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TMT’s Quarantune 2020 Playlist!

Need a few hours of just fun, unusual, music from ALL genres and generations? Here you go! We don’t even know how many are in the list LOL!

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…And Justice For All  – Metallica

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

After the Storm – Mumford and Sons

Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked  – Cage the Elephant

Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Anyone Out There – Duran Duran

Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing – Chris Isaak

Baby Hold On  – Eddie Money

Be Good To Yourself  – Journey

Bedroom Toys – Duran Duran

Black Coffee in Bed – The Squeeze

Breathless – Jerry Lee Lewis

Burnin’ For You – Blue Oyster Cult

Burnin’ Up – Jonas Brothers

Call Me – Blondie

Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

Carry On – Fun.

Clampdown – The Clash

Controversy – Prince

Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues – Buddy Guy

Days Go By – Keith Urban

Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo

Dirty Old Town – The Dubliners or The Pogues

Disconnected – Beat Union

Distance – Christina Perri

Do It Clean – Echo and the Bunnymen

Doctor! Doctor! – Thompson Twins

Don’t – Ed Sheehan

Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Don’t You Kiss My Cheek – Jools Holland

Down With the Sickness  – Disturbed

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic

Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada

Every Breath You Take – The Police

F**k You, That’s Why– Smut Peddlers

Fabulously Lazy – Franz Ferdinand

Fear (of the Unknown) – Siouxie and the Banshees

Fever – Peggy Lee

Fighter  – Christina Aguilera

Ghost Town – The Specials

Girl on Fire  – Alicia Keyes

Glorious  – Skylar Grey

Gonna Buy Me a Dog – The Monkees

Goodbye To You – Scandal

Got The Time – Anthrax

Hell of a Season – The Black Keys

Highway to Hell  – AC/DC

Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles or Melanie Martinez

Hush/I’m Alive – Blue Swede

I Ain’t Got Nobody – Bessie Smith

I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore  – The Menzingers

I Feel Fine – Beatles

I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

I Walk Alone – Marty Robbins

I Wanna be Free – The Monkees

I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow or Cody Simpson

I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

I Won’t Stand In Your Way – Stay Cats

I’m Stuck In A Condo (With Marlon Brando) – The Dickies

If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly

In My Head – T.S.O.L.

In Summer – Josh Gad

Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies

It’s Everything but Partytime – The Go-Go’s

It’s the End of the World as We Know It  – R.E.M.

Just Keep Walking – INXS

Keeping the Faith – Billy Joel

Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker – Dada Life

Kick Out the Jams – MC5

Killing Time – Joss Stone

Kissing a Fool  – Michael Buble

Lean On Me – Bill Withers

Let’s Go Crazy  – Prince and the Revolution

Lifeline – Spandau Ballet

Listen to the Man – George Ezra

Lonesome Town – The Cramps or Ricky Nelson

Lovesick – Lonesome Spurs

Madness – Muse

Minute by Minute – The Doobie Brothers

Misery – The Beatles 

Move Along – The All American Rejects

Move It On Over – George Thorogood

Out of Touch – Daryl Hall and John Oates

Outside – Foo Fighters

Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin

Paranoid – Jonas Brothers

Party Out Of Bounds – B52s

People Are Strange – Echo and the Bunnymen or The Doors

People That Are Going To Hell – The Vandals

Put Your Records On  – Corrine Bailey Rae

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Rise  – Katy Perry

Rise Up – Andra Day

Rise Up – Imagine Dragons

Roamin’ House Boogie – Cab Calloway

Roaring 20s – Panic! At the Disco

Run Devil Run – Jenny Lewis

Save Myself – Ed Sheeran

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Shelter – Duran Duran

Shiver –  Maroon 5

Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

Solitary Confinement – The Dickies

Stand and Deliver – Adam and the Ants

Stay – Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs

Stayin’ Alive – BeeGees

Stop the World – Demi Lovato

Straighten Up and Fly Right – The Andrew Sisters

Strength – The Alarm

Stronger – Jennette McCurdy

Surrender – Elvis Presley

Swift Silent Deadly – Tiger Army

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Taken Care of Business – George Thorogood

