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As we enter a new year, we ask people in New York City about any resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.
It’s “Dusk Week” at BTR… with the setting sun of dusk, comes reflection on the preceding day. In that spirit, BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at NYC’s Madison Square Park to reflect back on their proudest achievements in life.
What do you cherish most in your fridge? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis discover what kitchen-goods people in New York can and can't live without.
The outrageous Maria Heinegg pays George a visit to discuss her active bisexual-vegan-crossfit-and-many-more-hyphens lifestyle. George also offers her his services as a life coach and the two take a much needed gumball break.
Arguably, everyone has a type - that ideal set of traits they look for in another person. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City’s Madison Square Park about what it is they seek out in their relationships.
Self-reflection can be a powerful thing. With that in mind, BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Madison Square Park about their moments of self-discovery.
The hilarious Joe Zimmerman stops by the studio to delve deeply into the Spin Doctors’ back catalog and to play a rousing game of "Andrew Jackson: Did He Do That?"
No matter the virtue, vice is never far behind. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York about their most self-indulgent habits and what they do to overcome those habits.
BTR chats with Lucien Fraipont of Brussels-based band Robbing Millions about their upcoming debut.
It’s Super Week at BTR, so Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to NYC's Madison Square Park to find out the answer to the perennial question, “what superpower would you like to have?
Comedian and writer Maeve Higgins tells George about the reality behind so-called “love at first sight” -- chemical reactions and timing may have more to do with it than anything.
Sometimes all of the right pieces just seem to fall into place. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the moments in their lives where they've felt intense chemistry.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz talk with passersby in NYC's Madison Square Park about the most mysterious and unexplainable events in their lives.
Comedian Maeve Higgins shares her opinions on the differences between who current home of NYC and her previous home of London, as well as which she prefers.
Amazing SB called in to check with the show to talk about his projects and how he go started. One of the most humble cats that I've gotten a chance to talk to doing this show. Hear what we had to say right here. Shout out to Queens, NY. GO METS!!
Whether it's created by the media, dark secrets, the great unknown, or our own selves, in one way or another fear permeates all of our lives. Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to NYC's Madison Square Park to ask people about their biggest fears and what they can do to face them.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about how they form and maintain bonds with the people around them, as well as how those bonds help people to get through the good and bad times in their lives.
The sharply dressed and sharp witted Colin Burgess pays a visit to Spit Take Comedy to chat with George about his unusually tiny baby and what he is and isn't willing to put on his pee pee. Though the episode ends on a positive note, a heated argument breaks out between Colin and George that adds a bit of draaaaaaama to the proceedings.
Technology continues to mobilize various aspects of our personal and professional lives. In this week's Pulse, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the effects of this mobilization on their own lives.
Wake up! It's the first of the month! On today's show I will be celebrating our increasing awareness on social media. Thanks to our listeners and a special thanks to the BTR team and their hard work. So Today I will be playing a mixture of new tracks from artist you should be aware of. Cheers to all of you for support.
Pop culture is a guilty pleasure most of us enjoy in one way or another, whether it's catching up with the latest late night show or reading up on celebrity gossip. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York about their favorite pop culture indulgence for this week's Pulse.
Comedian Dave Hill discusses his superfandom for Eddie Van Halen with George and how it put a dent in his wallet along with near-crippling discomfort in his feet.
Today we catch up with Lyric Jones! Glad to have her back on to talk about her latest project called Gems From The Cubicle! Tight raps and banging beats. She explains how it all went down only on BTR Today! Get at me on Instagram @djwayneski. Let's ride!
New York is thought of as a place where anything is possible. But in such a fast-paced environment, with everyone rushing to make it out on top, does the opportunity come with a price? BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at New York City’s Madison Square Park about the things that stress them out most about living in NYC and what they do to relax.
It's that time of year once again: the leaves are changing, school is back in session, and the pumpkins are rolling in. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz don their autumn jackets and take to Madison Square Park, where they ask people to talk about what they enjoy most about Fall in New York City.
