50 episodes

A trivia game show (along the lines of Trivial Warfare or Triviality) with a twist!

Recreational Thinking Yogesh Raut

    • Education
    • 4.0 • 23 Ratings

A trivia game show (along the lines of Trivial Warfare or Triviality) with a twist!

    Directors Sets: Episode 7, HI (Bonus!)

    Directors Sets: Episode 7, HI (Bonus!)

    Contestants: Jing Feng, Andy Greeley, Randall Eng, Ewan MunroNOTE: This is a free preview.  Please subscribe to my Patreon to gain access to the rest of the alphabet.Another little taste of my directors sets!  This set, covering I's and some leftover H's, is one of my hardest, but Randall & Ewan and company are more than up to the task.  Perhaps we'll hear these hardcore cinephiles on an all-cinema episode of Recreational Thinking in the not-so-distant future?As always, if you like what you hear, consider donating via PayPal or Patreon and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 31 min
    Directors Sets: Episode 2, C1-C2-C3-A (Bonus!)

    Directors Sets: Episode 2, C1-C2-C3-A (Bonus!)

    Contestants: Frederic Bush, Chris Miller, Greg Weinstein, Tucker Warner, Dan Blim (whole time); Cliff Galiher, Charlie Fritz (part of the time)NOTE: This is a free preview.  Please subscribe to my Patreon to gain access to the rest of the alphabet.Welcome to my new series!  Written by a serious cinephile (me) for an audience of cinephiles, these questions also work as a starting point for anyone who wants to learn about film for quizzing purposes AND anyone looking to go, as Pauline Kael put it, deeper into movies.Each game (of which there are four in this episode) consists of four rounds of play, Mimir-style, with 32 questions in all.  The answer to each question will be the name of a movie director, and all answers in the game will have a surname or mononym starting with the same letter.My goal is to cover all types of cinema — mainstream, arthouse, foreign, experimental, documentary, and more — and all eras of cinema as well, with special emphasis on members of underrepresented groups (e.g. women, POC, LGBT) and underrepresented cinemas.  The questions are hard, but the games are fast-paced and filled with banter.  I hope you enjoy — and don't worry, new episodes in the usual Recreational Thinking format are on their way too!As always, if you like what you hear, consider donating via PayPal or Patreon and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode 46: Chrome Should Be a Parrot, Not a Color Scheme

    Episode 46: Chrome Should Be a Parrot, Not a Color Scheme

    Contestants: Meredith MacVittie, Ben Rothenberg, Nikhil SonejaFrom the semi-logical to the semiological, this episode examines the JAMES BOND phenomenon at all angles, turning a spyglass on the world's most famous spy.  As we celebrate the rich legacy of the Bond franchise while also reflecting on its many problematic aspects, we additionally draw connections to geography, politics, probability theory, radical feminism, horse racing, the Olympics, Willy Wonka, Orson Welles, and of course gambling and music.  Come to witness Ben's quest to become Recreational Thinking's first ever 3-time loser; stay for an abrupt downer ending that would be right at home in On Her Majesty's Secret Service or No Time to Die.As always, if you like what you hear, consider donating via PayPal or Patreon and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Episode 45: Rickey Being Rickey

    Episode 45: Rickey Being Rickey

    Contestants: Randall Eng, Doug Behrend, Darren MunkPlay ball!  An episode recorded back in spring is ready just in time for the playoffs, and just like their favorite players, our baseball-loving contestants are all highly skilled contenders vying for a prestigious world championship!  Well, okay, maybe it's not that prestigious, and it's definitely not a world championship (but is the World Series?), but it sure is fun to listen to and — assuming you're a fan of our national pastime — play along with as well.  Oh, but is your favorite team or time period not represented?  Feel free to submit it as one of your own categories when you join me on this podcast!As always: Like what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Episode 44: A Grotesque Monument to a Rich Man's Vanity

    Episode 44: A Grotesque Monument to a Rich Man's Vanity

    Contestants: Erin Portman, Vince Bacani, Jimmy DavorenI love all my contestants equally, but the moment in this episode when one reasons out the *meter* of the correct answer using her knowledge of prosody is an all-time highlight.  Really, though, there are standout moments from everyone in an episode that covers the 4 C's — curling, Catholicism, cookies, and chess — plus everything from Neil Gaiman to '70s sitcoms to some reminders of the stirring majesty of Hawaiian culture ... and then I make a series of increasingly vulgar puns and stan Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (not at the same time).  So join four people who met while taping Jeopardy! as we reunite in a much more relaxed environment for some Recreational Thinking!Enjoy what you hear?  Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 2 hr 33 min
    Episode 43: Who Was the Hemingway of Luxembourg?

    Episode 43: Who Was the Hemingway of Luxembourg?

    Contestants: Michael Rankins, Dave Ross, Nikhil SonejaNa-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-BATMAN!!!  And WONDER WOMAN!!!  And GREEN LANTERN, plus FLASH!!!  All your favorite DC superheroes and supervillains — okay, well, a decent selection of them — turn up in this topic-specific episode that spans the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and modern Ages of DC Comics.  Plus, we cover the ABCs of science fiction.  (I'm aware of their work.)  So tune in!  Come to find out how a magical Rick Springfield ties in to the Brady Bunch universe; stay to hear me pronounce ... "Schneitzhoeffer"?Enjoy what you hear?  Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!

    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

jaishwoqsh ,

LOVE THIS!!

Yogesh amazed me when he won tournament of champions! I started to listen to this podcast, and it is interesting, funny, and informational. I love it!!

Twarner50 ,

Excellent!

This is my favorite trivia podcast, and I’ve listened to a lot of them. What’s especially fun about this one is that I get to play with the contestants—if I don’t know the answer right away, their thinking can help get me on the right track. The questions are consistently interesting, and they’re questions I haven’t heard before, or need to puzzle out. The difficulty level is higher than usual, but in a good way, since this show always gets me thinking or learning something new. Highly recommend!

Kirby Kyle ,

Trivia for those who love to think

This trivia podcast goes far beyond instant recall. Yogesh Raut crafts complex and entertaining questions that challenge contestants with impressive trivia knowledge to connect various strands from wide-ranging areas. It is one-third Jeopardy! and two-thirds Holmes, often leading to big laughs as the players share their thought processes.

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