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The Karen & Ellen Letters

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The Karen & Ellen Letters are the collection of 3 years' worth of correspondence between a landlord and his two very dumb, very demanding tenants. The podcast chronicles the host's journey to authenticate the letters, with dramatic readings of the le...Show More

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Episode One | Lists 1 & 2

11:47 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Karen moves into her new apartment with a list of deductions she's ready to make from her rent. Ellen writes Mark about her hopes and dreams for her new home.

Episode Four | I Think This Is Serious

15:22 | Mar 14th, 2017

Karen decides Mark owes her thousands of dollars. Ellen sees something on TV that disturbs her. And Mark finally asks for help.

Podcast Preview: Dear Mark

07:30 | Feb 7th, 2017

The Karen & Ellen Letters are found correspondance between two teenage girls and their landlord, over a three year period, from the 1980s. This podcast is the reading of those letters and a re-telling of the host's journey to validate their authentic...Show More

S02|A02: Is This Adulting?

1:19:37 | Oct 26th, 2017

The guys from Is This Adulting? weigh in on episode 2. In our most revealing Aftershow: Josh pops Chris's cherry, Chris develops a fascination with someone, Steven has a new toy, and Josh has definitely picked the wrong word of the day. **We encount...Show More

S02|E02: I Can’t Wait To Get Over The Wall

29:19 | Oct 24th, 2017

Helena reconnects with an old friend. Someone is having a really bad day. Ellen wants free firewood. Ants! Ellen leaves something behind. Josh finds something alarming. Where's Leslie? Starring: Adrienne Hardison as Helena Josh Hallmark as Himself Ci...Show More

S02|E01: How To Catch A Mouse

27:32 | Oct 17th, 2017

Dot loses her dog. Mark gets scolded. Karen spies on her neighbors. Someone is up to something. Josh tries to reconcile timelines. Ellen catches a mouse. Starring: Lori Snyder as Dot Nina Innsted as Bonnie Jeff Powell as Mark Sara Stapleton as Karen/...Show More

Episode Seven | George Bush

13:03 | Mar 28th, 2017

Ellen takes an active role in the election. Uncle Albert takes a scholarly approach to trying to understand Karen’s and Ellen’s malapropisms. Someone makes a big announcement. And The Karen & Ellen Letters go international.

Episode Six | The Camel’s Back

12:03 | Mar 27th, 2017

Karen needs a new vacuum. Ellen begins a long and grueling search. Mark does Karen a favor. And allegations are made.

Episode Five | Happy Anniversary

11:47 | Mar 19th, 2017

#MailDay comes early this week! Karen & Ellen celebrate their year anniversary with Mark. Ellen talks astrology. And Mark’s Uncle Albert weighs in.

Episode Three | Free Firewood

09:11 | Mar 7th, 2017

Ellen struggles with inequity. A heat wave strikes Karen's bedroom. And a man named Hal ruins everything. www.karenandellen.com

Episode Two: The Aftershow (w/ Kwame and Miss Free)

24:55 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Hosts of the Blaze Entertainment Podcast, and Karen & Ellen virgins, Kwame and Miss Free join me to talk about episode three. We debate who would make the worse roommate and find the origin of "alternative facts."

Episode Two | Bad Spirits

11:29 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Ellen arrives and has some troubles with bad spirits. The girls struggle with math. The stove may or may not be broken. And a tragic death impacts negotiations.

01 | This is Israel Keyes

33:50 | Dec 7th, 2018

Introducing the newest podcast from Josh and the Our Americana Podcast Network: True Crime Bullsh**: The story of Israel Keyes //   Israel Keyes is considered one of the most meticulous serial killers in American history. He had a fetish for missing ...Show More

A new podcast from Josh: True Crime Bullsh**

01:41 | Nov 30th, 2018

True Crime Bullsh** is a serialized, investigative podcast exploring meticulous and enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes. Join me on this strange, terrifying, and emotional journey, as I attempt to find the missing, understand a killer, explore the i...Show More

The Final Aftershow

1:41:30 | Feb 6th, 2018

In the final Aftershow, Josh, Sara, and Jess (The Beth Chronicles & Murder Road Trip) listen to a rough draft of the final episode (for the first time), starring Josh as both Mark and Ellen.  In this episode: You'll get to listen to the Mark letters ...Show More

