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Peak Assante with a Touch of De-men-tia – Episode #197

The Best Neighbors Podcast Ep 197

“Peak Assante with a Touch of De-men-tia”

Welcome back, Neighbors! So much to discuss here to keep you going through Corona. 

Margo loves her “Sunny” bike and Erin is reading Sidney Sheldon. Plus we discuss #RHOP (The stars of the franchise?), RHONY (time to fire Romana!), and #RHOBH (Denise, you are a liar and we love it!)

Plus, podcast recs including “Dead Eyes” and “The Orange Tree.” Margo discovered the documentary “Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” on Netflix. 

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Not Fade Away: The Poetry of Jim Morrison (Ep 11) Author Chris Balz


 Not Fade Away

Episode 11: Chris M. Balz

Burning the May Tree: The Sacrifice of Jim Morrison”


Hey there! Hi There! Ho there!

The Not Fade Away podcast is back and this time we are returning to the world of Jim Morrison with a look at his poetry in Burning the May Tree: The Sacrifice of Jim Morrison” written by Chris. M. Balz

Chris is a longtime fan of Morrison and has been studying his poetry and non-musical writings for decades which became the thesis this book is based on. 

In this episode, Chris and I talk about:

  • Chris’s ideas on how Morrison predicted the world we live in today 
  • The symbolism of his poetry
  • Did he fake his own death?
  • Thoughts on the 1990 Oliver Stone film
  • Chris’s favorite Doors lyrics

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What a Creep: Elizabeth Holmes (Season 1, Episode 3)

What A Creep

Elizabeth Holmes

Season 1, Episode 3

Hey everyone!

It’s time to get creepy! It’s season 1, episode 3 of “What a Creep” starring Elizabeth Homes, the former CEO of the totally bullshit-worthy company Theranos. There is so much creepiness to go around here. Including her former COO and boyfriend Sunny Balwani as well as the plethora of older men who had no problem throwing millions at her and never seeing a prototype of the Edison or the MiniLab. (Geniuses!)

This week Margo is the presenter and here are her main sources:

And then we will finish this ep with Sonia announcing our “Who’s NOT a creep” this week. 

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Book Vs Movie “Coraline”

Book Vs Movie


Neil Gaiman’s Classic Novella Vs the Henry Selick Film

What would you do if your mother and father all of a sudden became entirely different (and scary) people? Coraline Jones is a young English girl who moves to an old house that is filled with interesting characters (such as Miss Spink, Miss Forcible and Mr. Bobo,) loving (yet kind of absent) parents and a bricked-up door leading to an adventure which tests the might and ingenuity of our heroine. (Spoiler–we really love this book & movie here!)

Coraline, written by illustrious author Neil Gaiman, was originally published in 2002 though he had been working on it since the 1980s in honor of his daughters Holly & Maddy. In fact, he originally sent to his editor in 1991 who deemed the theme “too scary” for kids. Thankfully, Gaiman kept working on it and the novel was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 2003. (The graphic novel featuring illustrations by P. Craig Russell is a real treat as well!)

Director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas and James & the Giant Peach) helmed the 2009 film which was nominated as Best Animated Feature at the 2010 Academy Awards. A visual feast for the eyes, the movie Coraline takes the tale to a whole other level.

So which did the Margos like better? Book or Movie? Check out the link below to find out!

Also, we are SO lucky to have Penguin Books sponsor this episode! The Margos are thrilled to be asked to talk about author Ransom Riggs‘ newest “Miss Peregrine’s story”–A Map of Days which you can pre-order now! (It goes on sale October 2, 2018.) This is the fourth novel in the series and lead character Jacob Portman’s life in the United States is the setting for this newest adventure. Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

In this ep the Margos discuss :

  • The incredible career of Neil Gaiman who is a master of short fiction, novels, comics, graphic novels, radio and movies (Whew! When does this man rest?)
  • Key changes in the adaptation including setting it in America and the character of “Wybie Lovat.”
  • The various forms of Coraline including the novel, graphic novel, audiobook read by the author and featuring music by The Gothic Archies.
  • The cast of voices including Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, and Keith David.
  • Plus, Neil Gaiman’s current plethora of projects, movie trivia and more!

Clips Featured:

  • Neil Gaiman reading from Coraline plus music from The Gothic Archies
  • Coraline  trailer
  • Coraline (Dakota Fanning) meets her Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and Other Father (John Hodgman)
  • Coraline’s mother turns evil
  • Outro Music: Coraline soundtrack “End Credits” by Bruno Coulais

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute Intervals with Matthew Sweet, Gaga, Taylor Swift & More


“Girlfriend” Ride (50 Minutes)

Matthew Sweet

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today’s playlist was inspired after I heard Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend on the radio last week and my brain went “ahhhh” from happiness. I decided it would be the perfect warm-up song and created a 50-minute interval ride for indoor cycling that will work for any of your cardio needs. Hope you like it!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Girlfriend: Matthew Sweet

From the opening guitar riff right through all of the cool drum fills-this song seriously kicks butt and makes me want to work harder. Love, love, love, deeply love this song.


  • Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas

For all of you Pulp Fiction fans—the music “bed” here is Dick Dale’s Misirlou which gives it a retro cool kind of sound.


  • Can’t Hold Us: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

I love the consistent beat here and it always gets the class powered up to take it up a notch. (The video is a little strange but I kind of like it anyway.)


  • A Sky Full of Stars: Coldplay

The music and orchestration here are so lush and wonderful that I had to find out who produced it. Guess what? It’s co-produced by my favorite Swedish DJ Avicii!


  • Fly: Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat

It is basically impossible to NOT sing along to this tune from Sugar Ray which always reminds me of summer. Plus, I really do just want to fly.


  • Gold Guns Girls: Metric

Being the American superfan of this band brings a tremendous responsibility on my part where I must include them as often as possible in my playlists. You’re welcome!


  • Safe and Sound: Capital Cities

I like my bouncy fun dance pop tunes and this one fits the bill nicely.


  • Americano: Lady Gaga

Where did Lady Gaga go? I mean that seriously because I am happiest when she records pop tunes like this that have an edge.  Gaga, please come back when you are done touring with Tony Bennett!

(Also–can someone please find me the original video which included a cameo by Norman Reedus? Thanks!)


  • Style: Taylor Swift

This is my new favorite song and represents the first time Taylor Swift has been included in one of my playlists. Hello Taylor!


  • Hella Good No Doubt

I have an image from my friend’s wedding over ten years ago where they played this song at her reception and her grandparents boogied to Hella Good. (So much fun and the bass here is excellent!)


  • Shut Up and Dance: Walk the Moon

Every time I hear this song it reminds me so much of the kind of songs that would appear on 80s movie soundtracks. That’s meant to be a compliment.


  • Stars: Moby

This song is great for climbing or using the incline on the treadmill. Plus it features tons of stars including Corey Feldman whom Margo P. and talk about on our podcast here at this iTunes link.


  • Unknown Legend: Neil Young


This is my favorite song off of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon album and features background vocals (on the original album) from Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Nicolette Larson so it generally just rules.

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout mojo on!

Until next time…

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