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Jun 14, 2021

Jennifer Peepas has been writing an internet advice column at CaptainAwkward.com for the last ten years. She is the author of an upcoming collection of advice and essays from St. Martin's Essentials.

Games:
Over/Under
Best Buy
First Date

Books and movies mentioned (Links are to Amazon, but please Shop local!)

1) Paladin's Grace 
2) Clockwork Boys
3) Goblin Emperor
4) Upright Women Wanted
5) Witchmark
 
Movie: Queen (2014)  

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Jun 7, 2021

Ryan Davidson was born and raised in Caldwell, Ohio. He went to Ohio Northern where he studied political science, broadcast journalism and social studies education. Ryan left for study abroad in Scotland in 2006 where he met Lydie, his now wife. They have two kids, Maxime and Abigail. He teaches high school history and economics at an American school in the Netherlands.

 
Games:
Over/Under
Secret Snack
Famous Bae

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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May 31, 2021
Hanif Abdurraqib is a writer from the east side of Columbus, Ohio. His latest book is A Little Devil In America.
 
Games:
Over/Under
Secret Snack
Best Buy

Connect with Hanif:

His Website
His written works and where to buy them.
His Instagram 
Reach out for booking or brand partnerships Here

Hanif's Pop-culture plug: Girlhood, by Melissa Febos (The link will take you to Amazon, but please support your local bookstores!)

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

May 24, 2021
Britt Julious is a music critic for the Chicago Tribune, covering Chicago’s music scene. She has had bylines in Elle Magazine, Glamour and more. She is a human disco ball.
 
Games: 
Over/Under
Either/Or
#FamousBae 
 
 
 
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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May 17, 2021

Elizabeth Gentner is a passionate performer and activist who has performed all over the world. She's worked extensively advancing voter rights and is the current Co-Executive Director of Rank the Vote Ohio, an organization dedicated to educating Ohioans about Ranked Choice Voting. After getting an undergrad degree from the University of Miami in Opera & Psychology and a Masters in Opera at Boston University, she spent 5 years in San Francisco performing and running her own small business. She will have her first post-pandemic performance on May 26th at 7 p.m. in Eden park's Seasongood Pavilion in Cincinnati!

Games:
Over/Under
Either/Or
Dinner Party

Rank the Vote - Ohio
Website
Facebook
Twitter

More from Elizabeth
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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May 10, 2021

Delegate Danielle Walker proudly represents Monongalia County in the West Virginia House of Delegates. She has dedicated her life to service, family, community, and public advocacy.  Delegate Walker is determined to help not only her constituents, but all West Virginia residents, have access to the best quality of life possible. She is passionate about creating an effective solution to the addiction crisis afflicting West Virginians and working to provide affordable housing initiatives so even our most vulnerable communities can live with dignity and secure a better future for our children.

 
Games:
Over/Under
#FamousBae
Dinner Party
 
Del. Walker's pop culture plug: https://www.facebook.com/brandhiirvonandtheexperience/

 

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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May 3, 2021

Jessica Ellis is an award-winning screenwriter with degrees from UCLA and AFI. Her debut feature, WHAT LIES WEST, a coming-of-age adventure, is available on DVD on 5/11/21. She lives in LA And can be found giving away free pie on Twitter at @baddestmamajama

Her trailer for What Lies West can be found Here
Games:
Over/Under
Best Buy
Weird Habit

More about the Rainforest Cafe at the Atlas Obscura

Native Candle Company, as mentioned in the show: https://nativecandleco.com/

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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Apr 26, 2021

Kevin Necessary is a freelance illustrator and editorial cartoonist. He is currently the editorial cartoonist for The Cincinnati Enquirer. His cartoons are syndicated by GoComics, and his cartoons have been published in a variety of publications such as The Week and Politico. A Cincinnati native, Kevin will fight to the death defending Cincinnati chili. He lives with his wife, Julie, and three cats, Huckleberry, Grayson, and Bonnie.

