The Whole Shebang is on Hiatus

9 Aug

Whole Shebang 08/09/2015

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We are on hiatus for an undetermined period of time. Keep us in your subscription lists so you won’t miss an episode.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Jen is enraged by the lack of a low battery indicator light on her smoke detectors. Grrr.

 

The Donald; It’s Alive!?; “I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends”

12 Jul

Whole Shebang 7/12/2015

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Shelley is the host for this edition.

1.The Donald. Shelley’s funny bone is being tickled non-stop by all the whohaa about Donald Trump running for President. People are going out of their minds with outrage over what he is saying, and are aghast that he is ahead in some states. The ladies discuss what are the effects of such an outspoken candidate on the election and particularly what is the value of his bombast and putative plain speaking. Clarification: It is indeed 15 days after announcing candidacy that the one-page document must be submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Trump made that deadline. His candidacy is formally named Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Guess he is serious.

2.It’s Alive!? Reports are zinging around fast and furious(!!) about whether alien bacterial lifeforms are below the crust of Comet 67P/Churyumov/Geresimenko, where Philae landed and Rosetta orbits. Are we ready for this? Jen and Cait are less than impressed and quite blase although all three ladies are entranced by all the gallant little robots out there doing their lonely jobs. Jen wants to send forth some of Earth’s extremophiles and see what happens.

3.🎶 I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends🎶. It is generally accepted that humans are social animals although Cait has yet to be convinced. The ladies have quite a different take on what friendship is and their desire or need for it. Cait is curmudgeonly(surprise, surprise) yet has a BF just not forever; Jen likes the idea of community rather than friends; and Shelley values the people in her life that “know the history”.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Jen is enraged by President Obama’s abysmal failure to rectify the byzantine tax code as he promised when campaigning. It gets worse instead of better. Have you received a gift card instead of your refund?? Go get’em, Jen!!!
Cait is enriched by the purchase of her tickets to come home this summer for a much-needed vaca. Can’t wait, Skooter Pie!!
Shelley is enriched by John getting his heart’s desire–a natty 1964 Sunbeam Alpine. Go, Johnie, go!!

 

Thinx Period Panties; Favorite Fictional Fathers; and Cait’s Ikea Conundrum

21 Jun

Whole Shebang 06/21/2015

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Cait is host for this edition.

1. Thinx Period Panties:  Following up our conversation on the Lily Cup, we discuss Thinx panties which are designed to absorb menstrual blood leaks before they ruin your white pants and pull focus during your board meeting.  Are we saving the planet by avoiding so much compost for the landfills or are we making up for it with gallons of water spent washing the reusable undies?

Leak proof?

Leak proof?

2. Favorite Fictional Fathers:  Who is your favorite literary dad?  Are you an Atticus fan?  The Man in The Road?  Or a Mr. Weasly fan?

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3. Cait’s Ikea Conundrum:  Cait rearranged the furniture in her apartment which has made it, mostly, immaculate.

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Like this.

But has revealed a glaring oversight.  Her, now readily apparent, decade old, plastic storage solutions conjure up visions of this:

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Classy.

So, she calls upon Jen and Shelley to help her navigate the Ikea website for a solution.

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Jen is enriched by highballs.  
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Cait is enriched by her chair by the window where she reads.
Shelley is enriched by her “primo, best of the bunch” Dad.

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide; follow-ups

7 Jun

Whole Shebang 06/07/2015

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1. This is our second annual Father’s Day Gift Guide where our dad, John, joins us to review our father’s day gift ideas. Gifts ideas usually fall into the tropes of fishing, beer, lawn care, grilling, gadgets, grooming, humor, and sentimentality.

GIFT DAD’S REVIEW
shower paper
It sounds dumb, but I’d use it
homemade card Dads love gifts made with love.
USB outlet
This would be very useful
Stadium gifts
Anything having to do with Tiger Stadium is cool.
hammock
The perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
Apple Watch
I’d rather have a Shinola made in Detroit, Michigan.
Balmain Pilot Boat kit I am not the kind of person with 100 hours to spend in a garage.
Cereal Killer spoon
I’d use it everyday.

