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Laugh and learn w/ Susie Meister PhD & Sarah Rice MFT from MTV's The Challenge as they cover psychology, pop culture, human interest, and science, and make everything from Kardashians to quantum physics accessible to all.
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    • 4.7 • 2.7K Ratings

Laugh and learn w/ Susie Meister PhD & Sarah Rice MFT from MTV's The Challenge as they cover psychology, pop culture, human interest, and science, and make everything from Kardashians to quantum physics accessible to all.
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    Optimism, Pigeon Spy, & Napping on the Job

    Optimism, Pigeon Spy, & Napping on the Job

    Remember when we were optimistic? Well, we do, so Sarah wanted to find out what makes some people optimistic. Susie thinks she's a realist, but that might be code for "pessimistic." But Susie and Sarah have a crazy role reversal today, and we're wondering if Sarah is becoming less emotive in her menopausal era. We learn why some countries are passing laws to help people get out of work. Susie is wound up about people who become complacent or apathetic about the world and their role in it. We are furious about an influencer who faked her own death and acted like it was for a good cause. The US captured a pigeon it thought was a Chinese spy, but it turned out to be a wrongful conviction. We debate what foods would be good to eat in the shower and we learn about a pastor who ran a crypto scam at church.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Elmo Abuse, Apollo 13, & Guinness World Records

    Elmo Abuse, Apollo 13, & Guinness World Records

    Sarah is in her cranky era since she's dealing with her menopausal symptoms. Susie gives Wil Wheaton a real earful about his ridiculous rant about Larry David's recent bit on a morning show with Elmo. We mourn the loss of Sarah Rice (not our Sarah Rice, a different one). Susie shares the story of Apollo 13 including the reason their mission to the moon was ill-fated, some old gossip about the crew, and why NASA didn't realize the flight was a success for many years. Susie is mad at the Guinness World Records organization for nit-picking with a man who made a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of matchsticks. Sarah is on the fence about their rules. We discover a wild fact about Guinness World Records live on the air and we're still stunned. We discuss the business of infomercials, products we are tempted to buy, and why they are so addicting to watch.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Cupcake Kisses, Voices that Care, & Pez Outlaw

    Cupcake Kisses, Voices that Care, & Pez Outlaw

    Sarah shares some of the things she watched during her recovery and what kinds of things she found soothing (and relatable). We discuss American Nightmare, a documentary that describes the abduction of a woman that the media and law enforcement concluded was a hoax that was actually not, and how these mistakes can happen due to problems in the system and human psychology. We hear why the group Insane Clown Posse was investigated by the FBI and why their art is not a reflection of the artists or their fans. Sarah has some tips for Susie's one hit wonder inspired by We Are the World, and we learn about another celebrity song she saw produced in real life and why she thinks it's better (it's not). Susie shares a story about a news organization that ran an experiment to show the pressure their female anchors face to look and dress a certain way. We hear about a man who outsmarted a CEO all by smuggling and selling Pez dispensers. We find out why insider trading isn't Martha Stewart's only moral failing and we unmask the Masked Magician.

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    • 59 min
    Biscuits & Gravy, Candyland, & Moth to Flame

    Biscuits & Gravy, Candyland, & Moth to Flame

    Sarah makes her triumphant return to today's show, and we are so glad she's on the mend. We hear some of the details form her surgery and recovery and what she learned through it all. She describes how she feels like she's a wise old woman now and suddenly has a new food obsession. We learn what her happy place looks like and how it was inspired by her childhood. We discuss the ways that people find comfort during difficult life events and how sometimes it can just be in the form of a yummy dessert. Susie discusses the documentary David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived about the stunt performer and body double from Harry Potter who was injured on set, and how he is so inspiring. Plus, we hear why it turns out that moths aren't actually attracted to flames, and our minds are blown that we've been living a lie.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Diaper Spa, Ruby Slippers, & Chowchilla

    Diaper Spa, Ruby Slippers, & Chowchilla

    We have a guest co-host today and it's one of Susie's infamous "lezes"! Kelly fills in for Sarah as she heals from her surgery. We discuss the documentary Chowchilla, which is about 26 children who were abducted from a school bus and how their experience changed the way we see childhood trauma and raises questions about justice. We debate whether a man who opened a plane's emergency door and walked on the wing is a lunatic, criminal, or hero. We hear about a new spa made especially for the diaper-wearing community, discuss whether this group would fall into the "kink" category, and discuss the type of person who would do this. Susie talks about the Greatest Night in Pop, which chronicles the making of We Are the World, and how she thinks one legendary singer got ripped off because she wasn't assigned a solo. We hear who stole a pair of original ruby slippers, Susie claims old people should do hard drugs, and we learn how Kelly got a piece of the Titanic (not the doomed boat, but the film set). But the real quote of the episode involves an intimate moment Kelly had with Rosie O'Donnell.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Hockey Heroines, Sarah's Closet, & Stanley Tumblers

    Hockey Heroines, Sarah's Closet, & Stanley Tumblers

    Sarah shares the science on puberty and the reasons people are experiencing it earlier. We hear how Billie Jean King intervened in women's hockey and helped it succeed. Sarah discusses the popularity of Stanley tumblers and how they became the "must have" items for women, but Susie reveals how despite women being the engine behind their success, a man is getting all the credit. Sarah admits to how many sweatshirts she owns and why her overalls obsession is becoming a problem. Plus we hear advice from the Fonz about what should guide our decisions.

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Katagu ,

Thank you

I love this podcast! Sarah and Susie I’m so happy you two humans crossed paths and remained friends, I’m currently in the 2017 archives, I can just listen for hours, I really enjoy every episode. It takes me back listening to your old podcasts.
Thank you for bringing me joy.
Sincerely
K.S.

nicknames taken, im erica ,

Great pod

I’m so glad you spoke about the white savior. That poor baby with the blood transfusion. Dude. They don’t need you to save them, my word. Give the money to the people, give them resources. Not unqualified care. And plus I feel bad for her daughter.

Stephcoco1114 ,

Disappointed

I absolutely love you guys and want to be your BFf, I’m subscribed to Patreon, I’ve listened since day 1! I’ve been so disappointed lately with the interviews (although I did love Beth)! That being said, unless you get Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, ex challengers, Eli or Adam…please no more! I have to end as soon as the interview starts and I hate missing out hearing you and Sarah!

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