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Are you yearning for the warmth, friendliness, and cheer of a good local pub? Drop by "Four Guys Walk Into a Bar..." and sit in on the conversation. Whether it's serious or silly, you'll walk away satisfied.

How It All Began
One day, a couple of us were talking about our favorite radio programs and podcasts and why we like them. We realized that we're really drawn to the ones that make us laugh (do we listen to Car Talk for advice on cars? We do not). And we realized that we're lucky enough to have a group of friends who make us laugh like that. So we thought, We should talk with those guys more often. And maybe, we thought, other people would enjoy those conversations as much as we do. So we turned them into a podcast.

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Feel free to download the episodes below either directly or through the iTunes store, or if you'd just like a few samples/promos, check out our MySpace page.



303. Death AND Comedy

2 out of 3 is bad ... can't do it all online? ... TurCthulu https://www.pinterest.com/pin/431008626812635539/ ... weekly pick: Interseller on IMAX ... Imitation Game ... Bill Erwin: badass comic genius ... substantially less dead ... "Oh, Mr. Noodle!" ... "shipping" some characters ... cats as dinner ... weekly pick: married to the sea, sharing machine (http://thenewsharingmachine.com/products/kitty-18x24-print) ... kayaking in a storm ... Colbert swangsonging ... surprise Smaug ... weekly pick: Retinal displays ... one eye distance ... Wired for less than 28-year-olds ... hanging out in space http://space.about.com/od/earthpictures/ig/Earth-Pictures/Bruce-McCandless.htm#step-heading ... installed roller coaster

Direct download: 303._Death_AND_comedy.mp3
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18 year job ... not thinking of the college one ... one of 16 ... I'm going to be the funny one ... three pleasers ... only one planned ... no belly button ... nickname: "Adam" ... useless but potentially dangerous ... tipping point surgery ... Tolkienologists ... weekly pick:  Goodbye Mr. Chips ... polkas vs. waltzes ... demanders to the moon ... the real Full Monty ... a 10 on the enneagram ... the button ... a truth not worth knowing ... how about I hit you? ... squirrel experiment ... shorted neurons ... weekly pick: gasoline leaf blower ... stand of bamboo ... the long answer is "yes" ... Drinkable Book ... weekly pick: F.lux ... jailbreakin' the ipad ... weekly pick: Amazon music streaming ... except for Taylor Swift ... norcaljazz.com

Direct download: 301__Three_Pleasers.mp3
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Dave is not spineless ... this is not a David ... new avatar ... lost her 8 ... losing a skype account ... sine qua non ... anciener regime ... waves of non-democracy ... pissing off the monarchists ... pronoun trouble ... more pig, less nazi ... remastered cartoons ... The Crusher! ... a Bugs man ... double paychecks ... add your ex-wife ... you're not on my plan, pal ... yell at me here ... bobbling the One Line ... weekly pick: Zinio App ... dozen subscriptions ... Dwell magazine ... phone quality ... weekly pick: Absorbtion ... Five Nights at Freddy’s ... no down time ... IJM catalog ... conversation about gender ... departing from the gender binary ... gloom and glitch ... 7 billion genders ... convenient place to start ... native American 3rd gender role ... gross personalities ... weekly pick: knee replacement surgery ... weekly pick: quizlet ... luckily, I don't learn anything anymore ... full of contempt ... teaching in Italian ... Mike's French pays off

Direct download: 302._Ancien-er_Regime.mp3
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300. Remarkable Grace

Validating Richard ... the Lion, the Witch, and the Dune ... skype got Richard ... Quint from Jaws ... stay out of the air ... the big 3 – oh – oh ... alienating everyone ... Alex, Jarvis, colossus, skynet ... functional optimus prime costume ... Ruth Baby Ginsburg ... I'm wearing a cast ... didn't stand up to a mugger ... top cool cat ... let me have it ... Criminal Minds ... spoiler fun ... secret serial killer ... Mandy = Inigo ... Peg & Marshall ... straight answers ... got the relationship thing figured out ... remarkable grace:  relentlessly polite ... weekly pick: Maximizing Happiness Through Intimate Communication ... Ouch ... how much do you care ... "more than life itself" ... Mike? ... with your cellmate ... autonomy ... bad at dying ... too readily cross the line ... for your own good ... quality of life ... weekly pick: Board Empire ... weekly pick: Lord of the Rings on audible ... weekly pick: "Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future" ... Neil Stephenson pseudonym: Steven Burry ... Cobweb ... Interface

