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Getting Shot

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The true story of an inconvenient episode. …

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A Wake for the Seanachai — March 24th 9PM EST

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9 PM EST http://www.stickam.com/patrickemclean So, I’m driving home one night and I get shot. Twice with one bullet, actually. It’s not a joke, it’s a true story. And like all true stories that don’t end in death, it is ultimately a comedy. On …

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The 14 Eskimo Names for Snow

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So I heard that the Eskimo have fourteen different words to describe snow. Seemed like this was worth looking into. I heard that the Eskimos have 14 different words for snow. And since snow has been much on my mind of late, I thought I would go find out. …

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The Toughest Trees Ever

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They were lurking right under my nose. Complete script available at patrickemclean.com …

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The Vampire in My Face Pt. II

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The worst monsters are the ones who believe they have your best interest at heart. …

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The Vampire in My Face Pt. I

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Everybody knows that Vampires can’t die. So why am I surprised that he’s back? …

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The Vampire Remastered

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In this case, the past genuinely is prologue. …

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Cinco De Harwood

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It’s my new favorite holiday. …

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Azizullah’s Vault

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How do you rob the safest bank in the world? Episode Script Azizulluah’s Vault INTRO: The world is large. And it’s interconnected in ways we can’t even imagine. Ties of technology, community, culture — boggles the mind in this dig…

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How to Succeed in Evil Novel Announcement

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After a fair amount of ado, How to Succeed in Evil: the Novel goes live on March 16th on succeedinevil.com and podiobooks.com. …

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3 AM and writing

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Working myself up to a frenzy writing many, many Seanachai episodes. EPISODE SCRIPT: It’s 3 AM and I’m writing I am so pregnant with ideas that I can no longer sleep through the night. This is awkward, painful and — given that I have no…

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The HenryMan List

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A little advice for my little nephew. Episode Script So, I have a nephew. And since I did such a wonderful birth announcement for my niece, it seems only fair that I do the same for little Henry. And, as the second child, I know he’s not going to…

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Sabotage

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Am I throwing a wooden shoe in my own works? Episode Script sabotage |ˈsabəˌtä zh | verb [ trans. ] to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct There is a story about this word, that it came to be used in conjunction with labor disputes. It…

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Shooting an Elephant

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The classic essay by George Orwell   EPISODE SCRIPT Shooting an Elephant In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people ñ the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me. I was sub-divisional poli…

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Floor Piranha

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In which we learn of the elusive pilemongrulous chompficampherous. Episode Script PATRICK– Cryptozoologist. If you’re like me, that sounds like somebody who uses animals to transmit coded messages. The kind of a guy who hides the UPC code for …

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A Defense of Writing Longhand

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Is technology really my friend? Or is it just pretending to be my friend so it can date my sister. EPISODE SCRIPT: A Defense  of Writing Longhand I like technology. A lot. But I’m not too sure how technology feels about me. It may be my faithful fr…

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Pinflation

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In which, pinball might help us get a handle on a complicated subject. The Crash Course by Chris Martenson http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse EPISODE SCRIPT: Pinball is a great game. There’s something about playing a game where the opera…

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Flinchy and the Mexican Show Truck, Part IV

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In which Democracy is vindicated and our story concludes. with PG Holyfield and Tee Morris EPISODE SCRIPT   So we were trapped inside a Mexican restaurant, held captive by a vengeful Mayan God of Truck (truck horn playing La Cucaracha) or Thunder (boomin…

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Flinchy and the Mexican Show Truck, Part 3

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In which the plot thickens, the story continues and the margaritas blend. Featuring P.G. Holyfield and Tee Morris EPISODE SCRIPT:    SFX: Truck circling, deGuello playing.  So we were in a bad spot. We were trapped in Mexican restuarant. Outside, forc…

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A Podcast for the Winter Solstice

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The darkest day of the year. EPISODE SCRIPT: Today is the winter solstice. That means, in this hemisphere, it’s the day we get the fewest hours of sunlight. It’s the darkest day of the year. It’s an observation that fits the times doesn&…

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Flinchy and the Mexican Show Truck, Part 2

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In which the plot thickens, Tee Morris joins the story as Flinchy, and the scintillating P.G. Holyfield endures. Gracious guest appearance by Liza Holyfield. EPISODE SCRIPT: So, where were we? PG — 2nd hole. And you were racing down the fairway wit…

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Flinchy and the Mexican Show Truck, Part 1

