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Play It By Ear

By Play It By Ear Podcast
Three long-time 40-something friends discuss interests and life experiences while growing up in the 70's, 80's and 90's as well as raising a family and living in today's world. Podcast will span many different topics including pop culture, politics, and sports among others. Topics will vary because we "Play It By Ear". Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support our podcast by becoming a member visit playitbyearpodcast.com/support
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Episode 46: Greatest TV theme songs; Things we didn't like in school; This food or that food.

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Episode 50: Strange things outlawed in U.S. States; Funniest TV characters in history; Match Game
Episode 50 (Fiddy) starts with Todd and a list of strange activities that have been outlawed in different U.S. states. Brady has the middle segment and leads a discussion on the funniest TV characters in history. Aric rounds out the show by moderating a game of Match Game where Brady and Todd try to match the answers of our panel: Becky Fiscus, Joey, host of the Square Table Degenerates Podcast, Celia Griffin, Karie Gipson, Gary Troutman, and Lee Willson. Visit  our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To become a member of our  podcast visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:46:11
March 5, 2021
Episode 49: Unusual Road and Street Names; What candy debuted the year you were born?; Incohearent game
Brady starts out Episode 49 with a list of unusual street and road names from around the world. Todd has the middle segment with a list of years that different candies were invented. Aric rounds out the show by moderating a game of Incohearent. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To become a member of our podcast visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite​!
02:00:44
February 26, 2021
Episode 48: Things that you did in the 80's that would probably get you arrested today; He-Man villain roll-call; Poultry or Ovum game
Episode 48 starts out with Todd and a discussion of things that were commonly done in the 80's that would result in calls to the authorities today. Brady has a discussion of various unusual villains in the He-Man cartoon series. Aric rounds out the show by moderating a game of Chicken or Egg (or as we call it Poultry or Ovum?) Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To become a member of our podcast visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite​!
01:58:07
February 19, 2021
Episode 47: Play It By Ear does Valentine's Day
Our Valentine's Day episode starts with Brady talking about peculiar dating rituals around the world. Todd has the middle segment with a list of the most romantic animals. Aric has the third segment when we welcome Celia Griffin, Joe and Christi Rockey, and Howard and Danielle McClain to play a game based upon the 70's/80's classic game show Tattletales. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite​!
01:46:41
February 12, 2021
Episode 46: Greatest TV theme songs; Things we didn't like in school; This food or that food.
Episode 46 begins with Aric taking us through a list of the greatest tv theme songs according to a magazine poll. Brady has the middle segment with a discussion of things we didn't like to do in school. Todd rounds out the show with an opinion poll of his cohosts and the audience of "This Food or That Food". Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:55:34
February 5, 2021
Episode 45: What background music would you choose?; soda flavors that failed; Misery Index game
Episode 45 begins with Brady and a topic about best background music for different hypothetical situations. Todd has topic 2 with a list of unique soda flavors from the past that failed. Aric rounds out the episode by moderating one of our favorite games, The Misery Index. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:44:46
January 29, 2021
Episode 44: Exotic Oreo Flavors; WTF?; Don't Know What You Got Until It's Gone
Todd begins Episode 44 with a discussion of off-the-beaten-path Oreo flavors. Aric has a middle segment of off-the-wall questions that his co-hosts try to answer; Brady rounds out the show with a segment on various things that left a hole in your life when they went away. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:41:44
January 22, 2021
Episode 43: Have you used these words?; Superhero Pod Decks; Idiom Addict Game
Aric opens the episode with a discussion on a list of unique words from  the past. The second topic comes from the Pod Decks series and is called  Superhero Deck and asks questions about superheroes designed for  critical thinking. Todd rounds out the episode by moderating a game  called Idiom Addict. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To  support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:48:06
January 15, 2021
Episode 42: Predictions about the future that were wrong; McDonald's menu items that can only be ordered outside the US; The future freaks me out
Brady starts the first episode of 2021 with predictions from the past about the future that were wrong. Todd has the second segment with a list of McDonald's menu items that can only be ordered outside of the United States. Aric rounds out the show with a series of questions from the Pod Decks set "The Future Freaks Me Out" which asks his cohosts to make predictions based upon questions from the deck.  Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:31:23
January 8, 2021
PIBE Instant Classic: Episode 6
For this instant classic we go back to March and Episode 6 as Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss local dialect differences, great tv game shows, and how things that you expect to happen may not in the way you want.. This episode gave birth to many of our “-isms” that can be found on our website at playitbyearpodcast.com. For those of you who have joined on as earbuds in recent months this episode will give you some insight into how the show has evolved over the last 9 months. We will be back with Episode 42 with a live recording Wednesday at 7 on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Twitch. The audio version of Episode 42 will be released on Friday, January 8.