S02|E10: Go Be Free (The Finale)

28:37 | Jan 30th, 2018

Reconciliation.    Stay tuned for a preview of the new story coming next season.     www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com        Starring: Sara Beth Poole, Josh Hallmark, Sara Stapleton, Jeff Powell, Matt Peelen, Megan Chaney Walker      //   Music by:Mr....Show More

S02|A09: In Sight & Matt Peelen (Rob)

52:27 | Jan 29th, 2018

Charlie, Ali, and Matt, who have been on the Karen & Ellen journey since the days of the blog (2011), join me to chat about the series as a whole, season 2, episode 9, and the process of turning the letters into a podcast.

S02|E09: Sunset/Sunrise

31:11 | Jan 23rd, 2018

The results are in. Mark moves on. Crochet Pants looks back. A life is celebrated. A birthday is celebrated. Aloha Karen watches the sunrise. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com        Starring:  Chris Braaten as Reporter;  Lori Snyder as Dot;  Adrienne ...Show More

S02|E08: Two Sweet Sand Pigs

22:21 | Jan 16th, 2018

Helena provides some insight into Fish Ellen. Josh presents Aloha Karen's greatest hits. Crochet Pants goes home. Sara asks for help. An old friend returns.  www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com        Starring:  Lori Snyder as Dot;  Adrienne Hardison as ...Show More

S02|A06: The Roomies (Cindy, Vanessa, Vicki)

52:55 | Dec 28th, 2017

Roomies Cindy, Vanessa, and Vicki join Josh to chat about Cindy's mysterious Season 2 role, theories, feelings, late night rabbit holes, and more. Plus, we play a game!

A Karen & Ellen MARY CHRISTmas Special

18:00 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Hosted by Laila   Featuring:  Vanessa York,  Brian York,  Staci P,  Lenny & Duke,  Sara Poole,  Chris Braaten,  Nicki Thatcher,  Steven Pappas,  Josh Hallmark,  Donna Hume,  Chris Green, and  Deana Marie  // Music by: Podington Bear Scott Holmes Pa...Show More

S02|E07: The Big Guy

24:05 | Dec 12th, 2017

We touch base with David. Dot & Helena look at "pics." Patty tells a friend about her wedding. Josh finds something at the bottom of a rabbit hole. // The Karen & Ellen Letters will return in January. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com        Starring: ...Show More

S02|E06: Best-Selling Feline Author (The Accident)

24:33 | Dec 5th, 2017

Helena gets upset with the news. Ellen has her eye on a cat painting. Josh can't believe his eyes. Darren spills the beans. Thanksgiving is celebrated on opposite ends of the country. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com        Starring:  Adrienne Hardiso...Show More

S02|A05: Chris (GravityBeard) & Donna (Varmints & Soapy Madams)

1:26:45 | Dec 3rd, 2017

In this slightly different Aftershow, Chris & Donna join me for more exploration than commentation.  Plus: Donna holds Josh’s feet to the fire. Chris talks about his mismatched roles. We deep dive the Karen & Ellen mythology. And a plea to Catfish Ka...Show More

S02|E05: Karen Karen Karen

27:57 | Nov 28th, 2017

Dot tells Helena about her daughter's wedding. Josh and Sara try to sort out several possible Karens. Josh hears from Email Karen. We're introduced to someone we call Crochet Pants. And Ellen catches another mouse. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com Sta...Show More

S02|A04: Hannah (Film Roast), Lanie (True Crime Fan Club), Tawny (Dirty Bits)

1:33:49 | Nov 15th, 2017

Hannah, Lanie, and Tawny drop by to talk episode 4. We deep dive some fan theories, sort out Ellen's homework, and answer some listener questions. Plus: Hannah roasts a chicken; and should Josh get that mole checked out?

