April 18, 2019

Easter Traditions - Podcast 36

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On this Good Friday Eve, we're talking about Easter traditions in the UK and America.  Do the traditions actually differ in Britain and the United States?  What the heck are cascarones?!  Erica reveals that growing up, the only day of the year she attended church was on Easter Sunday.  What's that all about?  And what kinds of candy did each of us get for Easter as children?  Can you get Cadbury Creme Eggs year-round in the United Kingdom, or is that just something Dominic dreamt up?  And why aren't Peeps a thing in Britain?  Have a listen and then let us know what your favorite Easter candy was/is and if you can think of any traditions we left off the list?  What does your family do for Easter?

April 16, 2019

The British Grocery Store - Podcast 35

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Between baskets that are called trollies, trollies that cost £1 to use, produce that's excessively covered in plastic packaging, and checkers who won't bag your groceries, there's a lot of differences between the British and American grocery store.  Listen to our latest podcast and find out all the differences before visiting a supermarket in the UK for the first time.  Have you been to a grocery store in Britain?  Let us know some of the differences you noticed in the comments section below, or on our Facebook group.

April 11, 2019

Storytime - Hostel Experiences - Podcast 34

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This podcast finds us reliving our experiences staying in hostels: some good, some bad, some Weektur.  Have you ever stayed in a hostel?  Many people are nervous booking hostels to stay in while traveling, because they are afraid they'll have to room with strangers, but this doesn't have to be the case.  There is a wide array of hostels available at different price points around the world and most of them have single and double rooms, some even with en-suite bathrooms.  (This means bathrooms that are attached to the room you're staying in, for my fellow Americans.)  There are also many rooms available which can hold from 8-12 people, if you're a large group, or traveling solo and looking to make friends.  These rooms usually don't have an en-suite bathrooms, so you'd be going down the hall to do your business if you chose a larger room.  As long as your room isn't next to anyone named Weektur, you'll be okay.  Have a listen to our latest podcast to hear about our hostel experiences and then let us know yours in the comments section below, or in our Facebook group.

April 9, 2019

American Quiz Fail - Podcast 33

Let's just get it out of the way... This podcast was a failure.  After having had so much fun taking the British quiz, we thought it might be fun to take an American quiz, but we.  Were.  Wrong.  This quiz turned out to be focused almost entirely on the government, which isn't terrible, but isn't exactly fun either.  Dominic became quite angry.  Erica became a bit delirious.  Still, we spent half an hour taking the quiz, WE HAD TO USE IT, PEOPLE!  There were other issues, but you'll just have to listen to find out what those were (hint: they're not about the pasta!).  Have a listen and then feel free to let us know just how mad the government makes you.

April 4, 2019

A Very British Quiz - Podcast 32

Well?  You read the question above.  Who was he?  *BUZZER*  Time's up, I'm afraid.  You lose.  But, thanks anyway for playing.  (I saw you opening that other tab to look up the answer anyway, you big cheater!)  Just kidding.  You didn't really lose... yet, anyway.  But, tune into this podcast and play along with me (Erica), as I take a quiz that's all about Britain.  How do you think I'll do?  How do you think you'll do?  Push play and we'll all find out, and then afterward let us know how many you got right on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

April 2, 2019

AncestryDNA Results - Podcast 31

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Have you ever had an undeniable urge to spit into a tube and then mail that tube off somewhere?  Well, Dominic and I did just that (I can sense your jealousy) and were rewarded by being told exactly where we came from.  Magic?  Perhaps, but mostly not.  No, it's called DNA and in this podcast we're talking all about each of our DNA, aka my DNA is interesting and Dominic's isn't.  Just kidding.  (Not really.)  Tune in to see if Dominic descends from an ancient tribe in New Guinea and whether Erica has DNA from literally everywhere on the planet, then let us know in the comments if you've had your DNA tested and if you were surprised about the results.

