Topicsactive
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Earwolf
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Comedy
"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!
Premiere Date |
2013-06-17
Finale date |
2014-12-24
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Michael Ian Black is back on Earwolf with a new podcast. Obscure tackles a great work of literature. Join Michael as he reads Thomas Hardy’s classic Jude the Obscure and comments as he goes. Here's a preview, and you can hear Episode 1 right now in your podcast app.  Hear Episode 1 of Obscure in Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/obscure-with-michael-ian-black/id1388660385?mt=2
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In Episode 8 of Season 4, Michael and Michael show their Christmas spirit by giving listeners the gift of talking all about Santa. Their conversation covers everything from Santa’s elves to his North Pole home to the historical roots of Santa.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 7 of Season 4, Michael and Michael delve into the mysterious topic of the Unknown. Their conversation covers everything from the ol’ tree falling in the woods saying to the future to the Umami theory. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 6 of Season 4, Michael and Michael stick their beaks into the topic of the Nolan film, Interstellar. Their conversation covers everything from man’s place in the universe to the dream qualities of Nolan’s work to Hemingway’s influence on Nolan. “Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 5 of Season 4, Michael and Michael drill deep into the topic of Architecture as social commentary. Their conversation covers everything from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to thatched roofs to the story of the 3 little pigs.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 4 of Season 4, Michael and Michael take a deep spoonful of today's topic of snowfall aka snow. Their conversation covers everything from the meaning of lake-effect snow to no two snowflakes being the same to Robert Frost.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity.
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In Episode 3 of Season 4, Michael and Michael get their creative juices flowing as they delve into the real hardy broth of a topic, the allure of Empire. From Egypt to the Romans and beyond, their conversation covers everything from the corruption that stems from power to solving the world’s conundrums.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Cards Against Humanity .
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In Episode 2 of Season 4, Michael and Michael discuss Rebirth Renewal. Their conversation covers everything from the recent changes in their life to sharing the energy of artists of the past such as Michelangelo to the music of God.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 1 of Season 4, Michael and Michael are back in the saddle as they recap and rehash this year's Topicon. Their conversation covers everything from the long lasting friendships to all the study groups that attended from almost 30 different countries to the major announcements for next year's Topicon.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 20 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest Nev Schulman get to know themselves in a whole new way as they explore the topic of identity. What did Nev learn about the nature of identity from his experience with the film Catfish? What is identity? Why do we post pictures of our butt hole on social media websites? Aren’t we all afraid of being rejected? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Nev unpack the topic of identity and learn a few things about themselves along the way.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by:  Cards Against Humanity. Go to www.cardsagainsthumanity.com for more info.   Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!
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In Episode 19 of Season 3, authors Michael, Michael, and special guest author Susan Orlean wet their beaks with the topic of Perspectives on Writing: From Cave Drawings to Computer Code and Back. What is the difference between Non-fiction and Fiction writing? What is truth? What does the phrase Creative Non-fiction mean? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Susan get their beaks wet as they discuss a juicy topic filled with words and language.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by: Cards Against Humanity. Go to www.cardsagainsthumanity.com for more info. Audible. Go to www.audible.com/topics for a free audiobook and 30 day free trial.  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!
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In Episode 18 of Season 3, Michael and Michael get into a very important topic that we deal with every day of our life, the Money Question. From Smith to Piketty to back again. How do we survive in the 21st century? How are Cabbage Patch Kids related to the law of supply and demand? Why does Leno need all those cars? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss Adam Smith aka father of modern economics, the French economist Thomas Piketty, and everything in between.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:  Hulu Plus : Go to  huluplus.com/TOPICS  for a free two week trial.
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In Episode 17 of Season 3, Michael and Michael delve into the topic of The Law: questions of Tort reform, the Judiciary process, Habeas corpus and beyond. Will we keep tripping over the word society? What is best for the individual versus what is best for the collective? Does God himself need law? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss a very important topic that we all deal with in our lives.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by www.TRYAUDIOBOOKS.com
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In Episode 16 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and fantastic actor/friend of the podcast Rich Sommer talk about the passionate topic of madness. How do we know who is the sane one and who is the insane one? Why does love drive us mad? Is Dr. Frankenstein the monster? Or is his monster the monster? Or are we the monster? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Rich discuss a topic that might drive people a little crazy.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:  Hulu Plus : Go to huluplus.com/TOPICS for a free two week trial.  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!
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In Episode 15 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the lessons they've learned from the incredible Connell Institute. Where did a young Michael Ian Black have his brain pumped with lifelong knowledge of several topics? How far does the legacy of the Connell Institute go? What about the great gift shop that is also located there? Tune in as Michael and Michael discuss about the dense history of the Connell Institute.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by:  Hulu Plus : Go to huluplus.com/TOPICS for a free two week trial.  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer! Squarespace. Go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code SHOWALTER for a free trial and 10% off your own professional website.
