Unpacking Peanuts

Unpacking Peanuts

The show where three cartoonists take an in-depth look at the greatest comic strip of all time-- Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

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June 11, 2024 71 mins

We start our new format episodes by answering a listener question about art versus content… for half an hour! Then we get into the strips (27:46) where Peppermint Patty wins an essay contest, Snoopy is terrorized by an Ent, and Charlie Brown drops an easy fly ball but, like, learns a life lesson or something? Plus: Hopefully no one will notice you’re being creative.

Link to Paul Hebert's blog about Doonesbury - the Honey-Marcie con...

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As you know, Unpacking Peanuts began when podcasting was just in its infancy and people had yet to discover things like “microphones” and “earpieces.” But now, using only the latest in modern technology (and by that I mean the hard work of Producer Liz) we have upgraded our first two episode’s audio to a level that borders on the acceptable! Plus: We make some jokes up front. Originally released March 14, 2022 transcript available...

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May 21, 2024 75 mins

Unpacking Peanuts has been blessed with a plethora (a plethora, I say!) of amazing guests. Hop into the Unpacking Peanuts Time Machine as we revisit our time with Jeannie Schulz, William Pepper, Joel Hodgson, Benjamin Clark, Alexis Fajardo, Ivan Brunetti, Will and Kevin Hines and more! Plus: Remember that one Family Ties when… Original Episodes released: Alexis Fajardo from 4/12/22 William Pepper from 7/12/22 Todd Webb from 8/23...

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Happy Mother’s Day, moms! This one's for you. The gang strolls through Mother’s Day strips from the 60s to the 80s. Spoiler alert… a lot of them are sad!  But don’t worry, Peppermint Patty pulls out a win in the bottom of the ninth. Plus: That Thing You Do

Unpacking Peanuts is taking a spring break. We'll have episodes every other week, then return to our regular schedule in early June.

Harold's Robot Monster project on Kickstarte...

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We wrap up the early 80s and then take a look at some of the strips sharing space in the paper with Peanuts this decade including Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, Doonesbury and others. Then, it’s a deep dive into the UP mailbag, and some more hot takes on forty year old comic strips. Plus: A Who’s Who of…Who?

Unpacking Peanuts is taking a spring break. We'll have episodes every other week, then return to our regular schedule in early Jun...

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April 16, 2024 89 mins

Peppermint Patty flunks big time. What’s her punishment? A trip to Europe of course!  Back home, Linus and Charlie Brown fail to notice a sea monster. Also, the Unpacking Peanuts crew declare which character they each most relate to. Can the internet withstand the excitement?! Plus: Clouds of Despair

Harold's Robot Monster project on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3dfilmarchive/robot-monster-comics-in-3-d-64-page...

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It’s 1984. A time for rumpled expressions, tall grapes, and spotting black. It’s also another year highlighting sports, exercise, and corduroy pants. Plus: Michael disses Toth. Harold plays the oboe. Jimmy paints a cow. And Liz acts like a duck.

We mention our previous interviews with Ivan Brunetti:

https://pod.link/unpackingpeanuts/episode/047974d2b761266524932f6c9024e7e7

and with Mark Crilley: https://pod.link/unpackingpeanuts/e...

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Charlie Brown finds himself in the midst of a love triangle. Of course he has no idea what to do about it, but maybe Sally can help him out. Elsewhere in the neighborhood… Rerun is branching out. Lucy is Crabby. And Woodstock does a little dance. Plus: The Palmer Method 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. M...

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April 1, 2024 8 mins

Is it a bonus mini episode or a cruel prank played on you by the heartless hosts of Unpacking Peanuts? Only by listening will you know for sure! Plus: There’s a spider on your shoulder! 

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Aziza Shukralla Clark. 

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In this episode, the guys ask what it is that sparks a burst of creativity? And how does the calendar affect a daily cartoonist.  Linus kicks the blanket habit (briefly) and is trying to help others do the same. Peppermint Patty loves her dad and Spike is under attack by coyotes… but the Beagle Scouts are on the way. Plus: Did there used to be more trees?

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

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March 19, 2024 69 mins

Marcie makes her move and shows Charlie Brown how she feels. Charlie Brown blows it, leaving Peppermint Patty to pick up the pieces. Elsewhere… Marbles shows up, Rerun returns, and Woodstock enters his David Foster Wallace period. Plus: An MVP sweep.

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

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Happy any day, everybody! In this episode, Peppermint Patty is in a greeting card quandary. Woodstock is a knight in shining armor. And there are more unnecessary “quotation marks” than you can “shake” a “tennis racket” at. Plus: ginkgo biloba?

Transcript available at unpackingpeanuts.com

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The gang has a lot of fun answering the mail, and celebrates by taking a look at a totally random selection of Peanuts strips from the early 50’s through the 70s. Plus: the Bechdel-WALLACE test.

The organization we mention where Liz and Michael are volunteering to help Ukrainians practice English conversation is called ENGin.org

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com (and maybe now on Apple Podcasts)

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Marcie accidentally tricks Peppermint Patty into thinking she experienced a miracle, sending Patty off on a quest to better the world.  Elsewhere, Lucy’s prices are skyrocketing, but Violet is her same old self. In our world, Schulz faces a health crisis that will change his art forever. Plus: Tony’s Lunch. Girardville, PA.

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February 20, 2024 75 mins

Schulz is bringing back some classics and balancing them with wild new directions. Lucy is at her crabby best. Linus is toting the blanket again. And Snoopy learns a harsh truth about his owners! Plus: Where is Capistrano?

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

Unpacking Peanuts is copyright Jimmy Gownley, Michael Cohen, and Harold Buchholz. Produced and edited by Liz Sumner. Music by Michael Cohen. Additional voiceover by Az...

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It’s that time of year again and the guys are revisiting the best Valentine's Day strips from the late 60s through the 70s. From Snoopy’s avalanche of love notes to Lucy’s eternal quest for Schroeder’ attention, we cover it all.  Plus: Schrödinger’s Mailbox

 

During this episode we mention previous shows: -Happy Valentine's Day You Blockhead from Feb 14, 2023 -With Todd Webb from August 23, 2022 -With Will and Kevin Hines of Screwi...

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Gary Groth is here! The Fantagraphics founder, and editor and publisher of the Complete Peanuts, tells us of his evolving relationship with Schulz’s work, how he prepared to interview Sparky, and how the epic project of reprinting Peanuts in its entirety was accomplished. Plus: Love! And!! Rockets!!!

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Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

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The whole gang goes to a new camp that’s predicting the end of days, and Michael, Harold, and Jimmy are there for it. Elsewhere, the Beagle Scouts rumble, and even Woodstock “gets into it!” Plus: If pigs are so smart, why are they pigs?

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We get back into the strips and a new decade of Peanuts after considering the whole concept of decades and our strange practice of breaking down culture and pop culture into 10-year chunks. PLUS: Talking fairway bushes!

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The fabulous curator of the Charles M. Schulz Museum returns for a fun conversation about what’s coming up at the museum, the success of Peanuts across the world, and the joy of sharing a Pig-Pen hot chocolate at The Warm Puppy Cafe. PLUS: Stuffed Faron 

Transcript available at UnpackingPeanuts.com

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