Unpacking Peanuts

By Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, Harold Buchholz

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The show where three cartoonists take an in-depth look at the greatest comic strip of all time-- Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

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1966 Part 2 - The Name’s Patty… “Peppermint” Patty
01:04:02

There’s a new girl on the scene and she’s set to be a star, as Schulz turns the kid comic genre on its head with the debut of a startlingly modern new heroine; the immortal ‘‘Peppermint” Patty. Meanwhile, Snoopy is living an adventurous life, and Charlie Brown has no idea what’s going on. Plus: Engelbert Humperdinck. No, the other Engelbert Humperdinck.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Jan 31, 2023
1966 Part 1 - I Only Dread One Day at a Time
01:12:44

Snoopy’s latest persona is a pop culture sensation, and he’s threatening to take over the entire strip! Unless the French Foreign Legion calls him away. Elsewhere, Sally still has her eye patch, Charlie Brown is still Charlie Brown, and Linus and Lucy are moving away! Plus: maze, M-A-Y-S, maze.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Jan 24, 2023
With Benjamin Clark, Curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum
01:28:46

Today, the guys welcome Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center Curator Benjamin Clark. Benjamin leads a team of professionals dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the life and art of Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz. We talk about the excitement and challenges of working for the Peanuts brand, the care that goes into each exhibit at the museum, and the process of writing the new book Charles M. Schulz: A Life in 100 Objects. Plus: the origin of the Radio 914!

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Jan 17, 2023
1965 Part 2 - The Flying Ace Takes Off!
01:43:42

Peanuts is peaking and we are here for it! Charlie Brown goes to camp and makes a good temporary friend. Not content with becoming a mere pilot, Snoopy also launches both his writing and surfing careers. Lucy cures Charlie Brown with Psychiatry à Go Go, and Linus manifests the gift of prophecy.  Plus: Sydney or the Bush?!

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Jan 10, 2023
1965 Part 1 - Young Beagles In Love
01:22:15

Snoopy’s late night rendezvous with a certain girl beagle leads to thoughts of marriage. But will Snoopy get left at the altar? Meanwhile, Patty and Violet get a late career star turn, Linus gets something called a “cinch notice,” and Annette Funicello grows up. Plus: Jimmy meets Gene Simmons, and it does not go well.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Jan 03, 2023
Special Episode - A Charlie Brown Christmas
01:43:24

As much a part of the holidays as Rudolph and mistletoe, the legendary first Peanuts special has lived in the hearts of millions since its debut in 1965. In this special episode Jimmy, Harold, and Michael examine the strips that were adapted for the show, discuss the story behind the production, and relay their own experiences with viewing… or not viewing… the classic program. Plus: More graphics get blandished!

Download super-listener Joshua Stauffer's PDF of the strips used in the animated special: https://bit.ly/3Cyt1vd

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

 

Dec 13, 2022
With Stephen J. Lind, Author of A Charlie Brown Religion
01:04:32

In this episode, we chat with Stephen Lind, author of the fascinating book A Charlie Brown Religion. We discuss the ever-evolving nature of Schulz’s faith, hear about the challenges of writing a book of this type, and marvel at Schulz’s ability to bring people together. Plus: we ask the most important theological question of all… Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Dec 06, 2022
With Will & Kevin Hines, Hosts of Screw It We’re Just Gonna Talk About Comics podcast
01:35:01

Today, the guys are joined by hilarious UCB comedians, and hosts of the popular “Screw It, We’re Just Gonna Talk About Comics” podcast, Will and Kevin Hines. We discuss the brothers' relationship with Peanuts through the years as well as the poignancy of Joe Shlabotnik, the progressiveness of Schulz, and the realism of Peppermint Patty. Then we delve into the lost comedy masterpiece… Garfooled!  Plus: Screw it… we talk about the Beatles.

On Twitter and Instagram: @screwitcomics

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

Thanks for listening.

