When Wayne gets his driver's license, Kevin anticipates a new freedom for himself: freedom from his brother. Both boys soon learn, however, that they can't extract themselves from each other that easily. This week, a newly minted teen driver, Allison, joins me to talk about the excitement and responsibility of getting behind the wheel. (Also joining us, my dog who loudly snoozes through the episode. She has nothing to add, sadly.)
School is back in session and Kevin is enjoying his 8th grade status and the energetic murmur that is the first day of school. That is, until he hits math class. Mr. Collins, his 8th grade math teacher doesn't tiptoe around the subject, and Kevin is flooded with anxiety. Austin actor and theater educator, Margaret Hunsicker and I engage in some school talk as we review season 3, episode 2, "Math Class."
Kevin wraps up his summer with a brief family vacation to Ocean City. There, he meets an "older woman" who distracts him both from the misery of a vacation gone sour, and from his pining for Winnie. Actor, Clint Harris, joins me to talk summer romance in real life and in Season 3, Episode 1, "Summer Song." Along the way, we explore more tangents than a 9th grade math class. Stick with us and enjoy the ride!
Music: Tosin Awofeso
Logo Design: Brad Hawkins
Kevin is crushed when he discovers neither Paul, nor Winnie, will be around all summer long. But he also learns a summer alone isn't the worst thing in the world. Alex Ayala and Chris Karr, the creators, directors and writers of Vimeo series "Server Life" join me to discuss "How I'm Spending My Summer Vacation." Strap in as we careen in hard right turns from topics such as journaling while 13, to the effect of child loss on divorce, to failed American accents by English actors! The season 2 ender discussion is nothing if not tangent-filled!
Kevin, Paul and Winnie get a first-hand civics lesson when their favorite childhood stomping grounds are scheduled for demolition. Newly-elected Brewster County, TX County Commissioner, Betse Esparza, joins me to review season 2, episode 16, "Whose Woods Are These?" We'll talk about civic engagement, the desire to leave a mark, and adolescent homework avoidance!
Special thanks to last episode guest, Cody Dearing, for facilitating the long-distance recording and allowing me use of his studio to record this!
Logo: Brad Hawkins
Theme Music: Tosin Awofeso
It's time for the square dancing unit in phys ed class! Paul is paired with a popular, pretty girl but Kevin faces social mortification when paired with the school weird girl, Margaret Farquahr. Kevin's character is put to the test. Cody Dearing, host of "Was This Always Wierd" reviews this week's episode with me and together, we remember the social perils of puberty.
Music: Tosin Awofeso
Logo: Brad Hawkins
When Karen enlists Kevin to help her cut school, Kevin is torn between doing "the right thing" and re-establishing an affectionate bond with his increasingly emotionally distant sister. University of Cincinnati professor, Rebecca Bromels, joins me to talk channel loyalty, high school math and concentric circles of nostalgia.
As Paul prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, Kevin must wrestle with his jealousy over the attention Paul is getting as well as the connection he has with his family's past. Susan Pickover returns to review this episode with me, discuss family history and reminisce over her own Bat Mitzvah.
Kevin can't get over Winnie, but Winnie has definitely moved on. When the school bully sets his sights on Kevin as a target, and Winnie as a paramour, injuries abound. Cagney Ortiz returns to talk bullies, creepy stares and brutal tonsilectomies. And along the way, we continue to scratch at what the source of his Kevin Arnold contempt is. We've got all kinds of therapy in this episode!
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Also furious: the flu. Kevin gets a taste of both in this week's episode. Austin improviser Cagney Ortiz returns to review "Nemesis," ponder pubescent polyamory and imagine an unseen scene with me. Listen for the Trump fingers, but stay for the genesis of Hipsterdom!