Feuds

Episode 23 – Feuds

Feuds are indeed the Crockiest of Crocks! Michael and Katherine delve the crock depths of feuds but (thank goodness) finish up in the shallow end. They cover such classics as the Hatfields & McCoys and the 42 year long Family Feud TV Show. In the end, though, the Crockcast greets the modern world with celebrity feuds on social media for a fun finale.

Family Feud – Controversial Hosts

Survey Says …this host isn’t funny enough

Michael kicks off the Crockcast with Family Feud, the beloved and long running TV show where guests win cash and prizes. But his beef isn’t so much with the feud as it is with the host of the game show, especially the latest one. Katherine pushes back a bit in defense of a comedian’s right to free speech. Michael, however insists this host jokester has a right to a brick upside the head instead. Listen in for all the controversial details.

Hatfields & McCoys – 28 Year Marathon

We’ve all heard of the classic American feud between two Appalachian families back in the time of the Civil War. Katherine gets deep into the crock of this 28 year feud between families. She uncovers lots of crocks in the process including political payoffs, wandering hogs, and philandering baby daddies. It’s a crock full of murder, theft, and burning buildings. So to get in on this historically accurate action, check out the Crockcast.

Katherine mentions the murder of Tom Wallace

Side Note: at one point Michael asks if the singer Juliana Hatfield is related to the Hatfield clan of yore and the post-podcast answer is YES!

Ariana Grande – Princess of Power

Michael lightens the mood after these two feudfest tragedies. How does he do it? Piers Morgan and Ariana Grande, of course. That was easy! Basically, Morgan was being his usual curmudgeonly self and Ariana called him out. Fun stuff in the twitterverse! Listen to the Crockcast for all the silly particulars.

Rappers Delight and Shoes Aflight

Katherine also enjoys the entertainment value of a celebrity feud, even the biggest crocks among them. She breaks down the feud between CardiB and Nicki Minaj for those of you without a clue. No surprise that she concludes it’s all just a crock. Fun to watch! … but a crock all the same. Hear the breakdown for yourself on this week’s podcast.

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Episode 22 – Labels

Labels are Such a Crock! This week’s Crockcast rolled out of M and K like an avalanche of label-related crocks on several levels. The podcast blasts off with a delightfully gossipy intro. It’s dedicated to fabulous movie star/tiny woman Marilyn Monroe who takes crap for the modern day lie of her old school clothing labels.

Is Brotherhood Just a Label?

When hazing comes between bros

Michael digs into his college days when he met many bros who preferred the frat label “brother”. Are they really your “brother” if they beat you and make you drink piss? Well, Michael asks an even harder question… what about if they kill you? Thing is, in the story it’s not quite so black and white as the murderous headline claims. Listen to the Crockcast and see what you think. No matter what you conclude, the label “brotherhood” in this case certainly qualifies as a CROCK.

What Matters on Food Labels

If you’re trying to eat healthy, you’re also likely reading lots of labels these days. Fact is, it’s not just the tiny print that makes this a challenge. Labels can be complicated and it’s hard to know what matters and why. Who can keep track? Well, Katherine delves into which labels are a crock thanks to a helpful NY Times article on the subject. The conclusion isn’t surprising, you gotta be thoughtful when it comes to labels. They’re often huge crocks!

Creating Stan Lee Controversy is a CROCK

Nobody dismisses Stan Lee @ the Crockcast!

Michael gets testy about Bill Maher’s recent Stan Lee comments. He simply doesn’t get it! ….What’s “it”? You may ask. Michael thinks it’s about what’s important. Comics matter! They have terrific importance to people all over the world. Comics created a multi-billion dollar industry! Michael also references their import in his Tweet of the Week as the Crockcast concludes. Check it out to hear for yourself!

Sour Grapes = Crime Wine Documentary

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It’s fun and profitable to pull one over on “The Man”. So, why not sell him cheap wine at million dollar price points? Katherine shares the story of Sour Grapes, a Crime Wine Documentary. In it a fraudster wine expert sells millions of dollars worth of fake wine to pretentious douchebags.

How did he do it? Labels! – talk about a Crock. This is the ultimate. The fraudster soaked off the original (cheap) labels and concocted extravagant fakes then glued the copies on to fool the wine snobs.

