Mike & Steve (Don't Know What They're Doing)

Mike & Steve

Mike and Steve talk their way through learning about unfamiliar topics. They don't know what they're doing.

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Have you ever been so sure that you remembered something, only to find out that's not how it actually went down? Sometimes lots of people mis-remember exactly the same things. This week, we explore the strange phenomenon of "The Mandela Effect."

Feb 22

32 min 27 sec

We've been having a lot of feelings about some... questionable content on old TV shows. Kicking off a mini-series about how to resolve old shows we like with themes that aren't appropriate, we're focusing this week on queer culture in TV and how we've felt about it over the years.

Jun 2020

1 hr 13 min

The COVID-19 pandemic forced millions of Americans into going to school online this year. As many teachers, students and families struggle to adapt, we talk to Nicolette VanDelinder, a fully virtual teacher based in Colorado, to see how virtual classrooms differ from the physical and what parents and students can do to make the best … Continue reading "We Don’t Know Virtual Learning"

Jun 2020

48 min 48 sec

Phobias are more than just "not liking" something - they're an overwhelming (and sometimes debilitating) fear. Are they psychological or engrained into us by evolution? And why does the iPhone 11 Pro freak some people out? Find out on this episode!

Oct 2019

56 min 34 sec

Arcades are quickly becoming relics of our past and along with them, one of the earliest forms of arcade gaming - pinball. This week, special guest Chad Concelmo joins us to visit the Pacific Pinball Museum and learn about this history and art form that is creating pinball tables.

Aug 2019

39 min 30 sec

National Night Out is an annual event designed to bring communities together with law enforcement to reduce crime. But why haven’t we attended before? And why is it held on a different day in Texas?! This week, we discuss the history of National Night Out and how we feel about its impact (or potential impact) … Continue reading "We Don’t Know National Night Out"

Aug 2019

41 min 36 sec

This Tuesday is election day in the U.S. and citizens sure seem more fired up about it than usual. We're avoiding the politics to focus on why getting the vote out is important and why some people still don't do it. Mike's Dad is our special guest to give us context from the perspective of a precinct election judge to understand how polling places are run and how they can be vital to a community.

Nov 2018

4 min 38 sec

Americans will spend over $9B on Halloween this year - and about a third of that will be on costumes! This week, we talk about the good, the bad and the INSANE costumes that we've found online. We also revisit some of our favorite costumes of the past and we discover that glitter pumpkin butts are a thing. 

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Oct 2018

49 min 57 sec

It's that time of year again to stock up on goodies to hand out to dressed up kids all over your neighborhood. But why are these candies so weird now?! Join us as we taste some Halloween candy, discuss our favorites from childhood and talk through the weird flavors and names of today's treats. 

Oct 2018

49 min 20 sec

We finally bought a house... and it was a tedious process full of so many twists we didn't see coming. This week, we talk about some of the ins, outs and gotchas of buying a home with some quick tips for future buyers. We also talk about Oculus Connect and CA Great America's Haunt!

Oct 2018

42 min 39 sec

The first in our mini-series about buying a house... cuz we just did! Looking for the right house was fun, but surprisingly challenging! Join us on our trip through some "catfish" houses, homes with no floors and the BBQ Ranch that we will soon call home!

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Aug 2018

37 min 49 sec

We're back after a long hiatus! We took a bit of a summer break to focus on work and house hunting. We've been traveling, hanging out and debating the song of the summer!

Aug 2018

15 min 39 sec

It's Memorial Day weekend and while most are out enjoying sunshine, pools and barbecue, it's a good time to reflect on our history and what this day is actually about. This week, we look at the history of Memorial Day and some of the lesser known stories of those who have died serving our country.

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May 2018

29 min 30 sec

We moved to Silicon Valley in 2013 to try something new and make progress toward the goal of owning a home. 5 years later, home ownership doesn't seem much closer, so we're not quite sure why we're here anymore. Should that even be a goal? It's time to talk it out!

May 2018

31 min 2 sec

The chaos happening in on the Big Island of Hawaii got us thinking about just how many volcanoes are around the globe. This week, we take a quick look at volcanoes near us and the risks they pose. Plus Steve gets amped up about overly dramatic volcanoes in pop culture.

May 2018

35 min 42 sec

Virtual reality (VR) has been going through a resurgence over the past few years with some really cool ideas, but... nobody seems to know exactly what to do with it yet. This week, Mike explored VRLA to see some of the new ways developers are using VR, from art and education to PTSD therapy for veterans. We also tried out The VOID Star Wars Experience in Los Angeles!

