What's That Smell? The Sometimes-Funny Anxiety Podcast

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Welcome to What’s That Smell? A sometimes-funny podcast about humans and their anxieties. Every week hosts Tommy Metz III and Pete Wright each drag one of their deepest, darkest anxieties into the light to share it, learn about it, and hopefully laugh about it with all of you.

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We’re not coming down on either side of the meat debate, but we do have a study that confirms if you’re not eating it, you might want to get on board with the high-protein train. We bring you: Meat and mental health: A meta-analysis of meat consumption, depression, and anxiety. Tommy brings the soft stuff this week with a discussion of what it means to be vulnerable as a man, and we relive that sweet sweet experience of the first time our dads cried in front of us. … Hi, dads! Pete brings tales of sorrow and break-up… in our favorite bands. Wait, hear us out: turns out fandom can bring out the same chemical goodies that tie us to our significant others, family, and dear friends. How we handle those break-ups mirrors how we move through the grief of losing the target of our cultural appreciation, too.

Nov 23

56 min 51 sec

Hey! Guess what, everybody? Following up on a prior week’s episode in which we discovered that drone dog snipers exist at the whims of their human handlers, turns out that airborne drones need no such things as human handlers to do their business. A United Nations report says just that about a March 2020 attack in Libya. Great job, robots… taking another human job. Tom brings a personal anxiety that, as it turns out, crushes both of us: Networking. The Muse has some tips on getting through the muck and maybe learning to love it. Spoiler, we don’t, yet, but we’re open to trying. Mostly Pete just goes into boss mode and eats business cards. Our beloved listener submission comes from an email address that reads, “Iworry@mymomlistens.tothis.” That should give you something of an idea of the nature of the story to tell. Wait… as I’m writing this… no, no it won’t. It’s about scars, or oulinophobia, fear of scars, specifically. But it turns out there’s a lot more at work under the surface.

Nov 16

40 min 57 sec

It’s OK everyone, robots are here to support you and care for you and make your life better. Also, robot dogs can shoot you and those dogs are made by a company called SWORD and none of that is a joke except for the part about robots taking care of you. Sorry. There are apparently rules for such a thing. In other news, a listener writes in to talk about online dating. That isn’t a whole lot easier than the whole gun dog robot. But we’re here to help so Tom does the noble research to clear up the confusion and anxiety that can stem from building online relationships... and all the ghosting that goes with it sometimes, too. We all hope he does a good job with it because today’s the day for Tom’s performance review and Pete’s up for the job. We just hope he has some good ideas for performance improvement without caring just too much.

Nov 9

51 min 40 sec

First, let’s get this out of the way: Panic attacks are no fun, and dangerous behind the wheel. So, if anything we say to ANYone is particularly triggering in the moment, while we hope you don’t have to turn the show off, we encourage you to do just that and make sure you’re in a safe place to ride it out. Our general rule of thumb: It’s only fun to laugh about it when you’re not actively going through it. We get it, trust us, we get it. All that said, have you seen the world today? Yeah, it can be easy to feel the overwhelm of division and conflict. That’s today’s listener submission, and if ever there was one that we relate to, it’s this one. Glass House? We’d like you to meet First Stone! This gives us the opportunity to introduce judgementalism, which it still a bit of a loose concept we’re adapting to our own purposes. Think of it this way: if social anxiety is the fear of being judged by others, judgmentalism would be the fear of our inability to live without judging others. And in times such as these, when we’re overwhelmed by the grief of division, it’s sure easy to close the door and pretend those whose positions don’t align with ours don’t actually exist. But, if we don’t find a way to engage, how do we find our way to understanding? Get down, and stay down: Anesthephobia and You Tommy just had a procedure and got to thinking about anesthesia. So, he dug into a bit of the history of anesthesia and learned some interesting things. Beyond some charming old timey language, it turns out people are far more fearful of going under than the data suggests they should be. But what fun is an anxiety if it’s rational? No fun. No fun at all. As ever, thanks for hanging out with us this week on the show. We’re getting closer to the end of our member season — just three more main season episodes left! If you haven’t had a chance to visit [whatsthatsmell.net][site] and pledge your support, just know that we love you for listening, and also that this is in part how we pay for our shoes, so to speak, so every bit of support from listeners like you is a massive help in keeping things humming along. Thank you. This week’s tune is Ain’t Looking Back by Richard Farrell. It’s already in the playlist in Apple Music and Spotify.