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Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on travel reimbursements for study groups to Topic Con to the first ever Topics podcast birth. If you have a question or comment please send it to  topicspodcast@gmail.com !
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In Episode 14 of Season 3, Michael and Michael organically find their way to discuss the topic of the near East the far East. What is the story behind Pier 1 imports? Who is Bill Johnman? What are some of the many imported goods we take for granted in the West? Tune in as Michael and Michael talk about the rich history of both the near far East.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by:  Hulu Plus : Go to huluplus.com/TOPICS for a free two week trial.  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!
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In Episode 13 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest/friend of the podcast Steve Agee talk about the glorious and loving topic of friendship. How does everyone define friendship? Does their always need to be attraction involved? Does making a pen pal with a prisoner count as having a friendship? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Steve share what it takes to create and sustain a friendship.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.Today's episode also features original music by Pearl The Beard. This episode is sponsored by:  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!  Harry’s : Use the offer code TOPICS for $5 off your first purchase.
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In Episode 12 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest singer-songwriter Liz Phair talk about the very musical topic of music. What is music? Is a breast like a kazoo? What's the difference between classical music and the Liz’s song "H.W.C."? What would have happened if Paul McCartney and John Lennon never met? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Liz get deep into the process of creating and enjoying music.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by:  GoDaddy.com : Use offer code TOPICS295 for 85%off for $2.95 own your own dot COM  Hulu Plus : Go to huluplus.com/TOPICS for a free two week trial.
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In Episode 11 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the very serious topic of true crime. Why does this topic generate the image of darkness? Why is it that some follow the interest of committing the perfect murder? How did Truman Capote's iconic true crime novel In Cold Blood start a trend of storytelling in the journalistic arts? Tune in as Michael and Michael dive right into this juiciest of topics.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer! Naturebox: Go to Naturebox.com/topics for 50% off your first box of delicious snacks.
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In Episode 10 of Season 3, Michael, Michael and special guest David Wain discuss the subconscious LIVE from the Brava Theater in their second ever live recording as part of the 2014 SF Sketchfest. Do we subconsciously dress ourselves a certain way? How is it that our mind lets us only see what it wants during sleight of hand? Why is it that we don’t focus on the carefully placed orange in the corner of movie frame? Tune in as Michael, Michael, and David blow each other’s minds in front of a live audience.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by:  Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer! Naturebox: Go to Naturebox.com/topics for 50% off your first box of delicious snacks.  GoDaddy.com : Use offer code TOPICS295 for 85%off for $2.95 own your own dot COM
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In Episode 9 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss annoying habits/pet peeves LIVE from the Brava Theater in their first ever live recording as part of the 2014 SF Sketchfest. What are some little things your loved ones do that upset you the most? How many fingers point right back at us when you point these things out to your loved ones? Tune in as Michael Michael have their relationship grow in front of a live audience.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by: Stamps.com . Click here for a special $110 Bonus Offer!Naturebox: Go to Naturebox.com/topics for 50% off your first box of delicious snacks.
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Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on what to do with that extra time study groups have after covering 100% of a topic to the podcast becoming a part of the Earwolf family. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com
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In Episode 8 of Season 3, Michael and Michael take a second crack at the topic of "Tugboats, Trains, and Trolleys." What is the key role that all 3 placed in American Industrial history? How did these 3 forever change transportation? Why is tugboats first in the order? Tune in as Michael Michael discuss this important and often overlooked topic.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by: Naturebox. Go to www.naturebox.com/topics for 50% off your first box of delicious snacks.  Squarespace . Use offer code SHOWALTER for a free trial and 10% off.
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Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on study group dress codes to Paul Rudd's shenanigans on last week's episode. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com
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In Episode 7 of Season 3, Michael and Michael dig deep into the very big topic of the senses. Why is smell the most controversial of the senses? How are we similar to a computer hard drive? How is it that classical painters used their mastery of light to change the way we see things? Tune in as Michael Michael share their thoughts on sight, hearing, smell, touch, the fifth sense, and the sixth sense.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.  This episode is sponsored by Squarespace . Use offer code BLACK for a free trial and 10%off.
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In Episode 6 of Season 3, Michael, MIchael, and special guest Paul Rudd discuss the "small stuff." Their conversation covers everything from love, Billy Joel's doo-wop stuff, and joking with friends. Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Paul do their best to celebrate the small stuff.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 5 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss the unexplainable and supernatural topic of miracles. What is a miracle? Can a miracle be a bad thing? What are some modern miracles? Tune in as Michael Michael have a heart-to-heart on the laughter of children the miracle on the Hudson."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace . Use offer code BLACK for a free trial and 10%off.
