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You Must Know Everything

A parent-child podcast about all the stuff they don’t quite ever get to at school. Topics range from making scrambled eggs to achieving savoir faire, assessing a personal crisis to how to be twice as good at anything. We also talk through a poem together and answer a vexing question. Hosted by journalist Jeremy N. Smith and fourth grader Rasa Smith.

Episodes

  • 94. Genius!

    Apr 13 2021

    Jeremy builds brainpower. Rasa shares a vexing question about commonwealths. In between, they discuss "In Praise of Self-Deprecation" by Wisława Szymbroska. Join us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/youmustknoweverything

  • 93. Stuff!

    Apr 06 2021

    Rasa clears out. Jeremy shares a vexing question about shelter. In between, they discuss "Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd" by Walt Whitman. Join us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/youmustknoweverything

  • 92. Perfect!

    Mar 30 2021

    Jeremy introduces an unexpected enemy. Rasa shares a vexing question about tennis. In between, they discuss "March Here" by James Schuyler.

  • 91. Early!

    Mar 23 2021

    Rasa finds time for herself. Jeremy asks a vexing question about opposites. In between, they discuss "Reverse Living."

  • 90. Quiet!

    Mar 16 2021

    Jeremy lowers his voice. Rasa asks a vexing question about windows. In between, they discuss "Hive" by Kevin Young.

  • 89. Suspense!

    Mar 09 2021

    Rasa makes the most of uncertainty. Jeremy asks a vexing question about leadership. In between, they discuss "December 10" by Deborah Slicer.

  • 88. Dress Up!

    Mar 02 2021

    Jeremy offers a clothing consult. Rasa asks a vexing question about catnaps. In between, they discuss "Invictus" by W. E. Henley.

  • 87. List!

    Feb 23 2021

    Rasa explores how to get to a good idea. Jeremy asks a vexing question about sunsets. In between, they discuss "Sea-Weed" D. H. Lawrence.

  • 86. Winning!

    Feb 16 2021

    Jeremy shares a simple strategy for winning contests. Rasa asks a vexing question about space. In between, they discuss "The Way In" by Linda Hogan.

  • 85. Plan!

    Feb 09 2021

    Rasa explains how to be more organized AND have more fun. Jeremy asks a vexing question about Valentine's Day. In between, they discuss "Supermarket" by William Stafford.

  • 84. Teasing!

    Feb 02 2021

    Jeremy gets serious about making fun. Rasa shares a vexing question about UFOs. In between, they discuss "Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens.

  • New Schedule Announcement

    Feb 01 2021

    Rasa's school is going back to more in-person instruction. With less time at home together, we're switching to one weekly episode of "You Must Know Everything." Listen for it first thing every Tuesday morning—or whenever you have the chance. Thanks!

  • 83. Compromise!

    Jan 28 2021

    Rasa demonstrates the ultimate argument solver. Jeremy shares a vexing question about sugar. In between, they discuss "Black Cat" by Rainer Maria Rilke.

  • 82. Cap!

    Jan 26 2021

    Jeremy suggests a novel strategy for home office cooperation. Rasa shares a vexing question about Wi-Fi. In between, they discuss "Summer" by Jo McDougall.

  • 81. Care!

    Jan 21 2021

    Rasa argues animal lovers make better friends. Jeremy shares a vexing question about languages. In between, they discuss "Ah, Ah" by Joy Harjo.

  • 80. Satisfaction!

    Jan 19 2021

    Jeremy investigates everyday enjoyment. Rasa shares a vexing question about perspective. In between, they discuss "Ode to the Flute" by Ross Gay.

  • 79. Cupcakes!

    Jan 14 2021

    Rasa shares a theory about pleasing people. Jeremy asks a vexing question about the Internet. In between, they discuss "The sun changed colors" by Marjorie Agosín.

  • 78. Temperature!

    Jan 12 2021

    Jeremy offers a shortcut to assess your entire life. Rasa shares a vexing question about spiders. In between, they discuss "Incursion" by Kirill Medvedev.

  • 77. Slow!

    Jan 07 2021

    Rasa demonstrates how to pace yourself. Jeremy shares a vexing question about goosebumps. In between, they discuss "After Ikkyū" by Jim Harrison.

