Reno Stories & Live Readings – Episode #83

Halloooo there, Neighbors! It’s been a while since we talked at you. We’re making up for lost stories with deep-dive discussions about Ali Wong’s Hard Knock Wife on Netflix; Solo: a Star Wars Story; Letters Live at Town Hall with Benedict Cumberbatch and David Harbour, among others; Erin’s trip to Fire Island; and our obligatory Perv Perp Walk with Harvey W. & Morgan Freeman, with a brief rest-stop at the Arrested Development dustup; we read two of our faves from MORE LETTERS FROM A NUT, and a brief bit from the new David Sedaris. Also, Alicia Witt reaches out and all apologies to Super Diamond. Something to round out your Memorial Day weekend!

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Book Vs Movie “The Great Gatsby”

Book Vs Movie Podcast

The Great Gatsby

One of the Most Revered Works of Art from the 20th Century  Vs.

the 2013 Baz Luhrmann Adaptation

Get your Flapper outfits ready and fill that tub with bootleg gin–The Margos go deep into the backstory of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Though it is now considered one of the most important American novels of all time when it was published in 1925–it sold half as well as his previous novels and Fitzgerald felt like a failure.

The life of Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre is one of the most tragic we have yet to cover and we get into all of the details in this show. Plus. we dissect between the book, the audiobook narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal and the rather frenetic movie directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann.  

So between the book and movie, which did the Margos like more? Click on the link below to find out.

In this episode the Margos discuss :

  • The life of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his tragic death
  • How much the lead character, Nick Carroway, resembles the author
  • Our favorite sections of the book
  • The casting of the movie including Tobey McGuire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The pace and art direction of the film
  • The unusual soundtrack


Clips Featured:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal reading from the audiobook of The Great Gatsby
  • The Great Gatsby  trailer  
  • “Meet Mr. Gatsby”
  • “Myrtle Intro”
  • Outro Music “No Church in the Wild” by Jay Z and Kanye West

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New Playlist: The RIP Avicii and Dolores O’Riordan Ride (50 minutes)


“RIP Avicii and Dolores O’Riordan Ride” (50 Minute Playlist)

DJ Avicii


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It has been way too long since I posted a playlist as my podcasting world has expanded into FOUR shows (and counting!) and finding the time to not only create new lists but to also post them has been a little overwhelming.

The recent deaths of DJ Avicii and Dolores O’Riordan made me want to revisit their beautiful music and create something special. Today’s playlist is the usual mix of old and new and I hope it gives you that inspiration to run longer and faster than ever. I tried to get videos for all of them but their quality will vary.

I will be back as soon as I can with a new batch of tunes not randomly thrown together. Sending you good vibes wherever you may be!

  • Wake Me Up: Avicii

My favorite song by him, period.


  • Synchronicity 1: The Police

This is one of my top go-to “second songs” to play in class, but make sure the stereo speakers are working. If one of them is out, it will sound funky (not in a good way.)


  • Worth It: Fifth Harmony

Now we get to the dancy beats of Fifth Harmony.  I love this song so much because it makes me want to show off my moves on the dance floor. (Not that they are worth showing off, but who cares?)


  • Sunday Morning: K-os

I plan to make K-os famous in America one of these days. (He is Canadian which means I like him sight unseen.)


  • Zombie:: The Cranberries

Dammit, RIP Dolores O’Riordan!


  • Wake Up Call: Maroon 5

This song makes me feel like a teenager (youthful but not as gawky as I really was.)


  • Lose Control: Missy Elliott

If you can withstand this beat, check your pulse.


  • Pray For Me: The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar

The soundtrack for Black Panther is even better than the movie which is saying something, people!


  • Only: Nine Inch Nails

This is one of the best songs I use for sprinting intervals because it has an intense feel to it without being overwhelming. Try it for yourself!


  • Sexy Back: Justin Timberlake

Okay, so his Super Bowl® appearance was a little less than inspiring, but his music still makes me want to move my booty and this song, in particular, gives me the “happies.’


  • Never Let You Go: Third Eye Blind

I actually like this song better than their biggest hit—Semi-Charmed Life.


