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Episode 1623rd May 2021 • Amateur Intellectuals • Caitlin Ward and Kendall Smith
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Want to know the template for basically every story ever told? Here we go...

"Once upon a time there was [blank]. Every day, [blank]. One day [blank]. Because of that, [blank]. Until finally [bank]." Let's try it on...

Once upon a time there was a guy named John McClane. Every day, he tries to be a good guy to his family even though he and his wife are on the outs at the moment. One day, he visits his wife at a holiday work party and a group of terrorists show up. Because of that, he has to go full Bruce-Willis-murder mode, tape a gun to his back and walk barefoot on glass. Until finally, he kills all the terrorists and saves the day.


On this episode, Caitlin explains the art of storytelling and the rules the big guys follow when creating interesting stories. Whether you write, read or watch Netflix, you'll leave this episode with some knowledge that will help enrich the experience.

Drink of the Episode: The Tall Tale


• 2 oz Tequila

• 1 oz Lemon Juice

• 1/2 oz Agave Nectar

• 2 Cucumber Wheels

• 2 Blackberries

• 2 oz Ginger Beer

Muddle cucumber and blackberries in a mixing glass. Add tequila, lemon juice, agave nectar and ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with cucumber wheel.

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