In the 18th century, the term ‘scandal water’ was coined to refer to tea, as people would often enjoy a juicy bit of gossip as they lingered over their daily tea. Now you have the chance to listen in each week as Candy & Ashley ‘spill the tea’ about a peculiar topic somehow related to the entertainment industry. Give ‘Scandal Water’ a listen! We think you’ll find it suits your taste. Cheers!

Serving Up a Scrumptious Episode on “The Great British Baking Show”

On your mark, get set, BAKE! If that phrase sounds familiar–and you avoid soggy bottoms like the plague– there’s a good chance you’re already a fan of “The Great British Baking Show.” But what is it that sets this particular show– called “The Great British Bake-Off” in the UK– apart from the American ones produced on the other side of the pond? That’s just one of the many questions we explore in this scrumptious episode! What caused the original hosts, Mel and Sue, and original judge Mary Berry to leave the show? What rigorous audition process do would-be contestants have to undergo in order to be selected? What interesting behind-the-scenes stories have former contestants shared? And what prize does the winning baker receive? Be sure to join us for this fun episode where we discuss all this and more– it’ll be better than a Paul Hollywood handshake! *A big thank you to Sarah for her audio clips and to Jaden for her listener shout-out! The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. MID-ROLL AD: Where do YOU listen to Scandal Water? Send your shout-outs to ScandalWaterPodcast@gmail.com You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show. Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content.

Emily Blunt: One of Hollywood’s Most Versatile Actors

Her first acting job was with Dame Judi Dench; Cillian Murphy has called her a phenomenal actress; and she’s married to the actor behind everyone’s favorite prankster on “The Office.” The woman in question is none other than Emily Blunt, one of the most popular and versatile actresses in Hollywood today. But how did Emily’s issue with stuttering as a child actually lead her toward a career in acting? What role did Emily play in helping an acclaimed actor move from co-star to brother-in-law? What was it like to have her husband direct her in the “A Quiet Place” movies? And how is it that Emily’s resume now not only lists actress and singer, but also executive producer of a Western? These are just a few of the many questions we explore in this fascinating episode! A big thank you to Haley for her listener shout out! MID ROLL AD: Join our facebook group “Armchairs & Tea” where we share memes, personal photos, and previous episode connections. Currently, we’re running a poll to determine the first theme of the new season! The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show. Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content.

Harlan Coben: Master of the Plot Twist & King of Netflix

He has over 80 million books in print, he claims Stephen King as a close friend and Dan Brown as a frat brother, and if you’ve been on Netflix in the past 6 years, you’ve no doubt seen trailers for one of his suspenseful and very successful television series. The man in question is best-selling author and television producer Harlan Coben… who also happens to be the focus of this listener-suggested episode! How did Harlan move from basketball player to travel agent to best-selling author? Why does the novelist prefer to write about disappearance rather than murder, and how does Harlan come up with the premise behind thrillers like “Fool Me Once”? In real life, is Harlan anything like the famous Myron Bolitar character he created?  And why exactly ARE there so many Harlan Coben original series on Netflix? Don’t let us keep you in suspense… join us for this intriguing episode on the man who has taken Netflix by storm, Harlan Coben. The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. *A big thank you to Rebekah for the listener suggestion and to Dawn for her listener shout out! MID-ROLL AD: Thank you to Jill for her ongoing support through BuyMeaCoffee! You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show. Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Still Go, Go, Going 31 Years Later!

Teenagers with attitude, cool dinozords that combined to transform into a powerful robotic Megazord, and alien villains in spandex. What was there NOT to love about the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?”  Go, go! with us back to Angel Grove in the year of 1993 when the original Power Rangers were first recruited by Zordon to take on the evil Rita Repulsa. In this fun episode we’ll explore how the phenomenon of the Power Rangers first began.  How was the show created as a mash-up of an American cast performing a new storyline combined with battle footage from a popular Japanese show? What challenges did the actors have to face in the audition process? Why has there been such a big turnover with the Power Rangers cast over the years? And is there any truth to the rumored Power Ranger Curse? These are just a few of the questions we discuss in this Morphinominal episode! The link is in the bio. The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel.  *A big thank you to Ron Wasserman, creator and performer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” theme song, for his audio clip!  Thanks also to Camden and Bri for their shout out.   MID-ROLL AD: Where do YOU listen to Scandal Water? Send your shout outs to ScandalWaterPodcast@gmail.com  You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show. Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content.

