Too Much Information

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'Too Much Information' is a new iHeartRadio podcast that gives you the secret history, behind-the-scenes details and little-known fascinating facts about your favorite movies, music, TV shows and more. The series is brought to you by two trivia titans with too much free time. Jordan Runtagh and Alex Heigl are big-time pop culture nerds and longtime listicle writers who've worked at Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, and Page Six. Now they're let off the leash and ready to dive deep into a different beloved entertainment classic three times a week. Get ready for everything you never knew about 'Rugrats,' 'Hook,' "Dancing Queen," Sonic the Hedgehog, 'Jeopardy,' 'Top Gun,' 'Jagged Little Pill'...The list goes on, and so will these guys. But in a good way. Promise. 


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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2330

Jordan and Alex’s hearts grow three sizes as they explore the making of the classic 1966 animated holiday special. You’ll learn about the truly devastating personal story that inspired the original book, the crappy car rental that influenced the Grinch’s green color, the surprising impact of WWII on getting the special green-lit, the drama over the Grinch’s singing voice, the little-known sequel specials — and the CORRECT way to pronounce “Seuss.” (Yes, we’ve all been saying it wrong.) 

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Nov 30, 2022
Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black'
5173

Jordan and Alex observe Black Friday by delving into the agony and the ecstasy of one of the greatest albums of the 21st century. They'll explain the relationship drama and emotional turmoil that influenced the record, explore the classic '60s songs that inspired its distinctive sound, and introduce the band of Brooklyn soul giants who gave it the groove. They'll also explain the argument that led Amy to cover the Zutons song “Valerie,” the NYC stroll that inspired "Rehab," and how Mark Ronson got Amy Winehouse to overcome her unholy hatred of strings for "Love Is a Losing Game."

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Nov 25, 2022
Batman: The Animated Series
4039

You ever pod with the devil in the pale moonlight? Alex puts Jordan through the Bat-wringer in a Bat-tastic exploration of "Batman: The Animated Series," in tribute to the recently deceased voice of the Dark Knight, Kevin Conroy. They'll Bat-detour through the show's origins in a show about Looney Tune babies, the secrets behind the series' beautiful aesthetics, how Mozart informed Mark Hamill's positively terrifying performance as the Joker, and the woman behind the Bat-music, Shirley Walker. They are the vengeance, they are the night, they are ... Too Much Information.

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Nov 23, 2022
The Parent Trap (1998)
4263

It's Double Trouble Day on TMI as Jordan and Alex give you the behind-the-scenes lowdown on the beloved remake of the Disney classic. They'll discuss the future superstars who duked it out with Lindsay Lohan for the lead role (or rather, roles), the crazy twin-centric coincidence involving the actress playing Chessy, and the wild real-life reunions of long-lost twin siblings. They'll also explain the cutting-edge camera tricks employed to turn one Lilo into two, how they came up with that elaborate secret handshake, and all subtle ways the remake paid tribute to the original — plus, the time the author of the original children's book was chased down by the Nazi SS!

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Nov 18, 2022
MTV Cribs
3119

Alex and Jordan take you inside the pioneering reality series, which provided our favorite aughts-era celebrities with the opportunity to take us inside their homes — or, in some cases, rent fake homes and lie to us. You'll discover who was honest and who balled out for the sake of the show as the TMI gang reflects on the most truly ridiculous celebrity abodes. You'll also learn about all the ways this show nearly never got made, hear the surprisingly heartfelt story at the center of Mariah Carey's famous appearance, and get the whole backstory on Redman's infamous episode — plus they'll reveal the first artist to describe their bedroom as "where the magic happens." 

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Nov 16, 2022
Freaks & Geeks
6657

Jordan and Alex pay tribute to the most concentrated dose of coming-of-age TV nostalgia this side of The Wonder Years. They’ll pore through Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s real life teenage traumas that inspired the most iconic scenes and the interpersonal ups and downs in the cast of future film stars. (Spoiler: James Franco was kind of a pill and Linda Cardellini was the best...but y'all knew this.) They’ll also explore the once-in-a-generation convergence of talent that made this show unforgettable, and the once-in-a-blue-moon convergence of poor network decisions that ultimately doomed it to One Season Wonder status. You’ll learn all about all the ways the show broke network sitcom convention, the insane attention to detail that went into the production, and the fate of the characters had the show continued for another season. 

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Nov 11, 2022
Cool Hand Luke
4304

Jordan and Alex pod it off there, boss, to talk about one of the most iconic films of the 20th century. They delve into the life of the sailor-turned-failed-safecracker who wrote the novel the film is based on, travel down the winding road of Florida court records to explore the sad fate of the real-life Luke, and perhaps most importantly, determine exactly how many eggs Paul Newman ate in that iconic scene. They'll also uncover Newman's preferred salad recipe from the era and get to the root of the shouting match he had with the film's director directly before shooting a key scene. You won't find any failure to communicate here, just a lot of George Kennedy impressions and a whole host of reasons to fall back in love with the film (and Newman).

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Nov 09, 2022
The Beatles' 'Revolver': Side 2
4865

The two taxmen of trivia are back to explore side two of the Fab Four’s 1966 masterwork. They go track by track to discuss the surprising song that inspired “Good Day Sunshine,” why Paul McCartney wrote “For No One” in the toilet after a fight with his girlfriend, the real-life NYC doc who gets name-checked in “Doctor Robert,” and which future George Harrison classic got rejected during the sessions. You’ll also learn how the album was nearly recorded at a landmark Memphis recording studio and named after a groan-worthy Rolling Stones pun.

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Nov 04, 2022
The Beatles' 'Revolver': Side 1
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The Lennon-McCartney of trivia revisit the Fab’s game-ganging 1966 record, which also happens to be Jordan’s favorite record of all time. Listen as Alex tries and fails to stop him from having a full-on attack of Beatlemania over the course of this two-part episode. You’ll discover how John Lennon was nearly electrocuted during sessions for “Yellow Submarine,” why Paul McCartney’s composition teacher didn’t think “Eleanor Rigby” was any good, how a broken sitar string changed the course of rock history, and why the solo on “Taxman” nearly caused an inter-band incident. You’ll also learn why a proposed western movie starring the Beatles almost derailed the sessions, hear how George Harrison sucks at coming up with song times — and get the insane story of two teen girls who hired a helicopter to buzz The Beatles’ rental house. 

