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Are you in need of company during those strange days and lonely nights? Every Monday, hosts Molly Lambert, Tess Lynch and Emily Yoshida, gather in dark rooms for a free jazz blend of pop culture theory, internet fascinations, and venture down a plethora of half-baked conspiracy theory rabbit holes. Drop us a line with your night call at 240-46-NIGHT or nightcallpodcast@gmail.com, and we'll offer our best advice on life, love, and the coming apocalypse.

Latest Episodes

121: Brains In Jars Go To The Minnesota State Fair

We start off with a night call about whether your phone camera knows which part of a photo you’re looking at (it does). More chat about phones and surveillance leads to Elon Musk’s Neuralink and a discussion of futurism (both kinds) and transhumanists. Then we get a night email from a listener in Key West about the bind faced by tourist towns with reopening. Emily makes a case for seeing the ocean safely. Then we are joined by comedian and podcaster Brandi Brown (The Bill Corbett Show) who tells us everything you want to know about the Minnesota State Fair, butter busts, her ongoing State Fair related feud with Amy Klobuchar and much more. Foot Notes Neuralink in Tech Crunch Musk worrying about AI Thiel worrying about AI Brandi on Twitter Grain entrapment Unofficial rundown of crop art rules Princess Kay of the Milky Way Klobuchar's state fair debacle Seed Queen: The Story of Crop Art and the Amazing Lillian Colton Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MIN1 d ago
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121: Brains In Jars Go To The Minnesota State Fair

120: The Robopod With Meredith Whittaker

EEmily returns with tales of a haunted hotel she stayed at in Mobile, Alabama. Then it's the #babywitches who hexed the moon, followed by a listener email about the queer Sapphic aesthetics of cottagecore. This of course leads into some discussion of Taylor Swift's new album Folklore, and how in a way it's always fall right now. We read a listener email about the struggles of international students right now, and another about working in a plastic surgery clinic during the pandemic. Then the girls are joined by Meredith Whittaker - Research Professor and Co-founder of the AI Now Institute at NYU. After working at Google for over thirteen years Meredith helped lead the Google Walkouts to end AI contracts with theDepartment Of Defense. We talk to Meredith about racism in tech, the biased badness of algorithms, and the human beings behind most "artificial intelligence." And, of course, Robocop. How can we organize to prevent tech companies from say, building war machines for the governm...

79 MIN1 w ago
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120: The Robopod With Meredith Whittaker

119: The NBA Dark Academia Web

EA night call from a teacher about the back to school catch 22 facing all teachers and students right now. Tess blows the lid off the secret pandemic pod tutoring circuit. Then it’s the rebooted Unsolved Mysteries and the Howie Mandel Tik Tok teen conspiracy! Is Howie okay? Has Howie ever been okay? A night email about the club at the top of the Baltimore hotel featured in the new Unsolved Mysteries, and the Berkshires UFO sighting of 1969. For the second half we are joined by Jay Kang from the Time To Say Goodbye podcast to go deep on the NBA Bubble in our special sports segment Night Ball/Sports Call! Jay explains the NBA Bubble and we discuss why it’s such a bad idea from a labor angle and whether they’ll make it through the season. And we answer an Orlando-centric theme park question about the Aerosmith Rock N Roller Coaster at Disneyworld. We also take some questions for Jay related to his infamous Diva Rankings, and revisit them to see if he’s changed his mind about some of his more controversial positions on divas. (Emily will be back next week after completing leg one of her cross country road trip to see her mom.) All this and sports gambling on an all new Night Call! Wealthy parents forming pods with private tutors More on how tutors and pods can contribute to education inequality Howie Mandel's Tiktok Baldiyadi, the Tiktok user who brought attention to Mandel's weirder videos Message in a Bottle Berkshires UFO Rock n Rollercoaster Nights in White Satin dark ride Time to Say Goodbye, Jay's podcast Jay on Twitter Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

80 MIN2 w ago
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119: The NBA Dark Academia Web

118: 364 1/2 Days (with Hannah Giorgis)

EWe kick it off with a night email from an anonymous listener working at an unnamed theme park about how unsafe reopening is. Then Emily explains “Dark Academia” the college themed Tik Tok teen trend that feels extra dystopian now that school reopenings are being threatened for the fall. Then we are joined by special guest writer Hannah Giorgis from The Atlantic to discuss Polish erotic thriller and viral hit 365 Days! Does this movie resurrect the erotic thriller as Night Call has been hoping it would? Or is it just a Polish rip off of 50 Shades Of Grey? Why would people flock to an erotic streamer like 365 Days during lockdown? Plus what are the sexiest movies and what have we all been watching lately? The mind reels, on an all new Night Call! FOOTNOTES Scream inside your heart 21 Pilots PPP loan Dark Academia Cottagecore Harvard's online tuition Belle Delphine Ursula le Guin Hannah's piece on 365 Days 50 Shades/365 Days connection Duffy's open letter Background on Duffy's kidnap...

