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A Vague Idea is a comedy / trivia podcast hosted by Nate Ragolia & Shannon Paige, with (sometimes) John Peros. Each week, we subject our special guests to a themed list of topics from pop culture, news, politics, history, and more, and find out if they have "A VAGUE IDEA". We also play an array of games, tell stories, offer hot takes, crack jokes, rant, and crown the episode's winner.
 
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Clear your spit valves, tighten your drum heads, and adjust your plumes... this week, Christie Buchele returns to the show and we're talking about Marching Band. Topics include John Phillip Sousa, the Sudler Shield, Scramble Bands and more. Plus we're playing I See What You Did There and FMK! *trumpet blurt* Follow Christie: https://twitter.com/cab…
 
It's not a tumor! It's a podcast episode. (I thought that was obvious...) This week, Alec and Goggs from Movie the Podcast return to talk about culturally-resonant body builder / actor / politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Topics include Hercules in New York, the 2003 California Gubernatorial Recall Election, Arnold Sports Festival and more. Plus, th…
 
Bust out your Fail Whales!! This week Jason and Laura are back and they're talking about Twitter. We cut to the chase discussing Elon's buyout, then discuss #BarCamp, #MeToo, Verified Accounts, and more. We even play I See What You Did There, and pit 140 characters against 280 characters in the THUNDERDOME. Check out Jason's wife's art: https://www…
 
This episode'll learn ya! Actual teachers, Steve Livingston and Brett Werner, are on the podcast this week to talk about TEACHING! We delve into the Socratic Method, the Army Method, Stand and Deliver and other teacher-centric topics. Plus, we play I See What You Did There, and Teaching Idioms. Put on your thinking caps! Artma Denver may have alrea…
 
Take me out to the ballgame... Take me out to the ball... Rex and Greg return to the podcast to discuss America's pastime, and its returning Boys of Summer--We're talking BASEBALL. Topics include Hank Aaron, the St. Louis Browns, and the Designated Hitter. Plus, fun games like I See What You Did There and FMK! Oh, and you're right. It's Bartolo Col…
 
We get silly talking seriously and joking powerfully about GODS this week with Seth Palmer Harris and Jeff Wolf. Topics include Ra, Quetzalcoatl, Hephaestus, Odin and more. Plus some cheeky games like I See What You Did There, and F*ck That Guy. Check out the many amazing theater projects that Jeff and Seth mentioned, including: Breckenridge Backst…
 
This week it's a COOKING show! Billy Ferguson returns to the program to talk about braising, air frying, The Danger Zone, carryover cooking, and more! Plus, games! We play I See What You Did There: Celeb Chefs Edition... and FMK! A watched podcast never boils, so look away and release me from my lobstery prison! You heard it from Billy... Eat less …
 
In this episode, Rosy breaks down the story of the birth of her daughter. This is for all the people out there who want to hear more about the process of birth than "It's a miracle" and "It's all worth it in the end!" We talk about how her induction worked, some gory details about childbirth, the part Rosy hated most (surprise, it came after the ba…
 
Remember, this is a kind-hearted COMEDY trivia podcast, so there's no need to sue! This week Lynn and Monica join us as we talk about DISNEY, including topics like Carousel of Progress, The Three Caballeros, Der Fuehrer's Face... and much more! Two combatants face off in the Thunderdome... and we play a rousing game of I See What You Did There! Onc…
 
This week, guest Michael J. O'Connor tries to outrun the bony grasp of Death while talking about Indie Music. We discuss Pavement, the Apples in Stereo, MF Doom, and more. Plus, we play games like F*ck That Guy! and I See What You Did There. Check out The Listening Post: https://thelisteningpost.bandcamp.com/releases And Michael's solo catalog: htt…
 
The raunchy, the gory, the goofy, the glorious! B-Movies! This week, Shannon is with us as always and she's facing off against Clinton McClung. These two B-Movie buffs flex on Nate and each other over topics like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Night of the Creeps, Sybil Danning, and more! Plus, games like FMK and I See What You Did There. Watch In …
 
You look so pretty in pink, but it's too bad you still feel like you're worth less than zero! We're talking about TEEN MOVIES with Becca and Wendy this week! Topics include Can't Hardly Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You, Cruel Intentions and more! Plus GAMES! Support the Girl Scouts! Get some cookies, or just support girls learning, growing, and bec…
 
This episode is going to SUCK... your blood. Elliot and Marcus return to talk about vampires like Edward Cullen, Blacula, and Blade. Plus we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE and discuss the most predatory, and very real, vampiric force of all... Go watch The Hunger (1983) with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon! Find Marcus's amazing audiobook work here: …
 
Rosy just had her baby, and she wants to talk about induction! In this episode, we discuss many methods that induce labor, or claim to. From pineapple and red raspberry leaf tea to Cervidil and Pitocin, we cover the way that labor is induced in the hospital, as well as the many ways people try to induce labor at home.…
 