01:17:16
January 1, 2021
Episode 41: A Play It By Ear Christmas
Todd begins our Christmas episode with a list of 12 reasons that Christmas is more frightening than Halloween. Aric fills the middle segment with 27 Christmas Tweets that will make you smile. Brady rounds it out with a Christmas memory hodgepodge. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:59:43
December 25, 2020
Episode 40: 100 Popular American Foods (90-100); Memories of Music Class; Am I the A$$h*le?
For our 40th episode Todd starts us out with a discussion of numbers 90-100 on a list of the 100 most popular American foods. Brady has the middle segment with a trip down memory lane with memories of elementary school music class. Aric rounds out the show with a segment of the ever-popular "Am I the Asshole?" Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support us financially visit www.playitbyearpodcast.com/support. #earbudsunite!
01:53:32
December 18, 2020
Episode 39: Who is your cellmate?; This or That?; Dirty Minds Game
Brady opens up the show with a segment on what two fictional characters would be the chosen cellmates of our hosts if they were in prison. Todd has segment 2 with a discussion on "this or that" choices. Aric moderates a game of "Dirty Minds" in segment three. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. #earbudsunite!
01:46:29
December 11, 2020
Episode 38: Secret Menus; Greatest Movie Franchises; Would You Rather?
Episode 38 begins with Todd leading a discussion on secret menu items that can be obtained at popular chain restaurants. Brady takes over the middle segment with each host creating a personal list of his favorite movie franchise. Aric rounds out the episode moderating a game of "Would You Rather?" with help from the audience. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com where there is merchandise available in our store as well as information about all aspects of our show. #earbudsunite!
01:55:43
December 4, 2020
Episode 37: A PIBE Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving around the corner we decided to have an episode with the holiday theme. Aric starts the episode with a topic where Brady and Todd created their Thanksgiving meal "fantasy" team. Brady led a discussion about overrated Thanksgiving experiences in the middle segment. Todd rounded things out by leading a Thanksgiving trivia game. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com. To support what we do financially visit anchor.fm/playitbyearpodcast/support. #earbudsunite!
01:53:11
November 27, 2020
Episode 36: Classic TV Cars; slang words from history; Origins of Expressions
Brady starts our episode with a discussion about our favorite classic tv cars, Todd is in the middle segment with a discussion on the top slang words from individual years in recent history, and Aric rounds out the episode by leading a game in which the object is to guess the origin of famous expressions. Visit our website at www.playitbyearpodcast.com #earbudsunite!
01:43:03
November 20, 2020
Episode 35: cartoon oddities; outdated customs; Guesstimation game
Brady starts the episode with a discussion about things in cartoons that make no sense. Aric then talks about outdated customs that we still follow for some reason. We round out the show with a game of Guesstimation with the audience. Help us by supporting what we do by going to anchor.fm/playitbyearpodcast/support
01:26:17
November 13, 2020
PIBE Instant Classic: Episode 4
Due to our change in schedule this week, and since we have gained new fans that we want to introduce to our early catalog, we decided to reissue one of our classics...Episode 4 from March. Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss stories of situations that have caused queasiness, memories of classic tv, and stories of experiences at the skating rink.
01:09:57
November 6, 2020
Episode 34: Play It By Ear Halloween Edition
Aric starts of the podcast with a discussion about the list of the ten best and ten worst Halloween candies. Brady leads a discussion about our favorite scary movies in the middle segment. Todd rounds it out with songs that have a Halloween theme...or could have a Halloween theme. Please help support what we do. Visit anchor.fm/playitbyearpodcast/support sB03Ov687Q2TXG39vxei
01:20:12
October 30, 2020
Episode 33: Disgusting jobs, Dirty Minds, Cereal Killers
Todd starts off the episode with a list of the world's most disgusting jobs. In the middle segment Aric moderates a game called "Dirty Minds". Brady rounds out the show with a debate surrounding mascots for various cereal brands. Support what we do at anchor.fm/playitbyearpodcast/support
01:25:22
October 23, 2020
Episode 32: Weird Festivals around the world; AITA; Who was on your wall?
Brady starts our episode with a discussion about a list of the 20 strangest festivals around the world. Aric is in our middle segment with another edition of "Am I the A$&hole?"; Todd rounds things out with a walk down memory lane and a discussion about posters we had on our bedroom walls (or posters we wish we had).