It’s undeniably a freaking blast to sit back and watch these guys burn their billions on garbage wine while they pontificate to the camera. Not to mention how much the fraudster looks like our very own MichaelJ. Check out his pic above for proof!

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Villains

Episode 21 – Villains

Interested in a Crockcast packed with villains? Then this is the perfect episode for you!

Games of Thrones Villain,  Incompetent Cersei

Katherine defines villains at the top of the Crockcast and then Michael jumps into villainy with Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. Despite her beauty and power, he hates the bitch; mainly due to her bad decisions and incompetence. However, Michael also says there’s a point in Cersei’s story where she stopped being a “Villain” and shifted into just another character.

At the end of A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin inserts a section written with Cersei’s point of view. This insight into how she sees things also changes how Michael sees her character. Another way we have seen this POV shift work well is with Gregory Maguire’s Wicked. In that novel we see the villainous Wicked Witch of the West as a beloved hero, thanks to this camera turn.

The Wicked Witch of the West

Villainous Facts About Rats

Katherine doesn’t believe in villains. In her opinion, there is only bad behavior and no such thing as an intrinsically bad person. She does, however, acknowledge that there is evil in the world. It’s just evil actions or events – not due to an allegedly “bad person”.

But she points out an example of a villainous entity we can all agree about – vermin. She digs deep into rat facts and references a Netflix documentary called Rats. Thus, we learn many dirty details about these heinous incorrigibles. Find out more about what makes rats the true villains of planet Earth, listen to  our Crockcast!

Murderer or Munchausen – Either Way – Bitch be Cray

Batterers Beware!

Michael keeps trying to prove to Katherine that real life villains exist, so he pulls out two horrific murder stories from Fox news. One reports on a “soulless 15 year old” and the other a murderous mom. However, tragic these stories may be, they don’t convince Katherine of anything. In fact, they just bring some familiar movies to mind. Both flicks serve as examples of non-villainous humans in history that committed murder.

One Golden Globe winning example, The Burning Bed starred Farrah Fawcett. Inspired by a real-life battered woman, this story changed the way the courts system perceive abused wives. Katherine also mentions a fascinating HBO documentary about a mother murdered by her daughter after years of tormenting the child with a raging case of Munchausen by Proxy. Intrigued? Check out the podcast to hear more about these cases.

Opioids = the Real Villains

The last bit of the Crockcast wraps up with an inspiring story. In a recent New York Times article Katherine learned about marathon running as a method of drug addiction recovery. The only villains in this story are opioids and the heroes are former drug addicts. Who doesn’t love a great redemption tale? Here at Such a Crock we can’t get enough!

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Ghosts

Episode 20 – Ghosts

This week’s Crockcast explores ghosts of many kinds. Turns out that even though they may not exist in the corporeal sense, ghosts can inhabit behaviors, body parts, careers, and just plain old assholes. Who knew? Well, Michael and Katherine – that’s who.

Ghosting = Breaking Up Passive Aggressive Style

Michael jumpstarts the podcast with Ghosting – which he calls a self defense mechanism. He also points out that the practice of ghosting has become popular. In fact, it’s gained popularity as a breakup method ever since the impeccable Charlize Theron pulled it out of her sexy toolbelt to kick Sean Penn to the curb in 2015.

But no matter how common it becomes, one thing’s for sure – turning into a ghost just to get out of a date is a CROCK!

The Ghost of Careers Past

Next up on the Crockcast, Katherine talks about the ghosts of previous jobs. It was a surprise to her when Geoffrey Owens, of Cosby Show fame, was publicly maligned for bagging groceries at Trader Joes. As if an honest day’s work is anything but honorable and all good.

All jobs are worthwhile!

Speaking of good, Owen’s story has a happy ending. In fact, the ghost of his former career shows up thanks to Tyler Perry and a brilliant idea. Listen to this week’s ghostly podcast for all the deets.

Scammers, Houdini’s Wife, and Seances

Houdini and his wife had a deal beyond the grave – find out more on Crockcast – Ghosts

The podcast shifts into more traditional ghost stories at this point with Michael’s disdain for psychics. He just doesn’t get it! What kind of people fall for this? M wonders. Well, lots of kinds, of course! That’s because people are always looking for “answers” and are afraid of death. Michael illustrates this himself with some fascinating examples of clairvoyant hiJinx and scammers from beyond the grave.

