Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

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Cheesecake

Is cheesecake cheese, cake, pie, tart, or none of the above? Does the angle of the pan matter? Does crust content matter? Do any of us matter, really?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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124

The Trolley Problem

As recently highlighted on “The Good Place”, it’s a classic ethical conundum that John wants absolutely no part of. And what if the trolley drives itself?

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123

Janet from “The Good Place”

Never believe what a robot tells you.

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122

Night (bark) Joggers (bark)

A dog interlude.

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121

Holidays and Holiday Movies

What makes a movie a holiday movie? How do they celebrate winter holidays in warm climates? Merry Christmas to all, especially in Australia!

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120

Death

Okay, time to call it. Time of death— wait, wait, everybody hold on. How do we define death?

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119

Life

How can we call something alive?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


118

Ice Cream

It would seem like ice cream versus frozen yogurt would be the main debate. But the pronunciation of a third competitor completely derails us.

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117

Brunch

We discuss the names of meals and when they happen, and make an interesting(?) digression into human sleep cycles.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


116

Salad

From leafy greens to sugary Jell-O concoctions, all sorts of things are called salads.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


115

Barbecue

Continuing our confused series of episodes about food-related topics, it’s time for John and Jason to talk about Jason’s favorite food style and what happens when you put food on a grill.

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