Roderick On The Line

"Merlin Mann's frank and candid weekly call with John Roderick of The Long Winters"

2011 (6 of 16 episodes)

  • 2011-08-30 Episode BW31 ”You Can Polish AC/DC All Day Long”, Back to Work Episode 31, can be seen as the precursor of the show. (DRAFT)
  • 2011-09-09 Episode 00 "Suit of Vomit" (DRAFT)
  • 2011-09-15 Episode 01 "Keep Moving and Get Out of the Way" (DRAFT)
  • 2011-10-27 Episode 07 "The Compulsive Sherry Algorithm", The problem: Sidling up to German Sex Tourists,…
  • 2011-12-22 Episode 14 "Big City Apology", The problem: all things golden, antiquated chocolatey, public radio murmuring… (DRAFT)
  • 2011-12-29 Episode 15 "Covered in Sauce", The problem: little things and Erma Bombeck syndrome, relaxing with a couple meatball subs, …

2012 (24 of 44 episodes)

  • 2012-02-17 Episode 21 "Dead Rubber Girl in My Closet", The problem: Oates, Alfalfa, and some numerous options for love.
  • 2012-02-27 Episode 22 "My Own Dungeon Master", The problem: This new chickenshit Navy, High School steel-folders, …
  • 2012-03-08 Episode 23 "Flange of the Angel Curve", The problem: John really feels his capillaries, Göring designs a flag, …
  • 2013-08-16 Episode 24 "The Wrong Mustache", The problem: Out great nation's vein of Juggalos, out-of-period (OOP) vermin, …
  • 2012-03-21 Episode 25 "Supertrain", The problem: teching makes, radioactive devil dogs, the patois poorly, …
  • 2012-03-27 Episode 26 "Go Practice the Car", The problem: the night John's pillows watched over him, … (DRAFT)
  • 2012-04-04 Episode 27 "Bellinghamming", The problem: John's waxy buildup, The Bubble Bath Rotation, …
  • 2012-04-14 Episode 28 "The Sheriff of Twisp", The problem: John's compromised immune system, Achilles' lung, …
  • 2012-07-03 Episode 36 "Uncle Licky", The problem: You get what you get, and don't be upset.
  • 2012-07-11 Episode 37 "The CEO of Magic", The problems: Judgy tureens of Snapple, John touches every LARP-er,…
  • 2012-07-18 Episode 38 "With My Mind Bullets", The problem: John needs a private island and a new bathtub (Lighthouse, bathtub)
  • 2012-07-25 Episode 39 "Darth of Options", The problems: John makin' sparks, pondering a fourth hoopty, …
  • 2012-08-01 Episode 40 "Status Butter", The problems: You're welcome; nutriabattling heroes; wading into Roger Waters; …
  • 2012-08-08 Episode 41 "In Lieu of a Laundromat", The problem: Standing on a carpet of nails. (DRAFT)
  • 2012-09-10 Episode 46 Special: Origin of Roderick on the Line, copy of Back to Work Episode 31
  • 2012-09-13 Episode 47 "Esquivalience", The problem: You better hope to Christ you brought everything you'll need.
  • 2012-09-20 Episode 48 "Wherever Trail needs to be Built", The problem: There needs to be a lot more exhaustion in this country, …
  • 2012-09-27 Episode 49 "A Red Light in a Strange Town", The problem: Would you like to donate a dollar for penis cancer?
  • 2012-10-04 Episode 50 "Check Your Six", The problem: John was supposed to be Joe Junior.
  • 2012-11-08 Episode 55 "A Welsh Troll", The problem: Life with a German disease.
  • 2012-11-15 Episode 56 "We Paradise in Our Wake", The problem: Brokering a rapprochement with Terrence and the world's angriest roof-dog.
  • 2012-11-29 Episode 57 "Unfair", The problem: We should all be living in Atlantis.
  • 2012-12-06 Episode 58 "Squirearchy of Monks", The problem: At least John got an A in Newspaper.
  • 2012-12-20 Episode 59 "Insufferabilityism", The problem: It might just take a mutant astronaut to survive this sarcophabus.

