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In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager into space with two records known as the “Golden Records.” On them were recordings of notable historic music, evocative nature sounds, and murmurs from contemporary life, all used to paint a picture of humanity and the world at large. Things have changed a lot since 1977, so Caleb Hearon and Shelby Wolstein are trying their hand at an update. They're talking with comedians, musicians, and the like about what they would include on their own “golden record” if a new one were sent today. Songs, images, films, and moments are all on the table in this comedic reflection on art, media, and culture.

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In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager into space with two records known as the “Golden Records.” On them were recordings of notable historic music, evocative nature sounds, and murmurs from contemporary life, all used to paint a picture of humanity and the world at large. Things have changed a lot since 1977, so Caleb Hearon and Shelby Wolstein are trying their hand at an update. They're talking with comedians, musicians, and the like about what they would include on their own “golden record” if a new one were sent today. Songs, images, films, and moments are all on the table in this comedic reflection on art, media, and culture.

    The Irish Goodbye (with Producer Anya and Producer Casey)

    The Irish Goodbye (with Producer Anya and Producer Casey)

    "I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
    You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,
    May you never take one single breath for granted,
    God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,
    I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
    Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
    I hope you dance... I hope you dance...
    I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance,
    Never settle for the path of least resistance,
    Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin',
    Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin',
    Don't let some Hell bent heart leave you bitter,
    When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
    Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
    I hope you dance... I hope you dance.
    I hope you dance... I hope you dance.
    (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
    Tell me who wants to look back on their years
    And wonder where those years have gone.)
    I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
    Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,
    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance,
    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
    Dance... I hope you dance.
    I hope you dance... I hope you dance.
    I hope you dance... I hope you dance.
    (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along,
    Tell me who wants to look back on their years
    And wonder where those years have gone.)"
    Anya's Picks

    The Library (Place)

    Napster (Technology)

    The Day on Twitter When Trump Got Covid (Shared Experience)

    Casey's Picks

    A Planet Hollywood Restaurant (Restaurant)

    The Irish Goodbye (Gesture)


    The Thing (1982 Film)

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Haunt Me, Paul (with Sam Sanders)

    Haunt Me, Paul (with Sam Sanders)

    An episode full of shocking revelations. Someone in the room (EJ) has never been to TGI Friday's. Someone else in the room (Shelby) thinks Taylor Swift is a psychopath. And someone else in the room (our guest Sam Sanders [It's Been a Minute, Vibe Check, Into It]) didn't know that Jason Mraz says he's Mr. A to Z because Mr. A to Z spells... Mraz .
    Also we rarely get this topical/controversial but if you're looking for a primer on the entire DWD drama between Oliv*a and H*rry and J*son, we've got a literal NPR reporter (our guest Sam Sanders) to take you through it beat by beat. 
    At some point, artifacts were sent to the aliens. 
    Sam's Artifacts: 


    Continuum by John Mayer (Music)

    "Pop-Up Video" (Audio-Visual)

    Really Good California Edibles (Drug)

    Carly Rae Jepson (Person)

    Funyons (Food)

    Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper (Ephemera)

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Vermonster (with Allison Raskin)

    Vermonster (with Allison Raskin)

    Shelby gets a little philosophical. Allison helps us get a little introspective. And EJ has chapped lips. 
    Allison Raskin (writer/director/comedian/YouTuber/podcaster/mental health advocate!!!) is here for some high brow, some low brow, some pure comedy gold. And the artifacts? Ohhhh these artifacts. You don't see artifacts like these every day. There's music and movies and food and warm feelings, which (we hope) are all the aliens' favorite things (fingers crossed).
    Also, our source at NASA has all but confirmed that this record manifested the Blink-182 reunion tour announced this week, so if you're 28-38 years old..... you're welcome, from all of us here at Keeping Records/NASA :-)
    Allison's Artifacts: 


    Get Over It (2001 Film)

    Blink-182's Enema of the State (1999 Music Album)

    Allison's Childhood Stuffed Animal BobFred (Ephemera)

    Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream in the Flavor Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! (Food)

    The Feeling Of Someone You Love Wrapping a Dry Towel Around You When You Get Out Of a Pool (Feeling)

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Town Crier (with George Civeris and Sam Taggart)

    The Town Crier (with George Civeris and Sam Taggart)

    Well looky who we have here: it's the literal titans of the heterosexual podcasting world, George Civeris and Sam Taggart (Straightiolab). To keep things super duper straight this episode, the gang discuss Reese Witherspoon, owls, Lady Gaga, taking a nice long walk in the fall, and then circling back to Reese Witherspoon again. 
    The aliens also get the BOGO deal of a lifetime with two sets of artifacts rocketing off into space: 
    George's Artifacts: 


    The Final Scene Of The Movie Wild (Film Scene)


    The Music Video For the Song "Why Go?" by Faithless ft. Estelle (Music Video)

    Using Leftover Pasta Sauce to Make Shakshuka For Lunch the Next Day (Food Hack)

    Sam's Artifacts:

    Lady Gaga Muppet Christmas Special (Audio-Visual)

    The Feeling When A Guy You Think Is Straight Turns Out To Be Bi (Feeling)

    Season 3 Episode 7 of HBO's Girls When They Go To The Beach House (TV Episode)

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Church Giggles (with Paul F. Tompkins)

    Church Giggles (with Paul F. Tompkins)

    Things discussed: tortoises, sperm whales, elephant seals, octopi, persian cucumbers, regular cucumbers, gerkins, Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap. 
    Things not discussed: why EJ is training his cat, and what techniques he is using to achieve his goals. 
    And who better to discuss and not discuss these things with than professional discusser Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang!, Threedom, Mr. Show)??? Blessed to have him grace the Keeping Records studios with this hyper-specific list of space-bound mementos. 
    Paul's Artifacts: 

    The Sound Tortoises Make (Sound)

    A Beach Towel Being Laid Out at the Beach (Experience)


    The Sesame Street Alien Skit (Audio-visual)

    Church Giggles (Shared Experience)

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    My Name is Mother (with Jon Gabrus)

    My Name is Mother (with Jon Gabrus)

    Anya (who writes these episode descriptions, hello) finally gets a long awaited and much deserved apology from Shelby, in absentia. I guess I had to fly across the country to give Shelby the distance she needed to make amends. I've forgiven and I've forgotten.
    While I was away, Shelby and EJ decided the podcast is perfect (true) and that the funniest person in the world is Jon Gabrus (also true). He stopped by to talk about how super awkward it is to have a sleepover at someone else's house at a young age and how super awkward it is to take a poop at the airport. If you're one of our listeners located in Long Island who just got podcasts within the last 10 years, we welcome you to the show.
    Gabrus's Artifacts: 


    Big Trouble in Little China (1986 Film)

    The Scene From Clueless Where Cher Comes Down The Stairs in a Calvin Klein Dress (1995 Film Scene/Gabrus's Sexual Awakening)

    Henry Cavill Fighting In a Bathroom in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018 Film Scene/Gabrus's Queer Sexual Awakening)

    The Unlicensed Ice Cream Salesmen on Long Island Beaches (People)

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    • 1 hr 39 min

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