The delightful Maeve Higgins pays a visit to the Spit Take Comedy couch to discuss her prowess at pranks and strange voices. George also reveals Maeve’s amazing psychic abilities in a segment called “Does Maeve Higgins Have Psychic Powers?”
The open source movement is attempting to bring a level of transparency and democratic engagement not usually seen in government. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis spoke with people in New York about their take on the concept of an open source city in the future.
For the current generation entering the workforce, the first job they have may not necessarily be part of a fixed career trajectory. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about some of the jobs they’ve liked and disliked the most.
The landscape of producing news and information is rapidly changing, but does that mean its quality has to be compromised? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of NYC about our increasingly superficial media and how to support quality over speed.
Comedian, writer, and rock aficionado Dave Hill gets his mettle AND metal tested as he and George discuss the soothing power of candles and pashminas. They also play a game of “Metal Or Made Up” to finish off the visit. Metal to the core!
As summer begins to wind down, kids and young adults prepare once again for school books and teachers’ dirty looks. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets to ask people about their fondest memories of school and the intricacies involved in the bittersweet return to academia from the break of the warmer months.
We live in a time when abundance reigns king. There can sometimes seem to be no limit of places to eat and shop, ways to communicate with others, and methods for consumption. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets of New York City to ask people about some of their most excessive habits and what they may do to combat their own excessiveness
The dazzling Becky Yamamoto visits George to show off her German accent, talk about her award-winning web series, Uninspired, and weigh in on the show's latest sponsor: bacon.
We're back with another installment On The Avenue. Celebrating my 1 year anniversary of the show and our 10th bday! First thank you all that came out for Wu-Wednesday last night in NYC! I chopped it up last week with Miss.She.ill about recording some new music! We ready to go back in the lab. Check us out as we talked about her last project right before the new year. I'll be back in NY next week with! Follows us on our social media handles!
What makes people happy? Perhaps it’s a long-awaited journey to a foreign country or a simple walk through a garden. Whatever it may be, people seem driven to find value in existence and to discover answers to questions that lead to joy in life. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City what makes them most happy in life.
Our media landscape is increasingly clogged with constant content, spinning virally and then fizzling out. Everything we blog, tweet, and click is a public act of feeding this online buzz. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets in NYC to learn what people have to say about online trends and what buzz consumes them on a daily basis.
Only a guest like Jacqueline Novak would have the zest for living that would inspire her to lie, rather than sit, on the Spit Take Comedy couch. Watch as she and George discuss the hierarchy of men and the best way to eat a slice of pizza... but be careful -- she may just knock you on your ass.
No matter where you roam, you're always coming home. Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis returns to New York City’s Madison Square Park to ask people about their roots. Whether a lineage of Italian immigration, military brotherhood, spiritual seeking, or artistry, everyone has a seed from which they've grown.
What is real? Do our perceptions help shape the world around us, or is there some outside force at work that defines the world in which we live? Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis asks people at NYC’s Madison Square Park how they choose to define their realities, and whether they believe perceptions can truly be shared.
The fashionably bespectacled and hilarious Luke Thayer swings through the Spit Take Comedy studios to chat with George and use the bathroom. They discuss how to manipulate Siri, CVS customer service, and whether George is a racist or not. He assures you, he’s not.
A person’s birthday can be a time to all-out party or a time for more low-key festivities, but regardless of how it’s celebrated, everyone has a birthday and everyone has their preferred way to mark it… or not. BTR’s Lisa Autz ask people in NYC's Madison Square Park how they prefer to enjoy their own birthdays, and what some of their most memorable celebrations have been.
People often say they like to support American businesses and buy locally in their communities, but how many actually do? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC's Madison Square Park about their favorite American brands and where they love to shop locally.
Comedian Abbi Crutchfield takes a break from her hosting gig at People Now to fill George in on her favorite celebrity encounters and how she shows R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the great Aretha Franklin.
Obsessive admirers can notably go to extreme lengths to show their desperate appreciation for a celebrity or sports team. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis learn some of the wackiest, craziest stories of fandompeople around NYC’s Union Square have to share, many of which blur the line between admiration and obsession.