2013 (8 of 34 episodes)

  • 2013-01-01 Episode 60 "Writ in His Boots", The problem: Unintentionally inspiring The Institutional Memory of Filson.
  • 2013-01-09 Episode 61 "Neighborhood Stick Fight", The problem: We could all benefit from some local bloodsport.
  • 2013-01-16 Episode 62 "Cat Butt Was Real", The problem: Portland is throbbing with food truck energy.
  • 2013-01-24 Episode 63 "A Topcoat of Bonkers", The problem: One day, you will love me.
  • 2013-04-09 Episode 69 "Campfire Spaghetti Party", The problem: People would treat you so differently if you were literally riding a bear. (DRAFT)
  • 2013-11-26 Episode 91 "Roller Derby Boyfriend", The problem: Here's my Hitler painting.
  • 2013-12-17 Episode 92 "Born on a Ball", The problem: A snowstorm of quotation marks.
  • 2013-12-23 Episode 93 "Between the Monkey Bars", The problem: John needs a bear with balloons.

2014 (10 of 43 episodes)

  • 2014-05-05 Episode 109 "#SuperVan", The problem: John could negotiate an arrangement.
  • 2014-07-14 Episode 117 "Put on the Carrot Hat", The problem: John's Siri just speaks to him in Welsh. (John renting an office)
  • 2014-07-27 Episode 118 "The Articulated Hose King", The problem: John rejects the Vindication Lottery.
  • 2014-08-09 Episode 119 "A Cocaine Economy", The problem: John knows this house is BUILT of pot.
  • 2014-08-18 Episode 120 "The Frog Leg King", The problem: John got into a fisticuffs in front of the Toyota dealership.
  • 2014-08-21 Episode 121 "Homeland Freedom Station", The problem: John could have been "Space Station Johnny".
  • 2014-08-28 Episode 122 "Parliament of the Moment", The problem: John's gotten a lot of satisfaction out of not graduating from college.
  • 2014-09-08 Episode 123 "Your Mom Doesn't Work Here", The problem: John presides over the Bruggalos.
  • 2014-09-15 Episode 124 "The Legend of Skeeter", The problem: John is a 40-year old bitch in a suit.
  • 2014-09-19 Episode 125 "All the Great Shows!", The problem: John wasn't actually a big fan.

2015 (26 of 47 episodes + 1 Bonus)

  • 2015-04-06 Episode 149 "The Humility Opportunities", The problem: John has a little bit of hair anxiety. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-04-13 Episode 150 "Dog Beatles", The problem: Moose ate the trees. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-04-20 Episode 151 "Mrs. Horning's Pepsi", The problem: Aspartamé would be a pretty name for a girl. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-04-27 Episode 152 "Butterfly Farts", The problem: What about a Space Station that has Waterfalls?
  • 2015-05-04 Episode 153 "The Time Buffalo", The problem: John keeps ideating.
  • 2015-05-11 Episode 154 "West Coast Noncommittal", The problem: Marlon Brando was waiting in the bushes. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-05-18 Episode 155 ”Crucibility”, The problem: John aspired to have a Goody comb. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-05-28 Episode 156 ”The Dumbest Guy I Ever met”, The problem: John knows all about LBJ. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-06-01 Episode 157 "Truth & Reconciliation", The problem: They were playing with their salads. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-06-16 Episode 158 "My Citadel Is Irrelevant", The problem: John wanted to put an extra petal on the flower.
  • 2015-06-22 Episode 159 "The Climbing", The problem: Can't hold it back any more.
  • 2015-06-30 Episode 160 "Gidgets and Gasmos", The problem: How can a cloud be full? (DRAFT)
  • 2015-07-09 Episode 161 "It's Ramifications!", The problem: The only real wealth is property.
  • 2015-07-13 Episode 162 "April's Cream", The problem: John's not sitting on his gilded tortoise. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-07-20 Episode 163 "The Maisie Glotz File", The problem: Everything has a psychic cost. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-08-03 Episode 164 "In Your Face, Paraguay", The problem: Capitalism is a thought technology. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-08-10 Episode 165 "This Explains Everything", The problem: It was worse than fighting boar. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-09-01 Episode 168 "The Room of Stories", The problem: There was no ashtray to make. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-10-26 Episode 176 "The Opossum Had Distracted Me", The problem: John brooks no truck. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-11-02 Episode 177 "When Fleece Became Flannel", The problem: John has to pick up some apologies.
  • 2015-11-09 Episode 178 "Action Movie Doctor", The problem: Deus Ex Valvina. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-11-16 Episode 179 "A Good Box", The problem: We're dancing in Sorrells. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-11-23 Episode 180 "The Other Pope", The problem: John worked on the curves. (DRAFT)
  • 2015-11-30 Episode 181 "Saltin' Up", The problem: John left a much darker streak.
  • 2015-12-07 Episode 182 "House Trotter", The problem: Acid Droplets Beans Pork.
  • 2015-12-28 Episode 183 "Here Comes Nacho", The problem: John Pulled the Christmas Card.

