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Dave Brodbeck and Isabelle Michaud

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Dave and Isabelle, a married couple in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada discuss various topics.

Latest Episodes

Broken Area - Episode 308 - Maybe Dave Misses His Old Glasses

Friday afternoon shopping, different, but the same. I got new glasses. We need a new oven. We bought a new oven. ISABELLE GOT THE GRANT!!! Isabelle has another article coming out. People are entitled assholes.

55 MIN6 d ago
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Broken Area - Episode 308 - Maybe Dave Misses His Old Glasses

Broken Area - Episode 307 - Big Sea of Wolves

Our first grocery cast of 2020! We’re all either in the grips of, or coming down with, a cold. We had a couple of nice messages about the clip show, thanks! We don’t talk about it, but I got a vacuum sealer for Christmas from my Mom and it is great. It’s funny how where we are in our drive seems to drive what we talk about. Isabelle will be busier now that she’s not teaching, which may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. Don’t reuse passwords!

52 MIN1 w ago
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Broken Area - Episode 307 - Big Sea of Wolves

Broken Area - Episode 306 - 2019 Compilation

New Year’s Day is a time of rest and reflection. I listened to randomly selected clips from 6 days of our lives. In 2019, we have posted 57 episodes of Broken Area. I am not sure if these selected clips have anything specific in common but they all make me smile because“ they’re so us.” We talk about seemingly random, boring, non-consequential things: paintings, using technology, a rude cashier, potholes, Madeleine’s trip to Japan. Our Saturday or Friday grocery trip is always the same: leaving home, going to the grocery store, going to the LCBO and returning home. Dave adds: “sometimes we return bottles.” What’s weird is that we can’t seem to stop wanting to do it and people appear to like knowing we’re here too. Our presence I think is felt and reinforced by these seemingly small inconsequential events and by our listeners having become used to Dave’s matter-of-fact storytelling and my emotional rantings. The combination of our opposite personalities and outlooks on the surface but very similar stance on things that matter is probably what has led to our continued listenership. To me, our podcast is a string of life events that can be described as a microcosm within a microcosm of a small bordertown, in Northern Ontario. Kind of the opposite of “in a galaxy far far away.” Thanks for listening and Happy New Year 2020 !

23 MIN2 w ago
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Broken Area - Episode 306 - 2019 Compilation

Broken Area - Episode 304 - My Neurons Take a More Convoluted Path

So this should be our last episode before Christmas. We’re shopping a day early to avoid, hopefully, the horribleness of a Saturday before Christmas outing. We’ve not left yet, but I’m hoping. OK, turns out it really wasn’t that bad at all. Oh, umm, a truck was beside us that had the Beatles on the side of it. I cashed in my PC points too. Now, the LCBO, it was packed. Hey, Isabelle is a published citizen journalist! Merry Christmas from us!

58 MIN2 w ago
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Broken Area - Episode 304 - My Neurons Take a More Convoluted Path

Broken Area - Epiosde 305 - After Christmas Torpor

Well I hope everyone had a nice Christmas or whatever you do or don’t celebrate. As an aside, we got a nice e card from Rachel, thanks! So Christmas itself was excellent. Christmas Eve dinner was great. Jon really loved the stuff he got from everyone, but especially the stuff that Doug Slater sent him. Really out, you made his day. The letter was really nice too. Then Maddie got sick, which sorta sucks. Isabelle’s sister has a toy store, so this is her busy time. We’re both sorta out of it, it’s that time of year. I got Isabelle a scroll saw for Christmas because I’m awesome.

47 MIN2 w ago
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Broken Area - Epiosde 305 - After Christmas Torpor

Broken Area - Episode 303 - Outside of Playing the Spoons

The title refers to a thing Isabelle said that we lost sadly, so today’s is about 25 minutes shorter than usual. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, in that the calendar is approaching the 25th anyway. Nasty weather just above freezing, roads are awful. We went to the work Christmas party yesterday. Free Wings! We hung out with a couple of women we really like, Laurie and Jenn. Isabelle also met some new people, which was cool. I thought I’d lost my earbuds, but they were in the car.

