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Co-op Mood is a podcast about video games and why we play them. Every other week, co-hosts Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) and Shane Vaiskauskas (@mundangerous) talk about video games, exploring topics and themes as well as the stories they tell, the worlds they create, the characters who live in those worlds and the gameplay mechanics and story structures that make it all possible.
 
The Struggle Bus is an advice show about mental health, self-care, and just getting through the damn day. Co-hosts Katharine Heller (@spkheller) and Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) answer listener questions about family, friends, work, mental health, love, and literally everything else — no topic is off-limits and no problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Climb aboard and get advice from two friends who have lots of feelings and lots of opinions.
 
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Summer is the time of year when we’re all supposed to be footloose and fancy-free, cavorting in the sunshine and enjoying all kinds of outdoor social activities. But for some of us, summer is about making it through three or so months of being extremely sweaty, having to decide between clothing that’s functional or stylish, and feeling immense pres…
 
We recorded this episode at the end of June, so we decided to talk a bit more about more of our queer (and queer-themed) faves. We have a ton of book recommendations to share, some podcasts to check out, a few video games, and a handful of queer miscellany. This episode was produced by Rachel and Sally and edited by Lucas Nguyen. Our logo was desig…
 
We decided to keep the Pride-themed conversation rolling, and this time around we discuss our favorite movies (and one episode of TV) that feature queer characters, queer love/romance, and queer stories. We cover ‘90s indie movies, sweet romcoms, cult hits, period dramas, and a lot more. This episode was produced by Rachel and Sally and edited by L…
 
Every year when June rolls around, a whole bunch of conversations continue and other ones begin anew—conversations about identity, representation, safety, freedom, liberation, and…rainbow-colored corporate logos. So we decided to jump right into a few of those topics, and share our thoughts on things like cops at Pride (no), kink at Pride (yes), wh…
 
A quick note from us: When we recorded this episode, Israel was five days into its violent offensive on Gaza. Since then Israel’s aggression has only escalated, killing as of this writing, more than 200 hundred Palestinians. Hamas rockets have killed about 10 Israelis. Please check out the resources below and join us in supporting human rights for …
 
In this episode, we talk all about how to construct apologies that sincerely express empathy, regret for having messed up, and a promise to do better in the future. Once you’ve taken the time to really think about what you’re saying and why you’re saying it, offering a solid apology isn’t so elusive. We also talk about getting better at receiving a…
 
On an upcoming episode, we will be answering your questions about friendships—starting them, ending them, maintaining them, etc. If you have a question or need advice (or want to hear our thoughts about being or having a friend in 2021), we want you to ask us. Email us your question at OhILikeThatpod@gmail.com. Or you can record a voice memo and se…
 
Note: Because of our recording schedule, we didn’t talk in this episode about Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis-St. Paul area, MN. To support Daunte Wright’s girlfriend, Chyna, and son, Daunte Jr., check out this post from @holisticheaux, who is in direct contact with and co…
 
Recent polling reveals that about 41% of people care a medium amount about their birthdays. So where does this leave the 23% of people who are indifferent to their birthdays? And the 23% of people who care a huge amount about their birthdays? We get into all of it in this episode. We discuss our own feelings about birthdays and posit some theories …
 
A quick note from us: We recorded this episode before March 17th, when eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, were murdered in an act of anti-Asian, misogynist, white supremacist violence in Atlanta. Join us in standing against white supremacy in all its forms and taking action in solidarity with AAPI communities. Here are orgs to follow…
 
It’s March! And that means we are legally required to talk about spring cleaning. Granted, neither of us are big spring cleaners, but that’s because we’re pretty committed year-round, clean-as-we-goers. And, oh boy, could we talk endlessly about our favorite products and tips for cleaning and organizing. But for now, we’ll just start with a single …
 
You might have noticed we took a week off. Well, that's because Rachel was recovering from a mild case of COVID. Now we're back, and we decided to use this episode to talk about what it was like to test positive and what "mild" COVID even is. We also talked about which aspects of having COVID were the most surprising, and what was particularly help…
 
Now that we’re nine episodes in, it felt like a perfect time to answer some get-to-know-you questions so that you can learn a bit more about us. We talk about our first jobs, what we’re reading right now, how we like our eggs, and much more. Also, this is the episode where we prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the right icebreakers can be a lot …
 
On this episode Shane and Sally talk about the announcement that Ubisoft is working on an open world Star Wars game and what the marriage of Ubi and a beloved franchise could look like. Then they dive into part one of their discussion on the action-adventure platformer, Raji: An Ancient Epic, the debut game from Nodding Heads Games, based in Pune, …
 
In this episode, we talk all about our favorite ways to prevent and deal with unforeseen dangers and possible accidents in the home. We promise it’s actually a pretty fun topic! As self-proclaimed safetyheads, we couldn’t be more excited to talk not only about all of our favorite safety-related tips, tricks, and methods, but also to explore the ori…
 
On this episode Shane and Sally talk about their New Year’s gaming resolutions, and how they plan (hope?) to play games in 2021. Then they jump into part two of their discussion of io Interactive’s Hitman 2. They discuss being on rails in an open world, lateral thinking (murder) puzzles, and the agony and the ecstasy of mission stories. Of course, …
 
Happy romjul, everyone! That’s right, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s, which means it’s a great time to reflect on the year we’ve had. 2020 has been….a lot. But there were bright spots—like the things we read, watched, listened to, and delighted in. Some things made us laugh, others helped us reflect, learn, and think, and others wer…
 
On this episode Shane and Sally kick things off by talking about the clusterfuck that is CD Projekt’s release of Cyberpunk 2077. Then they dive into part one of their two-part conversation about io Interactive’s Hitman 2. They discuss the gameplay loop, level design, and the pleasure of snappy gunplay and Jason Bourne-ing your way through the world…
 
