Wine for Sophisticated Homies podcast (general)

On this episode, the wine homies teach you all about the magic that is rosé. 

Have you seen this wine, but always been afraid to drink it due to it being, well, you know, a "girly color"?   We get's incredibly difficult sometimes to just be yourself and not care what anyone else thinks. 

But now, you have the chance to learn all about it, so that maybe you can be cool and drink it.  Everyone's doing it by the way.  So, listen, and engage. 

Direct download: Episode_82.m4a
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Ben talks about New Zealand. 


No, I don't feel bad at ALL about how short this description is.  Shove it. 

Direct download: Episode_81.m4a
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On this episode we're gettin' saucy.  The Wine for Sophisticated Homies are finally bringing you the Alsace episode wherein you can expect to find great white wines, intense history lessons, high level punnery, and overt sexuality.  Ever wondered what was up with this overly germanic french region?  Prepare to become a learned scholar on everyone's favorite region to invade: Alsace.  You can listen to it now, or, for a real swinging good time, you can lay this podcast down for 15 years and open it when it's at its peak (though keep in mind the pop culture jokes won't translate quite as well).  Cheers to the beginning of another beautiful work week Homies.  Remember, you are all harbingers of pleasure and keepers of the wine key.   

Direct download: Episode_79.m4a
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Welcome to the Pinot Gris podcast homies, or, for any of you joining us on this podcast from their Cadilac just outside the local Denny's, welcome to the Pinot Grigio podcast.  

On this episode we will be teaching you everything you need to know (also leaving lots of very important stuff out) about Pinot Gris.  Get ready for a full-bodied, spicy podcast...or a watery and unremarkable's tough to say for sure.  

Cheers Homies! 

Direct download: Episode_55.m4a
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Also Beer! 

Did we mention Beer!  

We talk about Beer on this episode.  That is all.  



Beer.  Enjoy Homies. 

Direct download: Episode40.m4a
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Grab your free range headphones and organically grown iPods and get ready to take a trip through Oregon wine country...where the wine is all made by earth loving Oregon hippies (according to Ben).  

Do you like Pinot Noir and diyurnal swings?  Do you appreciate wine that falls somewhere between Sonoma and Burgundy on the earth to fruit ratio?  Well then you're in luck.  You'll find it in Oregon, as well as some Blastin' Indoor Soccer, and a killer Shakespeare festival.  Be careful of the panhandlers though...some of them make more money than us.  

Direct download: Episode38.m4a
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On part Zwei of our Blind Tasting podcast, the homies go further into classic wine indicators, as well as breaking down the wide world of wine faults and what you should be looking for if a wine is said to be faulted.  

Remember, It's not your's not your's not your's not your fault.  



Direct download: Episode37PartZwei.m4a
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In this episode, sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper teach you all about Blind Tasting.  

This will be a two part series where we taste some wines blind, and then afterwards explain why it is important to be able to pick up on certain flavors and qualities (or faults) in wine.  

We promise this will only be a two-part series because we are not driven by money or pressures from major movie studios who want to exploit our early successes.  There won't be an Indiana Jones 4 to this podcast series, with Deadly Ants that supposedly know how to make ladders out of their own bodies when trying to kill Shia Lebouef.  We do not however have any problem with killing Shia Lebouef...if there are any ants out there who want to do that then go ahead.  


Direct download: Episode37.m4a
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On this episode, the Wine Homies are giving some serious credit to the biggest Unsung Hero of the wine world:  Ugni Blanc.  Also known as Trebbiano in Italy and Thalia in Hip Hop videos.  

This grape has been providing fronting rappers with Cognac for years, as well as rounding out the acidity you all know and love so much in the Chianti blend.  

So sit back and get ready to learn all about one of the most important grapes you've never heard of.  EDUCATE YOURSELVES HOMIES.  

Direct download: Episode36.m4a
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Get Ready! Get Set!  Austria!

On this episode, the Wine Homies are back to tell you all about Austria.  

Get ready to get Svelt with Veltliner, Pompous with Blaufrankish, and Smile with Zweigelt.  

Direct download: Episode35.m4a
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Yes.  We're back.  Nice to meet you 2014.  

