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Topics

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"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many...Show More
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03:10 | Jun 11th, 2018

Michael Ian Black is back on Earwolf with a new podcast. Obscure tackles a great work of literature. Join Michael as he reads Thomas Hardy’s classic Jude the Obscure and comments as he goes. Here's a preview, and you can hear Episode 1 right now in y...Show More

32:35 | Dec 24th, 2014

In Episode 8 of Season 4, Michael and Michael show their Christmas spirit by giving listeners the gift of talking all about Santa. Their conversation covers everything from Santa’s elves to his North Pole home to the historical roots of Santa.“Topics...Show More

29:16 | Dec 17th, 2014

In Episode 7 of Season 4, Michael and Michael delve into the mysterious topic of the Unknown. Their conversation covers everything from the ol’ tree falling in the woods saying to the future to the Umami theory. “Topics” features original music by Da...Show More

25:11 | Dec 10th, 2014

In Episode 6 of Season 4, Michael and Michael stick their beaks into the topic of the Nolan film, Interstellar. Their conversation covers everything from man’s place in the universe to the dream qualities of Nolan’s work to Hemingway’s influence on N...Show More

32:26 | Dec 3rd, 2014

In Episode 5 of Season 4, Michael and Michael drill deep into the topic of Architecture as social commentary. Their conversation covers everything from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to thatched roofs to the story of the 3 little pigs.“Topics” feature...Show More

32:22 | Nov 26th, 2014

In Episode 4 of Season 4, Michael and Michael take a deep spoonful of today's topic of snowfall aka snow. Their conversation covers everything from the meaning of lake-effect snow to no two snowflakes being the same to Robert Frost.“Topics” features ...Show More

33:55 | Nov 19th, 2014

In Episode 3 of Season 4, Michael and Michael get their creative juices flowing as they delve into the real hardy broth of a topic, the allure of Empire. From Egypt to the Romans and beyond, their conversation covers everything from the corruption th...Show More

32:53 | Nov 12th, 2014

In Episode 2 of Season 4, Michael and Michael discuss Rebirth & Renewal. Their conversation covers everything from the recent changes in their life to sharing the energy of artists of the past such as Michelangelo to the music of God.“Topics” feature...Show More

37:07 | Nov 5th, 2014

In Episode 1 of Season 4, Michael and Michael are back in the saddle as they recap and rehash this year's Topicon. Their conversation covers everything from the long lasting friendships to all the study groups that attended from almost 30 different c...Show More

36:39 | Jun 25th, 2014

In Episode 20 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest Nev Schulman get to know themselves in a whole new way as they explore the topic of identity. What did Nev learn about the nature of identity from his experience with the film Catfish? Wh...Show More

40:41 | Jun 18th, 2014

In Episode 19 of Season 3, authors Michael, Michael, and special guest author Susan Orlean wet their beaks with the topic of Perspectives on Writing: From Cave Drawings to Computer Code and Back. What is the difference between Non-fiction and Fiction...Show More

39:04 | Jun 11th, 2014

In Episode 18 of Season 3, Michael and Michael get into a very important topic that we deal with every day of our life, the Money Question. From Smith to Piketty to back again. How do we survive in the 21st century? How are Cabbage Patch Kids related...Show More

35:51 | Jun 4th, 2014

In Episode 17 of Season 3, Michael and Michael delve into the topic of The Law: questions of Tort reform, the Judiciary process, Habeas corpus and beyond. Will we keep tripping over the word society? What is best for the individual versus what is bes...Show More

40:23 | May 28th, 2014

In Episode 16 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and fantastic actor/friend of the podcast Rich Sommer talk about the passionate topic of madness. How do we know who is the sane one and who is the insane one? Why does love drive us mad? Is Dr. Frankenste...Show More

42:15 | May 21st, 2014

In Episode 15 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the lessons they've learned from the incredible Connell Institute. Where did a young Michael Ian Black have his brain pumped with lifelong knowledge of several topics? How far does the legacy ...Show More

11:27 | May 14th, 2014

Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on travel reimbursements for study groups to Topic Con to the first ever Topics podcast birth. If you have a question or comment please send it to  topicspodcast@gmail...Show More

39:44 | May 14th, 2014

In Episode 14 of Season 3, Michael and Michael organically find their way to discuss the topic of the near East & the far East. What is the story behind Pier 1 imports? Who is Bill Johnman? What are some of the many imported goods we take for granted...Show More

