Broadcast Bloopers & Lots of Links to Listen!

Hello, Happy New Year! In keeping with years of tradition, The Broadcast’s bi-annual bloopers show kicked off the new year. It contains all of the bloopers and outtakes from season 7, episodes 1 – 23. I hope you give it a listen and laugh along with us!

Listen to “Ep. 7.24 “Bloopers & Outtakes 9″” on Spreaker.

A quick catch-up on our final couple of episodes in 2022 that I haven’t featured on here yet:

      • Ep. 7.22 “You Just Got Christmas Caroled!”
        Good afternoon! Let’s discuss some holiday movies! But before we do, Colleen has a life hack for avoiding the flu, and Shandy performed in a choir! The movies discussed this year are: Falling for Christmas, Spirited, Christmas With You, A Christmas Story Christmas, A Muppet Family Christmas, Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special, A Christmas Catch, Violent Night, Your Christmas Or Mine?, and more. **The timestamp for Spirited is 52:00 – 1:04 (give or take for commercials).** 
      • Ep. 7.23 “Good Afternoon, 2022”
        Happy The Whole Shebang! Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen are joined live over Zoom for their last new episode of 2022! They talk about The Muppets’ Christmas Carol v Mickey’s Christmas Carol, the World Cup final match, and the Sister Swap movies. Kayla’s Holiday Movie Trivia is back! Do you want the moon, Mary? The Broads and listeners give their 2023 New year’s resolutions as Gott learns this is an explicit podcast.

Since it’s a new year, here’s a handy list of some of the platforms you can subscribe to and/or listen to The Broadcast on. I’ll post this in list form to make it easier to skim. If you’re searching for us on another platform or to add us to whatever app you use, you may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Additionally, the audio from all of the Jay + Jack Productions podcasts get uploaded automatically to this YouTube channel, so if listening that way is your thing, there you go!

Let me know if you want me to add us to something else and I’ll do my best to do so! Otherwise, cheers! Happy 2023!

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Santa, Not Satan.

I found this ornament while searching for Wordle-related swag on Etsy. It’s a bold choice to make the word above SANTA clearly be SATAN.

(I posted this on Twitter last week, but it’s delighted me enough that in the event that Twitter really does ever go down [TWSS], I wanted to share it here as well.)

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The Broadcast Ep. 7.21 “One Kitten of Christmas”

Episode 7.21 of The Broadcast came out this morning! On this episode, Shandy introduces us to the newest member of her family, her little kitten Lina. Picture above! This episode was short and sweet and a lot of fun to record.

Next week’s episode is dedicated to talking about holiday movies. This is one of my favorite episodes of the year! This year, some of the movies we’re talking about will be SpiritedA Christmas Story ChristmasChristmas With YouA Muppet Family Christmas, and, of course, Lindsay Lohan’s Falling for Christmas. I’m also going to talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas special.

Official description:

On this week’s episode, Shandy introduces the newest member of her family, Lina, and learns about Whamageddon while Amanda did a new form of adulting, and Colleen shares Buzzfeed stories about the biggest high school scandals.

You can listen to the latest episode below or via, iTunes, Spreaker, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Listen to “Ep. 7.21 “One Kitten of Christmas”” on Spreaker.

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Big Mac Sloppy Joes!!

Last week, we decided to try a recipe for Big Mac Sloppy Joes. I LOVE Sloppy Joes of all kinds. I’ve tried a Pinterest-inspired Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese before and we still make a BBQ Sloppy Joe recipe that we got from Blue Apron back in 2016.

This was easy to make and absolutely delicious. It got a rare two thumbs up from all four members of our household. Jay & I made them together (he browned the meat and I put all of the ingredients together) and I wanna say it took us maybe 30-35 minutes from start to finish because we moved a bit slowly trying to make sure we had all of the ingredients measured and mixed correctly.

We made both the double-decker and single-layer versions. I wanted to try it in all of its glory, but Jay and the kids were good with a smaller-sized burger, haha. There were leftovers so when I made myself one on a following night, I only did one layer.

Anyways, here’s the recipe. Happy Eating!


