Episode 17: Donahue Ballyhoo

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Lucy and Evan invite the hilarious and talented Anne T. Donahue to talk about Riverdale Episode #8, “The Outsiders.” Veronica Lodge decides to throw Polly Cooper an ill-advised baby shower while Archie attempts to go not-undercover and infiltrate the Southside Serpents. Get ready, because we have a lot of feelings about:

  • the return of baseball (and the Toronto Blue Jays)
  • construction work and bruiser studs
  • Archie’s narc letterman jacket
  • the Skeet Ulrich Renaissance (again)
  • Polly and her stupid headbands
  • and, of course, that Jughead’s dad is a Southside Serpent!

We had some sound issues with the recording this time around, so apologies if it’s not as pleasant a listening experience as usual. And be sure to follow Anne T. Donahue for all the funniest and best tweets at @annetdonahue.

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Episode 16: San Fran

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It’s back to basics at Radio Free Riverdale as co-hosts Lucy Cappiello and Evan Munday delve back into the double-digests, but make a crucial and important digression into Riverdale, with lots of talk about Episode 7: “In a Lonely Place.” After Riverdale delights and grievances are aired, they dig into Betty and Veronica Double Digest #251. Lucy and Evan get cracking on:

  • babies travelling through whale aortas
  • the Skeet Ulrich renaissance the world is experiencing right now
  • imaginary Archie-verse weddings
  • Salem’s all-too-human human lust
  • San Francisco, liberated books, and Polly Cooper as social justice warrior
  • and some surprisingly good Archie trivia

Next episode, we’re deep into Riverdale with a full-podcast discussion of Episode 8: “The Outsiders.” Thanks for listening!

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Riverdale Auxiliary: Episode 15

Auxiliarites! Welcome back to everyone’s favourite supplemental about all things Riverdale. After a much-longer-than-expected time away caring for my sweet lil baby, I have returned and I’m all yours. Within reason. And just in time! Riverdale has launched, and Evan and I devote S01E02 of the podcast to the first two epis. Spoiler: We really like it! Keep reading for remarks and pics on some of the noteworthy characters from Riverdale, and, natch, the comics. (We return to our handheld, comic-book roots next episode.)

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Episode 15: Riverdale’s Edge

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After an extended baby-related hiatus, Lucy Cappiello and Evan Munday are back to talk about everybody’s favourite new CW/Netflix show, Riverdale. Finally, someone let us out of our cage, and we have a lot of thoughts about:

  • Archie Andrews’s construction-borne abs
  • sexual predators hiding as teachers
  • Jughead’s non-burger diet and cringeworthy voiceovers
  • Mr. Weatherbee’s bolo ties
  • whether moose or horses have larger penises
  • and, of course, who killed Jason Blossom?

Stay tuned for more reviews of Archie digests and (inevitably) more sizzling hot Riverdale takes. (And, of course, watch Riverdale every week on your local CW or Netflix affiliate.)

Episode 14: Lodge Podge

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Thrill to the last episode of the first ‘season’ of Radio Free Riverdale! Co-host / heart of the show / new mother Lucy Cappiello is busy rearing her brand-new child, so the Radio Free Riverdale is going on a brief hiatus following this, our fourteenth episode. But don’t worry – we’ll be back soon! Until then, we’re talking all about the Archie / Josie and the Pussycats crossover (and plenty of Mr. Lodge stories) in Archie Comics Digest #269. Listen up as Lucy and Evan yammer about:

  • single tears, visual kissing, and the brief fame of the long-haired lead singers of Extreme
  • their vain attempts to fill dead air as they ponder their dream cross-band romances
  • Hiram Lodge and his turn to the sinister
  • a journey to the centre of Archie Andrews’s mind
  • the terror of revolving doors
  • Josée and the Pussycat Dolls
  • and the ever-present Archie trivia

Thanks for listening through our first season. We’ll be back on the information super-highway airwaves soon!

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Episode 13: Chip Quips

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It’s back to your core crew of Archie enthusiasts Lucy and Evan delve into an issue full of Bollywood homages, post-Melissa-Joan-Hart teenage witches, and (for the second time) double-booked dates in Betty and Veronica Double Digest #243. Tune in as your favourite Radio Free Riverdale duo discuss:

  • the unsolicited advice and affection pregnant women receive from strangers
  • whether there’s a #thirsty hashtag
  • flea markets and magic mirrors
  • the modern makeover of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s aunts
  • whether Veronica is in any way remarkable
  • the mysterious intrigue of the teriyaki potato chip
  • and, as ever, Archie trivia (which even Evan is warming up to)

Listen in, and tell them historian Max Hastings sent you!

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Riverdale Auxiliary: Episode 12

Order please! The twelfth meeting of the Riverdale Auxiliary is once again called to order. This week, we welcomed excellent and hilarious guest Heather Macdonald, who, among other topics, helped explain the thorny legal issues around streaking at sports events. Use your ears & listen to this week’s epi to hear Heather also talk about this week’s Archie comic. & use your eyes & keep reading below for visual excerpts from Archie Library 57, World of Archie Comics Double Digest.

Update: As of this writing, at least one of the capybaras is still at large

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Episode 12: Tog-Heather Forever

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Lucy and Evan welcome sidesplitting comedian Heather MacDonald on the podcast to rap about the Riverdale gang in the latest episode. Heather hadn’t read an Archie comic since she was about twelve, so it was a real homecoming for her. She helps your stalwart podcast hosts interrogate and elucidate The World of Archie Double Digest #57. Listen in as the Radio Free Riverdale gang chew the fat on:

  • Heather’s mom’s suitcase full of Archie digests
  • a dystopian future Riverdale where all musicians have been replaced by robots
  • Mr. Weatherbee’s studmuffin status
  • more rumours and leaks from the upcoming Riverdale television series
  • Archie comics’ all-time best cease-and-desists
  • mummies, mummies, mummies
  • and way more Archie trivia than ever before! (Lucy got really into the trivia this episode.)

The latest episode of Radio Free Riverdale is one of our longer ones, but special guest Heather MacDonald makes it a very funny and insightful one. After listening to the latest episode of Radio Free Riverdale, make sure you run out to the comedy showcase Heather organizes every Tuesday night at Pour Boy Pub, Comedy on College.

To see notes, panels, and images associated with our latest episode, please visit the Riverdale Auxiliary.