29 MIN2019 DEC 15
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Broken Area - Episode 303 - Outside of Playing the Spoons

Broken Area - Episode 302 - Christmas Tree Special 2019

Some traditions are dumb. Others, like us recording our annual search for a Christmas tree, actually make the world a safer place and bring together people from across the globe. Also we talked about lots of stuff, because, well, because where we thought we could get a tree had no trees. However, I went on to facebook, and, lo and behold, it had a use. Someone suggested a place and we went there.

57 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Broken Area - Episode 302 - Christmas Tree Special 2019

Broken Area - Episode 301 - Powered On Christmas Needles

I’m in bed typing this on my phone before getting up. I love the future!! It’s actually the seventh anniversary of us rebooting Broca’s Area. We’re both almost done the term. Maddie is on her way back from Japan, where she was awesome as expected. Also she had great food. Jon had friends over yesterday so that’s why we’re on a Saturday. Next week there’s a work party on Friday, so, we’ll again be on Saturday. We talked about that banana art thing, it’s dumb. Our yearly Christmas Tree Special is coming up soon!

52 MIN2019 DEC 8
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Broken Area - Episode 301 - Powered On Christmas Needles

Broken Area - Episode 300 - Marginals

Hey, it’s Canadian National Day of Podcasting! or #CNDOP. In that spirit, even though we already recorded this week, we thought we’d do a bonus episode for CNDOP. Maddie is on her way to the Japans, so there is some texting with her during the episode. We mostly talked about why we do the podcast. about how podcasting and technology have changed over the time we’ve been doing these things, and about the many friends that we have met over the years. We hope you like the episode! Happy #CNDOP!

39 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Broken Area - Episode 300 - Marginals

Broken Area - Episode 299 - All Full of Lint Fuzz

Hey, almost 300. I’m writing this before we go, on Friday. I guess this is our CNDOP episode. If you think we should have waited to release this until Sunday, bite me. Wait, Isabelle informs me that we are recording something special for CNDOP, and that will be episode 300 which is sorta neat. We had a snow storm this week, the first big one. No school buses etc. Lots of people in the store today, dunno why. Our Christmas special is coming up.

52 MIN2019 NOV 30
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Broken Area - Episode 299 - All Full of Lint Fuzz

Latest Episodes

Broken Area - Episode 308 - Maybe Dave Misses His Old Glasses

Friday afternoon shopping, different, but the same. I got new glasses. We need a new oven. We bought a new oven. ISABELLE GOT THE GRANT!!! Isabelle has another article coming out. People are entitled assholes.

55 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 308 - Maybe Dave Misses His Old Glasses

Broken Area - Episode 307 - Big Sea of Wolves

Our first grocery cast of 2020! We’re all either in the grips of, or coming down with, a cold. We had a couple of nice messages about the clip show, thanks! We don’t talk about it, but I got a vacuum sealer for Christmas from my Mom and it is great. It’s funny how where we are in our drive seems to drive what we talk about. Isabelle will be busier now that she’s not teaching, which may seem counterintuitive, but it’s true. Don’t reuse passwords!

52 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 307 - Big Sea of Wolves

Broken Area - Episode 306 - 2019 Compilation

New Year’s Day is a time of rest and reflection. I listened to randomly selected clips from 6 days of our lives. In 2019, we have posted 57 episodes of Broken Area. I am not sure if these selected clips have anything specific in common but they all make me smile because“ they’re so us.” We talk about seemingly random, boring, non-consequential things: paintings, using technology, a rude cashier, potholes, Madeleine’s trip to Japan. Our Saturday or Friday grocery trip is always the same: leaving home, going to the grocery store, going to the LCBO and returning home. Dave adds: “sometimes we return bottles.” What’s weird is that we can’t seem to stop wanting to do it and people appear to like knowing we’re here too. Our presence I think is felt and reinforced by these seemingly small inconsequential events and by our listeners having become used to Dave’s matter-of-fact storytelling and my emotional rantings. The combination of our opposite personalities and outlooks on the surface but very similar stance on things that matter is probably what has led to our continued listenership. To me, our podcast is a string of life events that can be described as a microcosm within a microcosm of a small bordertown, in Northern Ontario. Kind of the opposite of “in a galaxy far far away.” Thanks for listening and Happy New Year 2020 !

