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A Little Bit Worse: This is This

2012-07-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.01) Alicia was diagnosed with ovarian cancer one month before her 23rd birthday. Seven years later, she became what is known in cancer parlance as a “late recurrer”. This is an essay from her smart, painful, funny site: A Little … Continue reading

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Interview: Mexico City (part 1)

2012-06-29 :: Sage Tyrtle

(18.11) In part one of this interview, Victor Rodriguez paints an entrancing picture of Mexico City in the early 1920s. Find out what happens when his granfather decides – at age ten – to leave his small town and walk … Continue reading

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Go Straight Home

2012-06-22 :: Sage Tyrtle

(3.39) Click: images to capture your imagination. Go straight home. music: Exponential Tears by Mindthings photo: Jose Mamona participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS … Continue reading

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Haunted Eighties

2012-06-14 :: Sage Tyrtle

(49.16) Tonight, I’m your favourite babysitter. The one who let you eat mint chocolate chip ice cream, and watch the scary tv movie. Like: The Haunted. Starring Sally Kirkland. You thought suburbia was safe, but there are some things even … Continue reading

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Goldfish

2012-06-04 :: Sage Tyrtle

(10.18) Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii tells us a true story of fish, and tragedy, and redemption. photo: Joe Sullivan participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Gatorade

2012-05-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.50) Overheard: the recipe for Poor Man’s Gatorade. Then, Toronto sketch troupe Video Comedy Rewind brings us “The Nanny Walk Of Hope”. guests: Elizabeth Green Musselman of Missing Link, Brian Brown of A Slice of Sci-Fi photo: Video Comedy Rewind … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Danced In A Towel

2012-05-18 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.44) “We were Mexican twins, born a year apart to a beautiful teenage mother, and an embittered Army enlistee who never made it to Korea because of a bum leg and an already battle-scarred heart…” by Deborah Méndez-Wilson. Read with … Continue reading

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The Middle of America

2012-05-09 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.44) “I’m 29 years old, and I’m living smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt…” guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii, Todd Tyrtle of The Long Ride East, Brand Gamblin … Continue reading

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TTC Charlie

2011-12-19 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.51) The Legend of the TTC; and I only see her at dusk. guests: Shelly Brisbin of Shelly’s Podcast, Chris Hvidsten of Outcast photo: Richard Masoner participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to … Continue reading

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Sparkling Clean

2011-11-28 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.25) I overheard two people talking in a restaurant; and “Letter To A Nation”, by Raffi. Included with permission. guests: Andrew Ball of Between the Lines Studios, Cami Peacock of Nuurdy Girl photo: Sean Garrett participate: Want to play? Join … Continue reading

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Interview: Mormon Boys

2011-11-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(29.55) When I lived in the 44 story Ivory Tower, the residents would watch the elevators open like gazelles in an African plain. The Mormon Missionaries lived on the 40th floor, and happily pounced on any people dumb enough to … Continue reading

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Sweet Cedars 1.1

2011-11-14 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.27) Sweet Cedars 1.1. “Catherine and I could hardly believe Sweet Cedars was real. I think it was about ten minutes into the tour that I looked at her, and she looked at me, and we knew…” guests: Henry Will … Continue reading

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Boy in Blue

2011-11-11 :: Sage Tyrtle

(2.59) I am riding the bus. Next to me are two children. A five year old girl in pink. A three year old boy in blue… photo: D. Sharon Pruitt participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to … Continue reading

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Romantic Secrets 1.2

2011-11-07 :: Sage Tyrtle

(22.14) Romance comics were wildly popular from the late forties to early sixties. If you’ve never read one of these hilarious pieces of… um… “art” – I won’t spoil it for you. The audiodrama you’re about to hear is taken … Continue reading

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Ten things I’ve Learned From Living as a Short Man With Scoliosis

2011-10-31 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.08) Ten Things I’ve Learned From Living As A Short Man With Scoliosis, by Ken Hall, read with permission by Brand Gamblin of BrandG. Submit your own Ten Things. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find … Continue reading

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Everything is Okay

2011-10-17 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.14) Charlie Veitch headed out to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Stock Exchange, and the Bank of England armed with three things: a megaphone, a sign, and free hugs. He recorded the results. (Look for the next episode: November 1st. … Continue reading

