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Cultural chitchat for know-it-alls, ne'er-do-wells and nattering nabobs everywhere. Like the unholy coupling of FRESH AIR and THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW, NEST OF VIPERS is smart, funny, and irreverent. Each episode features the rantings, ravings and erudit

Latest Episodes

Nest of Vipers: Take This Job...

Nine-to-five, punch the clock, bring home the bacon and all that jazz. Let's face it, work can be such a drag. Finding a job you like can be harder than finding inner peace. Even if you do find a job you love, there's office politics, inter-office drama or a borderline psychopath lurking in a nearby cubicle. In other words, the working life provides plenty of material for another action-packed Nest of Vipers. This week's team of fundits share tales of dishwashing, salmon gutting, international banking and working for a major pant concern. Guests include: Dishwasher Pete Jordan (writer, Dishwasher), Anthony Bedard (musician, Hank IV), Kurt Keppeler (musician, Fierce Antler). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

45 MIN2007 OCT 15
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Nest of Vipers: Take This Job...

Nest of Vipers: Young and Stupid

Ah...to be young and stupid again. This week our guests share embarrassing tales from their youth, telling stories about foolish behavior that can be chalked up to a combination of inexperience and ignorance. Huffing film cleaner, shoplifting cheap wine, botching a major label record deal, and disobeying traffic laws are just some of the tales told on this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Guests include Michael W. Dean (filmmaker Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow, Podcaster, Clone The Homeless), Becky Haycox (from the blog Hamblog) and Lee Lynch (filmmaker, Transposition of the Great Vessels). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

54 MIN2007 SEP 15
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Nest of Vipers: Young and Stupid

Nest of Vipers: The Old College Try

Lurking in the closet of every artist is a failed project. Some sort of endeavor that should have been great, could have been great, but just flatlined. Performing as the Tin Man on Hollywood Boulevard, trying to launch a play about fruitcakes, trying to impress the wife's friends with a spooky Halloween spectacle and paying tribute to Abe Lincoln are just some of the tales shared by this weeks guests. Guests include Rodney Ascher (filmmaker, Somebody Goofed), Becky Haycox (from the blog Hamblog) and Lee Lynch (filmmaker, Transposition of the Great Vessels). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

58 MIN2007 SEP 1
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Nest of Vipers: The Old College Try

Nest of Vipers: Inside The Teachers' Lounge

Please Note: Due to a publishing error, we are reposting this episode of Nest of Vipers. If you have already received it via download, we apologize for the inconvenience. Did you ever wonder if your teachers were taking about you in the faculty lounge? You bet they were. This week on the Nest of Vipers, we've assembled a crack team of teachers to share their stories of teacher/student interaction. The stories run the gamut from heartwarming moments to stories that end in failure and expulsion. Guests include: Doreen Diecke, Bruce Lamott, and Jan Richman (author, Because The Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 JUL 30
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Nest of Vipers: Inside The Teachers' Lounge

Nest of Vipers: Customer Service Hell

If you've ever been a mindless drone in the workplace being yelled at by an irate customer or been an irate customer exasperated by the incompetent boobery of the American workforce, then you won't want to miss this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Working the phone lines at Play Station on Christmas morning, being the a/v tech dude at a proctologist convention, being a bag boy in a retirement community, and dealing with couriers that lose your priceless packages are just some of the customer service problems dissected this episode. Anthony Bedard (musician, Hank IV), Bucky Sinister (author, All Blacked Out and Nowhere To Go), Jack Boulware (author SF Bizarro), and host Danny Plotnick recount tales of customer service hell.