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Nov 02, 2022
Hocus Pocus
4540

Jordan and Alex discuss a Disney Halloween classic much beloved by their fellow Millennials. It’s a tale chock full of rotted pumpkins, bad Boston accents, an army of black cats, and even LSD. You’ll learn about all of the weird ties this movie has to the film Titanic and the show Friends, in addition to Sarah Jessica Parker’s ancestral ties to the Salem Witch Trials. You’ll also discover why Kathy Najimy was initially afraid to appear in the movie, why the producers led Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg through a homemade elementary school-style haunted house, why actor Doug Jones had to walk around with real moths in his mouth, and why this film broke Steven Spielberg’s heart. Plus, Massachusetts-native Jordan will get to the bottom of why everyone in New England says “wicked” — an insane explanation that, incredibly, involves The Wizard of Oz.

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Oct 28, 2022
R.L. Stine's 'Goosebumps'
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Alex and Jordan set the controls for the heart of the Scholastic Book Fair with a deep-dive on the world-conquering, multi-medium-spanning success of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps! They'll explore literally every job Stine had as a struggling writer before making it big, a brief history of evil ventriloquist dummies and horror icon George A. Romero's sadly unrealized attempt to make a feature film out of the series' first book. Along the way, they'll get way too granular about the work that went into those iconic book covers and the Canadian-produced children's horror-TV rivalry of "Goosebumps" vs. "Are You Afraid of the Dark!" Alex won't stop calling Stine "Robert Louis Stinevinson:" Listener beware, you're in for a scare!

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Oct 26, 2022
Donnie Darko
5804

Jordan and Alex explore the creation of everyone’s favorite coming-of-age psycho-horror New Wave time-travel flick — with rabbits. Listen to learn all the ways rookie director Richard Kelly beat the hellish odds to make his incredibly ambitious feature film debut, why Jason Schwartzman was very nearly the title character, and how this movie quite literally couldn’t have happened without Drew Barrymore, the true MVP of the production. You’ll also find out what song was supposed to be used for the Sparkle Motion dance sequence, why Gary Jules’ haunting “Mad World” cover was a last-minute addition, and why Donnie Darko is real-life neighbors with Ferris Bueller. Plus, the TMI Boys make a valiant effort to parse apart the many theories about the true meaning of this unexplainable movie.

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Oct 21, 2022
"The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett
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Alex and Jordan continue their TMI Halloween Spooktacular celebration by delving into the creation of this deathless novelty number that pays tribute to the golden age of monster movies. You'll learn about the wildly prolific (and possibly legally insane) producer behind the track, its tentative ties to James Brown, the early '60s pop royalty who sang on it, and Bobby Pickett's dogged attempts to continually update his song with the times. They'll also talk about Elvis' burning hatred of "The Monster Mash," and a brief history of novelty dance crazes and the evolution of the horror genre. 

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Oct 19, 2022
Cruel Intentions
3181

Jordan and Alex are discussing perhaps the most twisted example of the ‘90s teen movie boom — a film about deception, seduction, borderline incest and cocaine stuffed in a crucifix. Listen and learn about how Ryan Phillipe threw up on the set, how they got Reese Witherspoon drunk to get her to sign on, and why Katie Holmes got the boot from the cast. You’ll also hear how a pornographic actress created a stir on the set, how Selma Blair prepped for that famous kissing scene with Sarah Michell Gellar, and why Ross Gellar from ‘Friends’ is partially responsible for making this all happen. Plus, they’ll talk about all of the ill-fated attempts to bring the story to television, and why the fake cocaine on the set gave SMG an allergic reaction.

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Oct 14, 2022
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
3564

Alex and Jordan kick off TMI’s Halloween Spooktacular month with a look back at the Nickelodeon show that taught a generation of kids how to fear. They’ll discuss the roster of pre-fame child actors who populated the show, creator D.J. MacHale's burning hatred of both the Midnight Society, Nickelodeon AND Canadian television, and the classic literature that helped inspire some of the plots. They’ll also delve into the show’s groundbreaking representation and diversity, the complex psychology of the scares, and what exactly was in that magic dust they’d throw into the campfire. 

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Oct 12, 2022
The Goonies
4947

Jordan and Heigl dive into this beloved ‘80s adventure classic — and you don’t have to do the Truffle Shuffle to listen! They’ll tell you all about Spielberg’s secret role as unofficial co-director, the authentic blood and skulls used for props, and the real-life shipwreck that inspired the legend of One-Eyed Willy — plus Sloth’s nightmarish makeup prosthetics that nearly electrocuted him. They’ll also explain the crazy connections between The Goonies, Gremlins and Back to the Future, the onset feud between Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton, the prank war between the Fratelli brothers, the time Michael Jackson visited the set (it got weird), and the lost subplot involving escaped gorillas. You’ll also learn how a bout of chickenpox almost cheated us out of Jeff Cohen’s hilarious performance as Chunk, how the production crew built — and destroyed — a full-sized pirate ship, and how Alice Cooper crashed the epic cast party.

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Oct 07, 2022
Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’
5670

Alex and Jordan explore the psychotic lengths Donald Fagan and Walter Becker went to create their ’77 yacht rock classic — including the time they burned through nearly a dozen of LA’s best studio guitarists in search of a single guitar solo, the time they spent more than six hours trying to nail a two-word phrase, or the time they persuaded a legendary session drummer to play garbage can lids. They’ll also explain the origin of the album’s title, the Hollywood tragedy that supposedly inspired “Peg,” the tour with jazz-royalty they scrapped at the last minute, and the mystery of the missing master tapes. Plus, they'll delve into the rap beef they inadvertently started, and luxuriate in every glorious second of Michael McDonald’s pillowy vocal harmonies. 

