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Jul 12, 2016

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This episode's wine: Gazela Vinho Verde from Portugal

This episode's cheese: Marco Polo Peppercorn Cheese

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Jul 6, 2016

We're celebrating P.T. Barnum's birthday this week in an episode featuring the history (and name) of the infamous circus theme music, a history of P.T. Barnum, the Hartford Circus Fire, stories of elephants in the circus, and circus lingo.

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This episode's wine: Michael David Winery 2013 Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon

This episode's cheese: Jalapeño Havarti & Basil and Herb Cheese

If you've ever wondered about the name of the theme song most associated with circuses, you probably would never guess it's called Entry of the Gladiators or, even more grandiose, Thunder and Blazes!

P.T. Barnum, as it turns out, was not only an incredibly devious businessman, but also astonishingly brilliant. Even though he never actually said, "There's a sucker born every minute," he might as well have.

We went a little Connecticut-heavy in this episode. Emily talks about the Hartford Circus Fire, and if you follow us on Snapchat, you might have seen the pictures and videos taken from her field trip.

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We find out just how awesome elephants are, and how they apparently like to get a bit tipsy.

And, if you ever hear "Stars and Stripes Forever," it means there's an emergency. Learn this and other circus lingo in this episode.

Thanks to Bryon from Everyone Has a Podcast for sending us some audio feedback, breaking down Benford's Law, which we talked about in Cheers to Numbers!

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Cheers!

Jun 29, 2016

Happy one-year anniversary to us! If you've been there since the beginning -- when we were using Rock Band mics and didn't know what we were doing, or if you're new to the show, cheers to YOU! Thank you, dear listeners, for a fantastic year! We're celebrating by talking about the traditional gift of paper this week.

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This episode's wine: Burlass Prosecco, Italy

This episode's cheese: Havarti

Want to attract cats? Try putting a piece of paper down! Emily finds out why cats seem to be drawn to paper, and we try out this phenomenon on Little Man! Emily is slowly becoming Angela from "The Office."

Speaking of "The Office," James talks about the show we both love so much, which if you've never seen it, is about a paper company ... except for the German version, as we find out.

If you've ever wanted to destroy the world, James tells us just how much paper it would take to print the internet.

Next time you're in the bathroom, you can thank Northern toilet paper for pushing "splinter-free" paper towel. And, Emily finally puts the over/under controversy to rest about how toilet paper should be positioned. (Letters can be addressed to contact@classylittlepodcast.com.)

We also both know why paper cuts hurt so much, but Emily lets James give the answer. But, we do all know how badly they hurt!

If you think origami was just a hobby, that's just scratching the surface. Find out why the crane is one of the most popular origami shapes and how origami folding techniques have been used in technology, science and medicine.

James finishes our episode correcting an Oops! moment from our last episode, thanks to Aven who let us know via Twitter.

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Cheers!

Jun 22, 2016

It's summer, and we don't know about you, but we feel there's nothing like a nice, cold ice cream on a hot summer day! We raise our glasses (and spoons) to this amazing treat. We even had to pause recording to eat the decadent delicacy!

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This episode's wine: Fleur de Nina Brut Rose

This episode's cheese: Double Cream Brie

This episode's ice cream: Graeter's Cheese Crown Ice Cream

Think you know the history of ice cream? Think again! James and Emily even find out conflicting information about who invented ice cream!

Emily tells James about Turkish ice cream and the street vendors who make a show out of selling it. Watch the video!

James talks about the history of frozen desserts and how ice cream became increasingly popular.

And, if you've ever wanted to know the history and the secrets of Carvel, look no further. Emily shares details about her five year working as an ice cream server, including how those delicious Crunchies are made.

And, if you want to get the most cookie dough-to-ice cream ratio, James tells us how Ben & Jerry's has the most cookie dough.

And, speaking of Ben & Jerry's, Emily quizzes James on Ben & Jerry's flavors. Can you figure out which ones are actual flavors and which ones are just fun puns?

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on Patreon: Greg from Debt ShepherdJason Bryant from Mat Talk Online and the Short Time Wrestling podcast & Nick from the Epic Film Guys Podcast.

Thanks to Nick from the Epic Film Guys Podcast and Greg from Debt Shepherd for our awesome promos in this episode!

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Jun 15, 2016

Stop right there if you have a delicate stomach. We're talking about creepy, crawly insects this week. And, despite looking for the positive traits of them, we can say with certainty -- nope, some of them can be downright jerks!

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This episode's wine: Tremo 2014 Rioja Tempranillo

This episode's cheese: Smoked Gouda

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Even though we're marked as an explicit podcast because sometimes we drop a few F-bombs here and there, listeners should be warned about the awful conduct of the insects we talk about this week.

Want your own I ADULTED TODAY sticker? Listen to the episode to find out how to get your very own -- even if your version of Adulting is putting wine in a wine glass (as opposed to a coffee mug).

James teases Emily with talk of kittens ... but, unfortunately, nothing we talk about is as cute as a kitten. Find out about some of the collective names of insects, like a Kaleidoscope of Butterflies or an Intrusion of Cockroaches.

Remember all the funny sounds of enthusiasm Emily made in Cheers to Cats? She makes just as many grossed-out sounds in this episode. James shows his weird fascination with ants. He also starts getting some lessons in puns -- because that's what the world needs more of. And James somehow talks about our ANT-cestors! Get it? Get it?

Learn about honeypot ants. Seriously, these things are just gross. (If you really want a look at these things, here's a picture.) Emily's only defense against getting grossed out are puns!

Emily talks about bees(?), Cards Against Humanity, and how she started researching bees and it became an internet rabbit hole for her. Find out about the superstitions and old wives' tales about bees, including rituals for telling bees about major life events.

Would you eat blue or green honey if you knew it came from M&Ms? We would love to try it. France, send it over to us to try!

And, despite humans' fear of bees, the decline of honeybees actually affects us and the food we eat. Emily gives us some tips to help out our little busy bee-friends.

But, if you've ever wondered why a bee dies when it stings you, put down whatever you're eating when Emily tells you why. Also, Internet, be ashamed of yourself! You know why!

James talks more about ants and how they enslave other ants, and how some ants are revolting against this slavery! And, if you haven't learned about about insects to give you nightmares, Emily tells us about two of the most nightmare-inducing insects in existence, the Mantidfly and the Perisceptis Carnivora.

After that, we ended the episode by talking about sex! But, don't get excited -- insects even turn that into a terrible thing. Bedbugs are especially violent when it comes to procreation.

