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Every Tuesday best friends Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden are joined by experts, newsmakers and celebrities in an attempt to find answers to the things that make us go…"Really? no, Really?” We invite you to join us, subscribe and even suggest topics, as we search for the answers to life’s most baffling, intriguing, confusing and annoying questions

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Every Tuesday best friends Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden are joined by experts, newsmakers and celebrities in an attempt to find answers to the things that make us go…"Really? no, Really?” We invite you to join us, subscribe and even suggest topics, as we search for the answers to life’s most baffling, intriguing, confusing and annoying questions

    MrBeast Dominates YouTube…but who is he?

    MrBeast Dominates YouTube…but who is he?

    MrBeast aka 25-year-old Jimmy Donaldson is the biggest solo performer on YouTube. He’s followed by over 400 million people who watch his insane stunts and his enormous acts of philanthropy.

    So, who is this introverted twenty-five-year-old and what makes him tick? Did he really figure out the YouTube recommendation algorithm, and what makes him different from thousands of similar creators on YouTuber? For answers we contacted a writer who for three days, embedded herself with MrBeast, in his enormous compound, in Greenville, North Carolina…Ej Dickson.

    Ej is a Senior Writer for Rolling Stone and covers internet culture. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle, GQ, and Playboy, among others. She's also been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and This American Life, as well as the Hulu docuseries "Only Fans: Selling Sexy," The New Yorker once called her "ineffably cool."

     

    ON THIS EPISODE:

    YouTube was birthed after a wardrobe malfunction.

    What's MrBeast’s strategy for becoming the biggest YouTuber?

    How he created an old-school, Hollywood-style, studio system.

    MrBeast’s parents, his house, and seeing 1 million dollars in cash.

    MrBeast cracked the YouTube algorithm. Or did he?

    Some call MrBeast’s charitable videos - “inspiration porn” Is it?

    MrBeast and Tyler Perry - What they have in common.

    How long can MrBeast dominate?

    Ej introduces us to the odd world of Skibidi Toilet. Really???

    Googleheim: The most popular social media star across ALL platforms is…

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    • 39 min
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family Issues

    Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family Issues

    In 11 years on ABC’s Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson never won a Primetime Emmy even though he was nominated 5 times. Jason, who reminds us often, was nominated 7 times for Seinfeld so in this episode, we find out who lost it, better. And Jesse’s show is so popular there are even versions in Chile, Greece, Russia, and even Iran! Really, no really?

    Actor, author, podcaster, philanthropist, restaurateur, and activist Jesse Tyler Ferguson is best known for his portrayal of Mitchell Pritchett on the hit sitcom Modern Family. He’s also done a variety of stage and screen work including “Cocaine Bear”, and “Ice Age: Collision Course.” He won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the 2022 Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg's “Take Me Out” and for his performance in 2016’s “Fully Committed”, Jesse won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

    IN THIS EPISODE:


    The strange commonalities between Jason and Jesse.
    The documentarian on Modern Family finally revealed!
    Jesse on the responsibility of representing the Gay Community.
    When you podcast from a restaurant, is the food free?
    Straight actors cast as LGBTQ characters?
    Jesse came out to his dad 3 times.
    Really! Living an actual “Modern Family.”
    How to play 40 roles in a one-man show?
    Jesse responds to criticism for “wearing a fat-suit” in Cocaine Bear.
    How Jason and Jesse fostered such collaborative ensembles.
    In Hollywood, being gay is no longer included as a diversity hire, RnR?
     



     

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    • 41 min
    What an AI-Generated George Carlin Means for Us All

    What an AI-Generated George Carlin Means for Us All

    There’s a brand-new, George Carlin comedy special, which is mystifying and disturbing since he died in 2008!

    Legendary comedian George Carlin was unceremoniously resurrected from the grave by a comedy podcast claiming to have created an AI-generated Carlin, based upon decades worth of his existing material. The special they created - “I’m Glad I’m Dead”- had the AI created legend commenting on current issues such as mass shootings, America’s class system, streaming services, social media…even Taylor Swift’s sex life…Really, no Really!

    But the computer-generated version lacks Carlin’s brilliance and has created a brouhaha that leads us to an unsettled legal question…whether training A.I. language learning models on publicly available written, visual and audio content infringes on the copyrights of artists and authors. Is it ethical or legal for someone to create a new George Carlin, without his or his estate’s permission?

    Jason and Peter needed to find out, so they went to the source, Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin to discuss the controversy, her lawsuit, her dad’s legacy, and what she feels her father would have to say about the current controversy?

    Kelly Carlin is a storyteller, writer, performer, photographer, a practitioner of Zen Buddhism and the daughter of the legendary comedian George Carlin who died in 2008. Since then, Kelly has upheld his legacy by spreading his life’s work through many media, protecting his work and image in the public sphere, and stepping into the limelight in her own right.

    IN THIS EPISODE:


    What’s the purpose of ANY AI-written or performed standup?
    Was this truly AI-written and performed - does it matter?
    Future protections for performers and their likenesses.
    The true story behind George Carlin and his 7 dirty words.
    Which would you trust more: An experienced doctor or an AI diagnostician?
    When the AI Carlin feeds the future AI, what happens then?
     An AI with empathy, does it exist?
    The upside to AI hacking comedians, is there one?

