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Wow! You like us! You really like us! The numbers for Episode 1 of The Popdose Podcast were so high that we knew we had to come back for a second episode. (In all honesty, we were coming back regardless. We had too much fun last time, and none of us know how to take a hint anyway.)

With Halloween just a week away at the time of this recording, we decided to ask ourselves: what scared the crap out of us as children? Although our therapy bills this week have definitely skyrocketed, we hope you’ll find our confessions entertaining — and if not, you can count on plenty — plenty! — of digressions into other topics on the way.

So listen away! You can download here, or subscribe in iTunes (link below). Please leave us your thoughts in the comments, and if you like the show, please leave a review on iTunes. Enjoy!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 2: Dixie Carter’s Laundry (1:01:36, 56.5 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro, including an unfortunate digression into having sex with soup.

Theme: Things That Scared the Crap Out of Us as Children

4:08 Jason: E.T. — The Extra Terrestrial, including digressions into The Wizard of Oz and America (the band, not the country).

18:17 Dave reveals himself to have once been scared of his own shadow, then talks about his fears of Ayatollah Khomeini, the threat of nuclear war and Reagan’s “We begin bombing in five minutes” joke, leading into digressions on Red Dawn, the power of imagination, Muammar al-Gaddafi & Oates, current events’ influence on movie villians, and Amir Talai kissing a camel.

30:04 Jeff attempts to discuss his fear, but digressions immediately lead us into watching Poltergeist, Misery, The Shining and the re-cut trailer for The Shining. That leads us to the re-cut opening of Diff’rent Strokes, Conrad Bain and the associated haircut, Bananas, George Gaines and Alex Karras, and Space: 1999. Finally we get to Jeff’s fear of department store mannequins, which, of course, leads us in numerous digressions, including Mannequin, Meshach Taylor, Robbie Nevil/Matthew Wilder/Gina Schock writing for Disney, “Hole Hearted” and “More Than Words.” It’s a wonder we ever remember what we were supposed to talk about in the first place.

Popdose Endorsements (leave a suggestion for a better title in the comments!)

46:11 Jason endorses Guggenheim Grotto. Digressions include trying to get Jason to do the podcast either with an Irish dialect, while using a talkbox, or possibly both, and Jeff’s brilliant review of the GG album. (song: “Fee Da Da Dee”)

53:59 Dave endorses The Light in Darkness, a new book about Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album and tour, compiled by Lawrence Kirsch and featuring an essay written by Dave. (Song: “Darkness on the Edge of Town”)

56:52 Jeff endoses Matthew Ryan’s newest album, Dear Lover. See the Popdose review, Jeff’s interview with Matthew, and Jeff’s Popdose Guide to Matthew Ryan for more. Digressions include Dave’s memory of the Rambler 65 album by Ben Vaughn.

58:46 Outro: If you like the podcast, please leave a review on iTunes to help increase the show’s visibility. Thanks for listening!