Temperature – Sean Paul

Tempted – The Squeeze

That’s the Way of the World – Earth, Wind and Fire

The Best of Times – Styx

The Champion  – Ludacris

The Climb  – Miley Cyrus

The Gambler  – Kenny Rogers

The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy

The Odd Couple – The Adicts

Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Johnson

Til I Collapse – Eminem feat. Nate Dogg

Time Bomb  – Rancid

Time of Our Lives – Pitbull and Ne-Yo

Times Like These – Foo Fighters

Too Close – Alex Clare

Tribal Connection – Gogol Bordello

TV Party – Black Flag

Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Steve Wonder

Wake Me Up – Avicii

Wake Me Up When September Comes – Green Day

Wake Up Alone – Amy Winehouse

Walk – Foo Fighters

Walk Away – Kelly Clarkson

Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline

Warriors  – Imagine Dragons

Wash My Hands – The Young Dubliners

We Are Not Alone – Karla DeVito

We Gonna Make Everything Alright – John Lee Hooker

We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn

Welcome to the Jungle  – Guns ‘n’ Roses

What’s Behind the Mask – The Cramps

Why Can’t You Behave – Ella Fitzgerald

Wicked World – Osaka Popstar

Wishy Washy – INXS

Work From Home  – Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign

Wrecking Ball  – Miley Cyrus

You Ain’t Alone – Alabama Shakes

You Be Illin’ – Run DMC

You Oughta Know – Alanis Morisette

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The Coronials Are Coming!

Today’s episode “The Coronials Are Coming!” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Hey here we are…over here. No. Not over there. BACK HERE. **Waving** Oh…wait… (pulls mask down…BOOP!) HERE WE ARE! Hi! WHOA…Stay back! BACK! No hugs. Are you a covidiot? We love you, but from a distance mate. We’ll stay over here, you stay over there, and once we’re done with our essential errands (you got any tp? no? ok…) we’re going back home. Where everyone who isn’t saving people, providing food, gas, or medicinal (and apparently construction) services belong. (Someone coughs in the distance) EVERYBODY DOWN!!!!!! Sorry. Sorry. Everyone ok? Sorry ’bout that. We’re just a little skittish. This is our first time out in…um…what day is it? Sigh.

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Isn’t that how it feels? Welcome to what we thought was just some distant, dystopian future in a sci-fi novel. In less than a week the world flipped upside down and now many people are self-sheltering to “flatten the curve”…many have lost jobs and the V Who Must Not Be Named statistics seem to have grown exponentially overnight. Oh, and you know what else is on the horizon with all this staying at home stuff? A baby boom! Yeah, come December, we’re gonna see the first results of some spectacular self-sheltering, because last we looked condoms were NOT flying off the shelves like Clorox wipes. We officially vote AYE for this next generation to be called Coronials. And come 2033 these Coronials will be Quaranteens, wreaking havoc on their poor parents like the virus they’re named after. Ok. Maybe not THAT bad. But honestly anyone who thinks that’s harsh hasn’t lived with a teenager.

Then there’s the naysayers, the hoaxers, conspiracy theorists, and the just plain stupidiotic who go around licking toilet seats on airplanes (really, it happened, we saw the video and NO WE’RE NOT LINKING TO THAT CRAP). Yep, the world is getting a ginormous 20-something middle finger to the “biggest government overreaction in the history of everything.” Let’s face it, some of our older generation isn’t being that helpful either. What is it with you people?!? If you’re not blaming each other for the world’s problems, you’re legit behaving JUST LIKE EACH OTHER! “PSHT, there’s no virus!” “PSHT it’s a government agenda!” “PSHT! It’s just a cold!” “PSHT! I’m not gonna catch it and if I do who cares!” “PSHT can’t make me stay home I have APPOINTMENTS.” Look. Us GenXers just want you all to f**cking go home and chill out. IT’S! NOT! THAT! HARD! But seriously, if we have to rely on the Kardashians and other social influencers to be the voice of sanity, we’re in trouble. And let’s not forget Florida. Now, we understand all those morons traveled to you, Florida, for spring break from all us other schmucky states, but you let them in. Go to your room – like the rest of us – and think about what you’ve done.

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Really, we’re wondering what this world is coming to. Who knew that our mental and physical health check-ins would include saying things like, “My anxiety level increases when I see the grocery store doesn’t have toilet paper or hand sanitizer…again.”

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Many are adjusting to working from home for the first time ever, many businesses are shuttering temporarily (or permanently), the U.S. government can’t get their collective brain cells in one spot long enough to pass a stimulus package to save their or our lives, and many (like Kris) are finding the transition of saving the world by sitting on the couch binge-watching Netflix and Amazon Prime fairly normal behavior.

