“Call Your Dad” – TWP050

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Anson asks Branan to delve into his father’s mysterious past, a request which leads our hosts into a discussion about aging, the vagaries of the unconscious, and the incredible power of responsibility. Now call your dad.

Episode links:

Radiolab’s amazing episode “What’s Up, Doc?”

Travel Light by Jason Shaw is provided via a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license.

Jake Weber – “The Photograph” – TWP049

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Many years ago, Anson saw a photograph on Jake’s wall. It was a young Mick Jagger sitting next to an eight year old boy. When Anson asked if the boy was Jake’s younger self, he only got a one word answer: “Yeah.” Fifteen years later, Jake finally shares the story of how that photograph came to be on his wall and the heartbreaking childhood surrounding it.

“Treated Acoustic Guitar” is provided by Sleep You Resting Giant via a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

“Overdriven Melancholic Guitar” is provided by Monplaisir via a Creative Commons 1.0 Universal license.

Some photos from Dominique Tarle’s book “Exile”.

Dr. Douglas Vakoch, Part 2 – “To Work Without Guarantees” – TWP048

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Our species cannot comprehend the time and distances inherent in interstellar communication. But noone understands this conundrum better than astrobiologist Douglas Vakoch. A year and a half after our first interview we catch up with his METI project to find out what it is like to dedicate one’s life to the longest term project in the history of human endeavor.

Episode Links:


Georgina Torbet

Sonar Calling – The organization that collaborated with METI to send music to a distant solar system.

His Master’s Voice by Stanislav Lem

Carl Sagan’s hysterical but brilliant description of Flatland.

Melissa McCracken, Part 1 – “Dancing About Architecture” – TWP045

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Melissa McCracken is a painter living in a parallel dimension to ours: her synesthesia fills her world with colors and other atypical sensory experiences. She tries to explain what this world is like and in doing so reminds us all of the importance of communication, tolerance and patience. Please take a moment to review her work here: www.melissasmccracken.com

Alice Cooper, Part 1 – “Shock Golfer” – TWP043

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Most people know Alice Cooper as the original Shock Rocker and a foundational pillar in the house of Metal. But few know that his journey into sobriety involved replacing one addiction with a new and more healthy one: golf. At 71 years of age, having played more courses than almost anyone alive, Cooper still plays 6 days a week and once even considered going pro. Join Anson as he picks the decapitated brain of Alice Cooper.

Doug Jones, Part 3 – “The Diamond Dave Face/Off” – TWP042

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THE WELL becomes the morning zoo as Doug Jones tells us a little more about his acting career without a mask and Branan tells a story about his first and last gig as a monster maker in Morocco! Plus, competitive sheep herding with David Lee Roth for some reason. Aaaaaahayaaaeah!!!