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Explain Things To Me

Hosts Anna Akana and Brad Gage sit down with experts to discuss their various fields. Explain Things To Me....
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Mar 1, 2017

In our final episode, Anna and Brad ask the big questions about "The Big One".Tom opens up on the influence of fracking on seismic activity and the science of earthquakes. He may only settle your nerves slightly, but at least he helps us accept the randomness of our shifting world.

Feb 8, 2017

Maria talks about the high stakes world of professional poker, how to have the perfect poker face, and what it's like being one of the few women in her profession.

Jan 18, 2017

Teri dives into the guts and gore of doing effects makeup in Hollywood. Her journey from Halloween Horror Nights to independent horror films shows how you can make your own path in the very competitive industry.

Dec 28, 2016

Matthew got to live every child's dream and grow up playing with, and making, toys. It's as fun as it sounds. He talks about some of his best and weirdest designs, and what makes for the toy kids never forget.

Dec 21, 2016

Lt. Lane is a master sharp shooter and active policeman who talks about the the crazy accuracy you need to compete. We also get into gun safety and the smart way to keep a gun in your house.

Dec 14, 2016

A self-described "uncommon urban shaman", Harry Paul talks about the ongoing quest for inner peace and connecting the unseen with the seen. Basically, he helps you look inward and tune in, which we all need help with.

Dec 7, 2016

Randolph covers our set in plastic and covers our brain in blood spatter facts with stories from the crime scenes of his career. He takes us step by step through how blood tells a story and we get pretty grossed out.

Nov 30, 2016

Joanna Colbert talks about her love for discovering talent, peels away some of the mystery of casting, and gives actors the do's and don'ts of auditioning.

Nov 16, 2016

Anna and Brad finally get all their cat questions answered by Dr. Malamed, who covers everything from discipline to diet. A pet lover herself, Rachel shares her wisdom and how she got into studying furry friends.

Nov 9, 2016

Today is a perfect day for a little jolt of positive witchcraft. Maja is a purveyor in good vibes, personal peace, and satisfying spells. She also helps Anna and Brad with their future and big questions in their lives.

Nov 2, 2016

Laura gets to the guts and bolts of the job, inducing more cringes than any other guest we've had. That said, Laura's take on the shrinking funeral industry and her opinion of rigor mortis are well worth the listen.

Oct 26, 2016

Blaine is not just an expert in creepy and crawly, but the guy who can calm your fears about spiders. You've never heard someone talk so fondly about arachnids before. Plus He also consulted on the movie ARACHNOPHOBIA! Like THE movie about spiders.

Oct 20, 2016

Justin lives in a world of horror, but he likes it that way. We get a peek at the mind behind one of Los Angeles' spookiest experiences and what makes a good scare.

Oct 12, 2016

Lesley's controls the voices of her chorus, and commands our attention as she guides us through the intricacies of professional conducting.

Oct 5, 2016

Andre was a fun guy to have in the studio (we promise we don't make that joke in the episode) talking about the wild world of mushrooms and why they're so crazy important to the ecosystem. We also talked about magic shrooms.

Sep 29, 2016

Brian is a perceptual navigation instructor for the World Access for the Blind - which basically means he teaches the blind echo location. In between empowering blind people to take over their own mobility, he rides bikes and inspires people like us.

Sep 21, 2016

Courtney fell in love on television, for real, and now is able to let us know a little more about what happens behind the cameras on one of TV's most popular reality shows.

Sep 14, 2016

Giles spends his days searching the streets of Los Angeles for the perfect celebrity photo, sometimes rubbing them the wrong way, but always feeding the very real and important tabloid industry. Perspectives will change after this episode.

Sep 7, 2016

Deborah is an Oscar-nominated legend of costume design, having created the iconic looks of Indiana Jones, Animal House, and Michael Jackson's Thriller. She chats with us to breakdown the importance of the craft.

Aug 31, 2016

Paul Timman is a tattoo artist to the stars, with a list of clients that (after this interview) now includes Anna. He talks about the upward trend of inking and where he draws his inspiration.

Aug 24, 2016

Shawne Merriman talks about the ups and downs of playing in the NFL, how it feels to knock someone out, and how he is tackling his career after retirement.

Aug 17, 2016

As a skilled dominatrix, and owner of dungeons, Justine talks about the realities and the pleasures of her line of work (plus she literally whips Brad into shape).

Aug 10, 2016

April Wolfe of LA Weekly tells us what makes a good bad movie or just a good good movie and talks about competing with everyone critiquing everything on the internet.

Aug 5, 2016

Carrie Poppy dives into her passion for studying cults, her time working through Scientology, and what makes for a solid journalist in the age of the internet.

Jul 27, 2016

America's badass engineer Grant Imahara talks about his journey from Battlebots to battling myths and how engineering can lead you to work on Star Wars.

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