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Munch My Benson, the seminal SVU podcast, is the twisted spawn of co-hosts Adam Schwitters and Josh Duggan, celebrating the splendid and often wildly inappropriate lunacy found only on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Each week The Randomizer spits out a new episode, and they dive deep into the heinous murk before rating it in terms of overall quality, guest star performances, the degree to which the episode was problematic (the more, the better), and the depth and breadth of lives ruined ...
 
Whether you're new to the squad or a certified die-hard, NBC's official Law & Order: SVU Podcast is a celebration of the show's 21 years of groundbreaking storytelling. Hosted by Anthony Roman, we're digging deep into TV’s longest-running primetime drama. Every week, you'll go inside the squadroom for behind-the-scenes episode intel from the cast and crew and learn how inspiration for the ripped-from-the-headlines episodes strikes. And that’s not all! We’ll be rolling out radio-style episode ...
 
An award-winning, original, investigative series made by the team behind the acclaimed PBS documentary show, FRONTLINE. From the long and deadly arm of 9/11, to a police shooting in West Virginia with a startling twist, to what life is really like for children living in a Kenyan refugee camp, each episode follows a different reporter through an investigation that sometimes is years in the making. The FRONTLINE Dispatch – because some stories are meant to be heard. Produced at FRONTLINE’s hea ...
 
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At some point, people stopped believing that electing the right leaders and passing the right laws was the most effective way to achieve social change. Since at least the 1970s, people have been rapidly losing faith in government, democracy, big banks, big corporations, organized religion, and other institutions which were thought to help give orde…
 
What happens when a quaint little ripped-from-the-headlines Law and Order: SVU plot becomes a raging storm of insanity that sweeps the nation and leads a ragtag mob of jet ski dealers, realtors, and Neo-Nazi extremists to invade the United States Capitol? Well, the Munchie crew does their level best to answer this question and many many more as the…
 
This is finally the the episode Matt has been waiting for: Dani Beck and Elliott Stabler consummate their relationship, but not in the way he remembered. Aviv and Matt discuss Underbelly from Season 8 of SVU. Tons of connections to The Wire in this week's episode, starring both Michael Kenneth Williams and Julito McCullum. Other digressions include…
 
On this bonus ep Matt and Aviv dive into the mailbag, including a story from acidbase32. Give us a rate and review wherever you get you podcasts, tweet at us @svupodcast (which we cannot stress enough is the official twitter handle of Law and Order SVU, and you can take that to the bank, the blood bank senator!) or for longer and weirder stuff send…
 
On this very special bonus episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review the 1998 bizarre classic Steven Segal Film - The Patriot. Give us a rate and review wherever you get your podcasts, tweet at us @svupodcast (which we cannot stress enough is the official Twitter handle of Law and Order SVU, and you can take that to the bank, the blood bank senat…
 
It may be hard for many of our listeners to believe, but once upon a time US foreign policy could offer glimmers of astonishing humanitarianism, which was the case over the epic career of Robert (Bob) Gersony. While other literary references have framed the actors leading US foreign interventions as "quiet" or "ugly," Gersony's life story offers a …
 
Benson and Stabler think a teen plucked from the river is a Ukrainian sex slave, but learn she's actually a prep school mathematics champion with an abusive father. Attention turns to her class rival (played by Sarah Hyland) who's been awake for days on pills to help her study. We're talking about SVU season 10 episode 12 "Hothouse." Our special gu…
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 8 episode 6 - Infiltrated! The guys come out basically starting a new bit that boy they really explore later in the episode. Matt talks about his two three day weekends and how awful the Super Bowl was, and the guys debate Tom Brady. The guys talk about how they've been in a bit of a…
 
You know things get weird when Adam cops to snagging discarded prosthetic body parts from beside a dumpster, but that’s the journey that “Parts” (S6E22) takes the Munchie Boys on this week. A wildly discordant episode sends us careening from possible psychopathic killer dismembering his victims to the interesting world of the hasidim to body parts …
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 8 episode 5 of SVU - Confrontation! The guys discuss how our l listeners enjoy watching the hosts considering how this is an audio medium. Matt makes a reference to the river of sticks, and the guys discuss the mailbag timeline. Aviv gives a plug to his band Jacob the Horse (check ou…
 
Though "Turmoil" (S11E8) was not the best SVU in the series, this slapped together melange of homoerotic fan service, intra-Stabler household drama, impossible travel times, and substandard professional ethics does provide the Munch My Benson boys with plenty of food for thought: Did Dickie Stabler kill Bin Laden? Just how many bodies did Elliot dr…
 