March 28, 2019

TV Series 1, Episode 4: Soap Operas - Podcast 30

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Remember that time on Days of Our Lives when Marlena was possessed by the devil?  No?  Well, let me tell you, you are missing out!  I think I was 12 or 13 and one of my grandmothers was heavily into "Days" and, this story-line alone caught my attention and made me a fan... at least for the next few summers I spent on my grandma's couch.  Now, admittedly I am not an avid watcher of daytime drama (I have the "Housewives" for my drama fix, thank you very much, Andy Cohen), but I know American soaps' story-lines can be a bit... ahem... ridiculous at times, while British soaps tend to favor real-life drama a bit more.  I could be wrong about that, however, as I've only seen a couple episodes of Coronation Street at my father-in-law's house.  Whatever the case may be, this podcast is all about British and American soap operas.  Have a listen and then let us know if you're into soaps and if so, which are your favorites.

March 26, 2019

TV Series 1, Episode 3: Detective/Police Shows - Podcast 29

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If you've ever seen British television, odds are you've seen a police or detective show.  From Sherlock to Poirot to Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise, the British love a good crime series.  While America might not have as many cop/detective shows airing at any one given time, we too have a history of a fascination with the police, with shows like Hillstreet Blues, Monk, Law & Order, and Chicago P.D.  Join us as we discuss police series from both sides of the Atlantic and then join in and let us know which are your favorites.

March 21, 2019

TV Series 1, Episode 2: Drama Series - Podcast 28

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Admittedly I am not a super fan of sad/sappy, or hospital-type dramas where someone's sick and/or dying in a horrible way.  I mean, I don't want to watch some little kids' mother, who is dying of cancer, or some man who just lost his job and then killed himself and now his spouse is hooked on drugs as a coping mechanism.  Real life is dramatic enough.  No, if I'm going dramatic, give me over-the-top drama with characters that are larger than life.  Give me Tony Soprano, Jon Snow, or even Olivia Pope.  And I love a good period drama.  And no one, I mean no one does period dramas like the British.  Downton Abbey?  Poldark?  Hello?  Britain also has the murder mystery down pat, but with Sherlock Holmes and Poirot, they had better.  What are your favorite dramatic television series?  Let us know in the comments section below and then have a listen to our latest podcast to find out ours.

March 19, 2019

TV Series 1, Episode 1: Sitcoms - Podcast 27

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In this podcast, we're beginning a new series on television shows from both sides of the Atlantic.  This episode finds us talking about British and American sitcoms and the number of popular American television shows that are actually remakes of British sitcoms.  We all know The Office was a remake of the British TV series with the same name, but how many Americans know classic sitcoms like Sanford and Son, All in the Family and Three's Company were also based on British shows?  But, does Britain remake American shows?  Tune in and find out what our top five favorite British and American sitcoms of all time are and then tweet us, Facebook us, or comment below your own list of favorite sitcoms.

March 18, 2019

Importing Culture - Podcast 26

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When I went to Britain for the first time, I was shocked to see so many American fast food chains and American brands in stores and movie billboards everywhere I looked.  It wasn't exactly the experience I wanted, to feel like I'd never left home.  I wanted to feel like I was in another country, which, in fact, I was.  Having already known Dominic for a year or so, I knew he seemed pretty familiar with American culture, quoting American television shows, etc., but I had no idea the extent that American culture had been imported in the United Kingdom and presumably elsewhere in the world.  So, why isn't the same true in America?  Are we just that arrogant that we think our stuff is so superior to that of the rest of the world?  Tune in to our latest episode where we delve deeper into this topic then let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

March 13, 2019

Expat Purgatory - Podcast 25

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This podcast finds us talking about how, being an expat, Dominic doesn't feel quite like he belongs in either the United States or the United Kingdom.  Why?  Doesn't he like apple pie and stuffing himself on Thanksgiving?  Surely he still drinks tea and speaks with a British accent?  He's lived in America for several years now, how dare he not feel American!  And, he was born in the UK, what does he mean he doesn't feel British?  The Queen will surely have something to say about this!  Well, you'll just have to tune in to find out exactly what he means.  Then, after you've had a listen, let us know if you're an expat, or if you've lived in another country in the past.  Do you understand the feeling Dominic has described?  Share your experiences in the comments below or on Facebook.