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The Sleeper Hit

A weekly podcast where guests talk about what's underrated, over drinks. Hosted by Meryl Williams, writer and roller derby skater.
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Jun 29, 2020

Colleen Pierce left the corporate world of marketing and communications after 12+ years. Now, she is living in the freelance writing world, writing mostly for the life science industry. Colleen is on the show talking about how anyone, but especially women, can build wealth. 

Outside of the writing realm, Colleen enjoys biking and hiking adventures with her husband Brad, putting her green thumb to good use, and spending quality time with their trusty husky, Millard Fillmore.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jun 22, 2020

Sara Bir is a chef and a writer. She's the author of two cookbooks, including The Fruit Forager's Companion. She is a regular contributor to Simply Recipes. Before the pandemic, she taught hands-on cooking classes and regularly gave presentations at libraries and festivals. Sara's topic is indie publishing, and she goes into the lack of diversity in publishing at large, including in food media. Meryl & Sara play Over/Under, Be Boss, and First Date and talk about the challenges of dating during a pandemic.

Follow Sara on Instagram @sausagetarian.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jun 15, 2020

Levi Funk is a mental health counselor, musician and Twitch streamer. He stops by the podcast to talk up The Grateful Dead! Meryl & Levi play Over/Under, Two Truths and a Lie, and Best Buy and talk about why it's okay to not be productive during quarantine.

The Grateful Dead Starter Pack on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/04Dayxtcuj97efL1GhfGto

Follow Levi on Twitter @LeviFunk_ and on Twitch @funkwgn.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jun 8, 2020

The Sleeper Hit Podcast is back for a third season! Sarah Arnold is the owner and founder of Clutch MOV, an online lifestyle magazine about the Mid-Ohio Valley. Sarah's topic is two Star Wars animated shows she thinks fans should be watching. Meryl & Sarah play Over/Under, Best Buy and Secret Snack and talk about road trips.

Follow Sarah on Twitter @theresarahgoes and Instagram @wheresarahgoes.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

May 19, 2020

The Sleeper Hit Podcast is coming back to your feed after a long hiatus. What's underrated in 2020?

Jan 22, 2018

Meryl goes over some TV shows, podcasts, movies, and books she's been digging this winter. Will 'This Is Us' be too bleak for January? Is Slate's new podcast about Watergate helping ease her anxieties about the Trump administration? Only time and therapy will tell!

To get links to some of these things and more, sign up for Meryl's newsletter!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 4, 2018

It's a special holiday episode! Meryl's BFF, Stefanie Seskin, talks about the appeal of holiday-themed romantic comedies and how they're often dismissed because they are made for an audience of women. Meryl & Stef play Over/Under and Best Buy and share their opinions on re-gifting.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Dec 27, 2017

The Sleeper Hit is still on hiatus, but Meryl recorded a pilot episode of a new Friday Night Lights podcast with her friend, Liz Juranek. If you like FNL, or like Meryl and Liz, give it a listen and give us your feedback! Texas Forever, y'all!

Liz's twitter: @lizjuranek

Meryl's twitter: @MerylWilliams

Show's twitter: @TexasForeverPod

Oct 16, 2017

Meryl goes over some books, TV, podcasts, and more that she's been into so far for Fall '17. Should you watch Riverdale and Rick and Morty? Find out now!

To get links to some of these things and more, sign up for Meryl's newsletter!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 2, 2017

Writer Laura Chanoux talks about the hilariously entertaining BBC radio drama Benedict Cumberbatch did *before* he became famous as Sherlock Holmes. She also shares who would be at her best-ever dinner party, and who her #1 celebrity crush is.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraChanoux and read her stuff on The Billfold and The Belladonna Comedy!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/ 

Sep 18, 2017

First-ever returning guest Megan Burbank schools us on birth control, and how it's portrayed and misrepresented in politics. She also shares why what's best for her or Meryl or you may not be best for everyone!

Follow Megan on Twitter @meganireneb and sign up for her amazing newsletter, The Killjoy Report.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/ 

Show note: At one point, Megan mentioned USDA approval and she wants you to know she meant FDA! Our bad!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Sep 11, 2017

High school art teacher and graphic design artist Owen Williams (aka, Meryl's big brother!) talks about the appeal and depth of great cartoons like Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, and Star Vs. The Forces of Evil. He also plays a great round of Over/Under, along with Unexpected Fav and Best Buy.

Follow Owen's classroom on Instagram @ and Owen on Twitter @geekierthanthou!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/ 

Sep 5, 2017

Nicholas Dekker of Breakfast With Nick came on the show to advocate for "grip it and rip it"-style traveling, which is not for the faint of heart, but is maybe the best way to see the most of a new city. Listen to where he and his wife visited (and ate) on trips everywhere from Manhattan to Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighborhood.