  • 76. Small!

    Jan 05 2021

    Jeremy shows how little can be a lot. Rasa shares a vexing question about iPads. In between, they discuss "Dyed Carnations" by Robyn Schiff.

  • Winter Break Announcement

    Dec 24 2020

    We're taking a few episodes off for winter break. Happy holidays everyone and we'll be back in touch in the new year!

  • 75. Thurniture!

    Dec 22 2020

    In the third of three behind-the-scene episodes, Rasa and Jeremy interview Nick DeCesare about the awesome music we use in the podcast and Rasa hears our full theme song for the first time.

  • 74. Production!

    Dec 17 2020

    Rasa and Jeremy get invited to Alford Lake Camp in Hope, Maine to help make a podcast. A few helpful links... • "How to Start a Podcast": https://www.thepodcasthost.com/planning/how-to-start-a-podcast/ • "Best Podcast Equipment (For Beginners & Pros)": https://www.podcastinsights.com/podcast-equipment/ • NS1 Noise Suppressor: https://www.waves.com/plugins/ns1-noise-suppressor • Descript audio editor: https://www.descript.com • Cast, our podcast hosting service: http://cast.rocks/36251

  • 73. FAQ!

    Dec 15 2020

    Rasa and Jeremy get interviewed by a fourth grade class at Hopkins School in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

  • 72. Generous!

    Dec 10 2020

    Rasa explains how to help yourself by helping others. Jeremy asks a vexing question about dirt. In between, they discuss "Chamber" by Phillis Levin.

  • 71. Backwards!

    Dec 08 2020

    Jeremy recommends reversing. Rasa asks a vexing question about cooking. In between, they discuss "A Memory of the Future" by Elizabeth Spires.

  • 70. Smile!

    Dec 03 2020

    Rasa exercises her cheek muscles. Jeremy asks a vexing question about literature. In between, they discuss "Selecting Things for Vagueness" by Ada Limón.

  • 69. Half!

    Dec 01 2020

    Jeremy explores a time-saving path to success. Rasa asks a vexing question about snowflakes. In between, they discuss "Grove" by Chris Dombrowski.

  • 68. Rewards!

    Nov 26 2020

    Rasa teaches how to get things done. Jeremy asks a vexing question about the sun. In between, they discuss "Invitation to the Voyage" by Charles Baudelaire.

  • 67. Catchphrase!

    Nov 24 2020

    Jeremy promotes his one-word worry-free philosophy. Rasa asks a vexing question about the alphabet. In between, they discuss "Talkativeness" by Michael Earl Craig.

  • 66. Energy!

    Nov 19 2020

    Rasa explains how to manage your energy. Jeremy asks a vexing question about cameras. In between, they discuss Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

  • 65. Tools!

    Nov 17 2020

    Jeremy helps define a human being. Rasa shares a vexing question about religion. In between, they discuss "Walking Across the Atlantic" by Billy Collins.

  • 64. Fresh!

    Nov 12 2020

    Rasa teaches how and why to keep things fresh. Jeremy shares a vexing question about pigeons. In between, they discuss "Root" by Cedar Brant.

  • 63. Days!

    Nov 10 2020

    Jeremy shares a counterintuitive take on the seasons. Rasa asks a vexing question about leaves. In between, they discuss "Daughter" by Jon Pineda.

  • 62. Challenge!

    Nov 05 2020

    Rasa explains why hard things make you happier. Jeremy shares a vexing question about flames. In between, they discuss "A Gift of Godparents" by Bonnie Buckley Maldonado.

  • 61. Muscles!

    Nov 03 2020

    Jeremy teaches a lesson about building up to a big accomplishment. Rasa asks a vexing question about sea creatures. In between, they discuss "New York Street Cries in Rhyme."

  • 60. Halloween!

    Oct 29 2020

    Rasa tells Jeremy what grownups don't understand about Halloween. Jeremy shares a vexing question about the holiday. In between, they discuss "All Hallows" by Louise Glück.

  • 59. Destination!

