Crybabies

Crybabies

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The commercial with the soldier returning home just in time for the holidays, the story of the star-crossed lovers, the song about moving on from a bad relationship: these things always manager to make Sarah Thyre (“Strangers with Candy”) and Susan Orlean (The New Yorker) cry. Listen in as they discuss with a weekly guest the things that tickle your tear ducts.

Episodes

55 Louis Virtel  

Comedian and writer Louis Virtel joins Sarah and Susan to talk about The Carpenters “I’m Caught Between, Goodbye And I Love You,” Other People, Cate Blanchett in Carol, Ordinary People, and “Satisfied” from Hamilton the Musical. Happy Thanksgiving!

This episode is brought to you by Hungry Squared, Third Love, and MVMT Watches.

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54 Natasha Rothwell  

Writer, comedian, actor Natasha Rothwell (The Characters on Netflix, writer for HBO’s Insecure) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about Cynthia Erin singing “I’m Here” from The Color Purple, Cheers, a Wells Fargo commercial, and Kara Walker’s exhibit at The Broad.

This episode is brought to you by Third Love.

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53 Travon Free  

Comedy writer and fellow Earwolf podcaster Travon Free (The Room Where It’s Happening, Any Given Wednesday) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about coming up on the 10th anniversary of the last time he cried real hard, Doctor Who, School of Rock the Musical, Air Bud, and Denzel Washington’s speech at the end of The Great Debaters.

This episode is brought to you by Third Love and MVMT Watches.

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52 Julieanne Smolinski  

Writer Julieanne Smolinski (Grace and Frankie, New York Magazine) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about Roberta Flack's "Do What You Gotta Do,” the Katherine Ann Porter story "Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” Ken Burns' The War, and the end of The Wonder Years episode "The Accident.”

This episode is brought to you by Blue Apron and Third Love.

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51 Melanie Lynskey  

Beloved actress Melanie Lynskey (HBO's Togetherness, Heavenly Creatures) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about Beyonce's "All Night" from Lemonade, the moment when Sawyer Fredericks won The Voice, Conor Oberst's "Lenders In The Temple," and the British romantic film 45 Years.

This episode is brought to you by Third Love and The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings from Kensington Books.

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50 Kate Berlant  

The magnetic comedian Kate Berlant (The Characters on Netflix) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about Bridget Everett singing "I'll Take You Home" unplugged, Patti Smith and Philip Glass doing a tribute to Allen Ginsberg, Sex and the City, and Stevie Nicks singing "Wild Heart" at a Rolling Stones shoot.

Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com

This episode is sponsored by Third Love and Blue Apron.

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49 Jeffery Self  

Comedian, TV host of Scream: After Dark and author of the novel Drag Teen, Jeffery Self joins Sarah and Susan to talk about homeschooling himself growing up, The First Wives Club, Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me," Rosie O'Donnell winning a Daytime Emmy in 1997, and Dolly Parton's "Little Sparrow."

Come see us at the Now Hear This podcast festival: nowhearthisfest.com

This episode is sponsored by Glossier and Third Love.

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48 Heather Havrilesky  

New York Magazine advice columnist for Ask Polly and author of How to Be A Person in the World, Heather Havrilesky joins Sarah and Susan to talk about Trent Harmon singing Sia's "Chandelier" on American Idol, one of her responses in her advice column that deals with obsession, the Dothraki douche-bro barbecue from HBO's Game of Thrones, and an excerpt from Wallace Stegner's novel Angle of Repose.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron and Third Love.

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47 Dave Hill  

Author, comedian, and musician Dave Hill joins Sarah and Susan to talk about musical legend Prince, Big Star's "Thirteen," memories of ice skating with his mother, The La's "There She Goes," Pedro the Lion's "Priests and Paramedics," and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin played on piano by Dave's father.

This episode is sponsored by Third Love.

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46 Yassir Lester  

Comedian, actor, writer Yassir Lester (writer for HBO's Girls) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about The Jackson 5 Reunion for Motown's 25th Anniversary, Flamin' Hot Cheetos being helpful for crying, the last scene from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Barack Obama's re-election speech, and Spike Lee's Crooklyn.

This episode is sponsored by Third Love and Blue Apron.

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Bonus: Introducing Fake the Nation  

Check out the first episode of the brand new Earwolf show Fake the Nation! Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends gather ‘round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system. 

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45 Maria Thayer  

Actress Maria Thayer (Those Who Can't, Eagleheart, Strangers with Candy) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about crying as a stress release, "Isn't It A Pity" by Nina Simone, a scene from perennial "Crybabies" favorite Brokeback Mountain, and the heartbreaking documentary Brother's Keeper.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, Third Love, and Now Hear This Podcast Festival.

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44 Tom Scharpling  

Writer, director, and radio host Tom Scharpling of The Best Show joins Sarah and Susan to talk about the music of ABBA, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly performing "Por Ti Volare" from the movie Step Brothers, the movie Creed, and "Rent" by Pet Shop Boys.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron.

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43 R.L. Stine  

Author and Goosebumps legend R.L. Stine joins Sarah and Susan to share stories of the times he has cried throughout his life. He generously takes us through the sincere moment he met his hero Ray Bradbury to bursting out in tears while being on a date at the Arthur Miller play "The Price" to the the times he was tearing up coming out of anesthesia.

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42 Andy Borowitz  

New Yorker writer and humorist Andy Borowitz joins Sarah and Susan to talk about turning his wife into a cryer like himself, "Christmas Time Is Here" from A Charlie Brown Christmas, "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins, and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles. Plus, Sarah and Susan experience New York nostalgia as they discuss the Broadway musical Hamilton.

This episode is sponsored by Third Love.

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41 LIVE from The Bell House NYC w/ Eugene Mirman, Cole Escola, Amy Sedaris, Jodi Lennon, Jon Glaser, Ted Leo  

lt's a star-studded extravaganza as Eugene Mirman, Cole Escola, Amy Sedaris, Jodi Lennon, Jon Glaser, and Ted Leo join Sarah & Susan for a special LIVE Crybabies recorded at The Bell House in New York City! Our guests share their favorite tearjerkers: The Mountain Goats, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, The Elephant Man, John Malkovich, Brokeback Mountain, Mask, "Cavatina" from The Deer Hunter, along with special character performances by Cole Escola and Jon Glaser, and a moving musical finale by Ted Leo. This is Crybabies at its weepy best.

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40 Joel Stein  

Journalist and Time contributor Joel Stein joins Sarah and Susan on this week's Crybabies! We'll see if Bruce Springsteen, Huckleberry Finn, and some old Friends are enough to get the tears rolling.

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39 Illeana Douglas  

Actress, director, screenwriter Illeana Douglas (Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Ghost World, To Die For) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about her book I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies, a Swedish folk song used in her web-series Easy To Assemble, being in a play in which she had to cry every night, Splendor in the Grass, and Ordinary People.

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38 Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney  

Sarah and Susan welcome their close friend and novelist Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (The Nest) to talk about being a private cryer, Love Actually, 20 Feet From Stardom, To Kill a Mockingbird, and David Rakoff's last appearance on This American Life.

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37 Veruca Salt  

Louise Post and Nina Gordon of the Chicago alt rock band Veruca Salt, join Susan and Sarah to talk about "Almost Famous," life on the road, breaking up and getting back together, Kate Bush, "Sid and Nancy," Joni Mitchell, and Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life".

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