2016 (15 of 46 episodes)

  • 2016-01-04 Episode 184 "Mr. Choöde", The problem: It's a happy donkey show.
  • 2016-01-18 Episode 185 "I Reject Potatoes", The problem: The stomp is innate. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-01-25 Episode 186 "Electric Papers", The problem: како сте? (DRAFT)
  • 2016-02-04 Episode 187 "The Nicest Oubilette", The problem: No shit would be taken. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-02-08 Episode 188 "Crow meth", The problem: John is a panicky snorkeler. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-02-15 Episode 189 "Technicolor Irony Coat", The problem: This was Whitesnake-level not-good.
  • 2016-09-07 Episode 215 "Occasional Live Keyboardist", The problem: Fuck these particular strawberries. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-09-12 Episode 216 "You Could Do Less Magic", The problem: You're their Guy Fieri. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-09-19 Episode 217 "Dick… AND!", The problem: Squires lived on hot case. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-10-03 Episode 218 "The Valve", The problem: He tried to solve his darkness. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-10-10 Episode 219 "It's an Off Day", The problem: The ump wasn't having it. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-10-17 Episode 220 "Find the Hippopotamus", The problem: John's mom has never called him an old soul. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-10-24 Episode 221 "Riding the Ham", The problem: John houseproofed his baby. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-12-19 Episode 228 "Hidey Santa", The problem: More of a Platonic Elon Musk. (DRAFT)
  • 2016-12-26 Episode 229 "Elves with Clipboards", The problem: She's never seen a star war. (DRAFT)

2017 (42 episodes)