Whether it be nail biting or constant texting, many find certain quirks of their significant others to be downright annoying. But which quirks are deal-breakers? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City what relationship-related pet-peeves could make or break a romantic fling.
Shalewa Sharpe drops in at Spit Take Comedy to talk about her new album and its diamond-encrusted cover. Things take a real turn for the saucy, though, when she reviews the best emoji stand-ins available for genitalia in a fun round of "Sext or Text."
Gentle drizzle on a cloudy afternoon can be a recipe for a day of Netflix-binging or cozy reading. Everybody has their own special indulgence when the rain showers on their plans. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz asks people about their favorite thing to do on a rainy day.
Each Thursday, the internet summons us to reflect back on the past and celebrate it in the present. Whether a favorite childhood photo or a canceled TV show, there are things from the past still cherished today. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz learns people’s favorite throw-back trends and what they’d love to revive in the present.
The sharply dressed and sharp witted Colin Burgess pays a visit to Spit Take Comedy to chat with George about his unusually tiny baby and what he is and isn't willing to put on his pee pee. Though the episode ends on a positive note, a heated argument breaks out between Colin and George that adds a bit of draaaaaaama to the proceedings.
Dreaming of sandy shores and clear, blue waters? Summer is around the corner and many people are day dreaming of their next escape from the daily routine. BTR Pulse hosts, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis, ask people in New York City to describe their dream vacation. Details of serene tropics and adventurous mountain climbing are just some ideal travels people are yearning to go on.
George invites funny dude and overall great guy Jason Saenz to Spit Take Comedy to show off his new desk and classic talk show moves. The hordes of teen girls in the studio audience thrill over Jason as he plays a game of "Would You Get High?" and discusses his ever clever Saenz Signs.
The charming comedian and writer Alison Leiby swings by the Spit Take Comedy studio to discuss her self-help parody books. Later George and Alison share a touching "Mom's Corner" where they discuss how to train your child to kill you and other fun stuff.
In an age when the latest technology, medicine, or super-foods are developing at an exponential rate, how do we know what's hazardous and what's not? BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis talk with people about the greatest health hazards in our lives and how we can all be more mindful of them.
FOMO (aka, the Fear Of Missing Out) is, according to some, a growing phenomenon at least partially caused by constant social media consumption. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get the scoop from the public on their worst FOMO moments and what causes the strange longing for a moment that is anything but your own.
George invites funny dude and overall great guy Jason Saenz to Spit Take Comedy to show off his new desk and classic talk show moves. The hordes of teen girls in the studio audience thrill over Jason as he plays a game of "Would You Get High?" and discusses his ever clever Saenz Signs.
Today, the thought of “nerds” might have a more positive connotation than the socially awkward geeks of the past. After all, people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are billionaires as well as major pop culture icons. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get nerdy with people in New York City on their favorite brainy moments and what’s cool about being a nerd.
Many people seem to agree that the climate is changing, but disagree on what can be done about it. This week on BTR Pulse, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York what they believe their role is in dealing with the issue. While many acknowledge the environmental stakes to be high, some of the reactions may be surprising.
The hilarious Nick Naney drops by and helps instigate the filthiest installment of Spit Take Comedy yet! Nothing is off limits as Nick discusses the time he guest-hosted the Naked Comedy Show at NYC comedy hotspot The Creek and the Cave, as well as unfortunate offers of oral sex and so-called “sperm parties” -- all with equal enthusiasm and insight. Nick also gives heartfelt advice to President Obama and others in a segment we call "Just In The Nick of Time."
For Care Week at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people when they felt most cared for in their lives and when they have been most caring toward other people.
For “Monitoring Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Grand Central Station whether they believe whether there is any personal privacy today. People also share the steps they take to protect their privacy.
The delightful Sue Smith pays a visit to the new Spit Take Comedy headquarters, which she finds so cozy she even takes her shoes off. Sue fills George in on the difference between improv and stand-up, and plays a game of "Tatt-oops!" in which Sue has to decide which real tattoos are the most regrettable!