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Oct 05, 2022
Food Court with Richard Blais: TMI Edition!
2166

What's better? Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Jordan and Alex go head-to-head in a bittersweet (eh? EH? C'mon!) grudge match presided over by celebrity chef Richard Blais (Top Chef, MasterChef, etc.) Which confection will come out on top and will our intrepid semi-sweet morsels of minutiae still be friends when the wrappers settle? Listen in and find out!

Food Court with Richard Blais is a production of iHeart Radio, just like yours truly! Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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Oct 04, 2022
The Flintstones
3971

Today on a special prehistoric episode of "Too Much Rock-formation" (sorry), Jordan and Alex throw it back to the genesis of the first animated sitcom. They'll discuss all the famous firsts on The Flintstones (including a weirdly sexual one), some of the surprisingly dark plotlines and non-kid-friendly jokes that crop up throughout series, the time the voice of Barney was near death and recorded his parts from a body cast in a hospital bad, the surprising way that Beethoven inspired the theme tune, and the controversies that drew threats of lawsuits from Jackie Gleason and Hulk Hogan. Plus, as if that's not enough, Jordan delivers a brief history of toilets on television! 

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Sep 30, 2022
Green Day's 'American Idiot'
4298

Alex and Jordan delve into all the inter-band drama, personal traumas and prank calls that went into the political pop-punk concept record. They'll explore the painting that inspired "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," the heartbreaking meaning of "Wake Me Up When September Ends," and the mystery of the missing album Green Day were recording before they tackled American Idiot. You'll also learn about the hilariously debauched recording sessions — during which a studio caught fire — the time the band locked a famous drummer in his room, plus the album's bizarre second life as a Broadway musical. 

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Sep 28, 2022
Grease
6600

Jordan and Alex close out their Olivia Newton-John tribute week with a special expanded episode delving into all the behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the making of the record-breaking musical. You’ll hear all about the surprisingly gritty stage play and early versions of the film: including a proposed X-rated cartoon, another that starred Fonzie and Princess Leia in the leads, and still another that featured a tragic Romeo & Juliet ending! You’ll also learn the multiple tragedies hidden in the “Greased Lightening” scene, why the theme song caused a standoff between the director and The Bee Gees, the occasionally tense moments between John Travolta and Jeff Conaway, and why the production reeked of pork. Plus, the TMI guys helpfully point out the surprisingly dirty references and jokes that definitely went over your head as a kid, and the bizarre fan theories that have sprung up on Reddit. You’ll also discover all the hilariously homemade ways they tried to age down these 30-year-old playing high schoolers, and the misery that resulted when Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her skin-tight “Bad Sandy” pants for the film’s finale — and the lost ending to this cherished classic. 

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Sep 23, 2022
Xanadu
4264

Jordan and Alex kick off their Olivia Newton John tribute week by exploring one of the biggest, splashiest, most notorious films in Hollywood history. It may have been a box office bomb, but it’s also the only movie that combined disco, Greek mythology, Gene Kelly, roller skating, an abandoned LA landmark, bargain basement special effects, and our beloved ONJ. Learn about how this bizarre project came to be and hear all the crazy behind-the-scenes stories — including the time Olivia Newton-John literally busted her butt on skates, producer Joel Silver (reportedly) locked a screenwriter in a room for days, and Gene Kelly had a hilarious beef with the director. You’ll also learn why Electric Light Orchestra front man Jeff Lynne blamed the movie for his band’s nosedive in the charts and find out why John Lennon had a soft spot for the soundtrack.  

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Sep 21, 2022
Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska'
3994

Alex and Jordan explore one of the greatest left-turns in music history, a stripped-down solo album that finds The Boss grappling with the fallout of fame and the political sea change of Reagan's America. They'll discuss the late-night drives and complicated family dynamics that helped inspire the emotion of the record, as well as the surprising literary, musical and historical influences that crop up, as well. You'll also learn about Springsteen's stubborn insistence on releasing his rough demo cassette (which he'd carried around in the pocket of his jeans jacket for weeks) and the long-lost "Electric Nebraska" recorded with the E Street band. 

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Sep 16, 2022
The Price Is Right
3973

Come on down! Jordan and Alex are diving into the beloved daytime TV juggernaut, which turns 50 years old this very month. You'll learn about the surprising role that Bob Barker’s gray hair played in ratings, the Plinko accident that cost the producers $30,000, the incident where a woman nearly gave birth in the audience, and the time the mom from the Brady Bunch had a car accident live on stage. They'll also discuss the troubling legal squabbles between Bob Barker and the show's models, the scandal that nearly shut down the production, and the potential kinda-sorta-maybe mini feud between Barker and his successor, Drew Carey. 

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Sep 14, 2022
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
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Alex and Jordan go deep on the ‘90s one hit wonder with an incredibly colorful origin story, spanning nearly half a century of British social and pop cultural history. Penned by a band of deeply principled anarchist punks squatting in a decaying Victorian manor home, the track’s goofy drinking-song style masked a surprisingly serious political message. Learn how the band became the most unlikely of pop stars and hear about the controversial stunts they staged — from soaking the Deputy Prime Minister to encouraging fans to steal their album, and advocating for a death row inmate while performing on The Tonight Show. You’ll also find out about the true meaning of “Chumbawamba,” the drunk who inspired the lyrics, why the band never scored another hit, and how they weaponized their fame to support social causes. Trust us, there is MUCH more to this  song than you ever realized. Buckle up, because it’s a wild ride.

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Sep 09, 2022
The Sandlot
4298

Jordan and Alex mark the (unofficial) end of summer with one of the greatest summer flicks of all time. You'll hear the heartbreaking story that inspired the script, learn which cast member blackmailed the crew for porn, and discover why the fake chewing tobacco was gross enough to make the kids puke for real. They'll also delve into the precedent-setting lawsuit sparked by the character of Squints, the gargantuan puppet used to create The Beast, the time the guy who played Smalls headbutted a cop, and the mystery of the missing trout cap. 