    Oct 27 2020

    Jeremy explains how destinations get you going. Rasa shares a vexing question about positivity. In between, they discuss "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot.

  • 58. Puzzle!

    Oct 22 2020

    Rasa explains our place in the universe. Jeremy asks a vexing question about cookies. In between, they discuss "The Surface" by Jorie Graham.

  • 57. Place!

    Oct 20 2020

    Jeremy shares the secret sauce for success. Rasa asks a vexing question about pipe cleaners. In between, they discuss "Everything Is Going to be Alright" by Derek Mahon.

  • 56. Venn!

    Oct 15 2020

    Rasa demonstrates the power of overlapping circles. Jeremy asks a vexing question about airplanes. In between, they discuss "Dear God of Small Things" by Judy Ray.

  • 55. Babies!

    Oct 13 2020

    Jeremy explains how to take care of anyone. Rasa asks a vexing question about eyebrows. In between, they discuss "Two Writers" by David Ray. Subscribe to the Whitefish Review! http://www.whitefishreview.org

  • 54. Headstands!

    Oct 08 2020

    Rasa offers a new perspective on life. Jeremy asks a vexing question about Bollywood. In between, they discuss "A Blank White Page" by Francisco X. Alarcón.

  • 53. IQ!

    Oct 06 2020

    Jeremy shares a way to talk to someone you disagree with. Rasa asks a vexing question about sequins. In between, they discuss "A Narrow Road to the Interior" by Matsuo Basho.

  • 52. Forts!

    Oct 01 2020

    Rasa touts fort making. Jeremy shares a vexing question about voting. In between, they discuss "Recurring" by Maggie Anderson.

  • 51. Loss!

    Sep 29 2020

    Jeremy explains how to respond when a friend loses someone they love. Rasa shares a vexing question about mountain climbing. In between, they discuss "The Promise" by Jane Hirshfield.

  • 50. DIY!

    Sep 24 2020

    Rasa celebrates doing things yourself. Jeremy asks a vexing question about animal dreams. In between, they discuss "My Friend John" by Robin Becker.

  • 49. Monotasking!

    Sep 22 2020

    Jeremy makes the case for doing one thing at a time. Rasa asks a vexing question about bookmaking. In between, they discuss "Angle of Yaw" by Ben Lerner. With special guest, bookbinder Audra Loyal (https://www.thevespiary.com).

  • 48. Pretty!

    Sep 17 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to make anything pretty. Jeremy asks a vexing question about pizza. In between, they discuss "I Was There As Rain" by Sheryl Noethe.

  • 47. Weakness!

    Sep 15 2020

    Jeremy explains why weakness can be a strength. Rasa asks a vexing question about plastic. In between, they discuss "Becoming Weather" by Chris Martin.

  • 46. Plots!

    Sep 10 2020

    Rasa shares the formula for any story. Jeremy asks a vexing question about history. In between, they discuss "Dream Cycle" by Harryette Mullen.

  • 45. Scratch!

    Sep 08 2020

    Jeremy makes the case for scratch paper. Rasa asks a vexing question about light bulbs. In between, they discuss "Today" by Frank O'Hara.

  • 44. Practice!

    Sep 03 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how hoverboarding practice makes perfect. Jeremy asks a vexing question about breathing. In between, they discuss "Soap Bubbles" by Nicole Dunn.

  • 43. Fridge!

    Sep 01 2020

    Jeremy explains how to know your fridge. Rasa shares a vexing question about slavery. In between, they discuss "Cut Grass" by Philip Larkin.

  • 42. Colors!

    Aug 27 2020

    Rasa explains how colors control our emotions. Jeremy asks a vexing question about neckties. In between, they discuss "A Jellyfish" by Marianne Moore.

  • 41. Titles!

    Aug 25 2020

    Jeremy thinks through what makes a great title. Rasa shares a vexing question about the birthday song. In between, they discuss "Rondeau" by Leigh Hunt.

  • 40. 10!

    Aug 20 2020

    Jeremy celebrates Rasa's 10th birthday in binary. Rasa answers a vexing question about community in time of COVID-19. In between, they discuss "The Morning Walk" by A. A. Milne.

  • 39. Budgets!

