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Episode 28: with Zach Kloppenborg
October 05, 2015 07:04 PM PDT

Episode 27: with Melissa Taylor
March 31, 2014 11:30 AM PDT
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A juxtaposing of cultures. As we stumble fearlessly right into Book 9 of The Brothers Karamazov, the tiny-appendaged Melissa Taylor joins our always-tweeting host Phil Malcom during this riveting and rather violent reading. Among the many completely accurate and fascinating topics they explore are patricide; the nobility of a not-as-noble-as-we-might-assume character; semiautomatic handguns; and the similarities and differences between cabbage pies (“a bad surprise”) and Runza sandwiches from Nebraska. Listeners will also be delighted to meet two more special friends this episode who sit silently in wonder of this audio book: Rachel Swartz, who would definitely drink a Margarona if she were Mitya, and Jackson the dog, who is a dog. It’s totally still The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, in which the commentary almost always falls beneath your already low expectations.

Episode 26: with Laura Malcom
January 23, 2014 09:07 AM PST
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A time to renew. We return with our season three installation of TBKaF to explore the gloriously scrupulous pile of Russian pages known as a “supreme achievement in literature,” as cited by Wikipedia experts. Reconvening in our expensive podcast recording studio is Laura Malcom, previously the GIRL-friend of our beloved host, and now the Bride of Philip. (Tweet them a congrats!) After reminiscing about their day of wedded bliss—heralded by one hundred talented recorder players—Phil and Laura expertly navigate the not-so-shallow waters of our characters' loooong journey. Join us as they interpret allegorical names, almost-orgies, passionate kissy-face scenes (narrative only), love slaves, and more PG-13-heavy plot devices. It's still The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, where we laugh because we don't understand some of the words.

Episode 25: with Stefanie Reinsch
February 19, 2013 10:20 AM PST
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A reckless gallop into the unknown. Please join our host Phil Malcom and his special guest Stefanie Reinsch, devoted reader of only the longest Russian novels. Together in this hour, Phil and Stefanie learn several valuable lessons, including but not limited to: "Poles love money and kolaches", "Dimitri Fyodorovich is a werewolf", and, last but not least, "Sometimes you can't get people to come to your party because they all have lice". As for the story itself, it charges forward, beginning with a desperate horseback ride that culminates in a bizarre party-planning session with a peasant. Will Dimitri's lustful passions end in bloodshed? It remains to be seen. Are there gypsies around? We can only hope. Will we ever finish this very long book? No one can know. It's The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, where we don't know enough to know that we should fear the unknown.

Episode 24: with Carrie Todd
February 13, 2013 06:41 AM PST
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An episode of false assumptions. In this week’s reading of The Brothers Karamazov, Dmitri is mistaken about the nature of an old woman’s charity, and our humble readers are mistaken about the proper amount of whiskey someone should consume while recording a podcast. Carrie Todd joins us at the readers’ table with her small reindeer-dog, Lulu and mistakenly assumes that she can break the unwritten no-swearing policy. Yes, dear listeners, there are some swears. Our alarm quickly calms, however, as Carrie assures us that “sometimes adults say words.” On this week’s episode we are also delighted to read about Dmitri’s upcoming lavish party, at which guests can expect to enjoy up to four watermelons. In the midst of all this, Carrie brags about her iPhone, and our two readers engage in a spirited debate about the nature of Dostoevsky’s death. Words are mispronounced, dogs squeal, and a whole lot of peanut butter-filled pretzels are eaten. It’s pretty much a clusterbleep.

Episode 0.2
January 03, 2013 03:06 PM PST
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In this completely adequate introduction to the second season of our long foray into the endless pile of pages that comprise the greatest novel of all time, Phil is joined by two former guests, each Dostoevsky scholars, who encourage him to continue his quest to read a very long novel. The journey is long, and the path is fraught with dangers, but Mme. Kerns and M. Huckabee voice their strong support. “Read on! Read on!” they say. And so we shall. Join us this week as we remember heartwarming/confusing/unfortunate moments from our first season (some of which are probably better left forgotten) and look ahead to a new collection of characters, chapters, and chaps. Lindsay and Tyler offer suggestions for ways to spice up the second half of the novel, and Phil listens quietly. Is this the best way to revive your interest in a book so long it took us 23 hours to read the first half? Perhaps not. But listen anyway! It’s The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, where you always get what you pay for.

Episode 23: with Bryson Kerns
May 02, 2012 12:31 PM PDT
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A new hope. Join our friend Bryson and our host Phil as they imbue our podcast series with new energy, aiming to contradict all so-called "realists" who nay-say our humble quest. Indeed, there are those who say, "It cannot be done. This book is too long. It is too Russian. There is not enough vodka." To these milquetoast critics, we offer our condolences. But to our dedicated listeners who dare to dream, to those of you who ever bravely embarked on an utterly ill-advised journey, may this podcast continue to serve as your beacon of irrational hope. After all, this is The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, a podcast persevered upon in the praise of folly as much as in friendship.

Episode 22: with Laura Hendrickson
April 23, 2012 11:06 AM PDT
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A little love fest. Join our host Phil and our friend (and Phil's GIRL-friend) Laura Hendrickson, for another delightful chapter in what is sometimes a delightful book. Things start getting steamy for Alyosha Karamazov and Grushenka, and they start heating up for Phil and Laura, too -- but don't worry, gentle listener, that is only because "the room is hot". Join us for gags, giggles, and wine goggles. It's a special episode of The Brothers Karamazov and Friends with Benefits...where the benefits are somber scholarship and perspicacious ponderings.

Episode 21: with Tanner Huckabee
April 11, 2012 09:46 AM PDT
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A tale of smells. Join our host Phil and our friend Tanner Huckabee, a proud graduate of Georgetown University, as they merrily make their way through the miasma of a meaty chapter, "The Odor of Corruption". Oh yes, there are stinks and spirits, wenches and worries to be encountered, but all these are met with vim and vigor by our venerable host and guest. Tanner entertains us with a decidedly redneck interpretation of Russian accents, and also interprets Alyosha's voice with what can only be described as the polar opposite of a Mickey Mouse voice. All in all, this is a very fine episode. As fine as it gets here on the Brothers Karamazov and Friends, where fine is far more than we ever expect.

Episode 20: with Emily Lance
March 26, 2012 06:44 AM PDT
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A mystical discourse. Join our host Phil and our friend Emily Lance, a famous tweeter (if by "famous" we mean that she is approximately one megazillion times more popular on twitter than one certain Phillip Malcom) as they finally finish Father Zosima's seemingly endless speech. Amongst many inspired and inspiring topics, they explore ware-hawking, nasal-robots, smelly-priests and kissing-judges. There is also lots of talk of ecstasy and hellfire, as one might come to expect. One particular highlight of this episode is the surprise visit of additional friends: Adam Fieldson and Aaron Chambers. So many friends! So many brothers! It's The Brothers Karamazov and Friends, where there are just so many things. So many things.

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