Direct download: 300__Remarkable_Grace.mp3
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everyone offline ... black keys ... manifest showmanship ... sudden focus ... automatic social experiment ... plagiarism detection software ... jaywalking entrapment ... entrapping shop ... 11% rate of lying liers ... repeat plagiarizers ... speaking of cheater ... sabermetricians ... discretion too large a part of his valor ... hall of fame inconsistency ... foul taste in my mouth ... fear the lifestraw ... Jeter rant ... wins above replacement ... what's this baseball stuff ... weekly pick:  Steven J. Gould, "Full House" ... 7-footers ... centered on 260 ... weekly pick: Numbers (vimeo.com—35375393) <http://vimeo.com/35375393)> ... appreciative inquiry ... a number of effective processes ... weekly pick: 3 Questions ... and how did you die? ... posthoc this ... provoking uncontrolled reactions ... people who prefer complexity ... oh yeah, great personality

Direct download: 299__WAR_on_Jeter.mp3
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298. Greek God of Statistics

15 seconds of silence … you should definitely go … Derek Jeter … I know he’s an athlete … stand-up guy, not great player … vorp … greek god of walks … weekly pick: chemotherapy for Dads … speaking of fast-thinking doctors … random medicines … hazing new doc’s … take out appendix, yeah, yeah … nobody better bash Cal Ripkin … blahblahblah … statistical package … London statistician … finishing each other’s sandwiches … give me a week … 5 out of 3 statisticians … lots of variables … weekly pick:  Brian K. Vaughan, “Y: The Last Man” … weekly pick:  Luther … weekly pick:  Ordinary People … this is acting … Judd Hirsh taxi driver … weekly pick: the Oatmeal & bees … True Detectives redux … Mistborne redux

Direct download: 298__Greek_God.mp3
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297. There's a Box?

Pronoun trouble ... introvert and extrovert ... dancing on chairs ... adding a 4th ... comic geniuses doing good for the world ... Cosby inspires awe ... Garrison talent ... not safe for radio ... old man carousing ... stop before the last child ... weekly pick: Two Dots ... 2048 ... are you sure you want to know ... hazmat warning:  cookie clicker ... yik yak peril ... anonymous = bad ... teaching moment ... 1-day experiment ... disposable- vs. no-handle ... something to do about it ... deidentifying ... social learning ... hard to stamp out ... weekly pick:  Inequality for All ... 1/3 NFL players get brain injuries ... triple domestic violence shelter ... #whyIstayed ... mano-a-mano against Bear ... record holder of grievances ... “There’s a box?!” ... kind of a relief ... comma would protect Mandela ... I’m not that old ... we are the MPs ... weekly pick: Bernard Cromwell, “Sharpe’s Tiger” ... weekly pick: Dr. Who new season

Direct download: 297__Theres_a_Box.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

Step off ... non-muscle parts ... Dublin's American song ... Gilbert Malone ... Maryland fight song ... Napoleon U-Turn ... V for Vendetta ... spurn the Northern scum ... Tufte's poster ... Washington conference ... hotel dollars ... hotel on fire ... internecine warfare ... Billy Collins live ... weekly pick: Hyperion ... warned you 2-volume novel ... epiphany: books program expectations ... unemcumbered by evidence ... over-expectations ... the truth denies simplicity ... books with dog-poop endings ... balanced diet of outcomes ... but that depressing ... new best friend ... engrossing ... tree as rich pattern ... weekly pick: how the sun sees you: tinyurl.com—pwpa8v7 tinyurl.com—pwpa8v7 <http://tinyurl.com/pwpa8v7> ... what if the sun disappears: tinyurl.com—p33jpcj tinyurl.com—p33jpcj <http://tinyurl.com/p33jpcj> ... weekly pick: Thomas Was Alone ... Two Dots ... hardwired location-sense

Direct download: 296__Warming_Our_Cockles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This person is unstable ... becoming not ready ... reverse time button ... drop off at college ... Katalina's pancake balls ... roadside attractions ... bone installation ... Darwinian rabbits ... do not drive into smoke ... watercoolers ... amazing Carlsbad Caverns ... back in the world of film ... dungeon crawl ... lavabeds national monument ... cyclopean winds ... lovecraftian landscapes ... crater lake ... St. Louis arch ... mixture of claustrophobia and agoraphobia ... mans got to know his limitations ... champions of the west ... barbequed oyster birthday ... R.A. Salvator D&D stories ... back into Well World ... gender swap ... tree people ... answer the door hypo ... return the box full ... makin' friends ... weekly pick: In your Eyes ... [mini-pick] ... weekly pick: cat genie ... we're mesmerized ... weekly pick: Suits ... Much Ado About Acting ... Ebert could bring down the hammer ... weekly pick: Girl, Interrupted ... Old Hats ... Brown Sugar Café ... Six Sigma class