And while we wait for the paper goods manufacturers to gather up the next big wave of shipments, we’re praying that the hoarders finally have enough paper goods and water to get through the next two decades apparently, so the rest of us can catch a freaking break.

But enough of that. We all know how ridiculous some people have become in this unprecedented time. Let’s focus on the good. China has reported it’s first no-new-virus days since the first outbreak occurred. We’re hearing reports that our lovely planet is healing because millions of us ARE stay inside, not traveling, and not driving around like the unwoke nutjobs that we’ve been. Apparently the canals in Venice are CLEAR for the first time in about 60 years. People are dropping the political vitriol (sort of) and playing fun games on Facebook – it’s kind of like 2009 again – and families are actually spending more time together. Some more successfully than others (we’re just saying that’s a statistically probable statement.) But mostly we see people combating the crazy and frightening with fun and humor. While eating tons of pasta.

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So today we brought a little levity to the Covid-catch-up. And we do so whilst being responsible Americans, socially distancing even from each other. Kym called in and Kris recorded it with the mic Kym would have used. Not a perfect set up by any means, we know, so the sound quality will be, ah…interesting. Just pretend Kris is some news lady interviewing some famous person calling in to the show. Ok? Ok. We also talk about some upcoming International Days you can celebrate whilst vacationing in the South of Living Room, or the Coast of Kitchen, or that sleepy little town of Bedroom.

For links about the days we talk about check out the United Nations website here and kalender-365 here. And apparently there are even more days we didn’t know about here.

For the video that simulates the effects of how viruses spread, please go to this Washington Post article with the four phases of quarantining – free-for-all, quarantining sick only, moderate social distancing and extensive social-distancing (self-sheltering) – scroll down to about the middle of the article to see the simulators.

But the true hero of the episode is Kym’s Stay Home Playlist. HIT IT LIL KYM:

  • Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker by Dada Life
  • I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • The Climb by Miley Cyrus
  • Time Bomb by Rancid
  • Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
  • Work From Home by Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign
  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police
  • It’s the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
  • The Champion by Ludacris
  • Glorious by Skylar Grey
  • Time of Our Lives by Pitbull and Ne-Yo
  • Til I Collapse by Eminem feat. Nate Dogg
  • Fighter by Christina Aguilera
  • Warriors by Imagine Dragons
  • Girl on Fire by Alicia Keyes
  • Let’s Go Crazy by Prince and the Revolution
  • Down With the Sickness by Disturbed
  • Rise by Katy Perry
  • I Don’t Wanna Be an A**hole Anymore by The Menzingers
  • Highway to Hell by AC/DC
  • Welcome to the Jungle by Guns ‘n’ Roses
  • Ghost Town by The Specials
  • The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
  • Only Human by The Jonas Brothers

And Kris added:

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Because apparently she is a morbid motherf….

So that’s it! We’ll be back next week with an all new show, because we are dedicated to bringing you our opinions and quirky sense of humor to try to help entertain you even if it’s for just a moment.

Oh, and we’re sorry (kind of, but not, but kind of?) for the C word (the OTHER C word…) but – in our defense – we were just quoting Better Things. THEY SAID IT FIRST!!!! IT’S THEIR FAULT. But in all honesty, haven’t we all had this fight to some degree or another with our mom/daughter? No? Just us? Okaaaaaay. (To be clear we have not ever called our kids the C word but not gonna say we haven’t entertained the thought once or twice. Teenagers/20-somethings, amirite?)

OK BYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEE.

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Wash Your Hands!

Today’s episode “Wash Your Hands!” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Yep. We’re throwing our opinions into the manic mix that is Covid-19 hysteria. Amidst illogical shortages of toilet paper, and (slightly less illogical) hand sanitizer everywhere you look, we’re putting our caffeinated heads together to talk (sometimes heatedly…KRIS) about the absolute insanity that has gripped our nation and the globe. Even as of this writing, major sporting events are being cancelled, stocks have nose-dived, and God forbid you try to find paper goods anywhere. So we’re just saying, “stay calm, stay logical and DO. NOT. BEND. TO. THE. MOB. FEAR. MENTALITY!” And just for the record, we’re predicting that hand lotion will be the next big thing to go scarce, because washing our hands 20 times a day while we sing the ABC or Happy Birthday song, PLUS sanitizing, is doing quite the number on our overly germ-free mitts.

