We don't want to brag, but we have jobs. And you can have jobs, too! This week, we're premiering the first part of our two-part episode on getting and keeping that good, good job. First up: How to make a resume that doesn't suck and how to conduct yourself in an interview, featuring our friend Val, Human Resources expert.
Have you ever tried to raise money for a good cause? Boy, it's hard. It's like people want to keep their own money in their own wallets because they don't know how much joy it would bring you to raise three more dollars. Well, we're here to help! This week, we talk about some of the pitfalls of fundraising, and we offer some excellently good advice on how to fundraise better.
Mother's Day. Amiright? It's like the Saw movie franchise of holidays. Because every year or so, you think, "Oh. Wow. Is there another one of those? I forgot about that. But it's definitely there, isn't it?" And you know what? IT IS. Because Mother's Day is just relentless. AND IT WANTS TO PLAY A GAME.
This week, we go brain-deep into the problem of Mother's Day: why it's strange, why the best good sons don't get their own holiday, and what presents you should definitely NOT get your mom for her annual special day. Join us, won't you? It's a very special episode of Adult Harder.
It's hard to not be a total jackass at a concert. If you're at the same concert as our new favorite listener, Jamie from Kansas, that is. Following Jamie's very strict orders, we explain the best way to not suck at a concert, and to be honest? We pretty much nail it.
When someone else's wedding bells start ringing, you have just one job. JUST ONE JOB.
Don't. F***. Things. Up.
Unfortunately, ruining someone else’s wedding is easier than you might think. Just ask Ryan, who tried preeeeeeetty dang hard to ruin Clayton’s first wedding. NICE TRY, SMITH.
This week is all about being a better wedding guest, and it goes way beyond not throwing up on the dance floor (though that’s an A-#1 tip).
If you're a living person who's alive, you've probably moved at least once, and boy, you know that sh*t is the absolute worst. And it only gets harder as your friends get older and realize the economics of receiving payment in pizza and beer are some next-level nonsense. But not to worry! The Smiths have some excellent advice on how to be better at moving, without all that dumb stress.
The Professors Smith know a thing or two about bad habits. Mostly, they know how to have them. But they've also done a very light amount of reading up on how to theoretically break them, and now they want to save you that ten minutes of Googling with a 25-minute podcast! We're about 82% sure you'll agree that it's worth it.
Skin-tight uniforms. Feathered hair. Blood, sometimes. No, it's not the seedy underbelly of jazzercise; it's professional wrestling, and it's high time you got on board! Ryan breaks down the finer points of pro wrestling, including blood, nudity, and draaaamaaaaaa! And the guys give some pretty overall decent advice on how to dip your toe in the wrestling waters by throwing a good, old-fashioned Wrestlemania party!
You know who loves pets? Literally everyone. You know who doesn't love pets? Sociopaths, which we understand does detract from our statement about everyone loving pets, but it's important to not always split hairs.
This week, the Professors Smith discuss the importance of pets, and then they rank the best and worst pets ever, because they're professionals like that.
We thought we wouldn't have to worry about the robot apocalypse for at LEAST five or six more years. But between laughing Alexa, stripper-bots, and all the inexplicably ill-informed madness happening at the stupid idiot labs of Boston Dynamics, we can't put it off any longer. The robots are coming, and we need to get busy destroying 'em or get busy serving 'em. Either way, our survival is key.
In one of our timeless, instant-classic holiday episodes, we talk about the pitfalls of St. Patrick's Day, including not-awful alternatives to awful green beer and the history of Druids and Irish ghosts. It's a pretty stellar episode. Turn up your ears and learn how to celebrate St. Paddy's Day like a real grown-up adult person!
Massages are supposed to be relaxing...so why do they give us so much anxiety? This week, the Smiths take on the many discomforts of getting naked with a stranger and saying, "Put your hands all over me." They teach you how to overcome any massage-related issue, and they've got some pretty good advice about saunas, too.
We got a letter from a listener who wanted to know just how scared he should be about getting his first solo credit card. And boy, did we run with that. In this episode, we talk credit scores, smart strategies for paying down huge debt, and how to get credit card companies to pay YOU! We don't want to brag, but it's a severely adult-ish episode.
It’s cold. It is just unbelievably, and endlessly, cold. Unless you live somewhere warm, in which case, we politely invite you to just kiss right off. ‘Cause we’re cold. Just unbelievably, and endlessly, cold.
Fortunately, the Smiths have some tips on how to bear the cold weather, and they even visit the fellows from The Victor Bar in Chicago to ask about some special winter weather cocktails that can warm your subzero spirits!
The decision to become a parent is a big one. There's a lot to consider, like "Will I cause accidental and irreparable lifelong harm to the emotional state of a real human person?" The Smiths grapple with the challenges and rewards of having babies, along with the help of a very special guest, professional father and podcaster Travis McElroy!
It's hard to really appreciate Disneyland when you're a kid, and when you're a parent, it's like, ugh, now I have to go on all the baby rides with my kid, ugh. The best way to go to Disneyland is to go by your own childless self! It's not creepy!
This week, the Smiths discuss their wasted youths, the much less magical theme parks that their parents dragged them to as kids, and the best ways to enjoy Disneyland like a grown-up, along with the help of best-selling author and Disneyland planning expert, Gavin Doyle.
Then be sure to check out Gavin's site Mickey Visit to plan your next Disneyland adventure like a real adult!
[FAIR WARNING, this episode gets more explicit than most, in some really strange and surprising ways. But don't blame us. Blame our guest.]
Valentine's Day is pretty much the worst, and anyone who likes it is dumb. That said, we've got some great tips on how to be a better Valentine, and we also have a thing or two to say about the traditional V-Day practice of beating virgins with goat skins. Those Romans, man. They were into some kinky stuff.
And hey, if you don't have a Valentine's date yet, don't worry! We talk with our good friend Lisette Medina, who has a lot of really super advice on how to use dating apps, including a lot of really super examples of why you should completely and totally avoid dating apps at all cost. Look, we'll just say it: This episode gets a little weird.
Look, we can't all just be in everyone else's space, like, all the time. Sometimes we have to get away into our own little hovels of secrecy and leave-me-aloneness. Those are the places where we can get creative, blow off some steam, or just take a breath surrounded by our very cool Batman figurines THAT ARE ACTION FIGURES, NOT DOLLS, MOM! The Smiths discuss the importance of having your own space, along with some ideas on how to fill that space, and they talk with Nic Parks, CEO of The Pinball Company, about the role pinball and arcade games play in our lives and/or sanity.
It's hard to behave well at the bar. We know it's not your fault, it's alcohol's fault. Almost everything is alcohol's fault. But as adults, we should all take steps to be better bar-goers. That doesn't just mean not getting into fights and not vomiting on the floor (although those are very, very important). Good behavior goes way beyond that. We'll prove it with the help of Kelsey Kellgren, bartender at Kasey's, one of Chicago's oldest and most cherished beer bars!
Pssst. Hey, you. Do you like food? SHHHH! Not so loud! We're talking secret menus on the podcast this week...we're giving a whole rundown of who's who and what's what in the dark, seedy underbelly of black market foodstuffs, including a whole segment on calming yourself down because what you probably think is a secret menu isn't actually a secret menu. Then we open the kimono on a few honest-to-goodness secret menu items in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and then we're joined by Austin, Texas food blogger Emily Teachout, who schools us real good on why people love secret menus, and who also gives us the lowdown on the best kept secrets of the Austin food scene!