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Tic Tac Dough

2011-10-14 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.58) Were people really smarter in 1984? guests: Brian Brown of A Slice of Sci-Fi, Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find … Continue reading

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Lou vs. Rick 1.4

2011-10-10 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.20) Lou vs. Rick. A man teaches his cat to use text messaging. Episode 4. Written by Shane Cyr. photo: Maccio Capatonda guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue participate: Want to play? Join the … Continue reading

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Lou vs. Rick 1.3

2011-10-07 :: Sage Tyrtle

(9.33) Lou vs. Rick. A man teaches his cat to use text messaging. Episode 3. Written by Shane Cyr. photo: Jake Kitchener guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue participate: Want to play? Join the … Continue reading

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Lou vs. Rick 1.2

2011-10-03 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.25) Lou vs. Rick. A man teaches his cat to use text messaging. Episode 2. Written by Shane Cyr. photo: Neil Mallett guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue participate: Want to play? Join the … Continue reading

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Lou vs. Rick 1.1

2011-09-30 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.40) Lou vs. Rick. A man teaches his cat to use text messaging. Episode 1. Written by Shane Cyr. photo: Mikko Luntiala guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue participate: Want to play? Join the … Continue reading

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Letter 1.3: A Bit Of A Shock

2011-09-23 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.51) Josie Henley-Einion of Casting Pods reads an imaginary letter from Thomas Jancis‘ granddaughter. photo: Allie Kenny participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: … Continue reading

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Letter 1.2: 15 Year Old Jenny

2011-09-19 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.23) Jenny Serwylo writes an imaginary letter from her 15 year old self. photo: James Vaughan participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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California, 1978

2011-09-16 :: Sage Tyrtle

(14.03) Sage tells a true story about her life in 1978 California. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Bat Eyes 1.1: You just don’t seem as bloodthirsty as usual.

2011-09-04 :: Sage Tyrtle

(23.17) Bat Eyes performs “The Bat” live on stage. This improv format takes place entirely in the dark, and the audience is encouraged to close their eyes. This performance includes Sage Tyrtle, Todd Tyrtle, Josef Addleman, Danella Milanovich, and Jason … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.18: It is the mysterious east, where the air is full of spices.

2011-09-02 :: Sage Tyrtle

(52.58) The Quirky Quiz 2.18. Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm proves that Americans DO SO know geography, Melissa Bartell of Escribition explains that pigeons are godless, Sage discovers that long blonde hair causes bad taste in movies, and Jancis … Continue reading

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Jack Layton

2011-08-26 :: Sage Tyrtle

(7.26) James LeVeque of Tomato Blue reads Jack Layton’s last letter to Canada. photo: Jackman Chiu participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Letter 1.1: Red Bike

2011-08-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.08) Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii reads an imaginary letter, written by Melissa Bartell of Escribition. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS … Continue reading

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$600 Rent

2011-08-12 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.21) Brian Brown of a Slice of Sci-Fi reads a real Toronto Craigslist post. Your rent is one dollar a month, and the move-in costs are $600 (fully refundable) and there’s just ooooooone catch… photo: Mr. T in DC participate: … Continue reading

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Summertime

2011-08-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.02) “Summertime”, by Michael Wriston of The Myth of Fingerprints Take heart, I haven’t deserted you. This summer has been INSANELY busy, real-life wise. Starting in September, I will have buckets and buckets of free time to devote to QN. … Continue reading

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Split Level Love (2/2)

2011-07-22 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.59) Part two (listen to part one) of Kate’s hilariously true story of suburban intrigue. “I move to this village, and I become friendly with a woman up the road. And she says to me – and at the time … Continue reading

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Split Level Love (1/2)

2011-07-21 :: Sage Tyrtle

(12.00) Part one of Kate’s hilariously true story of suburban intrigue. “I move to this village, and I become friendly with a woman up the road. And she says to me – and at the time it struck me as … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.17: We would have stayed in Mexico and started dealing Extra Strength Benedryl.