    Aug 18 2020

    Special guest Mom makes budgets exciting. Rasa and Jeremy answer a vexing question about pants. In between, they all discuss "Small Kindnesses" by Danusha Laméris.

  • 38. Seeds!

    Aug 13 2020

    Rasa and special guest Grandma teach a parent-approved way to play with your food. Jeremy answers a vexing question about country names. In between, they all discuss "Our Grandma Kissed a Pumpkin" by Darren Sardelli.

  • 37. Personal!

    Aug 11 2020

    Jeremy shares a self-reflection insight from special guest Grandpa, who asks Rasa a vexing question about soap bubbles. In between, they all discuss "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou.

  • 36. Toys!

    Aug 06 2020

    Rasa explains why toys can be disappointing. Jeremy shares a vexing question about slugs. In between, they discuss Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare.

  • 35. Pizza!

    Aug 04 2020

    Jeremy teaches Rasa how to compare pizza sizes. Rasa asks a vexing question about hair. In between, they discuss "Once" by Philip Schaefer.

  • 34. Babysitting!

    Jul 30 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to be a good babysitter. Jeremy asks a vexing question about the Earth and Sun. In between, they discuss "If I Lived in That House" by Joseph McGeshick.

  • 33. Dough!

    Jul 28 2020

    Jeremy shares a tasty way to make friends. Rasa asks a vexing question about handwashing. In between, they discuss "Alexa" by Jennifer Finley. Dough: 1 teaspoon yeast 1½ cups warm water 2 tablespoons olive oil 1½ teaspoons salt 4 cups flour

  • 32. Boredom!

    Jul 23 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy the benefits of boredom. Jeremy asks a vexing question about cats and dogs. In between, they discuss "A Poet in New York" by Charles Bukowksi.

  • 31. Oppression!

    Jul 21 2020

    Jeremy outlines the cycle of oppression. Rasa asks a vexing question about bike helmets. In between, they discuss an excerpt from "Rainstem & Gravelcloud" by Rob Schlegel.

  • 30. Backstage!

    Jul 16 2020

    Rasa makes the case for maintaining your illusions. Jeremy asks a vexing question about women's suffrage. In between, they discuss "Elk Thirst" by Heather Cahoon.

  • 29. Marketing!

    Jul 14 2020

    Jeremy teaches Rasa how to make a fortune in lemonade. Rasa asks a vexing question about caffeine. In between, they discuss "my gmail makes you laugh so hard" by Diana Salier.

  • 28. Perspective!

    Jul 09 2020

    Rasa gets cubical. Jeremy asks a vexing question about dandelions. In between, they discuss "Like the Sun Down There" by C. D. Wright.

  • 27. Memorizing!

    Jul 07 2020

    Jeremy makes the case for memorization. Rasa asks a vexing question about wrinkles. In between, they discuss "Roots" by Gary Snyder.

  • 26. Sewing!

    Jul 02 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to sew. Jeremy asks a vexing question about the oldest living thing. In between, they discuss "The Coming of Light" by Mark Strand.

  • 25. Cousins!

    Jun 30 2020

    Jeremy connects chocolate chip cookies and potato chips. Rasa asks a vexing question about skin. In between, they discuss "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth.

  • 24. Climbing!

    Jun 25 2020

    Rasa celebrates climbing. Jeremy asks a vexing question about ancient Athens. In between, they discuss "Eggtooth" by Sarah Vap.

  • 23. Sk8r!

    Jun 23 2020

    Jeremy extols an example of great storytelling. Rasa asks a vexing question about pencils. In between, they discuss "Surfer at Wellfleet" by Miriam Levine.

  • 22. Series!

    Jun 18 2020

    Rasa shares a theory about book series. Jeremy asks a vexing question about smelling flowers. In between, they discuss "Poem Written from a Single Snapshot" by Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.

  • 21. Pronunciation!

    Jun 16 2020

    Jeremy passes on a pronunciation lesson. Rasa asks a vexing question about waterproofing. In between, they discuss "The Emigrant Irish" by Eavan Boland.

  • 20. Nothing!

    Jun 11 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to make something out of nothing. Jeremy shares a vexing question about Internet research. In between, they discuss "Nantucket" by William Carlos Williams.