May 2018

52 min 11 sec

We finally saw Black Panther and loved it! Super hero movies have come so far in 10 years, and there's so much going on that they can be intimidating! How did this master plan of films come to fruition and how have they played out? We look back at the 19 films leading up to Avengers: Infinity War — with no spoilers!

Apr 2018

54 min 12 sec

This week, Mike joined the group of most Americans who, at some point in their lives, get their 3rd molars removed. Why is this weird procedure such common practice? Why are they called "wisdom" teeth? And why do we have 'em anyway?! Also... some funny clips of Mike on pain killers.

Apr 2018

26 min 26 sec

Did you have a spell of bad luck last Friday? Ever notice a lot of tall buildings skip floor 13? Have you been chased by a guy in a hockey mask? We get into all of these topics and more this week as we discuss the superstition of the number 13 and pop culture around Friday the 13th!

Apr 2018

43 min 7 sec

The reality show that started the DIY television craze is rebooting this weekend, nearly 20 years after the first episode. This week we spend some time talking about why Trading Spaces became such a breakout hit and we re-visit some of the disasters of design that came out of it.

Apr 2018

49 min 58 sec

It's Easter... and April Fool's Day. This week, we taste some of the random candy that only comes at Easter, chat about family Easter traditions and Mike shares some WTF facts about Peeps!

Apr 2018

38 min 8 sec

This week, we look inside ourselves to find more about who we are... literally! We've taken the home DNA tests from Ancestry.com and 23andme to find out more about our possible genealogy and ethnic makeup. We'll discuss how the services compare and what we found!

Mar 2018

50 min 31 sec

Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa is the largest free-standing mountain in the world - a place few ever get to see in person. Last year, however, our friend Chad took an amazing journey to climb it! In this special episode, Chad and his partner, Matt, join us to tell his story about how he came to make the climb and the incredible physical and mental feats that it takes to get to the summit!

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Mar 2018

54 min 38 sec

Have you ever uh... had one of those days when uh... your brain isn't working as fast as like... your brain? Turns out that's normal! However, it can be a distracting habit. This week, we examine why we use these "filler words" and how we can train ourselves to use them less often. 

Mar 2018

40 min 42 sec

This week, we take a ride into the world of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) for their 6th annual off-season tour at California's Great America. We talk about this tight-knit community, get the inside scoop on Great America's 2018 updates and get a behind-the-scenes look into off-season operations. Steve quizzes mike on random Bay Area theme park trivia and Mike challenges us to start taking time to do what we love.

Mar 2018

39 min 37 sec

Well, the Winter Olympics are wrapped up for another 4 years, so this week we take a look at some of the crazy sports. We talk about our favorites, learn how they started, and Mike shares some WTF facts that... well you should just hear for yourself.

Feb 2018

42 min 29 sec

It's President's Day, so let's talk about some amazing ones... from the past and from fiction! Time travel to save JFK, false teeth made of ivory and screws, a murderous Abraham Lincoln and Obama's colorful new portrait round out this week's theme of commander-in-chief. Also, Mike tries to create a game of presidential quiz wiz and fails. 

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Feb 2018

40 min 39 sec

Drama, laughs and lessons for the family... all in under 30 minutes! What is it about sitcoms that draws us in year after year? We talk about our favorites, the importance of cultural representation and learn about canned laughter. 

Feb 2018

36 min 27 sec

Today was the big game! We didn't watch it, but we're gonna talk about it. Rivalry on the gridiron! Big ad money! And... owls, apparently. What do owls have to do with football? Listen to find out!

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Feb 2018

45 min 18 sec

Can you imagine swimming a mile, biking 24 miles, then finishing up with a 6 mile run all in the same day? We can't either, but this week our friend Jeremy joins us as our first in-studio guest to talk about what it takes to compete in the Lavaman Triathlon. We also talk about his incredible fundraising efforts with Team In Training, AIDS Lifecycle and Cancer's A Drag.

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Jan 2018

47 min 39 sec

Before eating Tide Pods was a thing, people were acting like mannequins, dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money for charity and seeing who could eat the most marshmallows. Why do these online challenges go viral and why do we find them so compelling (at least for a while)?

