Hobo Radio 260 – Act One: Accent Mark

Joel Murphy and Lars show just how well balanced Hobo Radio can be by segueing seamlessly from an in-depth discussion of the Fast and the Furious franchise into a discussion of This American Life and its frequent contributor David Sedaris. There truly is something for everyone on this week’s show.

They also dissect Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which they believe was written by out of touch adults who didn’t understand the teenagers they were writing for, and they share their thoughts on the late, great James Gandolifini and the legacy he leaves behind.

Does anybody actually like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Is there anything Walmart could do to make its customers boycott them? Is there anything more adorable than the mental image of Nelson Mandela and Stan Lee sharing a pair of headphones? The answers to these questions and more are in this week’s podcast.

This week’s music:

  • Intro – “Giddy Up” by Tahuna Breaks
  • End – “Bitter Days” by Radio Dial

Hobo Radio 259 – The ballad of Ricky the gas station attendant

Joel Murphy and Lars have often flown by the seat of their pants, but this week’s show sets a new bar. With only a small window of time to do the show before they both have to attend a press screening, they throw together a hilarious discussion of angry traffic tirades, Game of Thrones concerns and 911 false alarms.

They also begin telling the story of Ricky, the imaginary gas station attendant who works at the station near Joel’s house, forced to suppress his dreams and forgo hanging out with his friends in order to keep running the family business. It’s a tragic and hilarious tale.

How did Lars almost die this week? Why did he make sure to mention the cat had food in her bowl? Hodor? The answers to these questions and more are in this week’s podcast.

This week’s music:

  • Intro – “Giddy Up” by Tahuna Breaks
  • End – “Drunk Mistake” by The Hawthorne Effect

005-Mermaids?


Mermaids have been sited in almost every culture and corner of the world since the dawn of time. Some people are working hard to make mermaids a reality and others are celebrating a wonderful myth. Mentioned in this episode:

Mermaid day Parade NYC Prosthetic Mermaid Tale Animal Planet/Discovery The Wreck Bar Mermaid show The Starbucks Melusine Capricorn mythology A very comprehensive mermaid article Feejee Mermaids Hippokampoi Poseidon's Seahorses Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" Types of Mermaids Become a Mermaid NOAA Namor the Sub-Mariner Aquaman

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Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre Presents: What Is A Hallway?

Sports terminology can be tricky. Even a simple sport that most people know how to play – like bowling – has its own intricate jargon used to describe the equipment and the facilities. And, as this week’s Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre shows, using the wrong terminology can turn a fun day of bowling into a shouting match in seconds.

The audio for this week’s Hobo Radio Puppet Theatre comes from Hobo Radio 256 – Ribs and salsa music. You can listen to full episodes by visiting the archives or subscribing on iTunes or on Stitcher.

[Special thanks to the ridiculously talented Jane Wynn for making these awesome puppets and to the great Kate Learson for making the video look amazing.]