In episode 94, Chuck talks about gyros! These pita sandwiches, or wraps, hold beef/lamb, pork, or chicken that is cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Then it’s topped with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. (and fries?) Don’t get caught up in the pronunciation! Chuck mentions a few examples of gyros in TV shows, and he also mentions a couple of his favorite places to get a gyro—that he misses. Tell Chuck about your favorite gyros and where to get them!
In episode 93, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Alan Kurtzweg to talk about John Hughes! John Hughes is the writer and/or director and/or producer of some of the most well-known comedies of the 1980s and 1990s. Here are just some of his movies: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Mr. Mom, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Home Alone. Chuck and Alan also discuss the early life and career of John Hughes. Let us know about your favorite John Hughes movies.
In episode 92, Chuck talks about Bruce Lee! Bruce Lee is considered by Chuck, and many others, to be the greatest martial artist of all time! Bruce died at the age of 32; and no, Muhammad Ali did not kill Bruce Lee—no matter what a past guest would have Chuck believe! Bruce Lee developed his own martial art, Jeet Kune Do! Bruce Lee is, perhaps, best known for his role as Kato on The Green Hornet television series and for starring in the greatest martial arts movie ever made—Enter the Dragon. Tell Chuck about your favorite memories of Bruce Lee!
In episode 91, Chuck sits down with return guest Scott Glennon to talk about Rome! Scott was a study-abroad student in Rome! Italy’s capital has been around a long time; and there’s lots of history, in and around Rome, to explore. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and is located wholly within Rome! (See what Chuck did there?) Roman cuisine, and Italian cuisine in general, is all about freshness and not about drowning pasta in sauce! It sounds like Scott would sum up Rome with one word: spectacular! Let us know about your favorite Roman things.
In episode 90, Chuck talks about cryptids! Cryptids are creatures whose existence is based mostly on anecdotal evidence—not Science! Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra are some well-known cryptids. Chuck thinks he may have uncovered a pattern or theme with regard to certain states in the U.S.A. being home to a variety of cryptids. Have you seen a cryptid? Do you know someone who has seen a cryptid? Tell Chuck about your favorite cryptid!
In episode 89, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Gabriella Van Leuven about Oaxaca! Oaxaca is a state in southwestern Mexico, and it’s the name of the state’s capital city. Gabriella and her family spent a month in Oaxaca in 2018! Indigenous cultures, the Zapotecs, the Mixtec, and others, have survived better than most others elsewhere in Mexico. Of course, there is great food in Oaxaca! Moles, tamales, chocolate, chapulines, tlayudas, and cheese to name just a few. And you can wash it all down with mezcal! Tell us about your favorite things about Oaxaca!
In episode 88, Chuck talks about replacement actors! It’s when an actor is replaced by another actor to play the same character. Only actors in television series are considered—and no animal actors are included! One of the most famous replacement actors is Dick Sargent who replaced Dick York as Darrin Stephens on Bewitched. Tell Chuck about your favorite television shows with replacement actors!
In episode 87, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Shawna Harris about indoor cycling! Shawna has been riding a bike to nowhere for years! Shawna talks about the structure and goals of an indoor cycling class; but Chuck has a friend, past guest Dave Ryan, who does indoor cycling at home. Different, well-known brands are discussed, and Chuck gives his thoughts about Peloton® commercials. Have you participated in aqua cycling? Tell us your favorite place and/or bike to ride to nowhere!
In episode 86, Chuck talks about aikido! Aikido is a Japanese martial art created by Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei). Chuck has been a fan of aikido ever since he saw the movie Above the Law starring Steven Seagal. This martial art emphasizes blending with and redirecting an attacker’s energy. Chuck talks about aikido training and techniques and which of these techniques Steven Seagal may have used in his movies. Do you think this, or any, martial art could be used effectively in real life? Tell Chuck about your experience with aikido! Onegaishimasu!
In episode 85, Chuck sits down with return guest Tom Kearney to talk about Guinness®! First things first: Guinness® is a registered trademark of Guinness & Co. Chuck and Tom both enjoy a pint of Guinness! Guinness might look like a pancake syrup, but it’s not as thick as it looks. Chuck and Tom talk about the “surge and settle” that is brought to you by nitrogen. In cans, it’s made possible by a widget! Would “The Surge and Settle” be a good name for a pub? Guinness World Records are also discussed. And is Sir Alec Guinness part of the family that started this brewery? Please always let your Guinness finish cascading before enjoying! Tell us if you enjoy a pint of Guinness!
In episode 84, Chuck talks about The Pink Panther! Most of the episode is about the British-American film franchise directed by Blake Edwards. The title comes from the name of the fictional diamond that has been stolen in the original film. There were seven sequels after the first film that were directed by Edwards. Many agree, including Chuck, that the first sequel, A Shot in the Dark, is the best of the entire series. Cato Fong may be Chuck’s favorite character of the series, but of course Peter Sellers’ Jacques Clouseau is brilliant! Despite his meticulous research, Chuck knows he has mixed up which scenes were in which movies! Yes, there were other movies made that were based on the original, but Chuck hasn’t been able to muster the strength to watch them. There is also a series of animated shorts based on this series. Tell Chuck about your favorite movies/scenes from this classic series!
