As this episode of the Freakonomics podcast outlines, colleges and universities, and their students and those students' parents (like Catherine and Nicole), are facing a huge challenge when it comes to the fall semester.
After reading about people making coronavirus-shaped pinatas to enjoy smashing them to bits, we talked about all the other things (so many things) we'd like to bash with a mallet.
These two episodes of Veronica Mars were quite a combo platter of silly high school plots (mascot-stealing in "Betty and Veronica"; petty harassment in "Kanes and Abel's") and some pretty major progress toward solving the mystery of who killed Lilly Kane--as well as the related question of where is Veronica's mom. She's in rehab now! Next: S1E18, "Weapons of Class Destruction," and S1E19, "Hot Dogs."
This new reality may be driving us crazy, but lockdown accommodations have gone too far when kids can get driver's licenses without passing a real, in-person road-test. Not even virtual reality can solve every pandemic problem! Mentioned: The movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; an episode of The Amazing Race from last season; Google Arts and Culture virtual museum tours.
On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure.
Today’s a mini-rant day for just complaining about the constant calls we get from telemarketers and scammers. Leave us alone! Do we have to just stop answering the phone? How annoyed are you by junk calls these days?
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure. This one reminds us, in this time when everyone's missing school, that it used to be something to complain about.
When we read a Popsugar post about a mom's Facebook Live rant on her son's school's disgusting bathrooms, we knew we could come up with some good stuff to complain about too. You know us—we love a good rant!
Want more? Listen to the rest of this March 2017 episode.
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Catherine shouts out Pepper, the American Hedgehog Warrior, and her merch.
Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @itsdougthepug, another cute critter who will brighten your day. And Terri's finally making her way through the excellent TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music, which you hear on every episode.
As with every other event in American life, the Covid-19 pandemic comes with merchandise, and lots of it. Do you have any? Do you want any? Would you buy some from us? Mentioned: The Shop Forward, Jenny Lawson's raccoon face mask, and social-distancing hats in a Chinese classroom.
The pandemic has given us extra time to look around our homes and realize how much stuff we're holding on to that we don't need. What have you got that would make a good giveaway?
Now that Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has wrapped up for the season, we're doubling up on Veronica Mars. This week's episodes featured good detecting, but poor judgement, on Veronica's part—along with the arrival of Alyson Hannigan as Logan's sister, Trina. Mentioned: Shaggy-haired teachers on My So-Called Life and Once and Again.
Join parenting and education writers Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics for daily chats on parenting teens and young adults (and a little TV-watching too).