On this episode, the Wine Homies are taking you into the world of Absinthe.  What is Absinthe you might ask?  Well the listen to the episode loser...who the heck looks at podcast descriptions just to find out what's in the podcast?  That's what listening is for.  

So strap yourself onto the Green Fairy, Chop your ears off, pull up your Bohemian butts, and enjoy.  Missed you Homies.  It's great to be back. 

Direct download: Episode34.m4a
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Gather round peeps, the Wine Homies are breaking down Merlot, that wine that your dad drinks...and definitely your grandparents.

This grape also died after Paul Giamatti took a verbal axe to that cherry tree, but thankfully it has survived the pop culture scare and is now doing okay again (Pinot is still doing better).   

We're going to do a quick run through on this grape. The facts, the regions, and the way it tastes (inside your mouth).  So curl up by the fireplace with a Merlot and some Werther's Originals...and enjoy.  

Direct download: Episode33.m4a
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Chile is a country.  Boom!  Chile is a very long country! Bam!  See those facts we just laid down?  Well that's our job.  A job that we work PROBONO! Skidoosh!  

On this podcast, professional sommeliers and part-time kindergarten teachers Ben Draper and Jason Booth lay down the cold, hard facts on Chilean wine.  Where does it grow, what does it grow, who does it grow.  You've got Chilean questions? We've got Chilean answers. Wanna know something about Paraguay?  YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO WAIT HOMIE...this is the Chile podcast.  Cheers to our Homies, jeers to our detractors.  

Direct download: Episode32.m4a
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Don't use that wheat for bread! Use it for alcohol.  Use it for vodka or gin.  on this episode the Wine Homies delve into everyone's favorite before dinner beverage...a drink that'll help you through any boring business dinner, meeting of the parents, or impending Thanksgiving.  

Drink this if you are a spy, or a Russian government official, or a depressed early American author.  We're gonna go over the basics for you homies.  Enjoy this podcast neat or on the rocks.  

Direct download: Episode31.m4a
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On this, the 30th episode of the podcast that changed the wine world, incumbent sommeliers Benjamin Draper and Jason Booth take you on a journey into the world of sauvignon blanc.  All aboard the train of white grape wonder as we teach you the ins and outs of the mysterious cat pee wine grape.  

From Sancerre to Marlborough, Napa to Bordeaux, Friuli to Durbinville, we show you just how variable this grape of grace and dignity can be.  Won't you join us for another magical podcast as we elaborate on the wonders of wine?  For every download we donate a large sum of money into an offshore bank account that we don't want the government knowing about.  Enjoy Homies.  

Direct download: Episode30.m4a
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Hop on top of the old Safari Jeep, we're about to take you into the South African wine world, where you might spot a ferocious Cabernet Sauvignon, a herd of Chenin Blancs, a graceful Sauvignon Blanc, or perhaps even see the misunderstood Pinotage!  

Rifles at the ready!  Glasses up!  No poaching!  

Here we go into...SOUTH AFRICA!  

Direct download: Episode29.m4a
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Brandish thy corkscrews, 

wield thy decanters,

Credit Card thy Coravins,

For this podcasteth is thine episode of wine tools.  Hear ye, hear ye, listen well, For Benjamin and I, sommeliers of ye old castle, deliver you details far and wide on wine tools.  

Ahem, You are most welcometh.  

Direct download: Episode28Tools.m4a
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A quick guide on which wine goes with which costume. Cheers Homies. 

Direct download: Halloween.m4a
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All you all ready for a chewy podcast?  We hope so cuz on this episode the wine homies will be breaking down the world of Syrah.  Have you ever wanted to know everything there was to know about this Northern Rhone legend?  Well here ya go.  

Home, home on the grange, where the Penfolds and Hill of Grace play, where seldom is heard, a light bodied word, and the sky is just Chapoutier.  

Cheers Homies!  

Direct download: Episode28.m4a
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Ch-ch-check it Benny D and Jasey Boo are on the mic with number 2.  That's right, part two of our Napa Valley podcast...get out your quills and parchment papers, cuz we're getting allllll specific on this episode. We're gonna take you through the 16 different sub-Ava's of the Napa Valley, and when we're done, we're gonna drop the mic and walk away Homies.  