  • 2017-01-02 Episode 230 "Forest of Meat", The problem: Put your bogey on an apple box. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-01-09 Episode 231 "First Banana", The problem: John's gonna figure out what it means. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-01-26 Episode 232 "The Going-With Years", The problem: There were engines in the doors. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-01-30 Episode 233 "Babies are Boring", The problem: They were very far apart on the suave scale. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-02-06 Episode 234 "Boo Hoo Hoo", The problem: John is an interloper. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-02-13 Episode 235 "Where the Wind Lives", The problem: John is not an umbrella man. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-02-20 Episode 236 "Into the Hat Weeds", The problem: There's nothing between here and there except UFOs. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-03-02 Episode 237 "Tape Loop Confusion Party", The problem: The truck has a very distinctive exhaust note. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-03-13 Episode 238 "We're not Farmers", The problem: How's peepaw?
  • 2017-03-20 Episode 239 "Coming Into My Agency", The problem: There's no SKU.
  • 2017-04-03 Episode 240 "Wrobbie Wrist", The problem: John comes correct.
  • 2017-04-10 Episode 241 "Some Corgi Movement", The problem: John was seeking pixies.
  • 2017-04-17 Episode 242 "Mr. Jingle-Jangle", The problem: John is the memory thief.
  • 2017-05-01 Episode 243 "Hoeing my Till", The problem: She had the No.2 pencil.
  • 2017-05-15 Episode 244 "Super Cartoid", The problem: Everybody thinks about their butt.
  • 2017-05-22 Episode 245 "An Ongoing Situation", The problem: Orange was John's favorite color.
  • 2017-05-29 Episode 246 "Night Burrito", The problem: John was their weekend.
  • 2017-06-06 Episode 247 "Geroge Martin's butt", The problem: John has a barn door.
  • 2017-06-12 Episode 248 "Hubris of the Moment", The problem: How would we even know?
  • 2017-06-19 Episode 249 "Blank Knobs", The problem: It really sweetens up the sound!
  • 2017-06-26 Episode 250 "Disaster Coffee", The problem: Fudge!
  • 2017-07-10 Episode 251 "Popped Out", The problem: He made his bones to Jefferson Airplane.
  • 2017-07-17 Episode 252 "The Ur-Choad", The problem: Writhing is rare.
  • 2017-07-24 Episode 253 "A Worked Horse", The problem: John is a time geographer.
  • 2017-07-31 Episode 254 "One of My Favorite Actresses", The problem: Everybody had stars on their collars.
  • 2017-08-14 Episode 255 "The Fancy-Enough Window", The problem: John moved a cheese.
  • 2017-08-24 Episode 256 "Behind My Skis", The problem: You can't finger-gun a child.
  • 2017-09-11 Episode 257 "Sonic Posture", The problem: Touché, doctor lady!
  • 2017-09-18 Episode 258 "Ambition Hour", The problem: What constitutes a good cake?
  • 2017-10-02 Episode 259 "My Dump Buddy", The problem: Not to make 9/11 about me.
  • 2017-10-09 Episode 260 "My Snapchat Years", The problem: John's touched more dicks than you've had hot dinners.
  • 2017-10-16 Episode 261 ”Two Swords in Da Nang”, The problem: John identified a Dutch. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-10-23 Episode 262 ”He Never Swore”, The problem: John has a friend in the diamond business. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-10-30 Episode 263 "Real Admiral Crunch", The problem: He was a literal pants prospector. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-11-06 Episode 264 "Whisker Fatigue", The problem: They started arguing with the graphic. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-11-17 Episode 265 ”Cisesthesia”, The problem: John was a drug addict and an unknown. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-11-20 Episode 266 ”Ham-Fisted Steak Cooker”, The problem: It’s a private moment John had with the roast beef. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-11-30 Episode 267 ”Vintage Mops”, The problem: They bought Uncle Jack’s claim. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-12-04 Episode 268 "A Principled Ohioan", The problem: Adriano Goldschmied. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-12-11 Episode 269 "Yelling at the Radio", The problem: John failed to be quiet. (DRAFT)
  • 2017-12-18 Episode 270 "An Archipelago of Stops", The problem: The ignition coil did what? (DRAFT)
  • 2017-12-24 Episode 271 "Butterfly Ninja Girl", The problem: It wasn't three-appropriate. (DRAFT)

2018 (40 episodes)