42 MIN2007 JUN 15
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Nest of Vipers: Customer Service Hell

Bad Dates

If you've been on more than one date, chances are you've had at least one bad one. This week, our team of "fundits" share dating horror stories. Yurts, crying rooms and English Bed Sits house our dates, which include encounters with drugs, guns, underage girls, midnight movies and Tootsie. Guests include writer Beth Lisick (Everybody Into The Pool), musician Anthony Bedard (Hank IV, Icky Boyfriends, Resineators), and musician/filmmaker Sadie Shaw (The Husbands, Charm). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

45 MIN2007 JUN 1
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Bad Dates

Tour Stories

Who doesn't love stories of touring bands on the highway to hell? This week our team of grizzled "fundits" share tour stories from the rock and roll, disco and filmmaking trenches. Super flammable pot seeds, beer-soaked van crashes, well-meaning nincompoops, near death experiences, and foosball are discussed. Guests include musicians Anthony Bedard (Hank IV, Icky Boyfriends, Resineators), Chuck Prophet (Green On Red), and Gil Ray (Loud Family, Game Theory). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

58 MIN2007 MAY 15
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Tour Stories

Adventures In Dangerous Dining

If you're like us, you love to eat. This week, our well-fed team of "fundits" share frighteningly memorable stories of the culinary variety. Stories of knife-wielding hash slingers, vomiting mothers, rancid and wriggling eels, and delectably teeny lambs' brains are served up for your listening pleasure. Guests include writer Jack Boulware (SF Bizarro), food critic Bonnie Wach (SF Chronicle) and musician Anthony Bedard (Hank IV). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

55 MIN2007 MAY 1
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Adventures In Dangerous Dining

Artists' Formative Moments

Most guests on the Nest of Vipers are part of the art world and are enamored with alternative culture. These sub-cultural types often have defining moments early in life when they realize they're different from everybody else or are concerned with different things than their friends. Our team of "fundits" exhume the high school years to talk about these formative moments. Guests include writer Bucky Sinister (All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go), musician Kurt Keppler (Fierce Antler), and musician Alison Faith Levy (The Sippy Cups). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 APR 15
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Artists' Formative Moments

Artists' Most Humiliating Moments

All artists, no matter how successful, have experienced some horrifically embarrassing moment on the public stage. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, they tend to go wrong in front of hundreds of people. This week our team of "fundits" includes a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, and a theater geek sharing their most humiliating moments as artists. Guests include musician Chris Xefos (King Missile, Drop Quarters), writer Bucky Sinister (author All Blacked Out and Nowhere To Go), and musician and lapsed thespian Kurt Keppler (Fierce Antler). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 APR 1
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Artists' Most Humiliating Moments

Latest Episodes

Nest of Vipers: Take This Job...

Nine-to-five, punch the clock, bring home the bacon and all that jazz. Let's face it, work can be such a drag. Finding a job you like can be harder than finding inner peace. Even if you do find a job you love, there's office politics, inter-office drama or a borderline psychopath lurking in a nearby cubicle. In other words, the working life provides plenty of material for another action-packed Nest of Vipers. This week's team of fundits share tales of dishwashing, salmon gutting, international banking and working for a major pant concern. Guests include: Dishwasher Pete Jordan (writer, Dishwasher), Anthony Bedard (musician, Hank IV), Kurt Keppeler (musician, Fierce Antler). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

45 MIN2007 OCT 15
Comments
Nest of Vipers: Take This Job...

Nest of Vipers: Young and Stupid

Ah...to be young and stupid again. This week our guests share embarrassing tales from their youth, telling stories about foolish behavior that can be chalked up to a combination of inexperience and ignorance. Huffing film cleaner, shoplifting cheap wine, botching a major label record deal, and disobeying traffic laws are just some of the tales told on this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Guests include Michael W. Dean (filmmaker Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow, Podcaster, Clone The Homeless), Becky Haycox (from the blog Hamblog) and Lee Lynch (filmmaker, Transposition of the Great Vessels). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

54 MIN2007 SEP 15
Comments
Nest of Vipers: Young and Stupid

Nest of Vipers: The Old College Try

Lurking in the closet of every artist is a failed project. Some sort of endeavor that should have been great, could have been great, but just flatlined. Performing as the Tin Man on Hollywood Boulevard, trying to launch a play about fruitcakes, trying to impress the wife's friends with a spooky Halloween spectacle and paying tribute to Abe Lincoln are just some of the tales shared by this weeks guests. Guests include Rodney Ascher (filmmaker, Somebody Goofed), Becky Haycox (from the blog Hamblog) and Lee Lynch (filmmaker, Transposition of the Great Vessels). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