01:52:46
October 16, 2020
Episode 31: Celebrity Deaths that affected you the most; ridiculously named animals; chicken or egg game
Brady starts the podcast with nod to the death of Eddie Van Halen and a discussion on the celebrity deaths that affected you the most. Todd picks up with a list of the most ridiculously named animals in the world. Aric rounds out the program by moderating a game of "Chicken or Egg"
01:34:37
October 9, 2020
Episode 30: PIBE Live!!! The Chili with Crackers Episode
Our first live recording begins with Brady and a discussion of "you get what you pay for". Todd is in the middle segment with a nod to the first day of fall and a discussion of chili. Aric rounds out the episode by moderating a game of "Misery Index"
01:27:03
September 28, 2020
Episode 29: Teen Night Life in Brown County in the 80's and 90's; Would You Rather?; 3 questions about your vacation from hell
Brady starts the episode out with a discussion about how teens in Brown County passed the time in the 80's and 90's. Aric leads a game of "Would You Rather?". Todd rounds things out by asking his co-hosts to speculate about their worst possible vacations.
01:32:44
September 21, 2020
Episode 28: Favorite songs that no one knows; pitfalls of sugarless candy; memorable cartoons
Aric begins the discussion of his favorite songs that charted and are familiar but not readily remembered. Todd then looks at some reviews of sugarless candies and the possible side-effects of consumption. Brady rounds out the episode with memories of cartoons from our youth.
01:23:51
September 14, 2020
Episode 27: World's dumbest animals; What would be in a 2020-themed museum?; What is the world's most beloved song?
Todd starts our episode with a top ten list of the world's dumbest animals. Brady leads a discussion on what types of exhibits would exist in a museum about the year 2020. Aric ends the episode with a topic on what would qualify as the world's most beloved song.
01:24:55
September 2, 2020
Episode 26: Play It By Ear Goes Back To School
In honor of our students going back to school our hosts take a trip down memory lane with their best memories of back to school time including clothes, lunchboxes, and recess.
01:47:03
August 24, 2020
Episode 25: Dream Interpretation; AITA; Incohearent
Brady starts the episode with a discussion on dreams and uses a dream encyclopedia to interpret some dreams of the other hosts. Aric is in the middle segment with another session of Reddit's "Am I the A*$hole". Todd rounds out the episode with a game of "Incohearent"
01:40:19
August 4, 2020
Episode 24: PIBE Celebrates Christmas in July!
We celebrate Christmas in July with our guest host Joe Pilger from Monmouth, IL. Brady has the first topic in which Christmas TV specials are discussed. Joe takes the second topic with a critique of Christmas candy. Todd rounds it out with a list of the best Christmas "movies". 
01:22:56
July 28, 2020
Episode 23: Song you would most like to vanquish from the earth; You're Sh*tting Me!; Things that were anticipated but ended up being letdowns
Aric starts the show with a discussion about the song you would most like to vanquish from the face of the earth. Todd leads a discussion of selections from the book "You're Sh*tting Me!". Brady ends the show with a discussion of things that you anticipated that would be great that ended up being a major letdown.
01:27:37
July 20, 2020
Episode 22: Best music decade of our lives, Inappropriate you were taught as a child, Misery Index
Todd starts the episode with a discussion about which decade in our lives has produced the best music. Special guest host Matt Vaughn leads a discussion on inappropriate things you may have been taught as a kid. Aric rounds out the episode leading our hosts in a game of Misery Index.
01:39:16
July 13, 2020
Episode 21: Encyclopedia of Sandwiches (pt 2),Your perfect summer day as a kid, Movies/TV shows that couldn't be remade today.
Todd starts off the episode by going through the rest of the "Encyclopedia of Sandwiches" that he started in episode 19. Aric leads a discussion of what your perfect summer day looked like at 12. Brady rounds out the discussion with movies and tv shows that could never be remade today.
01:22:43
July 6, 2020
Episode 20: A Very Special...Retrospective
Aric and Brady narrate a look back on the first 19 episodes of the Play It By Ear Podcast. The show is divided into catch phrases, clips most commented on by listeners, and Aric, Brady, and Todd's personal favorites.
01:30:24
June 23, 2020
Episode 19: Trip to the mall; sandwiches; Match Game
Brady starts us off with a trip down memory lane with remembrances of trips to the mall. Todd polls the hosts on their feelings on different types of sandwiches. Aric rounds out the show by moderating a round of Match Game.
01:12:53
June 15, 2020
Episode 18: Thought provoking questions part deux; Pick a card, any card; Movie/TV Villians you love to hate.
Todd starts the episode with some more thought provoking questions from his Episode 17 list. Aric leads a discussion of different topics from the Pod Decks cards. Brady rounds out the show talking about TV and movie villains we love to hate.
