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Secrets of New York is a podcast about New York City’s secrets, like how does a water tower work? Why does steam come out of the ground? Do alligators live in the subway? We impart our knowledge, interview experts, and in many cases, literally go behind the scenes. Hosted by Michelle Young, founder of Untapped New York.
 
Pork Fried Dice is an actual-play Dungeons and Dragons podcast where we try to tell a compelling story, but have fun doing it. That is to say, we take the story seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Our goal is to have a show where our listeners feel like they are at the table with us. We are a roleplay-heavy podcast, because we like character interaction, but we’re also a group of people that make crude jokes, anachronistic references, and godawful (or clever, if you’re into ...
 
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Angela Carter was one of the most acclaimed British novelists of the post-war period. She spent the 1960s living in Clifton amidst a flourishing 'provincial bohemia' of folk clubs, artists and radical politics. I met with Dr. Stephen E. Hunt to discuss his work on Angela Carter and the counterculture in 1960s and 1970s Bristol and Bath, in which he…
 
Thank you Express VPN for sponsoring this episode of Poorly Educated! Secure yourself online by visiting ExpressVPN.com/Smart and get an extra 3 months free! In this episode, we explore dangerous, ungrounded hypotheticals all the while taking a deeper dive into just how much has changed in the last 100 or so years. Enjoy.…
 
Who doesn't love the New York City water tower? This episode of Secrets of New York, hosted by Michelle Young, founder of Untapped New York, is an exploration of how water towers work and why New Yorkers find them so endearing. Guests include artist Tom Fruin, who makes those amazing glass water tower sculptures, Larry Hoffman, a New Yorker who spe…
 
Well, episode description readers, it's about 5pm on Sunday afternoon - the sun has set and the light is fading from the cold January sky. The episode file is exporting to my external hard drive, and I'm about to upload it to our hosting service. Since I have a free moment, I'll take this time to let you know that my upper back is kinda sore. Not t…
 
Well, today's date gives me nothing to work with - it's not a holiday, it's not a new year, it isn't a PFD anniversary. What the fuck, calendar? I think I need to see other date managing systems. The Aztec calendar is pretty hot...mmm, check out that xiuhpōhualli - though if I'm honest, I'm more of a tōnalpōhualli man myself. Also, January sucks. J…
 
And we've done it, good people of Earth (and beyond - we're broadcasting this podcast into space! [Or would it be podcasting this broadcast into space? Or maybe spacecasting this broadcast into pod? Yeah, probably that one.])! It's our fourth anniversary! Woo hoo! So what's the traditional fourth anniversary gift? Apparently in the United States it…
 
A new year is almost upon us, dear Episode Description Readers, a time for reflecting on the past as well as looking ahead towards the future. For your task this week, let us know at our electronic bolthole (https://discord.gg/FPNQfsW) what you're looking forward to in the upcoming year - bonus points if it's PFD related!…
 
As of the writing of this episode description, there are only 5 more sleeps until Christmas, our family's winter holiday of choice. I find myself in the gift-giving spirit, and so am wondering what kind of holiday gifts would you think would best suit our game's characters? I know I'd be too intimidated to try to give Raphina new socks - where woul…
 
On Thursday 3 April 1817, in the village of Almondsbury just outside of Bristol, a strangely dressed young woman began attracting the attention of local villagers. In the weeks and months that followed she became a figure of national renown: but was this lady 'Caraboo' really the exotic princess that she claimed to be? I spoke with author Catherine…
 
Greetings, Episode Description Readers! Things are going gangbusters, both at our secret hideaway at https://discord.gg/FPNQfsW as well as on the excellent Pork Fried Dice wiki at https://pork-fried-dice.fandom.com/wiki/Pork_Fried_Dice_Wiki! This week, it's time for another photographic adventure. Share an image of a piece of furniture in the real …
 