Nov 2

53 min 29 sec

We have glimpsed the future of saucy-sauce and it is drinky-drink. This episode marks the beginning of our exploration of alternative packaging and compositions of alcohol and while we are only able to offer a tease this week, we will absolutely return to this. This is another one of those personal episodes for Pete, having just sent his oldest off to college. It’s a process millions and millions of families go through every year, and yet the grief that accompanies the experience, and the fear and anxiety that comes with realizing all your efforts to teach are done, well that’s worth talking about a little bit. So, we do that today. Oh, and we also take on eel fishing a little bit. We take a tour down the cholera-stress streets of London in the mid-1850s, which is a super-fun classic What’s That Smell? Guided Meditation! Finally, Tom explores the micro-universe with a listener submission asking us about lice anxiety. If you’ve had kids, you’ve probably been faced with a lice scare. Pete doesn’t handle it well and may shave and wax his entire body on this episode. He does have a book recommendation, though: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong. If you’re interested in pushing on your assumptions of what makes you you, check out this book. This week's tune is I Think I Like It by Basic featuring Black GryphOn. It's already in the playlist in Apple Music and Spotify.

Oct 26

50 min 31 sec

We’ve never had guests on the show. It always seemed risky… like they might call us out on how dumb we look or… sound… or… are. So we held off. But in some backchannel somewhere, we got to talk about the persistent anxiety that comes with putting on this podcast — and all the other podcasts we do, along with the assorted general creative work our so-called friends put out into the world. How crazy could we possibly be? Have we LOOKED outside? What are we thinking!! So, we pitched our friends Mandy Kaplan, and Mandy Fabian. They are, together, The Mandys, and they share their own podcast: MandCave. They have been performers all their lives and somehow were never talked out of it by their own inner lizard voices. Mandy Kaplan co-wrote and starred in the movie 30 Nights, (yes, the same 30 Nights that our own Tommy directed), and Mandy Fabian is just wrapping up her own feature, Jess Plus None, and is in pre-production of her next film. Both women are incredibly talented comedians, writers, musicians, and all-around performers and they bring us lessons of overcoming performance anxiety they’ve learned in their work that we believe you can apply specifically to your work… if you are a bank teller. This episode will likely not resonate with those working in any other field. After you listen to this episode, we hope you’ll support these two by immediately subscribing to their hilarious podcast, watching their movies, washing their cars, you know… whatever needs doing. Thanks all!

Oct 19

1 hr 4 min

We don’t love making this a gendered conversation but sometimes we just can’t help it. It turns out that women might just be able to smell fear. We don’t love it, that we might keep doing stupid stuff because we can’t smell the danger in it, and so we’ve decided that we all need to hang around more women in our lives. Sorry ladies. We promise we’ll be quiet. We just need your nasal insights. Gross. Sorry. Dem Bones This whole show is really about bones. We didn’t plan it that way… just happened. We start with Pete’s hips. Oh, did you hear that? That little voice in your head? Listen carefully… it just said, “This podcast was inspired by Pete’s hips…” You’ll never hear THAT again. In any case, Pete dug into research that connects stress and anxiety to joint pain. It turns out, when your body is under constant emotional stress, it’s also under chemical stress. And THAT’s bad for your bones. Learn more from in Association of Stress-Related Disorders With Subsequent Autoimmune Disease. You can learn more from the kind specialists at University of Maryland Spine Center as they blog eloquently in: Why Does Stress and Anxiety Cause Joint Pain? We pivot from joint stress on the bones to what happens when Tommy tries to eat them. The bones, that is. He’s a real meat-hound, but as it turns out, sucking the meat off of bones gives him real trouble, and he’s not alone. The word is cartilogenophobia and rest assured, he’s going to really bite into this one. Coober Pedy Coober Pedy is a small town that sits in the middle of South Australia, about an hour north of Adelaide. It's hot there — it can hit the 120s in the summer — and with climate change, it's only getting hotter. And still, 1,800 people consisting of over 50 nationalities call this slice of the Outback home. And of all the homes in Coober Pedy, more than 60% of them are underground. Here are a few fantastic vids and resources to check out: This is the town where people live underground - Coober Pedy Life against the odds in Australia's underground town Welcome to Coober Pedy, the world's strangest town • The Telegraph

