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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 21, 2016

Have we earned a re-broadcast yet? Here's hoping. It's Thanksgiving week, and Alex Cook is thankful for Arnold Schwarzenegger movies from the 90s. Re-visit the first full episode of this podcast, which originally aired July 25, 2016.

Alex Cook (@2manyalexcooks on Twitter) now has her own podcast, Show & Television!

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/show-and-television

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

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Nov 14, 2016

Portland-based adventurer Amanda Nicole stops by the show to sing the praises of pole dancing for fun and fitness. Follow Amanda on Instagram to check out some of her moves @amanders0113.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Nov 7, 2016

Dan Shick talks about the great genius that is the Cartoon Network show, Steven Universe, as well as his quirkiest personal trait, in this episode of the show. Follow Dan on Twitter @danshick!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 24, 2016

Portland artist Jessica Brackett talks about a Chuck Palahniuk book she loves, plus about how awesome the 'Fight Club' author is IRL! She shares her secret (vegan) snack and tells us about how she identifies with Kimmy Schmidt. Follow Jessica on Instagram @art.jessica.brackett for more of her work!

http://www.jessicabrackett.com/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 17, 2016

Meryl travels north to Olympia for this episode to talk with her cousin, Paul. He talks about the benefits of being on a first-name basis with local business owners, shares his thoughts on Game of Thrones and political theater, and reveals who would be at his super-selective dinner party. Follow Paul on Instagram @paulelliottwilliams.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 13, 2016

Kelsie Huff (Chicago) and Barbara Allen (Columbus, OH) talk in this week's episode about the upcoming Columbus Improv Festival October 18-24! Huff's showcase The Kates will be performing and those in the area can take a workshop with her. Allen is an event organizer and an improviser herself with the group Sassy Do.

Follow Kelsie on Twitter @kelsiehuff and check out the Columbus Unscripted Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusUnscripted/

http://www.thekates.org/ 

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 10, 2016

L.A. writer Liz Galvao talks about The Real Housewives (especially New York) and the portrayal of female friendships on TV. Sign up for Liz's hysterical feminism and pop culture-focused newsletter, Weird Personal Emails, and follow her on twitter @lizgalvao!

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Oct 3, 2016

Portland comic Matt Monroe joins the show to talk about his years of playing competitive laser tag, and lets us in on where Oregonians can go play a modern version of Ultra Zone today. He also tells the story of meeting his girlfriend, and talks about why we all need to catch up on Mr. Robot. Follow Matt on Twitter @heymonroe and go see his weekly showcase "You're Welcome" on Wednesday nights at Mississippi Pizza.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 29, 2016

In a special Thursday episode, Kevin Triskett tells us why we should be watching "Those Who Can't" on truTV. He also shares his Wednesday morning ritual and the best twitter account to follow during this nightmare election season. Follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram (and Medium!) @ktriskett.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 26, 2016

Brita talks about her love for the band, ABBA, plus other Swedish culture she digs. She also shares a horrific first date story with Meryl, and reveals her full Swedish name -- complete with not one, but two, middle names.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 22, 2016

Betsy Hanner extolls the many merits of the ABC Family (now Freeform) teen drama, Pretty Little Liars (and Lucy Hale's eyebrows). Follow her on Instagram @bhanner.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 19, 2016

Meryl welcomes the co-hosts of her favorite pop culture podcast, How Dare You! Ricky Armendariz (@memoirpending) and Maria Brownmiller (@ohnothetreats) join the show to talk about underrated but excellent composer Thomas Newman, as well as who'd make the cut for their exclusive dinner party rosters.

How Dare You Podcast: howdareyoupod.com

Spotify playlist of Thomas Newman: https://open.spotify.com/user/rarmendariz/playlist/6ncNSgJJoMmCkcX2ZCjpAp 

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 15, 2016

Sophie Brookover of Two Bossy Dames fame shares why the star of such films as The Transporter and Crank needs to be placed in more funny roles, ala Spy. Follow Sophie (@sophiebiblio) and subscribe to Two Bossy Dames for fun pop culture writing, news, and GIFs every Friday.

TinyLetter.com/TwoBossyDames

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 12, 2016

Brett McKinney, host of Shuffle Podcast, talks about a much-loved Disney reality TV show for kids. He also talks about his strangest personal habit, and swaps weird pet nightmare tales with Meryl. Follow his podcast at @shuffle_podcast.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Sep 4, 2016

Meryl talks to one of her very favorite people, Sarah Morton Taggart! Sarah tells us about why we should be walking around our own dang neighborhoods, and gives a glimpse into new motherhood. She plans her dream super group and lets us know what her quirkiest habit is.

www.SarahAnnMorton.com

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 29, 2016

Su Baen is this week's guest, talking all about why her love of a commercially successful reality TV show is underrated. She also gives us some book recs and shares her favorite moment from "30 Rock." Tune in to hear about her first date with a man who drove a white, windowless van and to hear which awesome, funny women she'd have at her dinner party.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 22, 2016

Today's guest is one of Meryl's favorite comedians, the amazing Caitlin Weierhauser (@unclecait)! She shares the best-ever worst first date story, plus her thoughts on modern marriage. Tune in to  every Thursday 7-9am for news, commentary, & FrownTown with Uncle Cait. Her next Lez Stand Up show is August 26, and you can see her every Wednesday night at 9:30 at Mississippi Pizza at the showcase she co-hosts called You're Welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/LezStandUp/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 18, 2016

Seattle Week on the show continues! Today's guest is Seth McKinney, Ohio native and passionate champion of cooperative (co-op) organizations. He talks about his work on the board of Central Co-op in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, who would attend the world's most rad dinner party, and why he loves the process of (slowly) making coffee. You can follow Seth on Twitter @sethemck.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

http://www.centralcoop.coop/home.php

Aug 15, 2016

This week's guest is Seattle's own Evan Cartwright! He talked about aquavit, a 15th Century Scandinavian liquor. 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 (but as he admits, don't expect him to tweet much).

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/


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Aug 8, 2016

Megan Burbank (@meganireneb), Arts Editor for the Portland Mercury, is this week's guest! She stopped by the show to share her love for the one and only Jeff Goldblum. We also played some games, talked about living in Chicago in previous lives, and why we should invest in self-care.

Check out Megan's work at www.meganburbank.com.

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Aug 1, 2016

This week's guest is Portland author Kelley Gardiner! She joined the show to make a case for the one and only grilled cheese sandwich, as well as roller derby – an underrated sport if there ever was one. Follow Kelley on Twitter @littleanecdote to see what she's writing and working on, as well as for roller derby news and tips.

Get her book, Roller Derby for Beginners, here:  http://www.rollerderbyforbeginners.com/about/book/

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

http://www.saintseneca.com/

Jul 25, 2016

The very first guest of the show is Portland trivia gal Alex Cook! She joined the show to make a case for 90s-era Arnold movies and stuck around to play a few games. Follow Alex on Twitter @2manyalexcooks to see how she's doing on her project of watching 366 movies in 366 days.

Jul 11, 2016

Guest Brett McKinney (host of Shuffle Podcast) joins host Meryl Williams for a mini episode to preview the new Sleeper Hit Podcast.

Jun 16, 2016

Writer Meryl Williams previews an upcoming audio companion to her popular newsletter, The Sleeper Hit. Every week, she'll interview a new, funny guest about what's underrated, overdrinks. The first episode drops Monday, July 25, so subscribe now!

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