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This Week in Despair is a comedy podcast summary of the week's news, hosted by Peter–john Byrnes.

Latest Episodes

Episode 115 - Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan

EThe show rediscovered the mission statement inherent in its title this week, as the 2016 Presidential election came to a close with a twist ending that no one expected, not even the candidates. Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan join me to sort through our shock, provide irresponsible speculation as to what the heck happened, and to trash Florida, because we're still elitist. Nudist libertarians are discussed. Breaking terrible news to one's children is a topic. Plus: Snake Island!

59 min2016 NOV 14
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Episode 115 - Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan

Episode 110 - Trace Beaulieu

EOn this Very Special Episode, I am pleased to welcomeTrace Beaulieu, the man who was both Dr. Forrester and Crow on the beloved television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. This poor man gets dragged into our usual nonsense about the Panama Papers, black lesbians from Skokie, and a planet that is supposed to destroy the Earth next month, but we also manage to talk about Manos: The Hands of Fate and his latest project, touring the country with Frank Conniff doingthe live show The Mads Are Back. It's a very nice conversation with a lovely man.

54 min2016 APR 16
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Episode 110 - Trace Beaulieu

Episode 64 - Stephanie Hasz and Mike Lawrence

EIn the middle of a week ofsub-zero temperatures,MikeLawrencecame through Chicago and sat down withStephanie Haszto talk about Chris Christie and Bridge-gate and a man who hasn't bathed in 60 years, but then we mostly ended up talking about television shows. A story about Cormac McCarthy's ex-wife descends into a series of vagina-themed jokes. Mike and Stephanie argue about the merits of Star Trek. I trot out my Norm Abram impression from This Old House, and then we defame Full House. Also, Mike was dealing with a faulty microphone, which is why he sounds like he's reporting from inside a bathroom.This is a very silly episode.

61 min2016 FEB 12
Comments
Episode 64 - Stephanie Hasz and Mike Lawrence

Episode 103 - Live from Iowa 2016

EIt's Election Season, and the podcast goes on the road to report live from the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, and broughtTim BarnesandCody Melcheralong for sociological experimentation. Interviews with local Democratic party officialsand a live segement from the caucus site in Dubuqueare in the offing. Tim is baffled by The West Wing. Cody is anxious about his peer group. Also, making her debut on the podcast, my daughter, known only as The Vegetarian Teen. It doesn't get much more topical than this, kids.

61 min2016 FEB 10
Comments
Episode 103 - Live from Iowa 2016

Episode 102 - Erik Niewiarowski and Kyle Scanlan

EDavid Bowie is dead, and I'm not feeling too good myself. Joining me to discuss his legacy areErik NiewiarowskiandKyle Scanlan, who also indulge me in a discussion of the upcoming election season, an update on the militia in Oregon and the care packages they've received, and Rupert Murdoch's upcoming marriage to Jerry Hall. Robot Sperm are discussed. We take note of Ted Cruz's campaign ad done in blackface. The breakroom at ISIS is discussed.

62 min2016 FEB 5
Comments
Episode 102 - Erik Niewiarowski and Kyle Scanlan

Episode 101 - Reena Calm and Mary Zee

EIt was the week that a bunch of ill-prepared rancher militiamen took over a federal building and Oregon, and Reena Calm and Mary Zee were both there to help me make fun of them. Obama was accused of fake crying over gun deaths, when it really should have been Rahm Emanuel. A discussion of the racist Maine governor turns into Massachusetts-splaining on the subject of Dunkin' Donuts. George Lucas is disparaged.

55 min2016 JAN 28
Comments
Episode 101 - Reena Calm and Mary Zee

Episode 87 - Sonia Denis and Xavier Lamont

EIt was the week of the protests and riots in Baltimore after the killing of yet another unarmed man by police, capping off a year of terrible misery. Joining me to explain why their black lives matter areSonia DenisandXavier Lamont, who talk about their own experiences, both of casual racism and the not-so-casual kind. Both Ben Carson and Barack Obama are included in the discussion, and oddly enough, OJ Simpson. I mostly keep quiet on this episode, because sometimes it's just best to listen.