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Sep 08, 2022
All That
4161

Fresh out the box. Stop, look, and watch. Ready yet, get set, because Jordan and Alex are tackling Nickelodeon’s answer to Saturday Night Live! They’ll discuss the Oscar winner who was passed over for a spot on the show, the historic natural disaster that nearly wrecked the pilot, the time Chris Farley destroyed the entire set in a single take, and Danny Tamberelli’s awkward incident with Britney Spears. They’ll also delve into the unusual origins of Good Burger, the mild backstage drama with the cast, and the slightly-less-than-mild drama behind Kenan and Kel’s temporary split — and a surprisingly touching story about the big ear of corn. 

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Sep 02, 2022
“Hey Ya” by Outkast
3912

Alex and Jordan go deep on the idiosyncratic hip hop mainstay, often cited as one of the best songs of the 21st century. They get into the deceptively heartbreaking lyrics, the unexpected musical inspirations, the brain-crushingly complex music video, and the science of why it’s simultaneously an earworm, a wedding reception staple, and a dangerous song to listen to while driving. They’ll also explore how the song inadvertently set the stage for the infamous “Wardrobe Malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl, juiced sales for Polaroid, and sparked Andre 3000’s apparent exile from music in recent years. 

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Aug 31, 2022
The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross
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Jordan and Alex celebrate the Patron Saint of PBS, the Buddha of the brush, the Confucius of the canvas: Mr. Bob freakin’ Ross! They’ll get into the origins of his famous perm (and why he grew to hate it), the time he raised a baby alligator in the family bathtub, and the neurological reasons why his show is guarenteed to bliss you out — plus a deep dive into the ASMR phenomenon. But Bob wasn’t always the King of Chill. You’ll hear about his rough and ready days as a loudmouthed sergeant in the Air Force, his brutal rivalry with his painting mentor, his bizarre connection to the CIA, the mysterious reason you can’t actually buy one of his paintings, and the vicious legal battle that continued in the wake of his death. 

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Aug 26, 2022
The Brave Little Toaster
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Alex and Jordan get emotional over appliances as they explore the movie that laid the groundwork for the Toy Story franchise and sparked a debate about the nature of consumer AI products. You'll hear about the eccentric misunderstood sci-fi genius who wrote the book on which the film was based, the Disney-related drama that kept it from reaching a wider audience, the insane lengths the creators went to in order to figure out the personality and psychology of a vacuum cleaner,  and the adorable friendship between castmates Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz.

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Aug 24, 2022
No Doubt's 'Tragic Kingdom'
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Jordan and Alex talk about the breakups, the beefs, and even the bindis at the heart of No Doubt’s breakthrough record. In a sense, it's the '90s equivalent of Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' — not just because of the glut of radio hits like "Just a Girl,” “Spiderwebs,” and, of course, “Don’t Speak,” but also because of the DRAMA. There's inter-band romances, bitter jealousy, teenage tragedy, family squabbles, and…ska! You’ll hear about Gwen Stefani’s phone stalker, the mystery of the missing cover photo dress, the band’s weird-but-deep connection with 'The Simpsons,' and how a stomach bug inspired a standout album cut — plus, be prepared to learn about Walt Disney’s cryogenically frozen head!

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Aug 19, 2022
Contact
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Jordan and Alex dive into the kinder, gentler 1990s outer space movie, which turned 25 in July. They take a look at the romance and creative partnership between Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan that birthed the narrative -- along with detours into Sagan's favorite sci-fi authors and a number of adorable anecdotes about the pair's love story -- and the torturous time the project spent kicking around Hollywood development hell. Gasp at the astonishing number of screenwriters and directors the film went through; thrill at Jodie Foster behind-the-scene stories; ponder at why Matthew McConaughey wanted to play his character with an enormous lumberjack beard! All together now: They should have sent a poet.

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Aug 17, 2022
"You Get What You Give" by New Radicals
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Jordan and Alex dive into this beloved '90s hit, which was recently resurrected at President Biden's inauguration ceremony. They'll explore the colorful story of Gregg Alexander, the reclusive pop genius who retreated from music stardom as soon as the song broke around the world, yet continued to pen chart-toppers under pseudonyms. They'll also get into the beef between Alexander and Marilyn Manson as a result of this song, and why it's earned praise from the likes of Bono, Joni Mitchell and Ice-T, and how they ripped apart a mall food court for the song's iconic music video. 

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Aug 12, 2022
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Cowabunga, dudes! Alex and Jordan explore the rise of everyone's favorite pizza-loving, butt-kicking reptile, tracing their development from underground comic to the TV that launched a million action figures, record-breaking film and a truly bizarre musical. They'll talk about the killer costumes for the movies that caused the actors to lose 10 pounds in sweat, how the success of the show inadvertently led to an ecological crisis in the United Kingdom. — plus the surprising influence of Jim Henson, Marvel, 'Two and a Half Men' creator Chuck Lorre, and watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher. You'll also learn about the turtle's wet 'n' wild appearance on Barbara Walters, the origin of their famous "Cowabunga" catch-phrase, and how TMNT superfan Robin Williams helped actress Judith Hoag prepare for her role as April.

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Aug 10, 2022
MTV's 'Jackass'
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Jordan and Alex welcome their first guest to the show — Vanity Fair editor Maggie Coughlan! Together they explore the agony and the ecstasy of grown men getting hit in the crotch by bulls, launched into orbit in Porta-Potties, snorting wasabi up their nose, and locking themselves in limos with bees. They’ll also discuss the collective medical bills of the 'Jackass' cast, the numerous childhood traumas that led them to pursue this peculiar profession, plus their many run-ins with both the law and with network censors. But it’s not all gross-out gags and hospital stays! You’ll hear about Johnny Knoxville’s touching friendship with Hunter S. Thompson and Jessica Simpson, and Brad Pitt’s adorable desire to be an honorary member of the Jackass crew. (Errr, listener discretion advised...) 