Oct 12

40 min 3 sec

Ok, look. We can't control what our parents called us when we were kids. We can't control the fact that those things are so deeply ingrained in our families that they still call us those things to this very day. We absolutely CAN control whether or not we talk about them on a sometimes-funny podcast for everyone to hear, but we lack the self control to stop ourselves from doing it. Please be gentle. Heavy show. Very heavy. Pete's helping a listener with a sort of existential dread this week that might have you noodling about it yourselves. Let's say you're sitting in a chair. Take away the chair and what happens? You fall. What if there was no floor to stop you? No ground? No crust on this planet of ours? You just keep falling. It's the fear of gravity on the show this week, and it's a doozy. No, DATphagia. So, it was an easy joke. Tommy's dealing with some very real swallowing issues and hot on the heels of that big nickname reveal, he's decided to process in real time on the show. So, it's Dysphagia day, everybody! Along the way, we visit a little fashion cafe in New York that marks one of the great business failures in food. Oh, I spoiled the surprise there. See, this was a terrific idea that paired super models and fine dining! Terrific, we tell you... Positively GANGbusters. How'd it turn out? You'll have to listen in to learn!

Oct 5

51 min 33 sec

If you were a member last season, this may come as old news to you, so hang on while I get a little housekeeping out of the way. See, we stumbled on these sauces from the REDACTED Company and while Tommy was busy talking about how they gave him anxiety, Pete discovered that this was not in fact a simple SauceAccident, it was just a single representative of a whole line of condiments that represent the whole of SauceTrocity suffered upon us, the consumers. It became a running gag, albeit a dumb one, and we fell in love with it. The gag. Not the Sauces. The Sauces? How could we know if we would fall in love with them? We'd never tasted them. We sat on our podcast bouncy balls and made jokes at their expense, but never had the SaucePerience to back those jokes up. So, in a member-only episode from last summer, we held a taste test of the sauces from REDACTED Company and their line of REDACTEDSauce condiments. Our experience is what you'll be listening to this week. But why a rebroadcast, you ask, especially of a subject and sound so disgusting? Because we need you to know what you're getting when you become an official PanicPal and Certified Best Friend of the show. It's this sort of hard culinary investigation that sets What's That Smell? apart from all the other sometimes-funny podcasts about humans and their anxieties. In closing, if you like it, if you're intrigued by our brand of tasting, we encourage you to become a PanicPal and get your own bespoke podcast feed that includes episodes like this one which the public never hears. Until next year... when desperation rears it's ugly, stupid head. To everyone who has already joined the club, thank you for helping us keep the lights on and loving what we are able to do with this show. You're the absolute best.

Sep 28

51 min 49 sec

It's another big week here at What's That Smell? HQ. First and foremost, AND by popular demand, we've finally created bespoke playlists of the music of this show. The Music of What's That Smell? You might (but you'd be forgiven if you didn't) know that we source all our music from the fine artists and catalog at Artlist. But that's a subscription service for creators and not terribly convenient if you just want to jam out a bit. Thankfully, the artists we have selected for our show also have released their music in Spotify and Apple Music. We built the playlist of as many of the tracks as we could (60+!) and will keep it up as we go. Just follow the playlist on your platform of choice and shuffle away! Spotify Apple Music Do you have the Sugies? It's true: if we had our way, we'd all be referring to hypoglycemia as the "Sugies". But we don't have our way so we'll just have to adapt to words. This week, Pete takes a closer look at the connection between hypoglycemia and mental health. Wait, what? Pete, surely you're mistaken. How could there be a connection between low blood sugar and mental health? See, that's what Pete thought, too, at first. Then he started looking at some of the research, like Prevalence of symptoms of depression and anxiety in a diabetes clinic population, and found out that smarties have been calling out about the connection for decades. The issue for us, though, is more specific: if you have both a tendency for low blood sugar, hypoglycemia, or diabetes AND you live with anxiety and depression, since the symptoms overlap between the conditions, how do you know you're having one or the other, and what can you do about it when you're right in the middle of a storm? Russo-Pepsico We found this story about Pepsi, vodka, and the Russian Navy that is just too good not to talk about on the show this week. Emojimergency Our listener submission is pretty contagious so hang on for your keyboards. Are you using emoji correctly? Did you, like our dear listener, just ask your boss for a raise, and tell him you're sorry about the loss of his loved one, while at the same time pledging your love to a K-Pop boy band? That's the level of severity of this week's emojimergency... it's a ⏰⏰⏰⏰⏰🔥. Try to wrap your head around it with the Global Emoji Trend Report from Adobe. Hearts have all kinds of meanings according to Body and Soul, but the definitive report goes to Cosmo. Ok, that's a joke. The REAL definitive discussion belongs to Emojipedia.org, literally the most expansive dictionary of emoji and their meanings on the internet. Jeremy Burge is an emoji historian, founder of Emojipedia, creator of World Emoji Day and widely regarded as an expert on emoji. Plus, if you're art-inclined, each entry will show you what the emoji symbol looks like on all the major platforms. You might be surprised to see what your favorite emoji looks like on someone else's device — Purple Heart 💜 anyone?