61 min2015 NOV 26
Comments
Episode 87 - Sonia Denis and Xavier Lamont

Episode 93 - Bill Bullock and Stephanie Hasz

EIt was a week during which in the wake of yet another gun massacre, President Obama got mad instead of sad, and America spent the week shouting at one another. Also, Volkswagen is poisoning the world, and UK Prime Minister David Cameronreallylikes pork, and even the possiblity of water on Mars doesn't lift the cloud.Luckily I have two of my favorite and most frequent guests,Bill BullockandStephanie Hasz, to help me get through it. Bill reveals his fear of Stephanie. Stephanie reveals her fear of space travel. They have a conversation about assault vs betrayal during whichI just keep my mouth shut. This episode contains traces of Willie Nelson.

56 min2015 OCT 28
Comments
Episode 93 - Bill Bullock and Stephanie Hasz

Episode 60 - Jamie Campbell and Sherman Edwards

EIt's the week that Nelson Mandela died and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson got fired, so as far as racism goes it was pretty much a draw.Jamie CampbellandSherman Edwardsjoin me to sort through it all, plus several stories about foreign objects being inserted into people for the purposes of art. Jamie waxes nostalgic about Robert Zemeckis films. Kolchak: The Night Stalker is explained.Plus the return of Moral Dilemmas!

53 min2014 DEC 15
Comments
Episode 60 - Jamie Campbell and Sherman Edwards

Episode 59 - Adam Burke and Stephanie Hasz

EIn this live episode from The Hungry Brain,Adam BurkeandStephanie Haszhelp me celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing Toronto mayor Rob Ford andabstinence education in Texas. The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination is handled in the show's usual tasteful manner. The panel reminisces about their own sexual eductation. Monkey birth control is also discussed.

79 min2014 DEC 14
Comments
Episode 59 - Adam Burke and Stephanie Hasz

Latest Episodes

Episode 115 - Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan

EThe show rediscovered the mission statement inherent in its title this week, as the 2016 Presidential election came to a close with a twist ending that no one expected, not even the candidates. Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan join me to sort through our shock, provide irresponsible speculation as to what the heck happened, and to trash Florida, because we're still elitist. Nudist libertarians are discussed. Breaking terrible news to one's children is a topic. Plus: Snake Island!

59 min2016 NOV 14
Comments
Episode 115 - Lisa Cohen and Cynthia Kaplan

Episode 110 - Trace Beaulieu

EOn this Very Special Episode, I am pleased to welcomeTrace Beaulieu, the man who was both Dr. Forrester and Crow on the beloved television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. This poor man gets dragged into our usual nonsense about the Panama Papers, black lesbians from Skokie, and a planet that is supposed to destroy the Earth next month, but we also manage to talk about Manos: The Hands of Fate and his latest project, touring the country with Frank Conniff doingthe live show The Mads Are Back. It's a very nice conversation with a lovely man.

54 min2016 APR 16
Comments
Episode 110 - Trace Beaulieu

Episode 64 - Stephanie Hasz and Mike Lawrence

EIn the middle of a week ofsub-zero temperatures,MikeLawrencecame through Chicago and sat down withStephanie Haszto talk about Chris Christie and Bridge-gate and a man who hasn't bathed in 60 years, but then we mostly ended up talking about television shows. A story about Cormac McCarthy's ex-wife descends into a series of vagina-themed jokes. Mike and Stephanie argue about the merits of Star Trek. I trot out my Norm Abram impression from This Old House, and then we defame Full House. Also, Mike was dealing with a faulty microphone, which is why he sounds like he's reporting from inside a bathroom.This is a very silly episode.