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A strange golf-related saga begins. featuring the dead-pan artistry of P. G. Holyfield of Murder at Avedon Hill EPISODE SCRIPT So, I’ve playing golf with PG Holyfield. A few rounds here and there, we even played in a tournament. It’s been gr…

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Fun with the Bird

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It’s that most Turkey-filled time of the year. EPISODE SCRIPT: It should be obvious to anyone who’s listen to this podcast that books have an effect on me. I’m very sensitive to words — and more importantly. To the spaces between words. Y…

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A Cracker After All

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In which epithets are hurled at me from a powerchair EPISODE SCRIPT I am not a current events kind of guy. Cause When you get right down to it the news cycle is filled with nonsense and noise. For example, a recent item of note in the news cycle was a st…

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Actually, Absolutely

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The poor man had been over-run. By gibberish. EPISODE SCRIPT: So I’m walking down the street. Enjoying the ambiance of the world’s greatest city – New York. Listening to the things that you can only hear while walking down a sidewalk in…

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I Voted?

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And soon the craziness will be behind us. EPISODE SCRIPT: SFX: Guy going crazy Do those crazy guy who walk down the street cursing to themselves — yelling and scaring everybody — do they think they’re the voice of reason? That they’re th…

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Halloween

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This year Halloween just isn’t that scary. EPISODE SCRIPT INTRO: You’re listening to a special Halloween Episode of Patrick McLean’s the Seanachai So it’s Halloween. All Saint’s Day. Samhain. (Spelled Sow an. Thankfully I don’t mispronoun…

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Laughing File Cabinet

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My new filing cabinet is mocking me. EPISODE SCRIPT: My new filing cabinet is laughing at me. No kidding, Every time I touch it, it makes this sound. Sure, it’s quiet — but it’s there. And it’s mocking me. It’s a large, fiv…

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A Conversation with a Friend

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So I hashed through some of the issues around the Seanachai with a friend of mind, Brandon Uttley. He ejected himself from a company he founded because he wasn’t satisfied with where it was going. He a good guy and a good guy to talk with. If you’re i…

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The Re-Beginning

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Everything has a beginning. But there are precious few re-beginnings. EPISODE SCRIPT: So I’ve wrestled with the best way to relaunch the Seanachai. Because I’m in a very different place with this than I was the first time around. The first t…

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On My Way Back

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Let this serve as notice. The Seanachai returns in a big way on October 15th. Things have been a little hairy over the last year. And now (just as the rest of the world seems to be going to hell) my life is settling down. I’ve been busting my hump d…

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Always, always the Truth

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The foundation for your trust. …

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The Old Dog

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I’m taking care of my parents dog. She’s 98 years old, and consequently, a little set in her ways. She’s a mutt, maybe chow crossed with Shepard, but who really knows? Her nose is wet. Her tongue hangs out. My dad bought her for five buc…

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Dried Cherries

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Love is weird. Love is weird. I’m not talking about the kind of love marketers shove down your throat every Valentine’s day. I mean the real day to day act of showing someone that you care. For example, every time I go home, my mother sends …

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Headcold

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What happened? Where did two months go? And where’s my decongestant? …

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A Road Trip

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Complete with beef jerky and those odd stories that only come out when you spend a lot of time in a car. …

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Scott of the Antarctic

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I go looking for an analogy and discover a very moving story. You can read Scott’s complete diary online here: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/11579 Episode text: Well, I’ve picked a an entry for the public radio talent quest. I went with the …

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How to Succeed in Evil – El Justiador Part II

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The inexplicable march of El Justiador marches on. Episode Script To suggest to you that Topper was a great respecter of traffic laws – Yield, I’m not yielding to these assholes! SFX: SCREECH, CAR HORN well, yeah, there you go. With Topper,…

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How to Succeed in Evil – El Justiador Part I

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This is qualifies as prequel territory. As the characters have been evolving (and as I’ve been developing ‘Evil for television) I have discovered that the sweet spot of the story is Edwin as a consultant. There’s just no end of fun to be had pitting…

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Holy NPR!

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A chance to have a radio show on public radio? Geeze, wonder if that’s a good match? Let me know which two-minute segment you like in the comments. (Or which two minutes I forgot to put in the running.) …

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Yeah, yeah — but who’s flying the plane?

