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Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory

Author: Starburns Audio, Daniel Van Kirk, Rory Scovel

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Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send them on topics ranging from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. Seek advice. Tell a story. Vent. Send a letter. It's your podcast, we just talk about it.
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RE: Three Secrets

RE: Three Secrets

2020-11-1801:11:59

Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week, we read a letter full of secrets! Plus: a Tom Arnold/Arnold Schwarzenegger story, and more! Don't forget to get your tickets to the next live Zoom show at DanielVanKirk.com! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: Ænima & Fainting

RE: Ænima & Fainting

2020-11-1101:11:25

Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we discuss two letters, one involving the pronunciation of a Tool album, and another one all about fainting. Plus, we discuss: the emo version of the theme song, Weird Rory, the state of the world, Randy Kindler, and much more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: When to Come Out

RE: When to Come Out

2020-11-0401:11:32

Dear Pennies and Pallers, This week we only read one letter -- it's from a listener to transitioned years ago and wants to know when it's appropriate to address that fact when meeting new people -- especially when it comes to dating. Plus, we discuss: Avant-Garden, Chinese food orders, Buffalo Bill, dad holograms, a Gurp update, silver dollar pancakes, and more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we bring you our latest live Zoom show, with special guest Jon Dore! We had a blast recalling some fun stories with Jon! Then we discussed a letter about going through a breakup during a pandemic, and one about having to find a new hobby. Hope we see you at the next one! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we bring you two letters, as we usually do: Letter 1 is from a listener who is bad at trusting, and Letter 2 is all about anxiety. Don't forget to get tickets for this week's live show at DanielVanKirk.com! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, For Letter 1 this week, we hear from a listener writing in about reaching inner peace with their sexuality. In Letter 2, our friend Amanda writes in to remember her Badass Grandma, who recently passed. Plus, we talk: Halloween, The Good Night Show ending, mid life crises, unicycles, Sam Elliott, & more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, In this week's first letter, we discuss name changes. Then for Letter 2, we talk all about bucket lists. Plus, we discuss: Rory's new putter, "This Is How We Do It," watching Hoosiers, riddles, & more. Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week, we bring you September's live Zoom show! It was a ton of fun! Dan has a surprise for Rory. Then we discuss a letter from a couple who got secretly married -- and talk to them about it! After that, we do a table read of the cinematic triumph of the century: Pen Pals: The Movie. Plus so much more! Hope we see you at the next Zoom show on October 23rd! Get tickets at DanielVanKirk.com. Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week, our first letter deals with the subjects of struggling with weight issues, and the best ways to stay motivated. In Letter 2, we hear about the joy of watching Survivor, and answer questions about Survivor strategy, and what reality shows we'd want to appear on. We also talk: porn star names, Garbage Pail Kids, and more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: Anhedonia

RE: Anhedonia

2020-09-1601:03:00

Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we again only have time for one letter -- a listener writes in about going through the biggest existential crisis in his life, and wants to know about the most difficult thing we have gone through. Plus, we discuss: 9/11, Jeff Bezos, and soap opera theme songs. Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: Jaws Wired Shut

RE: Jaws Wired Shut

2020-09-0954:44

Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we bring you a letter from a listener whose jaws were wired shut after surgery, and had to consume a liquid diet. This leads to many different food-based discussions. Plus: we recap the first Zoom show, Rory shares his new podcast and a house update, we engage in some cookie talk, & more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pennies & Pallers! This week we bring you our first ever live Zoom show! For Letter 1, we read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style letter that questions whether a listener should talk to his best friend about what he thinks is a toxic relationship. Then we talk to the letter-writer himself! For Letter 2, we chat with a listener about her letter, regarding her first experience with porn. Hope to see you at the next Zoom show on Friday, September 25th! Sincerely, your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we only read one letter, but it's a doozy: the tale of a small high school prank getting a little out of control. Then Daniel shares a wild story of high school shenanigans, and Rory shares a bear encounter of his own. Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, For Letter 1 this week, Rory finally gets an email about Pinterest! In Letter 2, we hear the tale of a house fire and a serendipitous moment that followed. Plus: Guessing the letters in the theme song, live show updates, Eddie Money talk, and more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies and Pallers, In the first letter this week, we hear the tale of a listener who feels gaslit by family members who hold different beliefs than him. Letter 2 brings us the story of "Calamity Kim," and raises the subject of special teachers we may have had. Plus: updates on the live show, birthday talk, a t-shirt announcement, Unsolved Mysteries, & more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: A Miserable Rafting Trip