  • 2018-01-01 Episode 272 "Graham is Beautiful", The problem: None of the Aidans were interested.
  • 2018-01-08 Episode 273 "One Kilometer", The problem: It was the first thing that John had ever finished. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-01-22 Episode 274 ”Lord Sword”, The problem: Three days is exactly enough time to really feel your death. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-01-29 Episode 275 ”I Want an Adult”, The problem: John’s laziness is his culpability. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-02-05 Episode 276 "The Authenticity Wars", The problem: Everybody's got a different kind of generosity. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-02-12 Episode 277 "Old Sauce", The problem: John didn't know there was going to be a test. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-02-26 Episode 278 "Felix", The problem: Everybody has their Pablo. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-03-05 Episode 279 ”Mr. Hot Tub”, The problem: Too poor for curtains. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-03-12 Episode 280 "A Sensible Hat", The problem: It's not on-brand. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-03-19 Episode 281 "Eight Straight", The problem: So, obviously. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-03-26 Episode 282 ”The Grand Slam”, The problem: There were between 13 and 30 cars. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-04-02 Episode 283 "I Never Follow the Voice", The problem: We could find Gilligan. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-04-09 Episode 284 "You're Grass Now", The problem: A loaves and fishes type situation. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-04-17 Episode 285 "Praise Cannon", The problem: Faces were not part of the deal. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-04-23 Episode 286 "Ginger Dagwood", The problem: We're not gluing pears. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-04-30 Episode 287 "American Car", The problem: It's the kind of rustic John believes in. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-05-07 Episode 288 ”Mustache President”, The problem: We gotta take your fingernails. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-05-14 Episode 289 ”Car Stars”, The problem: You’re not gonna beat it. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-05-21 Episode 290 "Gasthaus", The problem: Dick was in on it. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-05-28 Episode 291 "Arles", The problem: That's what you tell a snork. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-06-04 Episode 292 "The Bottom Shelf of Somewhere", The problem: John was conjuring a house orb. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-06-18 Episode 293 ”Force Majeure”, The problem: That’s not how you make a friend. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-06-25 Episode 294 "Steely Dan Fogelberg", The problem: No regerts [sic]. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-07-02 Episode 295 "Big Mike", The problem: They don't know how to be. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-07-09 Episode 296 "Bowl of Jay", The problem: John never had a pinky ring phase. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-07-16 Episode 297 "Chicken in the House", The problem: No Plae. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-07-23 Episode 298 "Private Road", The problem: Here's how you clever-manage John. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-07-30 Episode 299 "Mas Libros", The problem: John was a Harvey Man (DRAFT)
  • 2018-08-13 Episode 300 "The Airplane Doesn't Care", The problem: John had a motorcycle ride with himself (DRAFT)
  • 2018-08-20 Episode 301 "Non-Euclidean Space Library", The problem: John is not going to become the King of Thailand (DRAFT)
  • 2018-08-27 Episode 302 "The Battle of Turns Outs", The problem: And then what happens? (DRAFT)
  • 2018-09-03 Episode 303 "Smzdrj", The problem: Maybe John should have driven a truck. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-09-10 Episode 304 "Go For Bounce", The problem: John has been arrived here. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-09-17 Episode 305 "The Hostess", The problem: John has more of a comment than a question. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-09-24 Episode 306 "Corgis I've Already Seen", The problem: John's so tired of carrying the Internet around with him. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-10-01 Episode 307 "My Lipstick Girls", The problem: John felt a lot of pressure. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-10-08 Episode 308 "The Hi-Hat", The problem: John didn't need to be here. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-10-15 Episode 309 "Where's the One?", The problem: John stayed in the wrong boots. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-10-22 Episode 310 "Quiet Moments", The problem: John doesn't need to talk to his toaster. (DRAFT)
  • 2018-10-29 Episode 311 "Friend Mode", The problem: John only had one mouse.

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Official Twitter-feed: @roderickon

The intro music is an unreleased song written by John called Sugar From Sand. (RL0)
The show art is a picture of John and Merlin at the UCSF computer store in 2004 where John bought a white iBook. (RL215)

Episodes marked as (DRAFT) have been edited, but are mostly missing Wikipedia-links. The content is not incorporated into the rest of the Wiki, but is provided on the episode-page as-is. Episodes that are listed, but don’t exist have been transcribed, but need to be edited before they can be published. With 2 shows a week and about 3 times the episode length needed for the first draft, it is hard to keep up and also add the back catalogue. I do currently prioritize adding back episodes instead of extensive fine-tuning of existing material because the main goal of this Wiki is to make the content searchable which it already is even without being sorted into topics.

Number of episodes covered by this Wiki: 171

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