Here’s our take on the whole thing, and then we’ll provide links to the sites we mention as well as clear up any of our own missteps in the discussion:

  1. Wash your hands. Duh.
  2. Fill one of your now-empty hand sanitizer bottles you carry in your purse or car with liquid soap. Toss a bottle of water in your car and boom, you’re the king and/or queen of hand cleanliness. While sanitizer is great in a pinch, it does not, CANNOT, take the place of washing your hands!
  3. Don’t shake hands with people. Don’t even fist bump. Alternatives are: elbow bump, wave, jazz hands (dear God, yes please and make sure to upload videos of such interactions to social media). And there’s always the bros “‘Sup?” head-nod or the Spock/Vulcan hand thingy that only a smattering of the population can actually achieve. (Nerdnote: do NOT attempt the Mork version, as this entails the ability to do the Spock hand salute, with the addition of inserting your V into the V of another person who also does the Spock hand thingy, and…you know what…Nanoooo Nanoooo. We’ve jumped the shark). Screw it. Bring back the ol’ bow and curtsy.
  4. Don’t hate people who have Covid-19. Don’t. Why would you. Who are these jerks sending these poor people who have the misfortune of getting sick hateful comments? Oh, yeah, the same a$$holes who buy cases of toilet paper to up-price and sell to people who can’t find any BECAUSE THE A$$HOLES BOUGHT IT ALL TO RESELL… aaaaaaaaaaaand INSANITY LOOP! If you want to be pissed at people, THAT’S a good group to start with, along with Nazis, child abusers, people who use all the washing machines in your apartment complex laundry room, coworkers who take the last cup of coffee and don’t make a fresh pot, and people named Kip and Muffy.
  5. While we’re at it, don’t hate Asian people thinking they automatically carry the virus because of their race. THAT. IS. RACIST. BULLSHIT. Stop. Stop right now.
  6. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  7. Don’t wear face masks unless you have symptoms. This saves the masks for people who truly need them. Better yet, if you really need to, you can wear a bandana which is washable. We also suggest whistling the theme song to “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” if you do. Please do this. And again, post it to social media, thank you.
  8. Don’t touch your face. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAAAA. Good luck with that, let us know how that goes BECAUSE WE CAN’T STOP TOUCHING OUR FACES.
  9. Don’t panic-purchase. Please don’t. You’re feeding the frenzy and being part of the problem if you do this. Case in point: the day after mainstream media picked up social media posts of empty store shelves in Washington state, local stores in Southern California began putting PALLETS of unopened shipments of toilet paper out. Great message. To some it may have said, “we’re ready.” To most it shouted, “WE’RE GONNA RUN OUT BUY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TIME TO UNBOX THIS CRAP IN THE WAREHOUSE!” Ergo, scared consumers caving to panic-purchasing, which led to no toilet paper or hand sanitizer on shelves. All across the country. Within a couple days. See, here’s the thing. Washington state currently has the highest concentration of deaths from Covid-19 with 19 of the total 22 deaths in the United States. So, yeah, we understand the panic Washington residents felt. We do not, however, understand empty shelves in Tustin, California, which is hundreds of miles away. That, dearest friends, is the power of misinformation, mob-fear, and feeding the frenzy. Thankfully at least one Albertson’s in our area has put a limit on purchasing. Logic and cool heads must prevail or we’re going to “oh my” and “dear me” ourselves right over a damned cliff. Just buy what you need and one extra to make you feel better.
  10. Fact check what you post on social media. Also ask yourself, is it helpful or is it frenzy-fodder? If it’s factual and helpful, go ahead and post. If it’s not…you’re part of the problem.
  11. Make your own damned hand sanitizer using specific types of alcohol (at least 70% or higher alcohol content) and gel (such as aloe vera). You can temper the alcohol odor by adding your favorite essential oil. Good luck finding the ingredients though. #rollingeyes. Here’s a link to a diy hand sanitizer recipe, or if you want to go Breaking Bad on it, check out this link at the WHO’s (World Health Organization). We’re wondering if Everclear will work? Asking for a friend.
  12. Stay home if you’re sick. That whole “I’ve never missed a day of work” mentality has to go bye-bye. Sorry. It’s pretty egotistical to bring your drippy noise and raspy cough – masked with OTC meds (if you can find them that is) – to work just to maintain some arcane office record. No one is clapping for you Frank! The office doesn’t think you’re amazing Karen! They all want you to stay the hell away from them. Go to bed. Get better. Now, we get that there are some businesses who don’t give a rat’s behind if you’re sick…if you don’t show you don’t get paid. That sucks. It really does. And we’re sorry you have to work for jerks. Just try to get better, love.