Did you know mail used to be sent underground in New York City and other U.S. cities? Imagine an underground world where mail was zipping around in tubes beneath the incredibly crowded and busy New York City streets. That’s what was happening for over half a century 4 to 6 feet below street level. In this episode, host Michelle Young, the founder o…
 
Have you ever looked at a tree and thought, hey, trees are crazy. Look how big they are, and they're just alive and sitting there. No eyes, no ears, no senses at all, but so...present. Have you ever thought that? Well they've thought that about you, and they're out to get you! Hunker down over at https://discord.gg/FPNQfsW and describe your ultimat…
 
Episode 200, you guys! We did it! That's a lot of content. I don't know if I've ever done 200 of anything before. Have you? Tell us something you've done 200 of over at https://discord.gg/FPNQfsW - and hey, if you haven't done 200 of something, tell us something you'd LIKE to do 200 of, ok?By Pork Fried Dice
 
Holy shit - we’ve got some amazing Episode Description Readers out there! If you haven’t yet, please take a look at our quickly developing wiki at pork-fried-dice.fandom.com. It’s mind-blowing the detail and effort being put into the site, and it’s coming along great! And while working on that will continue to be an ongoing task for some time, this…
 
Thank you to Hello Fresh for supporting this week's episode. Go to HelloFresh.com/Smart90 and use codeSmart90 to get a total of $90 off your first month, including free shipping on your first box. Additional restrictions apply, please visit HelloFresh.com for more details. In this episode, we discuss business mints, how to pronounce the combination…
 
Howdy, EDRs! I’m pleased to report that the Pork Fried Dice wiki is coming along quite smoothly, thanks to your wonderful efforts. In case anyone reading this doesn’t know what I’m talking about, please head over to www.pork-fried-dice.fandom.com and take it all in. Heck, even throw in some wiki editing yourself! Anyway, we still need a task for th…
 
EDRs! I have another task for you this week! Now this may seem strange, as it may appear to be an actual task instead of some random thing I come up with that has little to no meaning and is largely inane, but don't be alarmed. If you've been in our internet treehouse recently, you'll see that we have the beginnings of a new wiki! That's right - vi…
 
At the end of the eighteenth century, 'pneumatic' (gas) chemistry was at the forefront of scientific knowledge. In 1799 the remarkable physician Thomas Beddoes opened the Pneumatic Institute in Hotwells and set about finding a cure for tuberculosis using gasses isolated from air. I spoke with author and cultural historian Mike Jay to discuss the wo…
 
So you're clearly a dedicated Episode Description Reader at this point. That much is clear. But just HOW dedicated? This week, your task is to design a Pork Fried Dice tattoo. Sketch up your best rendition, and share it with us in our hideaway, including where you think it would best go on your body. Also, feel free to guess what NEXT week's task w…
 
In this episode, we accidentally record for like and hour and forty minutes about nonsense, and sense too if you think about it. Anyways this is the first episode we have felt pretty good about recording since we all moved in together and I’m pretty excited for everyone to hear it. Hope everyone has been doing well. Enjoy.…
 
Batthwack's the fruit, eh? Oh dear, Episode Description Readers, you know that can only mean one thing. It's time to assign each of your beloved PFD characters a fruit that best represents them. AND BEFORE YOU ASK, yes, tomatoes count. Let us know in our digital sanctum santorum in whatever amount of detail you like - you can just list them off, yo…
 
Last week was a bit of a break for you veteran EDRs. This week, however, it's going to get SUPER TOUGH! I'm going to be as tough as you as I am on my players. Get ready to see the ruthless side of me. I need you to head to HQ and post a photo of your pet(s). If you don't have a pet, then you must post a photo of the pet you'd love to have. And if y…
 
Thank you to Hello Fresh for supporting this week's episode. Go to HelloFresh.com/80smart and use code 80smart to get a total of $80 off your first month, including free shipping on your first box. Additional restrictions apply, please visit HelloFresh.com for more details. In this episode, we invent a cookie, and discuss the infinite baby theory. …
 
