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Travis and Teresa McElroy

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Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!
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Karaoke

43:22 | Jul 3rd

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about KARAOKE! Enjoy, and be sure to tell a friend!
Libraries

47:20 | Jul 10th, 2017

Shhhhh!!! Hello Internet! Anything in particular you're looking for today? Anything we can help you find? Maybe a book on manners? Maybe LIBRARY MANNERS in particular? Well, you've come to the right place because that is what this episode is all abou...Show More
Family Vacations

47:23 | Jul 12th

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about FAMILY VACATIONS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Trivia Nights

44:35 | Jun 28th

Hello Internet! This week's Shmanners is all about TRIVIA NIGHTS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Rules of the Road

40:22 | Jun 21st

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about the RULES OF THE ROAD! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Famous Rivalries (LIVE!)

35:18 | Jun 13th

Hello Internet! This week's episode was recorded LIVE in Salt Lake City and it's all about FAMOUS RIVALRIES! Enjoy!
Handwriting

40:20 | Jun 8th

Hello Internet! This week is all about HANDWRITING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Advice

45:47 | May 29th

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about the giving and getting of ADVICE! Enjoy and please be sure to share!
Ask Shmanners

44:44 | May 16th

Hello Internet! This week episode is an ASK SHMANNERS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Auctions

36:22 | May 10th

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about AUCTIONS! We also talk a lot about raffles, Antiques Roadshow, and for some reason Bingo... Anyway, enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Lady Bird Johnson

32:56 | May 4th

Hello Internet! This week we are doing a biography of LADY BIRD JOHNSON! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Borrowing

44:05 | Apr 24th

Hello Internet! This week is all about BORROWING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Easter: Egg Hunts and Other Celebrations

37:38 | Apr 18th

Hello Internet! This week, we're talking about EASTER: EGG HUNTS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Babysitting

43:37 | Apr 10th

Hello Internet! This week we're talking about BABYSITTING! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Mister Rogers (LIVE!)

35:20 | Apr 5th

Hello Internet! This week, a very special episode all about MISTER ROGERS recorded LIVE in San Jose! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Gum and Candy

46:55 | Mar 28th

Hello Internet and happy MaxFunDrive Week Two! This episode is all about GUM AND CANDY! So, listen, enjoy and don't forget to head over to maximumfun.org/donate and become a member today!
Breakups and Heartbreaks

1:04:12 | Mar 21st

Hello Internet and Happy MaxFunDrive to all! We've got a very special episode this week all about BREAKUPS AND HEARTBREAKS! Plus, our sister show Sawbones is doing a companion episode all about BROKEN HEART DISEASE! Enjoy and please consider visiting...Show More
Lavish Parties (LIVE!)

36:49 | Mar 13th

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about some extremely LAVISH PARTIES! We recorded it LIVE in New Orleans! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Make-Up

53:44 | Mar 6th

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about MAKE-UP! Enjoy and be sure to tell your friends!
Purses and Wallets

38:22 | Mar 1st

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about PURSES AND WALLETS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Ancient Egypt

36:29 | Feb 21st

Hello Internet! This week is all about what life was like in ANCIENT EGYPT! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Rainy Day

38:03 | Feb 14th

Hello Internet! This week is all about RAINY DAY manners! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Sir and Ma'am (LIVE!)

30:22 | Feb 9th

Hello Internet! This week, our Birmingham LIVE SHOW all about the origins of SIR AND MA'AM!
Leftovers

44:13 | Feb 1st

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about LEFTOVERS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Dueling

44:27 | Jan 24th

Hello Internet! This week is all about DUELING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Massage

40:28 | Jan 17th

Hello Internet! This week is all about MASSAGE! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Bows and Curtsies

38:07 | Jan 11th

Hello Internet! This week is all about BOWS AND CURTSIES! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend! Also, if you'd like to check out the article "Bowing in Japan" referenced in the episode, you can find it here: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/bowing-in-japan...Show More
Holidays Around the World (Live at Candlenights)

28:19 | Jan 2nd

Hello Internet! This week it's our Candlenights Live episode all about HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Ask Shmanners: Holiday Edition

44:35 | Dec 20th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we answer your questions about holiday etiquette and manners! Enjoy and share with a friend!
Christmas: BANNED! (Plus, our Christmas Memories!)