As for links, here you go:

  • Kym’s snowflake underwear actually did resemble this photo of a coronavirus. Whoda thunk?
  • What’s in a name? Coronavirus aka Covid-19 aka SARS-2. What exactly is everyone talking about? This link to World Health Organization’s article on naming the virus helps clear this little conundrum up.
  • Influenza is deadlier? Looks like it, according to this CDC chart. And be sure to read this paragraph a couple times to really let it sink in: “CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.”
  • Covid-19 asymptomatic issues explained here, by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
  • Interactive map. This is a great interactive map by Johns Hopkins CSSE updating the numbers of cases, recoveries and deaths worldwide. Do the math. The numbers show recovery rate is much higher than the death rate globally. EDIT 19 March 2020: We have updated the link for the map to go directly to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center in order to provide a safe, direct link to the source. Please be wary of sites claiming to have a link to the map as they may have possible malware attached. You can find more information about this by going to Snopes.com.
  • Mythbusters! Read this WHO article which debunks many myths currently being put out there.
  • Hotter countries spared? While President Trump recently claimed we could be seeing a drop in cases by April as weather warms up, scientists are conflicted about the apparent reality that countries with warmer climates, such as India, aren’t being hit with these types of viruses as much as regions with colder weather. Read more about this theory in this article.
  • Hoaxes! Here is the Al Jazeera article talking about the misinformation spread by mainstream news media based on social media posts.
  • Baby, It’s Not Me, It’s You. For the Washington Post article about conspiracy theories that the US is being blamed by some other countries (ahem, Chiiiiiiiiiiina??), go here.
  • Bill and Melinda’s Excellent Adventure. To found out just how much Bill and Melinda Gates actually spend to help others, check this link out.
  • Hip Cool Conspiracies. For the Rolling Stone article listing their favorite conspiracy theories and hoaxes, go here.
  • Oh, Rush. Here’s a link to the Washington Post article to back up Kris’ statement that Rush Limbaugh is trying to blow this all off as a weaponized threat to destroy Trump. Don’t come at us.
  • More fact-checking. And here’s a bonus fact-check article from The Guardian for your edification.
  • Last but not least. We couldn’t find the article Kris mentioned reading (she thought it was from the CDC) about what the Coronavirus does once you’ve got it, but here’s a National Geographic article that is very similar (and may even be the same article, now we’ve read through it). It’s to educate you. If you’re prone to overreaction, panic, or hypochondria, maybe you should skip this one. But if you’re interested in how Covid-19 affects the body, it’s an interesting read.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Wash Your Hands!” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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That’s Amazing! Huell Howser Archives

Today’s episode “That’s Amazing! Huell Howser Archives” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today we visit the Chapman University exhibit of the archives of broadcaster Huell Howser, of “California’s Gold” PBS fame. If you don’t recall the name, you’ll probably remember the face: iconic sunglasses perched on a pleasant tan visage, cheerful smile (with perfect teeth), all solidly topped by steely (and precisely) cropped hair. There’s that linebacker build, those muscular arms and barrel chest, clad in a Polo or button-down short-sleeved shirt and a pair of chinos (or shorts). He looked like he should be playing football on a beach somewhere in Southern California. You know. HUELL HOWSER. Ok. Well, then, the voice will jolt you back to memory lane…you didn’t expect it when you saw him, but as soon as you heard his Grand Ol’ Opry Nashville roots “That’s amazing!” catchphrase, you couldn’t help be settle down for a homestyle good time as Huell presented – with all his heart and soul – his latest find somewhere in the state of California.

Kym finds Huell’s catchphrase. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s in California you would have to work pretty hard to miss seeing a Huell Howser human interest piece. At one point his shows aired 6 nights a week on KCET, with over a million viewers, including overseas military via the American Forces Radio and Television Services. If you weren’t learning about the next hidden gem in “California’s Gold” you could be “Visiting…With Huell Howser,” taking a “Road Trip With Huell Howser,” learn about all the county fairs, parks, and vast coastline in “California’s Golden Fairs,” “California’s Golden Parks,” and, you guessed it, “California’s Golden Coast.” Huell may have originally hailed from Nashville, TN, and even worked in New York for CBS and CNN for awhile…but when he landed in Los Angeles, CA, in 1980, broadcast gold was made. Forever.