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If you agree with a nut, does that make you a nut? Episode Script So, I’ve been teaching a class on writing. It’s called good words (right order) and it’s designed to help professionals with their writing. It’s not really about gra…

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St. Patrick’s Day (again)

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By (semi)popular demand, the St. Patrick’s day episode. …

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A Good Morning

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What on earth am I doing waking up at 5:00 am? technorati tags:Patrick E. McLean, Seanachai, TheSeanachai, podcast, Carl Sandburg, GoodMorning, A.M., wake up …

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St. Valentine’s Day?

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day. No, not that Valentine. The other one. technorati tags:Patrick E. McLean, The Seanachai Podcast, St. Valentine’s Day …

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Better odds than a bullet

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The often overlooked power of comedy …

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Rerun – the War with Santa Part IV

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The conclusion. And to try and avoid the inevitable confusion, the Seanachai will indeed go on. Merry Christmas!!! …

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Rerun – The War with Santa Pt. III

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I’m so glad this Christmas is less stressful. Last year this time… whoo boy. Just listen. technorati tags:PatrickEMcLean, Seanachai, war with santa, badass …

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Rerun – The War with Santa pt II

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As the X-mas bears down on us like a frieght train, the tale continues technorati tags:PatrickEMcLean, The War with Santa, Seanachai, The Seanachai Podcast …

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Holiday Rerun – The War with Santa

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So Christmas is the time for retelling classic tales. And this is one of my favorite Seanachai pieces. The War with Santa in four parts. It still makes me laugh. technorati tags:the war with Santa, Patrick E. McLean, theseanachai, Christmas …

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V for Victory

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Another part of history they skipped over in school. technorati tags:Seanachai, VforVictory, Storytelling, WWII, FakeHistory, VideoPodcast, Patrick E. McLean …

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The Vampire in My Attic (video)

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It’s not like this idea was going to die. It’s about a vampire after all. technorati tags:Patrick E. McLean, Vampire, Attic, Vampire in My Attic, Seanachai, Storytelling …

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How to Succeed in Evil #12

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Length: 6s

Topper takes Control. …

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Nazi Car Trouble

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In which I find a likely scapegoat for my problems. …

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Rock, Paper, Scissors

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How could you forget Ulan Bator – 1965? (a tip of the hat to Michael Stackpole and Mykel [last name unknown] for the conversation that led to this episode.) …

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How to Succeed in Evil #11

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Edwin settles the accounts and slips away. …

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Blame Abraham

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Maybe current events are nothing more than ancient events with better TV coverage? (proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to the International Red Cross) …

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Three Stories

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The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, and, after much ado, a t-shirt for sale. (Click on the t-shirt and you can own it.) …

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How to Succeed in Evil – Cheap Labor pt. III

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Edwin makes a deal with the VP. And www.succeedinevil.com is now up! …

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How To Succeed in Evil – Cheap Labor pt. II

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All they want to do is eat your brains. They’re not unreasonable. (featuring songs by Jonathan Coulton and The Flavor Foundation) …

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How To Succeed in Evil – Cheap Labor pt. I

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Cheaper even than hiring illegal aliens. The music in this episode is by The Flavor Foundation. Available at http://www.theflavorfoundation.com and in the iTunes music store. …

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A Change in Orbit

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Copernicus was wrong. …

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Outsourcing a Chicken

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There are many reasons the kitchen might be slow. …

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New Site, Patron Saint and Rebroadcast

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Hallelujah, it is done. It is Easter and the Seanachai has officially risen from the dead. We’ve got a new look and a new feel and a spiffy new backend that makes putting out the podcast much, much easier. We’ll also be leaving the comment spa…

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How I Got My Voice Back, Part II

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Don’t tell them it ended like this. Tell them I said something. …

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The Day After

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From the wreckage of the day after St. Patrick’s Day. …

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How I Got My Voice Back, Part I

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Wondering why there hasn’t been an episode recently? …

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MLK Commentary

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A commentary on one of the great speeches of the 20th Century …

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There’s no such thing as Santa

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I discover an interesting fact. …

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The War with Santa, Part IV

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This podcasting business is no good …

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The War with Santa, Part III

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Come they told me pa rum pa pum pum. …

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The War with Santa, Part II

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Twas a night before Christmas …

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The War with Santa, Part I

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Nevermind the war on Christmas – I’m in trouble here. …

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A Talk with Tony

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An interview with Tony Khan of Morning Stories. …

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Autumn Day

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A few thoughts for Thanksgiving. …

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Lather, rinse, repeat.