  • 19. Logic!

    Jun 09 2020

    Jeremy and Rasa step through a logic lesson. Rasa shares a vexing question about vacuum cleaners. In between, they discuss "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats.

  • 18. Napkins!

    Jun 04 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy about the life-changing magic of napkin rings. Jeremy shares a vexing question about traffic lights. In between, they discuss "Love Like Salt" by Lisel Mueller.

  • 17. Puppies!

    Jun 02 2020

    Jeremy shares a lesson about puppies. Rasa offers a vexing question about tendrils. In between, they discuss "A Blessing" by James Wright.

  • 16. Characters!

    May 28 2020

    Rasa compares reading a book and getting to know people. Jeremy shares a vexing question about pepper. In between, they discuss "New York Tulips" by Eileen Myles.

  • 15. Complaining!

    May 26 2020

    Jeremy shares a new way to understand complaining. Rasa asks a vexing question about shadows. In between, they discuss "Breather" by Paul Muldoon. "The Art of Hand Shadows": https://bookshop.org/books/art-of-hand-shadows-revised/9780486418766

  • 14. Braids!

    May 21 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to braid hair. Jeremy shares a vexing question about architecture. In between, they discuss "Clouds" by Ellen Welcker.

  • 13. Slotting!

    May 19 2020

    Jeremy and Rasa teach together about slotting. Rasa asks a vexing question about blood. In between, they discuss "Different voices, one sentence" by Marge Piercy.

  • 12. Details!

    May 14 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy the power of details. Jeremy shares a vexing question about recycling. In between, they discuss "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver.

  • 11. Denizens!

    May 12 2020

    Jeremy teaches Rasa about denizens. Rasa asks a vexing question about muscles. In between, they discuss "My Muse" by Stevie Smith.

  • 10. Fidgeting!

    May 07 2020

    Rasa makes the case for fidgeting. Jeremy asks a vexing question about birth. In between, they discuss "The Owl and the Lightning" by Martín Espada.

  • 9. Doubling!

    May 05 2020

    Jeremy teaches Rasa how to be twice as good at anything. Rasa asks a vexing question about metals. In between, they discuss "Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

  • 8. Lattes!

    Apr 30 2020

    Rasa connects lattes and aliens. Jeremy asks a vexing question about lemmings. In between, they discuss a spring haiku by Koshu.

  • 7. Traffic!

    Apr 28 2020

    Jeremy shares an insight about traffic. Rasa asks a vexing question about jigsaw puzzles. In between, they discuss "The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Brooks.

  • 6. Notes!

    Apr 23 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to leave a note. Jeremy asks a vexing question about being nice to yourself. In between, they discuss "Recuerdo" by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

  • 5. Cups!

    Apr 21 2020

    Jeremy shares a lesson about difficult conversations. Rasa asks a vexing question about headaches. In between, they discuss "Ode to My Socks" by Pablo Neruda.

  • 4. Slime!

    Apr 16 2020

    Rasa teaches Jeremy how to make something squishy. Jeremy asks a vexing question about clouds. In between, they discuss "Manners" by Elizabeth Bishop.

  • 3. Recipes!

    Apr 14 2020

    Jeremy shares a theory about cooking. Rasa asks a vexing question about social distancing. In between, they discuss "When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be" by John Keats.

  • 2. Lollipops!

    Apr 09 2020

    Rasa shares a lesson about lollipops. Jeremy asks a vexing question about Netflix. In between, they discuss "A word is dead" by Emily Dickinson.

  • 1. Disaster!

    Apr 07 2020

    Jeremy shares a theory about relationships. Rasa asks a vexing question about color. In between, they discuss "The Secret Sits" by Robert Frost.

  • Introducing...You Must Know Everything

    Apr 07 2020

    "You Must Know Everything" is a parent-child podcast about slime, wrinkles, pronunciation, lollipops, traffic, aliens, fidgeting, how to be twice as good at anything, and all the other stuff they don’t quite ever get to at school. Hosted by nine-year-old Rasa Smith and journalist Jeremy N. Smith. http://youmustknoweverything.com