70 MIN3 w ago
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118: 364 1/2 Days (with Hannah Giorgis)

117: Starship Loopers

EThe girls are joined by writer Ezekiel Kweku for the top half this week. A Ghislaine news roundup and some television show fueled speculation about why Ms. Maxwell was staying in New Hampshire. Then it’s Randonautica, the creepy geocaching app taking Tik Tok by storm. Would any of us be game to follow a set of random directions to potentially enchanting surprise locations? Or does that sound like the worst idea ever? Then it’s a deep dive on the American flag with noted flag expert Ezekiel. Can the flag be reclaimed for good or is it out of bounds forever? For the second half of the show, Super Producer Joelle Monique joins us as we talk about Paul Verhoeven’s satirical adaptation of Robert Heinlen’s Starship Troopers. Is an obvious critique, like Verhoeven’s critique of fascism in Starship Troopers, always implicit in images or will it always go over some people’s heads? Does good intent matter if your image goes viral out of context as a GIF? Fascism, flags, and flaming bugs on an all new Nighy Call! FOOTNOTES Ezekiel's website Randonautica at The Cut Randonautica at Vice Ezekiel on Twitter Flag Tumblr Jasper Johns flag Sarah Rahbar flag Stanley Forman flag Ezekiel on the history of flags in Black protest art (for MTV News) Ezekiel's DJ twitch stream Starship Troopers trivia Verhoeven interview in Empire Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MINJUL 6
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117: Starship Loopers

116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

EThe ladies take on the fireworks conspiracy! But first, a night message about Colorado intentional community Drop City. More commune geodesic domes and experimental theater companies. What is the most Night Call time zone? How should we return Mount Rushmore to its former sacred natural state? Then, checking out the story about the shitposting cult DayLife Army. What does it look like when a cult is extremely online, seemingly self-aware about being a cult, and dead set on exploiting people's better instincts? Then, it's the moment everyone's been waiting for: ten thousand hours of incredibly loud nonstop fireworks. We lay out the various theories about the fireworks and our own personal takes. Is it the cops? Just kids? Professional fireworks enthusiasts? Or the ghost of dead Paris Review legend, fireworks hobbyist and CIA plant George Plimpton? The big differences between the fireworks in differentcities, and why this specific conspiracy feels convoluted but not far-fetched. Is it all a big psy-op? Just innocent4th of July fun? Or something even more sinister... FOOTNOTES Drop City the place Drop City the novel Murder Mountain Tumple/Day Life Army Ex-DLA member's Instagram Daily Dot article Son of Baldwin thread The Atlantic article on fireworks  TL Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

71 MINJUN 29
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116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

EToday we take a night call about problematic Disneyland rides and suggest alternatives. Should we replace the torn down Splash Mountain with a Princess And The Frog Ride? (Yes) What is the most racist ride at Disneyland? Can theme parks be divided from themes of imperialism? Then it’s a listener query about Synanon, the self help drug rehab retreat on the Santa Monica strand that turned into a cult in the seventies. For our second half we are joined by Behind The Bastards host Robert Evans to discuss citizen journalism during the uprisings era! Robert discusses covering the Pacific Northwest, the Boogaloo creeps, showing up to face fascists. Then he takes our listeners’ questions about storing rations in small spaces, how to combat fascists flyering in your town, and where the best place to be during the revolution is (hint: among friends). Plus Molly exposes Robert as a full on pumpkin spice Fallhead! Footnotes: Splash Mountain Petition LA Mag on Synanon Paul Morantz on the Snake in his Mailbox Behind the Police Podcast Behind the Bastards Podcast LOL Surprise Steals Rainbow Raver Look LOL Surprise Bondage Doll Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MINJUN 22
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115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

ETess is off this week so Molly and Emily are joined by Night Call’s fabulous producer Joelle Monique! We start off with an email from a listener who was disappointed with our Lana Del Rey talk recently and take the opportunity to examine our own blind spots. We solicit more critiques from our listeners, and ask how we can be more helpful during this critical time in our country’s history. Then it’s a trip to the CHAZ! Emily learned about the history of autonomous zones and yes it does get weird. The connection to Burning Man and Santa Con is unveiled, and Emily provides the requisite Seattle context for the CHAZ and the French origins of the ZAD. Then we are joined by boy band expert Maria Sherman, author of the new book Larger Than Life, to dive into the recent radicalization of k-pop stans online. Sherman explains what exactly the “fan cams” are that stans have been overloading American police departments asking for footage of rioters with. Night Call is an autonomous zone of...

