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Two best friends blurring the line between fiction and fact. Open Ended is hosted by Cher Vincent and James T. Green, and a member of Postloudness. Learn more at postloudness.com.

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    #100: Keeping it 💯

    In its 100th episode, Cher and James look back on where they started, and how they found their way into Gimlet Media, where the final episode was recorded. This is Open Ended's final episode, for now...

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    #99: Hotep Corner: Vol. 3

    In our penultimate episode, Cher and James do one last Hotep Corner, because they stay trying to teach these devils!

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    #98: Moonlit Mediocrity

    This week, Cher and James discuss the short film by Alan Yang for Jay-Z's track, "Moonlight" from his latest album, 4:44. In Open Call, Cher gives love to an children breakfast food, and James give his first "Anti-Open Call". Also, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

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    #97: "Prayers Up"

    This week, Cher and James discuss black narratives driven by white artists, including Calvin Harris and the latest show development from David Benioff and D. B. Weiss of Game of Thrones. In Open Call, Cher talks about her love of a new summertime trend, and James talks about the latest from Tyler, the Creator.

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    #96: What's good, Wendy's?

    Cher and James talk about cultural appropriation at music festivals while Cher is at the annual Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. In Open Call, Cher tried a new menu item at Taco Bell, and James talks about his new podcast with Gimlet.

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    #95: A Whole Mess of Problematic

    Cher and James discuss problematic hip hop, in light of recent releases from 21 Savage and Jay-Z. In Open Call, Cher makes a redaction from a previous Open Call, and James talks up an upgrade to a childhood snack.

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    #94: Hotep Corner: Vol. 2

    Cher and James are opening up your Third Eye in their latest Hotep Corner. In Open Call, the theme is "digital comfort foods", with Cher giving some love for ABC's Ugly Betty, and James gets lost in the Matrix with the latest iOS beta update.

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    #93: Hey Siri, what are your thoughts on Colonialism?

    Cher and James feel like someone is watching them... it's their technology! In Open Call, Cher talks about a new Netflix show, and James talks about healthcare, but not the way you might think.

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    #92: 'A Lot of White Men Talking At Me'

    Cher talks to James about her recent podcast listening, and they both dissect the "comfort" of the white male voice, and how a new podcast woke Cher up from her pod nap. In Open Call, Cher talks about a recent live show, and James shows some love to Roxane Gay's latest book.

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    #91: 'Wanna Just Kick It?'

    Cher and James talk about making new friends as adults, and well, it's kinda hard. In Open Call, Cher rediscovered a favorite rom-com, and got a surprise in the mail, while James talks about a radio event he attended in Brooklyn.

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    #90: Thick Thighs Save Lives

    Cher and James visit the beach, in two separate cities. These are their stories. In Open Call, Cher gets active, and James sends love to a long-time supporter of Open Ended.

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    #89: 'Pink Line Dimepiece'

    Cher tells James about an unrequited love she never met on the subway. In Open Call, Cher revisits an old Showtime TV show and James discovers a young rap talent from Philly.

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    #88: The Fauxbulous Life

    Cher and James discuss the #BowWowChallenge, it's inception, and how catering to your "audience" online isn't always the best way to live your life. In Open Call, Cher talks about a deep cut from the black culture, and James found a new hobby with help from an app!

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    #87: Ideals vs Truths

    Cher and James discuss the generation gap between Lil Yachty and Joe Budden, and how they relate to youths. In Open Call, Cher shows her love for a British comedy, and James shares his joy on the return of his favorite podcast.

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    #86: Cha-Cha Slide the Party Line

    Cher just got back from the Third Coast Audio Residency and has some stories to tell y’all. (eyes emoji) Plus! An Open Call about a radical artist making white folks uncomfortable (fantastic!), black woman sisterhood, and footwear made of cork.

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    #84: "Whiteness Woke Shield"

    This week, Cher and James take a deep dive into storytelling, its origins, and how the act "sharing your narrative" in mixed spaces has shifted the film Get Out, and the Best Picture Oscar win of Moonlight.

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    #83: Fifty Shades Blacker

    We take off our nipple clamps for a new segment, "Voicemails by Theresa," and Cher came to New York to watch milktoast sex on screen.