The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Jim Henson’s Muppets

Say the name Jim Henson, and many people immediately picture a wise and lovable green frog sitting on a log, singing about rainbows. But the genius of Jim Henson extends even further than his creation of a whole new form of puppetry, the Muppets, and countless individual characters– like Kermit and Miss Piggy– that are beloved by young and old alike. And that’s what we explore in this fun episode. What circumstances led Jim to create the Muppets, and who was his often uncredited partner in the work? Back in the late 60s, how did the Muppets become involved with a ground-breaking new children’s show called “Sesame Street?” What role, if any, did Jim play in bringing Yoda to life? And why do some of the “The Muppet Show” episodes now start with a warning message? We discuss all this and so much more! This episode is for the lovers, dreamers, and any person who has ever smiled at the wit and wisdom of a Muppets character. Please join us. MID-ROLL AD: In our June minisode, Ashley and Candy share a few highlights from their own summer trips… ones that extend from the heights of a castle to the bottom of a canyon! We love sipping the tea with you every week and hope you enjoy this brief, personal glimpse into our private lives. This episode, along with our previous minisode episodes are available to members who join via BuyMeaCoffee.com. The link is in the bio! The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. *A big thank you to Rich for his shout out, and amazing Kermit impression!

Wackadoo! The Phenomenon of “Bluey”

It’s an animated TV show, targeted to preschool children, that centers around a puppy named Bluey, her younger sister Bingo, and her parents, Bandit and Chilli. Each episode runs approximately 7 minutes. Sounds like a simple concept, right? And yet the show “Bluey,” which first aired in Australia in 2018, is now not only a smash hit, it is a true global phenomenon. But what is about “Bluey” that has made it so wildly popular –and not just with children, but also their parents? In this fun episode, we explore that question by digging into the origins of “Bluey,” some of the key features that set it apart from other children’s shows, the genius behind the casting choices, and so much more! We even ask the parents of a toddler– all three avid “Bluey” fans– to weigh in with a few of their thoughts. So save yourself an “Oh, biscuits!” moment and be sure to join us as we visit everyone’s favorite Blue Heeler, “Bluey.”  The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. *A big thank you to Morgan and Michael for their audio clip, and to Katie & Zoey for their shout-out and episode introduction. You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show. Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content. MID-ROLL AD: Visit our website (ScandalWaterPodcast.com) & click the “Buy Me a Coffee” link to become a member or make a one-time donation. It’s your support and generosity that allows us to keep Scandal Water on the air!

Scooby Doo: We See You!

What do WWE wrestlers John Cena and Triple H, the Harlem Globetrotters, Batman and Robin, Sonny and Cher, and Simon Cowell all have in common? They’ve all appeared with Scooby Doo at some point over the past 55 years! Yes, you heard that right… everyone’s favorite cowardly-but-lovable, snack-eating, ghost-hunting Great Dane made his first appearance in 1969, and is still going strong. But what circumstances led to the development of “Scooby-Doo,” and on what TV characters were the Scooby Gang based? How did Scooby Doo change over the years? And the real question… Scrappy Doo: Love him or hate him? Jinkies! We discuss all this and so much more. So jump in the Mystery Machine Van and ride along as we unravel the (not-so-challenging) mystery of why “Scooby Doo” remains a beloved cartoon to this day. The show is also available on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. Special thanks to Ruthie, Richard, Anderson, and Brody for their listener shout-out! MID-ROLL AD: Thank you to Rebekah & Sherry for their ongoing support through BuyMeaCoffee! You can support Scandal Water Podcast by rating, reviewing, and subscribing to the show.  Even better, by visiting our website, scandalwaterpodcast.com, and becoming a member on Buy Me a Coffee, you will receive perks and access to bonus content.

A Better Pastime Than Listening to This 90s Episode? As if!