37:14 | Dec 13th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week, we tell you about when Christmas was outlawed. Plus, we tell you about our Christmas morning memories! Enjoy!
Sidewalks

41:14 | Dec 6th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about SIDEWALKS! Enjoy and be sure to tell all your friends!
Amy Vanderbilt

32:58 | Dec 1st, 2018

Hello internet! This week we discuss Amy Vanderbilt! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Debate

45:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

Hello internet! This week's episode is all about DEBATE, both formal and informal! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Matchmaking

38:25 | Nov 15th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we discuss MATCHMAKING! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Juliette Gordon Low

35:00 | Nov 8th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about JULIETTE GORDON LOW, creator of the Girl Scouts. Enjoy and be sure to enjoy and tell a friend!
Wakes

39:35 | Oct 31st, 2018

Hello Internet! Enjoy this episode all about WAKES and be sure to tell a friend!
Ask Shmanners (LIVE at London Podcast Festival)

45:32 | Oct 23rd, 2018

This week it's part two of the live episode we recorded at London Podfest! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Retail: Grocery Store

39:36 | Oct 17th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about GROCERY STORE manners! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Gin (LIVE at London Podcast Festival)

44:55 | Oct 10th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week, it's Part One of our LIVE recording from the London Podcast Festival: GIN! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Heirlooms

37:24 | Sep 25th, 2018

This week, we discuss HEIRLOOMS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Confucius

36:54 | Sep 20th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing CONFUCIUS! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Pirates (LIVE)

34:35 | Sep 4th, 2018

This episode was recorded LIVE at our Orlando show and it's all about PIRATES! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Ask Shmanners

38:03 | Aug 31st, 2018

Hello Internet! This episode of ASK SHMANNERS comes to you recorded live from the closet of our Disney World hotel room! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Manicures and Pedicures

47:49 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about MANICURES AND PEDICURES! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Drive-Thrus

49:51 | Aug 15th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we are discussing DRIVE-THRU etiquette! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!
Elevators

46:48 | Aug 8th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we discuss ELEVATOR ETIQUETTE! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Lining Up (Queuing)

42:39 | Jul 30th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about LINING UP! Or, as some might say, QUEUING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Mrs. Beeton

37:49 | Jul 25th, 2018

This week's episode is all about MRS. BEETON! Don't know anything about her? Don't worry, neither did Travis! Enjoy and tell a friend!
Cookouts

44:12 | Jul 17th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about COOKOUTS! So grab a plate, choose a dog or a burger, and enjoy! Be sure to tell a friend!
Napping

41:18 | Jul 9th, 2018

Hey Internet! It's time to wake up and check out this new episode all about NAPPING! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Whisk(e)y

52:17 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about WHISK(E)Y! The different types, tastings, history and MORE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Dating (LGBTQIA+ Edition)

1:11:02 | Jun 27th, 2018

Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you a very special episode: DATING (LGBTQIA+ EDITION)! We had a whole bunch of amazing guests on this one! We're joined by Riley Silverman, Mikey Neumann, James Arthur and Tybee Diskin! Enjoy and be sure to ...Show More
Doctor Visits

47:37 | Jun 21st, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we discuss DOCTOR VISITS! Special thank you to Dr. Sydnee McElroy (SAWBONES, STILL BUFFERING) for sending us some information to help answer your questions! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Ride Share/Car Service

46:24 | Jun 13th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all ride share programs and car services! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Ask Shmanners

48:34 | Jun 6th, 2018

Hello Internet! We're back with another ALL QUESTIONS episode! Enjoy and be sure to share!
Parking

47:12 | May 30th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about PARKING! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Iolani Palace, Hawaii

45:56 | May 22nd, 2018

Hello Internet! We're back from vacation and we're so excited to share what we learned while we were away! This week is all about IOLANI PALACE on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It is the only Royal Palace on US soil! To learn even more, you can visit...Show More
The Etiquette of Inebriation (LIVE!)

1:24:40 | May 7th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about ALCOHOL! Specifically, THE ETIQUETTE OF INEBRIATION! This episode was recorded live at the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin. We sure hope you enjoy and share with a friend!
Graduation

51:09 | May 1st, 2018

This week, we're discussing GRADUATION! From parties to walking the stage, we answer a whole mess of your questions. We sure hope you enjoy and don't forget to share
Dale Carnegie/How To Win Friends and Influence People

46:19 | Apr 24th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about DALE CARNEGIE and his incredibly popular book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!
Cowboy Etiquette (LIVE!)

31:43 | Apr 17th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about Cowboy Etiquette! We recorded this one LIVE in Houston! We sure hope you enjoy it! And don't forget to share with a friend!
Parades (LIVE!)

36:30 | Apr 10th, 2018

Hello Internet and welcome to MaxFunDrive Week Two! If all goes according to plan, we'll have TWO episodes for you to celebrate MFD! First, enjoy this very special LIVE episode all about PARADES!
Getting What You Want

1:03:59 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Hello Internet! Welcome to Week One of MaxFunDrive! We are so excited about this episode! We're talking about GETTING WHAT YOU WANT! Enjoy, share with a friend and please consider visiting www.maximumfun.org/donate
Cleaning House

47:47 | Mar 26th, 2018

This week is all about CLEANING HOUSE! Enjoy and be sure to share with friends!
Being the Boss

52:21 | Mar 19th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about BEING THE BOSS! Join us won't you? Please be sure to share with friends!
Favors and IOUs

52:32 | Mar 13th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about FAVORS AND IOUS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Tourism Pt. 2 (LIVE! with special guest Alison Rosen!)