On this week's bonus episode hosts Aviv and Matt dive into the mailbag, talk politics, and talk about A Christmas Carol. Give us a rate and review wherever fine podcasts are sold, tweet at us @svupodcast (which we cannot stress enough is the official Twitter handle of Law and Order SVU, and you can take that to the bank, the blood bank senator!) or…
 
Since the United States touched base in the Philippines in 1898, the relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. has endured with war and military service forging a continuing but contentious relationship between the two countries. But has it been a productive relationship for both members? While Filipinos have served in the American military…
 
The mother of ten adopted children with special needs is murdered. Lupo and Bernard find she was reluctant to star in the reality show her husband (played by Jim Gaffigan) wanted to do...and next in line is another mom of ten - including septuplets - determined to get the show. Later, Rubirosa gets burned by reality TV. We're talking about Law & Or…
 
Say Uncle!, this week on SVU. The great Jerry Lewis guest stars on kind of a lame duck episode. Aviv likes it more than Matt. The boys discuss Matt's plumming problem, Hilaria Baldwin, and how Jerry Lewis invented video monitors. As always, hit us up on twitter @svupodcast and for longer and weirder stuff, email us at specialviewingunit@gmail.com A…
 
Where to begin with "Web" (S7E21)? Benson isn’t Stabler’s partner and is working in Computer Crimes. You’ve got the most aggressive sexualizing of a minor yet covered in the annals of Munch My Benson with Connor Paolo returning in one of the most insane episodes of SVU imaginable. There’s a shocking bout of TARU brutality. Kids are making mid-six-f…
 
A bonus mailbag episode is blessing your feeds today. Matt and Aviv discuss hysterical dog pregnancy, Bean Dad pt 3, and Omaha Nebraska. As always, hit us up on twitter @svupodcast and for longer and weirder stuff, email us at specialviewingunit@gmail.com Also, check out Aviv's new single, College Party Mixtape at the end of the show. And stream it…
 
It is easy to get very comfortable with our surface-level understanding of history. Most of the time it is generally consistent with the facts, except when it isn't. When it comes to how we regard the notorious regime of Josef Stalin and this particular period of Russian history, there are more than a few areas which have been analyzed and consider…
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 8 episode 3 - Recall! The guys start out the ep attempting the ep in French, and discuss their experience in high school French. They also discover Matt's figure skating nickname would be the French Edge. They also call out that they recorded the ep on inauguration day, and Matt gets…
 
Today's SVU episode ("Hothouse" S10E12) takes some fairly wild turns between drifting bodies, Ukrainian prostitution rings, elite prep schools, and the New Jersey justice system, but somehow Josh and Adam take it even further. We discuss tide charts, the identity of "the rich man's Bryan Brown," the concept of Zugzwang, and the fate of Imre Nagy am…
 
On this month's entry of Steven Segal Sundays hosts Aviv and Matt view and review the Steven Segal classic The Glimmer Man. The guys debate if this is the best Segal movie they've done or the absolute worst. Eventually the guys decide, against Matt's wishes, that they do two more movies before this bonus stream ends. All this and much more. Give us…
 
In every important decision in our lives and in our careers, we are presented with a vast array of information. The ways in which we process, analyze, and rationally make decisions not only reflects what every decisionmaker wishes to see, but also the relative weight of how we expect to achieve realistic outcomes - and often times we miscalculate a…
 
As a special treat, this week, Matt joins Aviv's other podcast "Yeah! I've Seen That!" (@ihaveseenthat) to discuss a movie he's ****definitely**** seen, 2001: A Space Odyssey. What's that distress signal doing out there? And why is Ruby acting so strange? Who left that Star Child on an abandoned ship! All that and more. Subscribe to Yeah! I've Seen…
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 8 episode 2 of SVU - Clock! The guys talk about the reverse Jack disease that Aviv may or may not have. Matt orders the last of the furniture he and Cassie need to finish the apartment. Aviv had a busy day editing a music video for his band Jacob the Horse and realizes he's really ba…
 
Did you ever want to “go from pool girl to cool girl?” Then have we got the episode of SVU for you. “Melancholy Pursuit” (S17E8)—the first Doddsisode in the Munchy canon—is ripped from a headline you never heard of and has a plot you’ll strain to follow, but have no fear because Adam and Josh will unlock its secrets. Why does the cold open have the…
 
On this week's bonus episode hosts Aviv and Matt dive into the mailbag and discuss how Armie Hammer is a cannibal. Give us a rate and review wherever you get your podcasts, tweet at us @svupodcast (which we cannot stress enough is the official Twitter handle of Law and Order Special Victims Unit, and you can take that to the bank, the blood bank se…
 