It was the decade of grunge, Must See TV that truly felt must-see, boy bands with their synchronized dances, a wry Zach Morris smirking into the camera, and a kind-hearted but ‘clueless’ privileged teenager named Cher.  It may feel like yesterday, but –hold on to your scrunchie–the decade of the 90s is now 25-30 years in the past! And it’s high time we revisited it! But when considering the time period that brought us classic movies like “Jurassic Park” and “A League of Their Own,” the beanie baby craze, and Mariah Carey, which specific entertainment events or artists did we choose to highlight in this fly episode? Use the link in the bio to find out! You can also listen on your favorite podcast app and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. Special thanks to Kelly for our listener shout-out! MID ROLL AD: Our “King & Queen of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s is now available exclusively to our Buy Me a Coffee Members! Not a member? Head on over to www.ScandalWaterPodcast.com and click the link to join! It’s your support and generosity that allows us to keep Scandal Water on the air!    

A Totally Rad 80s Episode

Lacy, fingerless gloves. Neon colors. Legwarmers over spandex, with a complementary headband. Parachute pants. Shoulder pads. Swatch watches. Permed hair with massive bangs, plastered in place with hair spray.  If you’ve ever worn any of the above, you’re going to love time-traveling back to the 1980s with us! What would YOU choose as 3 defining entertainment events, works, or artists of the decade? That’s the question we asked ourselves as we revisited the time period that brought us Gameboys, the VHS craze, Alex P. Keaton, Madonna, and “Cats” on Broadway.  Recognizing that we’ve already featured some 80s megahits like “E.T.” and “Back to the Future” in previous episodes, what OTHER prominent shows, moments, or icons did we highlight in this totally rad 80s episode?  Moonwalk over to the link in the bio, your favorite podcast app, or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel to find out!  Special thanks to Jill and Ardyn for our listener shout-out! Send in your own shout-out by emailing us at scandalwaterpodast@gmail.com.  Music used (Not Josh Martin) “Arpent” purchased at www.FreePD.com

An Episode on the 70s? Far Out!

It was the decade that gave us feathered hair ala Farrah Fawcett, bell bottom jeans, a sensational White House scandal, Evil Knievel’s daredevil stunts, and (for many) a phobic fear of swimming in the ocean.  We’re of course talking about the 1970s… and in this far out episode, we take you back there! From “Happy Days” to “Star Wars” to “Smokey and the Bandit” and its accompanying CB radio craze, we’ve already dedicated several previous episodes to hot 70s topics. But in this fun episode we highlight 3 different prominent entertainment events, works, or artists significant to the decade. Which ones did we choose? You’ll have to ‘hustle’ over to the link in the bio, your favorite podcast app, or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel to find out!  Special thanks to Randall for his episode shout-out!  MID-ROLL AD: Visit our website (ScandalWaterPodcast.com) & click the “Buy Me a Coffee” link to become a member or make a one-time donation.  It’s your support and generosity that allows us to keep Scandal Water on the air!   

Go, Baby, Go! 150 Years of the Kentucky Derby

A simple mention of the Kentucky Derby immediately brings to mind images of powerful racehorses thundering down the track, fashionable ladies in elaborate, feathery hats, and screaming fans urging their Derby pick to victory.  But do you know how it all started? Neither did we, two native Kentuckians, and what better time to address that deficit than on this very special occasion… the historic 150th running of the Kentucky Derby! In honor of this event, not only are we focusing this special ‘Varietea’ episode on the history of the Kentucky Derby, but we are also releasing it early so that it will hit your feed before the big day! Who founded the Kentucky Derby, and how did the traditions originate? What significant but often forgotten role did Black jockeys play in the history of the Derby? Which jockeys and horses have set themselves apart over the years? And what special projects have been underway in preparation for this 150th anniversary? These are just a few of the many questions we address in this fun episode. So go, baby, go!… right on over to that link in the bio. We bet you won’t regret it.  Special thanks to Morgan and Mia for their listener shout-out! MID-ROLL AD: Thank you to Laura A. & Jennifer M. for their ongoing support through BuyMeaCoffee!