This podcast is full of history, wineries, gravel, and cool stuff. That's not enough?  You'll also get our humor.  Boom.  Salesmanship.   You're welcome. The Napa Valley is a behemoth.  So get with it.  You've been served Homies. 

Direct download: Episode26PartDeux.m4a
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The Napa Valley is important and stuff.  It's important that we tell you about this important region, its important grapes, and the important reasons that you learn all about this historically important AVA of importance.  

Cabernet?  Chardonnay?  Those are important grapes.  Krug?  He's important.  Mondavi?  So important.  The Judgment of Paris? So damn important.  In this podcast, the first of the two parts, we teach you the history of the Napa Valley, America's mos important wine region.  So put your thinking caps on, sit back in your Adirondock chairs and turn on your most important lamps so that you can see the notes you write while listening to this VERY important podcast.  We bring you, The Napa Valley.  Enjoy Homies.  

Direct download: episode26Part1.m4a
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Salutations Earthlings and sentient beings from the 5 Galaxies!  Welcome to our Future podcast...a podcast from the year 3000.  If you're Brain Scanning this podcast from somewhere in the universe, we hope you appreciate the current state of Universal Wine.  

If you are one of our listeners on Klorgshtorpel 9, you can find the translation of this podcast at your local Klorgshtorpel Pod-Library.  Make sure you give us 7 tentacles up!

A lot has changed since the year 2013, but one thing is still awesome.  Thanks for listening Galactic Homies!   

Direct download: episode25.m4a
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On this episode we're gettin' down with the Galicia sound.  If you've never tried Albariño you're missing out.  What one-horse town have you been living in?  And even if you are living in a town with just one horse, that's hardly an excuse, most people drive cars now.  Where the eff are you living?  The point is on this episode we go over one of our favorite white grapes and we do so with gusto. 

If you don't like gusto you can shove it.  Enjoy Homies! 

Direct download: Episode24.m4a
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Welcome to the Land Down Under, home of big wines and big vines. 

Ever wondered what wine you should order when you see the Thunder from Down Under in Las Vegas?  Ever wondered what wine you should be holding in your Mollydooker?  We've got the answers. 

Tune in and hear the story of the wine from the the land of the Backwards Swirl. 

Cheers Homies! 

Direct download: Episode23.m4a
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What?  No wine? 

No.  Let's take a wine break and talk about whisky...whiskey...whiskee...wiscy...whatever. 

"Scotch Scotch Scotch down in my belly", and straight to your technological devices via our podcast so you can learn all about what fancy shmancy people drink when they're not drinking wine. 

We recommend this podcast with a Cuban cigar and and properly twirled mustache.  Enjoy Homies. 

Direct download: episode22.m4a
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On this episode, we dive into the depths of the zincredible, the Zintillating, the zingenius grape known as Zinfandel. 

Come on Zin and join us for a zinteresting episode full of zinformation and a look at the zindustry of zinfandel.  You might find it suprizin just how much you don't know about Zin. 

We might even talk about dessert zinfandels using raiZINated grapes.  Okay, we probably wont but that sentence was worth it for the pun. 


Direct download: Episode21.m4a
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Opa!  It's a Greek wine podcast!  We're gonna explain the hell outta some Hellenic Republic wine and the grapes and producers you should know for the next time you go out for some Spanakopita. 

Ever wonder what Socrates and Plato were getting drunk on while they were waxing poetic on world philosophy?  We've got the answers!  (And the lost scrolls of the Parthenon for that matter). 

So bust out some Retsina, sit back, and enjoy the Wine for Sophisticated Homies podcast on the ancient and modern wine-world of Greece. 

Direct download: Episode20.m4a
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Have you ever wished there was a rap out there listing all of the 1st through 5th growths from Bordeaux?  Well now there is.

Ben is on vacation and Jason is bored...and with no one there to tell Jason he can't rap...he tries to rap. Use this if you're studying Bordeaux or if you just need to laugh homies.  (Note: technically Jason went old school and listed Chateau Dubignon which no longer exists as it was absorbed by Chateau Malescot St. Exupery...but, rappers stretch the truth, what do you know about the rap game?  Nothing.) 

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On this bubbly episode of Wine for Sophisticated Homies, semi-professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth show off some effervescent facts for you and your gang of Homies to get down with. 

