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It's the Round of 64 in our March MASTAS tournament to determine the all-time best teen idol! Listen for our analysis and predictions for every match-up, and then go vote at patreon.com/mastas. (You can vote even if you aren't a patron!) Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Rick Springfield. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAn…
 
Our second ep in a row with the I Don't Even Own A Television crew features JW Friedman -- and a much better, fizzier film all around, despite dragging us back to Nawlins and almost going full zydeco. This "nearly totally frictionless" caper is "a happier flavor of so-so" than we anticipated, but we still have questions, like whether the Coens are …
 
In Part 2 of our two-part ranking of Simon and Garfunkel's album "Bridge Over Troubled Water," we're discussing the mysteries of "The Boxer," tidal waves of tears, and the great relief of the occasional uptempo song. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Simon & Garfunkel. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs…
 
We're back on our weekly show. This week, we talk with Eric Nusbaum, author of "Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers and the Lives Caught in Between." Also subscribe to his terrific newsletter at sportsstories.substack.com. We're also short on a guest for next week. Send me your author recommendations to peoplestilllreadbooks@gmail.com. Follow t…
 
In Part 1 of our two-part ranking of Simon and Garfunkel's album "Bridge Over Troubled Water," we're discussing songs of friendship, tales of traveling salesmen, and the music you can make at a Staples. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Paul Simon. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.com. To become a pat…
 
Chris Collision of the I Don't Even Own A Television podcast is joining us for the misbegotten Wilder Napalm, the early Vince Gilligan joint that would have made a much better X-Files episode than it did a feature film. Arli$$ jokes, aggressive quirk, a Van Helsing comparison somehow, beefcake snarling at each other, Manic Pixie Dream Winger, and a…
 
We're back! Sorry about the delay! Holidays! Schedules! Insurrections! We are back to our weekly shows, and we kick it back with Pete Croatto, author of "From Hang Time to Prime Time," a book about the ascension of the NBA to where it is today. It's a good book! Follow the podcast at @stillreadbooks on Twitter, and email your author recommendations…
 
Alicia Keys' mega-hit "No One" has us talking about distracting beauty, essential hype men, and the music you need when you're at an outdoor party. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Dusty Springfield. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.com. To become a patron of the show, visit patreon.com/mastas…
 
Everybody is in 1990 Mike Nichols joint Postcards From The Edge -- and almost everybody's on our episode discussing it! Returning guest John Ramos and first-time longtime Tara Ariano join us to talk about forgotten addiction storylines, if it's possible to miscast Meryl Streep, the Gene Hackman podcast we all long for, acting-legend master classes,…
 
The aggressive "okay-ness" of Charley Pride's "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'" sends us down weird byways involving Twitty City, the Apple Music algorithm, and the way bland hits obscure better songs. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Elton John. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.com. To …
 
It's a love story, a family story, AND a history that probably got sold on the strength of Dennis Quaid's involvement...even though he really shouldn't be Great White Savioring it up with the windows closed in the first place, but we do find a handful of things to like about 1991's Come See The Paradise . It's from the director of Birdy, Fame, and …
 
Mark and Sarah don't agree about Fiona Apple's "Heavy Balloon," but the reasons they disagree may delight you! Stick around for talk of overabundant metaphors, wild musical experiments, and the sweaters worn by phantoms. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by The Sundays. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAbout…
 
We aren't IN a cult -- that's another Mark and Sarah -- but we are LISTENING to The Cult! Their song "She Sells Sanctuary" has us talking about glam rockers in alt-rock drag, good songs we struggle to remember, and the preponderance of Jennifers. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Verve. To contact us or buy our books, visit Mark…
 
We're ranking songs of self-pleasure, which means that along with making terrible onanism puns, we're (ahem) giving a hand to songs by Cyndi Lauper, Billy Idol, the Divinyls, and more. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by De La Soul. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.com. To become a patron of the show, v…
 
We're celebrating 2021 by sharing the Patreon-only Single of the same number! Back in October of 2018, we talked about and ranked the #1 videos from Total Request Live's first year, 1998 -- "the first year the show was on the air. This means we are professionally obligated to describe *NSYNC's Christmas video to you in exacting detail." Enjoy our t…
 
What can we say about this offensively misconceived slice of Jerry Lee Lewis's late-'50s life, one that casts his "relationship" (ugh) with his 13-year-old cousin (blerf) as a quirkumstance of romantical fate? Well, we can say cocaine was involved; we can wonder if the estate of Foghorn Leghorn sued Dennis Quaid's performance for copyright infringe…
 
Thanks to a listener request, we're talking about "Enter Sandman," Metallica's hard rock hall-of-famer. And because it's RIGHT THERE in the song, we're also talking about Snow White, Tori Amos, and the wendigo. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Queens of the Stone Age. To contact us or buy our books, visit MarkAndS…
 
Craig Calcaterra joins us this week for a very sports-movie-y sports movie: Everybody's All-American, a "one wedding and one long funeral" look at a college gridiron star's early peak and interminable fall that doesn't know which set of Quarterback Agonistes clichés it wants to use, and recycled Sophie's Choice's Stingo as Timothy Hutton's Cake, wi…
 
David Wallace-Wells is the author of "The Uninhabitable Earth," a New York Times bestseller about the ravages that potentially await us if we do not confront climate change. He has also written brilliantly and rationally about the Covid-19 pandemic and, less important, he's also Will's longtime editor at New York Magazine. In the last PSRB podcast …
 
Mark has finally selected a song from a musical -- "Ring of Keys" from Fun Home -- and it's got us talking about child actors, the adults we want to become, and the reason Sarah's books are color-coded. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Booker T. To contact us or buy our pop music books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.com. …
 