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The secret of coming up with ideas. …

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How to Succeed in Evil #10

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Betrayal! …

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A Cask of Amontillado

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In honor of Halloween, a retelling of the classic Edgar Allen Poe story. …

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The Instant of Eternity

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You’ve already listened/are listening/will listen/used to listen/have never listened to this. …

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Good-Hearted Hospitable Creature

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The heat of August and the cooling of age. …

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The Redneck Expeditionary Force

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The game that hijacked my life. …

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Tearing up the Street

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A catch-all episode. Hurricanes, street repair, even a bit about the author. …

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3rd Place

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The obsolete salesman. …

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Faith

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There’s no snappy tagline for this episode. It’s not that kind of thing. …

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Death of a Dishwasher, Part IV

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Nickels, the hero. …

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Death of a Dishwasher, Part III

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The body, discovered. …

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A perfect day

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This should be a perfect day, but I’m finding it very hard to write. …

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How to Succeed in Evil #9

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So they’ll know. …

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Better Days

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The hard drive wasn’t the low point. …

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A Scary Story

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The full-fathomed death rattle of a 60 gig drive. …

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Shameless Self Promotion

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Nothing but promos this week. …

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How to Succeed in Evil #8

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A contingency plan for Topper. …

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Death of a Dishwasher, Part II

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A pep talk for the dead. …

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Death of a Dishwasher, Part I

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Every man dies. But not every man works as a dishwasher. …

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How to Succeed in Evil #7

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The Henchman’s Molars. …

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Truth is

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A good excuse is, in fact, a good story. …

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The Han Solo Theory

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What if Han was one of us? …

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Driver’s Re-Education, Part II

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The fall of Fishbinder. A lot of thinking to write my way out of a corner this time. I suppose that’s good practice. (Building character and all that.) I was trying to update Greek tragedy. I don’t think it succeeded, but here’s what I w…

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Driver’s Re-Education, Part I

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Can’t drive 55? You’re not alone. …

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A Poll in the Field

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So the Seanachai has been rolling for about 22 episodes now. It’s certainly not the Hoover dam, but as I look back, it’s no small accomplishment. www.goodwordsrightorder.com is going to get 80k hits this month. A number of people have been gen…

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Mabku 31-A

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Mobile Army Burger King Unit. …

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Bright Lights, Part II

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Seriously, what kind of man shoots a guitar? …

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Bright Lights, Part I

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What kind of man shoots a guitar? …

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How to Succeed in Evil #6

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Edwin vs. the FBI …

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My Brutal Drunken Uncle

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What can I do, he’s family? …

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How to Succeed in Evil #5

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What will Edwin do with the Cromoglodon? …

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A Wolf in the Park

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Your fear is as real as you make it. …

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A little housekeeping

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Epic poet or fisherman? …

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How to Succeed in Evil #4

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The Cromoglodon Falls. …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s effect on the Irish and the world. …

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Death in B Flat

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How come you never see a thin guy playing the tuba? This is an attempt to write an entire story around the line, easy buddy, keep your Tuba on. We’re just talking here. The conventions of the detective story are so ingrained in our culture, it seem…

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How to Succeed in Evil #3

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Edwin has a change of heart. …

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A Shooting in a Mall

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When he puilled the trigger, it was love. This was inspired by a mall shooting that took place in New York. Guy walks into the mall with an AK-47 and opens fire. For all his shooting he only actually hits two people. This is a man who is not serious abou…

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How to Succeed in Evil #2

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Introducing the somewhat less-than-sinister Dr. Loeb. …

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Candy

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But then, there’s Candy. This is a completely true story. The names haven’t been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty or the kimchi. It’s amazing the effect giving someone a piece of candy will have on them. Try this. The next tim…

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How to Succeed in Evil #1

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A Thursday without Golf. I’ll level with you. This is a comic book idea. Only I can’t draw, so here it is. It’s also a nice way for someone who works in a consulting capacity ( me ) to take out some frustrations on the world. It’s…

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A Very Slow Getaway

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A nickel here, a nickel there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money. Another story culled from the newsfeed. An accurate new story, but one that misses the truth. If you read it, you know what happened. Foul play indeed. The guy stole 3.6 mi…

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The Queen of Spades

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Beware of Gypsy Women who play cards. …

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How I gave up Roulette

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Some things shouldn’t be left to chance. God as my witness, I still don’t know how I feel about this story. It all involves calculations that are alien to me. Trading in lives and the uncertainty surrounding war. I don’t actually consider i…

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A Round on Werner

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What’s a disagreement among friends? Or was it physicists? …

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The King of the Lendu

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The darker joys of politics. …

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The Vampire in the Attic

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Bad monster, worse music …

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