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S5E9 Baseball Mascots and the Future of Automation

by How things are made

Sulkies 16:05
Bagpipes 07:44
Yule Logs 04:52


Originally part of the "How Things Are Made Season 5 Podcast"

Featuring Susan Kuo, and scam callers.

1. Sulkies

Automated baseball mascots have taken the minor leagues by storm, but do pro teams see the same inevitability on the horizon? All this plus a passionate listener call and the first half of an extended duet between Matt and Brian at the Glitterbox Theater called "Sulkies".

2. Bagpipes

Susan Kuo introduces "Bagpipes". The members of How Things are Made are solicited and so are you!

3. Yule Logs

Susan Kuo introduces "Yule Logs". Dave and Matt enter a one minute contest. Advert for automated baseball mascots. Nonsense poems over fancy grooves. Congratulations to Lisa Fender for a two-day class. Unreferenced remix.

4. Fishing Lures

Automated baseball mascot. Word of the day! "Fishing Lures"! OK this was a weird one.

Are you sick and tired of buying insurance to cover the risk of harming the human that you stuff into an unventilated poly-foam synthetic suit and pay to dance for children and give fake high fives to umpires? Well, thanks to the great minds at screwball technologies, your ballclub can keep the light entertainment flowing between innings without endangering a helpless, dehydrated teenager. Hi, I'm Rover, the worlds first fully automated baseball mascot and the newest addition to your local ballpark. I like to dance for children and make a goofy face. I like to play tricks on umpires. I like to run the bases and fall over and over and over again until your cheering fans get off their seat and on to their feet to support the local sluggers. Go Sluggers! Let's play ball Sluggers!


released December 28, 2019


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