Direct download: 295__Cyclopean_Winds.mp3
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In the private sector, they have that ... could you repeat all that again? ... 11 phone lines ... IP over voice ... the Amazon turk ... potato salad kickstarter ... kickstarter for academic research ... experiment.com ... 10,000 failures ... skype killed my groove ... kickstarter fraud ... D&D documentary ... kickstarter for legal fees ... reputation ... really do have to be creative ... order of the stick kickstarter ... keeping kickstarter powder dry ... give us enough money and we'll stop ... weekly pick: John Legend, video of "You and I" ... weekly pick: Threadless, Attaque du Chat Ninja ... weekly pick: Darius Tucker, "Wagon Wheel" ... weekly pick: True Detective

Direct download: 294__Kickstart_Me.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

293. Bathroom Fridge

bing, Mike is here ... down to a couple boxes ... bathroom fridge ... mango ice cream with rum-infused mangos ... Reds – Giants ... Jeni's small desserts ... which Bear? ... child Bear ... What the H*&# were you thinking? ... Erol-Bear ... 90 minute wrong number ... good time last night ... what homeless people need ... homeless & mental illness ... power in boldness ... Monsters of Nerd Rock ... Driftless Pony Club & Weezy Waiter ... Harry & the Potters ... fun coat check ... married life ... hothouse ... Rush Creek Village ... fridge sink stove ... Wu House ... pawpaw liqueur ... Highland Estates ... weekly pick: pebble watch ... zero world problem ... Dave's Dad's chemo ... departing daughter ... crafting a sociopath ... weekly pick: World Cup ... leaders in Mid-East doing awful things ... Tim Howard phenomenon ... living in a museum ... weekly pick: sonos ... weekly pick: Andrew Hwang, "Show me where ya noms at"

Direct download: 293__Bathroom_Fridge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EDT

tablet alternative ... awkward right-clicking ... no really, we have to talk ... blueprints on phone ... are we all on? ... no a race, much ... new car thrill ... no energy cost ... four miles per hour ... transporting the electricity ... car buyers subsidizing ... around town car ... I'm in a spaceship mother f***er ... driving like Dave ... who's responsible for google crash ... buggy whips ... fridge box trucks ... ice cream cone vehicles ... baby refrigerator conundrum ... no more adverbs ... has to hurt your head ... non-enjoyable mystery ... bum-vertiser ... Daniel Lewin ... make 1000 computers ... playing the old organ ... double pick: Saga ... tracing Oi Wuk ... George RR Martin the slacker ... Dan Brown popcorn ... weekly pick: Rob Thomas, "Thousand Dollar Tan Line" ... weekly pick: Dick Deadeye, or Duty Done ... weekly pick: Brandon Sanderson, "Mistborn" ... Much Ado About Nothing ... first half of 47 Ronin ... Snow White without dwarves ... fatal horror

Direct download: 292._Playing_the_Organs.mp3
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California seasons ... desalination for Micronesia ... Nero selling marshmallows ... Mechanical Turk ... grad students managing surveys ... science projects and data ... transcribing lectures ... weekly pick: solar freakin' roadways!  <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU&feature=kp> ... weekly pick: LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow ... LeVar Burton on Reddit ... time for Mr. Rogers and a time for pitchforks ... kickstarter for Erfworld ... Veronica Mars ... weekly pick affirmation: Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends ... kickstarter for D&D documentary ... nerfighters and Alan Turing ... weekly pick: Realescapegame.com locked room puzzle ... stories with holes ... what does the fox say ... what does John Locke say ... www.nietzschefamilycircus.com

Direct download: 291__Because_LeVar_Burton.mp3
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Sleep cycle application ... deeply asleep in 20 minutes ... backpacking of 2 weeks, or not ... spry ... Carrie ... break one plate approach ... spring in Ohio ... places in Berlin ... Bear in the woods in a house ... love good design ... caretaker of your house ... geothermal heat ... weekly pick: Lois McMaster Bujold "The Hallowed Hunt" ... weekly pick: scan life docs to evernote then shred ... GTD - toodledo, Any.do, Clear (a nested todo list) ... weekly pick: that cat that saved a child; H.P Lovecraft books "At the Mountains of Madness"

