75: The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Rhett Miller: Too Much For Radio  

We had such a great time taping our show with Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Weird Al Yankovic, and Rhett Miller that we lost track of ourselves and made way too much material for the radio. So we are sharing this bonus material as an extra TOO MUCH FOR RADIO episode. Hear Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster battle Rhett Miller for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s affection. Check out the new #1 single, Guacamole Heart. And swoon to Rhett’s croons.

The One Woman Sex Revivalist and Conqueror, Lou Paget  

  Join Mou on a quest for practical information about sex, lifestyle, relationships, orgasms, sexual performance with the woman making it all happen, Lou Paget.  Internationally Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur and AASECT* Certified Sex Educator, it has been said that, " Lou Paget is creating a one-woman sexual revival " by GQ Magazine. Lou has appeared on TV on numerous occasions, runs several local groups for women on sexuality, has a radio show and has written many amazing books de-coding the myths about sex and sexuality, relationships, orgasm, loving and more.   Besides and not to mention, being an International Best selling author of FIVE books, translated into TWENTY-SIX languages and represented in over SIXTY countries with over THREE million copies sold. Lou Paget is a Certified Sex Educator and researcher. What she didn't anticipate was that her small, informal discussion groups would explode into some of the most popular and revolutionary sexual forums nationally and internationally. Lou Paget has single-handedly given the arena of sexual education and information a more accessible and honest attitude. Her corporation's name, Frankly Speaking Inc. is an acronym of the values she feels information about your sexuality should give you; Freedom, Respect, Accuracy, Non-judgmental, Knowledge.

66: Extra: Paget Brewster in ‘Charlie Brown and Lucy’  

On our recent crossover episode with the Thrilling Adventure Hour, guest Paget Brewster joined us for a remount of a classic Wits sketch. Here is Paget as Lucy van Pelt, a role originally performed by Julia Sweeney, and John Moe as Charlie Brown.

Paget Brewster  

Take an evening walk down a quiet street or spend an afternoon riding your bike through the woods... or at least listen to Janet and guest Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) revel in the magic of unstructured time spent alone in this episode, where Paget also proves herself to be the creator of a VERY important masterpiece.

Beyond Belief, "Mannequin Episode"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Craig Cackowski, Autumn Reeser, Busy Philipps, and Janet Varney as mannequins; and Hal Lublin as a mannequin hunter.
Music by Jordan Katz & the Elements of Style, featuring Jonathan Dinerstein.
Directed by Aaron Ginsburg. Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded October 23, 2016 at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles.
PLUS: A bonus musical treat recorded at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY, featuring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Ted Leo, Jean Grae, and the cast!

Tickets are on sale NOW for the FINAL THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR show for many years. It's at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on December 17, 2016. Tickets here:

Beyond Belief, "Dead & Breakfast"  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator Craig Cackowski, Annie Savage, Jenny Wade, Carla Cackowski, and Janet Varney as a creepy family; and Marc Evan Jackson as the bartender.
Music by Andy Paley, Jonathan Dinerstein, and Becky Ward.
Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded May 23, 2015 at the Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tickets are on sale NOW for the WorkJuice Players' show at the Bell House in Brooklyn on July 23rd. 7pm ALL AGES show and 9:30 21+ show. Starring Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, and Craig Cackowski. Tickets here:

17 Science Fair (w/ Paget Brewster, Maria Blasucci, Craig Cackowski, Amanda Lund)  

Paul F. Tompkins is the one that welcomes YOU to the special land of SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paulsspecial guest is Paget Brewster ofCommunity,Criminal Minds, andThe Thrilling Adventure Hour! They chat about what kind of food related 28th amendmen...

74: The Great Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover with ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster and Rhett Miller (Part Two)  

This week: the triumphant return of the terrific Wits/Thrilling Adventure Hour Crossover. Enjoy an all-new feature featuring married mediums Frank & Sadie Doyle and their quest to figure out just who is filling all these martini glasses with booze while they sleep. The one and only “Weird Al” Yankovic reveals the true stories behind some of his most iconic songs and projects, while actress Paget Brewster stuns the audience with her allegiance to the most hated of all insects. Plus, Paul F. Tompkins reveals that you’ve been singing Bowie wrong all this time, and we get a blast of pure rock energy from singer/songwriter Rhett Miller.

