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The Realm of Possibility podcast

Karen Moeller and Tony Trout's podcast of unending excellence and joy.

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Wednesday
Feb182015

The Realm of Possibility #73: Snow Pants

Karen and Tony talk about texting, stickers and snow pants.  

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Tuesday
Feb032015

The Realm of Possibility #71: Milk, It's All About Me

Karen and Tony talk about folding, cleaning and Tony's post-nasal drip.  

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Monday
Jan262015

The Realm of Possibility #70: Four and a Half

Karen and Tony talk about head injuries, Vicki Lawrence and, again, weird 70's song.  

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Tuesday
Jan202015

The Realm of Possibility #69: Frozen

Karen and Tony discuss their perplexing dislike of Frozen what a nanny would do.  If they had one. 

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Friday
Jan092015

The Realm of Possibility #68: If You Like Pina Colada

Karen and Tony discuss whether the Pina Colada song was written to be intentionally cynical. And then whether an episode of Charlie's Angels started with some bad guys threatening to throw an old man into a bathtub.

 

  • We were unable to find the Charlie's Angels episode with the bath tub
  • We were able to find the Pina Colada song -- if you dare

 

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Tuesday
Dec232014

The Realm of Possibility #67: I Saw This and Thought of You

Karen and Tony talk about gift giving and the difficulties of getting the right gift for someone.

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Thursday
Dec042014

The Realm of Possibility #66: The Glitter Poop Experience

Karen and Tony talk about glitter pills.  Yes, glitter pills.

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Monday
Nov242014

The Realm of Possibility #65: The Second Prong

Karen and Tony talk about owning an island, food ingredients and misunderstanding Paul McCartney.

Show notes:

  • Curry can have just about anything in it, but the tradition spices are  coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers 
  • Paul McCartney bought his farm near Mull of Kintyre in 1966
  • The Mull of Kintyre video will make you realize how far we've come with videos

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Monday
Nov032014

The Realm of Possibility #64: Bygone Methods of Communication

Karen and Tony talk about telegrams, beer-fueled pedal busses and sound trucks.

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Sunday
Oct122014

The Realm of Possibility #63: Black Balled

Karen and Tony talk about car accidents, gum balls and Canada.

Show notes:

  • Here's that link to Episode 1 of Fantasy Island
  • Bill Bixby's Incredible Hulk and Fantasy Island both premiered as TV movies in 1977, becomes series in1978
  • Ford Gum's innovation was as much about their machines as their gum
  • A list of ways people realize they're not little kids anymore including "old women would stop smiling at me in stores".
  • The remainder of these show notes are written by Tony. Karen doesn't agree with their content or tone.
  • Canada became its own country in 1867, not 1912 as Tony said. Canada did not become a country by signing a Declaration of Independence or fighting an 8-year revolutionary war or anything rash.  They became a country by an act of the British Parliament.
  • There were many subtle consequences from the War of 1812.  Here's a good place to start
  • Here's a alternate history forum that goes into some of the what-ifs that Tony was blathering about.
  • Canada would add about 50 electoral votes in a U.S. presidential election.

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Sunday
Oct052014

The Realm of Possibility #62: Fantasy Island

Karen and Tony talk about Fantasy Island and other 70's TV shows.  This is Part II of a special double episode. 

Show notes:

  • Here's Season 1, Episode 1 of Fantasy Island and its dark overtones
  • If Roarke was Satan, then why did he spar with Satan?
  • If you can answer even ONE of these Three's Company trivia questions, you should get out more.
  • It turns out The Monkees killed off Gilligan's Island
  • The Beverly Hillbillies was canceled as part of CBS's "Rural Purge" of 1970-71, which replaced popular shows for older, rural audiences (Hee-Haw, Laurence Welk) with "hip" urban shows for younger audiences (Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family).

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Sunday
Sep212014

The Realm of Possibility #61: I was Dead Wrong About Sammy Davis, Jr.

Karen and Tony talk about Tony's memory

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Saturday
Sep132014

The Realm of Possibility #60: Something We Do Together

Karen and Tony talk about rusty balls, Smokey Bear and dandelion wine

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Monday
Sep012014

The Realm of Possibility #59: Goose Latin

Karen and Tony talk about a secret Iowa language called Goose Latin

Show notes:

  • Goose Latin has a lot of hits on Google, but every example is a different code than the one Tony learned from his family 
  • In Goose Latin, words are spelled out.  Every consonant is pronounced as a three-letter word with A as the vowel and the consonant as the first and third letter.  So, the letter B is pronounced "bab"
  • Vowels are just pronounced as they are.  A is "A".
  • There are special words for "H" (hash) and "Y" (oopsalon).
  • So, "Tony" is pronounced tat oh nan oopsalon.
  • "Karen" is kak ay rar ee nan
  • Booth Tarkington wrote Penrod.
  • Fran TarKENton was Tony's boyhood sports hero. Sort of Tony's Joe Schlabotnik
  • Karen's kicker was Jan Stenerud (who, it turns out, did play for the Vikings, as well as the Packers).  Here's a story about weird kicker names
  • Tony's statistic on hippo deaths came from Buzzfeed (2,900/year). For what that's worth.  AnimalDanger.com (for what that's worth) lists hippos at "300+" a year.

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Monday
Aug252014

The Realm of Possibility #58: Picnic Plates

Karen and Tony discuss picnics, the sound of umbrella cranks and the unpopularity of limeade.

Show notes:

  • Tony cannot verify that Sammy Davis, Jr. played a concert in Marshalltown.  It turns out that Bill Fisher brought Beverly Sills to Marshalltown on that occasion. Understandable mistake.
  • If you want to know something about Tony's perception of his home town during his youth, read the above link.  Amazing.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

The Realm of Possibility #57: Grab Bag

Karen and Tony discuss four random statements from Karen that are all true:

  1. "I like raw potatoes"
  2. "Pepper Jack cheese is bullshit"
  3. "I'm afraid I talk too much about old people on this podcast"
  4. "Much of what we think of as wisdom is just being tired"

Show notes:

  • Lots of fun Heinz trivia for our 57th episode
  • A Denver omelet has green pepper, onion and cheese (and ham)
  • The names "Jack cheese" and "Monterey Jack cheese" are interchangeable
  • Cojack cheese is a marbelled colby-jack cheese

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Thursday
Aug072014

The Realm of Possibility #56: Circus Parade

Karen and Tony discuss the Baraboo Circus Parade, circus wagons and trout costumes in this non-special episode of The Realm of Possibility.

 

 

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Tuesday
Jul292014

The Realm of Possibility #55: A Paucity of Bread

Karen and Tony discuss complimentary bread baskets, what you can and cannot order when someone else is paying for your meal and the inappropriateness of serving carrot cake at a fancy restaurant. And boat accidents.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

The Realm of Possibility #54: The Hole in the Wall

Karen and Tony discuss home repair, hat hair and Chicago.

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Thursday
Jul032014

The Realm of Possibility #53: Hitler Hair

Karen and Tony discuss vanity, Hitler-y hair and tornados (again).

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