We would love to hear from you about what you call fireflies or lightning bugs! Let us know! Email classypodcast@gmail.com or Tweet at us!

By the way, the play that Emily talks about is called "Time Flies," and it's a really great one-act play. Although, you may not want to take Emily's advice on entertainment, since she clearly hates Woody Allen.

Sweet dreams!

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Jun 8, 2016

 

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Build your knowledge with this episode celebrating architecture in honor of Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday! Learn why blueprints used to be blue, why "Star-chitechs" are divas, and prepare to have some favorite sitcoms ruined by nitpicking the structural flaws of TV houses.

This episode's wine: Blue Vin Riesling from Mosel, Germany

This episode's cheese: Sartori MontAmore

We start out the episode talking about aperitifs and their traits of stimulating the appetite. James realizes how Emily's mind for puns works. He also talks about Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy, including the gas station he designed. He may not have been the most modest architect, but he definitely left an impact on the landscape of modern architecture.

Find out how origins of blueprints contributed to invisible ink during Wold War II and the Crayola-retired color Prussian Blue.

James tells us about Star-citechs, and we make sure you'll always remember the name of the inventor of movable type, Gutenberg, which we learned in our episode, Cheers to Marijuana. Somehow, Emily finds a way to relate James' research to The Breakfast Club.

Some of the best architecture stories can be found in New York City, and Emily talks about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, including the three chief architects who worked on it. Find out why the Manhattan side of the bridge is built onto a sand bed instead of bedroom, and the recently-discovered Cold War-era bunker found in the masonry.

And, before anyone takes this idea, this episode will be our evidence that we came up with the movie idea based on George C. Parker, who sold the bridge twice per week for 30 years.

Find out about some of the biggest architecture failures, and never underestimate Emily's talent for fooling James into thinking she's listening to him when she's actually using the time to come up with a tortured pun. (Be sure to check out the 99% Invisible episode talking more about the Citigroup Building.)

Get ready to have your childhood rerun memories ruined when Emily talks about architects in pop culture and how they might not have been that great at their careers, but they are great leading characters. Mike Brady, Elyse Keaton and even Art Vandelay find their way into our episode. James also asks an very important question regarding the bathroom habits of talking horses.

If you have 20 minutes to spare to learn about the impossible architecture of Overlook Hotel in "The Shining" and Stanley Kubrick's genius direction, check out these YouTube videos! Video 1 and Video 2.

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And check out Emily on Podcasters' Roundtable talking about Work/Life/Podcasting Balance.

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Jun 1, 2016

For episode 42, we had to do something related to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," but since neither of us had read the book, we decided to raise our glasses to numbers, instead! Aside from 42 being the ultimate answer, we also look at the number 3 in religions, how 30 percent of data begins with the number 1, and why 13 is really just the Jan Brady of numbers.

This episode's wine: Bell'Aggio Rosso Dolce

This episode's cheese: Trader Joe's Cheddar with Caramelized Onions

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We adored the Bell'Aggio Rosso Dolce, which we were sent a bottle of to review. It's a light, effervescent red that tastes great chilled. And we would absolutely drink this with any of the recommended pairings and more! Even Kitty -- our friend who didn't even like wine adored this!

Even thought James and Emily haven't read Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," we decided to do something special for Episode 42. So we chose numbers to raise our glasses to this week. Aside from just Douglas Adams who used 42 in his writings, Lewis Carroll was also known for using that number in his works. Emily also points out some of the other instances in literature and pop culture 42 appears.

James talks about Benford's Law, which is the frequency of the No. 1 as the first digit of a lot of data sets. Don't believe us? Think of your electricity bill or some street addresses you may know. We realized, also, if you try to commit fraud, make sure the first number is 1.

Despite learning how the periodic table was filled in even before many elements were known, Emily gets to complain about the shape of the Periodic Table. And Emily's husband's pure hatred of 87 because of the Pittsburgh Penguins player, Sidney Crosby. And, if you haven't caught Cheers to Guys Night, in which Mark and James talk about the Trifecta of Beauty, check it out here!

James talks about some of the Chinese superstitions about numbers and why the phone number 888-8888 sold for $280,000. Apparently, if you're doing business with China, throw in some 8s, since it's a sign of prosperity, but don't use 4s, since they're considered unlucky. Emily tells us another way our mind plays tricks on us, as far as prices are concerned. So, when you see the 99 cents at the end of the price, your brain probably doesn't register it, so it's just the first one or two numbers of a price that tricks your mind.

Emily talks about the number 3, including why sometimes you'll see it with a flat top. And Emily blows Kitty's mind when she talks about how to find out if number is divisible by three. We also get into how the number 3 has been important in a number of different religions, including the creator gods of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda.

Emily also goes into the history of the Rule of Three and how storytellers, comedians, advertisers, and public speakers use this Rule of Three as a way to their advantage. Next time you're looking at slogans or hearing a joke or listening to a speech, see if you can pick out the rule of three in use.

James talks about unlucky 13 and how it's a global belief. Judas, Loki and the wicked fairy in the Grimms' version of "Sleeping Beauty." But, in reality, 13 is just the Jan Brady to the Marcia Brady No. 12. We also talk about the "bad" luck of those with 13 letters in their name -- and Emily makes quite an interesting sound when Christian Bale is mentioned. Also, we may be looking into joining The 13 Club, who tests the boundaries of the superstition surrounding the No. 13. However, the United States of America LOVES 13, and looking at a dollar bill, you will see evidence of that.

And, the Queen makes an appearance to read lyrics to popular songs with numbers in the title for a music quiz for James and the ever-present-but-seldom-vocal Kitty to guess. How well do you do on our quiz? Let us know!

Congratulations to Richard, Amy and Jen for winning copies of Scrimish in our giveaway!

For extras, including bonus content, visit the show notes for this episode at classylittlepodcast.com/show-notes/42.

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Our Audible recommendation for this episode: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

May 25, 2016

We celebrate James' birthday by raising our glasses to James' favorite meal: scraps! But, instead of leftover food, we decided to go back and use some of our research from past episodes we never got to talk about.

This episode's wine: Longitude 2015 White Wine

This episode's cheese: Trader Joe's Red Leicester with Chili and Red Bell Pepper

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Find out about the clear cola that pre-dated Crystal Pepsi, why Sinead O'Connor ripped a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live, the history of Farkle, how gambling addiction works, some thoughts on the Oscars with Epic Film Guy Nick, and famous cats on ships!

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Cheers!