It’s still gift-giving season so we’re still talking about giving and receiving gifts. In this episode, we’re reading and discussing two recent gift-related posts from the Am I The Asshole? subreddit, and digging into how habits and values around gift-giving and receiving show up in different relationships. Then we do our first ever listener mailba…
 
Now that it’s December, a lot of people are thinking about a topic we like to obsess about year round: gifts. Giving them, receiving them, gift etiquette, gift guides, you name it. If it’s gift-related, we’re interested in it. In this episode we’ll talk about our own Grand Unified Theory of Gift Guides and how to use them, as well as some of our al…
 
On this episode Shane and Sally talk “Project 007,” the upcoming James Bond video game by IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman games. Then they talk about about the gameplay and aesthetic of the horny roguelike dungeon-crawler, Hades. They also talk about games they’re playing right now, including League (season 11 patch), Breath of the Wil…
 
With COVID-19 transmission rates ramping up all over the country, we’re continuing to hunker down in our homes—and lots of folks are doing the same, or are returning to the stay-at-home lifestyle of the spring of 2020. Because no person can live on Netflix and Zoom get-togethers alone, we’re going to talk about creative ideas for making time at hom…
 
On this, the last episode of The Struggle Bus, Kate and Sally kick things off with jibber jabber about the election. Then they talk about going back to therapy and not looking at election returns as self-care. Finally, they answer listener questions about the Struggle Bus, their careers and projects, and more. They also talk about how much they lov…
 
On this, the last episode of The Struggle Bus, Kate and Sally kick things off with jibber jabber about the election. Then they talk about going back to therapy and not looking at election returns as self-care. Finally, they answer listener questions about the Struggle Bus, their careers and projects, and more. They also talk about how much they lov…
 
On this episode Shane and Sally make an official correction about the upcoming Uncharted movie. Then they talk once again about the design/appearance of the PS5. Then Shane is joined by Jon (@gurglespasm), co-host of One Shot network’s System Mastery podcast, to talk about the weird and wonderful world of Blaseball, including its best lore, and adv…
 
We firmly believe that one of the best ways to get through times that are bad/dark/weird is to anticipate needing a little extra help dealing when things go sideways and plan accordingly. In this episode, we talked all about what each of us has in our own break-in-case-of-dark-times kits. You’ll get tons of recommendations, from movies, TV shows, a…
 
On this episode Kate and Sally have an announcement about the future of the Struggle Bus. They also talk about the election, volunteering to get out and defend the vote, new computers, and getting into fights on Facebook. Finally, they answer listener questions about dealing with the impending pandemic winter, staying organized during online classe…
 
On this episode Kate and Sally have an announcement about the future of the Struggle Bus. They also talk about the election, volunteering to get out and defend the vote, new computers, and getting into fights on Facebook. Finally, they answer listener questions about dealing with the impending pandemic winter, staying organized during online classe…
 
On this episode, Shane and Sally discuss exactly why Tom Holland is the wrong hunk to play daddy next door Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted movie, and who they’d cast instead. Then they talk about participating in One Shot Network’s Among Us stream and the zaniness that ensued. Finally, in tribute to Halloween week they, as two people of scar…
 
On this episode, we chatted about our cold, rainy, dreamy October vibes. Then we talked all about cults and what makes them interesting to learn about. Sally recommended her top 5 pieces of nonfiction cult-related media for anyone who is interested in learning more. Then Rachel talked about her favorite lamp and why good lighting is worth investing…
 
On the premiere episode of Oh I Like That, we—friends and lifestyle journalists Rachel Wilkerson Miller (@the_rewm) and Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt)—kick things off by introducing ourselves and our new show. For our first-ever segment, we talk about something topical: autumn and its glories, including their recommendations for things to eat and do in t…
 
On this episode Sally is joined by guest co-host Eric Silver (@el_silvero), co-host and dungeon master of the actual play podcast Join the Party, to answer any and all questions about roleplaying games, from dealing with awkwardness at the table to RPGs that aren’t D&D, to playing games online during the pandemic, and much more. They also talk abou…
 
On this episode Sally is joined by guest co-host Eric Silver (@el_silvero), co-host and dungeon master of the actual play podcast Join the Party, to answer any and all questions about roleplaying games, from dealing with awkwardness at the table to RPGs that aren’t D&D, to playing games online during the pandemic, and much more. They also talk abou…
 
On this episode, Shane and Sally talk about the PS5’s absolutely massive dimensions and whether it’ll fit in a typical entertainment center (jury’s still out). Then they talk all about multiple endings in video games, what functions they serve, when they work, and when they kinda ruin your fun. And they talk about the games they’re playing right no…
 
On this episode Kate and Sally answer questions about supporting a partner who has cut off their conservative family members, how to deal with fear of the outside world during the pandemic, and a few important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms. 00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus 2:36 Opening Jibber Jabber 14:35 A Thing We…
 
On this episode Kate and Sally answer questions about supporting a partner who has cut off their conservative family members, how to deal with fear of the outside world during the pandemic, and a few important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms. 00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus 2:36 Opening Jibber Jabber 14:35 A Thing We…
 
With all the talk and excitement about next gen consoles, Shane and Sally decided to take a stroll down memory lane and talk all about their own experiences with consoles over the years, from ColecoVision and Atari 7800 to Sega Game Gear and N64, all the way up to current gen consoles. They also talk about the recent announcement that the 2021 Trib…
 
On this episode Kate and Sally talk about Cobra Kai and The OA and the live (Zoom) performances they’ve each attended during the pandemic. Then they answer listener emails about starting new relationships after codependency and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency. 00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus 4:22 Update and expansion on the previous…
 
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