  • Bamboleo: Gipsy Kings

When I want to give a “summery”/beachy feel—I put on this song. Great way to end before the cool down.


  • Empire State of Mind: Jay Z & Alicia Keys

This is probably my favorite song about my favorite city in the whole wide world.


That’s it for me this time. I will be back soon with another batch of tunes to get you all kinds of motivated!


Until next time…

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Book Vs Movie Podcast “Mildred Pierce” (Replay)

Book Vs. Movie Podcast

“Mildred Pierce”

The James M. Cain Hard-Boiled Classic Novel to Slightly Gritty 1945 Classic Film

The Margos put on some extra shoulder pads and finish out their Joan Crawford movie streak with the 1945 classic film noir Mildred Pierce which is based on 1941 novel by JM Cain.  In this potboiler of an ep they discuss

  • Joan Crawford’s amazing performance
  • The handsy-ness of the male characters
  • Differences between the book and movie (Thank Hays Code!)
  • The awfulness of Veda
  • The sexiness of the 2011 Mini Series starring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce
  • Ann Blyth and her amazing voice
  • The sad fate of Butterfly McQueen

Audio Clips:

Official Trailer for Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce” by Sonic Youth

Joan Crawford & Jack Carson

Joan Crawford & Ann Blyth

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Skiffle Talk – Episode #82

Hey there, Neighbors! It’s another episode of BNP, where the neighbors break down a brutal episode of Real Housewives of NYC (oh, Dorinda!); Margo catches up on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee; Erin reviews Breaking In and the Tony-nominated musical, Once on This Island. They also dispel the myth of Ted L. Nancy; Netflix’s Evil Genius; Amazon’s Lord Lucan, and the new Showtime limited series, Patrick Melrose with Benedict Cumberbatch. In case you need a good talking-to…

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Book Vs Movie “Rebecca”

Book Vs Movie Podcast


The Classic 1938 Novel by Daphne du Maurier Vs. the 1940 Film

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

The Margos are dreaming about Manderley in this listener-suggested episode–Rebecca. The Daphne du Maurier 1938 novel which was a bestseller at the time and has never been out of print. In 1940–Alfred Hitchcock adapted it as his first American feature.  (You can watch it on YouTube!)

Du Maurier is a fascinating subject as she was a cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys who were the object of the obsession of J.M. Barrie–the creator of Peter Pan. The Margos talk about her love of Cornwall, England, her distaste for small talk and how her marriage resembled the one featured in Rebecca.

The book & movie are both considered classics and we have all of the tidbits, trivia and behind the scenes gossip.  Get ready for a gothically good time!

In this episode the Margos discuss :

  • Du Maurier’s backstory (and rumors about her plagiarizing materials)
  • The main plot of book & movie (and how they differ)
  • The style (and temper) of Alfred Hitchcock
  • The casting of the movie including Sir Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson and George Sanders
  • The gay subtext in the movie
  • The different endings between book and movie

Clips Featured:

  • Rebecca  trailer  
  • “Mrs. de Winter” (Joan Fontaine) meets Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson)
  • Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca’s nightgown
  • Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) confesses her never loved his late wife
  • “Theme to Rebecca Franz Waxman


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The Not Fade Away Podcast Ep 6: Jerry Garcia


Not Fade Away 

 Episode 6: Jerry Garcia

Hey there! Hi There! Ho there!


The Not Fade Away podcast is back and have we got a hell of a subject today--Jerry Garcia.

The eternal hippie/hipster believed in seeking truth and enlightenment above all else.

When Jerry passed on August 9, 1995, just a week after his 53rd birthday, he left behind a 30+ year legacy of music, poetry, art, groovy ties and ice cream that are still talked about to this day.

This show is very bittersweet for me as my younger brother John was a HUGE Dead Head for over 25 years and we lost him last year to a serious illness.

When I hear Jerry’s music now I have a wave of emotions come over me and I was not sure if I could dig into the life of such an interesting and complicated person. But ultimately, I wanted to give him a proper farewell that would have made my brother proud.

I just hope it makes you smile and brightens your day. In this episode, I am breaking up into two parts.