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Aug 05, 2022
The Choco Taco
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In this emergency episode of TMI, Jordan and Alex mourn the loss of this iconic frozen treat. In addition to providing a (brief) history of ice cream, Popsicles and the ice cream truck, they’ll explain how the Mexican food craze in the ‘80s lead to the creation of the Choco Taco, how it spread across the globe, and how it influenced ice cream products for years to come. They’ll also delve into an anonymous government employee’s crusade against the novelty dessert, why it’s being discontinued (Was it really the so-called Woke Mob?) and how Dippin’ Dots might point the way towards a Choco Taco rebirth. 

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Aug 03, 2022
Guns n' Roses' 'Appetite for Destruction'
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Alex and Jordan set their sights on GNR’s chart-busting metal opus, which turns 35 years old this month. Get ready for tons of sex (occasionally in the studio), drugs (pretty much everywhere) and rock ’n’ roll on the gritty Sunset Strip of the ‘80s. They’ll discuss the band’s rough pre-fame days sleeping in parking lots and splitting cheeseburgers five ways, and explore the ludicrous decadence of their peak, during which they ripped the toilets out of the home of legendary director Cecil B. DeMille, smashed guitars through the window of rental vans and pushed their bodies to (and sometimes past) the brink of death. They’ll also delve into the (alleged) reason behind the classic lineup’s disintegration, the story behind Slash’s iconic top hat (and his early ties to Bowie), and why “Sweet Child of Mine” almost didn’t get recorded. 

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Jul 29, 2022
The NeverEnding Story
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Jordan and Alex explore the beloved (yet terrifying) classic of children’s cinema. You’ll learn the many ways the kid who played Atreyu nearly died on the set, the true fate of the horse that sank in the quicksand, the insane lengths they went to build Falkor the Luck Dragon, and Steven Spielberg's secret role in helping finish the movie. They’ll also discuss how the Oracles left some viewers scandalized, why the “Childlike Empress” wore dentures, the ingenious effects that helped create The Nothing, and why the author of ‘The NeverEnding Story’ book hated the movie so much that he sued the studio. 

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Jul 27, 2022
Men In Black
4506

Jordan and Alex discuss the film that USA Today described as “‘Independence Day’ for smart people.” They’ll get into the finer points of (alleged) real life aliens, as well as Will Smith’s truly horrific farts, why Tommy Lee Jones was grumpy for the whole shoot, and how the movie helped pave the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, they’ll touch on Vincent D’Onofrio’s insane makeup job, and the time he drank enough sugar water to seriously risk death. 

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Jul 22, 2022
"American Pie" by Don McLean
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Jordan and Alex dive into McLean's 1971 musical eulogy for both Buddy Holly and the '60s utopian dream. Learn about the secret choir of celebrities that sang on the chorus, the truly insane number of edits it took to stitch this 8-minute epic together, the non-Buddy Holly rock pioneer who inspired Don McLean to write it, plus the heartbreakingly tragic reason why Holly took that fatal flight in the first place. Then buckle up for their lengthy interpretation of the dense lyrical poetry — and discover how McLean's work helped launch Tupac, Gary Busey, Roberta Flack, and Greenpeace. (Though not in that order.) 

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Jul 20, 2022
Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury
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Alex and Jordan discuss Lee's 1972 masterpiece. Find out why it made Chairman Mao cry, helped launch Jackie Chan's career, and influenced everyone from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu Tang Clan. They'll also delve into the mysterious death of the martial arts master, his fascinating connection to the Manson Family murders, his early years as a Hong Kong child star, and the hilarious reason he was rejected from the US Army board.

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Jul 15, 2022
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
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Alex and Jordan revisit the groundbreaking, nightmare-inducing cinema classic that set the bar for blending animation with live action. They'll discuss the maddening production process that broke every rule in the cartoon handbook, and the performance challenges that drove star Bob Hoskins so crazy that he took a year off acting. They'll also delve into the hidden X-rated moments, the lost scene in which Popeye belts Goofy in cemetery and explain why this movie represents Bill Murray's greatest regret.  

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Jul 13, 2022
"Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett
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Attention all Parrotheads! Jordan and Alex take a trip to Key West to explore one of the breeziest, booziest songs in existence — and uncover the secret darkness at its core. They’ll discuss the colorful cast of characters that helped inspire the track, the drug runners who saved Jimmy’s life, and how Elvis Presley nearly wound up recording the tune. They’ll also recount the time Jamaican police nearly killed Buffett and Bono, the unproduced Harrison Ford/Robert Redford buddy movie inspired by the lyrics, and how the song birthed a multi-billion-dollar empire that’s made Buffett one of the richest celebrities in the world.

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Jul 08, 2022
A League of Their Own
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In honor of the July 4th holiday, Jordan and Alex celebrate this flawless cinematic salute to America’s favorite pastime. They’ll discuss the grueling audition process and the rough and tumble shoot that resulted in some major injuries to the cast. They’ll also explore the romantic subplot left on the cutting room floor and the time Madonna pissed off an entire town. From live cow births to 53-second pee-streams, they’ll uncover all the behind-the-scenes details, as well as debunk the famous claim that there’s no crying in baseball. Most controversially, they’ll determine once and for all whether or not Dottie Hinson actually dropped that ball…

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Jul 06, 2022
Oreos
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Jordan and Alex discuss the family blood feud that led to the beloved cookie's creation, as well as the physics behind dunking, psychology behind twisting, chemistry behind the cream, and the mystery behind its iconic name. They'll also go deep on the 50+ different varieties, the rumored hidden meanings in the wafer embossing, and some truly gross Oreo-related hazing rituals. 

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Jul 01, 2022
Shania Twain's 'Come on Over'
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Alex and Jordan celebrate the 25th anniversary of the diamond-selling country-crossover smash that spawned immortal hits like "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "You're Still The One," and "That Don't Impress Me Much." They'll explore Twain's harrowing backstory in the Canadian wilderness, where she overcame abuse, poverty and the death of her parents, and also her unlikely musical (and romantic) partnership with a heavy metal icon — which splintered amid one of the messiest love triangles this side of Fleetwood Mac. Of course, they'll also examine the many influences that went into the album, from '80s new-waver Robert Palmer to Brad Pitt's lawsuit against Playgirl and drag queens in Twain's hometown. And finally, they'll spotlight her triumphant comeback after Lyme disease nearly robbed Twain of her singing voice.

