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The Boiler Room: A My So-Called Life Podcast

A weekly, episodic discussion of My So-Called Life between Buffering the Vampire Slayer’s Kristin Russo and A Cast of Kings’ Joanna Robinson, coinciding with the show's 25th Anniversary!

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1.12: Self-Esteem

Let's all skip out on geometry review so we can MAKE OUT IN THE BOILER ROOM, huh?!?! Finally, we come to the inspiration point that gave our podcast its name! Meanwhile, Brian is SO MAD, Danielle knows a ton about crustaceans, Graham talks a good risotto game, and Rickie does a great impression of the new English teacher, Mr. Katimsky. OH AND ALSO JORDAN HOLDS ANGELA'S HAND IN THE HALLWAY. Plus, Buffalo Tom. *wipes brow* That's right, it's Episode 12: Self-Esteem. Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel & Quiver Chin jingles by Lauren "Karen" Klein

1hr 28mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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1.11: Life of Brian

It's time for the World Happiness Dance and for women to do all of the emotional labor! Rickie has a crush, Brian breaks Delia's heart, Graham is great at wallpaper, and Angela melds with the chain link fence outside of the school wondering HOW IS SHE?!?! It's an episode from Brian's perspective that contains more flannel than we've ever seen and dance moves that have never been rivaled. Welcome to Episode 11: Life of Brian, featuring a segment from our interview with Senta Moses Mikan! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel & Quiver Chin jingles by Lauren "Karen" Klein

1hr 31mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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1.13: Pressure

Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's also talk about Jordan and the fabled eight-bedroom house that requires entering but no breaking, Rickie's poetic and powerful views on intimacy, Cynthia Hargrove's nose ring, Sharon's beliefs, Angela's overalls, and Danielle's opposition to flu shots. Yes, it is Episode 13: Pressure!  Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel & Quiver Chin jingles by Lauren "Karen" Klein

1hr 33mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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1.10: Other People's Mothers

This is the one where COULD ANYONE HELP PATTY HANG THE DAMN STREAMERS?! It's also the one where Rayanne overdoses, Graham becomes deeply distressed by the square footage of a turkey in his refrigerator, we learn that Ambah Valone likes appetizers and windchimes a bit more than stability, Patty connects with Rickie, and we all C R Y. Yes, indeed, it is Episode 10: Other People's Mothers. Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel & Quiver Chin jingles by Lauren "Karen" Klein

1hr 13mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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1.09: Halloween

Rayanne is VAMPIRE and Ricky is BRIAN and Brian's KEYS are in Brian's PANTS and did you know that ghosts are real and there's one named Nicky Driscoll haunting the halls of Lincoln High? Also Sharon is not a rat, okay?!?! We've got pirate sex for the #grahamcrackerhive! We've got Danielle scoring massive use of flannel points! We've got the best. costume. shop. lady. of. all. time. That's right! FINALLY! It's S1E9: Halloween! Awooooooo!!!! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel & Quiver Chin jingles by Lauren "Karen" Klein

1hr 20mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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1.03 Guns and Gossip

The rumors about Jordan and Angela are flying, Crystal is distraught about her soda, Rickie faces bullying in the hallways of Liberty High, and we look at how 25 years has changed the conversation around guns in schools. All that, plus we have a new jingle created by Lauren "Karen" Klein?! Get your raincoats on, because today we are discussing S1E3: Guns and Gossip. Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel jingle by Lauren Klein

1hr 25mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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1.04:Father Figures

Rayanne and Rickie think Graham is *the best* dad, but Angela disagrees — meanwhile Patty's dad thinks women can't do the jobs of men and we all scream "What the fuck, Chuck?!" Oh, and did we mention that Joanna is seducing her college professor on the train with Ernest Hemmingway?? It's time to talk about all kinds of dads on S1E4: Father Figures! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel jingle by Lauren Klein

1hr 9mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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1.06: The Substitute

Liberty High has a new substitute teacher by the name of Vic Racine who is shaking things up by mismatching his socks and allowing some very sexy haikus (that are not actually haikus) to be printed in this year's Liberty Lit. Sharon and Rayanne are secretly bonding in the bathroom, Jordan is finally awake in class, and Angela is taking a stand against censorship while also learning that our heroes aren't always as perfect as they seem. This week we are discussing S1E6: The Substitute! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel jingle by Lauren Klein

1hr 15mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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1.05: The Zit

Angela's life feels just about as clogged as her pores and meanwhile *both* of Sharon's boobs made the infamous Top Sophomore Girls list. Rayanne excitedly touts her listing as "most slut potential" which gives us a lot of feelings), Rickie explains to Brian why he wears eyeliner, and Patty is sewing floral dresses for the mother-daughter fashion show while dabbing cream on her eye wrinkles. We have arrived at one of THE BEST episodes of the entire series, folks, so please journey alongside us and Kafka — it's S1E5: The Zit! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoeline Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Lauren Klein Best Use of Flannel jingle by Lauren Klein

1hr 33mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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0.04: Conversation with Ingrid Michaelson

To ring us into 2020, Kristin sat down with her friend Ingrid Michaelson, who was a massive fan of the show, to talk about dying our hair in the 90s, cheating on tests, sneaking late night phone calls from boys, and, of course, our thoughts on Episode 16: Resolutions! Joanna & Kristin will be back with a full discussion of Resolutions next Thursday! Happy New Year! Follow The Boiler Room @boilerroomcast Follow Joanna Robinson @jowrotethis Follow Kristin Russo @kristinnoelineFollow Ingrid Michaelson @ingridmusic Theme Song by Chris Farren Logo by Carra Sykes Edited by Kristin Russo

46mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #10