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Author: Alex Schmidt & Michael Swaim

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Join reader-comedians Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim for a fun, digressive trip through the Kurt Vonnegut canon. It’s a book club, a comedy show, and a cavalcade of smart, entertaining segments. Discover Vonnegut works you’ve never read! Rediscover your Kurt favorites! And cure the terrible disease of loneliness by going on a K.V. appreciation deep dive with a friendly karass of your fellow listeners.
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A Man Without A Country

A Man Without A Country

2018-01-2301:30:064

Franken-Time (00:01:20) Essay Time (00:04:25) VonneART (00:05:10) Ad Time (00:40:25) Kurt Blurt (00:54:05) Recurring Characters Update (01:09:40) Kurt Cameo (01:09:55) VonneWHAT (01:10:15) The Meat (01:13:25) VonneGRADES (01:18:45) Related Reading (01:21:25) Vonnegut News (01:26:25) Related readings and other links: https://goo.gl/KfLCMV
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

2018-01-0201:25:553

Cosmologut (0:00:50) Vonne-Interviews (0:07:00) Kurt Vonnegut reading Mary Ainsworth interview (0:14:45) Vognettes (0:26:05) Kurt Blurt (0:59:50) Recurring Characters Update (1:05:50) Kurt Cameo (1:06:00) VonneWHAT (1:06:45) The Meat (1:09:00) VonneGRADES (1:15:45) Related Reading (1:17:20) The related readings and other links: https://goo.gl/3XjCHq
Bagombo Snuff Box

Bagombo Snuff Box

2017-12-1501:59:052

Franken-Time (00:01:10) Intro Time (00:08:15) Creative Writing 101 (00:13:45) Story Time (00:20:45) Coda Time (01:30:45) Kurt Blurt (01:40:35) Recurring Characters Update (01:41:05) VonneWHAT (01:42:40 VonneGRADES (01:46:45) Related Reading (01:51:10) Related Reading and other links: https://goo.gl/R2gbor
Timequake

Timequake

2017-11-2102:23:391

Plot Time (00:01:00) Kurt Blurt (00:26:30) Recurring Characters Update (01:15:20) Kurt Cameo (01:16:50) VonneART(01:18:30) Vonne-Amendments (01:23:00) VonneWHAT (01:28:10) The Meat (01:59:40) VonneGRADES (02:11:20) Related Reading (02:15:15) Related Reading links: https://goo.gl/QnxE2v
Fates Worse Than Death

Fates Worse Than Death

2017-10-3102:02:143

Franken-Time (00:01:15) Story Time (00:08:15) Kurt Blurt (01:19:05) VonneWHAT (01:37:15) The Meat (01:48:45) VonneGRADES (01:50:00) Related Reading (01:53:00) Vonnegut News (02:00:10) Related Reading and other links: https://goo.gl/fQYH3z
Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

2017-10-1001:55:361

Plot Time (00:02:00) VonneART (00:09:30) VonneMATH (00:51:25) Kurt Blurt (00:55:30) Kurt Cameo (01:16:10) Recurring Characters Update (01:17:30) The Meat (01:20:00) VonneWHAT (01:28:45) VonneGRADES (01:40:30) Related Reading (01:45:25) Vonnegut News (01:53:50) Related Reading and other links: https://goo.gl/fbfKFM
Bluebeard

Bluebeard

2017-09-1902:42:175

Plot Time (00:00:50) Kurt Blurt (00:50:30) Recurring Characters Update (1:28:20) Kurt Cameo (1:30:00) VonneWHAT (1:31:15) The Meat (2:04:15) Vonnegrades (2:20:30) Movie Time (2:24:00) Related Reading (02:32:00) Vonnegut News (02:45:00) Related Reading: Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen): http://amzn.to/2ydCHJw The Hudsucker Proxy (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen): http://amzn.to/2wvP8hD Mad Men: The Gold Violin (Season 2, Episode 7): https://goo.gl/by3aY9 A Doll's House (Henrik Ibsen): http://amzn.to/2xGX1pm The Homecoming (Harold Pinter): http://amzn.to/2x8ZebV Amsterdam (Ian McEwan): http://amzn.to/2x5rH0D They're Made Of Meat (Terry Bisson): https://goo.gl/9KFq The Drone King (Kurt Vonnegut): https://goo.gl/2J5g9U
Related Reading: - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams): http://amzn.to/2wC5jvw - They're Made Out of Meat (Terry Bisson): https://goo.gl/9KFq - Kurt Vonnegut in a Discover Card ad: https://goo.gl/fvwyVT - The Star (Arthur C. Clarke): https://goo.gl/n3ZTPC
Galápagos

Galápagos

2017-08-2902:13:312

Plot Time (00:01:00) Kurt Blurt (01:00:20) Recurring Characters (01:24:10) The Meat (01:24:50) VonneWHAT (01:47:00) Vonnegrades (01:54:50) Related Reading (01:57:20) Vonnegut News (02:09:20) Related Reading and other links: https://goo.gl/knW8io
Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick

2017-08-0102:07:451

Plot Time (00:01:00) The Meat (01:04:00) Kurt Cameo (01:19:45) Recurring Characters Update (01:24:20) Kurt Vonnafoods (01:27:40) Kurt Blurt (01:35:40) VonneWHAT (01:50:30) Vonnegrades (01:53:50) Related Reading (01:56:30) Vonnegut News (02:03:00) Related Reading: Novel: Thomas Wolfe: Look Homeward, Angel: http://amzn.to/2uYaYh2 Poetry Collection: The Best of Ogden Nash: http://amzn.to/2eOd6l6 TV: Better Call Saul: https://goo.gl/ygKTO9 Book: James Thurber: The Last Flower: http://amzn.to/2vJi1rD Comic: Dan Harmon: La Cosa Nostroid: http://amzn.to/2eOkBbu Original Cast Recording: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater: http://amzn.to/2h3O2Hg
Palm Sunday (Live)

Palm Sunday (Live)

2017-07-1101:28:092

Franken-Time! (00:03:00) Story Time! (00:05:30) Kurt Blurt! (00:50:10) VonneART! (01:00:50) VonneWHAT!? (01:10:45) Vonnegrades! (01:30:15) Related Reading (01:14:40) Vonnefriends! (01:18:00) Related Reading: Article: io9: The Universal Shapes of Stories, According to Kurt Vonnegut: https://goo.gl/q2jpzc Full Text: Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi: https://goo.gl/EcTo40 Book: Dave Eggers: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: https://goo.gl/C5EodB Book: Stephen King: On Writing: https://goo.gl/U6bsLg Book: Harlan Ellison: The Other Glass Teat: https://goo.gl/W5yWbk
Jailbird

Jailbird

2017-06-2002:34:571

Plot Time! (00:02:30) Kurt Blurt! (01:17:00) The Meat! (01:31:15) Recurring Characters Update! (01:42:10) Kurt Cameo! (01:45:50) VonneWHAT! (01:46:50) Vonnegrades! (01:56:20) Movie Time! (2:00:50) Music Time! (2:15:50) Related Reading! (02:24:30) Related Reading: Short Story: Guy De Maupassant: The Necklace: https://goo.gl/Upnq Book: Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man: https://goo.gl/GHHXQs Play: Tony Kushner: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: https://goo.gl/vLVKdn Short Story: George Saunders: Escape from Spiderhead: https://goo.gl/I0ek3q Graphic Novel: Alan Moore, David Lloyd: V for Vendetta: https://goo.gl/E1FRQ3 Book: Neil Gaiman: American Gods: https://goo.gl/Wx2GiC
Slapstick

