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The BACN's resident Head Nerd, Doug, takes you on a hysterical journey through his life's endeavors filtering the experiences with a brain full of movie, comics, and literary references in a show called Doug's Acute Mental Neurosis!
 
Black Falls is where your nightmares live when they’re not haunting you relentlessly. In an isolated mountain town full of secrets and death, live gods, devils, and the people caught in the middle accepting the strange as normal and the normal as strange.
 
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We talked about Listener Sydney a few episodes ago because Sydney's boss told her to take her pronouns out of her email signature, calling it “inappropriate” to have them there. We learned afterward that Sydney brought the issue to HR. We wanted to find out what that process was like, how it turned out, and whether or not her boss was being mature …
 
Is it magic? Is it physics? Bethany is looking at the first written instance of kids playing the classic sleepover game, “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.” (Play it with your colleagues as a team-building exercise!) Then, Kathleen’s Thanksgiving dinner plans are driving straight into Potato Bar Town, population: all potatoes. She looks at the …
 
Bethany has been busy researching all the local, spooky folklore from your hometown and it’s terrifying! An abandoned house in the woods? Check! A crazy lady living in a cave? Check! This is the stuff Halloween dreams are made out of. Then, Kathleen is inspired by Netflix’s ‘Emily In Paris’ to open up about her ridiculous (but also kind of valid) r…
 
Happy Monday! On this loosey-goosey bonus episode, Bethany gives Kathleen a free sommelier test (it’s really, really hard!), and they discuss what to do in the very real nightmare scenario of showing up for your big presentation only to find that all of your clothes have been raptured away. ---------- Check out our merch! —> https://store.dftba.com…
 
Hello, Gentle Listener! Would you like a cuppa? Kathleen classes this joint up by teaching the basics on tea and why those Brits love it so damn much. Then, Bethany crawls out of her bunker long enough to connect the red strings on Artificial Superintelligence and explains why you should be freaking out. Plus, it’s SPOOOOOOKY season, so the ladies …
 
Bethany is ready to creep you out this spooky season with some disconcerting AI. We all remember when Alexa was randomly laughing at people, but did you hear about the Twitter bot that tells horror stories? What about the self-driving car that didn’t hit the brakes during a brake test? Or the robot who knows a little too much about nuclear bases ar…
 
“Lily” has a big decision ahead of her: to apply for a big job (and potentially move across the country) or to stay where she is and where her family and friends are. How do you know if moving far away is the right decision? If you’re an only child, do you ever get to move away or are you beholden to your parents? Will Apolo Anton Ohno ever live up…
 
Quick! How do you get blood out of clothes? It’s been a hectic week and both Kathleen and Bethany are on the verge of complete meltdowns. Hooray! So Bethany is falling back on a topic she knows very well: how to raise cats that don’t hate you. Then, Kathleen is spying on our Facebook fan group chats and sharing what SFW and NSFW conversations you’r…
 
Bethany is opening up our world to the weird and rare disease that causes frightening hallucinations: Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Specifically, she covers one really fascinating case where a man kept seeing the creepy girl from 'The Ring!' Then, Kathleen covers the topic of “invisible labor”: all of the work you do to hold life together, even though i…
 
It’s a new week with a clean slate! Is it time for you to make a big life decision? Our Tastebud “Archduke Von Vaughn” is wondering if he should end his 5-year relationship with his very nice, very chill boyfriend. Is Archduke projecting his own dissatisfaction onto the relationship, or is it time to move on? How do you know when you’ve really fall…
 
Deepest, bluest, our hat is like a shark fin. Last week, Kathleen and Bethany assigned each other’s topics, which is why Victorian goth Bethany is discussing the PSL and why self-labeled “Basic Bitch” Kathleen is delving into the conspiracy theory about Eisenhower meeting (twice!) with aliens. Plus, play a rousing game of “Candle Scent or Obnoxious…
 
In this Labor Day special, Kathleen and Bethany talk to two people with very different jobs in the television industry! Stephanie Mulka, a former intern of ours, is serving up some truth about the heart-wrenching and scary details on what it's like being a true-crime reporter for Oxygen Network. How does she sleep at night?! Then, Kristin Brutout, …
 
