Episode 6: Soaring college costs, falling car ownership

Will tuition at elite colleges eventually hit $100,000 a year? And will driverless vehicle technology coupled with the ride-sharing economy eventually knock car ownership below 50 percent in America?

In a departure from our normal format, The Underscore hosts Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn debate where college costs are going (way up, but how high?) and where car ownership is going (way down, but how low?).

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Episode 5: 500 presidential candidates and counting

There’s Jeb Bush, Limberbutt McCubbins and Michael Castillejos. It’s not the beginning of a walks-into-a-bar joke, though it surely could be. They’re three of the more than 500 candidates who’ve filed FEC Form No. 2, which is the first official step to run for president. You likely know about Bush, McCubbins isn’t exactly eligible and Castillejos has some big plans.

Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, The Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining the quirky side of American culture. On this week’s episode, we talk to three of the hundreds of candidates — an actor, a retiree and a libertarian/marijuana reformer — and ask them why they’re running. Which got us thinking…

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Seven presidential candidates you should know (but you don’t)


Here are seven people you probably haven’t heard of who want your vote in 2016:

1. Josue LaRose: The first man to sign up, LaRose filed to run way back on Dec. 12, 2008. It’s not the first time LaRose has popped up on the political radar. He was lampooned on the Colbert Report in 2012 for starting hundreds of political action committees, including one called Billionaire Josue LaRose’s Dating Women Committee.

2. Thomas Keister: The American Marijuana Party candidate with a Twitter feed that’s made some waves. Keister’s claim to fame is this New York Times story that talked about how he had more Twitter followers than former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

3. Lincoln Chafee: The governor Twitter forgot.

4. Limberbutt McCubbins: This is a cat. Whose owner’s friend filed the necessary paperwork. And who also has more Facebook followers than we do.

5. Vermin Supreme: A longtime political agitator, Supreme actually received more than 800 votes in the 2012 New Hampshire Democratic primary.

6. Sydney’s Voluptuous Buttocks: Really funny. But can’t be real. (SFW)

7. Davin Coburn: Our very own co-host has officially thrown his hat into the ring, for no other reason—that we currently know of—than to see how easy it was. You can follow the ups and downs of his campaign here.

Episode 4: Sounds of the subway

Lawsuits, spare change and a No. 1 hit featuring a New York subway singer: Join us as we go inside the world of street performers in two major American cities, and ask what role public art should have in modern urban planning.

Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, The Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining the quirky side of American culture. On this week’s episode, we look at the life of a busker in the era of Spotify, the lawsuit one Washington, D.C., performer brought against the transit system to be able to play in the Metro, and the New York City program overseen by the MTA to bring music to the masses there.

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Our favorite busking videos


In Episode 4, we introduced you to performers Alex Young, and Damon C. Scott.

There are, of course, thousands of other buskers the world over—and perusing their music makes for a wonderful YouTube rabbit hole to fall down. But to save you a little time, here are three of our favorite street performances.

In June 2013, Henri Herbert, the keyboard player for the Jim Jones Revue, sat down at a public piano on the concourse of St. Pancras International railway station in London. Then this happened.

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Episode 3: Marrying off your friends

An open-door philosophy, a SEO battle and a guerrilla wedding at a New York City landmark: Welcome to the crazy world of online ordination, where you can start a church, then make money by enabling people to officiate their friends’ weddings. And at a time in American life when the role of religion is becoming more malleable and individualized by the day, it’s (almost) all legal.

Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, The Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining the quirky side of American culture.

On this week’s podcast, we look at where these online ministries originated, how Google search results became a major battle ground in modern-day religion, and the way one Brooklyn-based entrepreneur has carved out a unique spot in his friends’ lives—by performing their weddings.

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