For “Class Week” at BreakThru Radio, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about the most interesting class they have taken and how they hope classrooms might evolve in the future.
It’s “Unprepared Week” at BreakThru Radio, so BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about times when they felt unprepared and how they handled those situations.
Comedian Matt Ruby pays a visit to the Spit Take Comedy lair to discuss his transition from the music world to the comedy world, as well as to fill George in on what it was like to grow up with two parents who had opposing lifestyles. Also, in a new installment of “Topical Topics.” both Matt and George rip the Grammys a new one.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they prefer warm or cold weather.
According to a recent survey, the average first date in New York and Washington, D.C., is over $150. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think to be an appropriate amount to spend on a first date.
Joe Rumrill stops by for this episode of Spit Take Comedy and charms both George and his mom. This nice young man not only proves he has what it takes to be the first comedian featured on a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float, but also gives George's mom some nickname pointers. And, sadly, the crew lets George down...
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether the ring needs to be given back after an engagement is called off.
For years, Chicago residents have used furniture, toys and all manner of things to save their parking spots after clearing them of snow. Recently, however, the city banned the saving of public parking spaces. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share whether or not they believe it is appropriate to save a parking space with a placeholder after shoveling the spot out.
The inimitable Dave Rosinsky drops by for a spirited conversation with George that covers everything from his advanced karate skills to his former career as bassist for Smash Mouth. Things get really heated when George presses Dave on where exactly he hides his porn these days.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think men or women take more selfies and shares the finding of a recent study on the topic.
Brendan McLaughlin drops by to chat with George about his recent appearance in Wasted Frasier, as well as being named one of the Top 1000 Comedians of 2014. Brendan, who has written for MTV and Best Week Ever, offers some writing advice and plays a fun round of “The Replacements Game.”
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how they prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether it be with gifts, or nights out -- or even nights in.
Brendan McLaughlin drops by to chat with George about his recent appearance in Wasted Frasier, as well as being named one of the Top 1000 Comedians of 2014. Brendan, who has written for MTV and Best Week Ever, offers some writing advice and plays a fun round of “The Replacements Game.”
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, has been reported saying that it is impossible for women to have it all -- that if there is success in one area of life, another area is lacking. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe women can have it all. People share their opinions on balancing work, careers, and relationships as well as whether they believe it’s possible for women to have it all.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what things they think should never be skimped on. People share their opinions about what they believe is worth extra time, money, or attention.
Reid Faylor is not only a comedian, but a national treasure of absurdity. Watch as he sits down with George to discuss his early days in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as his work in the flavor industry. Then George and Reid play a new game called "The Relax Off.”
Michael Anderson, coach of the Arroyo Valley High girl’s basketball team in California, has been suspended for three games after his team beat their competition with a score of 161-2. Anderson has been accused of ‘poor sportsmanship’ for allowing the gap in points to be so wide. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe the coach should have been suspended, and whether they think there should be a limit on scoring in high school sports.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about New Year’s resolutions. People talk about the resolutions they have made and whether or not they have kept them. Others share why they do or do not believe in the practice of making resolutions.
George kicks off a fresh new season of Spit Take Comedy with the very funny Taylor Clark. Not only has Taylor hilariously hosted great Brooklyn comedy shows like Castle Comedy and Big Ups, but he's also recently become a new dad. Here, Taylor recounts the birth of his child and George quizzes him on his baby smarts.
Serial, a podcast spun off from This American Life, released its first twelve episode season over the course of fall 2014 and quickly became one of the most downloaded podcasts in history. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, it shares a true story, unfolding the details week by week. Season one shares the case of Adnan Syed who has been in jail since he was found guilty for the murder of his girlfriend in 1999, yet still maintains his innocence. Using her background in investigative journalism, Koenig looks into the details of the case and shares them over the season, trying to find the truth. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks Serial listeners whether it the show exploits a tragedy or seeks justice.
As we enter a new year, we ask people in New York City about any resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.

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