Nov 29, 2022
The Unpacking Peanuts Charles M. Schulz 100th Birthday Spectacular!
56:57

November 26th is Mr. Schulz’s 100th birthday, and we’re throwing a party! You won’t believe who shows up to celebrate the greatest cartoonist of all time! Grab a treat from the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine, watch your step around the Zamboni, and join us for the Peanuts bash of the century. Featuring guest appearances by: Terry Moore, Bill Morrison, Carolyn Belefski, Steve Conley, John Gallagher, Jamar Nicholas, Mark Mariano, Chris Mariano, Marty Baumann and more!  Plus: A Charles Schulz carol?

Guests include:

Terry Moore:

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Carolyn Belefski:

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Jamar Nicholas:

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John Gallagher

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Mark Mariano:

Instagram: @mypalmark

 

Bill Morrison:

https://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-MorrisonAtomic-Battery-Studios

 

Chris Mariano:

https://www.marianobros.com

 

Todd Webb:

HTTPS://Toddbot.com

 

Marty Baumann:

https://martybaumann.com

 

Steve Conley:

https://steveconley.com

 

William Pepper

https://charliebrownpodcast.libsyn.com/

 

Stephen J. Lind https://stephenjlind.wixsite.com/stephenjlind

 

Jenna Clay

https://www.935wtpa.com/

 

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Nov 22, 2022
Finale Season Three - 1960-1964
01:24:33

We wrap up the first half of the sixties in style with a look back at Schulz’s best unseen characters, listener questions, and some Peanuts comic book stories penned by the man himself. Plus: DJ Jenna Clay on the Little Red Haired Girl!

(If you want to follow our discussion of the comic book stories attributed to Schulz, and you have a library card, you can visit hoopla.com to check out the Peanuts Dell Archive).

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Nov 15, 2022
1964 Part 2 - Thrillsville!
01:22:19

It’s Linus for President, and young Master Van Pelt proves to be an expert orator… but will his belief in the Great Pumpkin sink his candidacy? Elsewhere, the Little Red Haired Girl continues to make non-apparent appearances, Michael makes a triple play, and Linus figures out that Charlie Brown is depressed. Plus: That’s Tuesday Weld!

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Nov 08, 2022
1964 Part 1 - Good Ol’ Wishy-Washy Charlie Brown
01:05:07

In a true Peanuts epic, Lucy presents Charlie Brown with a slideshow of his faults, and Linus fanboys for Doctor Horwich (who used to be Miss Frances) in a deep-cut Peanuts callback. Meanwhile, Snoopy is getting aggressive, and we see more of newcomers 3, 4, and 5… but Shermy is becoming a straggler! Plus: Michael has a sliver in his finger.

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Nov 01, 2022
1963 Part 2 - Why Don’t You Ever Call Me Cutie?
01:03:25

Lucy finds out she is an “uncutie.” Snoopy needs to take it on the lam. And we meet a boy named “5.” Also, the guys discuss perhaps the most controversial strip in the Schulz canon and how it has been understood and misunderstood in the years since. Plus: Lot’s of fun at Finnegan’s Wake!

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Oct 25, 2022
1963 Part 1 - Oh No! We’re Aware of Our Tongues!
01:01:55

Peanuts soars from strength to strength in another year of classics. Linus teaches us all a thing or two about empathy when his “Blanket Hating” Grandma comes to town, and later he develops a whole new philosophy. Elsewhere, Snoopy gets fat shamed, and Charles Schulz brings ever more depth to our hero Charlie Brown. Plus: Hooray for Aunt Marion!

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Oct 18, 2022
Bonus Episode - It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
01:18:09

Spooky Season is upon us, and Harold, Michael, and Jimmy are taking a special episode long look at the Great Pumpkin, both in the strip and the animated special. They highlight the themes and origins of the idea and how it’s become a lasting part of pop culture. Then they go strip by strip through all the gags that made it into the classic TV special, and even take calls from listeners! Plus: What the heck is Graphic Blandishment? Sign up to download Joshua Stauffer's guide to all the Peanuts comic strips featured in the animated holiday special It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. https://bit.ly/3Cyt1vd

 

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Oct 15, 2022
1962 Part 2 - Charles Schulz Sees You
01:40:55

The guys discuss the profound way in which Schulz engages and honors his readers on their own terms. Meanwhile, in the strip, Linus is patting birds on the head, Sally can’t deal with kindergarten, and Lucy sets an all time record for crabbiness! Plus: Snoopy will do anything to prove a point.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Oct 11, 2022
1962 Part 1 - Schroeder’s Big Break
01:07:15

Schulz continues to explore longer stories and more subtle emotions, as Linus (briefly) gets glasses, Lucy and Schroeder bicker, and Snoopy experiences a winter of loss. Luckily, it doesn’t affect his appetite. Plus: It’s time for an episode of Polka Pod!