#143: A Halloween Beyond Belief  

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Matt Gourley, Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, Hal Lublin, and John Ennis.

"Son of Beyond Belief" written by Glen David Gold.

"Ladies and Skeleton" written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Scoring and original song by Eban Schletter and performed by Hal Lublin, Paul F. Tompkins, and Paget Brewster.

Directed by Aaron Ginsburg.

Recorded October 30, 2013.

48: Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman and Paget Brewster with Nellie McKay and Loudon Wainwright III  

This week’s episode comes to you from San Francisco’s Sketchfest comedy festival. Hear comedian Paul F. Tompkins as Ice-T in an episode of Cop Squadron: Spoiler Alert Unit and actor Paget Brewster on Eleanor Roosevelt's exercise cassettes. Plus, comedian Eugene Mirman shows us how wreck a party, Loudon Wainwright III fantasizes about Bill and Hillary Clinton making out to one of his songs, and songstress Nellie McKay performs music that is both timely and timeless.

The Pod F. Tompkast, Episode 20: Paget Brewster, Jessica St. Clair, John Lithgow, Mr. Brainwash, John C. Reilly  

Episode 20: Now, HERE be dragons?  Inspiration Alley. "A Little Off The Top," featuring Jessica St. Clair. Fabulous faubulist Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) comparison shops for ancient weaponry. 

10 Paget Brewster  

Kevin chats with Paget Brewster.

Can you really charge that much? (feat. Ian Paget) - FBD003  

We are back for another episode! In episode 3 we caught up with Mr Logo Geek, Ian Paget, a very insightful and influential figure in the graphic design world. Well known for his work with Logo Geek and his new podcast.

In this episode we go in-depth into how he started to where he is now, with a lot of fun chat in-between - I hope you enjoy the show. If you have feedback or suggestions please don't hesitate to reach me  on Twitter @Pnuts101, Insta @Iamwap, and the facebook page Failurebydesign.



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Ian Paget on the Web:

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Show Notes:

Logo Lounge Chris Do The Designers League  Romuald Chaigneau
273 Natasha Leggero  

Join guest host Paget Brewster as she sits down with actress and comedienne Natasha Leggero (Another Period, The Do-Over). Natasha chats about her early days in LA, collaborating with Paget, and her fantasy of the ideal day.This episode is sponsored...

265 Timothy Osmundson  

This week join guest host Paget Brewster as she sits down with Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Psych). Paget and Tim chat about many of his early roles, what it really means to be a working actor, and performing together in the Thrilling Adventure Hour.

265 Timothy Omundson  

This week join guest host Paget Brewster as she sits down with Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Psych). Paget and Tim chat about many of his early roles, what it really means to be a working actor, and performing together in the Thrilling Adventure Hour.

Govett-Brewster Director Simon Rees  

t's nearly a year since the Len Lye Centre opened at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. The gallery dedicated to Len Lye's work was projected to attract 96 thousand visitors in its first year. So far more than 125 thousand visitors have been recorded - more than 60 per cent of them from ourside the region.Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, Simon Lees.

059-The Wizard of Mauritius  

In 1764 a French engineer on a tiny African island claimed that he could see ships beyond the horizon. In today's show we'll review the strange story of Étienne Bottineau and consider the evidence for his claims to have invented a new art.

We'll also ponder a 400-year-old levitation trick and puzzle over why throwing a beer can at someone might merit a promotion.

Sources for our feature on nauscopie, the purported art of apprehending ships below the horizon:

Rupert T. Gould, Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts, 1928.

Sir David Brewster, Letters on Natural Magic, 1832.

J. Gregory Dill, "The Lost Art of Nauscopie," Ocean Navigator, January/February 2003 (retrieved May 17, 2015).

Mike Dash, "Naval Gazing: The Enigma of Étienne Bottineau," Smithsonian Magazine, Oct. 13, 2011 (retrieved May 17, 2015).

Chicago Tribune, "The Science of Nauscopie," Nov. 7, 1869.

Greg's post on Samuel Pepy's "lifting experiment" appeared on Futility Closet on March 22, 2008. Further sources for that segment:

Sir David Brewster, Letters on Natural Magic, 1832.

The Diary of Samuel Pepys, July 31, 1665.