41:35 | Mar 5th, 2018

This week is all about TOURISM! This is PART TWO of our two part episode recorded LIVE at Sketchfest 2018! We were joined by Alison Rosen and it was just a whole lot of fun! Enjoy, and if you haven't already, be sure to go back and check out Part 1!
Tourism Pt. 1 (LIVE! with special guest Alison Rosen!)

49:55 | Feb 27th, 2018

This week is all about TOURISM! This is PART ONE of our two part episode recorded LIVE at Sketchfest 2018! We were joined by Alison Rosen and it was just a whole lot of fun! Enjoy, and be sure to join us next week for Part 2!
Valentine's: How To

43:41 | Feb 12th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about VALENTINE'S: HOW TO! We hope you enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Saying It With Flowers

42:45 | Feb 5th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week we learn all about SAYING IT WITH FLOWERS! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Being Late

52:44 | Jan 30th, 2018

Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about what to do when you are LATE! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
When You're Sick

48:20 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Hello Internet! This week is all about what to do WHEN YOU'RE SICK! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Farts

36:53 | Jan 17th, 2018

Hello Internet! This episode is all about FARTS! Recorded LIVE at the Yeager Symposium in Huntington, WV with special guest Dr. Sydnee McElroy! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Ask Shmanners

42:44 | Jan 8th, 2018

It's another ASK SHMANNERS mailbag episode all about answering your questions! Enjoy and please be sure to tell a friend!
Elizabethan Christmas (LIVE)

32:19 | Dec 27th, 2017

Please enjoy this LIVE episode recorded at Candlenights 2017 all about ELIZABETHAN CHRISTMAS! And remember, 'tis the season to be sharing!
Caroling

42:02 | Dec 18th, 2017

Hello and welcome to another holiday edition of Shmanners! This week is all about CAROLING! When did it start? How do you do it and how do you watch others do it? What is a carol anyways? All this and more! Enjoy and be sure to tell a friend!
Pizza (LIVE)

35:54 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week it's our live episode from Chicago all about PIZZA! We know we said it was going to be caroling, but due to travel and stuff we had to push it to next week. Still, this episode is way good and you are gonna love it!
Christmas Pudding

41:01 | Dec 5th, 2017

This week is all about CHRISTMAS PUDDING! The history, the etiquette and the recipe! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!
Wine Tastings

42:44 | Nov 28th, 2017

Hello Internet! This week is all about WINE TASTINGS! Enjoy listening to Teresa talk about things she knows. Sort of enjoy Travis talking about things he sort of knows! If you like it, be sure to tell a friend!
Turkeys (LIVE!)

29:49 | Nov 21st, 2017

This is our Thanksgiving special all about TURKEYS! Recorded live in Chicago!
Holiday Decorations

44:43 | Nov 14th, 2017

Holiday season is in full swing and you know what that means: HOLIDAY DECORATIONS! How much is too much for the office? How soon is too soon to put them up? What if you don't celebrate Christmas? How did certain decorations become traditions? All tha...Show More
Public Displays of Affection

49:58 | Nov 6th, 2017

Hello Internet! This week is all about PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION! When, where and what is appropriate? Is it ok in front of your family? All these answers and more! Plus, hear us rant about platonic male affection! What fun!
Fondue (LIVE!)

30:37 | Oct 30th, 2017

Hello Internet! This one is all about FONDUE! An added bonus, it was recorded live in Nashville! We sure hope you enjoy!
Trick or Treat

42:17 | Oct 24th, 2017

Hello Internet! Welcome to our Halloween special! This time is all about TRICK OR TREAT! Can one give out non-candy? (P.S. Check out "teal pumpkin project") How much candy should you give out? What if you don't want to give out candy? How did the tra...Show More
Socks, Stockings and Tights

43:13 | Oct 16th, 2017

This week is all about SOCKS, STOCKINGS AND TIGHTS (also Leggings, Hose, etc.) and you may be wondering, "what's the difference"? Well, listen and find out! Plus, find out why we started wearing them! We also talk a lot about "fun socks"! Join us! En...Show More
Wedding Anniversaries

42:36 | Oct 9th, 2017

It's time for another very special episode! Not only is this episode about WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES, it actually IS Travis and Teresa's wedding anniversary! At least, it was on Friday! So join as we discuss the historical and modern ideas for anniversar...Show More
Dolley Madison