May 18, 2016

In honor of our appearance on Home Gadget Geeks on Thursday, we're raising out glasses to gadgets. We learn about patent trolls; some fun facts about everyone's favorite syndicated cartoon, "Inspector Gadget;" and Emily finds out that Planned Obsolescence isn't just a conspiracy theory.

This episode's wine: Da Vinci Chianti, 2014
This episode's cheese: Colby Jack

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In honor of Home Gadget Geeks, which we will be on Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Standard Time, we're talking about gadgets!

Emily starts off talking about the polymath Leonardo da Vinci's "gadgets," including his Robotic Knight and his three-wheeled cart. James even goes so far as to "out" him!

James talks about how old iPods are worth a lot of money, and how Emily would like her stolen iPod back, terrible music and all. He also talks about the Newton and how "The Simpsons" helped Apple push for better technology.

James tells us about some crazy patents, including a mechanical man with a mustache and a top hat ringing a bell on a train to scare off cows. Emily is incredibly excited about a new version of childbirth for her future child. 

Emily gets into some of the trivia about Inspector Gadget, including some of the precursors to current technology. Want to see the guy playing the theme from "Inspector Gadget on beer bottles? Check this out!

Emily also learns about planned obsolescence as she researched Inspector Gadget. She thought it was a conspiracy theory, but she ended up finding out how it actually plays out, including in gadgets like iPhones, and even nylon stockings. And she also requests a version of "Boom, Boom Dollar" on a Playstation 4 version of Dance Dance Revolution. Is that so much to ask.

James tells us about patent trolls and how the Obama administration has fought this. How dare someone try to patent toast?! And, if you have any incites about how to program our own robot, James, to understand emotions, let us know!

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

May 11, 2016

Don't be ashamed you tuned in this week to hear about our adventure on The Jerry Springer Show (as audience members, not guests), the reason guilt-free foods don't taste as good, or how awful Japanese television can be. And, go ahead, you can do the Jerry chant right along with us!

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This episode's wine: 19 Crimes 2015 Red Wine, South Eastern Australia

This episode's cheese: Cheddar with Sauteed Onions from Trader Joe's

Our wine leads us to realize why the Bangles would have been sentences to Transportation way back when, then we talk about our Classy Little Field Trip to The Jerry Springer Show taping. We told our bosses we had "Jerry Duty," and we completely indulged ourselves in this adventure. The particular episode we went to was the big reveal of Bear Grillz' face -- an EDM DJ who performs in a bear costume. No, really. This is a thing. Of course, we saw cheating, fighting, and lots of name-calling.

We do love Jerry Springer, especially his Dad jokes. And he knows his show is a guilty pleasure.

Emily found out about the science behind guilty pleasures, and how it's applied to marketing and advertising, including why ads inducing guilt has the opposite effect.

A very big thank you to Greg at Debt Shepherd radio for our amazing promo!

Now, we're not sure if he would, but unfortunately Jerry Springer cannot run for president. Find out how he went from being on the city council, to stepping down after being involved in a prostitution scandal, to becoming the mayor of Cincinnati and, finally, the host of The Jerry Springer Show for 25 years. And, if he wasn't awesome enough, he has a podcast!

We found out some of our listeners' musical guilty pleasures, including finding out who Stryper is -- none of which should be considered a guilty pleasure, according to us. In fact, it's really difficult to find our guilty pleasures since we don't have guilt about liking things like disco, Barry Manilow, and Flavor of Love -- Season 2 is the best because of Becky Buckwild!

And, despite the over-dramatic theater people, Emily admits musical theater is one of her guilty pleasures -- and, although her admitting she hates "Rent," nothing will piss off theater people more than James' butchering of "Seasons of Love."

We talk about why certain things can be considered guilty pleasures, while other areas of entertainment, like music, might not apply. And James tries to sing, again! He also talks about the term "guilty pleasure" and its use in history, and how it might have more relevant in modern times.

Emily finds the top guilty pleasures of zodiac signs, and James goes from skeptical to a believer when Kitty walks down the stairs with Wendy's right as Emily tells James how Capricorns' guilty pleasure is fast food. And find out why the newspaper Emily worked for always had great horoscopes of Tauruses, and why the obituaries were arranged in order or hotness.

James talks about reality television, and we find out about Emily's time with the WWE -- not as a wrestler, although she would be Brian Kendrick's valet wherever his future endeavors may have taken him. Emily is shocked to hear about some of the reality television shows around the world, including Susunu! Denpa Shonen -- a show where a man spent a year naked entering magazine sweepstakes.

And, for our listeners in Norway, please tell us about (and send DVDs!) of your Slow TV!

James and Emily get into a weird conversation about Catholic guilt vs. Protestant "not-much-guilt."

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on PatreonDebt ShepherdPodUnderground & Jason Bryant from Mat Talk Online and the Short Time Wrestling podcast.

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

May 4, 2016

Even if you consider yourself anti-social, you can get all the socializing you need in this episode all about the magic of friendship -- and, yes, we talk about MLP:FIM.

 

This episode's wine: Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc 2014, New Zealand
This episode's cheese: Cotswold

This episode was inspired from a request on Twitter from one of our listeners, Hilary, who asked how James and I met and became friends! The basic answer is we worked together years ago and got along well because we were both snarky and sarcastic.

James and Emily start off this episode joking around -- probably because of the amazing cheese and wine -- before delving into this week's topic: friendship! Find out the history of James' and Emily's friendship, including James becoming a wine person.

Find out some fan theories about the show "Friends," including calling attention to how unlikable Ross was and how this show was the beginning of the fall of civilization.

James enlightens Emily about how guys' friendships work, including a particularly strange game they play that involves punching someone for looking at an "OK-symbol" made with the hands below the waist.

Have you played this game? Is there a name for this? Let us know!

If anyone wants to start a mild version of Fight Club with James, get in touch with us. We'll make that happen. Find out why all this play fighting is actually a good thing, and how male friendships, although more "violent" can actually be healthier than friendships among girls.

Emily talks about the book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," and how she uses the book to help identify bad marketers and psychopaths. We also find out that James has been trying to read the book since hearing how Charles Manson used the skills from the book, which he learned from the podcast, "You Must Remember This."

Emily points out how the automatic DMs on Twitter are sometimes so transparent about using Dale Carnegie's 6 techniques to getting people to like you, but how awful it is when they use those techniques in a clumsy way, resulting in the exact opposite effect. We also realize we're pretty much terrible people because we're terrible at remembering names, and Emily makes a case for name tags.