Ever wondered how Champagne is made?  Ever wondered what that stuff all those athletes waste after playoff wins?  Ever wanted to ride a pony and tell everyone how pretty you look?  Well then this is the podcast for you.  Put down those stuffy wine tomes and novels and listen in for an enjoyable episode about glittery wine.  If you don't laugh, we give you permission to make a frowny face.  If you do laugh...well...duh.  We're hilarious. 

Learn about sparkling wine!  Show off at dinner parties to your friends!  Be a better parent to your children!  Chillax. 

Remember, the proof is in the pudding, and doubly in the bubbly. 

Direct download: Episode19.m4a
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Everyone come quick! It's your favorite grape!  Furmint! 

Welllll, maybe it's not your favorite grape. Maybe you haven't even tried this wine before, or, heard of it, or, will even listen to this podcast.  But...this podcast is quick and snappy and is a nice little snapshot into the life of a Hungarian (No, not the Hungarian who promised us he'd be BACK) but rather, the grape that makes a killer, dry white wine and a famous, Botrytised dessert wine. 

Hopefully we did Hugh Johnson proud, if not...well, then, we apologize Mr. Johnson, maybe if you'd been around more when we were growing up we wouldn't have turned out like this. 

Direct download: Episode18.m4a
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Direct download: Episode17.m4a
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In this episode, we invigorate your mind by teaching you all about Biodynamic Winemaking.  Who are we?  We're sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper, the nicest kids on the block.  Take us home to your moms.  Feed us a pot roast.  Read to us.  We're wine-trained and house-trained. 

Have you ever wondered all about the trippy pseudo-science that is Biodynamics?  It's weird and scary, sort of like your body when you're 13 years old...but don't worry, the Sophisticated Homies are here to teach you all about it.  Pop in a Pop Tart, kick back in your Adirondack, and enjoy Episode 16 of the best podcast Nicolas Joly has never listened to. 

Cheers Homies! 

Direct download: Homies16.m4a
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In this episode, slightly professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth regale you with facts and information about the Noble grape of Spain: Tempranillo. 

Learn all about the main blending grape of Rioja and why it's such a tricky little devil.  Rearrange all the letters used in all the words in this episode to make a hilarious new sentence!  Spelling is fun!  Enjoy Homies. 

Direct download: episode151.m4a
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In this episode we take you into the world of Tuscany and all the grapes there-in.  Well, we sort of go over Tuscany.  Let's be honest...half of these podcasts are just sommeliers Ben and Jason telling very bad jokes.  

But if you want to know more about'd be hardpressed to find a better wine podcast.  And if you're a Tuscan grape, you'd also be hardpressed...but...just so they could extract the juice.  And if you ARE a grape and you're listening to this podcast, well then you're a scientific miracle.  Whoa.  

Direct download: Episode14.m4a
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On this episode, Sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth break down the basics of wine glasses so that the information is crystal clear.  CRYSTAL CLEAR. 

Enjoy these two Homies while they go back and forth explaining just what's so special about wine glasses and why the heck there are so many different types.  Cheers! 

Direct download: HomiesEpisode13.m4a
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In this episode we teach you all about Malbec. Word.   

Ben did the entire podcast nude but you'll never know that because we don't take pictures.  Jason dressed normally and wore his sommelier pin...what a stand up guy (lame).  Check out our breakdown of this inky grape Homies, we think you'll enjoy the smarts.  

Direct download: homies12.m4a
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In this episode, sexy funkadelic sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper take you inside the world of the newest and coolest up and coming American wine regions.  You've all heard of the west coast kids, but what other states are making great wine? 

We'll tell you all about the debutantes of debauchery in this brand spanking new podcast, and you don't even have to feel guilty! 

We used organic microphones and biodynamic podcasting techniques.  Cheers Homies! 

Direct download: homies11.m4a
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"How do you make wine????" Yelled the frustrated man on the street corner.  To which the Sophisticated Homies Ben and Jason replied, "we'll tell you right now Homie!"  

And that's the history of this podcast idea.  This is a very simple, very basic podcast, focusing entirely on the subject of winemaking.  We really hope you learn the basics of how wine is made.  And if you don' attention idiot!   

Direct download: Homies10.m4a
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On this episode, Professional sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth take you in depth into the world of the Central Coast of California, one of the five major AVA's that separate California.  