G-G-g-g-ghost!? The hosts of Never Show The Monster are back on the pod to discuss all things incorporeal and post-life. We discuss Slimer, Casper, the Cock Lane ghost, and much much more. Plus, we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE! This episode won't haunt you, but you might wish it would. Listen to NEVER SHOW THE MONSTER anywhere you get podcasts: ht…
 
Roleplay? Don't we all just do that to live? This week, Ryan and Elliot return to discuss various types of RPGs like Pathfinder, Disco Elysium, GURPs and more. Plus, we play I See What You Did There and FMK! Level up and listen to this hilarious episode! Support your local bookstore! And more specifically, support Old Firehouse Books: https://www.o…
 
We're a trio of Maine-iacs this week as Kate and Mike return to discuss MAINE. Topics include Castle Rock, Maine, Maine Coon, the USS Maine, Julie "the Cat" Gaffney and more. Plus, we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE and two combatants face off in the THUNDERDOME. Listen to Mike on Movie of the Year https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-of-the-y…
 
BRRRRRRRRR! It's the darkest, coldest, most spiteful season of all: WINTER! And Jeremy Mast and Lindsay Morehouse are here to talk about topics like the Winter Olympics, Winter's Bone, Chionophobia, and Snowbirds. Plus, we play I See What You Did There and two Winter celebs face off in the THUNDERDOME! Get boosted! Check out Station Eleven on HBO M…
 
Do it your damn self! This week, Laura and Jason are back to discuss all things DIY. Topics include Raspberry Pi, Homebrew, biodynamic gardening, sourdough starters and more! Plus we play I See What You Did There! Find Laura's books! They're all amazing: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Morrison/e/B07XVP97Z1?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1637950317&sr=8-2 …
 
Surprise! You can get free stuff for being pregnant! In this episode, we mostly talk about free welcome boxes connected to registries, how to get a free pump, should you need or want one, and where to look for new but reduced price baby gear. Please forgive us for the rant about parents judging other parents for how they feed their babies, but Rosy…
 
The boys are back in town and they're talking about COMEDIANS. Skid and Nick set 'em up and punchline them down on topics like Edward Morgan Blake, Bill Hicks, Gary Shandling, and Aristophanes. Plus, we play I See What You Did There, and Fuck, Marry, Kill. Make me laugh, funny man! Notes: "The Diamond State" - Thomas Jefferson gave this nickname to…
 
In this episode, we discuss the basics of a prenatal appointment: Why are they always doing urine and blood tests? What do they test for, and why? What can you expect from a midwife or OB? Rosy didn't know any of this before pregnancy, and no one really explained it, so here's a crash course! We conclude by talking about some weird side effects of …
 
You probably think this podcast is about YOU. This week, Alyssa and Micah return to talk about VANITY... the vice du jour of our beautiful Social Media Age. Topics include Denise Katrina Mathews, Vanity Fair, Vanity Plates, Bonfire of the Vanities and more. Plus, we play Fuck Marry Kill and I See What You Did There. Please get vaccinated, boosted, …
 
This is part one of our pregnancy series. It was going to be one episode, but it turns out Rosy has a lot to say. In this episode, we talk about the reasons to use inclusive language when talking about pregnancy, what that really sounds like, and why it's not taking anything away from us as cisgender women. Then, we go on to talk about Rosy's exper…
 
Hide your cats, hide your wife... This week, we're talking about Aliens with Alec and Goggs from Movie the Podcast! Topics include ALF, Gonzo, the Marfa Lights, and more. Plus, we play Fuck Marry Kill and I See What You Did There. Note: Anything extraterrestrial you think you experience in this show was just swamp gas. Check out Movie the Podcast a…
 
Snake? Snake!? SNAAAAAAAAAKE!!!!??? This week, Movie the Podcast-ers Shaunn and TJ return to the show to discuss Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid video game series in depth and at length *wink*. Topics include: Metal Gear REX, Outer Haven, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and more. Plus, we play FMK and I See What You Did There! Do…
 
It's with a heavy heart, and teary eyes that we spend this week's episode talking about FAREWELLS with Brian and John. Topics include "End of the Road," "Hello, Goodbye," Eisenhower's Presidential Farewell, and more. Plus we play FMK and Goodbye/Badbye. Follow John on Twitter @johnnyredway Check out Brian's poem in New Feathers Anthology: https://w…
 
Ho-ho-holy crap we're talking about the HOLIDAYS for a 3rd time!!! Andrea and first-timer, Michael, face off on topics like Hallmark Holiday Movies, Saturnalia, Christmas Creep and more. Plus, we play Fuck Marry Kill and I See What You Did There. If you're hiring an inexperienced lawyer in the next year... get in touch with Michael! Make sure the g…
 
This week we're talking about the horrible host of ignominies that we love to hate to love... SCANDALS. Monica and Crystal are on the pod this week to talk about the likes of Nipplegate, Anthony Weiner, Iran-Contra, Free Britney, and more. Give a booster shot a shot! What's with that lady trying to nurse her cat? https://wgntv.com/news/woman-report…
 
