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Episode 3 – Chicken

Can it be, intrepid listeners?

Can the unifying crock-topic of our third episode be that beloved bird…

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Michael begins with fightin’ words for a big chunk of the chicken-eating populace:

Weight Watchers is Such a Crock

Weight Watchers is an American company that offers various products and services meant to assist customers in losing and maintaining their weight. Since at least 1997, it has used a points-based system. It is essentially a simplified calorie counting / calorie deficit system.

However, the new Freestyle program (“Count less and enjoy more”) adds chicken and some 200+ new foods to the so-called “zero point” list.

In Michael’s opinion, this makes Weight Watchers a crock.

The point system, which once had ketchup as zero point (but no longer, as it includes sugar) BUT adds chicken, turkey, and tons of seafood to zero points seems tantamount to surrender. This “count less and enjoy more” philosophy flies in the face of the company’s long-standing value-add for what looks and smells much more like the low carb / keto / Atkins family of dieting.

Read more at Business Inisder: Weight Watchers’ new program has 200 ‘zero-point’ foods you can eat as much as you want — including eggs

Fried Chicken is Such a Crock

If someone asked you “who” invented fried chicken… Who might you guess?

If you — like many — default to The Colonel… Katherine says that branding is kind of a crock.

Katherine digs into the origins of fried chicken in the United States and the ex-slave entrepreneurs of Gordonsville, VA.

Bonus: Michael never really understood cultural appropriation… Until now! While most of Katherine’s crock is about the Colonel and nostalgic Southern cooking, it’s Korean fried chicken that tells the tale for MichaelJ.

Katherine’s sources are many, but we suggest As American As Fried Chicken at The Atlantic.

Our CONCEPT of a Chicken is a Crock!

While we typically use the word “chicken”, today’s farms raise effectively two distinct birds: Broilers and layers. They’re quite different!

One lays eggs. One is prized for its breast meat.

Since about 1946 and the quest for “the chicken of tomorrow” chickens raised for food have become quite different from root stock. They live less than two months but produce many times the historic amount of breast meat… On a fraction of the feed and vitamins.

The genetics of such birds extends even to organic free-range chickens! Such birds live only a little bit longer than now-conventional factory farm chickens, and are themselves also descendants of the chicken of tomorrow.

Much of this comes from Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

A Little Kid’s Opinion of Chicken Nuggets is a Crock

Katherine shares a story from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver teaching children where their beloved nuggets come from.

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Living a Lie

Episode 2 – Living a Lie

Welcome to Episode 2: Living a Lie for our podcast Such a Crock! this week.

In this episode we discuss the troubling, ever present phenomenon of…

Because Living a Lie is Such a Crock 🔪🎼🍼🍔

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We kick off with a shocking story, then shift into a bit buzzing in recent news outlets. Living a Lie is SUCH A CROCK!

l. Living a Lie Hardcore Style

Almost every day, Katherine sees men in fancy suits snoring on park benches.

One of the sleeping suits I’ve seen on the piers… overcoat and all

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Recalling a similar story, she rockets this week balls-to-the-wall in our first segment. The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel Carrere serves as inspiration for our first “living a lie”. And it’s a doozy. This particular crock might just be a shock to some because it escalates from a bench nap to a much darker place.

L’Adversaire (The Adversary), Emmanuel Carrère book, 2000

ll. Living a Lie Bad Girlfriend Style

Michael’s story tells of rising clarinet superstar Eric Abramovitz. Abramovitz met then-girlfriend Jennifer Lee while they were students at McGill University. Apparently Jennifer didn’t want him to move away, so when Eric won a prestigious scholarship… She prevented him from taking it. This brilliant young artist did not live a lie of his own making. Lee compromised Eric’s email account. Then she deleted his acceptance letter, and forged multiple replacements… All on the way to costing him a prestigious scholarship worth over $50,000 per year.

The Abramovitz story was widely reported. Here’s a version from the Paper of Record:
The NY Times: A Clarinetist’s Girlfriend Didn’t Want Him to Leave. So She Crushed His Dreams.

lll. Living a Lie Baby-Making Style

Katherine’s childhood heroes Janet Jackson (50) and Bridgitte Nielsen (54) are having babies… And they’re not the only mid life ladies doing this. Gorgeous Rachel Weisz also joins the baby-making party at 48 and so are tons of not-so-famous women. In fact, it’s a trend, and not just in the USA.

Turns out advice from your doc may be the crock in this case. For many years doctors have told women to “hurry up and have kids!” They’ve characterized fertility as a ticking time bomb. But meanwhile, recent relevant data doesn’t back up this claim. Thus, many women have made major life decisions based on recommendations that aren’t timely or relevant to their actual lives. That’s such a crock! Don’t you think?

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Forbidden Sex

Episode 1 – Forbidden Sex

Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast!

We all encounter things every day that we look at and think, “That’s such a crock!” (you know, of shit or whatever)

This is a podcast about those kinds of things. We hope you find it a little hit heartwarming, a little bit close to home, and a lot funny. This week we tackle the topic of…

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I. Forbidden Sex with Man’s Best Friend

Michael starts out the podcast with a pretty understandably forbidden kind of sex… But that isn’t what he thinks is a crock.

Numerous news outlets have reported on Joseph Hattey, a Michigan State University Health Physicist, being charged with a “crime against nature” … While no one is saying that this is any kind of normal, Michael thinks the guy getting fifteen years is such a crock. What do you think?

USA Today: Michigan State University physicist charged with bestiality

II. Forbidden Sex at the World Cup

As we write this, the World Cup is going strong in Russia.

… But Katherine thinks what the Russian government has asked its women to do — or not to do as the case may be — is such a crock. While Russia is theoretically welcoming athletes from around the world, Russian women have been warned to avoid sex with foreign men. If urges prove too difficult, they should “at least choose a man from the same race.”

The New York Times: Russia Wants to Play Nice With Foreigners. Just Not Too Nice.

III. Forbidden Sex[ual Language] at the World Cup

At the World Cup, Mexico fans have been accused of chanting homophobic slurs. While not a fan of such slurs in general, Michael thinks fining the team (who presumably have no direct control over the actions of the fans) is such a crock.

The Telegraph: Mexico facing punishment over homophobic chants during win over Germany

IV. Porn

Despite its ubiquity, pornography is its own kind of forbidden sex. “Ask any mom,” says Katherine (a mom). But the negative impacts of pornography, she argues, have been exaggerated to the point of being such a crock.

Psychology Today: Common Sense about the Effects of Pornography

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