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Talking Paragraphs

Talking Paragraphs

By Daniel Finney
An exiled newspaper man and an overworked accountant seek the silliness in a reactionary world. Old friends Dan and Paul crack wise and hopefully crack you up.
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Remembering Bob Dole, the last great moderate; Sex in the City tries to kill Peloton; and Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas Movie

Talking Paragraphs

America falls behind the world in potato chip variety; Mexico raids Kellogg's warehouse, confiscates Corn Flakes and Special K; and more
Tyler pinch hits for Paul, whose off this week due for lode management. Chip flavors we wish were in America — or not. Mexico confiscates 380,000 boxes of Kelloggs cereals for inappropriate cartoons and sugary content. And some kid at LSU won a year's worth of Whataburgers, but does it come with aortic stent?
January 17, 2022
Why you should eat a Taco Bell taco every day for a month; Little Caesars' price hike; and dying at the right time
Dan and Paul are back with their weekly machine gun of laughter. Highlights include: A parody ad for anhedonia, a joke stolen from Jim Gaffigan, and a list of banished words stolen from the Lake Superior State University. 
January 09, 2022
Oh, the humanity: French Fry shortage in Japan! College football chatter, and New Year's Resolutions from 2021 we actually accomplished
Dan and Paul are back for 2022 with a laugh-packed podcast for the New Year. The ol' Paragraph Stacker and the World's Most Dangerous Accountant discuss matters of little importance in hopes inspiring a hardy guffaw or chortle, but not a choke because neither one of them know the Heimlich maneuver.
January 02, 2022
Live play-by-play of Christmas presents being opened; mushroom coffins; 'Licorice Pizza,' 'Spider-Man,' and 'Matrix 4'
Dan and Paul give golf commentary on child opening last Christmas present; Save the planet — be buried in mushroom coffins; and movie reviews of 'Licorice Pizza,' the latest 'Spider-Man,' and 'Matrix 4.'
December 26, 2021
Paul's lost on a Christmas Tree Farm; Tyler is drunk on Winter Spiced Cranberry Sprite; and Dan is napping after finals.
Paul is off for load management. Tyler pinch-hits again. Dan has no agenda. So, basically, it's the usual mess for about an hour and 15 minutes. What are you going to do — watch football? Well, probably, but give play us over the game sound. It's modestly amusing.
December 20, 2021
Remembering Bob Dole, the last great moderate; Sex in the City tries to kill Peloton; and Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas Movie
Some of this stuff we talked about, some of it we didn't. You'll just have to listen to figure out which cats are alive and which ones never existed: Bob Dole death Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas Sex and the City Pelaton death Dawson’s Creek Gi Joe comics acquisition Sandra Bullock Netflix Jennifer Anniston interview Live Before A Studio Audience Lesson plan: Clickbait Licorish pizza movie Tom Brady Jack in the Box/Del Taco
December 15, 2021
Sunny the horse airlifted to safety in California; Paul thinks an Instagram filter is like ViewMaster; and the 12 Days of Omicron
This podcast will self destruct after 11 plays. We dare you to try. Visit for the latest musings of your host, the ol' paragraph stacker himself, Daniel P. Finney.
December 05, 2021
HBO roots through trash with Brittany Murphy death doc; We didn't watch Hawkeye, but not because social media told us not to; Is Omnicron a COVID variant or Transformers villain
Dan and Paul are two middle-aged men talking about things. There's no reason you should listen them as opposed to other people, but, then again, there's no reason you should listen to anyone about anything. Decide for yourself. We'll be here cracking wise and a decidedly mellow, maybe even lazy, pace. All we cost you is your time.
November 29, 2021
Special 50th Episode anniversary party: Celebrity notes of praise, G.I. Joe guys they never made, and demystifying crypto
We've made 50 of these podcasts. Maybe if you cut them all up, you could get one decent episode. Maybe. But, hey, listen anyway. We promise we're just as dumb as anything else you can get at this price and twice as dumb as most cable TV news.
November 20, 2021
In big business, breaking up is easy to do; Comic books we read and liked; Matthew Perry stalks Paul at L.A. Fitness
Let's be honest: This is not our best effort. But what are you going to do, not listen? Probably.
November 15, 2021
Dan gets COVID, Paul sees a movie, #ChrisPratt vs. #wokism, and #HotHolidayToys
Dan got COVID too late for it to be interesting. Paul reviews "Last Night in Soho." Our dynamic duo discuss the woke vs. Chris Pratt social media flap, how Cincinnati is doomed, and preview allegedly hot Christmas toys. Also: A customer service survey. 
