Jakob Lazzaro Can't Let Go of North Korea and astrology. Justin Curto has a grasp on Justin Bieber’s summer plans and Will Butler, and Paola De Varona is stuck on true friendships and her bullshit (currently accidental deletion). Stories featured in this episode hail from Planet Money, New York Magazine, and The New York Times. Transcript below.

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone, welcome back to Can't Let Go, the new podcast from NBN where we talk about news and personal stories from the week that we can’t get out of our heads. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro, and I'm here with two returning guests from the very first episode of Can’t Let Go: Justin Curto and Paola De Varona.

Justin Curto: Hi.

Paola De Varona: Hey!

Jakob: So, to get started guys, what news stories could you not let go of this week?

Justin: I guess I want to start. So this story is ...

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In the first Fresh Films of the quarter, David Gordon, Marcus Galeano, and Elliot Kronsberg flatline over Flatliners. Recommendation: don’t bother checking this flick out. Transcript below.

David Gordon: Welcome to Fresh Films. This is a podcast dedicated to turning people on to new movies that are “fresh” in theatres right now. My name is David Gordon, and with me we have…

Marcus Galeano: Marcus Galeano.

Elliot Kronsberg: Elliot Kronsberg.

David: And this is a podcast hosted by North by Northwestern. Okay guys, so what did we see this week?

Marcus: We saw Flatliners, directed by the guy who made the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and written by the guy who wrote Source Code.

David: I heard those were good. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for Flatliners, am I right?

Marcus: Ooh boy.

David: So, who wants to give a synopsis of Flatliners?

Elliot: Why don’t you give a synopsis, David?

David: Sure, I ...

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Jakob Lazzaro Can't Let Go of Rex Tillerson’s insults and husking corn. Paola De Varona is stuck on an abortion scandal and her bullshit (currently laptop loss), and Emma Kumer talks about Las Vegas and a Wisconsin ghost train. Stories featured in this episode hail from Buzzfeed News, The New York Times, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Transcript below.

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone, welcome back to Can't Let Go, the new podcast from NBN where we talk about news and personal stories from the week we just Can't Let Go of. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro, and I'm here with one returning guest – Paola De Varona – and one new guest. Guys, do you want to introduce yourselves?

Paola De Varona: I'm Paola De Varona

Emma Kumer: I'm Emma Kumer, and I'm the Creative Director of North by Northwestern magazine.

Jakob: Alright, so we’ve got stories for you that we can’t ...

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It’s season two, and Gabe and Rahul are back with a new format blending on the street interviews and studio banter. This week’s dose of anti-political commentary? Homecoming. Go cats! Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello, I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And I am Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio.

Rahul: This is Anything but Politics.

Gabe: Where we talk about.

Gabe and Rahul: Anything but politics. Let's get political, political, not.

Gabe: So in our first episode in season 2.

Rahul: Our Homecoming episode if you will.

Gabe: We're gonna be talking about Northwestern’s Homecoming.

Rahul: Eyy see what we did there?

Gabe: We're playing Penn State this weekend, but we have a little bit of a new format, little bit of a new vibe, for what we're gonna do this year on the show.

Rahul: Yeah, so new year new us, we're gonna be doing some on-the-street-interviews this year ...

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Jakob Lazzaro Can't Let Go of the time when Harvey Milk crossed a line and how terrifying pigeons are. Maggie Harden fixates on romantic expectations and roommate drama, and Tony Kula talks about Venezuela and a very dedicated professor. Stories featured in this episode hail from Radiolab, The Atlantic and Newsweek. Transcript below.

<Music: Little Lily Swing>

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone, welcome back to Can't Let Go, the new podcast from NBN where we talk about news and personal stories from the week we just Can't Let Go of. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro.

Maggie Harden: I'm Maggie Harden.

Jakob: And Maggie, what do you do?

Maggie: I'm a managing editor for NBN.

Tony Kula: I'm Tony Kula, I'm a pre-med student at Northwestern majoring in biology.

Jakob: Alright guys, so we’re going to start off this week with some news stories. Maggie, do you want to go first?

