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The Bright Side with Kevin & Jason
48 minutes | 7 days ago
#100 – Gnome Means Gnome
It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! It’s our 100th episode! Now, here’s a story about gnomes.
42 minutes | 14 days ago
#99 – Having the Time of My Afterlife!
Ah, Florida, you’ve done it again. America’s marshy haven for the socially-impaired has long had a reputation for producing weirdos with a penchant for headline-grabbing eccentricity, but Kevin and Jason simply had to know: what is the origin of Florida Man? Well, we found him, and his name is Carl Tansler. The OG Florida creep, this fake Count and quack doctor kept a corpse bride in his home for over seven years in the name of “True Love.” Trigger warning: probably just don’t listen to this one.
44 minutes | 22 days ago
#98 – Where No Pam Has Gone Before
Space may be the final frontier, but try telling that to a bunch of people who are about to die. This week, the guys plunge into the story of the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 121, which crashed in the Syrian desert in 1947. Among the crew was a young Gene Roddenberry, who boldly went into the burning wreckage to save what passengers he could, proving himself to be a hero and a leader years before he would go on to create the universe of Star Trek. Please remain buckled for the remainder of the episode.
49 minutes | a month ago
#97 – London Balling
The citizens of Great Britain are known for a great many contributions to world culture–their delicious cuisine, their penchant for colonization, and of course, being total sexual freaks. This week, the guys take it outside to explore the very British tradition of “dogging,” the performance of public sex. Anglophiles be warned: this episode may give you a whole new image when you think of bangers and mash!
42 minutes | a month ago
#96 – Happy Retirement, Perv
“I’m so baked.” Usually, that’s the ideal statement before attempting to listen to an episode of The Bright Side. This week, however, it could just as well have been said by our subjects, the brave women and men who get stuffed into cakes and pies, only to thrill some retiree who’s just one sexual harassment suit away from the full Harvey Weinstein treatment. The guys whip up the perfect confection for you, a yummy treat made of everything naughty and nice, and pair it with a little knight music, for your listening pleasure.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
#95 – The Oy! of Pepsi
Remember the good old days, when the worst thing that Pepsi did was set Michael Jackson’s hair on fire? If you’re nostalgic for that, well, two things. First, you have a problem. Second, dig in, because this week the guys are travelling back to the Philippines of 1992 to blow open the case of Pepsi’s disastrous bottlecap promotion, wherein they accidentally committed themselves to awarding over 32 billion dollars on a budget of 2 million. Oopsie!
47 minutes | 2 months ago
#94 – GroundLab
These days, it’s hard not to feel like the sky is falling all the time. What if it really did, though? This week, the guys plunge into the story of SkyLab, the world’s first successful space station. Representing the pinnacle of scientific advancement at the time, SkyLab was the precursor to the International Space Station and the crowning jewel in the US space mission. That is, until it crashed to earth in a fiery ball of terror in 1979.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
#93 – Heavy Petting
Pets, amirite? We love them, we need them, we can’t get enough of them. But what happens when our emotional well-being is too dependent on those little cuties? Find out this week, as the guys join the SPCA(P), the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Airline Passengers, and take to the skies with some of the most outlandish Emotional Support Animals ever encountered!
47 minutes | 2 months ago
#92 – Wienie Clod, the Phantom Barber of Creep Street
Attend the tale of this wienie clod, Whose legs were short and proclivities odd. He snipped the tresses of sleeping women, Who never thereafter were stylish again. He trod a path that none should trod, This wienie clod, The Phantom Barber of Creep…Street.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
#91 – Go Dodgers! No, Really, Just Go.
A baseball game. A ballpark hotdog. Needlessly uprooting a native population in the name of Manifest Destiny. America. This week, the guys excavate the seedy history of the Battle of Chavez Ravine and how Dodger Stadium came to be located where it is. Caution: you may want a refund on those season tickets after you hear this one.
6 minutes | 3 months ago
What Are Technical Difficulties?
Pardon our dust! Due to technical issues, the guys won’t be blessing your ears with a full episode this week. Please enjoy this Bright Spot in its place, and have a wonderful week!
39 minutes | 3 months ago
#90 – Who? What? When? Where? Wyoming
If the past four years have taught us nothing else, it has taught us the dangers of entertaining conspiracies “just for fun.” Kevin and Jason didn’t get the memo, though, because that’s just what this week’s episode is about! This week, the guys head off to the mythical land of Wyoming, only to end up naked and Canadian. What happens in between? Only reddit knows.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
#89 – The Ol’ Ball And Chain
Marriage is a glorious institution, but everyone needs a little Me Time now and then. But what happens when a getaway weekend requires a getaway car? This week, the guys walk down the aisle toward the altar of marital bliss, only to be jilted by the tale of Lawrence Ripple, the Kansas man who robbed a bank to escape living with his wife. Curl up with your SO and be grateful for them as you hear this wild story about a man trying to exchange one institution for another.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
#87 – Everybody Has a Crazy Ant
They aren’t from here. But they came, and now it seems like they’ve taken over the whole place! They use up all the resources, trample on the existing cultures, then move on to the next unsuspecting unfortunates. We know you think we’re talking about Americans, but no! This week, the guys manifest a destiny wherein they learn about the hidden lives of invasive species, those hearty, adaptive creatures that looked so cute in the store, but now they just ate the dog.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
#86 – We Need To Talk
Hey, sweetie. We’ve had a good run, but it’s not working out. It’s not you, it’s us. We want nothing but for you to be happy, so we have to let you be free. Free to live your life. Free to listen to other podcasts. Kidding! We’ll never leave you, though this week the guys are looking into the scary, painful world of the breakup. This episode is for anyone who has ever broken up with someone, or for any country that’s breaking up with its President.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
#85 – Clowns: Funny, But Not Ha-Ha Funny
The clinical term for the fear of clowns is coulrophobia, but the rest of us know it as common sense. This week, the guys explore the (numerous!) clown panics of American history, often as a result of mass cultural anxiety. Of course, there’s nothing like a televised attempted coup to ratchet up the cultural anxiety level. So if the giant orange clown in charge of the government isn’t enough for you, who knows? Expect to see more?
51 minutes | 4 months ago
#84 – Beware the Murky Bottom
Water, water everywhere, and what a spot to sink! This week, the guys probe the murky depths of The Michigan Triangle, a mysterious section of Lake Michigan which seems to swallow ships and planes much like its better-known cousin near Bermuda. Along the way, they find–well, not much. That’s kinda the nature of mysterious sections of lakes which swallow ships and planes. If you were hoping for a more cheery start to 2021, I don’t know, buddy. Sorry.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
It’s Not a Rerun, It’s a Re-Gift
Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good riddance to 2020! Our gift to you, in true 2020 fashion, is this rehashed episode from Christmas 2018. Please enjoy it and feel free to give it away to friends and loved ones, or just Carl, that creepy guy at work who just got creepier over Zoom.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
#83 – The OG Orgy
The long, long lockdown months have now officially lasted all year, making us wonder just what pre-pandemic life even was. But the incredible news this week of the approval of two different vaccines has given us all hope, and turned our minds to what will come after. That’s why, this week, the guys are taking a penetrating look into the history of the orgy, to prepare you for the bacchanalia that will inevitably follow the end of COVID. If you don’t have time to listen this week, here’s the gist: fucking. Just a lot of fucking.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
#82 – Blow This Hole
The more one studies history, the more one discovers that absolutely everything has been done. Including, but not limited to, an Oregon town collectively deciding to detonate a beached whale. It goes exactly as well as you might think.
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