S02|E04: Jurisdicted To Love

27:34 | Nov 7th, 2017

Helena fondly remembers Dot's daughter and her friend. The girls return from vacation. Ellen continues to struggle with geography. Josh reaches out to an old friend. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com Starring: Sara Stapleton as Karen/Herself;  Chris Gr...Show More

S02|A03: The Roomies

1:05:21 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Roomies Cheryl J, Jen P, Staci P, and Stephanie S take over the Aftershow and grill Josh as much as possible. We tackle the strangest and most disorienting episode yet, go over fan theories, try to figure out Patti with the crystals.

S02|E03: In My Legal Opinion

29:52 | Oct 31st, 2017

Karen's legal representative weighs in. Karen, Ellen, and Rob need jobs. And the fate of the cat painting is uncovered. www.behindtheoven.wordpress.com Starring: Josh Hallmark / Lori Snyder / Deana Marie / Cory Saceaux / Steven Pappas / Donna Hume /...Show More

S02 Aftershow 1: Tamie & Sue

1:23:45 | Oct 17th, 2017

Tamie & Sue return for the Season 2 Aftershow premiere, which was fraught with techincal difficulties. It's Sue's birthday, and Tamie and Josh get very drunk. Sue and Tamie share some theories, Josh reveals some bombshells, and we answer listener que...Show More

The Beth Chronicles Fancast | Part 5: The Baby Show

19:50 | Oct 10th, 2017

In the season finale, Ellen has big news that brings Karen & Beth together again.

The Beth Chronicles Fancast | Part 4: Case Study

16:25 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Beth finds out how Rob & Karen met. Karen tries to make garlic bread. Karen sees a potential love connection for Beth.

The Beth Chronicles Fancast | Part 3: re: Conspiracy

14:34 | Sep 26th, 2017

Karen and Rob arrive to visit Beth. Things get undeceptable. Plus: Beth hatches a plan.

The Beth Chronicles: A Karen & Ellen (Fancast) Miniseries | Part 1: The Bridal Shower

12:30 | Sep 12th, 2017

The premiere of Karen & Ellen season 2 is just five weeks away. In the meantime, Sara (Karen) and Jess (from Kiwi Crimes) have collaborated to create a 5-part, non-canon miniseries that chronicles imagined events leading up to Ellen's wedding.

SPECIAL MESSAGE: Podcasters Unite

01:08 | Sep 11th, 2017

Our family of independent podcasters is banding together and partnering with the Red Cross to benefit the people affected by hurricane Irma. Please listen to the attached informational message or go to this link to participate in the efforts. #PodCas...Show More

Season 2 Q&A with Chris Green & Josh Hallmark

26:09 | Jul 26th, 2017

Chris Green hosts a Q&A covering listener questions on what to expect from season two.

Season 2 Teaser

01:46 | Jun 17th, 2017

Season 2 arrives November 14.

Season One Roundtable & Wrap Up

1:27:58 | May 18th, 2017

In the Season One wrap up, Josh and Sara (Karen) are joined by Chris Green (The GravityBeard Show), Steven Pappas (Is This Adulting?), Sara DaSilva (Audible Feast), and Shannon Martin (Podbean) to discuss the season as whole. We talk ethics, the cont...Show More

Season Finale: The Aftershow (w/ Jeff Powell, Sara Stapleton), Part 2

1:50:13 | May 18th, 2017

Sara, Jeff, and Josh answer listener questions, talk about the production of the podcast, theorize, and share personal stories of friendship and life lessons.

Season Finale: The Aftershow (w/ Jeff Powell, Sara Stapleton), Part 1

1:03:20 | May 17th, 2017

In this first part of the final Aftershow, Sara (Karen), Jeff (Mark), and Josh comment on the letters featured in the finale.

Season Finale | Cognitive Dissonance

30:57 | May 17th, 2017

A revealing connection is made. A villain emerges. Josh, Jeff, and Sara do some investigating, with varying success. Ellen leaves something behind. An email is sent. A package is shipped. We see the return of several old characters, and meet some new...Show More

Episodes Eleven & Twelve: The Aftershow (w/ Meghan Costella & Ryanne Steele)

1:35:58 | May 15th, 2017

What starts off as a morose Aftershow (with all that anti-semitism talk) quickly devolves into drunken hysteria when the word of the day comes up 16 times in two consecutive letters.