42:30 | May 7th, 2014

In Episode 13 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest/friend of the podcast Steve Agee talk about the glorious and loving topic of friendship. How does everyone define friendship? Does their always need to be attraction involved? Does making...Show More

36:54 | Apr 30th, 2014

In Episode 12 of Season 3, Michael, Michael, and special guest singer-songwriter Liz Phair talk about the very musical topic of music. What is music? Is a breast like a kazoo? What's the difference between classical music and the Liz’s song "H.W.C."?...Show More

35:16 | Apr 23rd, 2014

In Episode 11 of Season 3, Michael and Michael talk about the very serious topic of true crime. Why does this topic generate the image of darkness? Why is it that some follow the interest of committing the perfect murder? How did Truman Capote's icon...Show More

32:50 | Apr 16th, 2014

In Episode 10 of Season 3, Michael, Michael and special guest David Wain discuss the subconscious LIVE from the Brava Theater in their second ever live recording as part of the 2014 SF Sketchfest. Do we subconsciously dress ourselves a certain way? H...Show More

30:31 | Apr 9th, 2014

In Episode 9 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss annoying habits/pet peeves LIVE from the Brava Theater in their first ever live recording as part of the 2014 SF Sketchfest. What are some little things your loved ones do that upset you the most?...Show More

15:05 | Apr 2nd, 2014

Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on what to do with that extra time study groups have after covering 100% of a topic to the podcast becoming a part of the Earwolf family. If you have a question or com...Show More

36:02 | Apr 2nd, 2014

In Episode 8 of Season 3, Michael and Michael take a second crack at the topic of "Tugboats, Trains, and Trolleys." What is the key role that all 3 placed in American Industrial history? How did these 3 forever change transportation? Why is tugboats ...Show More

18:16 | Mar 26th, 2014

Michael and Michael return to respond to listener mail which ranges from questions on study group dress codes to Paul Rudd's shenanigans on last week's episode. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com

34:36 | Mar 26th, 2014

In Episode 7 of Season 3, Michael and Michael dig deep into the very big topic of the senses. Why is smell the most controversial of the senses? How are we similar to a computer hard drive? How is it that classical painters used their mastery of ligh...Show More

32:30 | Mar 19th, 2014

In Episode 6 of Season 3, Michael, MIchael, and special guest Paul Rudd discuss the "small stuff." Their conversation covers everything from love, Billy Joel's doo-wop stuff, and joking with friends. Tune in as Michael, Michael, and Paul do their bes...Show More

23:51 | Mar 12th, 2014

In Episode 5 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss the unexplainable and supernatural topic of miracles. What is a miracle? Can a miracle be a bad thing? What are some modern miracles? Tune in as Michael & Michael have a heart-to-heart on the laug...Show More

32:47 | Mar 5th, 2014

In Episode 4 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss the mystery of Metamorphosis. How does it happen when you can’t see it? Can our spirit truly evolve? Is it possible to be physically changed from a white light? Tune in as Michael & Michael dive i...Show More

35:23 | Feb 26th, 2014

In Episode 3 of Season 3, Michael and Michael discuss America's unique gift to the word aka "Jazz." What exactly is Jazz? What is the definition of a Polyrhythm? Where does Jazz come from? Tune in as Michael & Michael get deep into the rich history o...Show More

30:04 | Feb 19th, 2014

In Episode 2 of Season 3, Michael and Michael dive into a very juicy topic that will blow your mind — "What if this life is a dream?" Who's to say we can't jump out a window and fly? Are we living in the Matrix? Tune in as Michael & Michael seek the ...Show More

34:44 | Feb 12th, 2014

In Episode 1 of Season 3, Michael and Michael are back in the saddle to discuss "The Little Things." Their conversation covers everything from butter on toast, to taking a drive and listening to some classical music, to apple picking in Autumn with y...Show More

32:56 | Dec 25th, 2013

In the tenth and final episode of season two, Michael and Michael discuss "Regret.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

32:17 | Dec 18th, 2013

In Episode 9 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Dialogue and Discourse.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

36:18 | Dec 11th, 2013

In Episode 8 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "The Middle East.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

07:45 | Dec 9th, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com

37:31 | Dec 4th, 2013

In Episode 7 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Paranormal Activity.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