Tweet us with your Father’s Day gift suggestions @wholeshebangers.

Thanks for joining us dad!

2. We are following up on topics we have talked about in our close to three year podcast history. Cait discusses The Wave in interstellar which I provide for you here with a quote from Donna Tartt’s A Secret History:

Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by her struggles to find luxury in Chicago. Where has all the high quality lounge wear gone?
Mom is enriched by her date night that involved the unexpectedly good movie Spy.
Jen is enriched by Alicia Vikander’s balletic performance in Ex Machina.

 

Fresh Water Blues; Sci Fi Made Real?; Perfect Summer Day

24 May

Whole Shebang5/24/2015

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Shelley is host for this edition.

1. Fresh Water Blues. Shelley’s new favorite website Circle of Blue offers articles and information on everything to do with fresh water, including water rights and usage, conservation, costs, implications for development of land, and the effect of human behaviors on the consumption and cleanliness of fresh water.  Using the Gila River particulars, the ladies air their strong feelings, concerns, and solutions to this most relevant of public policy issues.

2. Sci Fi Made Real?  Mika McKinnon of io9 lists the 15 sci-fi-esque projects that NASA is exploring to the delight of the ladies.  Whether it is swarms of cricket robots to explore the dark side of the moon, ionic liquid to scrub carbon dioxide from the air in space ships, sailing ships, or robot squids to explore the under-ice oceans of Europa, the ladies are on board. Such an exciting time.  Jen posits a need to remember the human element with the need to look at what it means psychologically and philosophically to send off fellow humans into space never to return.

3. Perfect Summer Day.  The ladies expound on what for them constitutes a perfect summer day.  Doritos, water, and family and friends figure largely in each.

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Jen is enriched by the Australians upping their cinematic game on two Netflix shows–Secrets and Lies and The Mule. Gotta catch’em!
Cait is enriched by good news at work–she has been chosen to present her task force findings to top management. Go, Skooter Pie!
Shelley is enriched by Tripp’s graduation from college. She is proud of him and pleased to have spent such a great time with the whole family.

 

Out Sick!

18 May

Whole Shebang 05/17/2015

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Try not to mock anyone with your outfit. Enjoy:

Minimum Income; The Facebook Curse; and Dowdy De-evolution

3 May

Whole Shebang 05/03/2015

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Cait is the host for this edition.

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1. Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul, two candidates one would expect would oppose one another, have both come out in support of Minimum Income.  The idea being that we replace a number of government programs to help those below the poverty line and the government simply writes a check to everyone so that they can survive.  Jen talks about reframing how we think and discuss solving poverty away from simply providing money and towards reducing cognitive load.  Listen in.

2.  Cait has found that the people who are posting lots and lots of happy posts on Facebook have lives that are the most in shambles.  Do you look at photos of delicious meals and smiling couples and suspect it is but a calculated veneer?

This man is miserable.

Suicide watch.

 

3.  Once a dowdy shoe, always a dowdy shoe–is that so?  Does dowdy refer to an idea intrinsically linked by way of being juxtaposed to the constantly shifting and evolving idea of beauty or is it something unto itself?  The Shebangers examine dowdiness and whether Cait was unfair in her dismissal of a pair of shoes Shelley tried on for a graduation.

Meh.

(Not the actual shoe, but, you know, Shelley deserves better.)

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by her new furnace (and the purging of her old, bad mojo furnace.)
Cait is enriched by Springtime in Chicago.  Break out the sundresses and fling open the windows!
Jen is enraged by the below big ol’ bird-eating snake hanging around her chicken coop.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

HGTV Smart Home; Dr. Oz; Our slang

19 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/19/2015

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1. The 2015 HGTV Smart Home sweepstakes has begun! This year’s home is in the Zilker neighborhood of Austin, TX. We reviewed the “smart” features of the home.

Sign up to win this remote controlled house here.

By the way, the HGTV show whose name I couldn’t think of where they do a beautiful job fixing up houses and speaking to each other with genuine love and affection is Fixer Upper.

2. Dr. Oz is on the outs with some in the medical community that want him ousted from Columbia’s faculty.

I really enjoyed The New Yorker article by Michael Specter which explains Dr. Oz’s show, his relationship to Oprah, his wife, his current surgery schedule, and his career as a celebrity doctor.