November 07, 2021
If any of us had any guts, we'd delete Facebook or Meta or whatever, also why you should get an MBA but not aromatherapy at WalMart
Paul returns from back injury and the guy gripe about Facebook's name change, Millenials who fear Gen Z, the meaninglessness of cryptocurrency, and the latest from the front lines of the Chicken Wars.
November 01, 2021
Peanuts holiday specials return to broadcast, PTI at 25, Johnny Carson -- still dead, and explaining Marvel movies to a father of two
Special guest host Tyler "T-square" Teske discusses why schools are having a hard time getting their supplies of square fish, rectangular pizza, and mystery meat for school lunches. Native Iowan Johnny Carson is discussed on his 96th birthday. He didn't celebrate. He's dead. Dan attempts a fall movie preview with a guy who hasn't been to the movies since 1993's "Tombstone." Bonus mild -- very mild -- amusements included at no additional cost.
October 25, 2021
Elk with a tire stuck on his neck for 2 years; Tennessee Vols fans are garbage people; and Harnessing cow farts for energy
Dan and Paul discuss the tale of a Colorado elk who wore a tire around his neck for two years; apologize for saying something vaguely complimentary about Jon Gruden; Sooners win with a new QB, while Hawkeyes lay an all-too-familiar egg; the Braves win, while the Cardinals sack their manager for "philosophical differences;" and we finish the whole damn thing in under an hour. 
October 18, 2021
Dan endures the pains of middle age, Paul saves 15% or more switching insurance, and Jon Gruden's old emails
Dan and Paul each recorded this podcast supine in bed and Dan drifted off about halfway in, so a lot of his speech is slurred and babbling. The good news is nobody can tell the difference. Paul makes some good points, but there are long, silent pauses punctuated with a loud "uh" or "um." Paul explains why he doesn't want to use real sound bites in the podcast. Dan does it anyway.
October 12, 2021
Podcast: The mystery of 'The Price is Right' yodeller, Daniel Craig in a pink crushed velvet tuxedo, and two useless facts about Tennessee
Dan and Paul discuss "The Price is Right" 50th anniversary special, Sooners, Hawkeyes, "Fuck your couch" guy on TikTok, and two positive facts about Tennessee. 
October 04, 2021
Podcast: KFC smuggling in New Zealand, More Violence on the Airlines, CNN's ridiculous fall headline, and Lewis Black's Anger Button
Buddies Dan and Paul meander through half-read headlines and barely noticed news stories for an 1 hour, 10 minutes. Listen for mild amusement.
September 26, 2021
Podcast: Remembering #NormMacdonald, #Jeopardy can't find a host, and TikTok of the week
Dan and Paul talk the death of Norm Macdonald, Jeopardy's host search woes, Paul Finebaum vs. a real gator, the saga of Purdue's big drum, another snotty director doesn't like Marvel movies, and TikTok of the Week.
September 19, 2021
Podcast: Death at McDonald's Drive Thru, Attack of the Robot vacuums, and a Joke from a Johnny Carson rerun
Dan says "uh" and "um" a lot. Paul pauses before every take, making editing longer and more tedious. That's right. It's another edition of Talking Paragraphs. Join us for humor set to medium.
September 12, 2021
Podcast: Back to school, College Football returns, 'Shang-Chi' review, and the sound of a tennis ball can being opened
Low-key duo Dan and Paul trim their wordy format. Less time, more takes. TikTok of the Week. The official Talking Paragraphs Playlists. Questions, comments: Email or comment. We'll read your question on the air and mock it openly.
September 06, 2021
Podcast: Milk crate stacking challenge perils, what animals could you beat in a fight, and TikTok of the week
Former newsman and current grad student Daniel Finney chats with his pal Memphis Paul about the latest stupid trend, which animals we think we could beat in a fight, and a TikTok with the final word on the "Field of Dreams" game.
September 01, 2021
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: We ask a real Iowa veteran about Afghanistan
A BLOCK: Special guest retired Army Sgt. Lew Jordan explains Afghanistan was always going to end like this. B BLOCK: Lew joins Dan and Paul in talking about their favorite "G.I. Joe" toys and cartoon episodes.
