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    • Extra Credit

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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    Ever get the feeling that not everything is cool with school? Best-selling author Neal Pollack is dissatisfied with what his teenage son, Elijah, is learning in his studies. Neal wants to fill in the gaps, while Elijah just wants him to chill out a little. Together, they embark on the father-son field trip of a lifetime, which includes stops in New York’s poetry-slam scene, a medical-marijuana dispensary, and a convention to discuss evolution with 1,700 biologists.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Extra Credit, Season 2

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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    In their continuing father-son field trip to end all field trips, writer (and one-time Jeopardy! champ) Neal Pollack and his teenage son set out to explore the many topics not covered in his high school curriculum. Among them: what really constitutes a healthy lunch, why dress codes exist, and how the largely phased-out “home ec” class can be beneficial.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Repeat

    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 245
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      4 out of 5 stars 223
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      4 out of 5 stars 222

    Through strange metaphysical circumstances, failed screenwriter Brad Cohen finds himself caught in an infinite time loop, forced to relive the first forty years of his life again and again. Each "repeat," Brad wakes up in the womb on what was supposed to be his fortieth birthday, with full knowledge of what's come before. In various timelines, he becomes a successful political pundit, a game-show champion, a playboy, and a master manipulator of the stock market, but none of them seems to lead him out of his predicament.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Similar to Replay - But needs some work

    • By Chris on 04-30-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Ep. 9: Mexican Americans (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    When a controversy erupts at the Texas State Board Of Education over a racist anti-Mexican textbook, Neal becomes determined to expose Elijah to as much Mexican culture as possible. They interview an undocumented valedictorian and a Mexican-American history professor. And Houston-based comedy rapper Chingo Bling calls in to teach Elijah some special vocabulary words. 

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 1: Slavery (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 18 mins
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    On Extra Credit, writer Neal Pollack augments his son's public school education with his own, somewhat questionable, life lessons. In this episode, after learning that some Texas schoolbooks refer to African slaves as "migrant workers," Neal takes Elijah on a road trip to Lousiana, where they visit a slavery museum on a former plantation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Neal and Elijah visit Whitney Plantation

    • By Asheley on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 1: Home Ec (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Concerned that Elijah has no life skills, Neal sets off to teach him some. Together, they learn to use power tools, forge a sword, and operate a sewing machine. They also visit an eccentric friend of Elijah’s who built his own backyard forge.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 6: Yoga (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    As a dedicated yogi, Neal thinks Elijah would benefit from a little practice himself. They do a high-octane yoga workout, learn how to meditate, and hang from a rope wall. In Colorado, they visit Neal’s guru, who teaches Elijah how to chant and reveals several arcane mystical secrets.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 4: Veterans Affairs (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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    Schools often try to interest young people in the military, but they rarely teach what happens after service ends. Neal and Elijah visit Operation Phantom Support, a food pantry for veterans and their families, and Elijah also talks to his Opa about a mysterious Vietnam War ice-cream barge.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Alternadad

    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Neal Pollack
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In Alternadad, Neal Pollack offers a wonderfully candid account of his and his wife's attempt to bring up their son, while still having fun and preserving their attachment to youth culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Todd on 10-22-10

    Regular price: $39.87

    • Ep. 3: Nutrition (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Texas schools are notoriously bad at teaching nutrition, so Neal decides to give Elijah a weird crash course. They go for an edible plant walk with a holistic nutritionist and visit an urban farm. Meanwhile, Neal meets his archenemy, Gustavo The Goose.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 2: Sex Ed (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    In writer Neal Pollack’s opinion, the sex ed curriculum at his son's school has…shortcomings. In this episode, Neal sends Elijah to a sex ed program offered by a local church--one that involves practice midnight condom purchases, and lots and lots of lube.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Public school sex ed vs. private sex ed curriculum

    • By Asheley on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Downward-Facing Death

    • A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 75
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      4 out of 5 stars 66
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Blessed with uncanny deductive skills and a blasé disregard for authority, Matt Bolster was a rising LAPD homicide detective by the age of 35. He was also overworked, near-alcoholic, and miserable. Then, to impress a girl, he agreed to try yoga. Now Bolster has traded his badge for a three-day stubble and the life of an itinerant yoga teacher, dabbling in PI work to make rent. He mostly handles missing-persons cases, credit-card fraud - nothing too messy. But that's before Ajoy Chaterjee, the wealthy mogul behind one of the world's leading yoga-business empires, is found murdered inside his West L.A. flagship studio.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Yoga and Satire - This is for you

    • By Amber Polo on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Ep. 8: Labor Unions (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Labor history doesn’t exist in the Texas curriculum, so Neal decides to give Elijah a crash course in worker’s rights. Elijah lays a clover at the grave of the Haymarket Martyrs in Chicago, learns the lyrics to “Solidarity Forever,” and meets an actual union organizer and shop steward.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Jewball

    • A Novel
    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    1937. The gears of world war have begun to grind, but Inky Lautman, star point guard for the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, America’s greatest basketball team, is dealing with his own problems. His coach has unwittingly incurred a massive gambling debt to the Bund, a group of American Nazis. His main basketball rival is self-righteously leading public protests against homegrown American fascism. It’s more than Inky can deliver.

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Open Your Heart

    • A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    With his star on the rise since solving the murder of Ajoy Chaterjee, yoga detective Matt Bolster is invited to teach at The Gathering, a prestigious yoga retreat run by the renowned Tom Hart. Bolster is a little dubious about the cultish atmosphere that surrounds Hart, but, as they say in L.A., it’s an honor just to be nominated. But when what starts off as a decadent retreat quickly spirals into deadly chaos, Bolster must use all his yoga-detective powers, and also his fists.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Far Fetched Even For Yoga Buffs

    • By Linda on 11-29-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Ep. 5: Poker (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    On a trip to Los Angeles, Neal tries to teach his nieces and Elijah the secrets of Texas Hold ‘Em with the help of a former professional poker player, leading to an epic showdown between Neal and Elijah for all the chips. But an even more sinister poker villain lurks.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 2: Native Americans (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In Texas, Native Americans are people relegated to the history books. But in Phoenix, where Neal grew up, they’re very much a part of the present. To learn what it’s like to grow up native in America, Neal and Elijah interview Miss Indian Arizona. They also get a tour of a former Native American boarding school.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 4: Medical Marijuana (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Annoyed at the hopelessly dated anti-drug program at his 13-year-old son Elijah's Texas public school, writer Neal Pollack decides to take Elijah to Colorado, for a more modern drug education. There, Elijah meets a marijuana journalist and a family of medical-marijuana activists, who teach him that there's more to learn about drugs than "just say no."

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 9: Dress Codes (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Kids in Texas, especially girls, find themselves in constant battle with administrators about what they can wear to school. Neal and Elijah talk to a dress-code historian, meet a seven-year-old girl who was 'dress-coded,' and interview a reporter who dared to go sleeveless in the hallowed halls of Congress.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 7: Comics (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Elijah, a comic-book fan, interviews Sana Amanat, the creative director of Marvel Comics, about being a "Muslim-American super hero." And John Hodgman stops by to discuss his doomed plans to play a super villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Regular price: $2.99

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