So it's been about two months since the founding of our snobbish, elitist, supercilious faction - can you believe it's been so long? Anyway, I thought it would be a good time to potentially bring more members into the fold. And if you're reading this and have no idea what I'm tallking about, don't worry - you're already eligible. Just visit https:/…
 
It's a new season! The autumnal equinox has arrived here in the northern hemisphere, while our friends in the southern half of the globe are busy celebrating the vernal equinox, which is primariliy focused on lauding the waxy/cheese-like white substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies. I'm also writing as the 2020 Emmy Awards are hap…
 
It's time! Yes it's time! For another Episode Description reader task! I hope you're imagining music behind these words, because that's how I'm writing it! This week, we're going conceptual. For your task, you need to think of what color you would pick for the characters in the show. Feel free to delve into your reasoning if you'd like, but the onl…
 
This week I spoke with Mark Steeds and Roger Ball to discuss their new book, 'From Wulfstan to Colston: Severing the Sinews of Slavery in Bristol.' Covering over a thousand years of history, the book charts Bristol's long involvement in trading enslaved human beings. We discussed the two titular characters: St. Wulfstan, who was responsible for end…
 
Howdy, howdy, loyal EDRs! This week's episode comes with a brand spankin' new Pork Fried Dice Ad, straight from the brain of your own KT! As such, your next task deals with our long-standing, intermittent history of advertisements. Can you manage to pick your favorite from our entire back catalog? Choose wisely, as the stakes have never been lower!…
 
Oh, you crazy EDRs. So much great stuff from you guys so far. Hopefully the week off gave you some time to recuperate in preparation for this week's objective. Yes, that's right, it's time for another Episode Description Reader Task! This week, I'd like you to submit a photo of where you most often listen to Pork Fried Dice. Feel free to censor or …
 
Thank you to Hello Fresh for supporting this week's episode. Go to HelloFresh.com/80smart and use code 80smart to get a total of $80 off your first month, including free shipping on your first box. Additional restrictions apply, please visitHelloFresh.com for more details.In this episode, we discuss Food emotions, Mcdonalds Dasani Water, Lava Piles…
 
Welcome back, loyal EDRs! Our hideout is getting even more crowded, but let's see if we can pack even more nerds in here. COVERTLY, of course - this IS a secret society, after all. Try to recruit other members, but you have to be super subtle about it. Subtlety is the name of the game in Pork Fried Dice, so follow our lead. Drop some elegant hints …
 
Week 3 and still going strong, loyal episode description readers (or EDRs, if you're into the whole brevity thing). Great work on last week's task - for this week, I'd like to see some more entries in the "favorite quotes" section in our secret meeting place. It's ok to paraphrase if you're not sure of the exact wording - some of these quotes might…
 
Hello, dear episode description readers. It's time for your next mission. Last week, you all did a great job, so I'm sure you won't disappoint me this time around. Your task - take a photo of something out there in the world that reminds you of PFD. Maybe it's a bag of flour! Maybe it's a murderous goat with a southern accent! Maybe if I keep going…
 
This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol around the time of the boycott, and why its legacy continu…
 
Ok, everyone who's reading this right now, you are members of what I strongly suspect is a very small group - the people who actually read the episode descriptions that I, Eric, your trusty rusty DM, write each week. I would like to invite you to a private Discord server, just for you and me, where we can do whatever the hell we want. It's super se…
 
Is this gonna be a water level? Everyone hates water levels! There's probably some dumb key hidden under some dumb moving platform that nobody would ever think to look beneath, causing the party to eventually purchase the Prima's Official Strategy Guide! Just you wait, listeners, you'll see.By Pork Fried Dice
 
Below this blurb, there is a link to an NYMag article called, “135 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color”. We have decided to put our money where our mouth is in support of black lives here in America. We will be matching donations to charities that support people of color of up to a total combined value of $250.00. That…
 
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