Joy Sandwich (society & culture)

On Episode 72 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non welcome back Kory Stamper to the show to discuss her new book, Word By Word!

Kory shares the story of her new book, Word By Word, how it came to be, what the writing process was like, and why words matter. Word By Word, to our delight, is a book about language, and it's also partially about Kory's story with words and how she came to be a lexicographer and editor at Merriam-Webster. 

We also discuss Merriam-Webster's stance against the spread of "alternative facts" on Twitter. Plus, fart goblins and secret words Kory's family uses!

Oh, and did we mention we're giving away a free signed copy of Word By Word?! See below for details!

Thank you to Kory for sharing her book with us! And thank you, dear listener, for tuning in. And as always, embrace your joy!



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On Episode 71 of the Joy Sandwich Podcast, Non sits down with Jennifer E. Snyder, friend, fellow podcaster, writer, and author of the new book, 100 Days of Discussion! Jennifer recently wrote, designed, and published 100 Days of Discussion, a book that challenges us to be more curious, ask more questions, and engage more intently with each other.

Jennifer and Non talk about the joy of asking questions, how asking questions can build relationships, the amazing CYOP Residency, and so much more inspiring stuff. 

Thanks so much for listening! And as always, embrace your joy!





Jennifer finds joy in dogs tilting heads in curiosity, and the sounds that the Shopify app makes when she gets a book sale!

Non finds joy in recent rain and the green hills that come with it!




Twitter: @jenniferesnyder

Book: 100 Days of Discussion

Podcast: Creating Your Own Path Podcast

Instagram: @jenniferesnyder

Residency: CYOP Residency



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On Episode 70 of the Joy Sandwich Podcast, Jessica and Non invite "end of year friend" Justin on the show to discuss our Most Joyful Moments, Movies, Television, and Books of 2016!

Despite all of the depressing stuff that happened in 2016, we still had enough joy to go around, from our Top 5 Movies of 2016 to our favorite books, television, and adventures/moments!

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And as always, embrace your joy!



Justin is rewatching Twin Peaks in anticipation for the new series premiere on May 21, 2017!

Justin is teaching his five-year-old daughter card games! 

Non is running again, and gleans joy in chest colds!

Non watched Meru, a documentary about three mountain climbers who are just nuts!

Jessica is finding joy in people, making connections, getting to know new people, hanging with friends at the coffee shop!



Manchester by the Sea


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Green Room


The Fits

And so many more movies!



New jobs and new challenges!

New apartment!

And more joyful moments!



The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu by Yi Shun Lai

The Autumnlands by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey

Night Air by Ben Sears

Harbinger by Joshua Dysart

And more reading joys!


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We're back, joy mongers! On Episode 69 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we talk about what's most fresh on our mind: the JOY OF NEW ZEALAND! We talk the joy of the entire country of New Zealand, and give you some New Zealand travel tips, New Zealand adventures you need to go on, and New Zealand B&Bs you should visit!

We had such a joy while traveling in New Zealand (yes, including Hobbiton!), and wanted to share that joy, in detail, with you!

Thanks so much for listening!



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Manchester by the Sea: The best written film of 2016. So sad, but worth seeing. 

Dungeons and Dragons with Ilan: Ilan is the greatest DM ever! And we love playing with Crystal. Boom. 

Women's March in Los Angeles: So great. If you couldn't make the march, you can still make an impact. Here are 10 things to do over the next 100 days.

Supporting Partners: Having supportive people in our lives is a joy we can often overlook. So say thanks to your support system!

The Fits: A great, underlooked film that "every women should watch." It's streaming for free on Amazon Prime. 



Snell's Beach: Quiet, peaceful beach town with dogs galore!

Dome Valley Hike: Beautiful hike with no death!

Sheep World: Sheep with poops on their cute behinds!

Puhoi River Canoes: Canoeing! Don't get trapped on the embankment!

Taupo, NZ: Neat town with neat river, falls, giant lake, and cider!

Orakei Korako: Geothermal wonderland! Don't fall in!

Wellington, NZ: San Francisco meets tree world!

Booklovers B&B: Books galore! 

WETA Studio Tours: Lord of the Rings! The Hobbit! Morgan!

Hobbiton: Nerd heaven!


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On Episode 68 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non sit down to focus on Love and Compassion, and how that way of thinking (and living!) can bring us all more joy. And most importantly, how it can bring others joy. 

Thank you to Andrew, Dwight, and Kristy for your contributions of love and compassion! You folks make our hearts swell.

And as always, embrace your joy!



Arrival: The deeply human science fiction tale that focuses on how compassion, critical thinking, and open communication can lead us to brighter places. It's an affecting tale that is especially resonant with all the goings-on of the world today. Go see it!

The Glass Castle: Jeannette Walls wrote this memoir about her bonkers childhood. It's sad and inspiring and it's going to be a movie soon from the same guy who did Short-Term 12. Read it!

The Accountant: Some fun moments. Not as effective as John Wick, but still fun. Accountfleck!



Be open.

Be kind.

Communicate clearly.

Have conversations.

Employ critical thinking.

Give your time to organization that support humans that are being affected negatively currently: Muslims, LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color.

Embrace compassion in all.