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Jun 29, 2022
Legends of the Hidden Temple
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Jordan and Alex dive into Nickelodeon's ultimate test of physical and mental fitness. They'll explain how the classic millennial gameshow was produced on a shoestring budget, why the prizes were so lame, and how Olmec was made from old disco balls from Radio Shack. They'll also explore the rigorous auditions, why many contestants still have PTSD from doing the Temple Run, and why everyone sucked at assembling the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. 

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Jun 27, 2022
The Truman Show
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Jordan and Alex revisit Jim Carrey's inaugural dramatic role, released on the eve of the reality TV explosion. They'll discuss the gritty, violent first draft set in a faux-NYC (in which Truman abducts a stranger's baby!), the time Jim Carrey nearly died while filming the movie's climax, and why producers filmed at Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz's childhood home. Plus, they'll delve into the practical reality of living in a sunless dome, the psychiatric disorders named in the film's honor, and the truly sadistic reality TV shows that followed in its wake. 

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Jun 24, 2022
Antiques Roadshow
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Jordan and Alex discuss the crown jewel of the PBS lineup, which turns 25 years old this year. They’ll talk about the biggest paydays, worst soul crushing disappointments, plus scams, shenanigans and prison sentences that resulted from the surprisingly cut-throat world of antiquing. There’s also the time one of the appraisers drank urine, another one pulled a severed dog head out of a suitcase, and an unsuspecting guest learned they accidentally spent thousands on grocery store olive oil. Plus, they’ll also explain how the show was used to defend a murder suspect!

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Jun 22, 2022
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
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Alex and Jordan delve into the infamous animated '90s flick that traumatized a generation of kids with its terrifying (yet oddly sexy) pollution monster, Hexxus. But it's not all nightmare fuel! They'll discuss the 14 hours of improvised dialogue that Robin Williams provided for filmmakers, Disney's ruthless attempts to crush the film before it made it to theaters, and how Elton John, Jimmy Buffett and Tone Loc all got roped into the soundtrack. 

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Jun 21, 2022
“Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” by Kate Bush
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Given its recent rediscovery thanks its inclusion on ’Stranger Things,’ Alex and Jordan celebrate Kate Bush’s immortal “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God).” Join them as they explore the song’s genesis in a rural English barn, the pioneering piece of technology that lent the song its distinctive sound, and the emotional backstory behind the lyrics. They’ll also discuss Bush’s battle with sexism, her unexpected connections with Pink Floyd, James Bond, David Bowie, and why Prince called her his “favorite woman.”

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Jun 17, 2022
David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Part 2)
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In the conclusion of this two-part episode, Jordan and Alex explain how the Starman took flight, blasting Bowie into the upper echelon of the music world and setting a benchmark for rock ’n’ roll theatricality, physicality, and pure imagination — not to mention pure rock ’n’ roll excess. They’ll also take a look at Bowie’s complex relationship with both his band and the LGBTQ community, meditate on the likelihood that he was a sex addict, explore his fascination with Japan, and explain why he ultimately killed off his most famous creation at the peak of Ziggy’s popularity. 

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Jun 15, 2022
David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Part 1)
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As Bowie’s boundary-shattering breakthrough turns 50, Jordan and Alex dive deep into his alien alter-ego with their first two-part episode. To kick things off, they dissect the many influences that went into Ziggy, from eccentric reclusive rockstars to David’s history with his tragic half-brother. They’ll also explain why the piano used on the sessions is one of the most important instruments in rock, explore the intriguing connection between “Starman” and ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and describe the moment that Freddie Mercury stood front row for Ziggy’s grand unveiling.

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Jun 13, 2022
David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’
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Alex and Jordan take a (wincing) look at David Lynch’s cult classic. They’ll explore how the film’s shoestring budget dragged the production into a truly wild five-year shoot that Lynch largely funded with his paper route. In addition to diving into the famous quirks of the eccentric auteur (milkshakes, multiple ties, animal dissections, etc.), they’ll get into the lost scenes, homemade sets, haunted houses and unsolved murders that went into Eraserhead. Finally, the pair try to answer the biggest mysteries surrounding the movie: what’s it mean, what’s up with Henry’s hair, and just what the hell is that baby made out of?

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Jun 10, 2022
Top Gun
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Alex and Jordan take a Mach 5 look at Tom Cruise's beloved ‘80s fighter-plane flick, currently enjoying a new moment in the spotlight thanks to its long-in-the-making sequel. They dive into the tale of the maverick production team that took the story from the pages of a magazine to the big screen, explore Tom and Val Kilmer’s onset method-acting madness, and relive the time director Tony Scott had to pay $25,000 to turn a boat around. They’ll also explain how the movie was crucial in jumpstarting the home video market and describe how the famous baby oil-drenched volleyball scene came to be. 

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Jun 08, 2022
“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot
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Alex and Jordan explore the genesis of Sir Mix’s salute to the glute, a wild saga that involves guns, nuns, and a 50-foot fiberglass butt. For the Seattle MC, it’s a surprisingly personal battle against racist beauty standards, as well as a fierce fight against censorship practices — and the vandals who keep popping his enormous inflatable ass during its promo tour of the country. As “Baby Got Back” turns 30, find out how Mix made the goofy-yet-serious ‘90s classic, and just how many butts he was forced to study to create the iconic music video.

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Jun 06, 2022
Bikinis
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To kick off summer, Jordan and Heigl dive deep into the history of the controversial-yet-ubiquitous beachwear, from ancient times through to solar powered swimwear that can charge your cell phone — and one special bikini that costs $30 million! They'll explore the unexpected influence of the atom bomb, the competition between two Frenchmen to craft the tiniest two-piece, and the blowback from movie stars and religious leaders alike. Plus they'll also turn their attention to iconic bikini moments in pop culture, through James Bond, '60s Beach Party movies and Sisqo's 'Thong Song.' 