    • 1lb of ground beef (85/15)
    • 1/2 finely chopped yellow onion
    • 1/4 cup of chopped hamburger pickles
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
    • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce

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Movie Review: The Menu

A couple of weeks ago, Jay and I saw the movie, “The Menu,” with Ralph Finnes, Anya Taylor Joy, and Nicholas Holt. We didn’t know much about it going into it other than the trailer:

I’m glad we went in fairly blindly. This movie is not at all what we expected it to be – and for once, that was a good thing. It’s dark, funny, and even though you strongly suspect midway through how it will end, it still wraps up in a profound, unexpected way. The ending – and the entire movie in general – really made me think about it, too. I liked it a lot.

I don’t want to say too much more about the plot other than that because I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone, but here is the general premise: An world-famous chef hosts these elaborate, exclusive, multi-course dinners for the elite on a remote island. Getting tickets is basically a status symbol. One weekend, a young couple (Joy and Hoult) manage to score a table. Other diners include a wealthy couple, a bunch of hedge fund bros, a famous food critic, and an actor and his assistant. Let’s just say the evening does not go as planned for anyone. Mild spoiler: There are a few scenes that are graphic in terms of violence and – more importantly – *Trigger Warning for on-screen suicide.*

As I said above, I really liked The Menu and am glad I didn’t know the plot beforehand because if I did, I don’t know if I’d have gone to see it. The writing was clever, suspenseful and humorous and acting was great. I cannot see anyone other than Ralph Fiennes playing Chef. Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult were both great in their respective roles. I also need to go a shout out to Hong Chau (Lady Trieu from Watchmen), who plays the head server in Chef’s restaurant. She’s absolutely fantastic.

Okay! I’ll say no more. If you saw The Menu, let me know what you thought in the comments!

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#GlatSquared Took Some Pictures

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends who are celebrating today! And Happy Thursday to everyone else out there. 🙂

It’s cliché but I have a lot to be thankful for this year, starting with my wonderful little family, whom I love and live for every single day. Zach and Alex are the absolute best and it’s just incredible getting to watch them grow up. I hit the partner jackpot with Jay, who somehow still loves and supports me despite all of my many flaws and struggles. I am a lot to live with and barely get by some days, yet he puts up with my Shit-Show Energy and embraces it in ways that I cannot. Thank you. <3

I’ve been wanting to take family pictures for ages and this year, we finally made it happen. The woman who took our pictures, Alyssa, was Zachary’s daycare teacher when he was a year old. She is absolutely wonderful and did such a great job. If you are in the Raleigh, NC area, I will happily give you her contact info if you’d like it. She was a badass when Zach was in her class back in 2015 and she’s still a badass now.

I love how they came out so much. I had picked out my dress thinking we were doing a fall colors shoot and found out two days ahead of time that there were sunflowers! It was an added bonus because I have long wanted to do sunflower pictures but thought that “sunflower season” in NC ended in August. Here are my favorite ones out of the 160 she sent us. I can’t post all of them on social media, so I figured I’d put them here for my own reference in the future.

Happy Thanksgiving, all. I’ll leave you with this mindfuck of a fact that I saw in a meme today: “2023 is just 41 days away and you’re still processing 2019, which is about to be four years ago.” Ahhhhh, so true! Have a great weekend!

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Book Review: Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Last month, I read Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. I was intrigued after reading a quick blurb about its premise on another website and even though I had/have a stack of books sitting on my dresser waiting to be read, I made an impulse buy and moved it to the top of my list.

I am so glad that I did. It’s a GREAT book. From start to finish, I could not put it down. There were twists that I did not see coming and turns that I spotted from a mile away. I loved it and was sad when I finished it.

Before I get too ahead of myself, the premise of the story is this: a woman, Jen, witnesses her otherwise nerdy, harmless son, Todd, commit a murder just after midnight on October 30, and goes to bed distraught with her husband, Kelly. When she wakes up the next morning, it’s October 29 again. She continues to wake up in reverse, needing to put together the clues that she missed in order to prevent the murder from happening in the future. It’s basically a reverse Russian Doll, which the author mentions in her acknowledgments as the inspiration behind the story.

It’s woven together fantastically from start to finish. You’re along for the ride as Jen uncovers clues that she both lived through the first time around without realizing their significance and discovers for the first time by changing her original actions. She also re-lives important moments that she’d missed out on the first time around. Jen sometimes manages to convince other characters what’s going on with her only to have them forget when she wakes up in an earlier point in the timeline, as they have yet to live that day like she has. It’s just a really great, well-executed concept.