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    #81: 'Resisting Together'

    James is finding ways to cope, Cher wants more intersectionality in her womanhood, and they both deconstruct the idea of the "white savior."

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    #80: 'It's Like I'm God'

    James is settling into Brooklyn living, Cher camped out in dangerous temperatures for Obama, and they both are in their feels because they are now officially long distance besties.

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    #79: 'Dabstorians,' with Theresa Stewart and C'ne Rohlsen-Green

    Designers Theresa Stewart and C'ne Rohlsen-Green join the crew for their year-in-review (recorded at the beginning of December 2016), and celebrating James and C'ne's last show in Chicago before moving to New York City.

    Lil' programming note: we'll be moving to a bi-weekly schedule starting January 2017.

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    #77: My First Pair of Timbs

    James finally found a place in New York, Cher calms down his anxiety, and they both discuss black excellence that is Moonlight and Chewing Gum.

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    #76: Hood Adjacent

    We're back, and we're sad about the election, but we have a live show to play for you that we performed for the Chicago Podcast Festival.

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    #75: 'For Us Buy Us'

    Let's pour one out for Vine. Plus an Open Call about cable news critics and black male sexuality.

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    #74: 'Petty or Not,' with Tiffany Gholar

    It's a bitter pill to swallow for a self-published, black abstractionist artist in a digital world. Luckily, Tiffany shows us the brighter side.

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    #12: Eating Alone in Subway (R)

    In this episode, Cher and James discuss “doing the most” in one weekend, and the real feeling of FOMO, fear of missing out. (Original broadcast: July 25, 2015)

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    #73: Detox

    Cher experiences a new kind of FOMO during a social media vacation.

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    #72: The Chase

    Cher learns the power of determination and kindness of strangers one night on 67th Street. Also an Open Call in an arcade and your eardrums.

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    #71: Hinge

    In the age of smartphones, we explore Glen's relationships through a 2011 LG flip phone. Also, an Open Call about weed and shitpics.

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    #68: Candy Coated Journalism

    Three artists question what the 24-hour news cycle is doing to our attention, and what that has to do with a television in a Pilsen cafe.

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    #66.5: Kanye for President

    What happens when we sound a little different than usual? Let's unlearn our expectations...

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    #66: 'Art Direct my Life,' with Cristina Vanko

    Recorded live from Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland, Ohio, James and Cher sit down with Cristina Vanko to discuss theft and copyright in art and design, burlesque dancers, and the pettiness of $6 guacamole.

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    #64: 'New Phone, Who Dis'

    This week we learn more about hosts Cher and James by delving into their phone contacts. Ahead of WMC Fest next weekend, the pair also chat with co-organizer, Bryan Garvin about the festival and conference diversity.

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    #63: 'Zero to Hotep'

    After James takes a few days away from the web, Cher has to fill him in on all the celeb antics he missed, including Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and the elephant in the room, Pokemon Go!

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    #61: 'See Mum, I Have Real Friends'

    Smartphones and high speed connections keep us connected with the most important people in our lives, but how are those relationships maintained over long distances? We find out through contributed stories by Rachel Hyman, Taz Kelleher, Cher Vincent, and James T. Green.

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    #60: 'The Uniqloization of the Internet'

    To mark the 60th episode, this week is just Cher and James, The Original Two. Topics of conversation include internet culture, an addiction to data and how content online has become indistinguishable just to be relevant.

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    #59: ‘2Pac or Carlton,’ with guest Phillip-Michael Scales

    While James is away, Cher meets up with Phillip-Michael Scales to discuss the music business in Los Angeles, being a black singer-songwriter in the age of Black Lives Matter, and a special musical great that influenced him.

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    #57: 'You Can Like What You Like,' with guest Felton Kizer

    In this week’s episode, Cher and James chat to Felton Kizer, founder and editor in chief of Off-Kilter Mag, an intimate movement of artists, designers, and seekers of individual truth. This week’s discussion surrounds diversity, photography and what it really means to be a starving artist. There is also talk of Beyonce and green beans.

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    #55: 'So Much Can Go Down in 15 Seconds,' with guest Kimberly Vincent

    This week, Cher and James talk with Kimberly Vincent, Cher's sister, on how the "youth" communicate with friends, foes, and the world. In Open Call, Kimberly talks about her collegiate organization, Cher shares her love for a 60s band, and James speaks the good word on an overlooked cuisine.

