What if your kid wants a phone? How do you do it right?
Evans Wilson of Seattle walked the Seattle Marathon towing an oxygen tank. He completed in just under 11 hours to raise money for research into his terminal lung illness. He has pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.
We also talk about South Korea's president buying hundreds of Viagra pills (he says he has a good reason) and about Alex Kirry's efforts to answer his sons questions regarding the related commercials that pop up during football games.
Atletico Nacional is asking the Copa Sudamericana be awarded to Chapacoense, the team that was decimated in the tragic plane crash.
Ed Moseley (86 years old) learned of a knitting service project at his assisted living center. He learned to knit and has since knitted hundreds of caps for premature babies in neonatal intensive care.
Scotland announced their new currency is vegan. Alex argues that if it's made from oil, it's not vegan because oil is dead dinosaur.
We were also video taped during the show and the video will be posted to Facebook.
We also do a Zen Headline about a repo man who felt so bad for one elderly couple that he helped them buy their car outright.
Alex talks about taking home ec instead of shop (he loved that the class was full of girls), that was his intro to a class of Alaskan kindergarteners who have been taught to slaughter moose.
And a final Zen Headline about the baseball team of Nova Southeastern University in Florida that raised money so a teammate could spend the holiday with his family in Venezuela. Very cool.
An English Father reached out via twitter on behalf of his severely autistic son who lost a sippy cup that happens to be the only brand/color that he will drink from. Growing concerned that his boy would become dehydrated he pleaded with the general public and after 12,000 retweets, a miracle happened. This and many more uplifting stories in #zenheadlines
A Japanese Ice-rink is in deep trouble for their recent purchase of over 5000 fish from a fish market that were then frozen underneath their ice skate park as part of a fun, festive decor. Not everyone was thrilled an now they have begun to rip up the ice and take out the fish. Ethan Millard says that the dead fish aren't offensive and that these people did nothing wrong. Alex Kirry then shares a listener's story from NASA who is paying anyone up to $30,000 for devising a new long term waste management system for a space suit. Its the "Space Poop Challenge". No really.
The River Rat aka Nutria is an invasive species in Russia where one chef is turning the meat of the Beaver-like creatures into tasty burgers. The good news is these are also considered invasive and problematic in the US. The Bad news is, there is no bad news about it, eat those suckers! Plus, how with Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry approaching the teen years of parenting in the next 2-5 years, how can they avoid raising entitled brats? Its probably too late.
A 5 year old Florida boy called 911 to invite the police to Thanksgiving. They were touched, and showed up to accept the invitation and remind him to only call 911 when there's a real emergency.
We also talk about how inconsistent Thanksgiving food can be since they're dishes we only cook once a year
And we have a great story from Australia that features the voice of one of our Broadcast House colleagues, a native Australian. Since he was with us, we also put Alex's Australian accent to the test.
We have a heartwarming story about a woman giving birth in a car on Thanksgiving. Everyone is doing well, but Alex really, really wanted to know a few practical details. For example, do you have to disclose what happened in the car when you sell it?
Also, a man was arrested on I-80 in Ohio with Christmas packages filled with drugs.
And Rhode Island state workers have rejected a 14 foot Christmas tree as "too small" for the capitol rotunda. They put it outside and got a bigger one.
We also make an attempt at Zen Headlines with a story about animals being set free from an Argentine zoo. Literally released into the wild.
We also talk about the Swedish tradition that now traditionally falls victim to arson.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss a French Law that made moves to stiffen penalties on parents who post pics of their kids that are embarrassing or compromising. The guys argue that moms and dads who promote themselves by using their kids for advertising products are just as bad.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard hook you up with a bonus shopping edition of First World Problems. Man, isn't it nice to know that the terrible things you are going through can be understood by others fighting through first world struggles? You're Welcome.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard remind you to drive safely over the holiday weekend. This is one of the deadliest driving times of the year but if you're driving in these states discussed today in this episode, you're in more trouble than the rest of us.
Ethan Millard sits down in a bonus episode to get the scoop from Andy Farnsworth on the best and worst parts of the Wasatch Front for traffic. Chances are, the place where you live might not have gotten enough of a look from you and your family as to how bad the traffic could be.
A police chief is getting some serious criticism from the public when an exotic pet ban applies to everyone but him. Plus, the Taco Bell that Ethan Millard grew up next to is in the news again, and its not a good thing. It never was when he was a kid in South Salt Lake either. Giving our wives more reasons not to listen to the show is their style.
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard hook you up on your thanksgiving break with some cop talk and just in time for black Friday, A chinese company is throwing themselves into the mix to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home with the worst-named product maybe ever.
One Kentucky man never had a problem in the previous state he lived in making his religious beleifs known. With a vanity plate that reads "I M God" he beleives that it is against his constitutional right to free speech not to allow him to have it. The state says it could come across as confrontational, in poor taste and could be a problem overall for his safety.
Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry foolishly take another attempt at making a podcast where they eat Ethan's homemade pie. Yesterday's attempt was a disaster but he has to be able to pull this thing together if he's going to save Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving.
Some people have to give disclaimers to people with whom they watch movies. Adam is one such person.
But we do talk about how he can tell when the details of a news story are too disturbing for the radio.
Plus some Star Trek
New labeling rules are on the way for homeopathic medicine. This is fine with Alex since a homeopathic cough cure didn't do a thing for his son
And we tell you about a New Jersey guy who has a terrible commute that is now costing him tens of thousands of dollars
We also tell you about "The Spelling Bee Bandit", a bank robber with poor spelling. Misspelling the same word now has him linked to four robberies.
This led to a conversation on whether or not you'd rat someone out for $1,000
Plus, car hits deer, deer hits pedestrian. The circle of life
It's Thanksgiving week so Ethan baked an apple pie as practice for the big day. It didn't go well. We broadcast the whole thing on facebook live.
Alex: "I'm not going to eat that pie... well I'll try it"
We also have you covered for Turkey Bowl rules.
In this bonus episode, Kurt Bestor opens up on his music, his life, and having an international marriage.
Thanksgiving is well placed for maximum time off work. This year, Christmas is on a Sunday, which is not optimal for time off work.
We talk about this for kind of a long time.
We also talk about the problem the iPhone 6S is having
And Alex tells the story of the last thoughtful Christmas gift he gave his wife. It was years ago.
Is your family ready for Christmas music? Have you embraced it?
Plus, we discuss "Baby It's Cold Outside" and how no one would ever write that song today
Adidas is releasing a shoe made of biodegradable synthetic spider silk.
And @HeathWadds dropped us a companion story on Twitter: Soccer jerseys made from recycled ocean plastic
Plus, we talk about Mittens, the cat that traveled 40 miles across the mountains trying to find his way back home
And we talk about the things to leave behind at your Thanksgiving dinner... Among the tips:
Leave behind the politics
Leave behind the entitlement
Leave behind your preachy diet lectures
Also, Ethan will be making the Alton Brown apple pie
Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard got together with a bonus weekend episode that involved Alex's child having his first of many heart-breaking life experiences when he realized that his car wasn't the fastest of the 30 cars there. Don't worry though, the guy running it might have been the most annoying human being on the cub scout planet.