Emily talks about trying to explain to her 5-year-old why The Little Mermaid is a terrible role model for women because she changes herself for a guy she has a crush on. As much as she doesn't like Disney Princesses, she isn't all evil; in fact, she may just be a Brony or Pegasister. Oh yes, that's right -- we're talking "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" in this episode, including why it's an awesome show for young children, as well as adults. Believe it or not, Emily has watched the two documentaries about Bronies (Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans Of My Little Pony and A Brony Tale, and gained more respect for Brony culture.
But, then again, there's always Rule 34.

James talks about how intimate friendship was in the past, including talking about some awkward friend photos. But, if you think Bromances are a new trend, you're wrong! And, we finally decide what we'll do should we ever invent a time machine. Emily also finds out what Log Cabin Republicans are.

Emily talks about the two of the most famous sets of frenemies: Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry and Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison. We find out how these sets of once-friends became rivals -- and Emily even learns some science for the show!

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Apr 28, 2016

Game on! Blow on those dice, spend 30 minutes setting up that elaborate game board, and get ready to raise your glasses to Tabletop games -- either a great way to socialize, or the way to end friendships, as we discover in this episode. All in honor of International Tabletop Day, which is April 30th.

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This episode's wine: 2014 Jigsaw Pinot Noir, Oregon
This episode's cheese: Aged Reserve White Cheddar

Find out a little bit of history behind International Tabletop Day,  from GeekandSundry.com, which is also the home of Wil Wheaton's show "Tabletop."

Emily talks about the benefits of playing games for children and adults, and why she and her friends are no longer allowed to play Monopoly. Despite the popularity of video games, board games continue to rise in popularity.

One reason games continue to be popular is the rise in crowdfunding games, such as one of our favorites, Scrimish, which you can win a copy of by going to classylittlepodcast.com/giveaway.

Want to find out more about Scrimish? Check out inventor Danny Zondervan's video explaining game play over on the Kickstarter page. (Emily and her husband, Mark, are proud to say they helped Kickstart this campaign!)

James, despite hating the game, talks about some of the history of Monopoly, including the real story behind the invention of it. Fun Fact: You cannot use the game board as a map around Atlantic City. We also want to go to the landfill to find buried copies of Anti-Monopoly.

Also, what were some of your house rules you had while playing Monopoly? Let us know!

Although James says Monopoly takes too long to play, Emily tells him how it's possible to play the game in 21 seconds. We also talk about the updates made to game, including changing cash to credit cards.

Even though Monopoly may be responsible for the loss of friendship, the game was responsible for helping British prisoners of war escape during World War II.

Emily freaks herself out researching Ouija boards, and she finds out the history, some precursors, and why mediums were more upset about Ouija boards at first than the church. Find out the reason for the Ouija board's name, how it was awarded a patent, and some of the other talking boards in existence.

So, what makes the Ouija board work? It seems plausible that it could be spirits ... until you blindfold users. Watch on YouTube.

We find out James' poo story, and you can hear more about poop stories from Off in the Weeds

James gives us a game, Board Game or Racehorse? This is a tough, tough game, by the way! Emily even calls on Kitty to help her out. She even just starts guessing categories other than game or racehorse for a few of them. Because of this game, we decide we want to play Hey, That's My Fish!

Find out what porn and polio has to do with Candyland. And we finally found a topic in which James really couldn't find any large corporations to judge this week!

By the way, the Drunk History episode James refers to can be watched on CC.com. But James does talk a bit about Milton Bradley and some of the innovations he brought to America.

And get the inside info on why we're an Explicit podcast. (It's James' fault. Clearly.) Apparently, we'll be planning a field trip to Springfield, Mass.

Emily gives a few fun facts about Scrabble, including a terrible French/Spanish/Gibberish pronunciation of the International Federation of Scrabble!

Thanks for your patience while Emily was feeling under the weather this week -- we tried to get this episode out as soon as possible. Actually, a HUGE thank you to her husband, Mark, who did a majority of editing for her while she had fever dreams that her cat was telepathically sending her a ideas for a book he wants to write. (Seriously. This happened.)

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Apr 20, 2016

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Even though we aren't getting high in this episode, we're still celebrating 420! Sit back, toke up, and let us be your spirit guide through the origins of 420, the science behind marijuana, CBD-rich hemp oil, some famous potheads, and the propaganda surrounding "Reefer Madness."

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This episode's wine: Dansk Mjod Viking Blod Hibiscus and Honey Mead, Denmark
This episode's cheese: Garden Vegetable andSweet Basil
We also tried Brown Ale made with hemp from Humbold Brewing Company

We bring back the Chambong for this episode, if you remember it from our Cheers to Back to the Future episode. With 19 percent alcohol in the mead, this may be the last we hear from Emily as she shoots it back! Find out how you can help us out by nominating us for the 2016 Podcast Awards by going to classylittlepodcast.com/podcastawards.

Emily tried a method of getting all her puns out in the very beginning of the show in a segment called “Oops!” Thanks to Jen (from our Cheers to Glam Rock) episode who pointed out Emily’s mistake of confusing Gutenberg with Guggenheim. 

Find out what the origins of 420 is — and we talk about some of the false origins we’ve all heard. It is not, for example, the police code for “marijuana in progress” or the number of chemical compounds in cannabis. We even have a callback to Cheers to Mistakes when Albert Hoffman’s infamous LSD trip comes back in this episode! 

We hear sirens going off while recording and our browser history from researching this topic probably put us on some watchlists, by the way. Emily tries to sing the truth away as James tells her how alcohol is actually worse for one’s health than marijuana. However, James does talk about how, although marijuana is used for medicinal uses, it can still negatively affect minors with developing brains.

Just to be clear, we’re not high — we’re old and lame. But, we do love potheads. 

Emily talks about CBD, one of the other chemicals in cannabis, and how it’s legal and the benefits of it, as opposed to THC. And she also gets to talk a little about “The Breakfast Club” again! Emily got to try some CBD products this past two weeks:

MedusaCBD Hemp Oil Vape Juice
Restorative Botanicals Restore CALM Spice Flavored Hemp Oil Extract Blend
Restorative Botanicals CBD Hemp Oil Extract Balm

“It seems that only about 10 % of America has even heard about CBD rich hemp extracts and the products that are now made from this wonderful plant. Of those who have learned about it, many confuse it with hemp seed oil and most still wonder if it is really legal. The active ingredients in our products are not hemp seed oils and since all our products are made from northern Europe hemp extract, imported under U.S. Customs tariff codes, they most certainly are legal.”

