Tom McElroy, Part 2 – “How Far is Too Far?” – TWP054

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Tom McElroy has found the road less traveled to be full of unexpected turns, from the absurdities of reality TV to the perils of traveling in remote wildernesses. Along this sometimes tangled path one thing remains clear, we were not meant to go it alone. 

And if you haven’t checked it out yet, our Island Survival Exit Interview is now on YouTube where Anson Mount interviews Branan Edgens about his time in St. Croix learning primitive survival skills from Tom McElory of

Tom McElroy, Part 1 – “Chasing the Dream” – TWP053

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Who amongst us has not dreamed of a simpler life more connected to nature, of escaping the rat race and living a singular existence full of adventure? It’s easier dreamed than done but primitive survival expert Tom McElroy of sat down with us to tell us how he did it and share the unexpected twists and turns of his adventure thus far. 

The Drop – Part 13

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This episode finds Branan tired and new father Anson unexpectedly well-rested. Discussed in this episode: SEVERANCE, GIRLS Vs. GANGSTERS AND MIKE TYSON (!), Joel Coen’s THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH as reviewed by Ethan Coen,  Octavia Butler’s  WILD SEED, THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell, A delinquent dancing cactus, wisdom from Sterling Hayden, Anson’s worst moment as an actor, and a giant and expensive rebar chicken, and more!

The Drop – Part 12

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In this episode we discuss impending Fatherhood! Plus Bo Burnham’s INSIDE, Burt Reynolds’ HEAT, Branan’s experience Cabin living, camping with the gang, John Fahey , Mr. Rogers discusses silence, Never Ending Story, Fellini’s Toby Dammit excerpt from SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater in F minor, RV 621: VI Eja Mater, fons amoris and how is it compares to BB King and Shakespeare, MIDNIGHT MASS (Netflix), Mark Twain, I am One of You Forever by Fred chapel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, SUCCESSION (HBO), THE DEATH OF STALIN, Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark, Fabric or Reality by David Deutsch, Simulation theory, plus readings from Harper’s Magazine “Writing Wrongs” and “Clause and Effect”and we read listener reviews.
Artwork “Fatherhood” by Mahfuzur Rahman

The Drop – Part 11

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Another installment of the segment in which we share all the things we’ve been watching, reading and hearing. AND… The amazing story of how Uncle Philip became a guitar!!!  You won’t wanna miss this one. This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Kao Ly Ilene Her.

WHATRYADOIN – Daniel Reardon

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Early in the pandemic, the medical community struggled with ways to help people avoid getting sick through physical contact, particularly when it came to our strange habit of constantly touching our faces.  That’s when Astrophysicist Daniel Reardon got an idea.  What follows is the strange and funny tale of a highly intelligent man falling down the rabbit hole of stupidity and then using his story to make people smile during a very dark time.

Extra music for this episode provided by Krestovsky under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercia-Share Alike 3.0 license.


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Anson and Branan chat with Tzi about his time on “Hell on Wheels”, his incredible career trajectory, his ongoing fight against anti-AAPI hate, and that time he was busted for selling powdered sugar at Andy Warhol’s house.

For more information about the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund you can visit their website here.

Additional music provided by Bored With Four under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives, 3.0 International license.  Their track “Kung Fu” can be found here.

THE DROP – Part 9

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Anson & Branan take time between seasons to discuss all the things they’ve been reading, hearing and seeing.

In Episode number 9 of THE DROP we discuss: QUEEN’S GAMBIT and Anya Taylor-Joy’s eyeballs , Bryan Fogel’s THE DISSIDENT, Netflix’ series of lockdown shorts, HOMEMADE, Darius Marder’s  SOUND OF METAL, HBO’s The Lady and the Dale, The educational streaming platform Curiosity Stream , The Afrofuturism collection on the Criterion channel featuring John’s Coney’s whacked-out Space is the Place  YouTube Link) starring Sun Ra and  John Akomfrah’s inventive documentary The Last Angel of History  (YouTube Link), Ramin Bahrani’s THE WHITE TIGER, The German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and their surprising relationship to Afrofuturism  Letters to a young poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, A reading from HARPER’s in which a college professor does a very bad job at apologizing for offensive remarks, Jonathan Meiburg’s book A MOST REMARKABLE CREATURE  the fun of one-star google reviews, and we read listeners feedback!