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George welcomes the wonderfully absurd Ben Kronberg (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing) to the show to discuss how he arrived at his unique one-liner style. Then things really heat up during a round of “Topical Topics” as Ben fills George in on his dick pic history.
With a new year just around the corner, I’m taking this opportunity to look back at 2014 on Sew & Tell. This week’s show is my annual year-end highlight show, featuring just a few of the incredible guests who have contributed to this year’s engaging fashion coverage. You’ll hear clips from my conversations with: Lisa Padovani, costume designer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire; Gabriel and Sarah Chrisman, a young husband and wife in Seattle who have adopted a “Victorian lifestyle,” complete with historically accurate clothing (including corsets!); Kara Eschbach, co-founder of Verily, a women’s lifestyle publication with a firm no-Photoshop policy; and documentarians Ismail Ferdous and Nathan Fitch, co-founders of Cost of Fashion, who covered the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. It’s a great, but by no means exhaustive, cross-section of guests from 2014, and I hope you’ll also take some time to check out the links to other highlight shows from the past year that I’ve provided on today’s playlist page. I’m also featuring music highlights from the past year - you’ll hear my favorite tracks from my favorite 2014 albums on today’s show. So join me as I look back at a year full of fashion, here on BreakThru Radio…
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they would be able to forgo unnecessary shopping for a whole year and buy only the necessities. People share whether or not they believe they would be up to the challenge and what might stand in their way.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people about their holiday fiascos. From tree malfunctions to travel delays and gift issues, people share their stories and fails from past holidays.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about self esteem. People share where they believe self esteem comes from and what they do personally to build their own self esteem.
No longer requiring a physical card or certificate, e-gift cards allow a purchaser to email their gift directly to its recipient. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they think e-gift cards are a good gift and whether they plan to give any themselves.
Comedian Gonzalo Cordova pays a visit to Spit Take Comedy to discuss his recent play, Jesus The Barbarian, as well as the dangers of upsetting conservatives on the internet. He and George also play a game of “Death Decider” to find out just how Gonzalo envisions his last moments on this earth playing out.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether their Thanksgiving is more "family fun" or "family feud." People share what their holiday is usually like, and why it may fall into one category or the other.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether their Thanksgiving is more "family fun" or "family feud." People share what their holiday is usually like, and why it may fall into one category or the other.
George welcomes the wonderfully absurd Ben Kronberg (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing) to the show to discuss how he arrived at his unique one-liner style. Then things really heat up during a round of “Topical Topics” as Ben fills George in on his dick pic history.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they would be able to forgo unnecessary shopping for a whole year and buy only the necessities. People share whether or not they believe they would be up to the challenge and what might stand in their way.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser speaks with people about what it’s like for baby boomers and millennials to work together. People share their thoughts on what it’s like to work with someone from a different generation
On this episode George welcomes writer and performer Meredith Hackman to discuss her improv team's controversial name and pumpkin spice overkill. Be sure to catch Meredith perform as part of Gypsy Danger at The PIT in NYC every Wednesday. And also be sure to never watch George do improv as his attempts during this episode are horrifying.
The November Project is a fitness movement that was started in Boston, Massachusetts, as a way to encourage all people to get active and support others in their quest for a healthy lifestyle. The movement has spread across North America and focuses on accountability, positive reinforcement and giving back to the community. One branch of the group offers free fitness classes in exchange for hugging every person in the class. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would be willing to hug a group of strangers for a free fitness class.
A recent blog post on Forever Ashley suggests that it is never okay to share your feelings if you have a crush on a married man. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe it’s okay to be honest about the crush and under what circumstances it may become a problem.
Anti-Social Week – An omega-3 study shows the acid may change the behavior of both children and adults alike.
On this episode of Spit Take Comedy George gets bodyslammed by the hilarity of Casey James Salengo as they discuss dad kisses and wrestling lingo. Casey, a comedian and co-host of the wrestling podcast The Heavenly Bodcast, shows us he’s truly earned the right to use three names -- or maybe even four?
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about intuition. People share stories of times they did or did not trust their instincts and how the situation worked out.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they have a backup partner lined up in the event that their current relationship ends. People share whether or not they have, or have ever had, a backup relationship and why.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe Major League Baseball games should be shorter. People share their opinions on the lengths of the game and why or why not they support limiting game time.
Lisa Delarios has been wowing New York City crowds with her quirky comedic sensibility for years and has produced a number of successful shows as well. In this episode of Spit Take Comedy, George delves into Lisa’s new direction as creator of "specific sympathy" cards and also shows off some recent thrift store treasures!
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks whether looks matter when it comes to work and life in general. People discuss which aspects of life looks may or may not be important for and whether they, themselves, have ever been judged on their looks.
After an apparently massive breach in online security, hundreds of nude photos, including those of several celebrities, were leaked online. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if, since the leak, they are more careful about the photos they keep on their phones.