RE: A Miserable Rafting Trip

2020-08-0501:00:071

Dear Pennies and Pallers, This week we dive into a letter from a listener who recounts to us a miserable family rafting trip. Plus, we announce our very first live Zoom show!! Listen in for details on how to book a spot! We also delve into topics like: the movie "Palm Springs," the story of Rory's first Phish show, he movie "Angus," DVK planning Rory's bachelor party, 40th birthday party plans, and more! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, In Letter 1, a listener is looking into new careers, and wants to know what Dan and Rory would be doing if they weren't doing comedy -- and also about their memorable dreams. For Letter 2: a listener has the opportunity of a lifetime to join a touring band. But he's about to bring a child into the world. How can he commit to both things? Plus: The Venn Diagram Tour / Overlap Tour, cookie talk, coffee talk, a house announcement, near-death experiences, Tom Cruise, Clorm & Niff, and something new at the end of the show! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RE: Road Trip Tips

RE: Road Trip Tips

2020-07-2254:501

Dear Pennies & Pallers, After a few weeks away, we're back! After spending some time catching up, we hop into some short letters that involve gift cards and a brand new calendar. Then we read a letter from a listener who's doing a cross country road trip and wants some suggestions on what route to take and what to see along the way. Plus we discuss: Tesla RVs, Rory's hatred of okra, go-to road trip food, and methods to game the hotel cookie system. Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, This week we bring you another episode from the Patreon archive! We read a few shorter letters, including an update from Chris, who had been sending us seeds for a long time. Plus some birthday cards! Then we get to a letter from Sarah, who has written to us before about her haunted house experience.  Sarah tells us how she's been able to turn a corner since her traumatic brain injury, helped by the use of psilocybin mushrooms, and how she drove over 150 miles to see Dan's show after not being able to drive long distances! We wish you well, Sarah!! Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dear Pennies & Pallers, To start off the show, Dan has a message he'd like to share with you. Then we have a little something different in store -- instead of a regular episode, we are bringing you the Patreon Bonus Episodes from June! Do we ever get to any letters? ...You'll just have to listen to find out. Will we be back to regular episodes next week? We hope so! #subjecttochange Sincerely, Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Luke Baylie

another great episode

Oct 15th
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Luke Baylie

reeseeeees pieceeeeeses

Oct 12th
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Luke Baylie

Guinness beer started the book to keep track of bar sports, i.e. darts and billboards records.

Mar 11th
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Maria Chatzi

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Jan 20th
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Stephen

Man you guys strung out that Eddie Vedder bit...lmao!

Aug 9th
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Stephen

I grew up in Petaluma. I would NEED to be on drugs to float down that river, Quinine, Penicillin, some anti-parasitic and a Z-pac just for good measure. Brave souls.

Jul 17th
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Stephen

For the love of everything PLEASE write a book!

Jul 16th
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Boris Jakovljević

Where do we send topic suggestions? :)

May 9th
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Brian King

awesome podcast!

Oct 11th
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cody miller

love it

Jul 18th
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Aldi Airori

Keep it up! I enjoy it a lot

Jul 10th
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Angela Snow

Good show!

Jun 22nd
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Benjamin Leshin

You guys are great!!! Cant wait to hear more!

Jun 22nd
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