Ghosts = Honor in Our Hearts

Katherine rounds out the ghost Crockcast with a story about heart transplants. She got the idea from a British documentary show called Mindshock: Transplanting Memories. It explores stories of heart transplant recipients who experience a ghost of their heart’s former owner. This happens in many ways from memories to tastes.

Literally & Metaphorically

But most meaningfully to Katherine, is the story of a man whose heart transplant literally changed the course of his career. He went from blue collar worker to published poet. You can hear more about it on Such a Crock podcast Ghosts, blaring from a headphone near you.

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Episode 19 – Thrills

This week’s Crockcast on Thrills starts a little differently because Michael tries something new, stabby, icy, and allegedly beautifying. It’s a peel-off face mask. So, the duo put it on at the very beginning and peel it off at the end. Talk about thrilling! Am-I-right?

Thrilling Memories

Michael and Katherine share memories about specific thrills from their past including a terrifying roller coaster at the magnificent Cedar Point – Our Roller Coaster World Capital.

That’s because sometimes thrill-seeking gets so intense you want to throw yourself off a platform where you’ve been waiting in line to ride-the-ride. Other times it leads to waking up beside a bedtime buddy who likes to light up a cig first thing in the morning. Either way, it’s a CROCK!

Photo care of Cedar Point for Cleveland.com

Cheap Thrills – Bring the Sexy Back

The Crockcast truly kicks off when Michael lists some alleged Cheap Thrills from an article he found on the Redbook Magazine website. But it’s not as sexy as you might like because he “curated” all the hot parts out. This forces Katherine to pull out the NC-17 guns and bring the sexy back to this lame list. Otherwise it just may have been a major yawn – listen and decide for yourself.

Bring the sprinkler in via the doggy door for thrill-seeking canine style

Fetishes & Mice in Mazes

Katherine takes the Crockcast in a different direction next with an exploration into what’s known as the Arousal Theory of Motivation. She grew interested in this when forced to dump an ex (ages ago) because of his odd baby fetish  …with help from a psychiatrist friend.

This theory evolved out of the psychological work of Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson. They studied mice in mazes to explore stress and arousal levels impact on performance. What they found can help us understand the impact of thrills on behavior and performance in particular. These days the theory continues to intrigue Katherine because of its applications to understanding (seemingly) bizarre human behavior.

Some fetishes just plain aren’t sexy

Chasing the High, ie. Dopamine

Michael brings the Crockcast back down to earth a bit with a discussion of risk-taking and dopamine-seeking. According to neurological research, those who take more risks get a dopamine hit when they go for thrills and it can lead to even more risk-taking behavior. Some experts thus believe addictive behavior is related to either fewer dopamine receptors in the subject’s brain or maybe a lack of ability to process the dopamine properly. So, if you’re into thrill-seeking behavior it may just be your brain’s fault, bro.

Find Thrills in the Everyday

Katherine polishes off the thrills with a story about tiny everyday excitements that melt your icy spots inside. The Goods Mart was created by Rachel Krupa, who saw social opportunity in mundane shopping. “More than anything else right now, we want to know who our neighbors are, we want to talk to people, we want to have this connection,” Ms. Krupa says.

Rachel does this when she brings a feeling of small community to LA and NYC with crunchy granola versions of 7-Eleven. That way big city kombucha-seekers can drop into her neighborhood deli-type establishments and pick up the goods along with a hearty hello and some everyday thrills. Checkout the podcast to hear more about it.

Thrill US – Give Back to the Crock

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Episode 18 – Inspiration

Hold on now, – INSPIRATION?! Are Michael and Katherine seriously gonna slam the very juice that fuels their business? Hell yeah they are! That’s because inspiration’s often just an excuse creative types use for why they’re not working. Many say they need inspiration to strike like a lightning bolt from the sky. Meanwhile Katherine and Michael wish something would strike these lazy asses. Do the work! You’re living in a dream, bro!