Bernie Perry
Restorative Botanicals

James talks about historical figures who have been known to smoke weed in their lifetimes, including an appearance by a queen! And, if you’re familiar with George Washington’s weed habit mentioned in “Dazed and Confused,” you’ll be happy to know the character of Slater wasn’t that far off. If you great up in the ‘90s, you know George isn’t the only president who may or may not have smoked!

Emily found herself in a rabbit hole after looking up fun facts about the cult classic “Reefer Madness,” including one of the stories the movie was based on, and how the film was part of a huge national propaganda campaign to demonize marijuana. The film, though, wasn’t the worst instance of anti-marijuana propaganda — you’ll hear about Harry Anslinger and his over-the-top tactics to illegalize the drug. And find out how marijuana relates to Harry Potter, in a tiny way!

And James talks about the impact of the areas in the U.S. where recreational marijuana has been made legal.

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We're also EXTREMELY excited to have been featured as part of "The Best of the Rest" in the post Top Productivity Podcasts on The Delightful Planner! Thanks, Ruth!

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

This week's Audible audiobook recommendation:

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana -- Medical, Recreation, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee

Apr 13, 2016

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In honor of Record Store Day (and a belated Rex Manning Day), we're talking about vinyl in this episode! You know, those things your parents had in milk crates that now you see hipsters walking around with. Emily also talks to James and her husband about their new podcast, Unskippable!

This episode's wine: The Art of the Vintage Rotation 2011 Merlot, Napa, California

This episode's cheese: Havarti 

If you're wondering what Record Store Day is, don't worry, we explain it, and Emily talks about her experience standing in line waiting for the record store would open, which is a pretty fun experience. We talk about the joys of reading liner notes and lyrics in albums.

If you're celebrating Record Store Day this year, let us know! We'd love to see your pictures! Send them to classypodcast@gmail.com or tweet at us at @classy_podcast.

James talks about the history of recording sound, but Emily steers him onto other tangents, like the game Timeline and parrots. Also, you'll find out what Emily thought Clair de Lune was about, and how wrong she really was. James also tells us about Charles Cross, who had two great ideas ... and one really questionable one.

If you'd like to see the picture of James wearing his backward clothes, we need 50 requests, apparently!

Getting more into the crazy history of recording, James talks about George Washington Johnson, one of the first recording artists, and his incredibly racist, self-mocking hit song. But we love the story of his life and we raise our glasses to him in this episode.

Emily's "natural" transition to her segment from George Washington Johnson to "Empire Records" is pretty great. However, it was considered a flop and Emily has some behind-the-scenes trivia about the movie that was a staple at high school slumber parties, and probably one of her favorite soundtracks. She also comes up with a great name for her next cat, Rex Manning.

James tells us about the Voyager gold record, and get ready for four -- count 'em, FOUR! -- "Star Wars" puns from Emily. We also talk about the plot of an episode of "Martin" and alien smut. Even though James brings up a funny SNL skit from Steve Martin, he still won't admit that his King Tut song is funny -- listen to our Cheers to Comedy episode to hear more.

Emily gives some tips about properly maintaining your record collection while James takes notes. And, find out where the word "pun" comes from!

Plus, Emily confronts her husband, Mark, and James about their new podcast, "Unskippable." Find out James' rap name, the merits of hate-listening and why James sneaks into Emily's house late at night. You can find them at unskippablepod.com and on Twitter at @unskippablepod.

Don't forget to enter our giveaway to win the Ulla -- Smart Hydration Reminder. Giveaway ends April 25.

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Apr 6, 2016

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We love our wine and all, but we can't always bring it with us everywhere we go (although, we've tried). This week, we're looking at that other popular beverage of choice, water! Plus, we have a special giveaway for the ULLA - Smart Hydration Reminder!

This episode's wine: 90+ Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 53
This episode's cheese: Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar

Did you know it's actually considered uncouth to drink wine by itself without some water? Emily and James, although skeptical, try adding water to their wine to test the theory that the aroma and taste is better in the beginning. This is not, however, an indication for restaurants to do this.

We also have a very special giveaway we're doing for you to win your very own ULLA, the smart hydration reminder we talked about on the episode. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

And, if you've already noticed we pronounce "water" weirdly, don't worry -- we're not the only ones. We set out on a quest to find the different pronunciations of water around the English-speaking world, featuring clips from:

Thanks to our friends from Podcasters' Society and #PodernFamily for submitting your clips!

We talk about how bottled water isn't a new fad, but it may eclipse soda as the No. 1 beverage by 2017. Find out what Emily really thinks of the coconut water fad, and how Whole Foods screwed up the recipe of ... asparagus water.

Apparently, there are water tasting competitions. Watch for us to try to sign up and cleanse our palettes with wine in between tastings.

We got to review the ULLA, the smart hydration reminder, this week for the show, and we absolutely love it! We both feel better, we drank more water, and, for being so simple, it is surprisingly effective. We also love that it's silent and we didn't have to download any Apps or software.

Emily originally bought it for Daniel J. Lewis from The Audacity to Podcast and Podcasters' Society as a thank you for all his help in helping her learn about podcasting, and now she gets to see him use it while recording his podcast live Mondays at 2 p.m. EDT.

There are some great benefits of drinking more water, including reducing headaches, helping with digestion and metabolism, keeping us focused, and a general feeling of well-being.

However, there are a few myths about water. How many glasses per day we really need? (Hint: it's not eight!)

James tells us about some super-villains in the water industry who may be trying to monopolize what many consider a basic human right, including Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, who is no longer with the company. (See Nestlé's explanation video here.)

Emily compares Mad Max: Fury Road to Waterworld -- and, as she writes these show notes, she stands by that comparison!

James also tries to goad Emily into a deep discussion when he talks about why some people are against adding fluoride to water in 2/3 of the United States. But, don't worry, she doesn't take James' click-bait -- so he goes back to talking about Dr. Strangelove.

Emily goes through a quick history of water, including early civilization, the Industrial Revolution, and modern-day laws to help prevent water pollution. Plus, find out how Portland, Ore., is using state-of-the-art turbines to produce energy for the city.

Following a very special story about summer camp, you may think twice before drinking a certain bottled water brand again ...

At the end of the episode, we threw in some extra "water" clips sent in by Nick from The Epic Film Guys Podcast! Thanks for all your love and support, Nick! (If you want more of Nick and Emily, and you're a podcaster, we're starting a Blab-generated podcast called Podcasters' Happy Hour this coming Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m.)

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Thanks to Howard Jacobson, host of the Plant Yourself Podcast and part of Podcasters' Society with me, for his help in getting a lot of the information about the benefits of drinking water for this episode!

Thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Mar 30, 2016

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No, your podcast-listening device isn't broken. Our cold opening clip will make sense later in the episode. We're joined by Adam and Bryon from Everyone Has a Podcast this week, helping us talk all about comedy.

This week's wine: Poggionotte Nero d'Avola from Sicily
This week's cheese: Colby Jack

We love learning about different cultures ... like Canadians! We'll be inviting ourselves Bryon's grandfather to try his wine ... and have awkward moments with parking meters.

Find out some fun facts about Saturday Night Live, including which cast member was the first to welcome everyone with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" and which comedians were rejected after auditioning.

We also talk a lot about different comedians, including Louis CK, Chevy Chase, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Seth Rogan, David Spade, Don Rickles, Mitch Hedberg, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, and more!

James and Adam start a bromance talking about comedians who aren't funny anymore and we all get nostalgically nostalgic about nostalgia. We also talk about aging comedians who still have what it takes to make us laugh, and comedians from the past who have pushed the envelope of social commentary.

Emily talks to Adam and Bryon about comedians from Canada (and how the U.S. steals them for ourselves), and we get into a conversation about comedians from Boston. We also talk about comedians who just ... lose us.

We also talk about the biological and physical reasons for laughing and why we need it for social situations, but laughter can also come at the wrong time, whether we want it or not.

Also, you didn't ask for it, but we all do our best Cosby impressions -- and Adam clearly wins!

Our show takes a very dark turn when we start talking about funeral laughs and how Bryon will have the last laugh when he dies because he's too tall to be buried easily, and Adam may enlist Emily (and her Thriller dance) to help him out at his funeral.

Also, laughing at offensive or jokes about tragedy may mean you're actually more intelligent than those who are offended. Find out what made James so excited he knocks over a bottle of wine. (Thank goodness it was empty!)

And, think you can pass Emily's Twisted Comedy quiz? Expect plenty of word play for the clues. And thanks to Epic Film Guy Nick who was my go-to to make sure the quiz was passable.

We also talk about our fake laughs and how laughter is the best medicine, an adage that Adam came up with, in case you didn't know. And Emily talks about her paranoia about Epic Film Guy Justin not liking her when she isolated his laugh in our crossover episode with them.

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Mar 23, 2016

This isn't just about basketball, although if you've made a bracket, you'll be happy to know you're probably doing better than Emily, who picked her winning team based on a comfy T-shirt.

This episode's wine: Hess Select 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa County, California

This episode's cheese: Farmhouse English cheddar with Italian truffles (not chocolate truffles) and Wensleydale English Cheese

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While our main focus for this episode is about the NCAA, we make sure to throw a few segments in for those who are subjected to hearing office workers talk about scores, brackets, seeds, etc., without a care about what's going on.

James gives us some of the history and explains rankings used in determining what colleges get into the coveted championships. Find out the likelihood (or lack thereof) you'll pick a perfect bracket. Hint: You have a better chance of winning Mega Millions and an even better chance of getting struck by lightning.

Emily gives us a drinking game that we highly encourage you not to play before operating heavy machinery or driving. In fact, just sit back, watch a few games with a glass of wine, and let the college students (who should be in class!) do the game playing.

To get completely away from basketball, Emily talks about actual March Madness, including the madness associated with March Hares, and goes off on a tangent about the history of Mad Hatters from her birthplace of Danbury, Conn. Lots of fun facts to take to your next tea party in Wonderland.

As customary for James, controversies surrounding the NCAA make their way onto the show, and Emily devises a plan for a VA-type establishment for college basketball players. (Emily for President 2016, perhaps?)

Also, big shout out to Danbury, Conn., where Emily grew up, and she couldn't help going on a tangent to talk about the history of the city and how it relates to March Madness, in a very divergent way.

Why do we get so obsessed with March Madness and rankings? Simply because, as James will tell you, ranking and judging things is fun! For another type of March Madness, a guitar shop in Maryland is currently having a competition, ranking the greatest guitar riffs of all time

Emily finds some fun facts about brackets, in general, including the fact Slate.com has brackets to rank marital spatsad slogans and movie deaths, for example.

Even if you're bracket has already been crushed when you listen to this, there's always next year -- especially for Emily, who finally knows what a Seed number means.

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on PatreonDebt ShepherdPodUnderground & Jason Bryant.

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Mar 16, 2016

Humans are prone to mistakes, but as Bob Ross says, "There are no mistakes, just happy accidents!" Well, unless you count some of the biggest mistakes in history, which we talk about. But we also talk about why making mistakes is actually a good thing, plus we throw in some of our many bloopers you've never heard before. And, thanks to special guests Paul and Wayne from The Countdown: Movies and TV Reviews podcast for giving us the top mistakes made in movies!

This episode's wine: 90+ Cellars Big Red Blend, Lot 113 from California, 2014

This episode's cheese: Goat Cheese: Plain, Herb and 4-Pepper
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We start our show off with a special segment from our #PodernFamily friends Paul and Wayne from The Countdown: Movies and TV Reviews podcast giving us a list of the biggest mistakes in movies.

And, if you're into talking about movies and television, old and new, and sexy Australian accents, these are the guys to listen to, so check them out! You can also follow them on Twitter.)

James talks about some great inventions that were created accidentally. Alexander Fleming, thanks for seeing that mold in a petri dish and deciding not to throw it out or put it in the fridge for someone else to worry about.

Emily also points out a mistake made in "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" about the origins of Post-Its.

Ever wonder just what erasers are and how they work? Emily goes through the history of these fantastic life-savers, including the fun fact that having them on top of pencils is common in America, as opposed to Europe where they never make any mistakes. (We'll confirm with Rick and Paul from Rick and Paul Heal the World about that one.) Find out the origin or correction fluid and Control-Z, as well!

And, Emily predicts the future, in a way, but here's the story she refers to she never ended up telling James after the show.

 

James gives us some of the biggest blunders made in history, some of which led to events that have changed the world as we know it. Despite this, we discuss how mistakes are actually necessary tools for humans to learn and grow from.

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

 

Mar 9, 2016

Excited about the total solar eclipse this week? We are. In fact, we're turning this #WineWednesday into SUN-day, if you get our drift. This episode is all about that big ball of gas we know and love: The Sun!

This episode's wine: La Maialina 2014 Chianti, Italy
This episode's cheese: Port Wine Cheddar

 

The sun isn't just for putting inspirational quotes over in Instagram photos. We talk about eclipses to celebrate the total solar eclipse on the other side of the world as this episode is coming out.

