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Episode 24: 2012 Holiday Special


It’s our first holiday season as podcasters, and our first holiday special! This week, we put aside our usual reading, do our best to shelve our cynicism, and dive headfirst into The Christmas Spirit, with John Grisham and Glenn Beck as our spirit guides. That’s right: we’ve got two books for you in this jam-packed episode, Grisham’s Skipping Christmas (source material for the Tim Allen movie Christmas With the Kranks) and Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater (source material for a simulcast stage show that IMDB users have awarded 1.9 out of 10 stars). Will we deem these books New Holiday Classics? Or will we throw them into the backs of our closets with all the lousy Christmas gifts we’ve gotten from well-meaning relatives over the years?



Talking points include: terrible neighbors, Millenials, entitlement culture, white people problems, Lifetime Christmas movies, Jack Chick tracts, and missile parades.

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Thanks again for all your support this year as we’ve figured out how this podcasting thing works. And thanks for your generous donations these last few weeks–we’ve ordered new audio equipment, and should have it set up and ready to go in the new year. Speaking of the new year, we’ll be off next week (the 24th) but will be back on the 31st with a brand new episode. Until then: happy holidays!

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Author: mikeingram25

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4 thoughts on “Episode 24: 2012 Holiday Special

  1. I thought you guys were being a little silly complaining about how over-the-top everyone was being in SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, because it seemed evident to me that it was a total satire so Grisham was intentionally blowing everyone’s reactions out of proportion. But then when you revealed that the main characters weren’t really sympathetic and in the end it seems that the book seems to come down on the side of Christmas-As-Practiced-In-America I was pretty bummed out (and much more sympathetic to your earlier criticisms).
    I have known about this book for years but always thought it started and ended as a broadside against the way we do the holidays. I am very sad to hear it isn’t.

  2. Yeah, that was the really weird thing about the book- it seemed so much like satire throughout, but then as far as I could tell, the lesson seemed to be that the Kranks were real jerks for thinking of skipping out on christmas.

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