Goodbye, England’s Rose: Remembering Princess Diana

As both the recent media frenzy over Kate Middleton’s disappearance and the popularity of the Netflix series “The Crown” demonstrate, the public’s interest in the Royal Family has not only remained strong over the decades, at some points, it has even bordered on obsessive. And no one’s life serves as a better illustration of this point than Diana, Princess of Wales, whose brother Charles spoke these words in her eulogy: “…of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this– a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.” Calling heavily on Diana’s own perspective, as shared in her recorded interviews from “Diana: In Her Own Words” (National Geographic), in this powerful episode we discuss the life and legacy of Diana, the People’s Princess. From her self-described unhappy childhood, to the issues with mental health and infidelity that plagued her marriage, to Diana’s death and the conspiracy theories that surrounded it, we discuss all this and so much more.  So be sure to join us for this goodbye to England’s Rose, a woman who touched the world with the example she set as both a public figure and mother, as well as her fashion sense, humanitarian efforts, and incredible relatability.  MID-ROLL AD: Pens are now available either ala carte or as a perk when you become a member! www.ScandalWaterPodcast.com

Remembering Nightbirde, Who inspired the World With Her Talent, Insight, and Rebellious Hope

Millions of people, including the usually stoic Simon Cowell, were moved by Nightbirde’s story and original song “It’s OK” when she auditioned on America’s Got Talent in June of 2021, earning a golden buzzer. Sadly, the talented singer, songwriter, and poet, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, was forced to resign from the competition a few months later to focus on her health, after receiving devastating news regarding her cancer’s progression.  But that did not mean the artist stepped out of the spotlight. Rather, the world watched in awe and admiration as Nightbirde navigated the final 6 months of her life with rebellious hope, continuing to make music and inspire us all with her dogged determination to live life to the fullest. With the help of audio clips from Jane’s brother, Mitch Marczewski, we share Nightbirde’s story in this uplifting episode. Join us as we discuss Jane’s life, dreams, faith, and legacy, including the Nightbirde Foundation (nightbirdefoundation.org), an organization started and run by Jane’s family in her honor, for the purpose of bringing hope and healing to others battling cancer.  A special thank you to Mitch Marczewski for his participation in this tribute to Nightbirde.  MID-ROLL AD: Visit JoshuaRieth.com to book your web design appointment today! 

A Field Trip to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Milan Miracle that Inspired “Hoosiers”

With a last-second shot from the star shooter, the underdog team defeats its powerhouse opponent, becoming the smallest school ever to win the state basketball championship. Sound like the ending of “Hoosiers”? It should, because it’s what happened in the true story that inspired the beloved film. Referred to as the Milan Miracle, in 1954 the Milan High School Indians defeated the Muncie Central Bearcats in front of an audience of 15,000 at Butler Fieldhouse. And on March 23, 2024, we were there at Milan High School, along with close to 2000 others, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of that feat.  In this fun ‘Varie-tea’ episode we take you along on our field trip, giving you the flavor of the event and its featured guests, including “Hoosier’s” screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and actors Brad Long and Steve Hollar, the current and former Indiana governor, and the miracle workers themselves. If you’re a fan of basketball, “Hoosiers,” or an inspirational sports story, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Wishing a Sad Farewell to Advocate, Fighter, and Friend, Matthew Perry

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.” Tragically, these words found at the start of Matthew Perry’s 2022 memoir turned out to be prophetic. Less than a year later the world was stunned to learn of his passing on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54.  This week, using his very personal book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir” as our primary basis, we discuss the life and legacy of Matthew Perry, who asked to be remembered first as a helper.  How did Matthew’s childhood fear of abandonment and his identity as a “lonely child” affect his adult relationships? What incident during a movie shoot started him on his path toward addiction? What important messages about alcoholism and drug dependency did Matthew want us to understand? And in what ways was the actor simultaneously exactly like and also the polar opposite of the beloved character he portrayed on “Friends”? These are just a few of the many points we discuss in this moving episode.  Could we BE any more honored to offer this farewell to Matthew Perry, a talented artist, advocate, and– yes– friend? Please join us.  Link is in bio! The show is also available on your favorite podcatcher and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel.  *This episode contains references to substance use disorder and related challenges. Listener discretion is advised. 