Find out how eclipses work (and thanks to Emily's teacher-friend Lenny for helping her find out the explanation in 8-year-old terms), and James tells us myths and legends from the past surrounding eclipses.

We're on the look-out for a professional frog imitator to show James to how properly croak like a frog.

Learn about the woman who owns the sun, and a potential money-making scheme to sue her for sunburns! Emily tries to correct James to be politically correct, but then finds out she wasn't as right as she thought she was. James gives us some fun sun facts and tells us why we can't go to the sun -- not even if it's winter or nighttime.

 Make sure you stick around to find out the best way to see a solar eclipse. Despite what James says, we do NOT advise you to look directly at it!

And, you won't want to miss Emily's music quiz all about songs with "Sun" in the titles, as read by a (sub-par) Queen Elizabeth robot-impersonator. Thanks to Good Job, Brain! for the idea -- they have EL.V.I.S., but we have "Queen Elizabeth."

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on PatreonDebt Shepherd & Jason Bryant from Mat Talk Online

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

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Mar 2, 2016

Even though Emily and James can't seem to keep a collection of wine before drinking it all, they decided to talk about people who can collect things! Plus, we hear about some of our listeners' collections!

This episode's wine: Root:1 Heritage Red
This episode's cheese: Sharp white cheddar 

Even though it seems everyone has a collection of something, James tells us how collecting came from the rich. And how they kept their collections in these things called "cabinets," in case you were unfamiliar with the word ...

Got some old toys or Hot Wheels laying around? They may be worth money! But, your Beanie Babies ... um, not so much. Emily also calls out her middle school crush who dropped her original Quackers in a mud puddle.

While talking about some of the theories why we collect things, Emily gets on a tangent about state quarters and how they're like Pokemon. And, we find another reason Freud makes Emily roll her eyes.

We also talk about collectors vs. hoarders, and Emily gives you some warning signs to look out for. And we talk about our personal collections we've had, and how Emily came to appreciate Al Gore's lock box idea.

Thanks to Shane from Now That I'm Older, Ro from The World of Ro, and Jen from Rebeat Magazine (and our Cheers to Glam Rock episode), who sent in their collections for us to talk about! 

Want to test your Greek, Latin, Harry Potter and made-up words trivia? James puts Emily on the spot with these terms, but, luckily, you won't be quizzed. Whoever came up with these names really should have consulted us.

Emily talks about some unusual collections, including the collections of Graham Barker, who has collected his belly button lint since 1984. And James tells us about celebrity collectors -- no, not the people who collect celebrities. Also, we discuss our plan to entice Tom Hanks to come on our show. (Crowdfunding campaign coming soon!)

Highlights

22:50 - Emily gives her tip for avoiding piles of tissues!

37:57 - James says those three magic words: "You're pretty smart."

44:11:49 - The best way to play Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon.

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on PatreonDebt Shepherd & PodUnderground

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

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Feb 24, 2016

We're joined by Nick and Justin from The Epic Film Guys Podcast for this episode to celebrate the 88th Academy Awards. We talk about Oscar trivia, picks for the winners, how to win an Oscar pool, and more!

This episode's wine: Veuve Clicquot, Martini & Rossi Asti, Chateau Frank Célèbre, Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale 
This episode's cheese: Domestic Muenster, Montchevré Goat Cheese (again!), President Brie, Aged White Cheddar

No need to worry about what you're going to wear -- settle in for some wine, beer and cheese with us as we celebrate the Academy Awards with the Epic Film Guys.

We start off talking about some Oscar trivia and fun facts, including why you may want to practice giving your acceptance speech while holding a human head.

Nick and Justin lead us into a talk about this year's nominees, plus their picks for the winners!

Emily gives us tips for winning an Oscar pool, even if you didn't see any of the movies nominated. And James lists some Oscar winners who may have peaked and faded.

And, if you're new to the Epic Film Guys, you're in for a treat with the infamous Nick's Rant and Justin's Lisp! And, don't miss a very special rendition on "Unchained Melody." Just wait until you hear them -- there's a reason they're known as "Epic."

Don't forget to check out the Epic Film Guys Academy Awards page, listing the nominees and their picks for the winners!

Thanks again to Epic Film Guy Nick and Epic Film Guy Justin for combining our shows for a giant mash-up! You can listen to their episode with us on, which comes out Thursday, February 25. 

The 88th Academy Awards airs Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

Where to find the Epic Film Guys

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Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

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Feb 17, 2016

Put on your jammies and turn out the lights because this week, we're raising our glasses to the second best thing you can do in bed (the first being drinking wine, of course). We talk about the science of sleep, some historic sleepers, and those who dare to dream in this week's episode.

This episode's wine: 2012 Oak Ridge Winery Zinfandel Ancient Vine Reserve, California

This episode's cheese: Capricho de Cabra & Bucheron (Montchevré)

We get worried that James is no longer allowed to buy wine, but he does find cheese from a region we think is 'Murica at first. And, if you're part of the goat cheese industry, Emily has quite the tagline for you!

We find out how our ancestors probably slept, despite not having white noise machines or special mattresses. We also wonder what people actually do with fresh air. 

James talks about inventors, scientists and pop culture figures who have made advances in their fields because of their dreams. Also, feel free to watch the .GIF that fascinated Emily for about 20 minutes. She also comes up with three puns in a row! Possibly a personal best.

We talk etymology, Greek and Roman deities of sleep, and Michael Stipe, of course. And we get into theological discussions about dreams from the bible. Emily also goes into her Broadway knowledge, somehow. 

After 26 episodes, Emily finally introduces us to her hatred of Disney. (Thank you to Music for Makers for the rant music!) Needless to say, we may never have a Cheers to Disney. Sorry.

James changes gears to talk about theories of why we sleep, and why pulling an all-nighter is actually worse for studying than getting some sleep. 

Do you have any of the most common nightmares? Do you agree with James' skepticism about analyzing what these dreams mean? We'd love to hear from you!

Emily shares a tip for getting yourself out of a nightmare. And, lucky for you, we cut out a lot of our conversations about dreams we've had, since there are many out there who do not care about hearing the dreams of others.

We find out about what our brain is doing when we're dreaming, including going into the mode of "fighting or flighting," according to James. We also share some tips for falling asleep (hint, it doesn't involve counting sheep).

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Special thanks to our classy sponsors on Patreon: Debt Shepherd & PodUnderground

Special thanks to Adam Centamore for his book, "Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider's Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing," which inspires us to try new wine and cheese pairings in every episode!

Cheers!

Visit our website at classylittlepodcast.com for more information!