Direct download: 290__Break_One_Plate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Fourum ... lit up Thames ... meat in pastry ... yo-sushi ... best freakin' ramen ... black garlic ... infuse more fat ... sticky toffee pudding ... ordering lemonade at the pub ... barmaid from Canada ... Primark ... Kew Gardens ... not a drop of rain ... what a lovely child ... I'm not that complicated ... daughter weekend ... the Haight ... pork store ... store view ... density of vintage thrift stores ... Costco of used music ... first bat mitzvah ... eat eat eat ... world's greatest macaroons ... nerdscouting ... inspirational nerds ... Julie D'Abigny:  serious 17th-century badass ... Amanda Palmer ... The Oatmeal on Tesla Model S ... needless frustration ... pale shadow of a Tesla ... suicide doors ... honorary African American ... kissing doors ... hot and cold running shrimp ... balloons = fun ... weekly pick: Naked Statistics ... weekly pick: Ian Doescher, "The Empire Striketh Back" ... Yoda talks like this anyway ... weekly pick: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, "Saga" ... weekly pick: moon puzzle

Direct download: 289__Pork_Store.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

Bottom of a well ...  smashing time at wedding ... break dancing cult ... back when I was a boy ... 25 college reunion ... happy to see the unimpressed ... more mature ... Professor: "leave" ... bonding in college ... what kind of bear is Bear ... too big for Europe ... Richard is baking .... Bear's honeymoon ... vacation mix of relaxation and exploration ... Sitges, Barcelona ... Catalan is not Spanish ... well blow me ... 7 years of Catalan ... vermouth bars ... vermouth from bad wine ... Gaudi ... no google maps ... Parisians are not rude ... unreservedly delightful ... weekly pick: "Arguably," Christopher Hitchens ... anti-pick: "Anathem," Neal Stephenson ... weekly pick: "The Way of the Kings," Brian Sanderson ... the Kindle Effect ... George R.R. is a slacker ... weekly pick: Bill Bryson, "Notes from a Small Island" ... weekly pick-like-thing: thenicestthingontheinter.net

Direct download: 288__Too_Big.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Poor Senegal ... led a moral life ... stature and disposition of a fireplug ... being born into this era/strata/nation ... conversely ... man born blind ... contrapositive contrapposto ... if q then p ... God hates figs ... angel wall ... Toronto book awards ... crop duster ... Erie, PA local news ... marching for dog justice ... blurnalism ... same contract news anchor ... cheerleaders' convention ... infinity gems ... urine town ... being an idiot at 14 ... weekly pick:  Catcher in the Rye ... beautiful, effective ... slow emotional rollercoaster going down ... weekly pick: "Hawkeye: My Life As a Weapon" ... overnight ship adventure ... Battle of Leyte Gulf ... launch torpedos ... weekly pick:  Makoto ... pooping gold ... playing Bear ... carding competition ... farting through silk

Direct download: 287__Living.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37am EDT

MRI willies ... corporate policies ... not a quiet experience ... 1% impurity ... you can feel it ... vacuuming MRIs ... weekly pick:  Ken Follet, “Pillars of the Earth” ... weekly pick:  Radio Lab ... anti-pick:  Half-life ... weekly pick: Genius app ... Ride, Captain, Ride

Direct download: 286._Peaceful_Hammering.mp3
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headphones said no ... MRI my foot ... overnight ship adventure ... WWII destroyers ... weekly pick:  Looper ... King Kong of Disney princesses ... male princesses ... castle in the sky ... time travel & violence ... weekly pick: About Time ... non-hobbit scenes ... you had me at pants ... some charm ... nasty brutish and short ... running persona ... slartibartfast ... taking liberties with Tolkien ... let it go song ... weekly pick: Connie Willis, “D.A." ... coursing through the self-referentials

Direct download: 285._You_Had_Me_At_Pants.mp3
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Ukraine … more Ukraine … forgotten treaty to drag us into war ... language game ... ArXiv ... snarxiv.org—vs-arxiv <http://snarxiv.org/vs-arxiv/> ... weekly pick: Mark Millar Wolverine omnibus collection ... weekly pick: Hugh Howey Sand omnibus collection ... foot problems ... funglish ... are zombies illegal in arizona? ... weekly pick: talking carl has a fight m.youtube.com—watch <http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t-7mQhSZRgM> ... anti pick, maybe?: Divergent series