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    #54: 'Sad, White Boy Music'

    This week, Cher and James discuss triggers, how they find them, navigate them, and deal with the aftermath.

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    #53: 'Melodic Panic Attack'

    This week, Cher and James discuss artist ownership in light of the recent releases of Beyonce and Radiohead, and the legacy of Prince.

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    #52: 'You Placed Me Correctly Geographically,' with guest Dr. Lauren Monsein Rhodes

    This week, Cher and James welcome Dr. Lauren Monsein Rhodes, discussing moving to new cities, her doctoral work with the black diaspora in Latvia, and the differences of global news coverage on #BlackLivesMatter. In Open Mic, we are argue over architecture. Lastly, in Open Call, Lauren chats about her joy of retail therapy, Cher talks about The Read: Live, and James shares an article that spoke to him.

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    #51: 'Fake Woke Gentrifier," with guest Angelica Bastién

    This week, Cher and James welcome Angelica Jade Bastién, discussing TV recaps, film noir, and the subject of mental illness in her writing. In Open Mic, we debate on palm and tarot readings, hot dog condiments, and why comic book movies matter. Lastly, in Open Call, Cher shouts out a black radical, Jade shows some love for Wonder Woman, and James talks about the podcast, Millennial.

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    #50: '50th Episode EXTRAVAGANZA'

    It's Open Ended 50th Episode EXTRAVAGANZA! Cher and James take a trip down memory lane, answering listener emails, and revealing some hopes for the future. In Open Call, she talks about her latest TV obsession, and James discusses his love for two Chicago ladies making news!

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    #49: 'NPR Hiring a White Guy,' with guest Fidencio Martinez

    This week, Cher and James hang out with conceptual artist Fidencio Martinez, discussing his art, upbringing, and visibility in the art world. In Open Mic, they debate on maps, GPS, organization, and learning to appreciate art. Lastly in Open Call, Fidencio shares a book, Cher talks about an old teen drama, and James talks about kale.

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    #48: 'Kanye Subreddit'

    This week, Cher and James discuss Kanye West's ever-evolving seventh album, The Life of Pablo. In Open Call, Cher talks about two self care treatments, and James shares his delight over a new news app.

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    #47: 'Nailing a C+ Average,' with guest Jeff Kahn

    This week Cher and James hang out with Jeff Kahn of Rise Science to discuss the importance of sleep, how it affects your productivity, and the disadvantages that has plagued the POC community for generations.

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    #46: My Bubble of Black Excellence

    This week, in the spirit of International Women's Month, Cher and James discuss how the conversation online isn't completely intersectional. In Open Call, Cher and James talk about podcasts that got them through this week, and James also talks about Ruby on Rails.

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    #45: 'JIF is a Political Statement,' with guest Maya Coleman

    This week, Cher and James chat it up with Maya Coleman, Community Manager at Secret Hitler, to discuss gaming as a person of color. In Open Up, we consider the benefits of Slack for personal use. In Open Mic, we debate with Maya on mobile games, Apple Watch, and social media platforms. Lastly, in Open Call: Maya saw a new Disney film, Cher saw a really great concert, and James appreciates physical books.

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    #44: 'An Hour-long Selfie'

    This week, Cher and James discuss the gift that is Tangerine, the vetting nature of the Oscars, and the revolutionary filming techniques of the indie. In Open Call, both James and Cher discuss music that helps them process their feels.

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    #43: LIVE: "Maybe I Like Arguing with People on Facebook", with guest Candice Quinerly

    This week, Cher and James are LIVE at Joliet Area Historical Museum, hanging out with the lovely Candice Quinerly, discussing growing up in the suburbs and/or the city respectively, dealing with racism at a young age, and how to handle micro-aggressions. In Open Mic, we debate about internet fighting, trash reality TV, and hyper-local restaurant institutions in Joliet. And lastly, in Open Call, Candice is turning a year older, Cher talks about a great TV show, and James embraces his love for an essential oil.

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    #42: B-Sides: 'Bad Blood'

    In this B-side, Cher and James discussing the ramifications of 2016 Grammy winners, and how black media must carve their own path for recognition.