Sep 21

46 min 59 sec

Hey, you... how's your crypto? A real roller coaster, huh? Prolly want a guy like Mr. White Hat on your side. Also, maybe, don't use crypto if you want to fight the anxiety. Tom did a little traveling a few weeks back and the trip was fine. Oh, wait. No it wasn't. The friends were nice but the trip itself was a damned nightmare of travel anxiety. This week, he shares some good times in the Austin airport, an epic exercise in friendliness and frustration, and the real reason he was anxious: reports of unruly passengers. You don't have to look too far for details. Caitlin Gibson wrote a backgrounder on it back in 2016 for the WaPo: Passengers behaving badly: The real reason we freak out on planes. 2016 Since then, things have only gotten worse, with nearly 4,000 reports and 600 under active investigation by the FAA this year so far. Thankfully, the Federal Aviation Administration has finally come out of hiding and released... a PSA: You Don't Want Your Pilots Distracted: Unruly Behavior Doesn't Fly (YouTube). You should watch it. It's horrifying. Or don't, we get it. Pete takes on a listener submission that hits home. We're talking about Aquaphobia, the specific phobia that describes people with a fear of water. In this case: "People suffer aquaphobia in many ways and may experience it even though they realize the water in an ocean, a river, or even a bathtub poses no imminent threat. They may avoid such activities as boating and swimming, or they may avoid swimming in the deep ocean despite having mastered basic swimming skills. This anxiety commonly extends to getting wet or splashed with water when it is unexpected, or being pushed or thrown into a body of water." The academics behind "Aquaphobia: Causes, Symptoms and Ways of Overcoming It for Future Well-Being" share some data and their observations on causes behind the anxiety. The problem is that this fear causes people to avoid learning to, or becoming proficient swimmers. And when they avoid becoming proficient swimmers and they're unexpectedly submerged in water, they have a predictably high chance of drowning. We need to fix that. Or maybe Paul Lennon of the Adult Aquaphobia Swim Center in Glendale, California will have something to say about it. We'll talk about him in this episode, along with some of his compatriots doing the work of helping adults live with the fear AND become great swimmers in the process. And we talk about Simone Biles, too, because air sense is closely related to Pete's probably invented phrase water sense, which you're free to use yourself after you listen to this episode and learn what it means. This Week's Tune! Is it too on the nose that we bring you Sinking by Jane & the Boy this week? You be the judge. Find it in Apple Music or Spotify.