Feb 10, 2016

Looking for a date this Valentine's Day? We're here for you! We offer you wine, cheese, and no obligation to call us the next day. So, stick us in your earbuds and let us whisper sweet nothings into your ears as we serenade you with the history of Valentine's Day, Tinder tips, first-date etiquette and why John Cusack standing outside your house at 5 a.m. is actually kind of creepy.

This episode's wine: Weibel Family Peach Flavored Sparkling Wine
This episode's cheese: St. Angel Triple Cream Brie and Mascarpone (the Vermont pronunciation)

Emily is particularly punchy in this episode, in case you can't tell! It may have been the sparkling peach wine or her questioning her decisions that led to her going to Whole Foods on a Saturday for fancy cheese.

For our listeners, we cut out about 10 minutes of orgasm sounds we had while eating from our amazing Valentine's Day spread. You're welcome!

Emily talks about the history of Valentine's Day, including our favorite theme of Christians taking over Pagan holidays. Aside from the Roman version of "Seven Minutes in Heaven," let's just be happy we're living in modern times.

James does his best to try a little Tinder-ness by talking about one of the most popular dating Apps of the moment. By the way, if you're looking for James on Tinder, he is the guy with the profile picture of pie!

We also put out a call to action for listeners to send us pictures of their romantic nights listening to our podcast! DO IT!

James and Emily also discuss some first-date etiquette ... or, at least the fake etiquette you should attempt. James gets some questions answered about what women really want on a date. Emily gets up on her feminist soapbox, but then gets right back down if the option of eating bon-bons in flattering skirts comes up.

Emily gives some tips from the book, "He's Just Not That Into You." James doesn't quite understand why women need a book for this, but that's exactly why women need this book! If a guy isn't into you, don't waste your time.

James talks about the benefits of remaining single, some ignoring Emily professing her love for pineapple and mascarpone. And the Coke vs. Pepsi fight continues!

Emily gets to vent about her hatred of Disney princess movies! She also talks about things in romantic movies that are actually really creepy in real life, including the idea of Woody Allen as attractive. If a guy shows up to your house with a boom box ... be careful! Red flag! No woman actually wants the kinds of romantic gestures shown in movies.

In James' words, "Just be cool, man."

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Cheers!

Feb 3, 2016

James is joined by Emily's husband, Mark, to celebrate Guys Night, and pump us all up for the Super Bowl this weekend. The guys talk about beer, football, video games, and a mysterious triangle. Plus, find out how the man who walked on the fucking moon also became part of one of the greatest bands of all time (according to James).

In this episode, we review FREY: Detergent for Men. Get 20 percent off your order at FreyForMen.com by using the coupon code CLASSY20 at checkout!

This week's beer: Harpoon Brewery UFO White, Bronx Brewery American Pale Ale
This week's cheese: Bleu cheese on the side of Buffalo Wings from Joey C's Roadhouse

In honor of the biggest game of the year, Emily gives up the mic to her husband, Mark, and he and James talk about their Super Bowl picks. Discuss the commercials and how they seemed better when we were younger.

James tells us about some of the worst choices for Super Bowl halftime performers, including answering the eternal question of whether you'd rather listen to the Black Eyed Peas or Nickelback for the rest of your life. Find out about the controversial group Up with People, who performed in five halftime shows. James takes this opportunity without Emily to bring us all down earlier than usual this week!

Mark and James give praise to Frey laundry detergent, which not only smells like oak and musk, but it also takes tough stains out.

To keep with the football theme of the episode, Mark talks about football video games. If you want to challenge Mark at NFL Blitz (he will win), contact us. He also talks about the controversy surrounding Madden NFL games. Also, does God have a bookie? 

James lists the three most bad-ass manly men in history. We feel like little bitches after learning the stories of these guys' awesomeness. Find out which one ate peanuts and smoked a cigar while having sex, which one gave a two-hour speech instead of going to the hospital after getting shot, and which one walked on the fucking moon! Plus, learn why you should never tell Buzz Aldrin he didn't land on the moon.

Mark shares his Hot-Cute-Beautiful Triangle theory with the world. (See the picture on our website, classylittlepodcast.com.) The guys then decide to see how the theory plays out by looking at a list of celebrities, all in the name of science. Do you agree with James' and Mark's rankings? (And will Emily allow Mark and James to podcast together again?)

Emily comes on to quiz the guys on female terms to hear their best guesses. While James makes educated guesses, Mark assumes everything is a tampon ... and he is wrong every time. James also can't hear a word that contains "gonad" without laughing like a 12-year-old.

Hope you enjoy the punk-rock version of our theme song, made specially for this episode.

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Cheers!

Jan 27, 2016

If you can't tell from the squeals of delight, Emily is super excited to finally focus an entire episode on her love for cats! Since we did an episode raising our glasses to dogs last year, we found it only appropriate to give our feline friends some equal love and attention (even if they don't appreciate it).

This episode's wine: Casillero del Diablo 2012 Pinot Grigio, Chile
This episode's cheese: Roasted Garlic with Tomato & Basil cheese

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Clearly, this is all about the musical, "Cats." No, not really, but we do talk about Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on T. S. Eliot's book, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats."

Emily's cats tend to distract us for this episode ... although, they distract us from most other episodes, but we didn't edit it out this week. Lots of "dawwws" and sighs over cats throughout this episode.

We call dogs "whorish" a few times in this episode just because cats are so particular about who they show affection to.

James tells us about the numerous historical figures who love cats, almost as much as Emily does. And, be prepared for Emily to go crazy-cat-lady with the puns in this episode. Some of those mentioned are Albert Einstein, John Lennon, Sir Isaac Newton and Freddie Mercury!

No Google search would be complete without finding some cats on the Internet, including Bonsai Kittens, the Kitty Cat Dance, Simon's Cat, Nyan Cat, the eHarmony Cat Lady (and the Songify remix video), Grumpy Cat, and more!

Why are cats so popular on the internet? We find a few theories about this phenomenon. 

James talks about heroic cats who have made the news, and how they've captured our hearts. Emily drops her mic following her diatribe about the idiocy of Timmy getting stuck in the well all the time.

We also find out people can volunteer their time playing with cats at local shelters! And, we implore Christian Bale to come on our podcast, yet again!

Want to watch some heroic cats? Watch the videos in our show notes!

We discuss some fun facts about cats, including why cats are known for getting stuck up trees and why you should stop scaring your cats with cucumbers.

And, Emily has a new cat-related obsession: Putting YouTube Videos on that are specifically for cats. We finally found a way to keep cats' attention!

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Cheers!

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