The world became a bit less bright, and definitely less amazing on 7 January 2013 when 67 year old Huell succumbed to the prostate cancer he’d been privately battling. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he began making arrangements to leave over 5,000 videos of raw and edited footage as well as show notes, personal papers, knickknacks, mementos, books, art and furniture to Chapman University in Orange, CA, which was finalized in 2012. He never got to see the exhibit as it is today, which he originally intended to just be a donation for digital archival purposes. He had no idea his death would lead hundreds of loyal fans searching for his much-needed goodness to traipse into the Chapman University library, disrupting students’ studies to view the lobby displays of his legacy. University top-brass took note and (thankfully) dedicated a permanent archival exhibit just one floor down in what is now known as the California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives.

So. That’s where we went Saturday (Leap Day!) with our trusty Tascom digital recorder. Oh… yeah. Well, Kris hasn’t learned the ins and outs of recording on the fly with the digi handheld. So, sound quality is a bit…meh, BUT! It’s real, it’s raw…just like our morning walk episode, you’ll feel like you’re right there with us as we descend the echoey stairs in search of the archive only to discover Huell’s AMAZING industrial found art…seriously. Probably the best thing we learned that day – and there were a LOT of a-ha moments – was that the man saw beauty in EVERYTHING. He took junkyard scraps and transformed them into gallery-quality art pieces and functional furniture that he kept in all his houses (yep, plural…including a Volcano Rock House).

Walking through the door of room B11, the first thing you notice is the prominent “THAT’S AMAZING!” photo of Huell greeting you. At your feet, the black floor contains a large white outline of the state of California with labels overlapping each other pinpointing name after name after name AFTER NAME of alllllll the towns Huell visited and showcased over the years.

That 70’s Huell with Porky the Pig and family. This is the segment that started the magic back in Nashville.

Along the wall is a timeline mural and in the center of the room are thick columns – all of this covered with photos and blurbs about all the wild, whimsical and wonderful characters Huell met along the way. You can see what his office looked like – right down to the hand-drawn calendar, and the homemade coffee mug used as a pen holder. And right there right in front of you is The Camera. Yep, the one Luis Fuerte used to film all the episodes of “California’s Gold.” In the Artifact Room there are displays of personal items from childhood (Boy Scouts handbook, a miniature pop gun), broadcasting gear such as his camera bag from his early days in Nashville, favorite baseball hats (the SPAM hat is the best), art and findings from his travels, a boatload of books, and even an original John Romita hand-drawn comic of Huell meeting Stan Lee.

And because we’re kind of getting the hang of this interview stuff, we took advantage of being the only visitors left in the room, and asked the resident pro, John Carlo, Archivist, if we could pick his brain and man, he was a wealth of knowledge. So BONUS! You don’t have to listen to us gab for 45 minutes like we usually do. If you visit the archives, DEFINITELY see if John is available to chat you up.

So, folks, if you remember Huell fondly, we hope you enjoy this episode. Yes, we realize we did a poor imitation of Huell’s accent too many times (KRIS), but rest assured, we did it out of pure joy and love for the man, never, ever as ridicule. And of course, we unironically say, “That’s Amazing!” all throughout the episode because the archives truly are…amazing.

It’s fitting that the man who spent 30+ years highlighting little-known, quirky treasures up and down the state of California would inspire exactly the kind of place he avidly searched for and shared with the world. We can almost hear Huell walking down those stairs, stopping often with Southern-boy giddiness, asking Luis, “did you get that?” as he wanders and wonders through the three-room hidden gem showcasing his life.

If you’re local or visiting Southern California, you can’t miss a visit to Old Orange. If you want to visit the archives (Yes. Yes you do.) they are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. You might want to call ahead just in case to be sure the archive isn’t closed for a special event. Large groups can call ahead to make arrangements with the archivist. The displays rotate some items every few months, so multiple visits are totally necessary.

Leatherby Libraries building, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

Chapman University is just north of the circle (The Plaza) on Glassell. You can park in the lower level of the parking garage off Walnut street (at the time of this writing you can get 4 hours for $3) or you can find a spot in one of the many parking lots in the area (and another new parking structure off Chapman near Ruby’s). That means you can enjoy the neighborhood as you make your way to the school. Just be very careful if you want to try your luck parking on the street. There’s some funky rules about who can park where, and if you park in the wrong place without a parking permit, the fine will set you back over $30 (uh…last time Kris checked, about 6 years ago that was the going price for not paying attention to her surroundings…so it’s likely the fines have gone up). Just watch for the signs. Leatherby Libraries (yep, not library, it’s plural) is right next to the field. To access the archives, take the stairs or the elevator to the basement (not gloomy whatsoever…true story) and you’ll find yourself face to face with that smiling photo of Huell.