2011-07-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(41.38) The Quirky Quiz 2.17. Brian Brown of a Slice of Sci-Fi phones in from 1994. Melissa Bartell of Escribition will marry you, but only if you live in a different house. Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland … Continue reading

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Thorncliffe Park, 1983

2011-07-12 :: Sage Tyrtle

(29.43) When we moved to Canada, we landed in Thorncliffe Park. A vibrant neighbourhood filled with saris, skullcaps, hijabs, and laughing children. I talked to Faizel Karmali about growing up in this Highrise Village. participate: Want to play? Join the … Continue reading

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Voodoo Donuts

2011-07-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.12) Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii tells a true story. photo: Michael Hanscom participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Jaws 2

2011-07-04 :: Sage Tyrtle

(48.33) Put on your favourite polyester panstsuit, pop some popcorn and sit down next to me. We’re going to watch Jaws 2 today. photo: Benjamin Lehman participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to … Continue reading

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Target Catalog

2011-06-20 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.25) The 2009 Target Catalog, by Woes of a Barren Lesbo. Included with permission. guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, Andrew Ball of Between the Lines Studios, Cami Peacock of Nuurdy … Continue reading

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A Good Reason

2011-06-10 :: Sage Tyrtle

(19.20) This story begins: “I am nine years old. I am having a fight with my father’s girlfriend, Deborah, and I am saying: ‘You’re not my mother!’ and she is saying, ‘YOUR MOTHER is a SCHIZOPHRENIC and a LESBIAN.’ She’s … Continue reading

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Kleenex

2011-05-30 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.18) I asked for true stories. Jancis of Thomas Jancis on Twitter tells the story of how a misthought-out metaphor resulted in the loss of his religion. photo: Tom participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find … Continue reading

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Mrs. M

2011-05-02 :: Sage Tyrtle

Please note Every moment of my time is devoted right now to a huge storytelling event at the end of May. New episodes of QN will return the first Monday in June, PROMISE. (10.00) Josie Henley-Einion of Casting Pods tells … Continue reading

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Sendai

2011-04-18 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.53) Sendai is a city on the northeast cost of Japan, which was decimated by the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. This is a letter from a Canadian ex-pat living in Sendai. Read with permission. guests: Nikki Atkins … Continue reading

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Honest Ads 1.2: Brand Loyalty

2011-04-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.10) What would happen if advertisements were honest? Brand Loyalty. The new fragrance. guests: Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii, Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue music: “Sale” and “Particule” by Silence photo: Wil … Continue reading

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Honest Ads 1.1: Community

2011-04-10 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.22) The first in a new series of Honest Advertisements. “You like your community…” Tagline by the Seacowcoalition. Used under a Creative Commons license. guests: Shelly Brisbin of Shelly’s Podcast, Elizabeth Green Musselman of Missing Link, Nuchtchas of Nutty Bites, … Continue reading

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XKCD: 2009 Called

2011-04-04 :: Sage Tyrtle

(2.38) XKCD “2009 Called” by Randall Munroe. Used under a Creative Commons license. guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, Adam Gratrix of Transpondency, Andrew Ball of Between the Lines Studios participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.16: A Society of Concerned People Wearing Cardigans

2011-04-01 :: Sage Tyrtle

(47.27) The Quirky Quiz 2.16. Will McGree of The Contingency explains how to identify members of the Russian Mafia. Newcomer Chris Comerford of Mind’s Eye has to cross the ocean and several continents to find the right friend. And Kate … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Have Learned

2011-03-28 :: Sage Tyrtle

(7.24) “Ten things I’ve learned from temping as a receptionist at a reinsurance office” by Jess Grant. Read with permission. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. … Continue reading

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Interview: Romania

2011-03-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(28.58) In 1984, we were worrying about passing math and who to dance with at the school dance. Doina was living in communist Romania. I talked to her about her experiences. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group … Continue reading

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Road Sage

2011-03-21 :: Sage Tyrtle

(3.11) “Road Sage” by Rosscott of The System. Included with permission. You can find a print of this comic at HilariAwesome. guests: James LeVeque of Tomato Blue, Adam Gratrix of Transpondency, Justin Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii, Brand Gamblin … Continue reading

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In my next life…

2011-03-14 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.01) I overheard a man talking on the streetcar; and a Bufferin commercial from the year 1980. guests: John Grady (see actor reel) photo: Doug Wheller participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to … Continue reading

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She Must Be From Another Country

2011-03-11 :: Sage Tyrtle

(3.31) “They’ll Say She Must Be From Another Country” by Imtiaz Dharker. From the poetry collection “I Speak For the Devil“. Read with permission. music: “Fairy Tale for the Lonely” by Fri.Events Orchestra of Jamendo photo: Braden Gunem participate: Want … Continue reading