Anne Frank: The Legacy of a Young Writer

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” These were the words written by 15-year-old Anne Frank just months before Nazis raided the Secret Annex and sent the inhabitants to concentration camps, where all but her father ultimately perished.  One of the most well-known teens in history, this extraordinary young woman’s work, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, ranks among the top-10 best-selling nonfiction books of all time and has been translated into more than 70 languages.  How did Anne’s family end up in the Secret Annex along with the other inhabitants, and what challenges did they face while in hiding? What new discoveries about Anne’s story have come to light in more recent years? How do the  A, B, and C versions of Anne’s diary differ? And do we finally have an answer to the mystery of who betrayed the Secret Annex families? Join us for this moving episode where we discuss all this and so much more!

An interview with Brad Long, Hickory High’s team captain Buddy (#14) in the hit movie “Hoosiers” (Part 2)

You know him as “Buddy,” the team captain who sported #14 on the Hickory High basketball team… once he rejoined, that is. But in real life, he’s actor and motivational speaker Brad Long, and in this fascinating episode he speaks with Candy and Ashley about his life-changing experience filming the movie “Hoosiers.” You won’t want to miss this conversation during which Brad answers questions that have lingered for nearly 40 years…  What was it like to work with film legend Gene Hackman? What strategies were used to help the young basketball players bond, and what hijinks did they get up to when not filming? What happens in that famous cut scene that explains how Buddy ended up back on the team? And, on a sad note, how did Brad’s son pay tribute to the late Kent Poole, who portrayed teammate Merle Webb in the film?

The Ultimate David and Goliath Story, the Beloved Sports Movie “Hoosiers” (Part 1)

Gene Hackman feared that starring in the movie “Hoosiers” would kill his career. Instead, 38 years after its release in 1986, “Hoosiers” remains one of the most beloved sports movies of all time.  Suggested by listener Merle, who served as an extra during the filming of “Hoosiers,” this lively episode takes you back to 1985, when this soon-to-be classic was filmed. What true life story inspired “Hoosiers,” and how was the making of the movie its own underdog story? How were the Hickory basketball players cast? What’s the true story behind the rumors of Gene Hackman’s surliness and Barbara Hershey’s unhappiness during filming? And what is it about “Hoosiers” that has made it so enduring?

Pro Wrestling Takes the Ring in this Spectacular Episode

Beefed up physiques covered with a sheen of body oil. Stage names like “The Undertaker” and “The Animal.” Entrances accompanied by loud music and deafening cheers (or boos). Action-packed matches, sometimes involving objects like metal chairs or thumbtacks.  These are just a few of the elements that might spring to mind at the mention of pro wrestling, but the sport is so much more than that. What role did the carnival play in the development of professional wrestling? How accurate is the depiction of the Louisville area wrestling scene and the aspiring wrestlers of the OVW, as seen in the Netflix docuseries “Wrestlers”?  How do athletes and fans of the sport respond to claims that pro wrestling is fake? What did Al Snow– a former WWE wrestler who now helps run the OVW– mean when he stated that pro wrestling is the art of physical storytelling? With help from pro wrestling fans Chris, Chandra, and Steve, we delve into these questions, and so much more! Candy and Ashley even brainstorm their own potential wrestling stage names… although suggestions are always welcome. 😉 Special Thanks to Josh “Double J” Johnson for co-writing & voicing our mid-break commercial. Help SW beat the Algorithm!

Say “Yes” to “The Proposal” (2009)

“Margaret, marry me… because I’d like to date you.” If you not only immediately recognized that line, but also saw a movie montage of scenes play across your mind, you are likely one of the millions who fell in love with the 2009 hit “The Proposal.” In this fun episode we discuss the hit rom-com that boasted strong chemistry between romantic leads Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, an incredible supporting cast that included scene-stealers Betty White and Oscar Nunez, and laugh-out-loud physical comedy.    So be sure to say “yes” to this delightful episode on “The Proposal.”  It was meant to be.