How to Motivate Yourself

Though they’ve got crocks to talk about, this duo are also here to help. For instance, Michael focuses on the creative process. He cites the classic book A Technique For Producing Ideas by ad man James Webb Young. It gives five phases for developing an idea and getting yourself to full execution. Michael breaks out specific tips for how to actually take these actions. This can get you creating rather than just sitting on the couch waiting for lightning to strike. You’re welcome!

Stop waitin’ for it! Get to work!

Make Dreams REAL – Tangible Inspiration

Katherine gives examples of inspiration that arise from: an object, an experience, and a person. She believes inspiration comes from emotion. That’s because it takes a real thing, whether an item, incident, or personal connection that gives people the impetus to create. In other words, seek out emotional ties if you want a productive creative life.

An Object as Creative Incentive

Photo Credit: Nicholas Calcott for the New York Times

A glorious handmade dresser serves as inspiration for an innovative Brooklyn artist. Built from a single piece of wood and a hand-picked tree, this piece makes its mark not only on a spacious studio but also the artist Wangechi Mutu’s gorgeous work. Click the link to see her art for yourself!

Anxiety Inspired Halloween

Elizabeth Krebs of Kansas

Who knew that the Halloween traditions we know and love – like costumes, parades, and candy – are all thanks to a cranky old lady in Kansas? In fact, she started all these incredibly fun festivities simply to entertain and exhaust her local teenagers. It all happened back in 1912 because teens were ripping up her flowerbeds on mischief night. Learn why Michael and Katherine change their opinions on teen trick-or-treaters in this section of the podcast.

Tween’s Tragedy Inspires Literary Icon

Photo credit: Philadelphia Bulletin, via A/P

The real-life Lolita, Sally Horner, was an 11 year old girl kidnapped by a 50 year old man right around the time that Nabokov wrote the literary novel Lolita. In fact, the novelist even referred to her case as one of the inspirations for his most famous book. But Sally’s point of view was never considered in Nabokov’s story. Not to downgrade its value as a work of art, but the story certainly doesn’t serve its tween tragedy of origin. Thankfully, the voices in our literary world are evolving. That’s why a new book tells Sally’s story. Interested? Check out THE REAL LOLITA The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman.

These examples are just springboards for more thoughts and feelings in this week’s Crockcast. Tune in for more delights and listen today!

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Episode 17 – Holiday Decorations

After a spooky intro, Katherine and Michael dive right into a crocktacular Holiday Decoration discussion. They kick off with a fun back and forth about how much our silly country spends on these decorations in a single year. The numbers might surprise you, but Michael guessed them with terrific accuracy.

Guess what’s spent on Halloween Decorations

When to take Holiday Decorations Down

Michael chuckles at a story he read on hellogiggles.com that talks about when to pack in the Christmas decorations. He then asks when people should do this as a policy. This reminds Katherine about her minimalist Christmas of yore when she just didn’t feel like decorating. Thing is, when you barely put any decorations up it’s pretty darn easy to put stuff away right after the gifts are unwrapped.

K’s Minimalist Christmas – including a tiny Lego snowman and lego “snow”

EXTREME Outdoor Christmas Decorations

But let’s just admit it, most people who celebrate Christmas don’t show Katherine’s level of restraint. In fact, Plantation, Florida filed a lawsuit against a family in their community for EXTREME holiday decorations. Can decorations really cause enough harm to warrant a lawsuit?

Introducing, The Hyatts. This family doesn’t just love Christmas, they gotta blow out the power grid. In fact, only lighting the sky for miles can satisfy their intense lust for Holiday Decorations. Listen to the podcast to find out what happened with the Hyatts. Did they win the lawsuit? Do they wear matching holiday sweaters? (Yes) Are they still married? (No) Did they start a GoFundMe? Listen and learn it all, bro.

Sample of the Hyatt brand holiday madness

 Speaking of Bad Neighbors…

Then Katherine and Michael wax nostalgic for their horrendous neighbors of yore who partied every night at 3AM to the Macarena. It’s relevant because of Michael’s take on a bad boy named Barry who lost his mind on a bulldozer. Let’s just say Barry might have some anger issues and  impulse control presents a bit of a challenge to him. At least that’s what his neighbors think… as well as the cops who took him away for several assault counts and massive malicious mischief. Here’s a tip if Barry moves in next door to you: Don’t build a fence. It’s triggering AF.