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Donut Farmer

2011-03-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.46) Francis Mole is a farmer who cares about his donuts. A PSA from the Donut Council. guests: Todd Tyrtle of The Long Ride East music: “River Went Dry” by Josh Woodward photo: Ari Moore participate: Want to play? Join … Continue reading

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Nine (or so) Ways to Celebrate the Centennial of Ronald Reagan

2011-02-28 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.53) Nine (or so) Ways To Celebrate the Centennial of Ronald Reagan by the Rude Pundit. Read with permission by Adam Gratrix of Transpondency. music: “Fairest of the Fair” by John Philip Sousa photo: Pesky Library and Robert M. Reyes … Continue reading

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1 Necklace, 13 Socialites, and a Very Stupid Idea.

2011-02-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.17) OMG people! It’s like Zipcar® meets Kiva! But for wealthy suburbanites! With nobody to look after them, this forgotten group has to look out for themselves… guests: Socialites: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ … Continue reading

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The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

2011-02-21 :: Sage Tyrtle

(18.41) Chapter one of the dystopian young adult book The Unidentified. Read with permission. photo: Flying Purple Monkeys participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS … Continue reading

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Marta

2011-01-14 :: Sage Tyrtle

(9.45) I’m twelve years old. I’m having the most tragic, Dickension childhood EVER. photo: Lobstar participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Pop Culture 1.1: Cradling Her Baby In Her Arms

2011-01-07 :: Sage Tyrtle

(15.05) Rita of Reading Mother talks about growing up in the Vietnam Era, while Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning tells us about the Cabbage Patch Riots of 1985. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find … Continue reading

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Making Conversation

2011-01-03 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.39) Awkward suits make conversation; and One Cello. Slightly Damaged. photo: Paolo. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Quirky Quiz 2.15: The King of the Squirrels

2010-12-31 :: Sage Tyrtle

(28.13) The Quirky Quiz. Season 2, episode 15. Will McGree of The Contingency has something terrible on his face. Laura Goodenough of Quourtesan is in her closet, wearing a pilot’s hat. Sage is easily baited. And Jancis of Thomas Jancis … Continue reading

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Childhood Walk: Small Green Island

2010-12-27 :: Sage Tyrtle

(11.40) I asked you to take us along on a childhood walk. Today we go to school with Josie Henley-Einion of Casting Pods in the quintessential English village. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy … Continue reading

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Eggs 1.5: I try not to let the parents know that I was an assassin.

2010-12-24 :: Sage Tyrtle

(26.32) Entirely improvised madness by Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, Melissa Bartell of All Things Girl, and Clay Robeson of Clay Robeson Creative. music: “Iron Shell” by Greendjohn of Jamendo photo: Cello Girl participate: Want to play? … Continue reading

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This Again

2010-12-20 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.07) “This Again” by Michael Wriston of The Myth of Fingerprints guests: Nuchtchas of Nutty Bites, Shelly Brisbin of Shelly’s Podcast, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, Valerie Hunter of Movies for the Blind music: “Hidden Sky” by … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Suburbia

2010-12-17 :: Sage Tyrtle

(22.31) A satirical interview with Stephen and Heather Suburbia. guests: Nikki Atkins and Justin Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii music: “Weather Opener” by Connum photo: Tom Beard participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy … Continue reading

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An American View

2010-12-13 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.30) What constitutes alcoholism; and “An American View” by Danny Drennan of Beirut Diary. Read with permission by Brand Gamblin of BrandG. guests: Valina Cutler, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue photo: Beth … Continue reading

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So Romantic

2010-12-10 :: Sage Tyrtle

(8.54) In 1990, I was eighteen. I’d only been kissed once. But I am a very practical person… photo: Brian Everett participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply … Continue reading

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Found 1.7: Suitcase

2010-12-06 :: Sage Tyrtle

(11.44) The final episode of Found, an improvised series based on a real Craigslist classified ad. Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm created and played Judy. Will McGree of The Contingency created and played Ben. photo: Jane Horton participate: Want … Continue reading

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Teetering

2010-12-03 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.48) I am teetering. music: “Toi et tes nuages” by Tabako Trio photo: Jam participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Found 1.6: Leap

2010-11-29 :: Sage Tyrtle

(7.09) The series Found is based on a real Toronto Craigslist lost and found classified ad. The series is entirely improvised. All the players have is the ad and each other. This is their creation. Found, episode 6. Will McGree … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.14: Encyclopedia Brown’s Bike

