The big rant: vaccinations, the Delta Variant, selfless vs. selfish and conspiracy theories. Plus, Jean Smart gets very well-deserved Emmy nominations for her roles in two HBO Max series, Mare of Easttown and the hilarious Hacks. And decisions, regrets, and moving forward.

A review of the newest HBO series , Mare of Easttown. Spoiler alert: it's terrific! Is there anything that Kate Winslett hasn't been good in? For more: Mare of Easttown | HBO

Same management, same RSS feed, same dumb podcast, but with a new name: The Weapon of Self-Distraction Podcast is now Distraction Avenue. This episode: having vaccine envy, the top 10 people you see at the gym and TV ratings for the Jeopardy! guest hosts. Finally, RIP to the amazing and wonderful Charles Grodin. 

The trial and conviction of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Plus, some interesting social media statistics - numbers on Facebook, TikTok and more. And the return of an Obscure But Cool Song.

Two guys in Australia drift two miles out to sea on an air mattresss, a new foster dog named Jessie, and some thoughts on being single...again. Plus, comedian Danny Jolles has his first special, "6 Parts" available for free on You Tube. He's amazing, and so is his special. 

Doug Brod is the author of the fantastic book, They Just Seem A Little Weird: How Cheap Trick, KISS,  Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll. We talk about how he wrote the book, how those bands are all connected, their influence and how they're still relevant today. And that despite a lot of trial and tribulations, they're each still great. At the top: Super Bowl LV, the Tampa Bay Bucaneers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and Ten Random Super Bowl Facts.

They Just Seem A Little Weird: How Cheap Trick, How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll is informative, fun, and awesome and is available online and in bookstores. For more info and retailers, click here.

 

Quick reviews: Steve's all-time favorite band of all-time, Cheap Trick just released a rocking song, "Light Up The Fire," and it rocks! "Light Up The Fire" rocks! Plus, new music from Dead Daisies and Smith/Kotzen, a new side-project from Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen. Its all killer!

Why not say "Happy New Year" deeper into January? Guests hosts on Jeopardy! Crocs had a booming 2020, Netflix massive spend for new content and Ben & Jerry's doggie desserts.

The new song by Van Morrison and Eric Clapton, protesting their being asked to help the greater good during a pandemic, is discussed, and Rickie Lee Jones' reaction to their song. Plus, holiday traditions come and go, and a reminder of a previous tradition: Wilford Brimley, via the old Imus in the Morning Show, talking about oatmeal. 

The awesome cat and occasional unwitting podcast guest Pluto passed away; a euology for the best pet, ever. And paying it forward - 900 times! - at a Dairy Queen in Minnesota.

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