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Jun 03, 2022
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
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Jordan and Alex look back on the creation of one of rock’s most storied albums — from one of rock’s most cursed enterprises. They’ll discuss the band’s cocaine fueled pursuit of perfection, including the time Lindsey Buckingham strangled one of the engineers, as well as the saga of “Silver Springs,” and the mystery of Mick Fleetwood’s (wooden) balls. They’ll also discuss why Buckingham restrung his guitar every twenty minutes to record "Never Going Back Again," why Stevie Nicks wrote “Dreams” in Sly Stone’s bed, and why the Rolling Stone cover shoot added to the intense interpersonal drama within the group. (The answer to all of these, directly or indirectly, is cocaine.) 

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Jun 01, 2022
Legally Blonde
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Jordan and Alex talk about hilarious true story that inspired classic 2001 film, as well as Reese Witherspoon’s nature documentary-style trips to Southern California sororities, Bruiser the Dog’s connection with the Taco Bell dog, the drunken origin of the bend-and-snap (and its long lost musical number), exactly what became of all of Elle’s 60 outfits from the film, and how it’s indirectly responsible for saving someone’s life.

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May 30, 2022
"Respect"
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Alex and Jordan trace the creation of Aretha Franklin’s 1967 empowerment anthem, diving into the mystery surrounding who actually wrote the song (possibly NOT Otis Redding) and the origin of “TCB.” They also talk about how the song’s catchphrase may have gotten Ricard Nixon elected, why an in-studio brawl with a drunken trumpeter nearly killed the song before it was ever recorded, and how a surprising number of people associated with the song wound up getting murdered. 

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May 27, 2022
Sonic the Hedgehog
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Jordan and Alex discuss the underdog of the ‘90s video game wars. They’ll explain why Bill Clinton inspired the speedy character, how Michael Jackson may (or may not) have composed the theme music, and how corporate chaos nearly sunk the beloved hedgehog before the game was ever released. They’ll also delve into the history of video game easter eggs, the strange subculture of video game high score champs, the Sonic balloon disaster at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the unfortunate “teeth incident” that occurred before Sonic made his big screen debut in 2020. 

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May 25, 2022
Jerry Maguire
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With 'Top Gun' Fever in the air, Jordan and Alex take a look at a different kind of Tom Cruise classic. They talk about how Cuba Gooding Jr got naked during his audition, the true origin of the phrase "Show me the money," and why Cameron Crowe went through way more humiliation than anyone should endure in order to make this film. They'll also explore how adorable Ray grew up to become an MMA fighter and discuss whether the human head really does weigh eight pounds. 

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May 23, 2022
Air Force One
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Jordan and Alex get Presidential with their look at the ‘90s aero-thriller. They’ll uncover how Harrison Ford sweet-talked Bill Clinton into giving him a tour of the real Air Force One, how the prop plane nearly caused a scary real-life military incident, and how the movie delayed the release of James Cameron’s ‘Titanic.’ They’ll also dive into Donald Trump’s ardent passion for this film, the rejected score from Randy Newman (yes, the ‘Toy Story’ guy), and Harrison Ford's numerous piloting mishaps — including the time he caused mayhem on the runway of a major airport. Finally, they’ll explain all the ways this terrifying scenario could never happen in real life. 

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May 20, 2022
Blue's Clues
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Jordan and Alex settle into their Thinking Chairs to delve into the beloved ‘90s children’s TV classic. They’ll discuss the time Steve crashed a toddler’s ‘Blue’s Clues’-themed birthday party accompanied by a swimsuit model, why the program got props from Malcolm Gladwell, and the show’s weird connection to both Ray Charles and the Flaming Lips. They’ll also explore how show inadvertently gave rise to a generation of smelly, Ralph Lauren-wearing children, and trace the origin of the 'Steve Is Dead' urban legend. 

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May 18, 2022
"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
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Alex and Jordan take on the classic rock monolith, sorting through all the Satanism myths and supernatural lore. They’ll delve into the battle to record the famous solo, how it got its premiere in the middle of a war zone, and the drama behind the ‘Wayne’s World’ joke. They’ll also explain why Jimmy Page’s stinginess resulted in “Stairway” being recorded in a dilapidated haunted mansion, how Robert Plant paid a radio station thousands of dollars to stop playing it, and determine whether Phil Collins was to blame for their disastrous performance at Live Aid.

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May 16, 2022
The Osbournes
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Alex and Jordan turn their eyes to the pioneering First Family of reality TV. You’ll learn the truth behind the famous flying ham incident, discover all the ways the Osbournes tried to dodge the camera crew when they didn’t want to be filmed, and find out whether it’s medically possible for Ozzy to snort a line of ants. They’ll also explore the family feud with the sister who didn’t want to end up on camera and unpack the drama between Kelly and Christina Aguilera —who later bought the Osbourne family home and turned her old bedroom into a shoe closet. Jordan also shares his weirdly plausible theory of how Jay Leno could have fronted Black Sabbath….(really).

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May 13, 2022
The Spice Girls’ Spice
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Jordan and Alex are here to spice up your life by giving you all the behind-the-scenes details about the Spice Girls’ debut. You’ll find out how Mel B stole toilet paper from Nelson Mandela, Emma Bunton nearly died during the “Say You’ll Be There” video shoot, and Geri Halliwell made her iconic Union Jack dress from a dish towel. (Oh yeah, and the time she asked Prince Charles if he had a Prince Albert…) They’ll also dive into Margaret Thatcher’s surprising influence on “Girl Power,” the mystery of The Lost Spice Girl, and the true meaning of “zig-a-zig-ah.”

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May 11, 2022
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
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Jordan and Alex explore the surprisingly emotional backstory of the iconic ‘90s spy-spoof franchise and run down the extensive list of influences Mike Myers pulled from — ranging from Bond and the Beatles to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. They’ll also describe how Dr. Evil caused a rift between Myers and his ‘Wayne’s World’ costar Dana Carvey, explain which beloved scenes were completely improvised, and outline how the series impacted the future of 007. The tragic story of Random Task actor Joe Son is (almost) offset by the touching fan letter Myers received from George Harrison — the last note the Beatle ever wrote before his death in 2001. Buckle up because these guys are going deep — it’s their favorite movie, baby! 