Maggie: Sure ...

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In the very first episode of Can't Let Go, host Jakob Lazzaro Can't Let Go of hurricane Maria and drunk freshmen. Paola De Varona latches onto the Floridian power situation after hurricane Irma and bike troubles, and Justin Curto shares tales of adultery and air conditioning. Stories featured in this episode hail from the Washington Post, New York Mag, and the Miami New Times. Transcript below.

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone! Welcome to the very first episode of Can't Let Go, the new podcast from North by Northwestern where we talk about news and personal stories from the week we just Can't Let Go of. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro, and I'm here with two of my closest friends – guys, you want to introduce yourselves? Justin Curto: My name’s Justin Curto, I'm a managing editor for the website. I really, really like music, and I live in a terrible dorm so I'm ...

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Spring quarter is almost over, and Gabe Schmittlein and Rahul Parikh look back on some of their favorite memories from this year in this week’s Anything but Politics. Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello, I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And I'm Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio.

Rahul: This is Anything but Politics.

Gabe: Where we talk about anything, but politics.

Gabe and Rahul: Let's get political, political, not.

Gabe: Alright, so this week since it's going to be our last episode of the year.

Rahul: Of the quarter.

Gabe: Of the quarter, well also the year. I know there's not a single dry eye in our listener's audience right now. It's extremely sad.

Rahul: We're crying ourselves.

Gabe: We're in tears in the studio. We thought what we'd do is take a little trip down memory lane and go through all our favorite memories throughout the year.

Rahul ...

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In this week’s Fresh Films, Marco Cartolano, David Gordon and Elliot Kronsberg share their thoughts (and displeasure) with Amy Schumer's latest film "Snatched." Transcript below.

David Gordon: This is Fresh Films, and we’re a podcast dedicated to discussing movies that are in theaters right now. My name is David Gordon.   

Marco Cartolano: I’m Marco Cartolano.

Elliot Kronsberg: And I am Elliot Kronsberg.

David: So today we’re going to be talking about this film called "Snatched." So, why did we see this movie?

Marco: Well David, "Snatched" was a movie that I think fit in a lot of our schedules. You had also never seen an Amy Schumer movie before, and you wanted to have that experience.

David: Yeah Marco, I thought it would be an enlightening experience to see an Amy Schumer film, But then I realized my thoughts of her being a terrible comedian were correct.

Elliot: I don’t think you can decide ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 22, 2017

In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano celebrates the end of Spring quarter with some powerful songs. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.

[“With A Little Help from My Friends”-Joe Cocker]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. This is going to be the last Monday Mixtape of the quarter and the last one before summer. I feel it’s necessary to celebrate the end of the year with some inspirational songs to help us get through finals. You just heard Joe Cocker’s cover of the Beatles “With A Little Help from My Friends.” Cocker’s bluesy vocals finds gravity in a song about the importance of friendship.The gospel vocals that back Cocker up on the chorus make for a powerful declaration of getting by. I suggest this tune for a final study session with your best friends.

[“You Can Make It if You Try”-Sly and the Family Stone]

“You Can ...

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In this week’s Whine Time, Carrie Twersky and Danielle Cohen share their thoughts on Selena Gomez and answer their first-ever advice email. Transcript below.

Carrie Twersky: Hi, I’m Carrie.

Dani Cohen: I’m Dani. We broke up for three hours on Saturday.

Carrie: And this is Whine Time.

Dani: This week, our word of the week is ugh, because it’s week eight and Dillo Day is this weekend and it’s finally nice out, so why the fuck are we still in classes?

Carrie: Seriously! Like everyone I know is home and like embarking on summer trips and we still have so long left.

Dani: Honestly, we would kind of be fucked if classes were over based on the fact that we were just talking about – we both literally just got internships. Thank you to our employers.

Carrie: Love you. Please, I hope you’re not listening to this. Ok, so, first up this week is Whine ...

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Dillo Day, Northwestern’s big music festival, is almost here! Gabe Schmittlein and Rahul Parikh present their “guide to Dillo from two people who’ve never been to Dillo” in this week’s Anything but Politics. Transcript below.