Slapstick

2017-05-2302:22:444

Plot Time! (00:40) Kurt Blurt! (01:14:15) VonneArt! (01:31:30) Recurring Characters Update! (01:34:25) Kurt Cameo! (01:37:45) VonneWHAT! (01:38:35) Movie Time! (01:45:45) The Meat! (01:55:00) Vonnegrades! (02:05:15) Related Reading! (02:07:55) Vonnegut News! (02:16:25) Related Reading: Book: Theodore Sturgeon: More Than Human: https://goo.gl/sfv6NG Short Story: Harlan Ellison: In Fear of K (in Strange Wine): https://goo.gl/Jm2dfP Book: Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes: https://goo.gl/n8h6HI Short Story: HP Lovecraft: The Outsider: https://goo.gl/86RReb Song: Frank Zappa: Bobby Brown Goes Down: https://goo.gl/OxOMAv
Segments: Story/Essay Time (00:00:30) Kurt Blurt (01:19:30) VonneWHAT (01:27:00) Kurt Blurt, Part II (01:34:30) The Meat (01:44:30) VonneGRADES (01:45:40) Related Reading (01:47:30) Kurt Vonnegut's Personal Library of Related Recommended Things For You to Read (01:52:10) Vonnegut News (01:59:20) Related Reading: ​Book: ​Sherman Alexi​e​:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian​: https://goo.gl/prPzP4​ Speech: ​Mary Schmich​: Wear Sunscreen: https://goo.gl/zs12n Speech: David Foster Wallace: This is Water: https://goo.gl/XMEqj ​Kurt Vonnegut's Reccomendations: Full Text: Edgar Lee Masters: Spoon River Anthology​: https://goo.gl/qBpVMv Book: USA (The 42nd Parallel, 1919, The Big Money): John Dos Passos: https://goo.gl/ofoFOi Full Text: Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary: https://goo.gl/JthcXb Full Text: King Henry VI, Pt III: https://goo.gl/5SlCET Book: Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: https://goo.gl/bWvTDN
Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

2017-04-1102:36:394

Plot Time! (02:00) Kurt Blurt! (1:14:00) Recurring Characters Update! (1:36:00) Kurt Cameo! (1:38:30) Related Reading! (1:39:15) VonneWHATMEAT! (1:49:45) Vonnegrades! (2:14:45) Movie Time! (2:17:22) Vonnegut News! (2:32:30) Related Reading: Short Story: Ray Bradbury: "The Earthmen" (part of The Martian Chronicles): https://goo.gl/uA719G Video: Connections: https://goo.gl/vixNYh Book: Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: https://goo.gl/T2KOkT Book: Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: https://goo.gl/HYl3ig Book: Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: https://goo.gl/jdpYMe Short Story: Harlan Ellison: The Region Between: https://goo.gl/57J4i9 Short Story: Michael Swaim: And It Goes Like This (A Fable): https://goo.gl/o5RZ8r Podcast: Revisionist History: The Satire Paradox: https://goo.gl/h7759e Take the Duke University Vonnegut Study: tinyurl.com/sciencevonneguys
Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Happy Birthday, Wanda June

2017-03-1402:35:461

Plot Time! (02:10) Fortitude Time! (01:01:20) Christmas Time! (01:12:20) Kurt Blurt! (01:18:50) Recurring Characters Update! (01:47:00) Kurt Cameo! (01:48:20) VonneWHAT! (01:50:00) The Meat! (01:58:15) Vonnegrades! (02:04:30) Drama Time! (02:09:30) Related Reading! (02:21:30) Vonnegut News! (02:32:30) Related Reading: Podcast: Revisionist History: The Satire Paradox: https://goo.gl/h7759e Film: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: https://goo.gl/1hi4nI Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou?: https://goo.gl/pexMGk Film: Sullivan's Travels: https://goo.gl/XdLINd Play: Suzan-Lori Parks: 'The Last Living Black Man in the Whole Entire World' & 'The America Play' (which Michael calls 'The Death of Abraham Lincoln'): https://goo.gl/LfeX6N The Neo-Futurists: https://goo.gl/87I0K3 Song: Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer: Cat-Eye Willie Claims His Lover: https://goo.gl/LdE5Bg Short Story: Ray Bradbury: The Kilimanjaro Device: https://goo.gl/YaUH2K Article: The National Law Review: Illinois Federal Judge Awards Treble Damages and Attorney's Fees in Kurt Vonnegut-Fueled Opinion: https://goo.gl/RqY6YY
Vonne-chat: Marc Leeds

Vonne-chat: Marc Leeds

2017-03-0721:37

In this special bonus Vonne-chat, Alex and Michael are joined by Marc Leeds, author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia. They discuss what it's like being a character in one of Kurt's novels, whether his books are truly a shared universe and how Marc compiled his nearly 800 page tome, an A-Z database of Vonnegut characters, settings and themes. Related Reading: The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: https://goo.gl/J7HN1E Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library: Marc Leeds Bio: https://goo.gl/VO7VAp The Daily Vonnegut: Interview with Marc Leeds: https://goo.gl/Mqkus4
Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five