The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers. This week we're talking about EMPIRES with Seth and Jeff. Topics include Dune 2021, Age of Empires, the Mongol Empire, American Imperialism and more! Plus... GAMES! You'll probably even learn something this week! If you are able, get over to the Breckenridge Backs…
 
Tipping, like many customs in the US, has roots in racism. Strange, but true. And today, tips do not function as extra money for a job well done, as many people believe. Rather, they are factored into the equation as part of a tipped worker's overall pay. It's a messed up system all the way, and needs changing. Until then though, please tip your se…
 
WE'RE BACK! And we're talking about fake products, fake salespeople and other whimsical outcomes of Capitalism! This week, Jason and Laura return to debate the likes of RFK Jr., Daffy's Elixir, Clark Stanley and Simpson & Son Revitalizing Tonic. Plus we play FMK and I See What You Did There! Find Laura's books! They're all amazing: https://www.amaz…
 
Nate's still moving! Take a taste of our delightful, actual play, Dungeons & Dragons podcast--STREETS OF MAGE! Join 4 adventurers as they set out to stop the evil, vile Murder-Duncan Bloodspell! Their journey begins in a village, as so many do, and quickly gets gnarly! Listen to STREETS OF MAGE at https://rollforblank.simplecast.com/ A VAGUE IDEA w…
 
Nate is moving! In lieu of a new episode of A Vague Idea, treat your ears to a March 2021 episode of our Sex and the City podcast, Funky Spunk, featuring Nate as guest. Britt, Zimmie, and Nate talk about Season 2 Episode 8, "The Man, The Myth, The Viagra," from 1999. It's fun, it's funny, and it's FABULOUS. A VAGUE IDEA will return... Listen to the…
 
Paris Hilton is one of the many people who are coming forward with claims of abuse they experienced as children and teens at residential "schools" and "treatment programs" in Utah. These allegations of abuse are widespread and very upsetting, but they may be leading to reform in some areas. We can only hope that the information coming to light will…
 
With monsters this big, you know we had to do two episodes! Elliot and Marcus return for a rematch, and Joe Hinson joins the fray as we dive deeper into KAIJU. Topics include Suitmation, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Attack On Titan, Big Girls and more. Plus we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE and Fuck, Marry, Kill. And there's some epic fandom to be shared! D…
 
In this episode we discuss the few instances where Halloween candy has been tampered with, and spoiler alert: There has never been a verified instance of anyone giving out cannabis edibles in the history of the United States! To explain why the fear-mongering around this possibility is silly, we also break down the logistics that would have to be i…
 
Like a good mystery, we're putting this episode together, piece by piece. This week, Race and Dani are on the program to talk about Legos! We discuss Lego Juniors, Lego Agent, Duplo, coveted Lego Sets, and more. Plus we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE! Try not to step on a Lego, and definitely try not to eat any! Check out Brink Literacy Project: htt…
 
He's in the details! This week, we wager our immortal souls in a conversation about THE DEVIL. Kelly and Billy test their knowledge on topics like Mephistopheles, Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks, Bedazzled, Mr. Satan and more. Plus, we play I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE and Fuck, Marry, Kill! Get vaccinated! You don't want Covid. You …
 
Dust off your skeletons and brush out your werewolves... It's SPOOKY SEASON. Jeremy and Lindsay are back to discuss topics like Allhallowstide, Spirit Halloween, Melon Heads, the Beast of Busco and more! Plus we play GHOST OR NOT, and FUCK, MARRY, KILL. This is also our first episode with a live cricket audience, for bespoke scariness! Get vaccinat…
 
Evacuate the cities! Call the military! This week, Elliot and Marcus fight it out over Kaiju... those gigantic monsters that keep capturing our hearts! Topics include King of the Monsters, George, Ralph and Lizzie, Ultraman, Mothra and more. Plus we play I See What You Did There and Thunderdome! Check out Spaceboy Books at readspaceboy.com and if y…
 
Beep beep boop. This text has been procedurally generated by a mechanical creation that's also looking for LOVE. This week, Shaunn and TJ talk ROBOTS, including Maria, Johnny 5, Bender and Vision. Plus we play FMK and I See What You Did There. Hopefully you're sentient enough to listen! <3 Check out Shaunn and TJ (with Alec and Goggs) on Movie the …
 
Hark! *trumpets* *clouds* This week, we're talking about ANGELS with returning guests Jason and Laura. They get holy, holy, holy talking about Seraphim, Angels in the Outfield, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Shohei Ohtani. Plus, we play games! Ring a bell because these kids have a flight to catch! Go ahead and get your vaccine, please. <3 Check out L…
 
This episode is about the history of abortion in the United States, and it may surprise you. It turns out abortion has only fairly recently become taboo in US history (even in religious communities). Given this historical background, we also discuss the impact of recent abortion legislation in Texas, and how the governor either doesn't understand b…
 
They're not rats, or frats, but they were once the teen templars of American popular culture. This week, Dave and Monica are on the program to discuss the Brat Pack. We delve into The Breakfast Club, John Hughes, Mare Winningham, Sixteen Candles and more. We play I See What You Did There, How Many Brats!?, and more! And we find out that each of us …
 
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