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After These Messages Podcast
55 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
#310 Sleeper Sell
Andrew's newest obsession is revealed to be a campaign for a mattress retail giant with a surprising flair for the surreal. Plus, Vieves gets a lesson in dialectology, and a grocery store chain takes a long overdue poke at the French.
58 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
#309 Trending for Ourselves
A deep dive into the trendiest of trending YouTube videos yields a trove of pre-roll ads that captured Vieves' imagination. Plus, the Ad Council is full-on free-associating the oddball grocery store names of this great nation.
69 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
#308 Shop The Question
What can't a man on bended knee sell to consumers? Andrew and Vieves look at ads that ask you to make a lifetime commitment. Plus, Vieves is outraged by the chutzpah of a vacation rental service, and Andrew finds the limits of some hometown heroes.
37 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Genevieve and Andrew spend today’s episode doing what they do best: Letting someone else produce the show! Listener Megan created a playlist of new and noteworthy commercials with insights and commentary that Andrew only wishes he could muster. They also stumble on the best Star Trek commercial ever produced.
52 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
#306 Gronk Driving
Fabled tight end and genial meathead Rob Gronkowski is really raking in the ad dollars lately, with mixed results. Plus, Uber Eats finally picks some winners, and it turns out Doublemint Gum has had many more jingles than we even realized.
77 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
#305 You Can't Twin 'Em All
Andrew has some troubles with doubles in a look at commercials that suggest all kinds of messed-up ideas about twins. Plus, the Ad Council has some new entries for the gross-out files, and a new jingle is both annoying AND incomprehensible.
59 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
#304 Reviews to Lose
Vieves rounds up a collection of current ads that grabbed her attention and raised her ire. Plus, a handful of haters put ATM in its place with one-star reviews, while a jingle singer reviews her own performance.
67 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
#303 Love Thy Labor
The American work ethic - stuff of legends, font of American exceptionalism, and a reason to buy a luxury car or a plane ticket. Andrew and Vieves look at commercials that champion (and occasionally deride) tireless labor for the Man. Plus, apparently kids are filthy. N'est-ce pas?
77 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
#302 Child Bribes
Andrew and Genevieve hone their hypothetical parenting skills with commercials for products designed to get kids to do their chores. Plus, a listener recalls a bygone commercial era that sends Andrew down a rabbit hole. And a jingle loop is closed.
64 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
#301 With Ads Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
Sometimes it's your enemy who sees your truest self. At least, that's what this week's advertisers seemed to think when they made strawmen the faces of their campaigns. Plus, the Ad Council issues a ruling on airborne landmark identification, and a Pringles ad takes awkwardness to a new, hilarious level.
80 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
#300 Shop! In the Name of the Law!
When policing tactics aren't being used to oppress the masses, they're put to work selling fancy coffee blends and fantasy football leagues. Andrew and Vieves look at commercials that take the law into their own hands. Plus, a 70's toy company is a treasure trove of advertising delights, and a train song gets a workout.
53 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
#299 Summer of Sandwiches
Summer is the season of picnics and road trips, and America's sandwich giants have left no celebrity stone unturned in the battle for the consumer dollar. Plus, Pete Davidson has some regrets, Andrew and Vieves play a train jingle that might be familiar, and a cat does tricks.
70 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
#298 Dreams of My Advertiser
Everyone knows that dreams make for boring conversation, but do they make for interesting commercials? Andrew quizzes Vieves on ads that may - or may not - rely on dreams to make their pitch. Plus, a car ad is a total copycat and a pooping aid cries sexism.
59 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#297 Doubting Match
Andrew and Vieves look at ads that rely on the time-worn trope of convincing a skeptic to abandon their cynical ways. Plus, a 70's toy ad sparks a discussion of wheelie techniques and a cartoon baker goes mad.
57 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
#296 Lyin' Claimers
We know we're not supposed to believe everything we see on TV, but when advertisers straight-up lie to us, that crosses a line. Andrew and Vieves look at campaigns that were too good to be true. Plus, Andrew is excited to discover a breakfast beer at last.
60 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#295 Long Distance Relationship
A campaign for a smart phone device challenges Vieves' conception of love in the modern era (and Andrew's conception of voice-over-IP technology.) Plus, the gloves come off in some new ads for the U.S. military.
81 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
#294 The Hard Sell(tzer)
After a walk on the White Claw side, Andrew indulges his curiosity about how all the hard seltzer also-rans are hawking their wares. Plus, Sam Adams isn't the only brand making hay from the Boston accent, and the Ad Council is Krogering their brains out.
60 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
#293 White Board Summer
Ideas are like...uh...um... something... or - um, well... You know what, let's whiteboard this, and see what develops. Andrew and Vieves look at commercials that rely on the gimmick of whiteboards. Plus a grocery store jingle gives Vieves some nostalgia for a change.
59 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
#292 Kate, Kate Don't Tell Me
SNL mainstay Kate McKinnon must be about ready to put in an offer on a beach house, because she's showing up in several major ad campaigns that Andrew and Vieves review. Plus, Andrew quizzes Vieves on the sounds of sportball advertising, and a paper plate ad offers a bad faith premise.
66 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
#291 Bobbing for Ad Pals
When advertisers think of a generic white guy, it seems their platonic ideal is a guy named Bob. Andrew and Vieves take a tour of the many Bobs selling everything from boner pills to discount furniture. Plus, Canada gets gross in the name of consumer protection.
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