Nick has been writing about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com for the last decade. Follow him on twitter @breakfastwnick!

Aug 29, 2017

Poet Christina M. Rau stops by to talk up America's classic diners and the joy of being able to order anything from a 2 a.m. waffle to a "garbage plate." Christina is the author of "Liberating The Astronauts" and the chapbooks "WakeBreatheMove" and "For The Girls, I." Follow Christina on Twitter @ChristinaMRau!

https://christinamrau.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/ 

Aug 22, 2017

Funny Chicago writer Luke Trayser makes a case for the smartest, nerdiest Friend to Meryl (who is clearly a Monica). Luke is internet famous for hating La Crioux, making this episode's edition of Over/Under especially entertaining!

Follow Luke on Medium and Twitter (@TrukeLayser)!

Related reading:

https://medium.com/words-for-life/how-to-be-a-copywriter-f60fd17d4b68

https://medium.com/@thatdavidhopkins/how-a-tv-sitcom-triggered-the-downfall-of-western-civilization-336e8ccf7dd0 

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/ 

Aug 14, 2017

In light of Charlottesville, writer and activist Samantha Tucker talks why you need to confront the white people in your life on their racism. Follow her on Twitter @samtucker_i

Meryl & Sam also play some games, including Over/Under, Unexpected Fav, and more.

TinyLetter.com/TheSleeperHit

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 17, 2017

Meryl's Seattle buddy, Evan Cartwright, talks Scandinavian spirits in this episode recorded last summer. He also shared his thoughts on Seattle's public transit and what it was like to grow up in a literal ghost town. You can follow Evan on Twitter @evancartwright.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 10, 2017

Meryl goes over some movies, TV, podcasts, and more that she's been into so far for Summer '17. To get links to some of these things and more, sign up for Meryl's newsletter!

TinyLetter.com/TheSleeperHit

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 3, 2017

Lin Rice talks about Jim Butcher, prolific author of the Dresden Files and other series. He also shares his guest list for his ideal dinner party and describes how the president has ruined Cheetos for us all. Happy July 4th weekend, America!

Follow Lin on Twitter @mrlin13!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jun 12, 2017

Ohio Roller Derby All-Star Amy Spears talks about the sport and how it's changed over the last 10+ years of her career. Amy is a vet of the sport and is involved in the work of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). In today's episode, she also shares a terrible first date story and cops up to something she loves that might surprise most people.

Follow Amy on Instagram @wittyknits and also her super cute dogs, @licorice_and_blackjack!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

May 30, 2017

NYC poet Abigail Welhouse sells us on why the teen drama Gossip Girl is often underestimated, unfairly. Follow Abigail on Twitter @welhouse and sign up for her great poetry TinyLetter!

http://tinyletter.com/welhouse

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

May 15, 2017

Dean Gorsuch, TV critic and Twitter presence, talks about the Elijah Wood shows and movies you should be watching. Hear Dean share thoughts on his celebrity crush, what's the best flavor of La Crioux, and why he hates sheep so much.

Follow Dean on Twitter @hapless23!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

May 8, 2017

Editor for The Billfold Nicole Dieker makes a case for the 1978 miniseries version of Little Women, starring basically everyone who was on a famous TV show in the 1970s. Listen to Nicole play a ~brand new~ season two game, and discuss who her famous bae would be (hint: It's NOT William Shatner, who *was indeed* in the 1978 version of Little Women). 

Follow Nicole on Twitter @HelloTheFuture and pre-order her book, The Biographies of Ordinary People, out May 23!

https://www.amazon.com/Biographies-Ordinary-People-1989-2000-ebook/dp/B06VT22Y3Q

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

May 1, 2017

Season 2 premiere! Motorcycle Instructor Jesse Lamp doesn't want you to stop learning things just because you're not in school anymore. In this "lost" September 2016 episode from Meryl's last weeks of living in Portland, she interviews a dude she's known most of her life about growing up in a conservative part of the country, but how the military and two deployments to Iraq broadened his horizons. Travel and a lifelong love of learning has taught him the values of knowing about and understanding other cultures.

Follow Jesse on Twitter at @Jesse_Lamp_101!

Sidenote: Members of both the bands Saintseneca and Papadosio went to high school with Jesse and Meryl in southeastern Ohio. Small world!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Apr 17, 2017

In the spirit of Another Round, Meryl runs down a list of self-care tips, for when things kind of suck. Listen to her talk about the stresses and benefits of playing roller derby. She shares what you can try in your own life to check in with yourself, and seeing what you can do to make your life and mental health a little better.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and sign up for her TinyLetter at TinyLetter.com/TheSleeperHit.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

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