The M&M Report: Five Years and Counting

Mark and Devin forming m's with their fingers while standing outside Devin's graduation ceremony

Photo by Chloe Johnson

Mark and Devin celebrate the five-year anniversary of their podcast (!) by exploring their pop culture origin stories and uncovering a few embarrassing secrets along the way.

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Here are some things that were true on Sept. 15, 2013 — the day Mark and Devin released the first episode of The M&M Report:

The #1 song in America was “Roar” by Katy Perry.

The #1 movie in America was Insidious: Chapter Two.

The host of The Tonight Show was Jay Leno.

The host of The Late Show was David Letterman.

The most recent Beyoncé album was released following months of advance notice.

Cardi B was not yet of legal drinking age.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were not married.

Justin Timberlake was kinda cool — but only for a couple more weeks.

Drake’s music career consisted of one mixtape and two studio albums.

Jonas Brothers were still together.

Bill Cosby was months away from NBC announcing his comeback in a new sitcom.

Donald Trump’s most recent trip to Russia was in 1978.

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The M&M Report: Peak TV

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PROGRAMMING NOTE: We’ve made a behind-the-scenes change. If you’re already subscribed to The M&M Report on iTunes or the podcast provider of your choice, you need to RE-SUBSCRIBE in order to receive new episodes in your feed. We know this extra step will be annoying, but we’re excited about what it means for the future of the podcast. Tell your friends!

On this episode, Devin and I pondered the perils and pleasures of Peak TV. We start by defining it with the help of comments from FX president John Landgraf, and then we examine how the phenomenon has affected our viewing habits, the creative forces that shape those habits and the business forces that have allowed Peak TV to flourish. This New York Magazine feature on the subject is worth reading, either as a precursor or a follow-up.

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The M&M Report: “Ghostbusters”

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Ghostbusters is a movie directed by Paul Feig starring four of the funniest women alive. It’s a remake of a beloved 1984 comedy that’s attracted one of the most intensely sexist online controversies in recent memory. And…it’s pretty good! In this episode of The M&M Report, Devin and I talk about what worked and what didn’t.

Also: Devin is moving back to California. That means this podcast is the last one recorded in the same room with me for the foreseeable future. I’ll miss him, but I won’t miss the podcast, because it’s not going anywhere! We’ll still be recording regularly in the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned for more.

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The M&M Report: “Everybody Wants Some” and Richard Linklater Movies

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Devin sits this episode out as special guest host Miranda Batch and I discuss our favorite scenes, characters and moments from Richard Linklater movies before delving into the filmmaker’s latest.

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The M&M Report, Episode 73: “Spotlight” and “Fargo”

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On this episode of The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I welcome Chloe Johnson for her fifth guest appearance. This time around, we review the excellent journalism movie Spotlight and reflect on the second season of FX’s anthology series Fargo. We had a lot to say, so we split the episode in two parts for your listening enjoyment.

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Listen to part one:

And part two:

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“Serial”: True Detective

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The story on Serial began with a meditation on the malleability of the truth and ended with a much better-informed meditation on the malleability on the truth. The story of Serial began as a humble This American Life spinoff and ended as a phenomenon of iTunes sales, Slate thinkpieces and metapodcasts. In between, this unique marriage of TV crime drama tropes and investigative reporting instincts led listeners on a journey that plumbed the baffling depths of the American criminal justice system, exposed the blurry line between unbiased reporting and biased speculation, and asserted the audio podcast as a viable storytelling medium. Oh, and Mail Kimp exists.

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The M&M Report, Episode 30: One Door Closes, Another Opens

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Listen to Episode 30 of The M&M Report here.

This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I start by discussing HBO’s comedy delight Veep with returning guest Lindsay Sandoval. After that, Devin and I turned to the first two episodes of Mad Men Season 7, tackling Pete’s tan, Peggy’s frustrations, Don’s ventriloquism and more.

The semester wouldn’t be complete without one more installment of Devin Doesn’t Like Things, and Devin’s musings on finals week did not disappoint. We close out the final episode of the school year by reflecting on the last 30 episodes and looking ahead to the future.

Devin and I will continue to produce M&M Report episodes throughout the summer, though perhaps less frequently than we did during the school year. We’ll also be limited by the fact that we’ll be on opposite coasts. Nonetheless, we hope to offer plenty more content over the summer and even more when we return to school.

In the meantime, thank you for reading, thank you for listening, and we’ll talk to you soon.