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May 09, 2022
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On
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Alex and Jordan delve into the creation of Marvin Gaye’s magnum opus. Though recently crowned “The Greatest Album of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Motown chief Berry Gordy called it the worst thing he’d ever heard in his life and wanted to toss it on the scrap heap. They’ll explain how Stevie Wonder saved the day, why Gaye nearly abandoned his music career in favor of joining the NFL, and how the song’s iconic sax line came about as a total accident. They’ll also get into Gaye’s unorthodox pre-singing rituals — so take note, vocalists! (On second thought, maybe don’t…) 

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May 06, 2022
Jeopardy!
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Jordan and Alex discuss the Olympics of Trivia on this extra-special “Jeop-isode” of TMI! You’ll find out how Lucille Ball helped get Alex Trebek the hosting gig (and how hash brownies nearly put him out of commission), how the theme tune was written on a Hollywood icon’s piano, and how the writers come up with clues in the first place. The duo will also lift the lid on the show’s finely-honed production process, offer tips on the insane, PTSD-inducing preparation that prospective contestants go through, and reveal whether or not Trebek ever met his SNL Celebrity Jeopardy nemesis Sean Connery in real life.

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May 04, 2022
Beauty and the Beast
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Jordan and Alex invite you to be their guest as they revisit the crown jewel of the ‘90s Disney Renaissance. They’ll dive into the original non-musical incarnation before getting into the gut-wrenching backstory behind the legendary songs. They’ll also explain why the animators drew 20 different versions of Gaston’s chest-hair; the strange connection between the Beast, Luke Skywalker and Regis Philbin; and how Disney drew inspiration from The Wizard of Oz for the character of Belle. And, at long last, you’ll learn the truth about the Beast’s rainbow butt. 

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May 02, 2022
Neil Young's Harvest
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Alex and Jordan are taking on the gold standard of the '70s singer-songwriter era. You’ll find out how Neil's busted back impacted the sound of the record, which ‘70s icons had secret singing cameos, and how Neil crushed his father’s spirit by divulging the true meaning of the track “Old Man.” They'll also explain how some of the songs created a bit of tension with Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the London Symphony Orchestra. And, of course, they'll explore the true love story at the heart of this record: Neil Young and his barn. 

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Apr 29, 2022
The Royal Tenenbaums
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Jordan and Alex dive into everyone’s favorite family of gifted misfits. They’ll talk about the time Anjelica Huston’s hair caught on fire, Mordecai the falcon was held for ransom by a random New Jersey resident, Gwyneth Paltrow’s bowling date with Paul McCartney, and also how Bill Murray had to protect Wes Anderson from being bullied by Gene Hackman. They’ll also take a close look at the fashion, music and typefaces of Anderson’s 2001 classic.

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Apr 27, 2022
Full House
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Have MUR-SAY! Jordan and Alex pay tribute to the late great Bob Saget with their deep dive into this classic of the TGIF television lineup — which turns 35 this year! Get ready to learn about John Stamos’ over-the-top Disney collection, the Olsen twins’ experience with baby dentures, and Uncle Joey’s famous flatulence. They’ll also talk about the time the cast filmed a scene pants-less and did '"whippets" on the set. Plus find out why the show’s creator owns one of the most notorious crime-scenes in Hollywood history. And rest assured, there’s lots of stuff about the Beach Boys, too.

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Apr 25, 2022
Lady Marmalade
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Alex and Jordan are voulez-vousing their way through the hit that lit up countless dance floors and taught countless dudes the one line of French they'd take with them their entire lives. They'll delve into Patti LaBelle's iconic original, plus the assembly (and feuds) of the pop supergroup that recorded the Aughts version for Baz Luhrmann's epic, 'Moulin Rouge.' 

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Apr 22, 2022
Ocean's 11
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Jordan and Alex go deep on Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the classic 1960 Rat Pack heist film. Listen and learn why Brad Pitt ate 40 shrimp, Don Cheadle refused to be credited, and why the original Rat Packers hated this movie. You’ll also learn how the most famous scene was improvised, The Royal Tenenbaums’s made casting a nightmare, and all the ways George Clooney pranked just about everybody. 

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Apr 20, 2022
"Dancing Queen" by Abba
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In their ongoing effort to explain why the Swedes are so good at making pop, Alex and Jordan dive into the creation of “Dancing Queen.” (Spoiler: It might involve working their recording engineers to the brink of exhaustion.) They also touch on the lengthy writing process for the song, its long-lost verse, its debut before Scandinavian royalty, why it was banned in New York City, and how it inspired everyone from Blondie and Elvis Costello to Nirvana and MGMT. 

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Apr 18, 2022
Rugrats
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The TMI trivia titans turn their sights towards the classic Nick Toon, explaining how the character of Chuckie Finster was inspired by a New Wave rock icon, how the voice of Tommy Pickles recorded an episode between contractions while giving birth, and how the show has ties to the biggest animated show in history: The Simpsons. They’ll also delve into messy legal squabbles that divided the show’s creators for decades — and what finally brought them back together. Get ready for everything you never knew about Rugrats. 

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Apr 18, 2022
Hook
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Jordan and Alex serve up everything you didn’t know about Steven Spielberg’s beloved sequel to Peter Pan, diving deep into the saga of the on-set pirate wranglers, Dustin Hoffman’s disgusting daily breakfast, and a host of hidden celebrity cameos. They’ll also delve into all the ways that the kid who played Rufio was a real-life badass and all the ways that Robin Williams was (predictably) the best. You’ll find out why Julia Roberts had a miserable time, Michael Jackson placed a curse on the legendary director and Phil Collins got uptight. Most importantly, you’ll discover the true meaning of “bangarang.” 

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Apr 18, 2022
Introducing: Too Much Information
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Apr 08, 2022