42:13 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Hello Internet! You've joined us once again for another very special biography! This time, the first(maybe?) First Lady DOLLEY MADISON! Did she save a bunch of important documents and portraits? Probably! Did she help shape the office of First Lady? ...Show More
Housewarming

40:09 | Sep 25th, 2017

Hello Internet and welcome to our home! Well, our podcast really, but we try to make it very home-y! This episode is all about HOUSEWARMING! How did the tradition get started? Are presents expected? What kind of presents are appropriate? Do you throw...Show More
Weddings: Eloping

45:40 | Sep 18th, 2017

Hello Internet! So, what is ELOPING? If you're like us, you think you know! In reality it's kind of hard to define and we try really hard to! We also discuss why someone might elope and how families might react. Plus, find out about popular elopement...Show More
Princess Di

55:17 | Sep 12th, 2017

This week is all about PRINCESS DI! First, a little about the Sloane Rangers. Then, how Diana Spencer became Princess Diana, her impact on the image of the Royal Family, how she captured the world's attention, and her legacy!
Swear Words

46:22 | Sep 5th, 2017

Hello Internet! Good bleeping afternoon you beautiful bleepers! Are you ready for a bleeping good episode? This one is all about SWEAR WORDS! Where do these words come from? Why are they taboo? What do you do if you say one in front of kids? Are they...Show More
Barber Shops and Salons

51:21 | Aug 21st, 2017

Hello Internet! Before we start our description... there's something different about you, isn't there? Is that a new shirt? New shoes? OH! You got your hair cut! This episode is all about BARBER SHOPS AND SALONS! How much do you tip? Do you have to t...Show More
Baths and Showers

40:20 | Aug 15th, 2017

Hello Internet! Let's scrub up, rinse off and get right down to it! This week is all about SHOWERS AND BATHS! Is it ok to use your hosts shampoo? As a guest, how long is too long for a bath or shower? When did people start showering? How often do we ...Show More
Laundromat

43:46 | Aug 7th, 2017

Hello! Welcome friends to another bubbly episode of Shmanners! This week is all about LAUNDROMATS! How many machines can you use? Can you use the change machine even if you aren't doing laundry? Do you have to wait with your clothes? When did we star...Show More
Jane Austen

41:18 | Jul 31st, 2017

Hello Internet! We're back and we sure did miss you last week! This time, we have a very special biography episode. You may have recognized the name? Plus, some bonus Regency period etiquette. Enjoy and be sure to share!
Party Games

54:39 | Jul 17th, 2017

Hello! It's time for another round of Shmanners! Are you ready to play? Because this week is all about PARTY GAMES! You know, Charades? 20 Questions? That kind of thing! Learn all about the history of party games including one that involves a flaming...Show More
Coffee Houses

50:49 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Good Morning! How about a nice cup of joe? Cup of mud? You know, coffee! This week is all about COFFEE HOUSES! How many additions to your drink is too many? What's in that fancy drink you love? Can you ask to change the music? How did coffee houses g...Show More
Miss Manners

35:10 | Jun 26th, 2017

Oh goodness, do we have a great biography episode for you! This week, we tell you all about Judith Martin, better known as MISS MANNERS! When it comes to etiquette, she truly is an inspiration. Eloquent writing, witty aphorisms, and tough love, Miss ...Show More
Parks

40:47 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Hello Internet! We're so excited to bring you the last in our Summer Fun Series: PARKS! How did parks come about? What is their history? How do we keep them in good shape for future generations? How do we deal with other park goers? All these questio...Show More
History of Bathing Suits

32:35 | Jun 19th, 2017

Hello Internet! Sorry we're so late but we're ready to make a splash with THE HISTORY OF BATHING SUITS! From nude to wool dresses to Speedos, the bathing suit has seen a lot of different forms through out the centuries! Join us as we float along thro...Show More
Zoos

36:09 | Jun 9th, 2017

Hello Internet! Welcome to another in our impromptu "Summer Fun!" series! This week, ZOOS! What do you do when you see a kid tapping the glass? Can you go to a zoo as a childish adult? Should you correct a parent spreading misinformation? What do you...Show More
Museums

54:15 | Jun 3rd, 2017

Hello Internet! Look but don't touch at this new episode we made for you all about MUSEUMS! Not only do we tell you their fascinating history, but we answer your questions too! How close can you stand? What does "pay what you can" really mean? Can yo...Show More
Ask Shmanners

47:37 | May 27th, 2017

Hello Internet! Thanks for baring with us as we travel and recover being sick! In this episode, we answer a whole bunch of your questions! What do you do when your friend is a bad tipper? What's the best practices for asking someone to write a letter...Show More
Tattoos

1:02:22 | May 12th, 2017

Hello Internet! This week, we're talking tattoos! A little bit about the history, but mostly we focus on the modern dos and donts! How to work with your artist on the design. Do you tip? How do you stop people from touching your tattoos? Do you have ...Show More
Weddings: Who Pays For What?

