100. The Real Truth About Our 100th Episode, In Only 3 Minutes

The Lads blow the lid off the 100th episode scandal. The real truth about the 100th episode, is hard hitting and dangerous. They take on the big canyon agenda, numerology and the onslaught of relentless chicken in an unforgiving dash for justice, righteousness and FREEDOM! With the help of Chief Mouser, Larry the Cat, they fixed Brexit. Here’s to the 100th episode of a podcast named after fire escapes!

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94. Magnus Walker & Hannah Elliott: Mille Miglia and Sheffield Facts

The Lads were graciously invited in to the home of previous guest, Hannah Elliott, and her main man, Magnus Walker (what a name that, eh? goes well with the beard).

Magnus and Hannah are effortlessly cool in a way you can only be if you are as kind and generous as they are and we here at Fire Escape Industries hope that you are left feeling like you too sat out on the criss-cross ladders of the escape with all five of us.

We talk about a four day race throughout the Italian countryside, as well as get into the finer details of our accents, or lack there of with regards to the PNW raised Elliott.

There are laughs. There are stories. There are Hot Wheels.

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89. We Were Hacked by Jamie Loftus

Jamie Loftus joins Peter and Colter over the phone and only eight minutes in to our talk about MENSA we are hacked and the line cuts off abruptly. They don't slow us down, however, as we had set up a backchannel communication with Loftus all along. Join us as we get to know writer, comedian and podcast host, Jamie Loftus, a little bit better. Topics range from the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, Neil Gaiman's benevolent scale-tipping and the history of ice resurfacers.

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85. And Now Our Watch Has Ended

This week in the Fire Escape Holdfast, the lads are joined by Lord Director Ser Mercutio Tortoraunchy to tell y’all about how hard storytelling is, mention LOST too many times and recap one of our favorite series ever. Beware Game of Thrones spoilers.

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Better Than This

Being honest about the struggle of these two realities in the current political landscape makes my heart beat increase a bit. It’s scary to stop in the middle of this quickly moving stream to take a beat and try to figure out my surroundings and at times even question them, but I think it’s necessary.

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On Daenerys Stormborn and Art Criticism at the Speed of Light

On Sunday night, May the 12th, twitter was alight with takes as hot as the fire pouring forth from Drogon’s maw. While I do think there are some valid criticisms of the pacing of the show this season, and the show-runners’ arbitrary choice of limiting their remaining time, I also am not so sure we should collectively decide the quality of a work by midnight after it airs and in a group project setting.

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83. Teresa Lee and the Return of Hywel

We met Teresa downtown to catch her after her last screenings of "I Think She Likes You", a short film she co-wrote and stars in, but unfortunately for all involved every location we picked kept getting shut down after a few minutes so our chat with her only ended up lasting about 16 minutes (They are sixteen solid minutes though).

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Colter Longshore
What Avengers Endgame Can Teach Us About Worthiness

Endgame hit me at a strange time. I knew who the characters were. I knew why I should care about them, but I didn’t have over a decade invested into these heroes like so many other viewers did. I think because of this and the excellent writing team, I couldn’t help but see the story through the lens of the struggles in my life as a creative.

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The Fire Escape Flashback Friday Series: Priyanka Aribindi

Past guest, Priyanka Aribindi, is frustratingly young and successful. Remember that name folks because she is an absolute badass and total star. A lot of you might recognize her name based off of her “What a Day” newsletter for Crooked Media or her frequent cameos on various Crooked shows.

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82. Thrones so Dark

Out on the fire escape Colter and Pete are rejoined by Hywel hailing from all places Des Moines. Hywel is introduced to our new game, but then the tables are turned on the other lads and hilarity ensues. Who will win the Blazer Bucks? Hard to say. The cinematographer for Game of Thrones episode The Long Night has us wondering what other artists could blame their patrons for bad equipment calibration.

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Colter Longshore
Three Arguments to Not Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

I read Jaron Lanier’s book (see below) A few weeks ago, and I think it has some very salient points. However, I will rebut some of it here in the following arguments.

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Things That Make Us Feel At Home: Downtown NYC

Lower Manhattan is one of the more interesting city subsections I’ve ever seen. In an area that would fit inside almost every other American city, you have Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Alphabet City, SoHo, Little Italy, The Bowery, Battery Park, Two Bridges, Tribeca, South Seaport… I think you get the point. A quick walk down Houston, Bleeker or Canal from river to river will show you massive swings in neighborhood styles. These are the spots you should stop by while you are exploring.

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Easter Brunch in the Big City

I woke up this morning after Easter feeling an immense sense of gratitude, something I wish I would make myself realize more often. I sat down on the couch to write, listening to my friends Lowland Hum play on my stereo and simply felt grateful to have the community I have. My wife and I have spent the last fifteen years cultivating an insane and unfortunately rare group of friends who are all talented, loving, and supportive people. Six of those years have been dedicated to building that community in NYC. Our Easter lunch for a few friends turned into nearly twenty people on our roof eating and drinking till late in the evening.

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Colter Longshore