In this episode of Spit Take Comedy, we discover that Joe Cocozzello isn't just a comedian, but rather a wild stallion of frenetic hilarity. Watch as George bravely attempts to lasso him and harness his unique perspective as they discuss haircuts, scents, and medical marijuana for dogs (and also humans -- don’t forget humans). Check out the "Joe Cocozzello Pine Box Rock Shop Comedy Hour" on the last Saturday of every month at the Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn, New York. Also, keep your eyes and ears peeled for his forthcoming video podcast!
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how they can tell whether they are settling in a relationship or at work. People share what signifies settling to them and offer suggestions on how to avoid it.
Episode 4 of Spit Take Comedy is a straight up George-fest! George invites hilarious comedian George Gordon to talk about their shared distaste for their own name, the strange world of cover bands and who to invite to the perfect brunch. Be sure to check out the mannered and anecdotal standup of George Gordon!
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they “pay-it-forward” because they want to or because they feel guilted into it.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people in Washington, DC, whether they think it’s appropriate for celebrities to use crowdfunding to help produce their projects.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think advising others to do what they love is realistic advice. People share their thoughts on the advice and whether or not they are happy in their own current situations.
George welcomes hip-hop freestylist extraordinaire Chaz Kangas to fill us in on his newest release, The Rex Manning Day EP (available now on Bandcamp), and to demonstrate his ridiculous rhyming skills. Though not a comedian by definition, Chaz’s ability to spit improvised lyrics through the prism of his pop culture soaked sense of humor is hilarious and often astonishing.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they ever hide their spending habits. People share what purchases they hide the most and who they hide their spending from.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, movie theater attendance is down 20 percent this summer. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they see movies in the theater, what they like about the experience, and whether they think there is a way to encourage higher attendance.
Episode 4 of Spit Take Comedy is a straight up George-fest! George invites hilarious comedian George Gordon to talk about their shared distaste for their own name, the strange world of cover bands and who to invite to the perfect brunch. Be sure to check out the mannered and anecdotal standup of George Gordon!
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what one word they would, given the opportunity, like to remove from the common vocabulary and why.
Rising in popularity this year, social media prenups are designed to protect the parties involved from embarrassing or unflattering social media posts either during the marriage or in the case of a break up. Often a clause in a larger prenuptial agreement, depending on the financial status of the couple, a violation can result in a hefty fine for the offending party. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would consider signing such an agreement.
Episode 3 of The Spit Take finds George sitting down to chat with the lovely Jo Firestone. Not only is she hilarious and super sweet, but Jo has produced and hosted some of the most inventive and bizarre shows the NYC comedy world has ever seen (Punderdome 3000, Bullshit History, etc). They discuss Jo's unique ability to wrangle an audience, her babydoll comedy club and her ideal romantic date. YES! YES! YES! YES!
What have you done at work that should have gotten you fired? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share their tales of dirty little workplace secrets and close calls.
With FIFA’s World Cup in full swing it’s hard to deny that soccer seems to be everywhere at the moment. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they’re watching the games, whether they think soccer is rising in popularity in the U.S., and whether it has any chance of ever surpassing more traditionally “American” sports such as baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
With FIFA’s World Cup in full swing it’s hard to deny that soccer seems to be everywhere at the moment. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they’re watching the games, whether they think soccer is rising in popularity in the U.S., and whether it has any chance of ever surpassing more traditionally “American” sports such as baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
Google recently made headlines after announcing that they are planning to put their driverless cars to the test in California and lawmakers in the UK are already beginning to address a future that includes cars without human drivers. With driver error being one of the most common reasons for collisions in the United States, cars that drive themselves may soon be a welcome transportation alternative. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would ever ride in a driverless car.
The Spit Take is BTR’s newest video series and podcast, hosted by George Flanagan. In this inaugural episode, George sits down with the hilarious Tyler Fischer, whose ridiculous prank videos have been featured on Gawker and Huffington Post. In their candid chat, Fischer shares his Tinder philosophy and addiction, discusses his impressive acting abilities, and also talks with George about the joys of child rearing and how hard life can be when you're surrounded by fellow comedians.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share the moment that defined their personal entrance into adulthood.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks to people about whether online reviews of businesses should be allowed anonymity.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser speaks to people about how they’re celebrating Mother’s Day and how they’ve celebrated it in the past, including failed gift attempts. People also share special messages to their own mothers.
Chaz Mannenheim, Newsman Of Yesteryear, is here with a new look, a new suit, and some new insight into the time period he comes from. Witness Chaz at the outset of his journey in our modern times; recollecting the dominating news stories from his era, and with the aid of the man on the street, bringing his unique perspective to the most talked about events in April 2014. Laugh, Love, and Learn, with Chaz Mannenheim, Newsman of Yesteryear!
On Friday, April 25, 2014, football players at Northwestern University cast secret ballots about whether they would become the first college athletes in the country to form a union. While the results of this vote may not be known for some time due to legal disputes, it added fuel to ongoing conversations in college sports about the rights of players. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser spoke with people on the street, as well as with sports business reporter and author Kristi A. Dosh, about whether they think college athletes should be able to unionize.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about open relationships. People share their thoughts on commitment, communication and in what circumstances an open relationship can possibly work. Sarah also speaks with Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, co-authors of Partners In Passion, who comment on successful open relationships.