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    #42: 'Harper Lee's Snapchat Would Have Been Lit'

    This week, Cher and James discuss the passing of American author Harper Lee, and her lasting impression on them. They also dig deep into the recent controversy of both Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé's recent performances. In Open Call, Cher gives a shout out to a recent podcast episode, and James gives some love to a hygiene habit.

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    #41: ‘Just Let Me Love You’

    This week, Cher and James discuss their celebrity and internet crushes for Valentine's Day, how they inspire them, aspire to be like them, and just wondering why they don't love them back. In Open Ended, Cher gives a shout out to a tabletop game, and James gives kudos to a scheduling program.

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    Dispatch #40: 'Beyoncé Sportsball'

    In honor of the new Beyoncé video and Cher's sore throat, we are doing a special dispatch episode. James records his reaction to the "Formation" video for the first time and Cher gives a loving account of Bey's importance to her life. Closing out the episode, Cher and James talk about their new podcasts, Gossip Girls and Refresh.

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    #39: 'Two White Guys Talking About Diversity,' with guest Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau

    This week, Cher and James join Veronica Corzo-Duchardt to talk about her Neche Collection, how she blends her tangible prints on analog and digital mediums, and encouraging more visibility in artist talks. In Open Mic, Cher and Veronica debate over teaching methods, James and Veronica debate over notebooks vs iPads, and Cher and James debate with Veronica over Queen Latifah and how Missy Elliott needs to get into acting. Lastly, in Open Call, Veronica finds her vibe watching choreography videos, James finished another book, and Cher gives a shout out to a music podcast.

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    #38: 'Shout out to Water Signs,' with guests Chakka Reeves and Deanna Mingo

    This week, Cher and James sit down with Deanna Mingo of Divyn Media and Chakka Reeves of Highwater to discuss social media, digital marketing, and writing online as women of color. In Open Mic, they debate on pandering in marketing, ownership over content platforms, and self-promotion. Lastly in Open Call, Cher hits the books, James and Deanna discuss TV, and Chakka is inspired by an art gallery in Chicago.

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    #37: 'Fast and Furious Feminism'

    This week, Cher and James talk about the art that was David Bowie's life and death, staying relevant in your art, finding validation in yourself, and discussing #BlackGirlMagic. In new segment, Open Up, James and Cher answer a question about being a good ally for women, and in Open Call, Cher discovered an undercover feminist movie franchise, and James shares his joy over a new mixtape from Future.

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    #36: 'Your'n (Your Own),' with guests Justin Romano and Matt Harris of Backspace

    This week, Cher and James speak with Justin and Matt of Backspace about starting a startup business, staying positive against adversity and microagressions, and finding confidence within. In Open Mic, they debate about sharing mediums, designers learning to code, and lifestyle businesses. Lastly, everyone discussing their affection for the Star Wars, bionic joints, cartoons, and two really beautiful, black musicians.

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    #35: LIVE: 'Peach Scissor Finger Eggplant Emoji', with guest Sharlene King

    In their first ever live event, Cher and James hang out with great human being, Sharlene King, about online dating, distinguishing what a good profile can be, and how to be yourself, without freaking out a potential suitor. In Open Mic, our hosts debate with Sharlene over the online dating best practices, first impressions, and non-creepy Twitter DM sliding. Finally, everyone talks about what made 2015 great.

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    #34: 'Radical Mundane Blackness'

    This week, Cher and James discuss the blended lines of race and gender online, including Tumblr mentality, POCs using racial slurs, and the lack of mediocrity allowed online. In Open Call, Cher talks about a recent addition to the Apple Music library, and James talks about a certain presidential campaign.

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    Dispatch #33: “Dear Santa…”

    This week, Cher and James release a Dispatch to ol’ Saint Nick, pleading and begging for their Christmas wishes to be fulfilled. Also, Cher found a holiday poem for the season!

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    #32: '#NotAllChewbaccas,' featuring Alex Cox and Savannah Million of Roboism

    This week, Cher and James put on their best robot voices with Roboism hosts, Alex and Savannah. Topics include: robots, feminism, education, Star Wars, and white tech bros comparing themselves to activists. In Open Mic, we determine what makes a robot, and what makes an appliance. Lastly, in Open Call, Savannah shouts out a Disney Channel Original Movie, Alex recommends Sleep Aid apps, James has a new favorite Snapchat page, and Cher is vibing a West Coast girl group.

