Episode 107: It's a Kind of Magic

In which Bart gets all magical. From the Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando to The Magicians on SyFy to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the stage in London. Also obsesses about this weekend's Elgin Literary Festival in Elgin, IL and what he's going to say throughout his multiple appearances.

Are we getting an 8th Potter book? Probably not, but it's cool to think about: http://www.mugglenet.com/2016/01/is-cursed-child-being-printed-as-a-book-sooner-than-we-thought/

Is it possible the Muppets pizza restaurant will come to Disney's Hollywood Studios after all this time? Again, same answer - probably not, but . . . http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Great_Gonzo's_Pandemonium_Pizza_Parlor

Are you watching The Magicians on SyFy? You should be. http://www.syfy.com/themagicians

Did Klaus Kinski disrupt my panel last year at the Elgin Literary Fest? Absolutely. No question.

Episode 102: Christmas Wings & Resurrection Reindeer

In which Bart spends Christmas Eve Eve waxing rhapsodically about chicken wings and White Castle, gives a little WDW update about a new bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and even shares an excerpt from a new Christmas Story.


Check out the new Thirsty River Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/12/thirsty-river-bar-and-trek-snacks-now-open-at-disneys-animal-kingdom-theme-park/

The official White Castle slider stuffing recipe: http://www.whitecastle.com/food/recipes/recipes/white-castle-turkey-stuffing

Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings recipe coming soon!

Episode 101: A Very Merry Ears of Steel Christmas Special

Put on your ugliest holiday sweater, because baby it's cold outside (and creepy inside) and we're singing carols, reviewing A Very Murray Christmas, talking about audiobooks, Martin Short, Harry Potter, refurbishing Epcot rides, and even doing a little Christmas shopping. Get ready to sing and swing, baby!

Check out Martin Short's book: http://www.amazon.com/Must-Say-Humble-Comedy-Legend/dp/0062309544

The wonderful Jim Dale: http://www.jim-dale.com/

Check out the Three Caballeros in the animatronic flesh:

Episode 100: Laundry Soap Potatoes

The 100th episode in which Bart reflects on over two years of shows, the changes that have come, and the future ahead, before recapping Thanksgiving shenanigans, giving a brief review of The Good Dinosaur (which veers off into a memory of an obscure 1988 action movie called Shakedown) and finally answers some listener questions, including which Hogwarts house he belongs in.


Check out the trailer for 1988's Shakedown with Peter Weller and Sam Elliott. Now I want to watch the whole movie again!

If you're in the Chicago area this weekend, please check out this cool even for the Walt Disney Birthplace foundation. http://mcch.at/WaltBirthday


Episode 99: Danke Schoen

In which Bart talks about boozy, smoky Thanksgivings of the past, the crowded circus of a Turkey Day he's not excited about this year, making people work on holidays, and sincerely thanks all of the listeners and supporters of Ears of Steel. Plus, Jessica Jones, Captain America, and a new collaboration on the horizon?


Episode 98: On Wisconsin

In which freshly returned from a trip to America's Dairyland, Bart discusses road trips, the joys of being a hockey parent (expense aside), the Wisconsin Dells, Spotted Cow, and good times at Great Wolf Lodge.


The history of the Wisconsin Dells: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin_Dells,_Wisconsin

The best microbrew in Wisconsin: www.newglarusbrewing.com

Have a great time at Great Wolf Lodge: https://www.greatwolf.com/wisconsin-dells

Bert "The Conqueror" Kreischer does the Scorpion's Tail at Noah's Ark: https://youtu.be/KvXN9KzIAE8


Episode 97: Crystal's Half-Marathon Bonus Pod (for Wine & Diners!)

A surprise, slightly tipsy bonus pod because a few different listeners have said they enjoy listening while running. A couple are running in the Epcot Food & Wine "Wine and Dine Half" so I go over new menus at Disney and Universal for a special treat runners might enjoy treating themselves with! Sadly I don't succeed!!!