These days, parents have more outlets for showing off pictures of their kids beyond the wallet-sized class photos of yesteryear. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how much say children should have in how they are featured on their parents' social media accounts.
[blip]video2[/blip] This week on BTR Pulse, we ask whether tipping should be abolished. People share their opinions on tipping, raising the minimum wage, and whether they would still tip even if it was no longer necessary.
​What's the right thing to do with a gift from your significant other after you break up? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they do with gifts that were given to them by their exes, the last gift they got rid of, and things they received from exes but held on to.
Designed to warn people that potentially sensitive or graphic material may follow, trigger warnings are being used more frequently than in past years. Especially popular at certain colleges and universities, some students have gone as far as demanding trigger warnings when topics are covered that may make them uncomfortable. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks to people about trigger warnings and if they believe they are a good idea.
This week we review Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel
February 2014 Made Us Believe! Made Us Cry! Made Us Angry! Made Us Wonder! WHAT Is Going On In Kiev? WHY Did Philip Seymour Hoffman Leave Us So Soon? WHO Cares About The Olympics? These Questions Will Be Thought Through And Answered With The Comic Adroitness Of One Of Those Fake Arrows Through The Head! Watch & Believe Chaz Mannenheim’s MONTH IN REVIEW: February 2014!!!
It's Obsolete Week at BTR, so we've been focusing on things that are no longer useful or will be phased out due to technological advancements. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they think will soon be obsolete.
CVS Caremark, the largest drugstore chain in the country by sales, recently announced they plan to discontinue sale of tobacco products by October. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of the decision.
On this week's episode of BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if it's possible to be dumped in a nice way. Along the way, she shares a text from a former suitor and gets peoples' opinions on whether it qualifies as a nice way to dump someone.
A recent survey commissioned by ChristanMingle.com and JDate.com and reported on by the Daily Mail, revealed that about 70% of singles who meet for the first time are unable to tell whether they are on a date or simply “hanging out.” BTR Pulse's Sara Fraser spoke to people at Grand Central Terminal about whether they could define the difference between a date and hanging out.
January 2014 Thrilled and CHILLED All Who Participated! A Polar Vortex Swept Us Up Like Brides On A Wedding Night! Chris Christie Put The Hoagie Down Just Long Enough To Get Into Trouble! Justin Bieber Surprised Nobody By Drag Racing, Drinking, Getting Arrested, And Looking As Ridiculous As He Is! HEAR Me Discuss These Issues With Local NYC WitMasters! Grab Some Cocoa And Cuddle Up With CHAZ MANNENHEIM, NEWSMAN OF YESTERYEAR!
A great debate took place on Twitter when Chicago chef Grant Achatz criticized a couple for bringing their eight month old infant to his triple-Michelin-starred restaurant. The online dialogue unveiled an array of opinions about whether or not young children should be allowed in fine dining establishments. For childless fine diners, a screaming child can upset a costly experience, but for parents, such a ban could deprive children of a valuable lesson in etiquette. BTR Pulse's Sarah Fraser spoke with people on the streets about whether children should or should not be banned from fine dining establishments. She also spoke with former restaurateur Michael Vuick, who once banned children from his establishment, McDain’s in Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Awards season is upon us. The Golden Globes have come and gone, the various guilds are busy honoring their own, the critics associations have spoken, and the Academy Award nominations have been announced. Yet, despite the multitude of occasions, many nominees still have seemingly little of interest to say. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of acceptance speeches at awards shows and what they would say if they ever won an award themselves.
Recently, the United States Marine Corps mandated that female marines be able to complete the same three pull-ups that male marines must complete in order to meet the Corps’ standard physical fitness requirements. However, after 55 percent of the female recruits failed the pull-up test, the Corps silently waved the requirement until 2015. Instead, female marines would be allowed the option of a 15-second minimum flexed-arm hang from a bar, commonly known in school gym classes as "the girl pull up." BTR Pulse's Sara Fraser spoke to people on the streets of New York about the Marine Corps’ attempt to equalize the training of the sexes.
Soon after taking office at the beginning of the year, New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced he would be seeking to ban the horse-drawn carriages known for carrying tourists around Central Park. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser spoke with people in New York about the possible end of what some consider an institution and others consider animal rights abuse.
WOW! What A Year!!! Political Intrigue, Religious Reformation, Pop Stars With Butts RIGHT Up In Our Faces!!! CHAZ MANNENHEIM, Your Newsman Of Yesteryear, Sits Down With Bearcats Rebecca Vigil And Jo Firestone To Bring You The Skinny On The TOP Stories Of 2013!!! Watch! Thrill! Laugh! Think! And ENJOY!!!
As we leave behind 2012 and begin 2013, we ask people in New York City about any new year’s resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.

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