Sep 14

49 min 12 sec

The Nose Knows Anxiety Get ready, because VistaGen Therapeutics (a pharma company straight out of a Michael Crichton book), is on the verge of helping you out of your social anxiety with the same tech used to fight your pollen allergy. Right now it's called PH94B, so we're not talking about one of those sexy-sexy Sunday morning TV ad names quite yet, but it's coming... and we're here for it. Beware the things we're handing down Pete's getting itchy about passing his anxiety on to his kids. Oh, wait, wrong tense. Pete has gotten itchy BECAUSE he passed his anxiety on to his kids? Well, that might be debatable, but the fear of it is very much present so we're talking all about this very special kind of inheritance this week. Thankfully, the Child Mind Institute has some thoughts, which is great because apparently this fear is causing some people to avoid actually having children. Oh, and if you do have kids, read this about two very special words: Be Careful. Support A history of compression sockinettes won't keep you from becoming a What's That Smell? Panic Pal. The Thirteens Tommy talks 13s this week thanks to a listener submission and along the way we listen to a great tune from Les Brown, Triskaidekaphobia. While you're listening, we take a world tour of superstitious numbers. Every country seems to have one, but none have such a great song, we imagine. This week's tune is Coming Back Home from WEARETHEGOOD and Scootie Wop. You can check it out by following our playlist on Spotify or Apple Music.

Sep 7

45 min 5 sec

How do you funny? We welcome this first episode back of season six with a journey to HuRL, University of Colorado's Humor Research Laboratory. We're both graduates of University of Colorado and, just so we're clear, no one ever introduced us to the Humor Research Laboratory, or this show might be funnier. How funny? Check out this passage from the team's website: The Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) at the University of Colorado Boulder is dedicated to the scientific study of humor, its antecedents, and its consequences. The lab’s theoretical and methodological base is in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and judgment and decision making, with an emphasis in social and cognitive psychology. BWAHAHHAHHAHHAHHAHAaaaa... We're ROLLING over here. That just SCREAMS that these people know how to funny, and they funny hard. We walk through the Humor Styles Questionnaire created by University of Western Ontario psychology researcher Rod Martin which proposes to help us figure out how Tom funnys, and while we're at it learn that he believes if you don't talk about your funny that you don't have to feel any shame when you admit that you funny good. Wow... this paragraph sure came off the rails. Anyhow, you can check out a demo of the Humor Styles Questionnaire yourself here. Fear of the Absent Handies Tom is struggling with the handies. No, you pervs, it's actually rooted deep in highschool shop class and manifests today in his inability to be handy around the house. And thanks to advertising and images of traditional masculinity, there's a heavy dose of immasculation in this bit as we regale one another with stories of household destruction. Along the way, Pete makes a joke about the catalog scene in Fight Club that might be a blink-and-you'll-miss-it podcast moment. But that does a disservice to a great film so go watch the scene here. If you want to see what handyman Andy Hinds has to say, check out his piece in The Atlantic, "What Being a Handyman Has Taught Me About Male Insecurity." The Sharpest Tip Olesja Schemjakowa gave an extraordinary tip on a $23 bill in a coffee shop in Switzerland. You don't have to be so extravigant when you become a What's That Smell? Panic Pal. Listener Submission Pete takes on a listener submission that hits us where we live: fear of restaurant server authority. Along the way, Dr. Dodge gives us a tour of big "T"/little "t" trauma, a way to frame significant traumatic experiences in our lives against the smaller traumatic experiences that can manifest in fear, rage, and anxiety over time. Want to hear YOUR anxiety on the show? Submit it here! This Week's Tune! We've got a little hip-hop gem from Teo Laza called Hope I Feel Better. Find it in Apple Music or Spotify.

Aug 31

52 min 27 sec

At First Citiwide Bank of Anxiety, we live... where you live. Season six of What's That Smell? will begin on August 31, 2021. Special thanks to Mandy Kaplan, Jeremy Klavens, Justine Huxley, Tara Sands, Everett Jaeger, and Justin Jaeger for their support and participation as our trailer voice cast. They are officially the best.

Aug 17

4 min 35 sec

AI lookin’ out for us. Pete helps a listener feel free in the chair while Tommy is on the hunt for Dr. Puff-n-stuff. Links & Notes This weeks tune: Belong to You by Denitia

Mar 2

44 min 52 sec

Clean your glasses. Watch out for the ghouls under your bed. Stay out of the metropolitan water delivery business Links & Notes This weeks tune: The No Show Blues by Ben Bostick I Didn't Clean My Glasses for a Week and then I Put them Under a Microscope — Vlogbrothers

Feb 23

43 min 34 sec

Kickstart your back-ups, Sheriff Woody is loose. Tommy’s terrified of Little Tommy 2 while Pete should just give up and stop wearing pants to meetings. Links & Notes This weeks tune: Flutes Will Chill by Kicktracks ‘Breaking News’ — Radiolab

