Today we rank the best things that come out of Greece. Number 1 is Costaki, obviously. At the bottom of the list is Greek yogurt. Hey, a Greek person said it's bad. You can't argue with that. It's like an Italian saying pineapple on pizza is unacceptable, which we are confident most of them would. Also low on the list is the gymnasium, because from there it was a slippery slope to football being invented. And we all know how that's been going.
Magic is a mysterious thing. That applies to both literal magic and figurative magic. Today we're focusing mostly on the latter. Or are we? A real magician never reveals his secrets, even if that secret is that he's actually a mage. Regardless of his aptitude for spells, he has an aptitude for sleights of hand and misdirection, which he says anyone can learn. It's very hard to learn in a purely audio environment though. That's why you should go see him in addition to listening to this episode.
If there's one thing the camera loves, it's unique-looking people. Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, you know the type. They're instantly recognizable. You can certainly say the same about Michael Berryman, and that facet of the industry has treated him well. It helps that he takes his acting very seriously. We learned today that he strongly dislikes hams, and we're not talking about the food. What he does not dislike is the environment. If you find yourself shooting elephants, stop immediately. It's bad.
Flying can be scary. You're going 500 miles per hour in a massive steel machine suspended 30,000 feet in the air. It doesn't help that sometimes the plane seems to just drop out of the sky momentarily. Statistically, it's still the safest way to travel. Sadly, our brains do not run on statistics. They run on emotion. That's why we're still talking about Gabby Petito. It's a highly emotional case. It's also why our show is so popular. You've heard us talk about how much we hate politicians. That's no accident. That's the secret behind must-listen podcasting. That and switching topics every five minutes.
It seems like among all humanity, celebrities are the most likely to die under mysterious circumstances. Are they being murdered? Is there a shadowy cabal behind the scenes making sure they don't talk? Or are people just unwilling to accept that drugs are bad? The world may never know. We may also never know how some celebrities manage to live on the other side of the coin: dancing and singing in their 90s. The answer to that is probably also drugs. Just very different ones.
Squid Game is apparently still a thing. The tide is changing though: it's gone from universally acclaimed to hated by Tom and Tim. Say goodbye to your 100% Fresh rating, Squid Game. And speaking of things people hate, slurs are an interesting cultural phenomenon. Every culture does it, and every culture has a slur for just about every other culture. Math isn't the universal language. The real universal language is hate.
What's more boring than law? Today we attempt to find out, and discover that the answer is "nothing". That is, unless you like reading thousands and thousands of words that detail exactly how fast you can drive in any given scenario. Then it's fascinating. Hey, it's better than watching football. Everyone's a winner when you follow traffic laws. We cannot say the same about the Vikings or Falcons.
Long-time listeners may be familiar with Tom quitting KQ every few months. We call this a negotiation breakdown. Anyone can learn to be a good negotiator, they just need to learn how. Well, Mickey doesn't have a book, strangely enough. But he does have some wisdom. He negotiated a hostage release with North Korea, so he'd know how to make a deal. He also knows Bright, a platform to interact with educators, experts, and creators. Think of it like Zoom, except instead of accidentally taking a video of yourself changing, you're learning something. We'd call that an improvement.
We've got a star-studded cast this hour. MIke Gelfand. Adrian Washington. Jimmy Francis. And of course, Jit from Maharaja's. Each a different ethnicity, each Minnesotan. And we didn't even have to pay a Chief Officer of Diversity a salary to achieve it. Makes you think. The name of the hour is good vibes. Adrian brings the comedy at Annandale this weekend and St. Cloud the next. Jit brings the love. Jimmy and Gelfand are conspiring to rule this state with a dysfunctional fist. Sadly, it would be a major improvement.
When you think Jeff Foxworthy, you usually don't think about the Jewish Mafia. Don't worry, he's still not a made man. Or a made mensch, I suppose. That combo is just what you get when you dedicate one segment to Gelfand and one to Jeff. We try to bring people of all backgrounds together so we can talk about how every car made before 2005 was a piece of junk.
Come see Jeff Foxworthy at the Pantages on October 30th, 5 and 7:30 PM. Tickets and info - bit.ly/3p0UsZq
The Tom Barnard Show, AKA The Family, features local and national guests and is heavily focused on humor. Tom Barnard, host of the #1 local morning show in the United States since 1986, created the podcast with the goal of a show with more creativity and flexibility than radio. Tom hosts the show along with his wife Kathryn, daughter Alex, and son Andy.