When you’re finished with those archives, be sure to check out the Center for American War Letters Archives display near the entrance to the Huell Howser Archives. Each month they highlight the service of a soldier, sailor, marine or homefront warrior, displaying letters and other personal ephemera. The actual archives room has the same hours as the Huell Howser Archives, and their entrance is to the immediate left of the stairway.

To rejuvenate after you visit with Huell, Old Orange is chock full of delicious restaurants, antique stores and small shops selling art, pottery, home goods, comic books, vintage clothes, and toys. There’s even TWO Starbucks.

We urge you to visit the archives. And we urge you to watch reruns of Huell’s shows. This world needs more Huells…we need more unabashed joy in the adventure of discovery and human connection.

Today’s episode is released twice: in audio-only mp3 format AND in an image-enhanced mp4 format. Not all podcast apps support enhanced podcasts (Spotify, for instance), and we discovered if we only release an enhanced episode, it’s not that the images don’t show up, the entire episode won’t publish to that platform! So…two versions it is. If you are interested in viewing the images while listening, you can go to your app store and download Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or Pocketcast. We’re not sure if Google Play or Stitcher support enhanced shows, so let us know if you listen on those platforms and can view the photos.

As an added bonus, here’s some of the images we share on the episode today:

The anteroom of the Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
The memento cabinet housing some of Huell’s favorite gifts and mementos.
The camera used to film “California’s Gold”. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell’s tape viewing desk. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell shoveling sauerkraut. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell’s Herald’s of Peace Torch, 1996 Olympics, Los Angeles, CA. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell, Nita the Elephant, and Charlie. This was Huell’s favorite segment in all his years of broadcasting. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell got Simpsonized. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
John Romita’s personalized drawing of Huell and Stan Lee. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Huell’s 1957 copy of the Boy Scouts Handbook for Boys. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
A fine example of the industrial art Huell loved. Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.
Some of Huell’s books and mementos in the artifacts room of the Huell Howser Archives, Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University, Orange, CA.

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Episodes

Leap For Joy!

Today’s episode “Leap For Joy” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

It’s leap year! Are you an hourly wage worker? You might just get paid for this lovely extra day we get this year (sorry salary people). If you’re born on this day, you’re one in 5 million (globally) or one in 200,000 in the United States! Those stats make you even more special than your mom says you are. True story. Depending on what country you live in makes a difference in when you can claim your birthdate in non-leap years. Sorry UK peeps, you’re not allowed to consider yourself a year older until March 1. New Zealand on the other hand…they are totally feelin’ the birthday vibes fronting you a day so you can celebrate on February 28. As we tried to wrap our heads around the math involved it becomes painfully clear neither of us know what the heck we’re talking about, but we have fun discussing it anyway. (Pssst…2100 will NOT have a leap year in it, been confirmed. Calendar people, call us.)

So apparently it was the Ancient Egyptians who first noticed the anomaly of solar years not quite matching up to their calendar, but it was Julius Cesar and his astronomers in 46 BC who actually tacked an extra day onto the already short and very cold (read: no crops growing) month of February. But their math wasn’t totally accurate – it overcorrected and ended up providing too many leap years. So about 1,500 years later, Pope Gregory VIII and HIS buddies tweaked it a bit more, saying yes, in order to have a leap year the year must be divisible by four, BUT! **Finger pointing mightily to the heavens** in order to make it all work out in the end, century years (such as 2000) must be divisible by 400! Soo…. drooling… and this is where we just hand it over to people who know mathy stuff. It’s really well summed up in this article at wtop.com called Math Behind Leap Year and Why 2020 Will Be The Year to Party, by Michelle Murillo. Seriously. Don’t take our word for it, Michelle knows:

The year that we say is 365 days is actually 365.24 days. There’s almost an extra quarter day in there. Give or take .01. So, every four years, all those quarters add up to almost one and we get an extra day. Not a big deal over a handful of years, but in a century, it’s almost a month. If you let it go a couple centuries, all the seasons will be out of whack. Imagine celebrating Fourth of July in the snow! It’s better we make the correction.