August 25, 2021
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Field of Dreams game, emoji anxieties, and a joke from a Carson rerun
A Block Thoughts on Afghanistan B Block Field of Dreams game Batman ’89 comic book C Block Emojis new meanings Quiz: Who plays in that ballpark? And a joke from a Johnny Carson rerun
August 19, 2021
Paragraph Stacker Podcast: In praise of taping down drunk airline passengers
A Block: Pepsi betrayal state fair Airplane passenger taped down Zero hedge of the week B Block: Messi changing teams Remembering JR Richards USWNT loses Iowa vs. Iowa State: Bar version C Block: Game: 90s vs 80s Joke from a British show
August 13, 2021
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Paul's illness, fun Olympic stories, ScarJo sues Disney
A Block: Paul's illness and an amusing note from Zero Hedge. B Block: Watching the silly Olympic sports. C Block: Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over "Black Widow" streaming.
August 07, 2021
NEW Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Paul runs vicious burn on Starbucks
A. Block: Accidentially deleted by hamfisted engineer with a bum knee and numb hands slathered in lidocaine.  'B Block: Recap of the missing A Block, sports talk on Oklahoma and Texas destroying college football, the Cleveland baseball team's dumb new name, and some other dumb stuff that's long been forgotten in a haze of Tylenol and iced tea. C Block: It's really just another part of B Block because the engineer was too damn lazy to cut a seperate track. Topics include the new He-Man cartoon on Netflix and a planned Frogger live-action game show.
July 30, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: Violent baseball, Olympics chatter, and RIP Biz Markie
Dan and Paul discuss wild fans at MLB games, the Olympics, Turner and Hooch, and Biz Markie.
July 24, 2021
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: "Almost softball-sized hail" and other lies
Dan and Paul discuss "Dress Coded," Iowa hailstorms, and acts of kindness.
July 15, 2021
Talking Paragraphs on Vacation: Dan and Paul Together Again for the First Time
A Block: Airlines suck, Vacation activities, and Dan's injury. B Block: Sport chat on Wimbledon, EuroCup 2020, and #Yankees 70-year-old ball girl. C Block: Entertainment takes: Rick & Morty rule, vacation food, and Line of Duty finale.
July 04, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: Britney Spears' legal troubles, #ChickenWar shots fired, #MLB pitcher shakedowns, and Salma Hayek's big problem
A BLOCK: Dan's birthday, Britney Spears' legal troubles, Brett Farve vs. trans athletes, IKEA's bad menu and shots fired in #ChickenWars B BLOCK: #NBAPlayoffs, #EuroCup2020, #MLB pitcher shakedowns, #JeffGordan gets a job C BLOCK: Vacation, the $5-billion Roth IRA, and Salma Hayek's big problem
June 27, 2021
Podcast: Talking #EuroCup2020, Paul's vacation, and 'Cruella' versus 'Supergirl'
A BLOCK: Dan and Paul take EuroCup 2020 from the casual soccer fan's perspective. B BLOCK: Why is Paul packing a suitcase? C BLOCK: Movies: 'Curella; Comics: Tom King's 'Supergirl' No. 1; Memes: Batman: The Generous Lover
June 20, 2021
If you make it to the end, there's a brief kazoo concert
A BLOCK: Giant Marilyn Monroe visage terrorizes Palm Spring B BLOCK: ESPN sells rage and anguish instead of sports C BLOCK: Reviews: "The Batman's Grave," "The Woman in the Window," and Paul's Drink of the Week.
June 14, 2021
Dan and Paul discuss #MemorialDay, HBO, and the NBA Playoffs
Dan was going to try to do a nice professional edit on this podcast, but he realized he forget half the things he learned about GarageBand this summer, so he said to hell with it and published the podcast raw and edited. Buckle up you brave six listeners. The weird have turned pro.
May 31, 2021
SEASON 2 PREMIER: A lot of nonsense and inside jokes recorded for your amusement
America is back! Dan and Paul discuss life in a post-COVID age. BREAKING NEWS: Dan's parents' famed July 4 celebration is back on and you're all NOT invited. Well, Pau is. He might even come. But not the rest of you savages. Stay away. My uncle used to be a cop.
May 30, 2021
Season Finale: Memphis bridge woes, ESPN woes, and Angelina Jolie is in a movie
Dan and Paul close out the first season of their podcast with a double-sized thriller in which they bitch about the government, ESPN and Larry Flint’s FBI file.
May 23, 2021
Vaxed and sick, Chicago BS and rich kid blues
Dan and Paul endure second vaccine illnesses; Chicago is network TV’s favorite town, and the troubles of Bill and Melinda Gates
May 15, 2021
What happens when robots take over drug dealing and other questions for our time?
Dan and Paul have the exclusive last take on the NFL Draft; Paul suffers ill affects of second vaccine shot and the alcoholic beverage of the week.