Games:

Over/Under
Two truths and a lie
Either/Or

To check out the Dune Soundtrack on Spotify, either scan or click the code below:

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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Apr 5, 2021

Steven Allen Adams is the state government reporter and political columnist for the Ogden Newspapers chain in West Virginia. He is also a producer and radio D.J. for community radio station WTSQ 88.1 FM in Charleston, where he hosts ska and pop punk show Noise Brigade every Monday at 5 p.m. Steven has more than 15 years of experience working in journalism and broadcast media as a reporter, editor, radio news anchor, TV news producer, sound engineer, and podcast producer.


Games:
Over/Under
Best Buy
#FamousBae
 

Follow Steve on Twitter: @stevenadamswv

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You can access the Sleeper Hit Ska Tutorial on Spotify, or search for this code:
 

 

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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Mar 22, 2021
Alex Steed is the co-host of Why Are Dads, and he is the owner of a creative and commercial content production company called Knack Factory. He lives in Nashville, TN and Cornish, Maine.

Games:
Over/Under
Dinner Party
#FamousBae
 
Alex Steed on Twitter: @alexsteed
 
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Mar 15, 2021

Just Meryl this week as she shares her thoughts about the 1st anniversary of pandemic living, the Apple+ TV Show Ted Lasso, hair shears, and going ham on your birthday.  After the year we all have had, you deserve it!

You can find out more about this gorgeous Infinite ear cuff at Maison Miru

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintsenecahttp://www.saintseneca.com/

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Mar 8, 2021
Emma Criswell is an avid book reader, cat mom, meditator, yoga lover, and tea aficionado currently living in Columbus, Ohio.
 
After receiving her Master's in Marketing from Ohio University, she spent the rest of her 20's in NYC living the wine marketing life, working for exciting venues like Robert DeNiro's TriBeCa Grill.  Currently, she's VP of Client Relations at Balzac Communications, a beverage marketing firm based in Napa Valley. She is very happily childfree by choice and single, all the while contemplating her next move with her black cat, Henry. 
 
You can read more about the childfree movement on Reddit
 
Emma and Meryl play rounds of: Over/Under, Either/Or and #FamousBae
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca) http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Mar 1, 2021

Ella Dawson is a sex & culture critic who drinks too much diet coke. In her writing, she digs into topics we usually avoid in polite company: from our dehumanizing culture of casual sex, to how shame keeps us silent about our mental and sexual health. 

Ella's Patreon: https://Patreon.com/brosandprose

Ella's Twitter: @brosandprose

Meryl and Ella play rounds of Over/Under, Secret Snack, and Famous Bae.
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Feb 22, 2021
Mandy Shunnarah is an Alabama-born writer who now calls Columbus, Ohio, home. Her essays, poetry, and short stories have been published in Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Entropy Magazine, and more, as well as an essay forthcoming in the New York Times. She's currently working on a book about her half-Southern redneck, half-Palestinian family. She runs the book blog Off the Beaten Shelf and the vintage shop Posh&Page Vintage.
 
You can learn more about all this stuff at mandyshunnarah.com.
 
Meryl and Mandy play rounds of Over/Under, Weird Habit, and #FamousBae
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Dec 21, 2020

Allie Ryan works in healthcare marketing. She loves animals, wine, and coffee. She wholeheartedly believes in human rights and that she is a good plant mom and decent cat guardian to her feline friend, Shandy.

Allie and Meryl Discuss "Real Talk", self care, and finding the right Primary Care Physician. They play a round of Over/Under, Weird Habit, and Either/ Or.

Allie is on Twitter and Instagram 

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Nov 23, 2020

Liz Juranek is a former writer and editor who now works for a medical association doing neither of those things. She has two Instagrams: one for makeup and one for following hamster and other small rodent accounts. She is also Meryl's co-host on Texas Forever, their podcast about the acclaimed show Friday Night Lights.

Liz also is an advocate for the Self Help Closet and Pantry of Des Plaines
 
Liz and Meryl play a round of Over/Under, Secret Snack, and Either/Or.
 
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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Nov 16, 2020

Liza Lovegood stops by the show to discuss burlesque as well as some of the podcasts she's been listening to while shut-in due to the pandemic. She also plays a round of Over/Under, Unexpected Fav, and Weird Habit.

