This episode was recorded July 11, 2016. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!
When you realize that an experience you think is unique to you or the people exactly like you is shared by more people than you thought, it has a chance to really change your perspective.
My guest this week, Brandy Fransen, and I ramble away at some of our attempts at understanding our own cultural literacy while riffing on John Cusack. It’ll all make perfect sense, trust me. Listen to the full show above, or click the links below to fast forward to a particular section.
0:00 – Introducing Brandy, who brings out my John Cusack obsession with her John Cusack obsession. We also play peanut butter or jelly.
7:02 – Diving into Brandy’s background as a non-native in America. Nick’s Greek beach experience as well. Third-culture kids, yo.
14:41 – Digging into John Cusack and his body…of work. Paraguay versus Uruguay in the world series of love. Also, high school reunions.
25:04 – Swear words in other languages! Not sure if the FCC is going to be reaching out to us.
32:23 – More PB or J. Colonizing Mars was a big sticking point, but not for the reason you would think.
37:16 – Back to cultural literacy. Through the lens of John Cusack. So making mix tapes came up.
41:55 – Bad business ideas time. Therapy animals or competitive friends?
52:37 – President Obama’s retirement job is pretty amazing. Brandy chooses flowers instead of shirts.
1:00:25 – Stop, Pokemon Go! Turns out it can be dangerful.
1:04:21 – Brandy’s college background, and how she found her way to a job that allowed her to travel more.