Like I said above, there are plot twists that I definitely did not see coming, which tends to be rare nowadays (#humblebrag). There were also storylines that I saw coming from the moment a character or situation was introduced, haha, though it did not hinder my enjoyment of the novel at all. The side characters and plots are equally engaging and it all weaves together quite nicely in the end. I definitely recommend this book. I’m not sure what other type of books Gillian McAllister writes but I keep meaning to check them out. If you have any suggestions of books by McAllister or similar novels by other authors, please let me know in the comments!

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The Broadcast Ep. 7.18: “Melody in YA”

We did not have a new episode of The Broadcast last week, but if you haven’t already checked out our most recent episode, which was published on Friday, November 11, please do so! Our listeners are always giving us great book recommendations, so we returned the favor with a special interview with Melody Simpson, a longtime friend, and the founder of a great website called Melanin in YA.

Melanin in YA is, in Melody’s own words, “IMDb Pro but for books, specifically Black books. If you’re looking for a Young Adult book written by a Black author or if you’re a writer looking for a Black literary agent, if you’re a librarian or event coordinator looking for Black people in the publishing industry for young adult, you can find all of that information there.”

The MiYA talk starts around the 32 minute mark, give or take a little bit for commercials, and lasts about an hour.  It’s a really fantastic episode. Amanda, Shandy, and I were so happy to get to talk to Melody and get some new book recommendations. It’s such a great website filled with awesome links and information, including links to Bookstagrammers, BookTok, BookTubers, podcasts, Black-owned bookstores, and more. Please check out the website. Melody is a superwoman who created and maintains the entire thing herself while also working a “day job.” You can support the website by going to the Melanin in YA Patreon.

Don’t know where to start? Here is the list of books that Melody recommended on the show. All books mentioned can be found through Melanin in YA’s Bookshop account:

      • The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis
      • Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland
      • We Weren’t Looking to be Found by Stephanie Kuehn
      • We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammond
      • Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
      • Frizzy by Claribel A. Orteg
      • Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho
      • Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
      • Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson
      • Survive the Dawn by Kosoko Jackson
      • The Witchery by S. Isabelle
      • Eternally Yours by Patrice Caldwell
      • A Phoenix Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell
      • Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
      • Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler
      • Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo

Huge thank you again to Melody for joining us. We’ll definitely be talking to her again in Summer 2023 (find out why when you listen to the interview)!

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Halloween 2022!!!!

Another Halloween is in the books! This year, Zachary went as Sponge Bob, Alex went as Buzz Lightyear, and Jay and I went as Ken and Barbie (from Toy Story 3). I miss doing a family-themed costume, but this year, 3/4 of us ended up dressing as characters from the same franchise anyway. I thought Alex was going to wear the spider costume that he wore for his school’s costume parade but he was insistent on going as Buzz. We bought the Buzz and Sponge Bob costumes back on Oct. 1 (during our trip to Spirit Halloween that was preceded by Taylor Rudy’s discovery) but the week of the costume parade, Alex decided he wanted to be something “scary” so we found the spider legs on Amazon (here’s the link but I got it during those random Prime Days in mid-Oct. and it was 50% off; it’s cute but it is not $28 cute lol) and the black sweats/hat at Target. I wanted to return the Buzz costume but he was adamant that school was for scary and trick-or-treating was for Buzz Lightyear. 4-year-olds, #amirite?

Anyways, there was bit of (self-inflicted) drama around Jay’s shirt and I thought that we would have to postpone our Barbie and Ken costumes until 2023. I ordered it two weeks out from a company that advertised as being from Washington (state) and said their delivery was within 10 business days. It was an extra $30 for the rush shipping within seven business days, but I figured since I was two weeks out, it’d be fine. Turns out the company is American but everything they ship comes from China (OF COURSE). The shirt shipped the day after I ordered it but said it was stuck in Jamaica, Queens almost immediately. There were no further updates until the day before Halloween, when tracking said it had gone to Newark, NJ. I panicked, thinking, “There’s no way this Ken shirt is going to make it from NJ to Raleigh in time.”