58 MIN2007 SEP 1
Comments
Nest of Vipers: The Old College Try

Nest of Vipers: Inside The Teachers' Lounge

Please Note: Due to a publishing error, we are reposting this episode of Nest of Vipers. If you have already received it via download, we apologize for the inconvenience. Did you ever wonder if your teachers were taking about you in the faculty lounge? You bet they were. This week on the Nest of Vipers, we've assembled a crack team of teachers to share their stories of teacher/student interaction. The stories run the gamut from heartwarming moments to stories that end in failure and expulsion. Guests include: Doreen Diecke, Bruce Lamott, and Jan Richman (author, Because The Brain Can Be Talked Into Anything). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 JUL 30
Comments
Nest of Vipers: Inside The Teachers' Lounge

Nest of Vipers: Customer Service Hell

If you've ever been a mindless drone in the workplace being yelled at by an irate customer or been an irate customer exasperated by the incompetent boobery of the American workforce, then you won't want to miss this episode of the Nest of Vipers. Working the phone lines at Play Station on Christmas morning, being the a/v tech dude at a proctologist convention, being a bag boy in a retirement community, and dealing with couriers that lose your priceless packages are just some of the customer service problems dissected this episode. Anthony Bedard (musician, Hank IV), Bucky Sinister (author, All Blacked Out and Nowhere To Go), Jack Boulware (author SF Bizarro), and host Danny Plotnick recount tales of customer service hell.

42 MIN2007 JUN 15
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Nest of Vipers: Customer Service Hell

Bad Dates

If you've been on more than one date, chances are you've had at least one bad one. This week, our team of "fundits" share dating horror stories. Yurts, crying rooms and English Bed Sits house our dates, which include encounters with drugs, guns, underage girls, midnight movies and Tootsie. Guests include writer Beth Lisick (Everybody Into The Pool), musician Anthony Bedard (Hank IV, Icky Boyfriends, Resineators), and musician/filmmaker Sadie Shaw (The Husbands, Charm). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

45 MIN2007 JUN 1
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Bad Dates

Tour Stories

Who doesn't love stories of touring bands on the highway to hell? This week our team of grizzled "fundits" share tour stories from the rock and roll, disco and filmmaking trenches. Super flammable pot seeds, beer-soaked van crashes, well-meaning nincompoops, near death experiences, and foosball are discussed. Guests include musicians Anthony Bedard (Hank IV, Icky Boyfriends, Resineators), Chuck Prophet (Green On Red), and Gil Ray (Loud Family, Game Theory). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

58 MIN2007 MAY 15
Comments
Tour Stories

Adventures In Dangerous Dining

If you're like us, you love to eat. This week, our well-fed team of "fundits" share frighteningly memorable stories of the culinary variety. Stories of knife-wielding hash slingers, vomiting mothers, rancid and wriggling eels, and delectably teeny lambs' brains are served up for your listening pleasure. Guests include writer Jack Boulware (SF Bizarro), food critic Bonnie Wach (SF Chronicle) and musician Anthony Bedard (Hank IV). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

55 MIN2007 MAY 1
Comments
Adventures In Dangerous Dining

Artists' Formative Moments

Most guests on the Nest of Vipers are part of the art world and are enamored with alternative culture. These sub-cultural types often have defining moments early in life when they realize they're different from everybody else or are concerned with different things than their friends. Our team of "fundits" exhume the high school years to talk about these formative moments. Guests include writer Bucky Sinister (All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go), musician Kurt Keppler (Fierce Antler), and musician Alison Faith Levy (The Sippy Cups). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 APR 15
Comments
Artists' Formative Moments

Artists' Most Humiliating Moments

All artists, no matter how successful, have experienced some horrifically embarrassing moment on the public stage. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, they tend to go wrong in front of hundreds of people. This week our team of "fundits" includes a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, and a theater geek sharing their most humiliating moments as artists. Guests include musician Chris Xefos (King Missile, Drop Quarters), writer Bucky Sinister (author All Blacked Out and Nowhere To Go), and musician and lapsed thespian Kurt Keppler (Fierce Antler). Hosted by filmmaker Danny Plotnick.

59 MIN2007 APR 1
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Artists' Most Humiliating Moments