May 10, 2021
Outdated takes discussed without urgency
Dan and Paul talk about old news because they are low-energy guys who can’t be bothered to keep up with current events.
May 01, 2021
#ChickenWars claims two more casualties
Dan and Paul discuss random stuff in the podcast almost no one listens to
April 24, 2021
This podcast so interesting one of the hosts fell asleep
No joke. About halfway through the podcast, Dan starts to babble as he tries to stay awake in the middle anecdote.
April 13, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: SPRING SPECIAL — Cremation, Easter Candy and baseball
Dan and Paul talk cremation junk mail, MLB moving the All-Star game and Easter candy.
April 04, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: Peeps Pepsi and one sip over the line
Dan and Paul discuss bad beverage ideas, Disney lies and out-of-date movie reviews. Plus. Women’s basketball in national TV
April 03, 2021
Bracketology Disdain, Hat of the Week, Pen Recommendation: Bic stick blue
Dan and Paul reach milestone as longest-running podcast starring accountant and a Des Moines journalist.
March 25, 2021
Once up a Coke Coffee
Dan and Paul talk nostalgia for TBS in the 1980s; Dan taste tests a Coke Coffee he didn’t want; TV Talk: Kingdom, Clarice, and Superman and Lois; What do you do when your mask falls on a public restroom floor and you don’t have a spare?
March 14, 2021
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Taylor Swift vs. Netflix
Dan and Paul talk about Taylor Swift’s battle with Netflix, the Naked Gun and an Iowa lawmaker’s wimpy gun.
March 07, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: The occasional podcast returns
Southern cold, high-end candy, IBM Watson for sale, OnlyFans doc by ABC, Netflix: Bridgerton and drink-of-the-week.
February 22, 2021
Tips for recovering your password to your multi-million dollar Bitcoin account
The laziest podcasters in the world randomly wander between topics that they couldn’t be bothered to write down or organize. Listen at your peril.
January 17, 2021
Talking Paragraphs: Dan’s first week in TV; Memphis Paul goes on a rum bender around the world
Paul’s mom bought him booze for Christmas and he didn’t want for Dec. 25 to get cracking
December 15, 2020
If you play this podcast backwards, it says ‘Memphis Paul’ is dead
Three things to enjoy: Taylor Swift concert film, Carson on PlutoTV and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson. And one thing to hate: Chicago Bears football.
November 30, 2020
Episode 9: Got the COVID-cancelled holiday blues, sports takes and adventures in dental surgery
Dan and Paul discuss COVID lockdowns, cancelled holidays, some meandering sports takes and Paul’s Christmas wish list.
November 22, 2020
PODCAST: Thanksgiving side dish problems in Maine, Tony LaRussa needs a driver, #Iota playlist
Dan and Paul talk Thanksgiving side dishes by state, Tony LaRussa needs a driver, Baby Yoda’s diet, Words from the year you were born, and songs with the word Iota in it, ya know, for the hurricane.
November 15, 2020
Things we’re looking forward to after the election that have nothing to do with the results
Post-election joys that will probably be anxieties; RIP Sean Connery; TikTok of the week; RIP Daylight Savings Time; and some very bad Bob Dylan singing impressions.
November 02, 2020
It's the Great Halloween Candy Podcast and other topics
Memphis Paul and the Ol' Paragraph Stack mash through 10 topics of moderate interest including TikTok of the week and the great Halloween Candy debate. All that and more in Talking Paragraphs.
October 26, 2020
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Karens take over TikTok and roleplaying the final days of Tab Cola
Old friends Memphis Paul and the Paragraph Stacker ride again with a comedic ride through Karens on TikTok, roleplaying the end of Tab Cola and a speed round of the topics that no one really should care about in the latest epic episode of Talking Paragraphs.
October 19, 2020
Talking Paragraphs: The solution to pandemic uneasiness and other topics
The solution to pandemic uneasiness and other topics.
October 11, 2020
Grizzly crime visits Memphis Paul at night
Crime victim Memphis Paul discusses his late night brush with death and other topics of interest.
October 03, 2020
Talking Paragraphs: Rod from Rodman comics talks 10th anniversary
Paul still absent • Presidential COVID-10 • Fishy baseball • Life in a joyless time •
October 03, 2020
Talking Paragraphs Podcast: Things have changed
Exiled newsman Daniel P. Finney talks Fox's lousy college football crew, reviews 'L.A.'s Finest' and 'The Boys,' ponders what movies will bring us back to the theater and bad fast food sandwiches.
September 26, 2020
September 26, 2020
September 26, 2020