61 min2016 FEB 12
Comments
Episode 64 - Stephanie Hasz and Mike Lawrence

Episode 103 - Live from Iowa 2016

EIt's Election Season, and the podcast goes on the road to report live from the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, and broughtTim BarnesandCody Melcheralong for sociological experimentation. Interviews with local Democratic party officialsand a live segement from the caucus site in Dubuqueare in the offing. Tim is baffled by The West Wing. Cody is anxious about his peer group. Also, making her debut on the podcast, my daughter, known only as The Vegetarian Teen. It doesn't get much more topical than this, kids.

61 min2016 FEB 10
Comments
Episode 103 - Live from Iowa 2016

Episode 102 - Erik Niewiarowski and Kyle Scanlan

EDavid Bowie is dead, and I'm not feeling too good myself. Joining me to discuss his legacy areErik NiewiarowskiandKyle Scanlan, who also indulge me in a discussion of the upcoming election season, an update on the militia in Oregon and the care packages they've received, and Rupert Murdoch's upcoming marriage to Jerry Hall. Robot Sperm are discussed. We take note of Ted Cruz's campaign ad done in blackface. The breakroom at ISIS is discussed.

62 min2016 FEB 5
Comments
Episode 102 - Erik Niewiarowski and Kyle Scanlan

Episode 101 - Reena Calm and Mary Zee

EIt was the week that a bunch of ill-prepared rancher militiamen took over a federal building and Oregon, and Reena Calm and Mary Zee were both there to help me make fun of them. Obama was accused of fake crying over gun deaths, when it really should have been Rahm Emanuel. A discussion of the racist Maine governor turns into Massachusetts-splaining on the subject of Dunkin' Donuts. George Lucas is disparaged.

55 min2016 JAN 28
Comments
Episode 101 - Reena Calm and Mary Zee

Episode 87 - Sonia Denis and Xavier Lamont

EIt was the week of the protests and riots in Baltimore after the killing of yet another unarmed man by police, capping off a year of terrible misery. Joining me to explain why their black lives matter areSonia DenisandXavier Lamont, who talk about their own experiences, both of casual racism and the not-so-casual kind. Both Ben Carson and Barack Obama are included in the discussion, and oddly enough, OJ Simpson. I mostly keep quiet on this episode, because sometimes it's just best to listen.

61 min2015 NOV 26
Comments
Episode 87 - Sonia Denis and Xavier Lamont

Episode 93 - Bill Bullock and Stephanie Hasz

EIt was a week during which in the wake of yet another gun massacre, President Obama got mad instead of sad, and America spent the week shouting at one another. Also, Volkswagen is poisoning the world, and UK Prime Minister David Cameronreallylikes pork, and even the possiblity of water on Mars doesn't lift the cloud.Luckily I have two of my favorite and most frequent guests,Bill BullockandStephanie Hasz, to help me get through it. Bill reveals his fear of Stephanie. Stephanie reveals her fear of space travel. They have a conversation about assault vs betrayal during whichI just keep my mouth shut. This episode contains traces of Willie Nelson.

56 min2015 OCT 28
Comments
Episode 93 - Bill Bullock and Stephanie Hasz

Episode 60 - Jamie Campbell and Sherman Edwards

EIt's the week that Nelson Mandela died and Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson got fired, so as far as racism goes it was pretty much a draw.Jamie CampbellandSherman Edwardsjoin me to sort through it all, plus several stories about foreign objects being inserted into people for the purposes of art. Jamie waxes nostalgic about Robert Zemeckis films. Kolchak: The Night Stalker is explained.Plus the return of Moral Dilemmas!

53 min2014 DEC 15
Comments
Episode 60 - Jamie Campbell and Sherman Edwards

Episode 59 - Adam Burke and Stephanie Hasz

EIn this live episode from The Hungry Brain,Adam BurkeandStephanie Haszhelp me celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing Toronto mayor Rob Ford andabstinence education in Texas. The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination is handled in the show's usual tasteful manner. The panel reminisces about their own sexual eductation. Monkey birth control is also discussed.

79 min2014 DEC 14
Comments
Episode 59 - Adam Burke and Stephanie Hasz
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