2017-02-1402:20:426

Plot Time! (01:10) Kurt Blurt! (55:30) Recurring Characters Update! (01:31:00) Kurt Cameo! (01:39:20) VonneWHAT?! (01:42:00) VonneART! (01:52:15) The Meat! (01:55:45) Vonnegrades! (01:57:00) Movie Time! (02:01:40) Related Reading! (02:07:50) Vonnegut News! (02:17:10) Related Reading: Film: Grave of the Fireflies: https://goo.gl/V6xGcF Film: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story : https://goo.gl/gWFjlH Film: Arrival: https://goo.gl/c8DmrG Short Story: Ray Bradbury: "Tomorrow's Child" (in I Sing the Body Electric!): https://goo.gl/zQuv1B Album: Roger Waters: Radio Kaos: https://goo.gl/x1rx05 Graphic Novel: Yoshihiro Tatsumi: The Pushman and Other Stories: https://goo.gl/nTpYca Short Story: Harlan Ellison: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: https://goo.gl/NBaa18 Preface: George Saunders: "Introduction to Huckleberry Finn" (in The Braindead Megaphone): https://goo.gl/mr1ydG Short Story: Elie Weisel: "Night": https://goo.gl/jsGqyg Novel: Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow: https://goo.gl/0s9wEW Graphic Novel: Art Spiegleman: Maus: https://goo.gl/VqiDe6 Article: Nautilus Magazine: The Exotic Matter States Behind PCs, Visual Displays, and the Future of Water: https://goo.gl/2W5exV
Sections: Gettin' Social! (02:15) Emergency Situation! (27:20) Meet Space! (41:00) Related Reading: Novel: Jamaica Kincaid: A Small Place: https://goo.gl/jxJQCI Novel: Haruki Murakami: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: https://goo.gl/M4Eo8g Film: Harrison Bergeron: https://goo.gl/jtIVDt Film: 2081: https://goo.gl/xZgOGF Film: Who Am I This Time?: https://goo.gl/h9sdju Podcast: Limetown: https://goo.gl/z2p59C Music: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Musical Demos: https://goo.gl/RNGnwU Radio: Dimension X: Report on the Barnhouse Effect: https://goo.gl/Srrcyl Novel: Jerry Spinelli: Maniac Magee: https://goo.gl/N0IpjK Novel: Lois Lowry: Gathering Blue: https://goo.gl/EmRjI9 Short Story: Cordwainer Smith: "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard" (in The Rediscovery of Man): https://goo.gl/MJqiwx Book: Kurt Vonnegut: Drawings: https://goo.gl/CV7oTM
Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House

2017-01-2402:26:102

Super Short Story Plot Time! (06:15) Recurring Characters Update! (01:54:30) Kurt Cameo! (01:55:55) VonneWHAAAT! (01:57:00) Kurt Blurt! (02:05:30) Vonnegrades! (02:11:00) Related Reading! (02:12:45) Vonnegut News! (02:21:00) Related Reading: Book: Marc Leeds: The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: https://goo.gl/tu8S4W Book: Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man: https://goo.gl/ihH8r9 Book: George Saunders: CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: https://goo.gl/01l2O8 Book: Charles Yu: Sorry Please Thank You: https://goo.gl/JJ9AAG Book: Eric Puchner: Music Through the Floor: https://goo.gl/S5YgOY Short Story: Harlan Ellison: "The End of the Time of Leinard" (in Dream Corridor): https://goo.gl/QZWi1H Short Story: Harlan Ellison: "How's the Night Life on Cissalda?" (in Shatterday): https://goo.gl/b1koGV Short Story: Michael Swaim: "Cost of Living": https://goo.gl/LLivV0
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Cama Kay

I love you, you vonneguys.

Dec 11th
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Shane Leatherman

So, I'm guessing they are just done? No more Vonneguys? ;(

Jul 10th
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Shane Leatherman

I demand you make the Barnhouse play!!

Jul 3rd
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