31:27 | Nov 27th, 2013

In Episode 6 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Heat.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

36:21 | Nov 20th, 2013

In Episode 5 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Courage.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

22:17 | Nov 19th, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com

28:46 | Nov 13th, 2013

In Episode 4 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Food and Wine." Their conversation focuses exclusively on the crisp riesling wines from the local grape vineyards of Long Island."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by ...Show More

06:03 | Nov 12th, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com

27:00 | Nov 6th, 2013

In Episode 3 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Individual Rights vs. Rights of the Collective." Their conversation ranges from the Magna Carta to "The Red Badge of Courage" to the famous and tragic pistol duel between Aaron Burr and Thomas Je...Show More

28:04 | Oct 30th, 2013

In Episode 2 of Season 2, Michael, Michael and special guest David Wain discuss "Technology." Their conversation covers everything from the simplest of machines like the spoon to the most complicated of all machines - the human body."Topics" features...Show More

29:56 | Oct 23rd, 2013

In Episode 1 of Season 2, Michael and Michael discuss "Science and Medicine." Their conversation covers everything from the Möbius strip, to regressive analysis, to shitting on the floor."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced ...Show More

29:59 | Aug 21st, 2013

In the eleventh and final episode of season one of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Love". What is it? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Can we live without it? How does Michael Ian Black look with his shirt off?"Topics" features...Show More

30:00 | Aug 14th, 2013

In Episode Ten of "Topics", the second to last episode of season one, Michael and Michael discuss "Power & Propaganda." What is it? Who is involved? Are woolly mammoths really being cloned?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produce...Show More

19:25 | Aug 12th, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail. If you have a question or comment please send it to topicspodcast@gmail.com "Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

25:37 | Aug 7th, 2013

In Episode Nine of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Utopia." What is utopia? Is utopia possible? What were the Wright Brothers doing when they invented the airplane? What about North Korea?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is p...Show More

08:44 | Aug 5th, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

25:54 | Jul 31st, 2013

In Episode Eight of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "Time Travel". Is it possible? Do we have the technology for it? If you could travel in time to any point in history where would you go?"Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is pr...Show More

06:11 | Jul 31st, 2013

Michael and Michael respond to listener mail."Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced by Matthew Kahn.

08:48 | Jul 31st, 2013

In this segment, Michael and Michael announce the winners of the "Is This Art?" contest and determine whether or not the pictures that were chosen are art or not.Winners: @barbershop_raga @BillyFrankly @rez114 @blezus @CraigMcKey @Hankpierogi @...Show More

34:31 | Jul 24th, 2013

In Episode Seven of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss gender, gender roles in society, the gray area in-between man and woman, the broth of life and the TV program "Home Improvement.""Topics" features original music by Dan Deacon and is produced ...Show More

30:04 | Jul 17th, 2013

In Episode Six of "Topics", Michael and Michael seek to find answers to the question "What Is Art?" Their discussion ranges from the surrealist works of Marc Chagall and the political paintings of Francisco De Goya to the controversial objets d'art o...Show More

34:58 | Jul 10th, 2013

In Episode Five of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "The Human Condition." Their conversation takes them through a wide range of subjects including The Beatles, TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and The Flintstones, as well as what kind of car M...Show More

27:25 | Jul 3rd, 2013

In Episode Four of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss the age old question "if a tree falls in the woods but no one is there to hear it did it make a sound?", Hume's Theory of Induction, Steve Jobs, Thanksgiving turkey and The Civil War."Topics" f...Show More

29:16 | Jun 26th, 2013

In Episode Three of "Topics", Michael and Michael discuss "The Final Frontier: Space"! Is there intelligent life on other planets? Do UFO's exist? Is there a God? How awesome are The Beatles? Join them as they seek to better understand all of these t...Show More

29:32 | Jun 19th, 2013

In Episode Two of "Topics", Michael and Michael get into a big conversation about one of the biggest questions of all mankind -- "Does God exist?" Is God a man with a long white beard? Is God nature? Is God a force? We entreat you to join them in Epi...Show More

14:53 | Jun 17th, 2013

In Episode One of "Topics", Michael and Michael introduce their new podcast "Topics" and talk about their hope to have a show where, even though they are normally seen as comedians, they can have serious discussions about big topics of conversation t...Show More