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On Episode 67 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non sit down with Dave Hart of Pop Culture Case Study to discuss the Joy of the Less Traveled Path!

Today's topic comes directly from Dave's brain! We hear about Dave's origin story with the less traveled path, the specific moment in his life that changed his path forever, how struggles and obstacles help shape our perspectives, the path that led to Dave becoming a psychologist, how humans grow, what makes humans wise, and so much other good stuff. This has been #pathtalk!

Thanks to Dave for sharing his joy with us, and thanks to you for listening, joy mongers!

And as always, embrace your joy!



Dave catches up with the Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself, reminding himself that movies are "empathy machines"

Dave also recently received his Masters degree and his PhD dissertation was approved!

Non and Jessica embrace joy by celebrating Scooby's 10th birthday!

Jessica finds joy in the AMAZING support from Non (note: I, Non, am writing these show notes)



Movies/Books with characters on less traveled paths: Chef, Frank, The Name of the Wind, 1984, and Animal Farm

Pop Culture Case Study on the Web

Dave on Twitter

Pop Culture Case Study on iTunes

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On Episode 66 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Jessica and Non say hello again to their friend Raymond Obstfeld, author of the new Mycroft Holmes comic book series! That's right, today we're talking about the joy that is the new comic book series from Titan Comics, Mycroft Holmes, co-written by Raymond with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

In this episode, we talk about Raymond's writing of the Mycroft Holmes comic book, his love of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes, the origin story of writing the comic for Titan Comics, collaborating with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and how this Holmes story is part action-adventure, part Indiana Jones, part western, and part mystery!

Thanks to Raymond for being a guest on the show, and thank you for listening!

If you like stories, comics, and writing, please head out to your local comic book shop and pick up Mycroft Holmes today! Issues 1-3 are out now!

And as always, embrace your joy!


The subversive and hilarious Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Woody Allen's surprisingly good Cafe Society

Old Man Logan by Jeff Lemire

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Thief of Thieves by Robert Kirkman

Huck by Mark Millar

Junior Bender series by Timothy Hallinan

Groundhog Day theater production

Our friends Dawn and Leigh Anne featured in the Huffington Post for adopting a LGBTQ youth. So neat!



Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Raymond Obstfeld



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On Episode 65 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, Non sits down with friend, coworker, and creative nonfiction extraordinaire, Janna Marlies Maron! Janna is the editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, which is a reader supported, quarterly literary arts magazine that publishes creative nonfiction and visual art. 

And guess what? Under the Gum Tree is celebrating its 5th anniversary! Not only is there no fee to submit your nonfiction stories this month, but there will also be an amazing simulcast/smorgasborde of creative nonfiction literary magazines on October 29 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET. Learn more here!

In this episode, Janna shares her origin story with reading, creative nonfiction, telling stories without shame, and the impetus for starting this amazing literary magazine. If you dig stories, you'll adore this episode!

Thanks to Janna for being a guest on Joy Sandwich, and thank you listeners for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Janna sits front row center at a Paul McCartney concert!

Non scares two girls on his run!

Which one is more joyful? You decide! :D


Under the Gum Tree

Janna Marlies Maron

Janna on Instagram

Under the Gum Tree on Instagram

Under the Gum Tree's 5th Anniversary Simulcast

Under the Gum Tree on Facebook

Under the Gum Tree on Twitter

Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear

Out of Print Clothing, "the best place for book nerds to shop"

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Joy Sandwich: The Joy of Language with Kory Stamper

On Episode 64 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we delve into the Joy of Language with Merriam-Webster lexicographer/editor and new author Kory Stamper!

As you know, both Jessica and Non are language nerds, so it was such an honor to have Kory on the show to delight us with her knowledge of language, relaying stories about working as an editor at Merriam-Webster, her favorite swear words, and writing her new book (out in March 2017 and available for pre-order now!) Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

We discuss Kory's origin story with words, growing up speaking German, studying language at an early age, how George Orwell's 1984 got her wheels turning, falling in love with language, prescriptivism vs. descriptivism, and so much more word-nerdy goodness!

Thanks so much to Kory for being a guest on Joy Sandwich. And thanks to you for listening, joy mongers!

And as always, embrace your joy!



Kory picks up her daughter from the Adirondacks (she's a wilderness guide), spends time with family, embraces silliness and fart jokes!

Jessica reads Harbinger by Joshua Dysart!

Non is having fun with audiobooks on long hikes/runs. A recent book is called Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley!




Kory's blog: Harmless Drudgery

Pre-order Kory's book: Word by Word

One of Kory's favorite words: Gardyloo!




"I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and some got me out." - Katherine Dunn



From the ropes comes Episode 63 of the Joy Sandwich podcast with guests Brad and Bridget on the Joy of Wrestling! Both Brad and Bridget (or "Bradget" for short) find so much joy in the sport/art/entertainment/culture of wrestling that it is just infectious and lovely to listen to. 

On this episode, we break down what wrestling is all about (we know nothing), the fascinating history of wrestling (Attitude Era!), the blood (crimson mask!), the drugs, the sweat, the "smarks," and the storytelling of wrestling!

Thanks so much to Brad and Bridget for sharing their joy of wrestling with us! And thank you, joy monger, for listening!

And as always, embrace your joy!


Summer Slam




The Wrestler and the Cornflake Girl





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