December 8th – National Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day with Jack Conway

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul, this is Jack. I’d love to know more about Pretend To Be a Time Traveler Day. I did some research and it doesn’t seem at all scientists think that time travel is impossible but I don’t think we’ve quite figured out yet. So until then, we’ll just need to pretend which actually sounds like a lot of fun. Anyway I’d love to know more about this day. Thanks. 

There’s been a lot of strange National Days that my friends have challenged me with throughout this year. And although I won’t commit to this but Jack’s choice may top them all. Today, December 8th is National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day.

Any guesses what you are supposed to do today? Apparently, we are supposed to wear some very old clothes from yesteryear or act confused by certain technology. Ok, maybe for some of you, that’s not too difficult. Say it with me, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

For my first recommendation, I’ve gone back in time to the year 2012 and found this live talk from Comic-Con by the Stuff You Should Know people. They discuss how time travel works and reference people like Carl Sagan. They also get a visit from a time traveler and talk about the musical paradox from Back to the Future. 

After listening, dig out and strap on your Steampunk or Victorian clothes and share it using the Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day hashtag.

Today’s guest is Jack Conway. Jack is the editor of Podcast Review, which delivers podcast critique and recommendations each week. Sure, some people may see us as competitors and he’s never reviewed my award-winning podcast but I won’t hold that against him. Because I’m a fan of podcasts myself, I love getting and reading the Podcast Review newsletter.

For our third recommendation today, Jack travels back to last year for a Decoder Ring episode. Jack says, and I quote:

“My episode recommendation is “Gotta Get Down on Friday” from Decoder Ring. It’s about the 2011 viral hit “Friday” by Rebecca Black, one of those songs that’s “so bad it’s good.” In the episode, Willa Paskin, the host of Decoder Ring — which is one of the few podcasts I never miss an episode of — talks to Black about how the song was made and how the world’s reaction to it affected her life. I was in high school when this song came out and this episode really brought me back. Which is how I’d say it relates to “Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day” — Paskin is one of our great cultural time travelers!”


For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I tried to decide which time traveling movie I think is the best but I couldn’t make up my mind. Do I go with Back To The Future or Terminator 2?

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