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In Episode 4 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss the mystery of Metamorphosis. How does it happen when you can’t see it? Can our spirit truly evolve? Is it possible to be physically changed from a white light? Tune in as Michael Michael dive into the inner outer ways we could change as a result of Metamorphosis.“Topics” features original music by Dan Deacon. This episode is brought to you by Catch A Contractor premiering Sunday, March 9th at 10/9C on SPIKE. This episode is also sponsored by Audible. Go to Audiblepodcast.com/topic s for a free audio book 30 Day free trial.
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In Episode 3 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss America's unique gift to the word aka "Jazz." What exactly is Jazz? What is the definition of a Polyrhythm? Where does Jazz come from? Tune in as Michael Michael get deep into the rich history of the ever beating heart of the American experience."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 2 of Season 3, Michael and Michael dive into a very juicy topic that will blow your mind — "What if this life is a dream?" Who's to say we can't jump out a window and fly? Are we living in the Matrix? Tune in as Michael Michael seek the truth of our existence."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In Episode 1 of Season 3, Michael and Michael are back in the saddle to discuss "The Little Things." Their conversation covers everything from butter on toast, to taking a drive and listening to some classical music, to apple picking in Autumn with your family."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon.
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In the tenth and final episode of season two, Michael and Michael discuss "Regret.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 9 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Dialogue and Discourse.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 8 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "The Middle East.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com
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In Episode 7 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Paranormal Activity.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 6 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Heat.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 5 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Courage.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com
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In Episode 4 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Food and Wine." Their conversation focuses exclusively on the crisp riesling wines from the local grape vineyards of Long Island."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com
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In Episode 3 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Individual Rights vs. Rights of the Collective." Their conversation ranges from the Magna Carta to "The Red Badge of Courage" to the famous and tragic pistol duel between Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 2 of Season 2, Michael, Michael and special guest David Wain discuss "Technology." Their conversation covers everything from the simplest of machines like the spoon to the most complicated of all machines - the human body."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode 1 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Science and Medicine." Their conversation covers everything from the Möbius strip, to regressive analysis, to shitting on the floor."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In the eleventh and final episode of season one of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Love". What is it? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Can we live without it? How does Michael Ian Black look with his shirt off?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Ten of "Topics", the second to last episode of season one, Michael and Michael discuss "Power Propaganda." What is it? Who is involved? Are woolly mammoths really being cloned?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com "Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Nine of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Utopia." What is utopia? Is utopia possible? What were the Wright Brothers doing when they invented the airplane? What about North Korea?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Eight of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Time Travel". Is it possible? Do we have the technology for it? If you could travel in time to any point in history where would you go?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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Michael and Michael respond to listener mail."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In this segment, Michael and Michael announce the winners of the "Is This Art?" contest and determine whether or not the pictures that were chosen are art or not.Winners: @barbershop_raga @BillyFrankly @rez114 @blezus @CraigMcKey @Hankpierogi @davidphalen @AfterTheBull "Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Seven of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss gender, gender roles in society, the gray area in-between man and woman, the broth of life and the TV program "Home Improvement.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Six of "Topics", Michael and Michael seek to find answers to the question "What Is Art?" Their discussion ranges from the surrealist works of Marc Chagall and the political paintings of Francisco De Goya to the controversial objets d'art of U.K. artist Damien Hirst and even the landscape portraiture of photographer Ansel Adams."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Five of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "The Human Condition." Their conversation takes them through a wide range of subjects including The Beatles, TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and The Flintstones, as well as what kind of car Michael Ian Black drives (BMW)."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Four of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss the age old question "if a tree falls in the woods but no one is there to hear it did it make a sound?", Hume's Theory of Induction, Steve Jobs, Thanksgiving turkey and The Civil War."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Three of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "The Final Frontier: Space"! Is there intelligent life on other planets? Do UFO's exist? Is there a God? How awesome are The Beatles? Join them as they seek to better understand all of these topics in their quest to make sense of the infinite universe."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode Two of "Topics", Michael and Michael get into a big conversation about one of the biggest questions of all mankind -- "Does God exist?" Is God a man with a long white beard? Is God nature? Is God a force? We entreat you to join them in Episode Two, as Michael and Michael really seek to answer this age old question."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
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In Episode One of "Topics", Michael and Michael introduce their new podcast "Topics" and talk about their hope to have a show where, even though they are normally seen as comedians, they can have serious discussions about big topics of conversation that we all think about."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.
An all-time classic
Mar 13, 2018 by alistener

A podcast with numerous episodes I revisit often. The two Mikes know how to make it happen for me and they're in great if a little uneven form across this series.

Ended just as it hit its stride
Jun 28, 2017 by BillyKlubz

This podcast had a great premise, but struggled to live up to it in the early going. Both Michaels (Showalter and Ian Black) are funny guys, but you could tell they were still feeling things out in the early going. As the show went on, they found their footing in the premise (no spoilers, but it's obvious) and it got better and better. For example, they spend one episode talking about how they are going to discuss a topic, but then never actually get into it. Brilliant. Definitely worth a listen if you like dry comedy, but go in knowing that it can be uneven.

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