2010-11-26 :: Sage Tyrtle

(35.51) Quirky Quiz, season 2, episode 14. Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm wishes she’d sobbed her heart out for an extra second. Will McGree of The Contingency brings damning evidence to the police. Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning … Continue reading

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Found 1.5: Pedestal

2010-11-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(9.13) The series Found is based on a real Toronto Craigslist lost and found classified ad. The series is entirely improvised. All the players have is the ad and each other. This is their creation. Found, episode 5. Kymm Zuckert … Continue reading

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Shining

2010-11-19 :: Sage Tyrtle

(11.10) “Ten years ago, I was living the Suburban American Dream…” photo: Mike Tn participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Found 1.4: Quite the opposite, really.

2010-11-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(7.18) The series Found is based on a real Toronto Craigslist lost and found classified ad. The series is entirely improvised. All the players have is the ad and each other. This is their creation. Found, episode 4. Will McGree … Continue reading

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4 Voices: Life Change

2010-11-12 :: Sage Tyrtle

(23.10) I asked you to tell me about a decision that changed your life forever. guests: Levi Sauerbrei of Escape Clause Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii Rebekkah of Bowerbird Knits Alden Mahler Gwen Davie of the Audio Chick … Continue reading

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Found 1.3: Strawberry

2010-11-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(9.48) The series Found is based on a real Toronto Craigslist lost and found classified ad. The series is entirely improvised. All the players have is the ad and each other. This is their creation. Found, episode 3. Kymm Zuckert … Continue reading

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Eggs 1.4: You must say hello to the radiator.

2010-11-05 :: Sage Tyrtle

(37.53) Join Melissa Bartell of Escribition, Jancis of Thomas Jancis, and Will McGree of The Contingency for improvised madness. Eggs 1.5: You must say hello to the radiator. photo: Emillie Eagan participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group … Continue reading

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Found 1.2: That Coffee

2010-11-01 :: Sage Tyrtle

(8.06) The series Found is based on a real Toronto Craigslist lost and found classified ad. The series is entirely improvised. All the players have is the ad and each other. This is their creation. Found, episode 2. Will McGree … Continue reading

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Unshelled Peanut

2010-10-29 :: Sage Tyrtle

(9.32) “So my partner Todd and I decide that we’re mature enough and responsible enough to have a baby. We get pregnant right away, and I’m REALLY happy. For awhile. And then I notice that I don’t feel any kind … Continue reading

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Found 1.1: Found At Midnight

2010-10-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(8.18) In order to begin the show you’re about to hear, I asked the listeners to choose between two real Toronto Craigslist ads. Found is an entirely improvised series of episodes. All the players have is the ad itself. The … Continue reading

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Teen Cop

2010-10-22 :: Sage Tyrtle

(36.26) Come sit next to me on the couch. We’ll snark on an episode of The Equalizer. Remember The Equalizer? Crime drama? 1985? participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice … Continue reading

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XKCD: Tech Support

2010-10-20 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.40) XKCD “Tech Support” by Randall Munroe. Used under a Creative Commons license. guests: Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm, Andrew Ball of Between the Lines Studios, James LeVeque of Tomato Blue participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN … Continue reading

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God’s Extras: Scottish Lass

2010-10-18 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.47) Six million people live in Toronto. And yet, I see the same people all the time. Not in the same place, you understand. I see the woman with the giant beehive hairdo striding down Yonge Street one day, and … Continue reading

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Is your husband gay?

2010-10-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(11.54) So the Huffington Post linked to this article called “Is Your Husband Gay” on a website called Christwire. And it’s either evidence of how bugfuck insane the religious right has gotten, or how deep the gulf in understanding between … Continue reading

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Chicago 1967

2010-10-13 :: Sage Tyrtle

(7.45) Jacob Haller invites us to spend some time with his dad, in 1967 Chicago. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Operator

2010-10-09 :: Sage Tyrtle

(32.07) The adventures of a Relay Operator. Adapted from a true story by Laura-Louise Tobin. “I was transparent…” guests: Operator Nikki Atkins of Halau O’ Hula Hawaii Jessica Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland Ryan Adam Gratrix of … Continue reading