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    #31: 'Multiple People Read This'

    This week, Cher and James discuss read receipts. From text messaging to Facebook Messenger to Outlook, they dissect what’s wrong with them, and how to make them work. In the aftershow, Cher talks about her favorite culture year end wrap-ups, and James has a crush on a fictional character from a film franchise.

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    #30: 'Introvert Together,' with Jenn & Trin of Friendshipping

    This week, Cher and James gush over their mutual love for their guest, Jenn and Trin of the Friendshipping Podcast. They discuss how to be a friend, making friends, and generally being a decent human person. During Open Mic, Cher and James debate Jenn and Trin on when to end a friendship, IRL vs. Digital Hangs, and making work friends. And lastly, in Open Call, Jenn loves a new Netflix series, Trin makes a fashion statement, James discovered a movie franchise, and Cher revisits an old TV show.

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    Dispatch #29.5: 'Hoverboards everywhere'

    For the holiday weekend, we are dropping a dispatch on the technology wrapped around our holiday travels. Topics include: Cher's airport adventures, a challenge James is taking on for the weekend, and apps to keep our business running, discover new places, and not get lost.

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    #29: 'Doing Their Own Sh*t'

    This week, Cher and James dig into the world of online video, where they praise the resurgence of people of color dominating the small screen while thinking aloud about the future of video discovery. Topics include: Master of None, Netflix and Hulu, the writing of Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, and gripes with the limitations of streaming hardware options. During Open Call, Cher discovers a mysterious producer named Breakmaster Cylinder, while James gets in his feels with the app Drizzy Tears.

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    #28: 'Not a Community of One,' with guest Molly Marshall

    This week, Cher and James welcome special guest Molly Marshall while discussing community outreach in Awesome Foundation, creating communities online and IRL, and the recent success of Podcast Club, including the announcement of their live event. During Open Call, Cher talks about a New York restaurant, James shares his love for a recent Reply All episode, and Molly talks about the Garfield Park Conservatory. We also have a new segment, Open Mic, where we square off with our guest in mini debates!

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    #27: 'Look Outside Your Bubble,' with guest G. Keenan Schneider

    This week, special guest G. Keenan Schneider speaks with Cher and James about the complexities of writing online, empathizing with readers’ perspective, and weeding out the trolls from actual constructive criticism. In the after show, G. Keenan shares his joy over the new Apple TV, Cher talks about her love for Ira Glass, and James discusses the latest book from Ta-nehisi Coates.

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    #26: 'Where is That Light Coming From'

    A special Halloween-themed variety extravaganza featuring listener stories of being terrified by tech and a new radio play, "The GPS".

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    #25: 'Sorry, White Listeners’ with guest, Rashid Zakat

    This week, Cher and James welcome guest Rashid Zakat. Topics include: creating lo-fi art online, creating content for the future while being modest, and discovering how humor in art can create community. During the after-show, Rashid talks about the VSCO app and a photography book, Cher shares her love for Issa Rae, and James discovered a new app.

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    #24: 'Let Me Tell You About That Blue Light Special'

    This week, Cher and James get physical and investigate the current state of fitness tracking. Topics include: the Chicago Marathon, the popularity of Fitbit, and guilt-driven anxiety. During the after-show, Cher triggers nostalgia with an orchestral song, and James triggers nostalgia with the background muzak of a department store.

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    #23: 'Riding the Feels Train,' with guest Sabella Flagg

    This week's special guest Sabella Flagg talks with Cher and James about employment, albeit self-employment, unemployment, and how those transitions effect your psyche, money, and career. In the aftershow, Sabella talks about Ryan Adams, Cher discusses her recent crafting project, and James talks about his relaunch of his "CSS Black Lives Matter" campaign.

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    #22: 'Rent's Still Due on the First'

    This week, Cher and James speculate the future of content blockers, how they deal with them in their own devices, and the pros and cons of monetizing content. In the after show, Cher talks about her favorite new TV show and an old film from her childhood, while James discovered a new folk band.