Direct download: 284__Insignia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Put THAT In Your Funk and Wagnall's    listening to biathlon ... curling vs. bocce ... hog on ice ... bacon cocktail ... you put that in your Funk and Wagnall's ... places with good dialog ... diseases you be glad you don't have ... hospice ad ... Fault in Our Stars trailer ... weekly pick: Bagdad Café ... enigmatic ... dining club ... come to network ... steak and potatoes out my ... a burger if you must ... foie on toast ... try-out meal ... still armed ... podcast making your life better ... 10th Stephen R. Donaldson ... every tenth word is theorgy ... weekly pick: Will Eisner, The Best of The Spirit ... Neil Gaiman reviews suck ... getting around to Citizen Kane ... weekly pick: Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane ... PMMLB ... weekly pick: Stephen R. Donaldson, The Real Story

Direct download: 282.5__Stick_that.mp3
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283. Give Me An F

heathier ... 4th Season ... slip a fall ... weekly pick: Lego Movie ... weekly pick: “Tribes” by Nina Raine ... language around our parents ... I’m really pretty ... lego robot world series ... gracious professionalism ... not adults doing it ... can’t stop sports ... moral indignation ... good end of cheer ... the Columbus Event ... World Competitions ... exciting cortisone ... going out for beer/cheer ... tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow ... The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) ... carried away ... charades world series ... The Unbearable ... team charades ... taking daughter to YouthCon ... forced to eat PB&J ... weekly pick: Despicable Me 2 ... happy song ... Lego Movie redux ... what are you doing ... love support

Direct download: 283._Give_Me_An_F.mp3
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American Hustle is fun ... nadir of fashion ... dappered.com ... running out of big cats ... Alcatraz ... product naming is hard ... Fresno Sanitary Landfill ... Taliesin piano ... managing kids ... so German ... can't do that in a car ... mind if I smoke ... one-on-one to London ... exchange program in a Stan ... reliving through your kids ... mortgage flight miles ... weekly pick: Keurig coffee makers ... French press is a pain in the neck ... Volt: "oh, yeah" ... molecular gastronomy's bad name ... chuck taylor waiters ... weekly pick: any.do ... 20 somethings startup ... Library of Congress ... best.library.ever ... tea overkill ... weekly pick: The Room

Direct download: 282__Nadir_of_Fashion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Bull Durham - eh? ... everythings's off ... same bat time ... throwing a baseball at you ... Mike? ... run up to Christmas ... another adult ... raise you a ford focus ... no oil changes ... still more efficient ... battery advances ... daughter was educated ... taking physics ... many silver linings ... ultimate parking lot ... I'd love to go to Burning Man ... dorm room living ... 4-star Yurt ... default coal ... rainbow power ... max speed ... 0-5 feet is awesome ... '64 Lincoln safety ... steering wheel shaped bruise ... high albedo ... massive chassis ... speaking of biomechancial robots ... trees passing water ... you screwed me in 1404 ... Tolkien was right ... 4-start curmudgeon ... what's the word for desert? ... plant kin recognition ... 1-to-1 ... passing a turing test ... sentience ... except for that one ... why faces? ... lorax steaks ... weekly pick: Frozen ... best Disney princess movie ever ... movie about sisters ... Wicked good ... weekly pick: Pianist of Willesdon Lane ... weekly pick: Ford Focus electric ... weekly pick:  Rick Steves Travel Guides ... trivial pick: Sambal Oelec

Direct download: 281__Smarty_Plants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

Score ... savage wit ... amusing lunch ... the dis in discipline ... gently punked ... iPhone travails ... upset kids ... never made parody, "Das Boot" ... sonar beep ... big brother santa claus ... UPS fun ... virtually fine ... weekly pick: UPS for cable modem and wifi ... electric car batteries for buildings ... attacked by bees ... more where that came from ... justice served ... giant in black trench coat ... intimidated population ... kickstarter for findable devices ... iPhone bricking ... weekly pick: The Room ... confirming that it was that bad ... Paint Your Wagon ... macklemore in concert ... swim through the crowd ... lost a glove ... Beatles as opening act ... creating a encore

Direct download: 280__iStalk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

iPad air ... getting really small things ... got fiat  ... compliance cars ... all electric 500e ... gocart  ... weekly pick:  improv everywhere ... made 17 things ... 8/8/08 ... weekly pick: Day of the Doctor  ... weekly pick: Fiat 500e

Direct download: 279._The_Smaller_One.mp3
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