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Oct 04, 2022
Special Episode - Duncan Watson and Melanie Kohn - Voices of Charlie Brown and Lucy
01:06:37

It’s a special day for Unpacking Peanuts. Charlie Brown and Lucy are here! We welcome voice actors Melanie Kohn and Duncan Watson to the show. They discuss their time spent as Peanuts’ star players, how they got the gigs, and what it’s been like reconnecting with Peanuts fans in recent years. We even get them to reprise their old roles as we discuss their favorite strips! Plus: Keene is nifty!

 

For information about Melanie and Duncan’s appearances follow @melaniejkohn on Facebook

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Sep 27, 2022
1961 Part 2 - Lunchtime With the Little Red Haired Girl
01:57:11

The most famous character never drawn (the movies don’t count, you blockhead!) makes her first non-appearance, and it’s a heartbreaker. Then Schulz writes a few anti-hallmark cards, and three goofballs openly ridicule certified genius Windsor McCay! Plus: Punchlines that punch you.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Sep 20, 2022
1961 Part 1 - It’s Run By a Big Eastern Syndicate, You Know
01:32:27

The character of Charlie Brown is deepening as Schulz explores more subtle shades of emotion. Meanwhile, in the Van Pelt household tempers are wearing thin, and in Chicago It’s full on gang warfare as Harold gives us a detailed explanation of just how the syndicated comics game worked back in the wild early days. Plus: Harold and Jimmy try (and fail) to think of the word “avatar.”

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Sep 13, 2022
1960 Part 2 - Do You Believe in Charles Schulz?
01:30:05

Jimmy expands on his theory of how Charles Schulz is a character in Peanuts. Michael talks to leaves, and Harold gets his first comic book! Plus: Liz Phair, and Alan Moore, and Mort Sahl, and Gertrude Stein

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Sep 06, 2022
1960 Part 1 - Happiness is a Warm Puppy
01:12:51

It’s the Swinging Sixties, and Linus wants to be all love! But Lucy might have a nefarious plan to thwart him. Meanwhile, Snoopy endures the Icicle of Damocles, while in the real world Schulz meets Hallmark to deliver some warm feelings. Plus: Hate at a Different Angle and a shout out to Librarians.

 

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Aug 30, 2022
Special Episode - Todd Webb
01:12:27

Harold, Jimmy and Michael welcome cartoonist and musician Todd Webb to the show! Todd is the creator of the critically acclaimed daily strip The Poet, and the creative force behind the music of Seamonster. The gang take a look at Todd’s favorite strips, and discuss influences, working methods, and why Peanuts is just the bee’s knees. Plus: Good Grief! Ernie Bushmiller??!!

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Read The Poet on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toddbotdotcom/

 

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Aug 23, 2022
Finale Season Two - 1956-1959
01:20:09

We wrap up the fabulous 50’s with a look at how far we have come! Michael, Harold, and Jimmy pick their favorite year of strips so far, answer the mail, and take a peek at a great “lost” influence on Charles Schulz. Plus: Buy Jif!

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Aug 16, 2022
1959 Part 2 - If You Can’t Trust Dogs and Little Babies
01:09:42

While Charlie Brown is succeeding as a brother, Linus is ranting about someone called “The Great Pumpkin.” When he’s not fawning over his beloved teacher Miss Othmar that is. Plus: Sally smooches Linus.

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Aug 09, 2022
1959 Part 1 - Psychiatric Help 5¢
01:23:51

Sally Brown is born! Will becoming a big brother change Charlie Brown for the better, or is it just going to derail his baseball career? Also, Lucy starts a new business…as the gang’s gruff therapist of course! But is five cents too much for her “advice?” Plus: Schulz provides others a shelter from the storm.