23 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 306 - 2019 Compilation

Broken Area - Episode 304 - My Neurons Take a More Convoluted Path

So this should be our last episode before Christmas. We’re shopping a day early to avoid, hopefully, the horribleness of a Saturday before Christmas outing. We’ve not left yet, but I’m hoping. OK, turns out it really wasn’t that bad at all. Oh, umm, a truck was beside us that had the Beatles on the side of it. I cashed in my PC points too. Now, the LCBO, it was packed. Hey, Isabelle is a published citizen journalist! Merry Christmas from us!

58 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 304 - My Neurons Take a More Convoluted Path

Broken Area - Epiosde 305 - After Christmas Torpor

Well I hope everyone had a nice Christmas or whatever you do or don’t celebrate. As an aside, we got a nice e card from Rachel, thanks! So Christmas itself was excellent. Christmas Eve dinner was great. Jon really loved the stuff he got from everyone, but especially the stuff that Doug Slater sent him. Really out, you made his day. The letter was really nice too. Then Maddie got sick, which sorta sucks. Isabelle’s sister has a toy store, so this is her busy time. We’re both sorta out of it, it’s that time of year. I got Isabelle a scroll saw for Christmas because I’m awesome.

47 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Broken Area - Epiosde 305 - After Christmas Torpor

Broken Area - Episode 303 - Outside of Playing the Spoons

The title refers to a thing Isabelle said that we lost sadly, so today’s is about 25 minutes shorter than usual. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, in that the calendar is approaching the 25th anyway. Nasty weather just above freezing, roads are awful. We went to the work Christmas party yesterday. Free Wings! We hung out with a couple of women we really like, Laurie and Jenn. Isabelle also met some new people, which was cool. I thought I’d lost my earbuds, but they were in the car.

29 MIN2019 DEC 15
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 303 - Outside of Playing the Spoons

Broken Area - Episode 302 - Christmas Tree Special 2019

Some traditions are dumb. Others, like us recording our annual search for a Christmas tree, actually make the world a safer place and bring together people from across the globe. Also we talked about lots of stuff, because, well, because where we thought we could get a tree had no trees. However, I went on to facebook, and, lo and behold, it had a use. Someone suggested a place and we went there.

57 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 302 - Christmas Tree Special 2019

Broken Area - Episode 301 - Powered On Christmas Needles

I’m in bed typing this on my phone before getting up. I love the future!! It’s actually the seventh anniversary of us rebooting Broca’s Area. We’re both almost done the term. Maddie is on her way back from Japan, where she was awesome as expected. Also she had great food. Jon had friends over yesterday so that’s why we’re on a Saturday. Next week there’s a work party on Friday, so, we’ll again be on Saturday. We talked about that banana art thing, it’s dumb. Our yearly Christmas Tree Special is coming up soon!

52 MIN2019 DEC 8
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 301 - Powered On Christmas Needles

Broken Area - Episode 300 - Marginals

Hey, it’s Canadian National Day of Podcasting! or #CNDOP. In that spirit, even though we already recorded this week, we thought we’d do a bonus episode for CNDOP. Maddie is on her way to the Japans, so there is some texting with her during the episode. We mostly talked about why we do the podcast. about how podcasting and technology have changed over the time we’ve been doing these things, and about the many friends that we have met over the years. We hope you like the episode! Happy #CNDOP!

39 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 300 - Marginals

Broken Area - Episode 299 - All Full of Lint Fuzz

Hey, almost 300. I’m writing this before we go, on Friday. I guess this is our CNDOP episode. If you think we should have waited to release this until Sunday, bite me. Wait, Isabelle informs me that we are recording something special for CNDOP, and that will be episode 300 which is sorta neat. We had a snow storm this week, the first big one. No school buses etc. Lots of people in the store today, dunno why. Our Christmas special is coming up.

52 MIN2019 NOV 30
Comments
Broken Area - Episode 299 - All Full of Lint Fuzz
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