Robert Conger Pell, Milledulcia: A Thousand Pleasant Things Selected from "Notes and Queries," 1857.

Notes & Queries, July 3, 1852 (the original query).

Notes & Queries, July 24, 1852 (Brewster offers his impressions).

"Non-Wist," "Phenomenon of Levity in the Human Subject," The Zoist, January 1852.

Two YouTube videos illustrate the modern technique: onetwo

The YouTube discussion mentioned in this week's lateral thinking puzzle is here (warning -- this spoils the puzzle).

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4000,000 boxes of cherries.  

I learned a few things this past weekend about the fruit industry. My husband has been involved in national and international export of fruit for over twenty years, and right now, he is *up to his neck in this season's fruit: the cherry. Washington state is one of the major cherry producers, and July and August are the two months for harvesting and shipping. We happened to be in a town called Brewster which is about an hour and a half north of Wenatchee. As you head north, the landscape becomes dryer, and fascinatingly *moon-like. You travel right along the Columbia river all the way up North. At either side of the river are high, dry hills, that continue off into the distance for miles. There are countless *gullies and tucked-away areas where wildlife live, such as coyotes, deer, and even big horn sheep. Down at the river's edge is a different story. Because of the available water, communities have sprung up, including many lush parks, and, of course, the orchards. Ironically, the dryness of the area and the heat suit many of the kinds of fruit that are grown. The water that they need is simply supplied through irrigation. So, you have a contrast between the dry, earthy, barren hills, and lush green areas all the way up the river. Brewster is a small town right on the Columbia that is in the heart of orchard country. My husband works with people who have hundreds of thousands of acres of orchards. And when it comes to cherries, there is a short window of opportunity to get them picked, packed, and shipped off. It is a very perishable fruit, and a lot of care and attention are required in bringing fruit to the customers that is in excellent condition. My visit to Brewster was actually not to visit orchards. The cherries had already been picked. There is a huge packing plant there, and that was our destination. As we approached the packing house, I could see that it was a busy season for them. The parking lot was full, and workers were coming and going, starting new shifts, and getting off of  completed shifts. Hundreds of people are employed, in many different capacities. My children and I were all wide-eyed as we were shown around. We went into the cold storage room, where thousands of boxes that were already ready, were waiting to be shipped to supermarkets around the world. There were fork-lift trucks zooming forwards and backwards, busily stacking boxes up high. And then, we went to a sorting and packing line, where people sorted through a conveyor belt of cherries. They had to take out unwanted cherries, and let the others fill up various containers of different sizes. It was a fast job. There were also lines of clean water flowing past much of the machinery; a lot of washing takes place. As we left the plant, I noticed a man-made lake infront of the building. I was told that they are planning on recycling their water, and also using it for both the heating and cooling of water inside the plant. It's incredible to think that about four million boxes get packed in the region, this particular plant doing at least one million. To say that it is a remote area, there is a lot *more going on than meets the eye. Grammar notes. Related expressions: to be up to your neck, moon-like, more to.... than meets the eye. 1. The office is really busy at this time of year; we are all up to our necks in paperwork. 2. Our land is moon-like. However, once we put in irrigation, we'll be able to plant anything. 3. There's more to him than meets the eye; he's not much to look at, but he has a heart of gold. Tweet // //

Jock Paget: NZ Eventer  

Jock Paget, NZ Eventer, talks us through his riding career. Where it all started, his love of horses, working with Kevin McNab, his first ride at Kentucky, tips for aspiring Eventers and retiring his favourite horse Clifton Promise, plus new horses to look out for and loads more! Kiwi. 2013 British Open Championship and Mitsubishi Motors Badminton titles, 2012 Olympic Bronze Team Medal. @JockPaget Listen to Exclusive Episodes of HorseHour, subscribe to ACAST+. Hear Mark Todd, Gemma Tattersall, Izzy Taylor in Backstage at Badminton Horse Trials 2016, Tips & Advice with The Bit Expert, and AndrewsBowen the London Olympic 2012 Supplier, PLUS hear every episode of HorseHour BEFORE everyone else! Join in the conversation on Twitter to share, advise and advertise just #HorseHour, Mondays 8pm GMT/3pm EST. Follow us @HorseHour @AmyStevenson1

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