Episode Twelve | We Need To Talk About Karen & Ellen

22:44 | May 9th, 2017

Ellen has an awkward dinner with Karen's family. Karen and Rob use a newspaper article to appraise the mermaid clock. The Karen & Ellen Letters hit the stage, and are quickly retired to a box forever. Someone strange enters the fray.

Episode Eleven | Uh-oh, Scandal

22:54 | May 2nd, 2017

A flashback, a 3rd timeline, and a lot of information about the girls' families. Plus, Mark and Ellen become closer; while Mark and Josh hit a snag.

Episode Ten: The Aftershow (w/ Twisted Philly & In Sight)

1:04:14 | Apr 27th, 2017

Deana from the Twisted Philly podcast, and Ali and Charlie from In Sight, join me to discuss Karen and Ellen's strange relationship with Mark, whether socio-economics play a role in stupidity, and Ali's and Charlie's long history with the letters.

Episode Ten | A Sober Dog, or The Curious Case of Justine Sacco

21:53 | Apr 25th, 2017

Josh piques Karen's interest. A real, old valuable antique goes missing. Ellen writes an OpEd. And new questions about Ellen arise.

Episode Nine | In My Legal Opinion

18:41 | Apr 17th, 2017

Josh makes several bad decisions after hearing from Karen. Karen's legal representative weighs in. Karen, Ellen, and Rob need jobs. And the fate of the cat painting is uncovered.

Episode Eight: The Aftershow (w/ Tamie McGranahan, Sue Tortolani)

1:14:59 | Apr 4th, 2017

Tamie & Sue (and their pets) return to help unpack this doozy of an episode. We discuss our favorite listener conspiracy theories. Hilarity ensues when 3 secular people try to figure out Ellen's interpretation of Karen's interpretation of Catholocism...Show More

Episode Seven: The Aftershow (w/ Amanda & Lucy from Wine & Crime)

1:07:53 | Mar 28th, 2017

This week we instate 2 words of the day, and consequently get very drunk. Amanda has a wine pairing specifically for our protagonists. Ellen outsmarts all of us. And we expound upon a dark theory regarding Ellen’s whereabouts. Plus: A lost letter tha...Show More

Episode Six: The Aftershow (w/ Varmints! Hosts: Donna Hume & Paul Csomo)

55:42 | Mar 27th, 2017

In this very special morning edition of the Aftershow, the hosts of Josh's favorite podcast join him for what Donna calls, 'Day Drinking With Josh.' We breakdown Karen's impact on the English lexicon, the girls' mixed metaphors, and landlord letters ...Show More

Episode Five: The Aftershow (w/ Jason Leroy, Blake Love)

1:04:31 | Mar 19th, 2017

WARNING: This aftershow features a lot of explicit language and inappropriate humor. Josh is still drunk from the last Aftershow. Jason shocks us all with an unsavory joke; and then doubles down. We draw a dark conclusion as to why Ellen disappeared ...Show More

The Karen & Ellen Letters Q&A

40:31 | Mar 15th, 2017

3 hours ago, I decided I should do a Q&A. The GravityBeard host wanted to facilitate it. The only time that worked for both of us was right now. Chris and Josh sit down, entirely unprepared, to go over some listener questions. Mild spoilers ahead. Al...Show More

Episode Four: The Aftershow (w/ Rebecca Emmons, Liz Vonau)

50:21 | Mar 14th, 2017

Friends (and friends of the show) Liz and Rebecca join me as we try (really) hard to find a way to honor International Women's Day with Karen & Ellen. We also answer some Facebook questions and attempt to unpack that Roger Rabbit letter. Plus: A Kare...Show More

Episode Three: The Aftershow (Chris Braaten & Chris Green)

1:05:03 | Mar 7th, 2017

Hosts of the More Gooder Than and Gravity Beard podcasts, Chris Braaten & Chris Green, join me to talk about episode 3. We try to figure out why Ellen wants firewood so much. And Braaten brings his stories and expert opinion as a landlord.

Episode One: The Aftershow (w/ Tamie McGranahan, Sue Tortolani)

58:09 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Long-time friends of Josh and fans of the letters, Tamie & Sue, stop by to talk about their introductions to the letters. Plus: Tamie reads some of her own landlord correspondence; and Sue's cat weighs in.