Dr. Oz on This Week Tonight:

3. The Atlantic has started a video series following middle schoolers. This week’s episode was about their slang. It is a delight to watch middle schoolers express themselves.

Cait doesn’t use slang. But I said: “Yo mama, your snazzy outfit is on fleek. That purple hat is hella cute and, dude, dude, dude, it is representing the G Funk Era, bruh.”

I think I nailed it.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the whole presidential campaign gambit (already!). She thinks we should all just stay home. If candidates want to reach us, they can film their presentations and we can watch if we so choose at a later date.
Cait, after being slapped with an additional $3000 in taxes owed, is enraged by our tax law’s oppression of the poor and struggling.
Jen is enriched by her eight downy, goofy, brilliant chicks. I am sure there are more chicken stories to come.

 

ps:

The “Fuck” scene from The Wire:

The lady bug water saving showerhead:

Cars Can’t Fly!?; April Fool’s Day; Nikelab Strikes a Blow Against Feminism?

5 Apr

Whole Shebang 04/05/2015

 

Shelley is the host for this edition.

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1. Cars Can’t Fly!? Such is the theme of the latest in the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7, as the Toretto team shows over and over again that they can indeed fly.  Lots of spoilers in this one.  Cait rhapsodizes. Why does Jen keep saying, “Get in the car!”? Shelley exclaims over biceps. Is this movie your favorite in the series?  Lots of disagreement there.  One thing is for sure, the Academy Awards needs to create a new category–Mind-Blowing Stunts.

2. April Fool’s Day.  We are surely unclear where the spoofing convention originated, but some of the pranks in The Atlantic article tickled at least Shelley’s funny bone. Dragon’s are real; the new sloth cam at the National Zoo; and scientist Ben Kenoobi actually found The Force at CERN.

 

3. NikeLab Strikes a Blow Against Feminism? Slate writer Megan Weigand is incensed by the new women’s sportswear collection by NikeLab and Japanese design house, Sacai.  The ladies love the clothes and feel not at all that their right to vote is threatened.

 

I can fly!!

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by finding another pair of the perfect shoe–Merrell Women’s Barefoot Pure Glove Running Shoe in Lavender Lustre. Thank you Birkenstock Store in San Diego!!
Cait is enriched by her boffo bringing-down-the-house rendition of Alanais Morisette’s You Oughta Know.Wish we had the video!
We all are enriched by Jen’s brilliant idea inspired by the ensembles worn by Claire Underwood and Jackie in House of Cards–all elected civil servants in state and federal positions of power should wear uniforms, perhaps comfie jumpsuits and slip-on tennies, to remind them that they are in those positions to SERVE not suck all the juice from the orange. Go, Jen! You are so right!

 

 

Euthanasia; Waste Management; and Chairs

22 Mar

Whole Shebang 03/22/2015

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1. The Shebangers discuss euthanizing animals and plant life after Cait faced a tough decision with a dying fly in her shower.

Can we keep him?  I'll call him Mr. Cuddle-Poison!

Can we keep him? I’ll call him Mr. Cuddle-Poison!

Listen to hear why this jerk made Jen cry.  Burn in hell, Aristotle!

Listen to hear why this jerk made Jen cry. Burn in hell, Aristotle!

2. In dirty olde 1874
Albert Fryer invented the Destructor!

Cait wonders how we can possibly still dispose of waste by flushing it into our drinking water. The current state of waste, particularly in Chicago, are discussed as well as why infrastructure is a way sexier political platform than this, Mr. President:

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3.  God bless hospitality; most importantly: chairs!  Why are all communal spaces not littered with an array of very comfortable seating?  Why is the standing desk so damn popular?  And why don’t all offices, look like this?:

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Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the preying upon of viewers by ailment, drug, and class action lawsuit commercials.  Time for a new Jeff We Can?
Cait is enriched by not caring any more and embracing what she wants above all else.  Go, Dagny, go!
Jen is enriched by Rehab Addict on HGTV (well, Netflix, really) and the philosophy and putting love back into homes.

 

 

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