If you're a Rhone Ranger, a Pinot Player, or a Chardonnay Shorty, you'll love the different regions that make up the geeky little coastal AVA's within the Central Coast.  

Get your notepads out and get ready to take some notes...or, have a notepad battle!  

Direct download: homies9.m4a
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In this podcast, we break down the Gewurztraminer grape for all you Homies out there.  

ARE YOU AFRAID OF BIG, SCARY WORDS????? It's okay, it gets better.  

We break down this grape like it's never been broken down before.  Learn all about the origins, the styles, the pairings, and what clothing you should wear while drinking it (disclaimer: we do not tell you what clothing to wear while drinking this grape).  

Then, when you're done listening to the podcast, go to your local wine bar and order it like a truly Sophisticated Homie.  

Direct download: homies8.m4a
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In this episode, sommeliers Ben Draper and Jason Booth get all sophisticated on dat oak!  Ever wonder how oak works?  If barrels are important?  Who the father is?  Well then this episode will be 2/3 helpful!  

We go over the history of oak, how barrels are made, the flavors it imparts, and your Mom (we will probably not actually go over your mom, even though Ben would love to).  

So sit back and enjoy our newest podcast, and get ready to learn some serious oak facts!

Cheers Homies!   

Direct download: Homies7.1.m4a
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On this episode, sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper dive into New Zealand, the region, the grapes, the land, the history, the Lord of the Rings, etc, etc.  

Real Homies love New Zealand, and we think you Homies will really like our breakdown of this land of Sauvignon Blanc.  Sit back, kick your high-tops up, and enjoy the shizzle out of this shiznit.  Then go and review our site!  Or else!!!!!!!

Direct download: Homies6.m4a
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It was a dark and stormy night when she walked in, some Italian girl with all sorts of grapes in her eyes...

So begins our first wine review.  Other podcasts just review wine.  We review wine with panache.  Our first victim?  Villa Artimino, Carmignano Vigna Grumarello, DOCG Tuscan blend.  But rather than just review the wine, we incorporate the review into a Film Noir style drama, complete with bad music and crappy acting.  

You're welcome're welcome.

Ben gave this wine 7 out of 10 Top Hats, I gave it 5, for a grand total of 6 Top Hats on the Wine For Sophisticated Homies Review Scale.  Check it out and tell us if you agree.......Ya lousy animals'.    

Direct download: HomiesFilmNoir1.m4a
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Sophistication?  Boom.  Riesling.  Minerals are WAY sophisticated.  Homies and Riesling go together like............homies and Riesling.  

Take this with you to the club.  Drink it in the jacuzzi.  Give it out at baby showers.  Pair it with your Homie food.  Age it and drink it at the gas station so that your petrol is paired with your literal gas (that's all Ben, Jason does not recommend that last thing).  

Direct download: Homies5.m4a
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In this Episode, Sommeliers Jason Booth and Ben Draper get real on the world of wine in China.  What are they buying, what are they making, and where can a homie find some wine at a moments notice.  

We're about to open up your eyes on some stuff you didn't even know about.  So get ready to learn about the Chinese wine industry.  Also, we apologize in advance for any offensive remarks Ben might make.  He thinks we're going to be talking about fancy dishware so I think we should be okay.  But he's also currently dressing up his decanter to look like Chairman Mao, so...we'll see.  

Direct download: homies4.m4a
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"Oh No!  All of my dry wine from dinner is gone, What the flip am I gonna to do now?" Said the Homey who didn't know about dessert wines.  Dessert wines offer you a little slice of sacchariferous nectar to end your night.  You can pair them with everything or just drink them on their own.  Plus, look at how gigantic your hand will look holdin' that tiny glass!  Only a true homey would have gigantic hands.  Boom, impress everyone with your hand size.  Also, learn a little bit about how dessert wines are made, where they come from, and why you should drink them.  

If you don't like dessert wines, you need to expand your horizons.  If you don't have horizons, you should move away from smoggy city you live in Homey! Horizons are dang beautiful!  Learn yo'self on these dessert wines and be a better person.  Or don't!  But don't give us any attitude about the decisions you make in life.   

Direct download: HomiesEpisode3Podcast.m4a
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