1:04:22 | May 5th, 2017

Hello Internet! It's time for another in our WEDDINGS series! This time: WHO PAYS FOR WHAT? From the reception, to the officiant, to the flowers, there sure are a lot of costs associated with a wedding. Traditionally, certain parties were expected to...Show More
The Art of Critique

51:17 | Apr 28th, 2017

Hello there Internet! Thank you so much for tuning to another Shmanners! Hopefully, once you're done listening, you'll have nothing but positive things to say about the episode! If not, that's ok! You can learn a lot from constructive criticism! In f...Show More
Cons

46:32 | Apr 21st, 2017

Hello Internet! Welcome to another great episode! Be sure to sign in in Hall B and pick up your badge! And be sure to grab a swag bag! This week, we're talking CONS! Primarily conventions, but there is some conference stuff in there as well! Want som...Show More
Names and Honorifics

1:02:35 | Apr 14th, 2017

Hello Internet! Welcome Friend to another episode of Shmanners made for you by Travis and Teresa! Sit right down Comrade and enjoy an hour all about NAMES AND HONORIFICS! We discuss the origins of Mr. & Mrs. and how we see them changing in the future...Show More
Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) Part Two

47:20 | Apr 7th, 2017

Hello Internet! Last week, we did a whole episode all about Twitter and Facebook! When it came right down to it, we just had WAY too many questions for just one episode! So we decided to follow it up with an episode jam packed with YOUR questions! Wh...Show More
Social Media (Twitter and Facebook) Part One

1:11:56 | Mar 31st, 2017

Hello Internet! Welcome to MaxFunDrive Week Two! We hope all is well with you! We have been dancing around this subject for awhile! It's a big one folks! We're talking SOCIAL MEDIA! Specifically, Twitter and Facebook. First, we take a look at the his...Show More
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

57:19 | Mar 24th, 2017

Hello Internet! Happy MaxFunDrive to ALL! We are so excited to bring you an episode that's been in the works for a while! In fact, we're bringing you two- TWO!- episodes in one! You get a double dose of royalty! One half QUEEN VICTORIA and one half P...Show More
Ask Shmanners

38:15 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Hello Internet! It's Max Fun Drive so we thought we'd give you a little extra bonus episode! So, we put together an all advice episode! Can you put your feet on the coffee table? Who gets an invite to a Grad Party? What are the different dress codes ...Show More
The Guinness Family

43:06 | Mar 17th, 2017

Hello Internet! Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! This week's episode is all about THE GUINNESS FAMILY! From there humble beginnings to their amazing successes, the Guinness family is fascinating! They have strange habits, strange friends and t...Show More
Hats

51:02 | Mar 10th, 2017

Hello Internet! A tip of the hat to you! On this episode, we throw our hats over the fence and commit to do a great episode for you! It was a challenge, but we weren't afraid to throw our hats in the ring! We're talking about HATS, did we mention tha...Show More
Facial Hair

50:55 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Hello Internet! We sure do hope you're having a great day! We have a really good episode just for YOU! This week is all about FACIAL HAIR! Should you wear a beard to an interview? What's a "beard tax"? Are there different facial hair styles? Answers ...Show More
Weddings: Receptions (pt 2)

27:13 | Mar 1st, 2017

Hello Internet! As promised, here's PART 2 of our WEDDING RECEPTION episode! If you haven't, be sure to check out PART ONE! Enjoy our answers to your questions! And special guest appearance by a VERY chatty Bebe Lee!
Weddings: Receptions (pt 1)

28:09 | Feb 25th, 2017

Hello Internet! We are very excited for you to hear this episode! Well, the first half of it anyway... something went wrong and we couldn't use the 2nd half! But don't worry, we're gonna re-record it! In the mean time, enjoy PART 1! In this half, you...Show More
First Dates

56:56 | Feb 10th, 2017

Hello Internet! Listen, I know we haven't known each other all that long, but would you do us the honor of joining us in this episode? It's all about FIRST DATES! Who pays? What do you talk about? What do you do if it's a disaster? How do you ask for...Show More
George Washington

40:47 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Well hello there! You know, we here at Shmanners HQ know that there has been a lot of political talk lately, so we thought it was time to do an episode about the President. Yep, that's right! We're doing it! We're talking about GEORGE WASHINGTON! Wha...Show More
Insults

44:18 | Jan 27th, 2017

Hey there you knave! What would a scoundrel like you know about manners? Nothing! So, listen up you rogue and learn all about INSULTS! We share with you some classical insults and a few insulting names you've probably never heard! Plus, answers to yo...Show More
Compliments