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Move to Africa

2010-10-06 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.11) Two surprising fifteen year old boys; and Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning explains what happened when her mother-in-law and father-in-law moved to Africa to save their marriage. photo: Michael Heiniger participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN … Continue reading

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Childhood Walk: Five Year Old Legs

2010-10-04 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.17) Todd Tyrtle of the Long Ride East talks about a mile-long walk he often took by himself, when he was five years old. Inspired by Ze Frank’s Childhood Walk. Used with permission. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook … Continue reading

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Gams

2010-09-22 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.22) I saw this ad on the subway. The ad is drawn in a 1950s style. There’s a woman standing in front of a cake display in a grocery store… guests: Brian Brown of a Slice of Sci-Fi participate: Want … Continue reading

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Slowly Spinning

2010-09-20 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.41) I am thinking about Peak Oil. (I think WAY too much about Peak Oil.) photo: Dan Tantrum participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.13: Look in this bag, it’s a head for you.

2010-09-17 :: Sage Tyrtle

(33.43) Quirky Quiz, season 2, episode 13. Clay Robeson of Clay Robeson Creative beats up his next door neighbour. Melissa Bartell of Escribition brings on a Farenheit 451-style apocalypse. Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland explains the politics … Continue reading

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They Don’t Grow Back

2010-09-15 :: Sage Tyrtle

(8.00) They don’t grow back; and Greta reaches through 24 years to remind me to pay attention to my life. photo: Dixie Lawrence participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice … Continue reading

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The Princess Who Saved Herself

2010-09-13 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.43) “The Princess Who Saved Herself” by Jonathan Coulton. Played with permission. From the album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti. Proceeds from this release will benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project and their long-standing work to help the people … Continue reading

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Interview: Annie Londonderry

2010-09-10 :: Sage Tyrtle

(25.57) “On June 25, 1894, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a young mother of three small children, stood before a crowd of 500 friends, family, suffragists and curious onlookers at the Massachusetts State House. Then, declaring she would circle the world, she … Continue reading

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A Day in Audio: Summer

2010-09-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(17.38) On Satuday, August 21, I asked you to record a piece of your day. A Day in Audio. From listeners all over the world. guests: Wales Josie Henley-Einion of Casting Pods: recorded between about 10.55 and 11.08 in the … Continue reading

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French Film

2010-09-06 :: Sage Tyrtle

(18.18) So Todd and I go to a movie theatre. We pay two dollars each, because this is the Bargain Basement VHS Vault. We have no idea what movie we’re going to see, beyond knowing that it came out in … Continue reading

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Drive Less

2010-08-25 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.56) “Drive Less”, by Maggie Koerth-Baker. Read with permission by Emily Lind. music: “Overture facile a la con” by La Goutte Au Nez participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice … Continue reading

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William Shatner

2010-08-23 :: Sage Tyrtle

(11.42) “My name is JAMES, not Bill.” guests: Valina Cutler, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, Brian Brown of a Slice of Sci-Fi photo: Sage Tyrtle participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy … Continue reading

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A Little High Strung

2010-08-20 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.22) Christine did “something” to your car; and Wanted: one rabbi versed in the dark Talmudic arts. guests: Paul Maki of Between the Lines Studios, Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group … Continue reading

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Revenge

2010-08-18 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.41) True stories of revenge from Nikki Atkins, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, and Melissa Bartell of Escribition. photo: Wayne Silver participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. … Continue reading

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Mister Rogers-Smythe

2010-08-16 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.03) Hallo, little kiddies. It’s time for Mister Roger-Smythe’s neighbourhood. Today we’re going to talk about feelings. Feelings are important. There are good feelings, and there are bad feelings. Like when you see a picture of the Queen. Or when … Continue reading

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Eggs 1.3: Let Me Put On My Dress

2010-08-13 :: Sage Tyrtle

(23.59) Eggs 1.3, improvised madness with Eleanor Wroblowski, Melissa Bartell of All Things Girl, Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm. photo: Dan Delgado participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice … Continue reading

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Lobster Shorts

2010-08-11 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.55) You have lobster shorts!; and “First World Problem” by MC Frontalot guests: James LeVeque of Tomato Blue and Valina Cutler participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply … Continue reading

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Country Mouse

2010-08-08 :: Sage Tyrtle

(6.01) So there’s this little video making the rounds. It’s a parody of the late night tv ads which feature a woman writhing around on a couch… guests: Nuchtchas of Nimlas, Valerie Hunter of Movies for the Blind, Elizabeth Green … Continue reading