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    • 35 min
    America’s Funniest Science Author on Orgasms, Cadavers & Space Travel

    America’s Funniest Science Author on Orgasms, Cadavers & Space Travel

    Author Mary Roach is a hands-on writer specializing in science related topics that tap into some of the more curious and unexpected nooks of our lives. But “hands-on” doesn’t fully capture the lengths she’ll go to capture her stories – for her book examining the intricacies of sex, science, and relationships, she convinced her husband to have sex while monitored and recorded in an MRI, Ultrasound, Sonogram-like device…Really, no Really!

    Mary Roach is an author specializing in popular science and humor having written seven New York Times bestsellers, including Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void and her latest book, FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law.

    Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, GQ, and the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, among many, many others.

    Her 2009 TED talk, "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Orgasm", made the organization's list of top 10 most popular talks of all time.

    IN THIS EPISODE:


    How Mary chooses esoteric and often taboo topics.
    Women’s sexual arousal can be measured…or can it?
    Mary embraces the taboo, including researching how astronauts avoid “fecal decapitation.”
    The shocking places where donated cadavers can end up.
    Using the Scientific Method to “prove” the existence of a higher power.
    India’s battles with elephants and monkeys.
    Googleheim: Science Myth vs. Science Fact

     

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    • 40 min
    Florida Has a Python Problem…Our Guest is the Solution

    Florida Has a Python Problem…Our Guest is the Solution

    Snakes…why'd it have to be snakes? There’s a Burmese Python problem in Florida’s Everglades which is dramatically altering the ecological balance in the Sunshine State. Currently, the only way to control these non-native, invasive snakes, is to send hunters deep into allegator infested swamps to find, capture, and kill these apex predators. Really, no Really!

    You might imagine these Hunters as burly “Crocodile Dundee-types” with sophisticated equipment, night vision, Rambo-style bowie knives, and guns, lots of guns. But reality is quite different. Our guest today Amy Siewe styles herself as the “Python Huntress;” she’s a 5’4, 120lbs. woman who by trade is a realtor, who regularly captures these beasts – some as big as 20 feet, 250 pounds - using only a canvas bag and her wits. She has killed over 400 pythons using a quick and humane method but the number of endangered or threatened native species being eaten by these pythons is getting longer each year.

    Is this really the best solution to this problem and what does she do with all those dead snakes? The answers might surprise you.

     

    IN THIS EPISODE:


    How Amy transformed from mild-mannered Indiana-based realtor to “Python Huntress.”
    Does she speak Parseltongue…the language of snakes?
    Step-by-step instructions capturing a 17-footer…alone!
    What snake Periscoping means.
    Vipers, allegators, panthers, and bears oh my! All the things stalking Amy as she hunts.
    We analyze our collective fear and loathing of snakes.
    How do you humanely euthanize huge snakes while in the muck of Florida’s Everglades?
    Amy’s message to prospective buyers of commercial pythons and exotics…
    Jason’s close encounter with a snake at “America’s Stonehenge.”
    SEE one man’s emotional support allegator. Is this legit?

    Googleheim: Pythons are just one of the many invasive species harming Florida’s ecology.



     

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    • 34 min
    Extreme Tourism: A Simpsons Writer Goes Where You Wouldn’t

    Extreme Tourism: A Simpsons Writer Goes Where You Wouldn’t

    It’s an understatement calling it adventure tourism, at minimum its extreme travel, more accurately it’s insanely dangerous. Diving to crushing depths to glimpse the Titanic, sightseeing hostile dictatorships, postcard-shopping in active war zones – increasingly, people are choosing to go to these places…for vacation. Really, no really!

    What could possibly possess a person to willingly put their lives in danger for a few photographs and an unusual stamp on their passport? You might expect these reckless tourists to be former Special Forces or folks with cultural ties so deep that it neutralizes the danger. Well…maybe those people exist but today Jason and Peter are talking to Mike Reiss, a middle-aged, Emmy-winning, Simpsons writer-producer whose wife compelled him to visit 136 countries, including Iran, Syria, and even North Korea!

    Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for The Simpsons. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history. And Mike claims to be happily married for over thirty years. We believe him…?

    ON THIS EPISODE:


    Why more and more people are doing these extreme activities…
    How Mike went from homebody to extreme world traveler.
    True tales from Iran, Iraq, Syria & Afganistan.
    Almost forced to make movies for Kim Jung Il in North Korea.
    Diving in the doomed Ocean Gate experimental submarine 4 times!
    That time he almost died on a Namibian sand dune on New Year’s Eve.
    Jason’s main travel fear - toilet uncertainty!
    Mike shares his top travel tips from his years as an extreme tourist.
    The one vacation so bad Mike had to cut it short – you’ll never guess the country.
    He’s willing to go to Mars, but THIS place he refused to go.
    Googleheim: The most dangerous places…in your home.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
211 Ratings

211 Ratings

Anneliz57 ,

Super great

I look forward to this every week. The two men are such good friends and they have such good questions for their guests. I always learn something every week.

zaban143 ,

Disrespecting Shatner

Shatner just finishes up telling this remarkable, eloquent, moving story about his emotions upon seeing the earth from space… and the second he comes up for a breath Peter goes “OK BUT WAS THERE A DOCTOR ON BOARD?!” …these guys are great at being condescending and mocking their guests.

chgrpads ,

Really Enjoy!

Such interesting topics you don’t normally hear about. Bless Dr. Church for trying to help endangered animals and the climate.

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