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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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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.
 
Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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
 
 

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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. 

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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/

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 20, 2020

It's time for a mini ep! Daniel Clark, Meryl's husband, stops by the show to play some games, including Over/Under, Super Group and Best Buy. 

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. 

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 13, 2020

Long time listener Kelsey Funk stops by the pod to talk to Meryl about making your own clothing! If you too want to cut down on the amount of fast fashion in your closet *and* have pieces that are tailored to your exact measurements, Kelsey has some ideas for where you can start. Kelsey also plays Over/Under, Be Boss, and a brand new game called Either/Or!

Kelsey Funk is a bereavement counselor and crafter. She enjoys making things, plants, yoga, dancing, and spending time with her husband and their chihuahua, Prince.

Follow Kelsey on Twitter @kelseylfunk and Instagram @euphoricyarn

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 6, 2020

This week's guest Brad Pierce sells Meryl on Children of Men's message of optimism. This 2006 dystopian thriller tanked at the box office but was an underrated critical darling that resonates today more than ever. Brad also plays Over/Under, Secret Snack and #FamousBae!

Brad enjoys most everything pop-culture, with the exception of being a social media ghost! His hobbies include cooking, biking, being outdoors, and hanging out with his wife Colleen and their hound, Millard. He works as a professor at Marietta College’s Physicians Assistant program and practices as a PA one day a week at the local cancer center.

Follow Meryl on Twitter @MerylWilliams and Instagram @merylkwilliams.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

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.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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.

https://thesleeperhit.substack.com/

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!

TinyLetter.com/TheSleeperHit

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/ 

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