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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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Sunday
Aug112013

The Realm of Possibility #30: Parallel Universes

Karen and Tony are joined by special guests Doug and Sharon.

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Tuesday
Jul302013

The Realm of Possibility #29: Fiery Death

Karen and Tony discuss ways they don't want to die suddenly.

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Sunday
Jul142013

The Realm of Possibility #28: Animated Wedding

Karen and Tony discuss strange things we've had to do at work.

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Friday
Jul052013

The Realm of Possibility #27: Blight

Karen and Tony discuss treatments for tomato blight and welcome people back after a long lay-off.

Show notes:

  • Just one cute picture of our new kitten, Norman.
  • Apparently you can fight tomato blight with copper.

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Monday
May132013

The Realm of Possibility #26: I Never Forget What Dawn Is

Karen and Tony sample beer, search for the other, lost slaws and discuss their lack of "brain-powered greatness."

Show notes:

  • Ernie Banks predicts "Our Cubs Will Be Supreme in 2013".  Well, Ernie, you guys probably said that about 1913 too...
  • It was difficult to find any evidence of beer being possibly dangerous, but there are many ways to learn of beer's health benefits.
  • "Cole slaw" comes from the Dutch koolsla, which means cabbage (kool) salad (sla).  Not a chef named Cole.
  • "We are in the same seat in the same boat."

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Tuesday
May072013

The Realm of Possibility #25: Booze Doesn't Go Anywhere

Karen and Tony talk about booze, corny signs people buy, and way more fence post talk than anyone would ever want to hear.

Show notes:

  • Visit Madison's newest craft brewery, Karben4.
  • The "Worry... is a waste of the Imagination!" sign is available.  Shipping is extra.
  • This is our Silver Episode!

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Thursday
May022013

The Realm of Possibility #24: How Can a Ceiling Bother You?

Karen and Tony talk about fence posts, picking a side of the bed to sleep on and we hold our first contest.

Show notes:

  • According to a British study, people who sleep on the left side of the bed are happier than people who sleep on the right.  Now, we just need to know which side is the "left" side.
  • You can get a tasty tropical drink at the Surf Shack.
  • All their stuff is weird, but this week's episode is sponsored by Jolly Bob's on Willy Street, home of the hurbly-glurbly, zombily-bombily appledee-tini mai-yeah, their delicious version of a Pina Colata.
  • Here's some practical advice on how to take compliments, even when you don't agree.
  • Hundreds of pictures of Wallace Shawn, in case you'd like to see them.
  • Karen's recipe for easy fruit cobbler. It's good.
  • CONTEST: leave your non sequitur license plate in the comments of this episode.  The winning entry will be one word, spelled correctly, with 7 or fewer characters and conform to Wisconsin DOT regulations. When a person reads it, it is not cryptic, it clearly says something, yet nothing can be ascribed to it.  A stumper. The winner will be a guest host on a future episode.  

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Wednesday
Apr172013

The Realm of Possibility #23: A Woman's Raincoat

Karen and Tony talk about the complicated emotional consequences of giving your husband a ladies' coat to wear.  And shoe-tying and dog shame.

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Episode 23

Tuesday
Apr092013

The Realm of Possibility #22: Random Meat Man

Karen and Tony talk about the social niceties of responding to door-to-door salesmen.  They did not talk about sinkholes.

Show notes:

  • Sinkholes are big news these days.
  • Would Karen happily greet this man at the door? Well, maybe....
  • Sadly we couldn't find a picture of Tony's Des Moines Register paper bag.  But here are some great pictures of paper bags.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

The Realm of Possibility #21.5: Tractors

Karen and Tony talk about tractors and Spring.

Show notes:

  • Due to technical difficulties, there are no show notes for this half episode.

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Sunday
Mar102013

The Realm of Possibility #21: Blind Optimism

Karen and Tony talk about planning, optimism and worry.

Show notes:

  • Read some great quotes from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
  • According to this article, optimism can have real life benefits.
  • Tony was completely wrong in his prediction that we would not get snow. Madison got over 7".

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Friday
Feb222013

The Realm of Possibility #20: Road Rage

Karen and Tony talk about Russian dash cams, road rage and honor amongst psychopaths.

Show notes:

  • Here is a link to one of the Russian dash-cam movies Karen talked about and a brief article about why all these Russian dash cams exist.
  • Can you blame Tony for succombing to road rage after this?
  • While Tony's distrust of other drivers causes him to take things more slowly to avoid accidents, distrust can sometimes have the opposite effect.
  • The photo that will proudly adorn Tony's new office.  

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Thursday
Feb072013

The Realm of Possibility #19: Being Vulnerable

Karen and Tony talk about not talking about personal issues and the realities of aging.

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Sunday
Feb032013

The Realm of Possibility #18: We Are The World

Karen and Tony are joined by special guest Matt Sloan and the three share their feelings about all-star charity recordings and the TV series M-A-S-H.

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Saturday
Jan262013

The Realm of Possibility #17: Snacks

Karen and Tony talk about snacks and side kicks.

Show notes:

  • Perhaps this is what Karen and Angela saw in Paris.
  • Maybe crackers are not snacks, but Wheat Thins are #6 on the list of Top 10 US Snack Brands.
  • Here are the "snack" crackers that Tony picked out at the grocery store.  They're tasty, but you wouldn't want to eat them from a bowl.
  • A Google image search of "side kick" provides a nice random array of out-of-date Motorola phones, a small Subaru SUV and a lot of karate shots.  Karen refined the search and found a better result here.

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Sunday
Jan202013

The Realm of Possibility #16: Trending

Karen and Tony talk about keeping up with current trends, including cell phones, texting and Downton Abbey.

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Thursday
Jan102013

The Realm of Possibility #15: Random Sandwich

Karen and Tony talk about illness, poop, house calls and Karen's remembrance of things past in France.

Show notes:

  • New York City was the first place in the nation to enact a "Pooper Scooper" law in 1978.
  • The first urgent care centers opened in the 70's to provide a less expensive alternative to emergency rooms. There are more than 10,000 urgent care centers now in the United States.
  • In France, doctors still make house calls. There are many hilarious and sad contrasts made between American and European healthcare in Michael Moore's movie Sicko.
  • Did TV doctors make house calls longer than real doctors? Well, the series House Calls ran from 1979 to 1982, which is probably 10 years after any real doctor did a house call.  Good gig for Wayne Rogers!
  • This is the kind of French breakfast Karen was talking about.  Minus the ants, of course.

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Sunday
Dec302012

The Realm of Possibility #14: Avalanche!

Karen and Tony talk about avalanches, genius and the influence of topography.

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Thursday
Dec202012

The Realm of Possibility #13: Feed the Birds

Karen and Tony talk about song birds and drinking straws, but not whales.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

The Realm of Possibility #12: Cosmic Kismet

Karen and Tony talk about toupees, Christmas cookies and rationing.

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