[Contains explicit content] This is a big one folks. Batman v. Superman v. The Flop House. Meanwhile Stuart makes it very clear this is not your daddy’s anything, Dan does a dead-on Katherine Hepburn, and Elliott reveals how Nicholas Cage rents softcore pornography.
Alexis and Elliott get to know the man behind America’s most famous pair of mutton chops: president number eight, Martin Van Buren. Nicknamed "Old Kinderhook," after his hometown in upstate New York, Van Buren was born to humble tavern-keeper parents and grew up speaking Dutch. Alexis speaks to Dr. Patricia West at the Van Buren Historical Site about the poor little Dutch boy's meteoric rise to president of the United States.
Alexis and Elliott are going on vacation and will be back with a brand new episode on September 5. In the meantime, here's a clip of retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill reflecting on President Eisenhower's preferred vacation spot, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Alexis and Elliott examine the pre-presidential life of our most dazzling president, number 35, John F. Kennedy. They're taken on a tour of "Young Jack’s" less-than-stellar high school days and his heroic acts during WWII by Stacey Bredhoff, curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. And retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill shares anecdotes from his days protecting the man he describes as "electrifying.”
Alexis and Elliott get to know our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. They speak to biographer H.W. Brands about a peculiar presidential pet peeve, Elliott visits a taxidermist in Queens to learn more about Teddy's appreciation for mounted game, and Thomas Whittington gives voice to our most macho of presidents.
In this episode, Alexis and Elliott explore the life of president number 19, Rutherford B. Hayes, and investigate how a seemingly decent man turned into possibly the worst president ever. Alexis and Elliott speak to author and historian Roy Morris Jr. about the stolen election of 1876, and to David O. Stowell about Hayes’ involvement in the Great Railway Strike of 1877. They also enlist the help of comedian Kristen Schaal, in an attempt to find an entertaining way to talk about the silver coinage debate.
Alexis and Elliott begin the series with the largely overlooked 11th president, James K. Polk, and are joined by America's favorite satirist, Jon Stewart, writer and comedian John Hodgman, author Regina Mason, and Barney's Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan.
Alexis and Elliott peek at the man behind the scary Richard Nixon Halloween mask: Richard Nixon. Alexis takes a trip to southern California to visit young Dick’s alma mater, and the hotel where he and Pat Nixon were married. We get a refresher on the Watergate scandal from Quinn and Dev, hosts of the Reductress podcast “Mouth Time.” Elliott and Alexis examine Nixon’s environmental policies, and Cecil Baldwin, narrator of “Welcome to Night Vale."
Alexis and Elliott take a fresh look at one of our most studied and well-documented presidents, number three, Thomas Jefferson. They explore everything from his obsession with finding the elusive woolly mammoth, to his love of music, to the troubling side of his legacy: his long-time secret relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Novelist Stephen O’Connor discusses his new novel Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings.
Alexis and Elliott visit Hyde Park, N.Y., home of #32, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While there, they chat with National Park Ranger Francesca Urbin about FDR's bartending skills and examine Eleanor's contentious relationship with her mother-in-law. And Grammy Award-winning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, who survived polio as a child, helps shed light on the challenges of being a public figure with a disability.
Alexis and Elliott explore the life of our second President, John Adams. Alexis travels to Massachusetts, home of the Adams family, to visit their farm in Quincy. In Boston, Alexis reads through original diaries and letters with historians Sara Georgini and John Overholt. Meanwhile, Elliott interviews his college friend Natalie MacMillan about her lifelong crush on Adams, and has a eureka moment about our second president.
Alexis and Elliott learn more about our most fleeting president, number nine, William Henry Harrison, who died after only a month in office. They speak to New York Times columnist Gail Collins about her personal connection to Harrison and examine Harrison the military man with the help of Major Rory McGovern of West Point Academy.
[Contains explicit content] We discuss Will Smith’s spiritual sequel to Seven Pounds, Collateral Beauty. Meanwhile, Stu unveils his hot new nickname, Elliott tries to get Keira Knightly’s attention, and the less said about Dan in this episode, the better.
[Contains explicit content] Smalltember/vember continues! On this episode we discuss the feature length ad for a dating website and for God, Christian Mingle. And Stuart explains how to find cartoon porn, Dan checks his website privilege, and Elliott “Weekend at Bernies” someone very close to him.
[Contains explicit content] We discuss a movie from last year that flopped so badly that Elliott refuses to believe it exists: Max Steel. Meanwhile Dan sings a Carmen Sandiego duet, Stuart gives his fish-based SNL audition, and Elliott texts a lot.
[Contains explicit content] We think this one broke Elliott, guys. We watched the only film Leonard Maltin walked out on: Zoolander 2. Meanwhile Dan totally nails a Mario impression, Stuart decides which Roger Rabbit weasel he is, and Elliott admits his fedora-wearing past.
[Contains explicit content] It’s hard to overstate just how barely the Kirk Cameron “materialism-is-good” explainer Saving Christmas qualifies as a movie. Meanwhile, Stuart talks about his gogurt buying habits, Elliott dramatizes Frank Sinatra’s sexual habits, and Dan is genuinely disturbed by this movie’s theology.
[Contains explicit content] At the request of charity contest winner Erik North, we discuss the classic (?) 1998 version of Godzilla. Meanwhile Dan tries to explain Dangerous Liaisons, Elliott surprises no one by reading a Godzilla-centered magazine, and Stuart gives you some advice about how to get milk.
This week, Alexis and Elliott get to know the sensitive soul behind our portly 27th president, William Howard Taft. They talk to historian H.W. Brands about Taft’s public break from his mentor, Theodore Roosevelt, and journalist Alexandra Robbins takes us back to Taft’s days as a member of Skull and Bones, Yale’s oldest secret society. Elsewhere, Alexis clears up some misinformation, and drops a bombshell on Chicago second grader Isaac Margolis.
Alexis and Elliott explore the life of president number six, John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, and member of the first American political dynasty. They follow Quincy’s journey from child diplomat, emerging from under the shadow of his overbearing parents, to the halls of Congress where he spent his last years advocating for causes ahead of his time. But first, Mayor Tom Koch of Quincy, Massachusetts, teaches Alexis and Elliott an important lesson.