01:25:15
June 8, 2020
Episode 17: AITA?, Our cars, Thought-provoking questions
Aric starts the episode by getting opinions of his cohorts on whether people in certain situations exercised bad taste. Brady then leads a discussion on cars that we have owned. Todd rounds it out by getting opinions on thought-provoking questions.
01:25:38
June 2, 2020
Episode 16: Sardinia Founder's Day
Aric, Brady, and Todd take a stroll down memory lane talking about the local Fourth of July festival.
01:45:22
May 26, 2020
Episode 15: Sophomoric shenanigans, Warning labels, Misery Index
Todd starts our show off with remembrances of uncontrolled Undeveloped Frontal Lobe Syndrome which caused us to do stupid things as teenagers. Brady brings a discussion about warning labels on various products. Aric ends the show moderating a game of "Sh*t Happens".
01:34:38
May 18, 2020
Episode 14: Unusual foods from your lifetime, Jeopardy Feud, Memories of PE games
Brady starts the conversation with foods they have been exposed to that were...unusual. Aric then moderates a humorous game of "Jeopardy Feud" where they have to come up with the questions after being told the most popular answers. Finally Todd rounds it out with a discussion of games that were played in PE class.
01:12:07
May 13, 2020
Episode 13: What Does That Word Mean To You?, Pet Peeves, Unusual Sports
Aric, Brady, and Todd pick up on the discussion of different meanings for words around the country. They also explore the things that annoy them the most in daily life. The final topic is a discussion on unusual sports that are played around the world with the hosts trying to figure out how they are played.
01:26:04
May 4, 2020
Episode 12: Lies Your Parents Told You, Greatest Supergroup in History, Quarantine House Dessert Cart
The guys talk about lies your parents told you to keep you in line. They also create the greatest rock supergroup in history. As in any gourmet meal dessert comes last with a discussion of what desserts you would have on the cart in your quarantine house.
01:28:60
April 29, 2020
Episode 11: Fashion from our childhood, Would you rather?, Unrealistic things from movies and tv
The crew discusses fashion faux pas from their younger years, plays an exciting game of "Would You Rather?" and dissects unrealistic cliches that happen in movies and tv.
01:31:43
April 23, 2020
Episode 10: What's your phrase?, Common places we try to avoid, quarantine house
Aric, Brady, and Todd go down the road of American dialect once again. They also discuss common places that make them uncomfortable. To top it off they make their choices of their favorite quarantine group.
01:31:08
April 14, 2020
Episode 9: Greatest Voices in Rock, Memorable Smells, Guilty Pleasure movies
Aric, Brady and Todd use a poll posted on the Shoe: Untied Blog (shoeuntied.wordpress.com) to delve into a debate on Greatest Voices in Rock. They also discuss situations in which a smell has created a lasting memory. The final topic expands on a previous topic of Guilty Pleasures in music and takes the same angle on movies.
01:20:13
April 11, 2020
Episode 8: Favorite comfort foods, music's guilty pleasure, celebrity crushes
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss the foods that can be of comfort, music that we listen to in secret, and memorable celebrity crushes from back in the day.
01:10:13
April 6, 2020
Episode 7: A very special episode: The Brown County Fair
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss impressions and memories of the Brown County Fair in a very special episode.
01:07:13
April 3, 2020
Episode 6: What did he say? Game Show Mt. Rushmore, Nothing ever goes as planned.
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss local dialect differences, great tv game shows, and how things that you expect to happen may not in the way you want.
01:16:08
March 30, 2020
Episode 5: Classic commercials, embarrassing moments, quotable movies
Aric, Brady and Todd talk memories of classic commercials, embarrassing moments in their lives, and movie quotes that stand the test of time.
01:07:47
March 27, 2020
Episode 4: Bucket of queasiness, classic tv, the skating rink
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss stories of situations that have caused queasiness, memories of classic tv, and stories of experiences at the skating rink.
01:11:23
March 23, 2020
Episode 3: Phobias, Songs that make you happy, favorite sports movies
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss personal phobias, songs that make a person happy, and favorite sports movies.
01:08:05
March 20, 2020
Episode 2: Explosion of snack flavors, Things our children won't experience, Best breakup song
Aric, Brady and Todd discuss the recent explosion of off-the-beaten-path flavors in the snack food aisle, things we grew up doing that this generation will never experience, and the best examples of breakup songs.
01:13:12
March 16, 2020
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00:36
March 15, 2020
Episode 1: Candies of yesteryear, local myths and legends, and What would your first decree as world czar be?
Aric, Brady, and Todd discuss the origins of the podcast as well as Candies of yesteryear, local myths and legends, and What would your first decree as world czar be?
01:22:44
March 11, 2020
Play It By Ear Podcast Trailer
A brief summary of our show.
00:56
March 10, 2020