53:37 | Jan 20th, 2017

Well hello there Internet! Might I say, those are some amazing shoes! No, I really mean it! They're great! Of course I'm serious! Ok, now you are just fishing! This week's episode is all about COMPLIMENTS! How do you give them? How do you receive the...Show More
Bar Etiquette

52:55 | Jan 13th, 2017

Hello friends! Pull up a stool and let's have a chat! What are you drinking? First round is on us! This week is all about BAR ETIQUETTE! What's the difference between bars, pubs, and taverns? curious about the historical importance of pubs? Plus, wha...Show More
Resolutions and Gyms

46:43 | Jan 7th, 2017

Hello Internet! After a brief holiday break, we're back! We hope your holidays were good and that your 2017 is going well! If you're anything like us, you probably have some goals for the new year! Some might even call them RESOLUTIONS? We'll talk a ...Show More
Victorian Christmas LIVE!

29:12 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Hello Internet! We have a very special episode for you! This episode all about VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS was recorded live at this year's Candlenights live show! We sure hope you enjoy it! Have a happy (AND SAFE!) holiday and we'll see you in 2017!
Holiday Gifts: Giving and Receiving

1:01:07 | Dec 16th, 2016

Hello there Internet! What's that behind your back? A present? FOR US?! Well, we got you something too! It's a brand new episode all about HOLIDAY GIFTS: GIVING AND RECEIVING! First, hear us discuss our own gift philosophies! Then, we discuss some fa...Show More
Holiday Parties

50:47 | Dec 10th, 2016

Happy holidays internet! We got you a brand new episode! What's that? You didn't get us anything? That's totally ok! As discussed in this episode, gift giving isn't about getting something in return! But mostly, we're talking about HOLIDAY PARTIES! S...Show More
Conversations

52:18 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Hello Internet! How are you? How's it going? What's up? What's shakin'? This week, we are discussing the art of CONVERSATION! Understandably, for many this is the hardest manners challenge there is! How do you start a conversation? How do you END a c...Show More
Benjamin Franklin

42:49 | Nov 26th, 2016

Hello Internet and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Sure, we all think we know about Benjamin Franklin! He loved kites, witty sayings, and turkeys! ...right? Well, maybe we don't know as much about the almanac author as we thought, but we're sure gonna fi...Show More
Thanksgiving

55:23 | Nov 18th, 2016

Hello Internet! American THANKSGIVING is almost upon us and we imagine you have quite a few concerns and questions! What do you talk about? What should you bring? Should you help clean up? How did this whole thing get started? Bonus question, what's ...Show More
Retail Etiquette

45:48 | Nov 13th, 2016

Hello Internet! After a brief baby leave, we are back! This time, we're talking RETAIL ETIQUETTE! How do you talk to a retail employee? Where did department stores and supermarkets come from? How do you speed up the whole shopping process? What's the...Show More
Debutante Balls and Cotillions

34:50 | Oct 21st, 2016

Hello Internet! Well, you've finally reached that age and it is time for you to debut! How do you debut you ask? Well, have you taken you dance classes? What about your etiquette classes? Have you reached "maturity"? You see, DEBUTANTE BALLS and COTI...Show More
Baby Shower

1:00:49 | Oct 7th, 2016

Hello Internet! We've got a little bundle of joy for you... a new episode all about BABY SHOWERS! People have been celebrating impending babies for a real long time, but how has it changed? Where did our modern day traditions start? Why do so many pe...Show More
Beau Brummell

33:13 | Sep 30th, 2016

Hello there Internet! We have another special bio episode for you! Learn all about the original Dandy: BEAU BRUMMELL! We'll tell you about how good he was with collars and how bad he was with money! From his school days to his brief military career! ...Show More
Emily Post

41:52 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Hello and welcome to a very special episode! Have you found yourself listening to Shmanners and wondering "Hey now! Just who is this 'Emily Post' person they keep mentioning?!" Well, wonder no more! You are about to learn everything you never knew th...Show More
American Football

53:15 | Sep 16th, 2016

Hey there sports fans and non-fans! It's American FOOTBALL season and you know what that means! Excitement! Action! And lots of people screaming at the TV while you're just trying to hang out with friends! Well, practice your football Shmanners and y...Show More
Back To School

49:43 | Sep 9th, 2016

Hello Internet! Ahhh, the leaves are changing and the air is turning colder. Walmart shelves are full of TMNT folders and Disney notebooks... must be time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! But how do you get off on the right foot with a new dorm mate? How do you...Show More
Weddings: Wedding Party

50:27 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Would you do us the honor of standing beside us during this episode? In fact, we'd like you to be our Listener of Honor! Take your time, this is a big commitment! On this week's episode, it's another installment on WEDDINGS! Specifically, what is inv...Show More
Sportsmanship