Thankfully, it did. And it did literally JUST in time. Jay checked the mailbox for the package around 3:30 p.m. and it wasn’t there yet so I made emergency visits to three different Spirit Halloweens in the area for our backup costume idea but had zero luck. I was prepared to just go as Barbie and Beetlejuice (and was seriously a bit bummed that Ken wasn’t working out). However, when Zach, Alex, and I got home at 4:40 p.m., the shirt had been delivered!!! I was so excited. So. Excited…and So. Relieved. The shirt fit Jay perfectly. I was so relieved but also embarrassed/annoyed at my panic earlier that caused me to waste time finding the backup costume idea. Uncontrolled anxiety flare-ups are difficult for everyone involved. :/

But it all worked out! I recycled my Bo Peep wig from when we did our first Toy Story theme back in 2019. It was so humid out while we were trick-or-treating that poor Zach regretted his blow-up Sponge Bob costume almost immediately. He was dripping in sweat midway through and ended up changing into last year’s Minecraft costume when he met up with some neighborhood friends after dark. “Never again am I doing something like that costume!” He decisively proclaimed. We will see how long it lasts.  Trick-or-treating with his friends didn’t last very long; there was a lot of lightning in the distance that seemed to be getting closer, so we cut it short. Within 5 minutes of he and I making it back home, it started pouring rain. We made it juuuust in time.

All in all, it was another successful Halloween. The kids know I love Tootsie Rolls so they made sure to get a whole bunch for me, which was very sweet. It was also smart on their part because a week later, I’ve taken zero pieces of their chocolate and like 75% of their Tootsie Rolls, lol.

Oh! Jay dressed up as Beetlejuice for his Geek. Dad. Life. Halloween show. Our backup costume idea involved his Beetlejuice costume but I’m not going to say what it is just in case we need to do it in the future lol. Here’s a video:

Aaaannnyyyways, here are some more pictures of Halloween 2022. I love the one of Zach wearing my Barbie/Bo Peep wig, haha. It really was a fun night. P.S. Mad props to our neighbor who decorated the drain outside of their house with this amazing Pennywise setup:

How was your Halloween?! What did you dress up as? Let me know! 🙂



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The Broadcast Ep. 7.16 “A Witch, a Wednesday, and a Murder”

Happy Halloween!! The Broadcast has had a very Halloween-themed October, including our most recent episode that came out on Friday, October 28. We celebrated Halloween with our annual Zoom costume party. Thanks so much to everyone who attended. It was a blast. This is one of my favorite episodes of the year (the other one being the one where we talk about holiday movies!). I love reading the “real-life” scary stories (I was nice this year and didn’t read anything really spooky) and seeing everyone, whether in costume or not. I was Winnie Sanderson, Shandy was Wednesday Adams, and Amanda was a murder of crows aka a whoooole Halloween vibe. Loved it!

Official description:

It’s our annual Zoom Halloween Party! Join us as we read (mildly) spooooky stories and talk about other terrifying things, like Taylor Swift fandom lore and eating vegetables. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

On November 8, we’ll be joined by  Melody Simpson of Melanin in YA. We’re really looking forward to talking to her and getting some great book recommendations!

We’ve had a lot of fun recording in October, from our episode talking about Shakespeare movies to last week’s ep talking about Halloween movies to, of course, our Zoom party. We even had the wonderful Chris Kolk on for an episode to talk about the movie “Bros.” Here are episode names, descriptions, and links to listen to through the website.

    • Ep. 7.13 “Much ‘O’-do About Romeo + Juliet” On this week’s episode, the Broads discuss the movies Much Ado About Nothing, O (Othello), and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. Is Leonardo DiCaprio the Gen X Jack Nicholson? Glitter bath salts? They also talk about Hurricane Ian and Colleen gives a new turtle update!
    • Ep. 7.14 “OMG, GBF!” Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen are joined by the one and only Kolkie to discuss the movie “Bros,” early voting, and more.
    • The Broadcast Ep. 7.15 “Resting Witch Face” Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen talk about Halloween-type movies, including Hocus Pocus 2, Beetlejuice, and Rob Zombie’s The Munsters. Movie talk starts at approximately 15:30, give or take commercials. 

You can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

Listen to “Ep. 7.16 "A Witch, a Wednesday, and a Murder"” on Spreaker.

As always, happy listening, and thanks for listening!

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