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    #21: 'The Same Mess Everywhere,' with guest Lindsay Eyth

    Cher and James sit down with Lindsay Eyth, of Eythink. They discuss her surprise Etsy shop success, her graphic design beginnings, and the transition into being her real self online and in real life.

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    #20: 'My Life is Not a Debate Point'

    Cher and James discuss how and when to engage in awkward, controversial conversations, both online and in real life. In the aftershow, Cher shares her love for Skylar Spence's new album, and James talks about his joy over the new iPhone.

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    #19: 'I Think You Just Jaden Smith'd Us,' with guest C'ne Rohlsen-Green

    C’ne Rohlsen-Green visits Cher and James as they discuss her early start with “analog life," her need for tangibility in her work, and her growing appreciation for digital expression. In the after-show, C’ne shares her affection for Alessa Cara, James’ talks about Long Haul Productions, and Cher talks about a podcast all about Gilmore Girls.

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    #18: 'Your Next Cycle Seems to be Late''

    Cher and James discuss data, and the pros and cons of algorithms infiltrating the human experience. During the after show, Cher talks about her love for the sleep app, Pillow, while James shows excitement for the new bike GPS, SmartHalo.

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    #17: Dispatch

    Open Ended will be off this week, but we will be back next week.

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    #16: 'I Love the Comments Section', with guest David Leggett

    Cher and James sit down with visual artist, David Leggett, and discuss having a public art practice, the best time to share your opinion, and making art when you have nothing to lose. During the aftershow, we chat about flea markets, rooftops, and ABC’s “What Would You Do”.

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    #15: 'Your Feelings Are Valid'

    The anxiety episode. Cher and James discuss their experiences in therapy, tackling mental disorders, and how tech plays a role in finding help.

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    #14: 'V.I.P**n'

    Cher and James talk about the dark side of social media. From the deep crevices of fan-made band forums, to Twitter chats, they dissect the culture of internet trolling and how it kind of bums them out.

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    #13: 'You're So Talented', with guest Sam Bailey

    Sam Bailey of You’re So Talented joins Cher and James in the studio. They discuss her webseries, retaining creative control, and how to allow flaws in a media-driven world. During the aftershow, Sam shares the music of Psalm One’s Rapper Chicks, Cher talks about CBS Sunday Morning, and James’ pin gives him inspiration for body art.

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    #12: ‘Eating Alone at Subway’

    In this episode, Cher and James discuss “doing the most” in one weekend, and the real feeling of FOMO, fear of missing out. In the aftershow, Cher talks about her love of a young Monica, and James discovered a new snack, from an old children’s television program. This is also our first week as a weekly format.

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    #11: ‘It’s Gonna Be Poop in an Hour or Two’, with guest Rachel Adams

    Special guest Rachel Adams of Dinner was Delicious joins the show to discuss food, and leading a healthy life, body, and mind. Topics include: nutrition, our relationship with food, and learning to find joy in cooking. During the aftershow, we discuss homemade doughnuts, Eaux Claires Music Festival, and the music of Kacey Musgraves.

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    #10: ‘There Was Erykah Badu Playing’, with guest Lauren Ash

    This week, our special guest is Lauren Ash, creative director of Black Girl in Om. We discuss how she created a community of spiritual goddesses using yoga, defending ourselves from technology anxiety, and finding inner peace through close friendships and self-care. In the aftershow, we discuss new music from Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat, the writings of Laura Helen Winn, and a mouth-watering quinoa breakfast dish.

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    #09: ‘Dunkin’ on Fools’, with guest Daniel Zarick

    Special guest Daniel Zarick joins the show to discuss the ups and downs as a freelancer. Topics include: finding work, saying no, raising rates, and dealing with doubt. During the after show, we discuss the game Threes, Apple Watch, music by Leon Bridges, and the necklace collaboration between Chad Kouri and Tusk.

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    #08: Money is So Dumb

    Budgeting and frugality, the art of Nick Lacke, and Future.

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    #06: Slide Up In Your DMs

    This week we discuss notification anxiety, our device setups, the Baltimore Uprising, the communication pyramid, and how passive information affects your present being.

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    #04: The Human Element

    We explore life after death on social media through public mourning on Youtube, a lingering life on LinkedIn, and talking to our lost loved ones on Cache My Memory.

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    #03: You Wanna See It In Color

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