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The Art of Boot and Shoemaking

2010-07-23 :: Sage Tyrtle

(1 hour, 5 minutes) I was emptying my paper scraps into the big Ivory Tower recycling bin when I saw this sheaf of blue lined paper, scrawled handwriting covering page after page. A diary. This man’s diary, right there, waiting … Continue reading

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14 Grand

2010-07-19 :: Sage Tyrtle

(5.56) What would you do with fourteen grand?; and Sunday in the park with FIFA. guests: John Meadows of On the Log music: “Let Me Talk, Carol” by Josh Woodward photo: Alan Bruce participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook … Continue reading

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O Canada

2010-07-19 :: Sage Tyrtle

(23.57) Daniel Goldbloom attended the G20 protests in Toronto as an observer, and I talked to him about his experiences. photo: Jackson Chiu participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice … Continue reading

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Quirky Quiz 2.12: I was having a BABY.

2010-07-16 :: Sage Tyrtle

(51.18) The Quirky Quiz. Season 2, game 12. Shelly Brisbin of Shelly’s Podcast is in a shiny green jacket waving her arms around while she fixes Texas. Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning won’t admit it, but lives in one … Continue reading

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Yeah, but it goes BOOM!

2010-07-07 :: Sage Tyrtle

(13.43) “Yeah, but it goes BOOM!” by Simon Heywood of Simon Says. Read with permission by Will McGree of Unbeknownst to Many. “The Coalition government yesterday embarked on a savage round of public service cuts by blowing twenty billion desperately … Continue reading

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I’m free!

2010-07-05 :: Sage Tyrtle

(4.22) Remember that video for the 1984 Kenny Loggins song “I’m Free”? Yeah, I didn’t either. It’s freaking CREEPY. photo: Joe Lodge participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors … Continue reading

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Wedding Invitation

2010-06-30 :: Sage Tyrtle

(3.24) I’m not much for ceremony. And I don’t really get the whole wedding thing. It just seems like a lot of silly pomp and circumstance to me. But this? This is a wedding I’d TOTALLY attend. guests: Kymm Zuckert … Continue reading

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It Was Animal

2010-06-28

(6.17) That play last night? WELL I’LL TELL YOU; and Nikki Atkins tells the Goose Story. guests: Nuchtchas of Nimlas, Clay Robeson of Clay Robeson Creative photo: Krista van der Voorden participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group … C…

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Cherry Beach

2010-06-25

(6.09) So I’m at Cherry Beach with my friends and all our kids. Well. “Beach”. It’s some sand on the edge of Lake Ontario. It’s too hot. I am sticky and crabby and more than ready to go home. But … Continue reading U…

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Park Slope

2010-06-23

(3.26) “Hello! Won’t you join us? Please meet my children, Phinneas and Calliope. We were just enjoying a delicious picnic of halal tabuleh and fair-trade salsa while listening to a little live Raga…” Park Slope, by Transnational B…

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BP Cares

2010-06-21

(12.20) After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP started a PR campaign via Twitter. (Ahem. Kind of. Possibly, the Evil Liberals are behind it. Hee.) Read with permission from Street Giant. BP cares. guests: Kymm Zuckert of … Continue reading &#…

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Eggs 1.2: I have a sword. It is big.

2010-06-18

(31.06) The second episode of Eggs. Everything you are about to hear was made up on the spot. Melissa Bartell of All Things Girl is plagued by snakes, Thomas Jancis is sheathing his sword, and Tim Ralphs of the Story … Continue reading →…

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Except Moralis

2010-06-16

(8.08) So I start taking improv classes. I love the classes. I LOVE them. Even though I’m the oldest student by far, I LOVE the classes. The first and second time goes really well. And then: the third class begins. … Continue reading →…

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Of course, they were asking for it.