Liza Lovegood dances burlesque in Athens, OH and loves to make you feel special with her deep throaty… vocal stylings. She also loves musicals and Harry Potter which influences her dances and even her name!

Liza on Facebook
Liza on Instagram
 
 

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

**Editor's note: apologies for the occasional echo in this episode. The Sleeper Hit Crew is working out new and better ways to interview guests! 

Nov 9, 2020

Will Fogle stops by the show to discuss Medical Marijuana, CBD, and his absolute hate for Black licorice. He also plays a round of Over/Under, Unexpected Fav, and Either/Or.

Will is an Emergency Medicine Physician and former Helicopter Physician with nine-years’ experience leading multi-disciplinary teams. He is the owner of Fogle’s Emergency Specialist LLC, providing telemedicine/telehealth urgent care to patients around the country. He is also the owner of healing-chemistry.com, offering medical marijuana recommendations in Ohio and New York, expanding soon to Illinois.

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Oct 26, 2020

It's time once again for a mini ep! Daniel Clark, Meryl's husband, stops by the show to play some games, including Over/Under, Secret Snack and Either / Or. 

Daniel Clark is a mainframe systems programmer for the bureau of the fiscal service. He has a six-year-old son and loves home brewing, biking and running on his treadmill. 

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Editing by Clawson Solutions Group LLC

Sep 28, 2020

Returning guest Gina Watters is back on the show for a games mini episode! Gina is sometimes-writer with a day job in nonprofit development. She lives in Chicago where she staves off existential dread by trying to fight the good fight from her couch, in between episodes of Schitt’s Creek.

Follow Gina on Twitter @cheetahmarie.

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 14, 2020

Returning guest Sarah Morton Taggart stops by to share some kids' TV shows that won't make you tear your hair out, thanks to the magic of PBS Kids. Sarah also plays Be Boss and Best Buy after a round of Over/Under!

Sarah Morton Taggart is originally from Utah and has resumed living there after a decade-long stint in Chicago. She squeezes in time to write for a local newspaper and draw comics for her own amusement while raising two little boys.

Follow Sarah on Instagram at @sarahmourink and follow her maps making project at @citystitchermaps.

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 9, 2020

Andrew McIntire stops by the pod to make a case for Avatar: The Last Airbender (the TV show) as well as its sequel, Legend of Korra. He also plays Over/Under, Either/Or, and Secret Snack! Andrew is a father of 3 and husband who worked in professional politics for 5 years. He has been a political junkie ever since. 

Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewCMcIntire.

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 31, 2020

Bonnie Tawse is this week's guest and the author of The Belt Cookie Table Cookbook, published this past June by Belt Publishing out of Cleveland. She is a writer and educator committed to exploring the connections between food, community, culture and the environment. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons.

Follow Bonnie on Instagram @tawsebonnie

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 24, 2020

Meryl's very good friend Stefanie Seskin stops by for what was meant to be a mini games episode and turned into a great discussion of why it's important to support the creators whose work you enjoy and appreciate. Stefanie plays Over/Under, Best Buy, and Secret Snack!

Stefanie and Meryl met in Chicago, and Stefanie now lives in Boston with her cat, Isobel. She works for the City of Boston and eats a lot of ice cream.

Follow Stefanie on Twitter @saseskin

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 27, 2020

David Cross stops by the pod to talk about the merits of making and ordering mocktails! He has tips for dealing with not drinking in social situations as well as ideas for starter-level at-home mocktails. He also plays Over/Under, Two Truths and a Lie and Weird Habit. Listen to his podcast Award Weiners!

David is a content marketer based in Brooklyn, New York. He co-hosts Award Wieners, a podcast in which he reviews Best Picture winners and makes a hot dog recipe based off of the film. It’s a celebration of American culinary and cinematic pop culture. 

Follow David on Twitter @ItsMeDavidCross and Instagram @ItsMeDavidCross

https://www.awardwieners.com/

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Theme song: "Sleeper Hold," by Saintseneca (@saintseneca)

http://www.saintseneca.com/

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