A trivia game show (along the lines of Trivial Warfare or Triviality) with a twist!
Recreational Thinking Lite: Episode F (Bonus!)
For the first time, my Patreon followers have something to show for their support other than just a warm, fuzzy feeling! This past weekend, I quickly threw together seven episodes of what I'm calling Recreational Thinking lite, a fast-and-furious, unstructured, unedited format where everyone works together against my questions and we wrap things up in 40-50 minutes. It was a total experiment, and the results are unpolished, but I think there's some diamonds in the rough. So between now and Christmas, I'll be publishing all seven as Patreon exclusives! Sign up for as little or as much as you want for full access.Just to give you a taste, I'm releasing the sixth episode for free to everyone. Join Benjamin Kitchen, Dargan Ware, and Chris White as we learn about the AOC of the '70s, find out what Cecil Chubb's wife turned down, and discover the unexpected pedigree that unites The Doors and Dolemite.NOTE: I got my terminology a bit confused when discussing Rupert Mitford. What I should have said is that he was the youngest life peer to sit in the House of Lords.Remember, sign up on Patreon to hear the other six bonus mini-episodes! https://www.patreon.com/recreationalthinking
Episode 42: Apparently a Hero to Some Nerds
Contestants: Henry Stringer, Akiva Fox, Nathan CrisseyWhat could be scarier than a "deranged cheese monster"? Well, for quizzers, it would have to be forgetting the name of someone you've spent time with on multiple occasions, right when you're asked a question about them. Yes, this episode's clever contestants hit highs and lows, mixing painfully close misses with one of the best "fraud" answers I've ever seen, as we traverse worlds as diverse as mathematics, Mario Kart, Shakespeare, cocktails, tuba, Pokémon, and competitive yo-yo'ing (really!). Plus, just in time for Halloween, there's a deranged cheese monster.Deranged cheese monster.NOTE: Like E35, this one ends with ~15m of wrap-up chatter, including a fascinating callback to E32, a discussion of how to transport giant novelty checks, and some amazing yo-yo tricks that unfortunately don't translate to an audio format.Enjoy what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
Episode 41: When They Go Loewe, We Go Lerner
Contestants: Dan Blim, Jayanthi Martins, Nick SalyersWe may not have pumpkins, but we do crown a Pun King (or Queen?) in this seasonally appropriate episode featuring vampires, Hitchcock, the Saw franchise, and strained wordplay galore! From Koopas to Kansas, from Mario to Mitski, from Princess Peach to the Dolphin Princess ... like the humble tomato, this episode traverses the globe, stopping in to quiz our hilarious contestants on folk dancing, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Stephen Sondheim, RuPaul's Drag Race, and much, much more. Yes, it has more potential for entertainment than a 22-year-old Sutton Foster and will leave you smiling bigger than a Laura Benanti fan in Times Square. So give it a listen, learn the difference between a kiki and a ceilidh, and get ready to root for that greatest of all superheroes: Bhangra-man!Like what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
Episode 40: I'm Sending This Episode to Your Father
Contestants: Nathan Flynn, Bradly Martin, Danny DoggetFull circle! We recorded this Gilliganverse-heavy episode the day Better Call Saul premiered its final half-season, and I'm releasing it right as that series airs its finale. Kismet, huh?Welcome to one of our most atypical episodes, as the contestants are recruited not from quizzing circles but from an informal network of podcasters and pop culture commentators that I stumbled into a few years ago ... but don't worry; what they lack in quizzing experience they make up for in humor and high spirits!! I learned a lot researching some esoteric (even by this podcast's standards) topics that they suggested and I think you'll learn a lot from this episode.NOTE: This is easily our least family-friendly episode, with a toilet literally being worked on in the background and questions built around profanity and sex acts, plus an extended detour into the female reproductive system. Listener discretion is advised. Also, this is always the case but I feel a need to reiterate here that opinions expressed by my guests are their own and do NOT necessarily represent the views of this podcast.Like what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
Episode 39: Pierre Menard's Recliner of Rage
Contestants: Mike Jeziorski, Tucker Warner, Jack RousseauEnjoy Episode 10? Then you'll love this SUPER SIZED reunion of all three members of that classic lineup, now with 95% less baseball. Never fear, though, for I Am the Pretty Thing that Writes the Questions, and so we make up for it with more nods to growing up in Illinois than a Sufjan Stevens album, more video games than a Lana Del Rey album, and more references to illicit drugs than a Willie Nelson album. Get ready to pull the Walker, Texas Ranger lever and discover the hidden connections between Tucker and 24, Conan O'Brien and Jorge Luis Borges, Neil Patrick Harris and ZZ Top, a huntress from Greek mythology and a terrorist action thriller set during Jesus' crucifixion, a billionaire heiress and her desire to cosplay as a poor person, and, of course, Marjorie Merriweather Post and the entire known universe in this longest-ever episode of Recreational Thinking! (Yes, it's so long that I elected to extend it by including at the end a discussion of how long it is.)Like what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
Episode 38: The Flagellation that They Do Is Hard to Watch
Contestants: Mike Samuelson, Colin Smith, Ryan Palmer, Dan SchroederStay hungry, stay foolish, and stay listening to this SPECIAL CROSSOVER REUNION EVENT in which Recreational Thinking yet again meets The Soccer Thread! For the first time since Episode 5, the host and the majority of the contestants are occupying the same physical space, and for the first time EVER that space is OUTSIDE!! Yes, you can listen to the birds chirp and the delivery truck engines idle, as I somehow allowed myself to be dragged into nature for this taping. That's not the only innovation ... pay close attention and see if you can hear our youngest ever guest! (You can't.) Come for the Blue Star donuts and the assault on Episode 33's steal record, stay for a "tight 45" on bats, a discussion of comparative health care in Boston and Portland, an introduction to the Sixx Orange oeuvre, and a chance to hear the contestants talk about me behind my back. Oh, and to find out what Arnold Palmer *really* did that day.NOTE: My cut of this episode comes from a rather rough version of the audio. The one The Soccer Thread is preparing will be of much higher quality. Listen to that one as well, and you'll pick up a few extra jokes!Like what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
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!
This podcast is legitimately terrible. Everyone knows the only quizzing platform in the entire world worth consuming is Jeopardy. I bet it’s more competitive to even get on Jeopardy than it is to win the quizzing World Cup. The reason Jeopardy is so popular is the format is the only way to make the memorization of random facts (a largely useless skill) even remotely interesting is limiting the contest to a half hour (with commercial breaks) and 3 contestants. The 10th longest Jeopardy streak in history was Seth Wilson with 12 in a row. That means Yogesh who won 3 in a row has roughly a quarter of the quizzing skill of the 10th best of all-time. Not very impressive. I would assume it’s a minuscule field that even pursues the quizzing World Cup.
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.