51:03 | Aug 19th, 2016

Let the games begin! We have a brand new episode for you and it is a slam dunk/home run/touchdown! Whether it's a weekend softball league or a boardgames on a rainy day, we've all played with someone who just makes the game no fun! Maybe they take it...Show More
Roommates

49:03 | Aug 12th, 2016

Listen, this may sound sudden but... we want you to m of in to this episode with us! We should let you know, we have a few ground rules. First, you have to listen and then you have to enjoy. We're talking about ROOMMATE etiquette this week! How do yo...Show More
Parties: Alcohol

50:29 | Aug 5th, 2016

You know, after a hard day of podcasting, I like to relax with an ice cold drink. Maybe a beer? Maybe a whiskey? But then I find myself wondering "Is this good shmanners?" This week's ep is all about ALCOHOL, specifically at parties! What are the rul...Show More
Telephone Manners

52:49 | Jul 29th, 2016

Hello? Is this Shmanners Listener? Hi! This is Shmanners! We're calling today to offer you a wonderful podcast opportunity! We've got a new episode for you today that I think you'll really enjoy. If you're like most, phone etiquette can be a very con...Show More
Etiquette Catch-All

46:55 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Hello Internet! It's time for a very special episode! It's all questions and they're all your's! When should one cancel an RSVP? What to do when meeting an SO's family? What makes a good Work Thank You? Should you meet your neighbors? How do you disc...Show More
Amusement Parks

53:32 | Jul 15th, 2016

Step right up, step right up! There's room enough for all! This week, Shmanners is all about AMUSEMENT PARKS! Roller Coasters? We got'em! Amazing sights? We got'em! History? Origins? Answers to your questions? What to wear? What to do? What to see? H...Show More
Picnics and Potlucks

50:28 | Jul 8th, 2016

Hello there and welcome! Pull up a blanket, an ear of corn and enjoy our new episode! We hope you brought a side dish or a desert to share? We're talking all about PICNICS and POTLUCKS! We know you have a lot of questions! Is home made better than st...Show More
Afternoon Tea and High Tea

44:43 | Jul 1st, 2016

Hello there! Have a seat and pull up a saucer! This week is all about TEA! Tea comes in many forms, but it is also served in so many ways! We'll discuss the differences between Afternoon and High tea, and even the different versions of those differen...Show More
Pools and Beaches

50:30 | Jun 24th, 2016

You know, people have been swimming for fun for thousands of years! At least as far back as Ancient Egypt! Even after all that time, we are still trying to figure out how to be polite while at the pool or beach. How close should you sit to someone el...Show More
Hand Gestures

38:25 | Jun 17th, 2016

Hello Internet! Whoa whoa whoa! You can't wave like that! Don't you know what that means in Uruguay? You see, the same hand gesture can mean different things in different cultures. Where did these gestures come from? What are some of their meanings? ...Show More
Pregnancy LIVE

31:58 | Jun 10th, 2016

Hello Internet! We are so excited to bring you our first ever live episode all about PREGNANCY! As you know, Teresa is pregnant so we have a lot to talk about! From ancient birthing methods to mid-wives to dad jokes to maternity clothes to Lucille Ba...Show More
The King of Dudes

34:53 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Hello Internet! Gather around and hear the ballad of Evander Berry Wall, The King of Dudes! First, let's talk a little about the evolution of the word "dude" and a little bit about the gender-fication of certain colors of clothes. Also, learn about t...Show More
Funerals

52:11 | May 27th, 2016

Hello Internet! Listen,we know that funerals can be rough. Not only are you dealing with a loss, often times you may be unaware of what is the proper and respectful way to behave. Funeral customs vary from country to country, religion to religion and...Show More
Apologies

46:15 | May 20th, 2016

Hello Internet! We are sorry this episode is so good that your brain will hurt from its goodness! This week we are talking about APOLOGIES! From cave walls to current day, what makes a great apology? We'll give you from examples from some very recogn...Show More
Birthdays

52:43 | May 13th, 2016

It's a very special episode celebrating Teresa's birthday this week! Happy birthday Internet! Well, maybe not today but definitely at some point in the year! What is the proper way to celebrate your birthday? What about celebrating someone else's bir...Show More
Weddings: Engagement

38:40 | May 6th, 2016

Might I pop you a question? Would you do me the honor of listening to this episode about engagements? Learn about engagement rings, parties, gifts and asking for the father's permission! You'll also get to hear a lot about Travis and Teresa's engagem...Show More
Gambling: Casinos

1:12:50 | Apr 29th, 2016

Step up to the table and lay down your bet! You can't win if you don't play! This week we're talking gambling, specifically casinos! Learn a little history of Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Atlantic City! Learn about casino loyalty programs! You also wil...Show More
Handshakes and Business Cards