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Aug 02, 2022
1958 Part 2 - Germs! Disease! Infection!
01:14:21

Have you ever had to try to glue crayons together? Linus has. Jimmy tells more vaguely troubling childhood anecdotes, and Lucy thinks Charlie Brown is a spy. Meanwhile, back in 1958 it’s Liberals versus Conservatives as everything new is old again. Plus: Is Happiness Overrated?

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jul 26, 2022
1958 Part 1 - I Thought It Was The Fallout
01:08:32

Jimmy asks: What is art for? Linus becomes a fanatic. Lucy loves Schroeder. Violet admires her dad, and Snoopy starts a very weird trend. Be sure to tell your pencil pal that it’s another great year of comics from Charles M. Schulz. Plus: Hi-Fi’s and Hula Hoops.

 

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jul 19, 2022
Special Episode - William Pepper
01:06:18

We welcome the host of the OG Peanuts podcast, It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown, William Pepper. William gives us the lowdown on his long running show and then picks his Fab Five Peanuts strips of all time! Plus: Does Lucy mean well?

William Pepper's work available at Carnival of Glee Creations https://www.carnivalofgleecreations.com/

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jul 12, 2022
1957 Part 2 - Who Do You Like Better, Your Mother or Your Father?
01:03:10

Harold, Michael and Jimmy discuss what makes Schulz’s art different from contemporaries like Mort Walker or Dik Brown. Michael unlocks one of the secret Peanuts joke formulas, and we check in on the Good ol’ Angerometer. Plus: What a Team! Good Grief!

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jul 05, 2022
1957 Part 1 - Frustrated and Inhibited
53:53

Charles Schulz is loosening up and branching out. He even hires his friend, good ol’ Jim Sasseville and launches a second strip. Meanwhile, Lucy is torn between the desire to create and the desire to destroy. Plus: Do polar bears get cold?

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

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Jun 28, 2022
1956 Part 2 - If My Kite Was Caught In A Tree I’d Yell At It
01:32:50

Charlie Brown’s kite is stuck in a tree… for a week! We take a long look at this rarely seen series of strips that Schulz himself considered a high water mark. Plus: Bug watching with Lucy.

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jun 21, 2022
1956 Part 1 - Will You Be My Friend, Charlie Brown?
01:06:00

Lucy presents some little known facts and Linus figures some things out. There are a lot of kids in the Schulz household, and it’s fueling a whole bunch of hilarious comics. Plus: Charlie Brown gets what he wants… or does he?

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Jun 14, 2022
Finale Season 1 - 1950-1955
01:24:15

We are halfway through the first decade of Peanuts, and It’s been a thrill to watch Charles Schulz develop his strip from humble beginnings to the cusp of greatness. In this finale episode, we recap where we have been so far and hint at where we go next in the world of Peanuts. Plus: We answer the mail!

 

Unpacking Peanuts Season Two begins June 14th

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

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May 31, 2022
1955- Part 2 - Be of Good Cheer, Snoopy!
01:09:56

It’s a year filled with classic jokes and classical music, but Charlie Brown’s stomach hurts and it’s all Lucy’s fault. Yet while Charlie Brown steps back, the rest of the gang rise to the moment. Plus: Jimmy reveals his pick for the GOAT Peanuts strip.

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Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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May 24, 2022
1955 Part 1 - The World Develops Before Our Eyes
01:15:38

Schulz is living the posh life in Minnesota while willing Peanuts to ever greater heights. It’s the era of big laughs and big jaws, and Snoopy is busting out…and kinda ticked off! Plus: Snow comes UP, you blockhead.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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May 17, 2022
1954 Part 2 - A Cold Wet Nose on a Warm Summer Day
01:22:28

Jimmy unleashes an outlandish Peanuts conspiracy theory as we investigate the strangest sequence in all of Peanuts when Lucy hits the links with … adults?? Plus: Braun… Charlotte Braun.