In episode 83, Chuck talks via Skype from Canada (That’s a first!) with Jacob Meza about folklore! Jacob is the host of the So It Is Told podcast. (Find it on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play; Twitter and IG: @soitistoldcast; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soitistoldcast/) Chuck and Jacob discuss myths, legends, fables, and fairy tales. Why were these stories created? Why do they persist and continue to influence popular culture? Tell us about your favorite folklore genre and/or stories!
In episode 82, Chuck talks about omelettes! Chuck recalls eating and making omelettes ever since his oldest brother introduced them to him. The one basic rule to remember about making omelettes is that you have to break a few eggs; however, this dish is not without its controversies. The omelette may have originated in France, but versions of it exist in the United States of America, Italy, Spain, Japan, and other countries of the world. Tell Chuck about your favorite omelettes!
In episode 81, Chuck talks over-the-phone with his nephew Jonathan and Jonathan’s wife Natalie about The IT Crowd! This Britcom had four series (seasons) and concluded with a special episode. This show follows Jen, Roy, and Moss (and Richmond) who work in the IT department of Reynholm Industries. Watch as they get into hilarious trouble with the head of the company, their fellow employees, and the outside world. Tell us about your favo(u)rite episodes! And if you don’t think this show is funny, try turning it off and on again!
In episode 80, Chuck talks about Patton Oswalt! Chuck is a big fan of Patton’s stand-up comedy. Patton is also an actor who is well known for his role as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens and for being the voice of Remy in Ratatouille. Patton’s first wife was writing a true-crime book about the Golden State Killer that was published after her death. Did the book do more than raise public awareness about this cold case? Patton continues to act, do voice-over work, and continues to make Chuck laugh. Tell Chuck about your favorite things from Patton Oswalt!
In episode 79, Chuck talks via Skype (That’s a first!) with Alexander Black about comic book movies! Alex is the creator, writer, and star of 2000 DC—A Sitcom Podcast. (https://sitpod2000dc.podbean.com/; Twitter: @2000DCpod; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2000DCpod/) Comic book movies (They started as serials.) have been around since the 1940s. There are quite a few movies that Chuck didn’t know were based on comic books. Chuck and Alex talk about their favorite comic book movies and ones that missed the mark. Tell us about your favorite, and/or least favorite, comic book movies!
In episode 78, Chuck talks about city living! Chuck has lived in the city since January of 2013. There are a number of advantages to city living. One advantage for Chuck is that he no longer needs a car. Chuck has taken advantage of the cultural and educational opportunities offered by living in the big city of Chicago, but he hasn’t necessarily enjoyed them all. Chuck recognizes that there are also disadvantages to city living. Tell Chuck what you like and/or dislike about city living!
In episode 77, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Tom Greene about zombies! After some zombie history, Chuck and Tom talk about zombie movies, which of course includes George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Tom offers recommendations for zombie movies and books, including The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Tell us about your favorite zombie movies, books, or tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse!
In episode 76, Chuck talks about pickles! Pickles have been around for a very, very long time. Here’s a spoiler alert: Other things, besides cucumbers, can be pickled! And it turns out that pickled things have been mentioned in previous episodes! Chuck does not like rollmops! Do you? If not, tell Chuck about the pickles you do like!
In episode 75, Chuck sits down with return guest Mary Catherine (Britty) Pastoret to talk about reading! And this time around, Chuck actually shuts his mouth long enough to let Britty talk! Britty remembers growing up with her dad reading to her. Chuck remembers Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) in elementary school. A few books and their respective movie adaptations are compared and discussed. Recommended reading and reading resources are offered as well as a mention of The Great American Read on PBS. Tell us about your favorite reads!
In episode 74, Chuck talks about Battlestar Galactica! Chuck watched the original Battlestar Galactica TV series when he was a kid. Chuck wanted to be a Viper pilot when he was a kid. Chuck didn’t get into the later TV series starring Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama. Tell Chuck which Battlestar Galactica series you watched and what you liked about the series!
In episode 73, Chuck sits down with return guest Maggie Connell to talk about Seattle! There’s more to Seattle than rain and salmon. This port city is also home to Pike Place Market, Amazon, and a certain coffee company. Maggie spent a few days in Seattle recently, and she visited the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition at Seattle Center. Let’s not forget about grunge! Tell us about your favorite Seattle things!
In episode 72, Chuck talks about drop-in characters! These characters are usually best friends and/or neighbors who drop-in often on the main/title character(s). Chuck was a drop-in character when he was younger. Anyone else? Some of these drop-in characters have been mentioned in previous episodes: Ed Norton, Rhoda Morgenstern, and Phyllis Lindstrom. Chuck was originally going to talk about this TV trope as one of several, but he decided to focus on the drop-in character. Tell Chuck about the drop-in characters you remember/like that he did not mention!
In episode 71, Chuck talks over-the-phone with return guest Alan Kurtzweg about Florida! Florida’s nickname is The Sunshine State, but there’s plenty of rain, lightning, and hurricanes, too. There’s more to enjoying Florida than visiting its theme parks. Chuck is worried about alligators and he’s heard about the sinkholes in Florida, so he’s wary of visiting Alan. Alan touts the natural beauty of Florida that includes its springs and islands. Tell us about your favorite Florida things!