Episodes

Ep29: The Ideal Main Street

Sept. 21, 2020

Jon and Kurt fantasize about the type of stores and establishments they would love to have lining their ideal main street. From a dive bar to an old time movie theatre to a newly created James Bond Experience to a Cajan food stand, they propose favorites and give rationale...albeit not very convinc…

Ep28: Who’s the Oxymoron?

Sept. 14, 2020

Jon and Kurt dive deep into the shallows of many different types of oxymorons. Trying not to be buttheads, they hope this episode doesn’t meet with deafening silence. It’s even odds that after listening, you might make Smart Drivel a new tradition.

Ep.27: Cocktails

Sept. 7, 2020

Ever wonder where the Bloody Mary was first concocted? How the martini gots its name? The story behind the Tom Collins? Why we call it a Negroni? What the difference is between a Boilermaker and an Irish Car Bomb? Well, Jon and Kurt are here to help in this episode as they provide the dirt, the ane…

Ep.26: This? Or That?

Aug. 31, 2020

Hamburgers or hot dogs? Rap or Disco? Mountains or Beach? Manual or Automatic transmission? Jon and Kurt give impassioned pleas for their choices in a rollicking debate of all things important in life.

Ep25: Who is She?

Aug. 24, 2020

Brandy. Mandy. Roxanne. Rosalita. Chantilly Lace. Eleanor Rigby. Yes, there have been so many songs with women’s names as the title. So, Jon and Kurt decided to dig in and share the backstories, the motivations, the urban legends behind them. Oh, and they also take a side on the whole sweet vs. sav…

Ep.24: Vacations in History

Aug. 17, 2020

Jon and Kurt wax poetic about places they would love to visit for vacation. However, the twist is that they can go anywhere in any time in history. They discuss being in ancient Greece for the invention of the shower, ancient Alexandria for the books, England during King Arthur’s reign, seeing Jack…

Ep.23: Shipwrecked

Aug. 10, 2020

Having washed ashore a deserted island, Jon and Kurt have the good fortune to be granted things to help them to survive: one book, one music album, one food selection, one household item, and a 3rd person to join them. Now they just have to agree on their choices.

Ep.22: Homophones

Aug. 3, 2020

Jon and Kurt invite you to peek in on their conversation about Homophones which will hopefully pique your interest and make you think they have reached the peak of podcasting. You guessed it, you are the guest of the episode. So contemplate your navel or run off and engage in naval warfare, this di…

Ep:21 Borrowed Foreign Words

July 27, 2020

Trying not to be schmucks or to make it too kitschy, Jon and Kurt have carte blanche in this episode to act like prima donnas and take their figurative mopeds for a spin as they point out some great words we use everyday that come from abroad.

Ep. 20: More Fun Phrases

July 20, 2020

The first go round with fun phrases was such a hit, Jon and Kurt decided to give it another whirl. Not wanting to "Let the Cat Out of the Bag," but proving to not be a "Flash in the Pan," they wanted to see if they could do it again. Enjoy their presentation of more fun phrases and from whence they…

Ep. 19: Little Known Facts

July 13, 2020

Jon and Kurt dig deep to bring you little nuggets you can use to dazzle your friends at your next dinner party. What words in the English language don’t have a rhyme? Who is the model for the NBA logo? Where did the word suede come from? Why do we have Gin & Tonics? And many more truly relevant fac…

Ep.18: Favorite Movies

July 6, 2020

From Animal House to Shawshank Redemption and everything in between, Jon and Kurt put forth and debate the attributes of their favorite movies: the ones that scare them the most, make them laugh out loud, or truly have an impact on their lives.

Ep.17: Fun Phrases

June 29, 2020

Jon and Kurt spend a full episode discussing fun phrases and how they came to be. “Mind your Bees Wax,” “One for the road”, and “Freezing the balls off a brass monkey” are just a few sayings they take on, masticate over, and share.

Ep. 16: The Most Underrated Inventions (Part 2)

June 22, 2020

From toilet paper to Neil Diamond, Jon and Kurt discuss the advances in civilization we can’t live without that, while popular, are not seen as being worthy of the Mt. Olympus of inventions.

Ep.15: Underrated Inventions, Part 1

June 15, 2020

From toilet paper to Neil Diamond, Jon and Kurt discuss the advances in civilization we can’t live without that, while popular, are not seen as being worthy of the Mt. Olympus of inventions. This is the first part of a two part episode.

Ep. 14: The Aliens’ Perspective

June 8, 2020

In this episode, Jon and Kurt opine on which human rituals and customs will get laughed at the most by aliens. Plus they take a shot at projecting which human traditions are most likely to be assimilated by our extra-terrestrial neighbors.

Ep.13: Moon Men

June 1, 2020

Jon and Kurt are faced with answering a beguiling hypothetical question: would they rather spend 10 minutes on the moon or a year in Europe traveling in high class all-expenses-paid luxury.

Ep.12: Fads Gone By

May 25, 2020

The fanny pack. Spray on hair. Corsets. Beanie Babies. Eating placentas. Polyester leisure suits. Yes, in this episode, Jon and Kurt explore fads and trends of the past that have, thankfully, passed us by.