86 MINJUN 15
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114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

113: California Writ

EWe start with a serious moment from Night Call about the current Black Lives Matter protests and our support for them. We plan to cover historic current events this month by looking into America’s past. Then we take some night calls and emails. Then the first (and most likely last) installment of Ramblin’ Gamblin’ June is our discussion of Robert Altman’s California Split! Who is horny on main for Elliott Gould and who is decidedly not? What is the secret to a gambling buddy comedy? What are our games? We are back and we will be here for our listeners all year, at Night Call. FOOTNOTE Restless leg/Parkinsons drug can cause gambling addiction TekWar Marge Simpson's gambling problem Oscar Zeta Acosta Elliott Gould interview Synanon RESOURCES Peoples Budget LA Louisville Community Bail Fund ActBlue’s Community Bail/Mutual Aid/Racial Justice Split Fund Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

55 MINJUN 8
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113: California Writ

112: Can Sell Culture

ENight Call finishes up Y2May with some great calls and emails about the 2038 Problem that explain what it actually entails. Then we debate the merits of parallel universes and whether people just like theories because they offer a way out. And a surprise venture into the recent rash of cancellations and Cancel Culture in general. Does cancellation provide people with a sense of control in a time when there is none? Can any societal ill ever actually be corrected by cancelling a singular person? How long is the cycle for cancellation narratives really? What are the possibilities cancellations open up for larger conversations about culture, racism and capital? Does anyone ever actually get or stay cancelled? Should we retroactively beloved artists for fucked up shit? Can you separate the art from the artist? Then we receive an amazing call about the “WWW = 666” Y2K era conspiracy, and finish up with a discussion from our home bunkers about end of the millennialism and prepping for disasters. FOOTNOTES 2038 Problem 2038/Gangnam Style Tik Tok Houses in Quar Parallel Universes, Sounds Good Parallel Universes, Not So Fast Vox Piece on Anxiety vs Anger and Conspiracies Joni Mitchell Blackface Molly Soda's Instagram Dial-the-truth Ministries/ www 666 Detroit Y2K Preparedness Video "Man Emerges From Bunker After 14 Years" Joke Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

72 MINMAY 25
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112: Can Sell Culture

Latest Episodes

121: Brains In Jars Go To The Minnesota State Fair

We start off with a night call about whether your phone camera knows which part of a photo you’re looking at (it does). More chat about phones and surveillance leads to Elon Musk’s Neuralink and a discussion of futurism (both kinds) and transhumanists. Then we get a night email from a listener in Key West about the bind faced by tourist towns with reopening. Emily makes a case for seeing the ocean safely. Then we are joined by comedian and podcaster Brandi Brown (The Bill Corbett Show) who tells us everything you want to know about the Minnesota State Fair, butter busts, her ongoing State Fair related feud with Amy Klobuchar and much more. Foot Notes Neuralink in Tech Crunch Musk worrying about AI Thiel worrying about AI Brandi on Twitter Grain entrapment Unofficial rundown of crop art rules Princess Kay of the Milky Way Klobuchar's state fair debacle Seed Queen: The Story of Crop Art and the Amazing Lillian Colton Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MIN1 d ago
Comments
121: Brains In Jars Go To The Minnesota State Fair

120: The Robopod With Meredith Whittaker

EEmily returns with tales of a haunted hotel she stayed at in Mobile, Alabama. Then it's the #babywitches who hexed the moon, followed by a listener email about the queer Sapphic aesthetics of cottagecore. This of course leads into some discussion of Taylor Swift's new album Folklore, and how in a way it's always fall right now. We read a listener email about the struggles of international students right now, and another about working in a plastic surgery clinic during the pandemic. Then the girls are joined by Meredith Whittaker - Research Professor and Co-founder of the AI Now Institute at NYU. After working at Google for over thirteen years Meredith helped lead the Google Walkouts to end AI contracts with theDepartment Of Defense. We talk to Meredith about racism in tech, the biased badness of algorithms, and the human beings behind most "artificial intelligence." And, of course, Robocop. How can we organize to prevent tech companies from say, building war machines for the governm...