Feb 16

49 min 7 sec

Don’t drive while listening to this episode. Also, Tommy helps a listener get back … at everyone … at once. And Pete just hopes this will never, ever, ever end. Links & Notes This week’s tune: It Blows My Mind by Assaf Ayalon

Feb 9

48 min 20 sec

Introducing Shocktato. Also, Tommy struggles with tube time overload and Pete finds solace in escape. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Zombie Funk by Steve Poloni

Feb 2

46 min 15 sec

Pete uses his big brain to think again... and again and again while Tommy fights for the right to recline. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Mini Me by WEARETHEGOOD

Jan 26

41 min 28 sec

Pete helps a listener find a friend in time while Tommy is generally sorry. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Keepin’ Up by ikoliks

Jan 19

46 min 15 sec

Pete expounds on the long-running perils of railroad tie tag while Tommy and Foster come to a pandemic impasse. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Life Hacks by FASSounds How Tag Became a Professional Sport - Vox Media

Jan 12

42 min 43 sec

Pete chronicles the perils of feeling anything at all while Tommy exercises his inner Lawnmower Man daemons. Links & Notes This week’s tune: A Second Without Your Love by John Coggins

Jan 5

51 min 25 sec

Bumble snoozes, the pen leads to the darkest nights of the soul, and exercises in poor storage. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Lucky Me by Ofrin

Dec 2020

41 min 15 sec

Are there are more villainous creepies than hornets? Pete fights the purge while Tom winces at the wheel. Links & Notes This week’s tune: Runaways by Benj Heard

Dec 2020

41 min 21 sec

Surprising no one, we have pandemic body issues. Plus, social anxiety... and a little dose of a listener’s struggles to choose... or do we? Links & Notes This week’s tune: Freedom by The originals

Dec 2020

48 min 40 sec

Pete and Tom help a listener approach the long, dark path of apathy, and then cut open their inner podcaster. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: No Matter How Hard We Try (ft. Ben Goldstein) by Moon

Jan 2020

53 min 37 sec

Tommy finds joy hidden in the joy disguised as joy masquerading as trauma while Pete helps a listener with gravity ... again. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: Give It Up by Rob Young Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Gasping for Airtime by Jay Mohr! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, try your first listen while sitting in a cage!

Jan 2020

40 min 9 sec

Pete embraces the long-cut while Tommy helps a listener keep the silver cord tight. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: Lovely Piece by DayFox Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Life Hacks: 163 Insider Tricks Experts Use to Manage Day-to-Day Life by Sarah Goldberg! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure you prep your pumice!

Dec 2019

45 min

Tommy channels an otter prison while Pete helps a listener with gravity. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: Deep Sea by Raw Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Life of Pi by Yann Martel! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, try your first listen while sitting in a cage!

Dec 2019

43 min 15 sec

Pete faces an industrialist nightmare while Tommy helps a listener move beyond buoyant butterflies. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: Your Captain by Banana Split Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure you stock up on stickies for that pesky, pervy webcam, just like Zuckerberg does!

Dec 2019

45 min 41 sec

Tommy comes face to face with a new nemesis and responds appropriately, while Pete helps a listener feel better about feeling dirty. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: High by Guy Mar Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, cover your drains at night... you never know what's crawling around down there.

Dec 2019

42 min 29 sec

Pete finally moves aside and frees a new generation to experience out of this world anxiety while Tommy picks, and picks, and picks. Get your WTS Merch! This week's tune: Hold On To Your Butts by OK Otter Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Expanse by James S. A. Corey! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure you close the airlock behind you. Because robot spiders.

Dec 2019

39 min 33 sec

Tommy has prepared a list of places in which it is appropriate to 'oil oneself up' while Pete helps a listener to stand face-to-face with their inner Scarecrow. This week's tune: Love of Mine by The Hunts Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Moneyball by Michael Lewis! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure you print out some sexy, sexy math and hang it on your wall.

Nov 2019

46 min 30 sec

Pete devours an anxiety that should be a test for itself while Tommy helps a listener to see that the grass, sometimes, isn't always greener. This week's tune: Jell-O by Egozi Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Swarm by Michael Crichton! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure to seal your vents.