Who’s losing their mind from home? *raises hand* If you feel like you’ve officially gone insane during this pandemic, Bethany is right there with you. She’s brought along some really helpful suggestions on how to ground yourself and get your brain to stop spinning into Anxiety Town, population: You. Then, Kathleen is doing another installment of We…
 
Happy new week, friends! This week’s bonus is a listener email from “Persephone” aka “Adele” aka “Not her real name” who has been in a committed relationship for four years. The problem? She very much wants to get married, whereas her boyfriend is much less enthusiastic about the idea. His excuse? He doesn’t want the financial entanglements, and he…
 
Food and exercise are touchy subjects, especially when you’re trying to help your partner get healthier. But how do you talk to someone about this stuff when they have already a history of disordered eating and low self-esteem? Kathleen’s beloved Peloton has recently become the center of a big disagreement in her home, but it goes much deeper than …
 
Did you know that chewing tobacco served a purpose beyond injecting cowboys with that sweet sweet nicotine? And how often DID people in the Wild West shower, anyway? Kathleen is feeling some hygiene kinship with our frontier ancestors, so she fills everyone in on the real grooming habits from the Wild West. Then, Bethany has been struggling for awh…
 
Both Kathleen and Bethany are firmly seated on the Struggle Bus today, but they left room for you! Hop on as they help a Tastebud figure out how to (or even if she SHOULD) flirt with her dream guy on Instagram. Did we mention that he’s a famous news anchor? Then, the name “Karen” has become a meme in the most unflattering way. How do real Karens fe…
 
Money is tight and conversations about money are stressful (and confusing)! But as Bethany and Kathleen have both figured out, ignoring money conversations doesn’t make anything easier. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about putting away for retirement, how to start investing money, or just how to start tackling your student loan debt, Shannon…
 
Have you ever had a loved one totally call you out for being a jerk? Kathleen’s husband just did this and she's is actually glad he did it! What was the issue? Plus, Bethany is inspired by a new podcast to fall back into the rabbit hole that is Ghost Adventures, and she’s teaching the class Zak Bagans 101. ALSO, watermelon juice is coming out of so…
 
It’s Bethany’s turn to lay out all of the big and hilariously small things that are happening in her life right now. (Did anyone else trip UP the stairs this weekend?) Then, Kathleen’s been spending a lot of time on “life hack” accounts like 5 Minute Crafts, and she’s brought along a ton of ingenious ideas and shady shortcuts. Who knew there was so…
 
Have you ever felt like so much is happening at once, your brain can’t get anything done? Kathleen is having that kind of week, so she’s laying out all of the big (and hilariously small) things that are going on in her life right now. (For example, she’s accidentally getting an old Texas woman’s grocery receipts…) Then, Bethany digs into the myster…
 
Normally, Kathleen and Bethany play your voicemails at the end of the episodes. But for this week’s Bonus Ep, they decided to dedicate the episode to hear from you! Whether it’s new friendships, personal struggles, or strong feelings about Will Ferrell, nothing is off the table this week. Leave your message after the *BEEP!* ------ Check out our me…
 
It’s safe to say that most people are nervous about money right now, so what happens if someone in your life asks to borrow some cash? Can you loan a friend or family member - or your partner - money without ruining the relationship? Or are there better ways to help? Bethany is tackling that touchy topic on today’s episode. Then, Kathleen got a mys…
 
Today we're doing God's work discussing how halter tops have gone MIA, tactics for making big decisions (eeny, meeny, miny, moe), romantic ways to make COVID-19 weddings special, and the pros and cons of bringing your own lunchbox of food to a BBQ party. Fill those coffee cups and gear up for some chit chat with your friends Bethany and Kathleen.…
 
Ring around the rosie, kids are super creepy! After the wholesomeness of last week’s Baby-Sitters Club topic, Bethany is swinging back in the other direction with a bunch of creepy kids. Whether they’re in movies, books, TV, or pop culture, creepy children are everywhere, and Bethany tells you just why they creep us out so much. Then, Kathleen has …
 
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