52:10 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Oh hello! Put 'er there friend! What's that? You need to learn about manners? Here, take our card! We're in the etiquette teaching business! This week is all about handshakes and business cards. How hard do you need to shake a hand? What's the deal w...Show More
Hotels and B&Bs

42:29 | Apr 15th, 2016

Welcome! Checking in? May I carry your podcast luggage to your room? This episode is all about Hotels and B&Bs! Listen as we unfold the intricacies of tipping! How to behave at Continental Breakfasts! Learn about American versus European style hotels...Show More
Baseball

49:03 | Apr 8th, 2016

Batter up! It's time to learn a little about America's national past time! Baseball is a fascinating and nuanced sport with some very specific fan etiquette! Learn a little about the history! What  does one wear to a baseball game? What do you do if ...Show More
Accessories: Handkerchief, Napkin and Fan

51:11 | Apr 4th, 2016

Hello Internet! Sorry for the delay, but Teresa was very under the weather! She spend a lot of time coughing in to a handkerchief! While I fanned the germs away with a fan! Also, there were some napkins laying around. Would you like to learn about sa...Show More
Office Etiquette

49:44 | Mar 25th, 2016

It's MaxFunDrive Week 2! So, we have some paperwork we need you to file. Also, can you fax these to Deborah? Sorry, I meant "Can you fax these to Deborah, PLEASE"! You see, this week's episode is all about Office Etiquette! Learn about the history of...Show More
MaxFunDrive Special: Dogs

46:37 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Hello Internet! It's Week Two of the MaxFunDrive and we teamed up with Allegra Ringo from Can I Pet your Dog (another hit MaxFun podcast!) to bring you a very special episode! Learn a little dog history! Learn some dog park etiquette! Learn about lea...Show More
Tipping

53:39 | Mar 18th, 2016

Happy MaxFun Drive to all! Can we give you a TIP? Tipping can be confusing! There are so many different instances that do (or don't!) require tipping! Add in to the regional specificity and it can get mind boggling! Do you tip hotel room cleaners eve...Show More
Holiday Special: Saint Patrick's Day

33:47 | Mar 15th, 2016

Hello Internet! Top of the morning to you! We are so excited to celebrate both Saint Patrick's Day AND Max Fun Drive! Listen and learn about St. Patrick's tradition and origins! Learn how to properly (and politely!) celebrate!
Weddings: Attendance

52:55 | Mar 11th, 2016

Hello friends! We are so glad you got our invitation and were able to attend! Please, be sure to treat yourself to the buffet and open bar! You see, this week we're talking about proper wedding attendance etiquette. How does one properly RSVP? What a...Show More
Travel: Trains and Automobiles

47:00 | Mar 4th, 2016

All aboard! We've got a full tank of gas and a long way to go before sundown! Do you have any music preferences for the radio? Windows up or down? First, let's talk a little about the history of trains and cars. Then let's talk specifics when it come...Show More
Travel: Boats and Planes

48:46 | Feb 26th, 2016

Attention travelers, we will now begin the boarding process. Please be sure to bring all questions regarding travel etiquette with you when boarding. Need to know what to do when boarding? Worried about getting seasick? Want to know some historical f...Show More
Theatre Attendance

48:21 | Feb 19th, 2016

Come in, come in! Take your seat, the show is about to start! What's that? You're not sure when you're allowed to talk? You don't know what to do with your phone? You're unsure whether you should have bought flowers? Maybe this is your first time to ...Show More
House Guests

42:01 | Feb 12th, 2016

Come in, come in! We're so glad you could come visit the podcast! Here's a towel and feel free to eat anything in the fridge! Are you unsure how to behave as a house guest? Do you know how to properly host a house guest? Can you use the stuff in thei...Show More
Holiday Special: Valentine's Day

30:16 | Feb 11th, 2016

Hello Internet! Welcome to the first (hopefully first of many) of our holiday specials! Learn all about the history and traditions surrounding Valentine's Day!
Conversation

42:02 | Feb 5th, 2016

Sorry to interrupt, but we thought you might like to find out a little bit about conversational etiquette! The world of small talk can be a terrifying and dangerous place! How do you even begin to talk to someone at a business conference? What  about...Show More
Table Manners

53:19 | Jan 29th, 2016

Ah, table manners! What a mystery! Sure, we're all taught not to chew with our mouths full and stuff like that, but what is with all the forks? Who is supposed to talk to whom? How do we pass the dishes? When do we start eating? As host, what are my ...Show More
Thank You Notes

38:38 | Jan 26th, 2016

Thank you so much for joining us for our first episode! This one is all about Thank You Notes! Are they out dated? When should you write one? What do they need to say? Teresa is going to answer all your questions (and more!) while Travis finds ways t...Show More
Shmanners 00: Coming Soon!

01:16 | Jan 14th, 2016

Join husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy every Friday and they'll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers! Coming soon e...Show More