Part 1. I talk about the life and death of Jerry Garcia

Part 2. I spoke with the band’s publicist and historian Dennis McNally to talk about his years with the group and he patiently answers my plethora of questions about Jerry and band.


Clips used in this episode:

Jerry Garcia in Copenhagen (1972)

CBS News Harry Reasoner talking about “hippies”

What’s Happening (1978) The Doobie Brothers

ABC TV “20 Years Rolling Stone Magazine Celebration” 1987

Late Show with David Letterman 1982

Grateful Dead at Brendan Byrne Arena June 17, 1991

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jerry Garcia died CBS News (1995)


Be sure to check out Dennis McNally’s book  A Long Strange Trip: The History of the Grateful Dead and audiobook Jerry on Jerry.

Also, subscribe to the show so you won’t miss my next episode!

If you like what you hear–please subscribe and leave a review. Also–send me a note via social media (@NotFadeAway) if you want to reach out.

Thanks for checking out this podcast! If you have any suggestions for future eps–please reach out!

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Book Vs Movie Podcast “The Exorcist” (Replay)

Book Vs Movie Podcast (Replay)

The Exorcist”

The Margos revisit the 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty.  Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic.

Director William Friedkin in 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’s The French Connection giving him an Academy Award for Best Director. The Exorcist became the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well.

The hosts read the book, watched the movie and decide which they like better in this episode. Plus, they talk about trivia about the book and movie.

In this episode they discuss:

  • The backstory of the “real” exorcism from the 1950s
  • Author William Peter Blatty’s writing process
  • The story behind the major casting choices
  • How some of the more famous scenes were created
  • The supposed “Exorcist” curse.

Clips used:

Original TV Trailer

Chris (Ellen Burstyn) speaks to doctors

Fathers Karas (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max von Sydow) cast out the demon

“The Devil” and pea soup

Outro Music: “Tubular Bells”

Thanks to Deana Marie of the Twisted Philly podcast for the promo!

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Street Smarts! A Dark & Stormi Tale – Episode # 81

Welcome dear Neighbors to this week’s episode featuring Erin & Margo breaking down the latest with Real Housewives of Bev Hills; Kanye’s latest rant; Stormi Daniels on SNL; Junot Diaz; Seth Rogen’s Vulture interview, and a bright spot, the John Mulaney Netflix special, Kid Gorgeous. We have our usual dose of TV/podcast recs and a few shout-outs sprinkled throughout. Pass the Claritan, Spring is here!

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Book Vs Movie “The Outsiders”

Book Vs Movie Podcast

The Outsiders

The 1967 classic YA novel Vs. the 1983 cult movie (vs. the “Director’s Version”)


The Margos are back and they are ready to rumble! This was actually one of the more popular episodes back in our first season but we knew we could make it sound so much better so here’s to another REDO ep!

In 1967, 17-year old S.E. Hinton published her first novel, The Outsiders which became one of the first YA novels that was a hit with both teachers and students. Susie (as she prefers to be called if you know her) wrote the novel based on experience living on the rough side of the tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Her improbable rise to the top of the YA novel heap is one of publishing’s more interesting stories and the Outsiders still sells almost 500,000 copies per year!

The 1983 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola is one of the signature films for a whole generation of tweens in the 80s. Everything in this lush production is discussed in this episode from the amazing cast to the cinematography and the rather unfortunate Stevie Wonder theme song.

In this episode the Margo “Stay Gold” as they discuss :

  • S.E. Hinton’s backstory and how she remains true to her roots to this day.
  • The main differences between the novel and film
  • How the cast was chosen and Coppola’s rehearsal process
  • Behind the scenes trivia and gossip
  • What the Margos really think about the theme song
  • S.E. Hinton’s cameo as a nurse
  • The different versions of the film available (Coppola added 22 minutes of extra scenes and added 60s music to the score in the updated DVD version)


Clips Featured:

  • S.E. Hinton intro to her audiobook
  • The Outsiders trailer  
  • Ponyboy chased around Tulsa
  • Dallas (Matt Dylan) flirts with Cherry (Diane Lane)

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