Tara Ariano and Sarah D. Bunting are among the great minds behind Television Without Pity and the Extra Hot Great podcast, and they've wrote a lovely, hilarious book about "Beverly Hills 90210." Listen to them talk about loving terrible things so much they become great, Luke Perry implanting himself on our lives and also some, uh, problematic momen…
 
We're confronting the fact that Leonard Nimoy covered "Proud Mary," and it's got us talking about blithe confidence, celebrity side projects, and the profound confusion caused by terrible art. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. To contact us or buy our pop music books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.…
 
David Daley is the former EIC of Salon and a noted political writer and activist. He is the author of "Ratfucked: How Your Vote Doesn't Count," and the new book "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy." He has ... some thoughts about what is happening right now. Follow the podcast at @stillreadbooks on Twitter, and email your a…
 
In this MASTAS Single, we’re riffing on the K chapter of our Madonna book and picking the artists we think should cover Madonna’s hits, misses, and overlooked gems. We draft Alison Krauss, of course, and we also make room for Beyoncé, Dolly, and Harry Styles! For more Madge, you can read our new book, Madonna: A to Z. It’s available at MarkAndSarah…
 
Because we wrote a Madonna book (available now!), we're talking about Madonna's first single ("Everybody") and one of her most recent ("Medellin"). Get ready for a wild ride through almost 40 years of dance music! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Madonna. To contact us or buy our pop music books, visit MarkAndSarahTalkAboutSongs.co…
 
Melissa Maerz is a longtime entertainment journalist--she's one of the founders of Vulture--and one of the smartest pop culture minds working. And "Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused" is a terrific, engrossing read, a testament to Richard Linklater's great film. But it's also a history of Generatio…
 
We're thrilled 4 the opportunity 2 rank the songs on Purple Rain. As we choose our favorites from the album, we talk about everything from instrumental breaks to terrible movies we love to the best way to pleasure oneself with a magazine. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne (with an assist from The Purple One), and our outro is by Luscious Jackson.…
 
We didn't have to wait long for bad news after the good news of the election: Alex Trebek died on Sunday morning. His legacy will live on, and he even has 35 shows left to do. Claire McNear is a writer for The Ringer and author of the wonderful new book, "Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy!" We ta…
 
Those high notes and those cheekbones clearly mean we're discussing "Take On Me," the swoon-inducer by a-ha. We're also talking about perfect riffs, the value of just doing your job, and the songs that Sarah thought were by Simple Minds. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Simple Minds (we double-checked). Want to leave us a vo…
 
Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" gets us to consider the right time to holler, the best time to have a musical personality, and the perfect time to reference Project Runway. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Etta James. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsong…
 
Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and author of two great books, "Big Game," about the NFL, and "This Town," about Washington D.C. and politics. And in our Election Week special, we talk about Trump, and this election, and the NFL, and how to stay sane this week. We're taking next week off, so this i…
 
Special guest Clinton Sparks joins us to talk about "Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us," an all-time breakdance classic. We also get around to stories about Michael Jackson, VHS tapes, and things that should be more dope. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Clinton (the band, not our guest!) Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 64…
 
David Hill grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and knew little about the town's history with gambling, the mob and '50s vice. But he discovered it while researching and writing "The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice." It's a terrific, terrific book. You might also kn…
 
RJ Young was a Black man who married into a white Oklahoma family whose patriarch was obsessed with guns. To bond with his father-in-law, he began to train as a firearms instructor, and that leads him down a path of reckoning with the NRA, the police and how differently white people and Black people interact with guns. Young is also a sports radio …
 
Spencer Hall is one of the best sportswriters on the planet, but he might be one of the best writers, period. The longtime blogger and podcaster, along with his former SB Nation colleagues, has co-written his first book, "The Sinful Seven: Sci-Fi Western Legends of the NCAA." It's about college football, but it's about a lot more than that, and his…
 
Our third guest is the great Steven Hyden, one of the best music writers on the planet and the author of the hilarious and sharp, "This Isn't Happening: Radiohead's 'Kid A' and the Beginning of the 21st Century." The book tracks the history of Radiohead and the creation of "Kid A," their most divisive, and maybe best, album. He and Will talk about …
 
Special guest Kevin Smokler joins us to discuss Living Colour's bouncy rocker "Glamour Boys," which gets us talking about joyful political protest, Black artists who make hard rock, and the real meaning of TCBY.Our intro is by Andrew Byrne and our outro is by Rick Springfield. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us a…
 
Look, we did a second show! It's a good one too: It's a conversation with Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson, authors of the smart, fascinating book "How to Love Sports When They Don't Love You Back." Is it possible to be an ethical sports fan? No one has thought about this very question more than they have. They don't have the answers. But the…
 
We love Lady Gaga's song "Bad Romance," and we want to tell you why. Hint: Our reasons include dope beats, the French language, the dismantling of social armor, and the legacy of Freddie Mercury. Meanwhile, a listener request has us talking about a classic B-52s video!Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Queen. Want to leave us …
 
Greetings! Welcome to the People Still Read Books podcast, a weekly podcast in which Will Leitch, author of five books, including the upcoming "How Lucky," builds up to the May release of his book by talking to some of his favorite authors about their books and their experiences in publishing. It's a way to learn about the industry AND talk to some…
 
Sarah's dream of a graduate degree in funk may have to wait, but at least we can talk about "Give Up The Funk" by Parliament! That also gets us talking about musical languages we may not speak, grooves we cannot deny, and Russian gossip we can't resist.Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by James Brown. Want to leave us a voicemai…
 
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