79 MIN1 w ago
Comments
120: The Robopod With Meredith Whittaker

119: The NBA Dark Academia Web

EA night call from a teacher about the back to school catch 22 facing all teachers and students right now. Tess blows the lid off the secret pandemic pod tutoring circuit. Then it’s the rebooted Unsolved Mysteries and the Howie Mandel Tik Tok teen conspiracy! Is Howie okay? Has Howie ever been okay? A night email about the club at the top of the Baltimore hotel featured in the new Unsolved Mysteries, and the Berkshires UFO sighting of 1969. For the second half we are joined by Jay Kang from the Time To Say Goodbye podcast to go deep on the NBA Bubble in our special sports segment Night Ball/Sports Call! Jay explains the NBA Bubble and we discuss why it’s such a bad idea from a labor angle and whether they’ll make it through the season. And we answer an Orlando-centric theme park question about the Aerosmith Rock N Roller Coaster at Disneyworld. We also take some questions for Jay related to his infamous Diva Rankings, and revisit them to see if he’s changed his mind about some of his more controversial positions on divas. (Emily will be back next week after completing leg one of her cross country road trip to see her mom.) All this and sports gambling on an all new Night Call! Wealthy parents forming pods with private tutors More on how tutors and pods can contribute to education inequality Howie Mandel's Tiktok Baldiyadi, the Tiktok user who brought attention to Mandel's weirder videos Message in a Bottle Berkshires UFO Rock n Rollercoaster Nights in White Satin dark ride Time to Say Goodbye, Jay's podcast Jay on Twitter Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

80 MIN2 w ago
Comments
119: The NBA Dark Academia Web

118: 364 1/2 Days (with Hannah Giorgis)

EWe kick it off with a night email from an anonymous listener working at an unnamed theme park about how unsafe reopening is. Then Emily explains “Dark Academia” the college themed Tik Tok teen trend that feels extra dystopian now that school reopenings are being threatened for the fall. Then we are joined by special guest writer Hannah Giorgis from The Atlantic to discuss Polish erotic thriller and viral hit 365 Days! Does this movie resurrect the erotic thriller as Night Call has been hoping it would? Or is it just a Polish rip off of 50 Shades Of Grey? Why would people flock to an erotic streamer like 365 Days during lockdown? Plus what are the sexiest movies and what have we all been watching lately? The mind reels, on an all new Night Call! FOOTNOTES Scream inside your heart 21 Pilots PPP loan Dark Academia Cottagecore Harvard's online tuition Belle Delphine Ursula le Guin Hannah's piece on 365 Days 50 Shades/365 Days connection Duffy's open letter Background on Duffy's kidnap...

70 MIN3 w ago
Comments
118: 364 1/2 Days (with Hannah Giorgis)

117: Starship Loopers

EThe girls are joined by writer Ezekiel Kweku for the top half this week. A Ghislaine news roundup and some television show fueled speculation about why Ms. Maxwell was staying in New Hampshire. Then it’s Randonautica, the creepy geocaching app taking Tik Tok by storm. Would any of us be game to follow a set of random directions to potentially enchanting surprise locations? Or does that sound like the worst idea ever? Then it’s a deep dive on the American flag with noted flag expert Ezekiel. Can the flag be reclaimed for good or is it out of bounds forever? For the second half of the show, Super Producer Joelle Monique joins us as we talk about Paul Verhoeven’s satirical adaptation of Robert Heinlen’s Starship Troopers. Is an obvious critique, like Verhoeven’s critique of fascism in Starship Troopers, always implicit in images or will it always go over some people’s heads? Does good intent matter if your image goes viral out of context as a GIF? Fascism, flags, and flaming bugs on an all new Nighy Call! FOOTNOTES Ezekiel's website Randonautica at The Cut Randonautica at Vice Ezekiel on Twitter Flag Tumblr Jasper Johns flag Sarah Rahbar flag Stanley Forman flag Ezekiel on the history of flags in Black protest art (for MTV News) Ezekiel's DJ twitch stream Starship Troopers trivia Verhoeven interview in Empire Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MINJUL 6
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117: Starship Loopers

116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

EThe ladies take on the fireworks conspiracy! But first, a night message about Colorado intentional community Drop City. More commune geodesic domes and experimental theater companies. What is the most Night Call time zone? How should we return Mount Rushmore to its former sacred natural state? Then, checking out the story about the shitposting cult DayLife Army. What does it look like when a cult is extremely online, seemingly self-aware about being a cult, and dead set on exploiting people's better instincts? Then, it's the moment everyone's been waiting for: ten thousand hours of incredibly loud nonstop fireworks. We lay out the various theories about the fireworks and our own personal takes. Is it the cops? Just kids? Professional fireworks enthusiasts? Or the ghost of dead Paris Review legend, fireworks hobbyist and CIA plant George Plimpton? The big differences between the fireworks in differentcities, and why this specific conspiracy feels convoluted but not far-fetched. Is it all a big psy-op? Just innocent4th of July fun? Or something even more sinister... FOOTNOTES Drop City the place Drop City the novel Murder Mountain Tumple/Day Life Army Ex-DLA member's Instagram Daily Dot article Son of Baldwin thread The Atlantic article on fireworks  TL Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

