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Best Podcasts of the Week: '12 Hour Day,' 'Out on the Lanai,' and more

Every week, I highlight some of the best podcasts released over the past several days. This week: One of the longest podcasts ever … and more!

12 Hour Day with J.D. and Connor, episode 7: March 14, 2015

Disclosure: I haven’t even finished this episode. That’s because it is 12 hours long. In fact, each episode of this podcast is 12 hours long, as you may be able to ascertain from the title. Who is insane enough to record themselves for 12 hours? Is it brilliance or plain narcissism? Am I the fool for listening? (I’m about four and a half hours in).

Who is it who deem themselves interesting enough to be recorded for 12 hours a day? In this case it is J.D. Amato and Connor Ratliff, two comedians in New York City. Although the podcast is not laugh-out-loud funny per se, they do, as it turns out, have interesting things to say. They talk about everything from air travel to television shows to an in-depth discussion about Elvis Costello to writer’s block, among other topics.

The idea seems crazier than what it actually is, which is just interesting conversations you are eavesdropping on. As an introvert who can’t imagine spending 12 hours straight with anyone, period, I’m fascinated by the way they engage the time together; it’s fascinating on a social level. I can imagine this would be good for a long road trip, or just when you feel like you need some good company. However, getting through one episode takes longer than it does to watch most television seasons.

Out on the Lanai, season 2, episode 2: Chris Farah

Golden Girls fans can talk about The Golden Girls incessantly without ever getting bored. Many of us have seen episodes several times, and in fact, could probably recite them line for line.

So a podcast discussing each episode is more than welcome. In fact, why did it take so long for this to happen? H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty, writers and friends in L.A. (no, it’s not a law that all podcasts must be hosted in L.A.) are superfans and experts. They host a guest each episode to watch and analyze an episode. The guest usually speaks about what the show meant to them or how they came to love it. This week’s guest, Chris Farah, recounts that as a daughter of immigrants, for her the show came to represent the ultimate in American happiness. H. Allen and Kerri have a delightful chemistry, with Kerri more of the Dorothy and H. Allen more of the Rose. The show always ends with a “Golden Takeaway”—a lesson or moral learned from the show. These turn out to be more applicable to modern life that you’d think.

This time around, they discuss the episode “Ladies of the Night,” which happens to be one of my favorite episodes. In it, the gals win tickets to a party with Burt Reynolds, only to be mistaken as prostitutes and taken to jail. And wouldn’t you know it, hilarity ensues. Sophia calls Rose to pretend she won a sweepstakes; Dorothy convinces other inmates she was sent to a man’s prison; then comes one of the best moments ever—the final line of the episode. Even just hearing someone else reaffirm and repeat the funniest lines is satisfying for a fan. Will listening to Out on the Lanai transform you into a Golden Girls fan? Perhaps.

Slate TV Club Insider: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck companion podcast

Slate‘s pop-culture podcasts are always well timed to be available as soon as something is released. Therefore, if you are dying for some discussion about a show the minute it is over, a podcast is right there for you, inviting you to revel in your reactions. Last night, the new HBO documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiered, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Good thing Slate is hosting the official HBO Documentaries companion podcast with director Brett Morgen. If you were ever a Nirvana fan, this film is amazing. If you were never a fan, this film will make you, at the very least, have a high regard for Cobain’s influence on society and music as a whole.

As always, you should also download and listen to our EW Community podcasts, This Week on Shameless and Clear Lists, Full Drafts. What are some notable podcasts you listened to this week?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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