Gabe Schmittlein: Hi, I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And I'm Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio, this is Anything but Politics.

Rahul: Where we talk about anything, but politics.

Gabe and Rahul: Let's get political, political, not.

Gabe: Alright, so the big topic on the docket for this week, yeah, is Dillo Day. Dillo Day is coming up this Saturday, for those of you who don't go to Northwestern, Dillo Day is our big music fest, so we’re gonna kind of give – this is your little informal guide to Dillo from two people who've never been to Dillo.

Rahul: I mean, it's gonna be very informal, but we should probably jump right in, so ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 15, 2017

In this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano helps you get into the zone during your workout. Find this week’s mixtape on Spotify here! Transcript below.

[“The Champ” – Ghostface Killah]

Welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and I love listening to music when I hit the gym. For me, workout music should have either high intensity performances or a good groove to keep you moving, and “The Champ” by Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah has both. Cheered on by infectious guitar licks and righteous horns, Ghostface spits brutal verses using his energetic flow to silence his haters. As is appropriate for a song called “The Champ,” Ghostface fills his verses with boxing references and even uses a bell to introduce each new section of the song. It’s great motivation for the beginning of a tough workout.

[“Caught in a Mosh” – Anthrax]

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In this week’s Anything but Politics, Gabe Schmittlein and Rahul Parikh discuss their first movie date (it was Guardians of the Galaxy 2) and pitch some script ideas to Hollywood. Transcript below. 

Gabe Schmittlein: Hello! I'm Gabe Schmittlein.

Rahul Parikh: And this is Rahul Parikh.

Gabe: And for NBN Audio, this is Anything but Politics.

Rahul: Where we talk about anything but politics.

Gabe and Rahul: Let’s get political, political, not.

Gabe: So now, as of a week ago, we're on iTunes, which is awesome, so go hit us up on iTunes, you can search Anything but Politics, we should show up.

Rahul: There's two actually, but look for the one with the new logo.

Gabe: The new logo, the new dope logo.

Rahul: Pretty dope.

Gabe: So this week, we promised a special guest, special guest not happening this week, it's probably gonna be happening next week hopefully. This week, we're just ...

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Everyone at Northwestern has an email, formatted with that standard first name, last name, graduation year @ u.northwestern.edu. However, Maggie Harden’s email is… different. Specifically, there’s a .3 on the end. In this episode of AskNBN, Jakob Lazzaro and Maggie Harden investigate how she ended up with such a strange email, and if it could happen to you. Transcript below.

[Funky Chunk- Kevin MacLeod]

Jakob Lazzaro: Hey everyone, welcome to Ask NBN. I’m Jakob Lazzaro, and like everyone on this campus, I’ve got a NetID and a student email – that standard first name last name graduation year@u.northwestern.edu. Simple, right? Not for NBN news section editor Maggie Harden. Maggie, can you talk a bit about your email?

Maggie Harden: Sure, so my full name is Margaret Harden, so you’d expect my email to be MargaretHarden2020@u.northwestern.edu. However, there’s actually a random .3 at the end of my email. So ...

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Paola de Varona, May 9, 2017

Paola de Varona creates a place for Latinx students at Northwestern to speak candidly in this new NBN podcast, everywhere from our tradiciones favoritas to what it’s like for us to be Latinx at Northwestern. Today, she’s asking, “que pasa con la comida?, or What's up with the food? You can also now hear this, and any NBN Audio podcast, on iTunes! Simply search for North by Northwestern in your Apple Podcasts app and hit subscribe to get a notification whenever a new episode is posted. Transcript below.

Priscilla de Varona: Mami que hay de comer?

Marlen de Varona: Comida, que va ver.

Paola de Varona: The infamous “what’s for dinner” response. Something many of us never thought we’d miss. You see, antes de venir a Northwestern, yo creía que estaba cansada de la comida cubana y hispana. Todo era lo mismo: Arroz y frijoles, ropa vieja de pollo, bistec y platanitos. But you ...

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