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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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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/

Apr 10, 2017

Here's a classic episode of the show, an interview with Megan Burbank, Arts Editor for the Portland Mercury! She told us about her lifelong affection for underrated hot, scienc-y type, Jeff Goldblum. She also gave us a great red lipstick recommendation and shared what it was like to grow up in Seattle.

Megan's awesome newsletter, the Killjoy Report, is a must read:

https://tinyletter.com/meganburbank

Follow her on Twitter @meganireneb!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Apr 4, 2017

Amelia Buzzell talks about the culinary legend and late career bloomer behind Mastering The Art of French Cooking. Listen to who Amelia would pick to be at her celebrity dinner party and who would troll whom there.

Follow Amelia on Instagram @marlojunior for posts of her two amazing dogs, Albright and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

https://www.instagram.com/marlojunior/

https://www.instagram.com/notoriousrbvizsla/

Related: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/05/dog-birthday-party-ideas.html

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Mar 28, 2017

This is a special edition of The Sleeper Hit: An interview with Meryl's grandfather six weeks before he died on March 25. Les Williams was the Director of Parks & Rec in Dover, OH for many years and was married to Kay Williams, a local reporter for the Times Reporter. In this interview, he shared stories about his life, some marriage advice, and his secret to being happy even late in life. He will be missed.

Les was inducted into the Cy Young Tuscarawas County Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008, recognized for his playing, managing and umpiring. He was offered a contract by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947, but did not report because of an arm injury. He also was a volunteer for many years at the Dover YMCA, where he also played, coached, and refereed in church league basketball games.

Les Williams: August 4, 1928 - March 25, 2017

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesreporter/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184709581

Music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1jGDhkkzzc&list=RDg1jGDhkkzzc&index=1

http://brokeforfree.com/ 

 

Mar 27, 2017

Rob Harvilla is a staff writer for The Ringer and he loves the band Grandaddy. Listen to his interview about the band, as well as what it was like to work at a competing streaming service in the months just before Spotify's arrival in the U.S. Follow Rob on Twitter @harvilla and read his writing about pop culture on The Ringer!

https://theringer.com/@rob.harvilla

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Mar 20, 2017

Special guest host Gina Watters interviews *regular* show host, Meryl Williams! She talks about why we should be more open about discussions of mental health and treatment. Meryl is a writer for the internet who sends out a super fun feminist-y newsletter every two weeks called The Sleeper Hit. (She hosts a podcast of the same name!) Follow her on Twitter @MerylWilliams!

Gina Watters is a Chicago writer and storyteller and general podcast enthusiast. Follow Gina on Twitter at @MercuryMarie5!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Mar 13, 2017

The hosts of Columbus podcast 6pod4 brought some bourbon to their hang out recording session to discuss the IFC series, Documentary Now! Robert Gratton and Craig Clawson also go over who'd be in each of their respective Super Groups, and debate the world's worst bands.

Follow @6pod4 on Twitter and subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts!

http://6pod4.blubrry.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Mar 6, 2017

Funny writer Erik Sternberger discusses why we remember SNL at its best, and when. Follow Erik on Twitter @ZapThunder and check out his website!

http://eriksternberger.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Feb 27, 2017

Comedy writer and instructor Caitlin Kunkel came around to talk about why lit for women, by women, is underrated. She's also one of the founders of the new site, The Belladonna, which features comedy and satire written by women. Follow Caitlin on Twitter @KunkelTron!

Get her newsletter: http://medium.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=f8bba4cb33607cb018f7aa574&id=8b03252d3c

https://thebelladonnacomedy.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Feb 22, 2017

Comedy writer and performer Brooke Preston joins the show to talk about 90s Nickelodeon's Saturday line-up. Brooke recently co-founded a humor website called The Belladonna and her words can be found elsewhere at McSweeney's, the Second City Network, Reductress, and tons more. Follow her on Twitter @bigu!

https://www.brookeprestoncomedy.com/

https://thebelladonnacomedy.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Feb 13, 2017

This week, WOSU digital reporter Gabe Rosenberg talks about his affinity for the band Fountains of Wayne. He shares his recipe for the best-ever spicy snack mix made from Trader Joe's items, *and* he and Meryl become instant BFFs when Gabe praises Jenny Lewis. Follow Gabe @GabrielJR on Twitter! 

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Feb 6, 2017

Columbus Alive writer Joel Oliphint stops by to talk about Cleveland musician and myserious dude, Bill Fox. Joel has written for Pitchfork, SPIN, Buzzfeed, and more. Follow Joel on Twitter @joeloliphint and read his music reviews in Columbus Alive!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 30, 2017

Chicago writer Christina Brandon talks about the 2004 BBC mini series, North & South (spoilers within!). Follow Christina on twitter @brandonically and sign up for her great TinyLetter, Humdrum!

TinyLetter.com/Humdrum

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 23, 2017

Meryl's friend and former coworker Chris Walsh raves about The Rock in this episode recorded in Chicago last month. Follow Chris on Twitter @walshification!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 16, 2017

Meryl's dad, Gary, joins the show to talk about how awesome Breaking Bad was/is, plus who'd be at his famous dinner party. Williams is the author of five books about Ohio and is currently working on a biography of John Gibson. He loves baseball, history, and folk/bluegrass music.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 9, 2017

Margaret H. Willison, host of the best 24/7 slumber party on Twitter, talks about three highly underrated women Canadian singers in today's episode.

Find Margaret on Twitter @MrsFridayNext and subscribe to her amazing newsletter, Two Bossy Dames! She also co-hosts a podcast called Appointment Television, all about the TV you want to make time for.

http://tinyletter.com/twobossydames

http://atvpodcast.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jan 2, 2017

Kathy Pulkrabec and Ines Bellina, hosts of the XX, Will Travel podcast, join Meryl to talk about solo lady travel, and how women can take themselves on adventures locally or internationally. Follow Ines (@ibwrites) and Kathy (@kpfunkenstein) on Twitter and be sure to subscribe to their awesome podcast!

https://xxwilltravel.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Dec 26, 2016

Political enthusiast Andrew McIntire talks about why we should look forward to the future instead of dread it, despite the current political climate. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @AndrewCMcIntire!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Dec 19, 2016

Funny Chicago writer Rosamund Lannin tells us why we should re-visit MTV's early 2000s cartoon, Clone High. Follow Rose on Twitter @rosamundlannin and enjoy her #TreadmillTalks there as she exercises while counting down (mostly) food-related top five lists!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Dec 12, 2016

Photographer/writer/librarian Kerri Sullivan comes by the show to discuss the advantages of treating yourself to a meal on your own. Follow Kerri on Instagram @ksulphoto and subscribe to her TinyLetter at TinyLetter.com/kerrisullivan now!

Follow her photo project about New Jersey @jerseycollective on Instagram.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Dec 5, 2016

Chicago writer Gina Watters makes a case for country music gem/overall bad ass, Dolly Parton. Listen to why Gina loves Dolly, as well as her tales of nightmarish online dating in the Windy City! Follow Gina on Twitter @MercuryMarie5.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Nov 28, 2016

Recording in Colorado during Meryl's cross-country move/road trip, two Ohio-to-Colorado transplants talk about why their origin state is underrated. Doug and Chandra Jones-Graham grew up in Ohio and share some of the reasons the state shouldn't be so quickly overlooked.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

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