Oh boy did we have fun with this one. Lorraine DeGraffenreidt stopped by to present all the evidence for the Simpsons in fact being an African-American family. Sound crazy? Just you wait. She thinks creator Matt Groening, known counter-culture weirdo, had a dream larger than just creating the first adults-only cartoon sitcom. She thinks he wanted to change white people’s hearts and minds. But can Lorraine convince us that it’s true?? Along the way we also discuss Judaism, hair, how we both get street harassed in very specific ways, the definition of redbone, and of course, Smithers.
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Heating and air conditioning! They’re the humble inventions that make modern life possible. But do you ever walk past your wall unit and think ‘does it really need to be that complicated?’ Bryan Rainstein does. The comedian, cartoonist, and all around angel stopped by Lizard HQ to discuss his many brushes with the nefarious HVAC industry, and his theory that we may all be the victims of the biggest con in history. To whit: it’s Bryan’s belief that there’s a better air conditioner out there that ~they~ don’t want you to know about. One that doesn’t drip on your friggin head. This conversation takes a turn for the philosophical, so get those thinking brains primed! And make sure you haven’t lost your stupid A/C remote.
What if, like, Satan is just in your mind, man? And like, all the popes are a bunch of pagan priests or whatever? The extremely thoughtful and talented Ariana Lenarsky joins us this week to discuss these groovy and far out questions, as well as to address the conspiracy theory that the Catholic Church is based in pagan idolatrous Satan worship. But we don’t stick with that for long, because we also cover: the nature of evil, our own religious upbringings, tarot, whether god is love, why Evangelicals hate Catholics so much, the Inquisition, and how exactly a mikveh works. Buckle up, because our brains are addled from the LA fires and this one is a wild ride.
Some people say that Jesus was celibate his whole life. People like, oh, The Pope. Ever heard of him? But there is some extremely intriguing evidence that Rabbi Yeshua of Nazareth was actually married, and his wife was none other than notorious foot washer Mary Magdalene. Our guest this week is the unbelievably funny comedian and actor Pam Murphy, and she has some pretty controversial opinions about Jesus, Mary, Judas, and all those freaky disciples. Listen in, religion fans!