Thurs., March 31
The Ascent of Geek Culture

Recent Episodes

Mon., 7/2/12
Viva La Literature

Mon., 7/2/12
Viva La Literature

The Callie Crossley Show

Marjorie Garber and Alicia Anstead join us.

Fri., 6/29/12
Let's Do the Time Warp (Never) Again!

Fri., 6/29/12
Let's Do the Time Warp (Never) Again!

The Callie Crossley Show

Garen Daly joins us.

Fri., 6/29/12
Week in Review

Fri., 6/29/12
Week in Review

The Callie Crossley Show

Peter Kadzis, Gintautas Dumcius and Sue O'Connell join us.

Thurs., 6/28/12
The Gavel Comes Down on Government

Thurs., 6/28/12
The Gavel Comes Down on Government

The Callie Crossley Show

Arnie Arnesen, Robert Whitcomb and Brian Rosman join us..

Wed., 6/27/12
60 Feet Underground

Wed., 6/27/12
60 Feet Underground

The Callie Crossley Show

Leon Neyfakh joins us.

Wed., 6/27/12
The Pru: A Love/Hate Story

Wed., 6/27/12
The Pru: A Love/Hate Story

The Callie Crossley Show

Elihu Rubin joins us.


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