It’s a return to playland as Rick and Ben discuss another round of toys. This time our hosts spend an exorbitant amount of time talking about Rainbow Brite, including a call for their listeners to send their own fanfic. Plus, Rick reminds everyone of the powerful hold the greeting card industry has on the world, and Ben begins to seriously question user reviews.

File Under: Toys, Rainbow Brite, Lite-Brite, Etch A Sketch, Doodle Pro, Magna Doodle, Glo Worm

With thirty seconds and millions of dollars to spare, Rick and Ben flood the airwaves with another episode on commercials. From the hypersexualized ads of the 90s to the blatant marketing of diabetes to children, our hosts talk about advertising centered around food. Plus, Rick finally finds some common ground with Ben’s wife, and Ben confesses his hatred of cute kids.

File Under: Commercials, The California Raisin Advisory Board, Jif Peanut Butter, Mott’s Applesauce, Welch’s Grape Juice, Milk, Sega Saturn, GoDaddy, Slim Jim, Frosted Flakes, Trix, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, Apple Jacks, Cookie Crisp, Oreo O’s, Rice Krispies, Cocoa Krispies, Captain Crunch, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Kool-Aid, Hot Pockets, Little Caesars Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Vlasic Pickles, Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s, Chia Pet, The Clapper

With speakers turned up to the max, Rick and Ben rock out another discussion on music habits. This time our hosts discuss the bands, influences and other factors that helped expand their musical tastes in early adulthood. Plus, Rick continues to tear down the tastes of his co-host, and Ben totally deserves it by bringing up Creed early in the episode.

File Under: Music, Napster, Last.fm, Zune, Tenacious D, Choral Music, Eric Whitacre, Radiohead, Ben Folds, Rolling Stone, The Pixies, Pizzicato Five, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, Spitalfield, Silverstein, Student Rick, eMusic, Rancid, At The Drive-In, NoFX, The Flaming Lips, OOIOO, They Might Be Giants, Matador Records, Merge, Sub Pop Records, Built To Spill, Guided By Voices, Tortoise, Belle and Sebastian, Superchunk, The Magnetic Fields, Dinosaur Jr, Spoon, The New Pornographers, Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Pavement, Buckethead, The Rapture, Pitchfork, Arcade Fire, The National, The Fiery Furnaces, The Unicorns, LAUNCHcast, Tom Waits, Def Jux, Rhymesayers, Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities, Aesop Rock, Cannibal Ox, Blackalicious, The Pharcyde, Jurassic 5, El-P, Slum Village, RJD2, Rhapsody, Against Me!, Neutral Milk Hotel, Rise Against, The Mountain Goats, The Ergs!, YouTube, Pomplamoose

Dropped in behind enemy lines, Rick and Ben blast through a discussion on First Person Shooters. From the earliest to the most innovative, our hosts cover some of the biggest games in the genre. Plus, Rick cheats and talks about several new games, and Ben finally talks more than Rick in an episode.

File Under: Video Games, First Person Shooters, FPS, Maze War, MIDI Maze, Faceball 2000, Wolfenstein 3D, id Software, John Romero, John Carmack, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Doom, Halo, Bungie, Halo 2, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Valve

Dug into the trenches, Rick and Ben fire off a round of talks about war movies. From a slew of nameless, faceless films to some of the most powerful movies of our time, our hosts dig into the genre and discuss what makes these movies so impactful. Plus, Rick waxes philosophical about the humanity in all of us, and Ben talks about the one movie that almost makes his robot heart feel real emotions.

File Under: Movies, War, John Wayne, Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Pearl Harbor, Michael Bay, Ben Affleck, The Pianist, Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody, Max

All buckled in, Rick and Ben head down the road of child safety. From car seats to walking the neighborhood alone, our hosts discuss the many ways safety has changed since their childhood.  Plus, Rick wonders if the world has changed or if we are just more aware of what happens around us, and Ben fantasizes about being a geriatric hooligan.

File Under: Child Safety, Regulations, Sex Offender Registration, Car Seats, Railroad Tracks, Playing Outside, Stranger Danger, Bike Safety, Smoking Regulations

Straight from the horrors of the Vietnam War, Rick and Ben charge into the fray of action television shows. From incredible facial hair to really bad acronyms, our hosts explore the dangerous worlds of action TV. Plus, Rick takes Ben’s usual role of ruining the episode from the start, and Ben tries to shortchange Chuck Norris.

File Under: Television, Action, Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck, MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson, The A-Team, Walker Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Knight Rider, David Hasselhoff

Hunkered behind their defenses, Rick and Ben are ready to take on another round of board games. With pegs, tiles and meeples in the mix, our hosts cover a handful of games ranging from well known classics to lesser known gems. Plus, Rick proves how bad his long term memory is, and Ben admits that he cannot read.

File Under: Board Games, Tabletop Games, www.boardgamegeek.com, Mastermind, Rummikub, Battle Line, Carcassonne, Spiel des Jahres, Stratego

With pages dog-eared and worn out, Rick and Ben hit the books once again. From savage children to evolving humans, our hosts cover another set of literature they enjoyed from their past. Plus, Rick is perplexed that phone books are still printed, and Ben tries to find ways to profit from their obsolescence.

File Under: Books, Lord of the Flies, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, Fahrenheit 451, The Metamorphosis, Slaughterhouse-Five, Galápagos, Kurt Vonnegut

With blocks stacked in a row, Rick and Ben start a round of puzzle game discussions. From tetriminos to suicidal rodents, our hosts talk about some of the most prominent video games in the genre. Plus, Rick sets up for a beautiful transition that gets foiled by his co-host, and Ben sheds some light on the truth about lemmings and the shady world of Disney.

File Under: Puzzle Games, Video Games, Tetris, Fez, Q*bert, The Lost Vikings, Trine, The Cave, Lemmings, Evolution: Dino Dudes (The Humans), Dr. Mario, Columns