71 MINJUN 29
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116: The Fireworks Conspiracy Fireworks Spectacular!

115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

EToday we take a night call about problematic Disneyland rides and suggest alternatives. Should we replace the torn down Splash Mountain with a Princess And The Frog Ride? (Yes) What is the most racist ride at Disneyland? Can theme parks be divided from themes of imperialism? Then it’s a listener query about Synanon, the self help drug rehab retreat on the Santa Monica strand that turned into a cult in the seventies. For our second half we are joined by Behind The Bastards host Robert Evans to discuss citizen journalism during the uprisings era! Robert discusses covering the Pacific Northwest, the Boogaloo creeps, showing up to face fascists. Then he takes our listeners’ questions about storing rations in small spaces, how to combat fascists flyering in your town, and where the best place to be during the revolution is (hint: among friends). Plus Molly exposes Robert as a full on pumpkin spice Fallhead! Footnotes: Splash Mountain Petition LA Mag on Synanon Paul Morantz on the Snake in his Mailbox Behind the Police Podcast Behind the Bastards Podcast LOL Surprise Steals Rainbow Raver Look LOL Surprise Bondage Doll Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

77 MINJUN 22
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115: Tearing Down Disney with Robert Evans

114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

ETess is off this week so Molly and Emily are joined by Night Call’s fabulous producer Joelle Monique! We start off with an email from a listener who was disappointed with our Lana Del Rey talk recently and take the opportunity to examine our own blind spots. We solicit more critiques from our listeners, and ask how we can be more helpful during this critical time in our country’s history. Then it’s a trip to the CHAZ! Emily learned about the history of autonomous zones and yes it does get weird. The connection to Burning Man and Santa Con is unveiled, and Emily provides the requisite Seattle context for the CHAZ and the French origins of the ZAD. Then we are joined by boy band expert Maria Sherman, author of the new book Larger Than Life, to dive into the recent radicalization of k-pop stans online. Sherman explains what exactly the “fan cams” are that stans have been overloading American police departments asking for footage of rioters with. Night Call is an autonomous zone of...

86 MINJUN 15
Comments
114: Fan Cams & CHAZ Fans

113: California Writ

EWe start with a serious moment from Night Call about the current Black Lives Matter protests and our support for them. We plan to cover historic current events this month by looking into America’s past. Then we take some night calls and emails. Then the first (and most likely last) installment of Ramblin’ Gamblin’ June is our discussion of Robert Altman’s California Split! Who is horny on main for Elliott Gould and who is decidedly not? What is the secret to a gambling buddy comedy? What are our games? We are back and we will be here for our listeners all year, at Night Call. FOOTNOTE Restless leg/Parkinsons drug can cause gambling addiction TekWar Marge Simpson's gambling problem Oscar Zeta Acosta Elliott Gould interview Synanon RESOURCES Peoples Budget LA Louisville Community Bail Fund ActBlue’s Community Bail/Mutual Aid/Racial Justice Split Fund Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

55 MINJUN 8
Comments
113: California Writ

112: Can Sell Culture

ENight Call finishes up Y2May with some great calls and emails about the 2038 Problem that explain what it actually entails. Then we debate the merits of parallel universes and whether people just like theories because they offer a way out. And a surprise venture into the recent rash of cancellations and Cancel Culture in general. Does cancellation provide people with a sense of control in a time when there is none? Can any societal ill ever actually be corrected by cancelling a singular person? How long is the cycle for cancellation narratives really? What are the possibilities cancellations open up for larger conversations about culture, racism and capital? Does anyone ever actually get or stay cancelled? Should we retroactively beloved artists for fucked up shit? Can you separate the art from the artist? Then we receive an amazing call about the “WWW = 666” Y2K era conspiracy, and finish up with a discussion from our home bunkers about end of the millennialism and prepping for disasters. FOOTNOTES 2038 Problem 2038/Gangnam Style Tik Tok Houses in Quar Parallel Universes, Sounds Good Parallel Universes, Not So Fast Vox Piece on Anxiety vs Anger and Conspiracies Joni Mitchell Blackface Molly Soda's Instagram Dial-the-truth Ministries/ www 666 Detroit Y2K Preparedness Video "Man Emerges From Bunker After 14 Years" Joke Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

72 MINMAY 25
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112: Can Sell Culture
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