-Michelle Murillo, wtop.com

We also encourage you to read 13 Unexpected Leap Year Facts by Mary Jo Dilonardo, from February 21, 2020. Because Mary Jo also explains the reasons behind the whys and hows so much better that Kym and Kris could ever hope to. We are postulating that if your name starts with a K are not mathy, but if your name starts with an M, you are. Apparently M = Michelle, Mary Jo, and Math. And we apologize to all the K-name math wizards out there, we’re just a tiny little blog and podcast, don’t come at us.

For more fun facts about Leap Year, please also check out entitymag.com for the information Kris cited in the show, Reader’s Digest for some bizarre factoids, and chiff.com for a groovy little poem to help you remember when Leap Year hits.

Now. Let’s get down to clearing up that little misconception about the inimitable Dinah Shore. Ms. Shore, née Fannye Rose Shore, was a popular actress and singer with a career that spanned decades starting in the 1940s. Kym stated in the show she heard a rumor Ms. Shore sued her parents for not telling her there was African ancestry in their family. What we found out when we did a little research, is that in all likelihood that rumor is false. Her parents were Orthodox Jews who immigrated from Russia, and unfortunately her mother died when Fannye was only 16 years of age. We found a couple scant suggestions that the a rumor Ms. Shore had black ancestry was started by a vengeful peer, but there is no overt, factual documentation of either African ancestry, that Ms. Shore tried to sue anyone at all, or who may have started the rumor. So we’re going to say, yes the rumor is out there, but its veracity is highly unlikely. Not even gonna link to the sites we tracked down because honestly…not a big enough deal. If you really need to know, Google is your friend.

And lest we forget, we really encourage you to check out these fantastic bits and bobs we talked about today:

  • Locke and Key. Streaming on Netflix! So good. Based on a comic book, it’s replete with magic, mystery and a FANTASTIC Victorian mansion in a picturesque town. How can you not watch? For more details, check out their IMDB page.
  • Hunters. Streaming on Amazon Prime! Again. So good. It will make you uncomfortable (in fact, this BBC article talks about how Holocaust survivors are not happy at all with the show). Keep an open mind, suspend some beliefs that can catch you up (hello…it was 1977…they didn’t have DNA testing back then, but FINGERPRINTS WERE A THING…yet everyone touched all the weapons with their bare freaking hands). Anyway, it’s got a superhero vibe without being superheroes, and it’s presented with some kitschy tongue-in-cheek 4th wall sketches, and it is very much a social commentary about the world we live in today. But the surging truth that underlies the production is 1) we cannot forget the lessons of the Holocaust, 2) look around folks…wake up…we’re forgetting the lessons of the Holocaust, and 3) we CANNOT FORGET THE HOLOCAUST. Because REAL. HEINOUS. EVIL. REAL. We all good? Good. Because behind its hip façade, it’s a show that makes you THINK. A lot. Here’s more deets on IMDB.
  • Strange Indeed. We are ALWAYS ready to shoutout great podcasts and Strange Indeed is definitely awesome. They originally started as a week-by-week fan review of the Netflix show Stranger Things, but in between production of ST, Shawn and Rima Jo talk about other streaming shows. Currently discussing Locke and Key, Rima Jo is partnered up with Jason, as Shawn has taken a temporary break from recording. Shawn and Rima Jo previously covered Netflix’s “YOU“, Hulu’s “Castle Rock” and Amazon Prime’s “Carnival Row.” Please show them some love by checking their show out. Here’s their Libsyn page (you can hear them anywhere you listen to podcasts, such as on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, etc.) and their Facebook page. Go! Follow, subscribe, listen, rate, review….do all the things. They deserve all the things man. Trust.
  • Hydration Made Easy. For more information about Kym’s Cirkul bottle and all it’s benefits, check out their website drinkcirkul.com.
  • Please Forgive Us. Dear Scotland. We did it again, and we’re sorry-not-sorry. We can’t promise to never attempt Scottish accents again, and we’re not sure Seamus is even a Scottish name (apparently Kris is vindicated, slightly), but please, let us visit you someday. We love you. We attempt accents because we love. By the way, Seamus and Fergus are the names of Kym’s Aussie shepherds and they make their way into the show every once in awhile. So there’s DOGS on our side, that has to count for something, yeah?
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But before we go, we have to say, Billy!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Is it the 28th or the 29th? Billy, call Kym.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Leap For Joy” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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