Jan 2018

57 min 9 sec

Meeting the parents of your significant other can be nerve-wracking and awkward... but it can also become a funny story. We share the stories of how we met each other's parents, our friend Jeremy tells a funny about meeting his partner's parents and we share some tips for not messing it up!

Jan 2018

36 min 22 sec

Gold, frankincense, myrrh and... baby Jesus baked inside a cake?! We explore the history, traditions and food of Día de Los Reyes or 3 Kings Day - the official end to the holiday season in Latin countries and other parts of the world!

Jan 2018

34 min 19 sec

We don't know how to wrap up the year, so we're re-capping some our favorite movies, TV shows and podcasts from 2017. This special end of year double episode has death in Monterey, return of America's favorite white trash family and math is hard for Mike!  

Jan 2018

1 hr 53 min

We're picking up our chat about old family holiday traditions - and who better to talk to about it than our Moms?! Our Moms take over the storytelling this week as they give us a rundown on what we were like as kids, what we wanted for Christmas and the lengths they went to to make our holidays special. A warning for parents: while there's nothing explicit in this episode, it's not one you'll want to listen to with your kids (if you know what we mean)!

Dec 2017

42 min 56 sec

The season of festive cheer is upon us, but it's not always easy (for us anyway) to break the ice at the many holiday parties. This week we explore some advice to have better conversations at parties with friends or co-workers. TL;DR don't drink too much like Susan in accounting and wind up drunk on the balcony with your puppy.

Dec 2017

43 min 8 sec

We've spent all weekend trying to revive our screen printing skills, but as it turns out we don't have any of those. We explore the science and a bit of history around the technique of serigraphy (and why we're so terrible at it). Find out why we are covered in metallic gold ink, listener reactions to The Tree Whisperer and why Mike doesn't know what a rhododendron is. 

Dec 2017

40 min 2 sec

We take a quick trip down memory lane as we talk about some of the traditions our families had during the holiday season and the history behind some of the places we visited. True stories of planes crashing into churches, fires destroying buildings where you now shop and Mike teases us about "The Tree Whisperer."

Nov 2017

41 min 54 sec

We talk the ins and outs of Black Friday - the good, the bad and the deceptive deals. We learn a bit about the ways retailers target us with sales, how we fall for them and if they're actually worth it. We also learn about the top shopping day of the year that blows Black Friday out of the water.

Nov 2017

36 min 36 sec

This week, we take a look at some of the lesser-known inventions from here in Silicon Valley from frozen breakfast and food in a cup to big hunks of steel and animatronic rats.

Nov 2017

47 min 47 sec

Veteran's Day is this weekend, but what does it really mean? We hear some stories about those who serve to better understand the significance of honoring our service men and women. 

Nov 2017

53 min 10 sec

In this surprise episode for Halloween we share your submitted scary stories and some of our own! A Hollywood radio personality possibly haunts our old apartment, Mike gets taken to a Curandera to return his soul, and a tales of a ghosts in bars and castles. 

Oct 2017

51 min 22 sec

Continuing our Halloween fun, we talk about urban legends from the cities where we've lived! Hollywood starlets roaming through rooms, murdered teens on remote roads and... flying monkeys?! Listen to hear about some creepy and fun legends (some with surprisingly interesting histories!).

Oct 2017

51 min 30 sec

What is Dia de los Muertos? We talk about we learned from the history and origin to some of the stories and traditions of this long-time Mexican celebration of life and death (and life after death). Also, its influence in art and increasing popularity in today's culture.

Oct 2017

39 min 8 sec

We discuss Halloween history and traditions. Where did Halloween and jack-o-lanterns come from? Family costumes and Halloween memories from growing up. And, of course, our favorite scary movies.

Oct 2017

45 min 44 sec

We don’t know where to take our friends in LA even though we lived there for years. Also: Bob’s Big Boy, Knott’s Scary Farm, Elvira, Gay Days at Disneyland. Mentioned in this episode: Bob’s Big Boy Knott’s Scary Farm Gay Days Anaheim Cahuenga General Store

Oct 2017

36 min 55 sec

We don’t know how to make a podcast… but we’re doing it anyway! Mike & Steve discuss why they’re trying out a podcast and what’s gone into making it. Also: We play Dropmix, Steve can’t speak Spanish and we look ahead to Disneyland next weekend. Episode 001 Here are the links for the equipment that … Continue reading "We Don’t Know How To Podcast"

Oct 2017

19 min 10 sec