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Episode 16 – Normal

 

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Weirdos Rule! Normal drools.

Katherine and Michael fill their Such a Crock podcast with frivolity and rebel against normal this week. That’s because they agree that normal is a total crock. Weirdos rule!

The podcast goes a bit off the rails this week as Michael and Katherine flit around “normal” topics. They engage a lively debate around Blockbuster Video, technology, and progress. In fact, there’s even talk about the very last Blockbuster in existence. Then Katherine and Michael shift into a meditation on the gold rush and prostitution. This, of course, ends with a lesson for Michael on raw dogging and love between strangers.

Meaty Fruit Stench and “Normal”

 

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Katherine shares her noxious personal experience of 200+ million year old fossil, the gingko tree. She dodged the stinky fruit of this ancient tree on a daily basis for twenty five years before learning the truth of the ginkgo. Turns out, in other cultures such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, the precious gingko plays an iconic role. In fact, according to the gingko expert, Peter Crane, these trees are revered for many reasons.  Check out his book, Gingko, The Tree Time Forgot for all the glorious details.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are pounding these stinky fruits into the pavement and crinkling their noses in utter ignorance of why other cultures feel quite the opposite. Not only do they adore the gingko fruits, but these other cultures collect the fruit right there off the pavement to concoct delightful treats. In other words, there is no “normal” when it come to the gingko experience. It makes one person gag and another turns it into dessert. This serves as a prime example of how normal isn’t real or even a particularly useful concept. It can even keep people from understanding and appreciating other cultures in some cases.

Nothing is Normal

The SAC duo wax philosophic on many more examples of how normal is a crock. “There is no normal!” Michael declares. “We’re all prostitutes!” Katherine claims. So, let’s just embrace our weirdness and love each other, dammit. The alternative, turning our noses up at the “abnormal”, doesn’t seem like much fun, after all.

Speaking of fun, Michael brings up the prescient hilarity of The Onion and how they seem to foretell our cultural future on the reg. He gives the uber-relevant example of a video they ran long ago about how Blockbuster Video became of museum… a current reality according to the article we cited for you above in our very last Blockbuster in existence link. Check it out!

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Episode 15 – Stuff

This week’s Such a Crock podcast revolves around the crockery of STUFF. In many cases stuff is more trouble than its worth. Katherine opens with a prime example of precisely this sort of stuff quandary.

Honest Abe’s Topper – It’s just Stuff

She harkens back to the days of yore when the dapper Prez, Abraham Lincoln, sported an iconic beaver skin stovepipe hat. Today this hat serves as the foundation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where people gaze upon it with ardor and amazement. Trouble is… it may not be Lincoln’s hat after all. Currently, an FBI investigation in progress holds the fate of this museum in its grasp. In fact, they may go bankrupt and close. Concerned? You can donate to their gofundme if you’re feeling generous.

Stuff #1 The hat in question, made of beaver skin and arousing doubt on its provenance.

 

 Hoarder or Collector of Stuff?

Next the duo discuss some funny personal touchstones about their opposite perspectives on stuff. In order to call it a crock, Michael had to dig DEEP into the recesses of our culture’s worst case scenarios. In other words, hoarders. He horrifies Katherine with tales of hoarding insanity including a woman who not only filled her house with fifty live cats but also 75-100 dead ones, many which she liquified. He also provides an instance of a woman collecting garbage out of dumpsters and then destroying the family fridge with her “collection”.

Comic Books – Controversial Stuff

Katherine and Michael talk a bit about his collections of magic cards and comic books which makes for a fantastic segue-way into the next topic. Comic aficionado, Michael tells the story of Nicholas Cage’s copy of Action Comics #1. It’s a fascinating tale of a rare comic that portrays the introduction of the world’s first superhero for the very first time – Superman. Cage had the comic framed and up on his wall when it was stolen along with some other framed rare comics. Years later the comic appeared in a storage locker and was then sold at auction in 2011 for more than $2million.

Stuff #2 Nicholas Cage cries himself to sleep missing this comic

Michael sees this as evidence that comics can be worthwhile investments. He sees it a validation of “collectors”. Katherine sees it as yet another example of how ownership is a transitory relationship; things don’t last no matter how tightly we cling to them. They get stolen, they deteriorate, and we get bored of them, etc.