Nov 2019

47 min 36 sec

Tommy is on a hunt for fear and isolation and finds it in northern California while Pete helps a listener to maybe not see so much after all. This week's tune: Cold by Anthony Lazaro Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, make sure you barricade the doors all the way to the opposing wall. For safety.

Nov 2019

41 min 48 sec

Pete tries to hug the darkness while Tommy helps a listener find peace in verticality. This week's tune: Howling at the Moon by Tomer Katz ft. VIGZ Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, it’s always darkest with your head in the sand.

Nov 2019

44 min 11 sec

Tommy yells at people who yell at clouds while Pete helps a listener who has already helped herself. It’s a real gas. Welcome to season four, everybody. This week’s tune: Mindplay by Roza Sponsor: This week’s show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Viruses, Plagues, and History by Michael B.A. Oldstone! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show, and your hands will have never been so clean.

Oct 2019

44 min 25 sec

This week, Pete and Tommy bring you the round-robin, rapid fire anxiety draft you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for all your life. This week's tune: My Country by Ben Bostick Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for any book you want! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show. Also, cousin Oliver called … he’s ready for you to move along.

Jun 2019

45 min 50 sec

Tommy faces the challenge of words falling from his face while Pete stares gently into the fog of the unknown. This week's tune: Blondie by Modern Aquatic - Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, your identity has been flagged for copyright infringement. Consider this your DMCA first strike.

May 2019

45 min 11 sec

Pete is here to remind you that if you’re not feeling good about the world, you’re feeling bad about it, while Tommy has plans to strip silence from your future conversations. This week's tune: Mold Breakers by Jay Denton Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Strain by Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

May 2019

46 min 20 sec

Tommy attempts peace with his future overlords while Pete helps a listener see peace in ghosting the e-anxiety. This week's tune: Hell Yeah by Ride Free - Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Gateway by Frederick Pohl! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, you never have to worry about not being heard.

May 2019

56 min 13 sec

Pete is stuck in the meta-cognitive gap while Tommy saves a listener from sweet, sweet perfection. This week's tune: Slide by Simon Osterhold Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maia Szalavitz! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, did you leave the stove on this morning?

May 2019

49 min 28 sec

Tommy takes to the couch while Pete helps a listener to stay aloft. This week's tune: Tuwaraya Mama by Daramola Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning tea at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Before the Fall by Noah Hawley! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, shards of freezing rain in the forecast!

Apr 2019

42 min 32 sec

Pete goes deep into the anxiety diorama while Tommy helps a listener find a mealtime tribe. This week's tune: Midday Moon by Vikings in Tibet Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things by Barry Glassner! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, try keeping your batteries in the freezer!

Apr 2019

1 hr 10 min

Tommy avoids swinging clocks while Pete helps a young listener own the night. This week's tune: Watch Out by Chaun Davis Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Lexicon by Max Barry! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, you’re an active listener.

Apr 2019

37 min 6 sec

Pete’s stuck in the stocks while Tommy hits the city of Los Angeles straight in the selfie. This week's tune: Over Easy by Low Light Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, you’re an active listener.

Apr 2019

41 min 43 sec

Tommy is really in the mood to frolic with no outlet and Pete brings a listener submission that celebrates flamboyance with a cherry on top. This week's tune: Jungle by Moon Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, you’d look great in a bowler hat.

Apr 2019

48 min 48 sec

Pete explores options for general home protection while Tommy brings lessons in restaurant etiquette on behalf of those cursed as recipients of grand gestures. This week's tune: Cold Day in Hell by Michael Shynes Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Red Dragon by Thomas Harris! Or any book you please! Whatever you pick, you can sleep well knowing that you’re supporting the show … also, you’re a real smarty.

Mar 2019

39 min 40 sec

Tommy explores what his life might have looked like had he fully exercized his mad skillz while Pete hits the dark web and gets blitzed on slime. This week's tune: When I Get There — Maya Isac Gentle Whispering ASMR — Satisfying Slime on the Mic Gibi ASMR — Dark & Relaxing Tapping & Scratching Sponsor: This week's show is brought to you by Audible. Get a free audiobook to spice up your morning shower at AudibleTrial.com/ScentofaPodcast. From there, search for Tommy's recommendation this week, The Long Walk by Stephen King. Whatever you pick, you’re helping this show!

Mar 2019

41 min 34 sec