May 10, 2022
1954 Part 1 - Look at Me! I’m Dancing!
01:15:49

Slick and ever-tightening cartooning mixed with some beautiful detail and a touch of the surreal is the look of the year for Schulz, and his cast of characters are growing richer and more complex as they feel unrequited love, sibling rivalry and more. Plus: Violet is ahead of her time!

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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May 03, 2022
1953 Part 2 - Ode To Joy
50:47

Linus is growing up fast. Also, how to become a virtuoso the Charles Schulz way, and more discussion about the letter “W” than is allowed in most municipalities. Plus: Filthy! Grimy! Children!

Apr 26, 2022
1953 Part 1 - A Bundle of Fuss
01:09:24

As Schulz world continues to grow both in life and within the panels of Peanuts, Jimmy, Michael, and Harold reflect on the influence of Schulz on their own process. Also Peanuts versus the Photorealists, the definition of fussbudget and variations on the theme of cruelty. Plus: Harold Googlestomps on Jimmy’s “research!” 

Apr 19, 2022
Special Episode - Alexis Fajardo
01:12:55

Join us as we chat with accomplished cartoonist, and Editorial Director of the Charles M. Schulz Studio, Alexis Fajardo! We discuss Lex’s two decades of work as the creator of the popular Kid Beowulf series as well as his work helping to produce Peanuts books for the world, and his top five Peanuts strips. Plus: A Peppermint Preview!

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Apr 12, 2022
1952 Part 2 - Mangle Terror War Hate
55:15

It’s the first appearance of Snoopy the mimic!  And he may be the most complex character in the history of western literature, but he’ll always be Lucy’s baby brother to us… Linus is here!

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com.  

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Apr 05, 2022
1952 Part 1 - I’ll Be A Hypocrite
58:14

PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY! Peanuts gets a Sunday page, and Charles Schulz comes out swinging. Interesting developments on the Snoopy watch, and Jimmy and Michael get a joke decades later than they should have, and the introduction of one of the icons of Peanuts… Lucy Van Pelt. Plus: Snoopy goes to the Electric Chair!

 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

 

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark.

 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com. 

 

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Mar 29, 2022
1951 Part 1 - Music for Mudpies
30:06

Charles Schulz spends his first year as a full-time cartoonist exploring the form, and honing his themes. Little gags, little folks, and toy pianos are where it’s at in '51,  but is this new girl Violet good… or evil? Plus: What is up with this dog?

Mar 22, 2022
1951 Part 2 - A Pretty Good Guy
01:05:42

It’s all the best, the funniest, and the firsts as we go through the strips of Peanuts’ first full year. We touch on the deepening of Schulz’s craft and themes, the influence of UPA animation, plus: the Zen of Charlie Brown.

Mar 22, 2022
1950 Part 1 - Good Ol’ Charlie Brown
29:19

Peanuts is the greatest comic strip of all time, and three cartoonists, Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules! & 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up) Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theater, Sweetest Beasts) and Michael Cohen (Strange Attractors, Tangled River) are reading the whole thing! Join them as they discuss Charles Schulz’ comic strip masterpiece year by year starting with the very first strip on Oct 2. 1950 and continuing through all 50 years of the strip.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark.

 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com. 

 

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Mar 15, 2022
1950 Part 2 - How I Hate Him
45:29

We do a deep dive into the first few months of the Peanuts comic strip, as Charles Schulz and Charlie Brown begin their epic journey together. We meet our hero Good Ol’ Charlie Brown, his pals Patty and Shermy. Plus: A cute little pup named Snoopy. Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

 

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark.

 

For more from the show follow @unpackpeanuts on Instagram and Twitter. For more about Jimmy, Michael, and Harold, visit unpackingpeanuts.com. 

 

Thanks for listening.

Mar 15, 2022
Unpacking Peanuts Sneak Preview
07:08

Unpacking Peanuts begins next week! Join Michael Cohen, Harold Buchholz, and Jimmy Gownley on their great Peanuts Re-Read, and enjoy this special sneak peak at an upcoming episode.

Mar 08, 2022
Allentown PA
05:34

Welcome to Unpacking Peanuts, the show where three cartoonists take an in-depth look at the greatest comic strip of all time-- Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

Hosted by Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz

Coming March 15, 2022

Jan 19, 2022