Minimalism – You Don’t Need Stuff!

Katherine then lists her incredibly non-judgmental reasons why living a minimalist lifestyle can help make your life better. She’s a big believer in this way of life and highly recommends it. In fact, if you’d like to check it out for yourself, try the movie Minimalism: A Documentary on Netflix or Amazon.com. These guys are drinking the same Kool Aid Katherine purveys and are just as happy and preachy about it as she is.

Stuff #3 See the movie! It’s fab and free!

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Expertise

Episode 13 – Expertise

Michael and Katherine get excited, impassioned even, to share their contrasting views on the crocktacular topic – Expertise.

 
 
 
 
 
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First Katherine comforts all those alleged “experts” out there with their fancy degrees, medals, and framed certificates. Nobody wants to take away these accolades! Relish them. Achievements are rad. That’s a given. Thing is, as cool as they are, such accomplishments only take you so far. In the constantly evolving world we all share, sometimes that expertise can calcify and get old fast if the “expert” doesn’t adjust as needed. But issues of expertise aren’t just the fault of stodgy old farts who are unwilling to learn new things and apply them to their wheelhouse. After all, our culture puts experts on pedestals only to abruptly knock them off for kicks.

Let the Expertise Debate Commence!

The debate between Katherine and Michael launches into full effect from this point forward in the expertise crockcast. Michael claims that experience is for losers, not experts and that he cares only about execution and accountability on the job. These matter much more to him than experience when he’s hiring. Michael even speculates that maybe office jobs shouldn’t require bachelor degrees as the standard minimum when hiring anymore.

While Katherine agrees about the BA becoming less crucial, she disagrees about experience. It’s not so lame, she claims. She cites elite athletes such a marathon runners, with many miles of experience behind them before they can compete at a level that qualifies as expertise. In fact, on the very day of this podcast recording, the world marathon record was broken in Berlin by Olympian, Eliud Kipchoge. This is a runner with true expertise AND lots of experience. He won the London marathon for the third time earlier this year, for instance.

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record!

Expertise Claims to Fame

Michael expresses skepticism at the notion of expertise without outcomes to show for it. He says “show me the money, baby!” But few can actually back up their claims for expertise in Michael’s experience. On this same note, Katherine chimes in that this is all the more reason to seek expertise, to get those accolades and then nobody can take them away. Do it for the markers, in other words.

Those same outcomes that prove to Michael some semblance of worthwhile ability also serve as self esteem boosters along the road of life. That way when someone like Michael says, “Show me what you can do,” you’ve got something tangible to show. Otherwise claiming expertise is just pissing in the wind. Michael thinks this particular brand of urination caused our culture’s current crisis of conscience when it comes to hiring and assessing resumes.

The Scientific Method & Replication

Katherine does a quick shtick on the Scientific Method and why it’s come more into question these days. She discusses the process thanks to this handy dandy chart below:

Thanks for the chart ScienceBuddies.org!

As illustrated in the method, a crucial element of science is the process of reproducing experiments again after they’re initially done. Thing is, this happens less and less these days because there’s nothing fun and sexy about redoing somebody else’s experiment. Thus, the process of science is in a static state. Katherine cites some tweets scientists passed back and forth on this topic were they bemoan the lack of replication studies. Fact is, without them, the whole notion of scientific expertise lies in peril.

How did the Dinosaurs Die?

Michael then waxes nostalgic for the days of dinosaurs and their sad sad demise. He talks about how the wholly accepted theory that an asteroid destroyed them may just be knocked out by an expert named Gerta. She’s a fascinating character all on her own.

In fact, she might just be the most interesting person in the world, according to MichaelJ. That’s namely because Gerta was the impetus for the nastiest fight in all of academia. Thanks to her expertise as a Paleontologist Princeton Prof she presented an alternate theory to the cause of dinosaur mass extinction in The Atlantic Monthly.

Heartfelt Wrap-up

Katherine quotes Paris Hilton and then summarizes with a passionate plea along the lines of a Jerry Springer “Final Thought”. Thus, the notion of expertise is put to bed for the podcast and it’s time to try something new. This week Michael presents Katherine with a tasty treat test. Luckily she passes the test AND gets some yumtacular goodness in the process.

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