risk with the guest, though.


    I did really appreciate that he pointed out how a lot of the mainstream pick-up artists are just using the language of abuse, I thought that was pretty perceptive. Then again, that was after he called himself the "Prince of Pick-Up" or something like that


    e: He's still a big ol' sexist creep though, just to be clear. But I don't mind that he was on the podcast at all, even if it made for some uncomfortable listening.

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  5. This was one of the best episodes ever. Kyle's script - and the genuine surprise of everyone else in the studio - left me in tears laughing. Molly was an awesome guest, and had actual (hilarious!) chemistry with Kyle (and everybody else). A real treat for a 200th episode.

  6. I really can't believe it. I've listened to Harris speak for hours and hours and I felt like I got to know him - that's the thing with audio entertainment. He was a truly special person and we will miss him so much.

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  7. A really great episode, from an actually really insightful takedown of Serial to the extended and hilarious conversation between Jon and Eddie. Americans probably didn't get a lot of the references (especially when they're just randomly singing Tragically Hip songs by the end) but I really enjoyed it.


    On the freedom of religion thing: Here in Canada we view that as the right to have your own beliefs and, crucially, not get bothered about them. The general idea is that belief is a personal and private choice. We view the aggressiveness of the American evangelical movement as offensive. This is a big generalization but it's what they were getting at - the idea of public figures explicitly mentioning their own personal beliefs (or even thanking god in general) isn't something we're comfortable with, among other examples.


    America has a much different religious tradition than its Northern neighbour; it's much more woven into the fabric of everyday life. It's maybe a part of Canada's collective identity, that we don't want to rock the boat or emphasize our differences too much. Giant crosses by the side of the road, political figures talking about how often they attend church, religious figures as celebrities - these are anathema to the Canadian approach.

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