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Once upon a time, Americans gathered around the radio and listened to stories and jokes and pretended that was enough. Eventually the radios weighed less than 80 pounds and did not require an extension cord, and more eventually-er we discovered podcasts in the ancient ruins of Jesse Thorn's high school locker.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour specializes in audio drama, light on the drama, heavy on the audio. Beyond Belief is sort of The Thin Man Meets Ghostbusters.

A few Christmas songs and stories while we wait for 2017 to finish burning down around us.

A few Christmas songs and stories while we wait for the year to finish burning down around us.

And if you'd like see a few more Christmassy posts, here they are.

Happy Holidays, everyone. Stay safe.

There is a weird argument right now that says people in their 20s don't know how to do anything. This is the same argument that's been made since young people were invented

There is a weird argument right now that says people in their 20s don't know how to do anything, either because their parents pampered them or because computers do it all for them.

This is the same argument that's been made since young people were invented (May 20, 1954) and it's more of a comedy setup than a reality.

As always, it depends who you're talking about, and what exactly your asking them to do. As always, there are young people who get a lot done -- Masters degrees, startups, artisanal soap, rebuilding a transmission -- and young people who are going to age and never succeed at anything until they end up in management or Fox News commentary.

The bigger danger is that they will be goaded into explaining how they do what they're doing until our ears bleed. No one needs more Ted Talks.