2010-06-14

(5.05) “Of course, they were asking for it.” By Mark Steel. Read with permission by Will McGree of Unbeknownst to Many. photo: Scrappy Annie participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. … Continue r…

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7 Voices: Ten Years

2010-05-26

(31.37) What were YOU doing ten years ago? guests: Josie, Marisa, Ruth, Regina, Jacob, Jessie, Todd. Voices: Brian Brown of a Slice of Sci-Fi, Athena Muze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland, Kate Southey of Knitting Not Drowning, Melissa Bartell ̷…

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Tea Party PSA by D.C. Douglas

2010-05-24

(5.35) Tea Party PSA by D.C. Douglas. photo: Wikipedia participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Dear Thief…

2010-05-19

(6.53) Craigslist offers free online classified ads. Like this one: “Last night you stole two of my cameras outside Angelica’s Kitchen on 2nd Avenue and 12th street. I figured you’d try to sell them here, unless thieves are photo enthusi…

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Strong, but not TOO strong.

2010-05-17

(3.46) A devoted cyclist extols the virtues of driving a car; and a superhero needs you. I mean, REALLY needs you. guests: James LeVeque of Tomato Blue, John Doyle of John Doyle Poems photo: Karla K participate: Want to play? … Continue reading U…

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Dreaming of You

2010-05-14

(4.46) There’s no hiding from snarkiness, in MY life. participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways to join in. Voice actors apply here. iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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4 Voices: 1986

2010-05-12

(19.07) What were YOU doing, in the year 1986? guests: Jaana read by Leighanne of Sound Tsunami, Kim read by SVallie, Sharon read by Valina Cutler, and Psuke. photo: Rock Portrait Photography iTunes RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/quirkynomads…

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Eggs 1.1: Circus Related Fracas

2010-04-30

(33.56) You are about to hear the very first episode of Eggs, filled with on the spot improvisation and silly games. Kymm Zuckert of the Mighty Kymm stands up for the unloved, Tim Coyne of The Hollywood Podcast would like … Continue reading →…

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Sweet Things

2010-04-28

(5.07) Welcome to the year 1983; and “Sweet Things” by Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. Included with permission. guests: Adam Gratrix of Transpondency, Will McGree of Unbeknownst to Many, Shelly Brisbin of Shelly’s Podcast photo: Property #1…

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My Sister’s Golden Hair

2010-04-26

(9.00) My Sister’s Golden Hair, by Roya. From the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, read by Brand Gamblin with permission. Please take the time to visit the Afghan Women’s Writing Project to leave a comment for this author. The authors wor…

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Did You Know 1.2: Toddlers With Axes

2010-04-23

(13.32) Did you know that in the aftermath of World War Two, the Allies decided to divide Korea in half? Without asking permission? guests: Gwen Davie of The Audio Chick With Sticks, Bruce Campbell of Co-Star Media, Marceli of Whole … Continue readi…

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Bad Service

2010-04-22

(14.09) I TOLE YOU, I WANT THE APPETIZER FIRST. guests: John Grady was the Soup Man. (Check back tomorrow for the complete cast list.) photo: Northwest Picture Maker participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy … Continue readi…

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That Drew Barrymore Movie

2010-04-19

(6.25) Jessica saves you from your bad ideas; and a Click. guests: Valerie Hunter of Movies for the Blind, Chris Hvidsten of Outcast photo: San Diego Shooter participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find easy ways … Continue reading…

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How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood

2010-04-14

(8.18) “How a fish almost destroyed my childhood” by Allie Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half. Included with permission. guests: Allie AthenaMuze of Upsidedown and Halfway to Happyland Dad Paul Maki of Between the Lines Studios Fisherman Chris Hvid…

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Oh, for the LOVE of… (part 2)

2010-04-12

(39.19) This is Part 2 of “Oh, for the LOVE of…” and none of it will make any sense unless you’ve already listened to Part 1. I am about to launch into a very snarky recap of a Lifetime tv … Continue reading →…

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Oh, for the LOVE of… (part 1)

2010-04-09

(32.51) I am about to launch into a very snarky recap of a Lifetime tv movie about anorexia. If you think you might be offended, please don’t listen. No, I mean it. I will make fun of the spoiled, rich, … Continue reading →…

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Menschenfeind

2010-04-04

(10.26) Selections from Town Council’s Twitter feed. Darkly funny ruminations on life in Toronto. Read by Adam Gratrix of Transpondency with permission. music: “It’s a Sad and Beautiful World” by Negativity of Jamendo photo: Tracer…

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Did You Know 1.1: The Great Rebellion

2010-03-31

(8.19) Did you know that by 1857 England was ruling large swathes of India, not as a colony, but via the corporation of the East India Company? photo: Wikipedia participate: Want to play? Join the Facebook QN Group to find … Continue reading →…

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