Joe Biden visits the squad to praise SVU for their work - which includes exonerating a man Fin wrongfully arrested for rape 16 years ago. When he becomes the suspect in a new murder, is it possible all those years of hard time turned an innocent man into a killer? We're marking the peaceful transfer of power with SVU season 18 episode 2 "Making a R…
 
The Biden administration is set to begin as America copes with a chaotic start to the new year: from an insurrection to a second impeachment of President Trump, all while the COVID-19 death toll reaches new heights. Veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team have been chronicling the 2020 presidential election and the ensuing fallout for…
 
What do Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Knicks' great Allan Houston, and legendary Austin corpse defiler Laura Hall have in common? Well, they are but a small taste of the wild series of digressions the Munchie boys take as they review "Choice" (S5E7), an episode of SVU that features a host of recognizable actresses from the past. Small business owners and…
 
Hooray! We begin season 8 with a bang! (Extremely bad pun intended). Matt and Aviv finally discuss the armed insurrection that happened at the capitol on January 6th, but also how it weirdly correlated and diverged from this week's episode: Informed, which involves an entirely different domestic terrorist organization. As always, give us a rate and…
 
In one day, the detectives investigate a murder on lover's lane, a deadly stick-up, a drug shooting, a cold case, and a woman who cuts off her husband's penis. Logan commits police brutality with a bagel and Briscoe just wants to get to the Knicks game. All of this because Michael Moriarty went crazy on the set. We're talking about the classic, for…
 
Well, kids, we’ve got ourselves a very special Barbasode, complete with a super fun headline rip. This week’s episode of SVU? Season 15, Episode 8, “October Surprise.” The inspiration? Anthony Damn Weiner. Needless to say, there is TONS to talk about, like how likely is it that a mayoral candidate’s foot-jobbing side-piece would get shipped off to …
 
On this week's episode host's Aviv and Matt view and review season 7 episode 22 of SVU - Influence! Aviv comes out in front of the ep and gives a heads up this episode was recorded before the armed insurrection of the U.S. capitol in an attempt to permanently install Donald Trump as president of the United States, hence why this topic was not broug…
 
A violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as Congress met to certify Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. The rioters plotted for weeks beforehand on social media, mobilizing around the president's false claims of a stolen election. Who are the forces behind the attack, how did it u…
 
Zephyr Teachout is a renowned US law professor, activist, author, and columnist with an expertise in anti-corruption, but we couldn't help but begin our conversation during this podcast to respond to the shocking events in Washington DC on the 6th of January 2021, when a mob of violent rioters forced their way into Congress. With four people dead, …
 
On this week's episode hosts Matt and Aviv view and review season 7 episode 21 of SVU - Web! The guys, ever the professionals, stumble directly outta the gate on the intro. The hosts determine that in the dynamics Matt would be the Teddy. Matt compares this week's episode to Shark Tank, and the guys discuss how as soon as 2021 hit the world magical…
 
The Munch My Benson Boys dive into yet another Season 3 ep of Law And Order: Special Victims Unit this week with "Execution" (S3E15), which forces us to confront a few disturbing questions: Can necrophilia be mundane? How did people choose a cable TV package in the early/mid 1990s? How much did Kristaps Porzingis break Knicks fans' hearts? And of c…
 
Tucker convinces SVU to help bust cops raping the drunk women they escort home. Cassidy goes undercover to expose the sexual misconduct...and has to do things during the sting that strain his new relationship with Olivia. We're talking about SVU season 15 episode 4* "Internal Affairs." Our guest is Nettie Smith from the Get Wasted on South of Nowhe…
 
For much of China's history, the Communist Party leadership sought to portray the country's experience in World War II as that of a victim of Japan. But now, as China grows much more powerful and influential, the historical memory is also adapting to tell a different story. This week we are joined by Rana Mitter, a professor of history at Oxford Un…
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 7 episode 20 of SVU - Fat! The guys struggle to get outta the gate by discussing the count in. For far longer than they rightfully should. The osts discuss their respective Christmas festivities. Matt tells Aviv how much him saying the word fat stuck in his head. The hosts also discu…
 
The Randomizer spat out “Prodigy” (Season 3, Episode 13), a true gem of an episode of SVU which took Adam and Josh on quite the journey. Michael Pitt playing an apparent future serial killer and doing it spectacularly? Check. Continuing disparagement of van owners that cuts Adam to the bone? Check. Add the brainmelting first appearance of Mike Doyl…
 
Oh hello there! Matt and Aviv are pleased to bring you the last Steven Seagal Sunday of the year: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. What's Katherine Heigl doing there? And Zed from Pulp Fiction? And Eric Bogosian? This movie is nuts. Tune in now, and as always, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us on twitter @SVUPodcast, which …
 
On this special bonus episode in the spirit of the season hosts Matt and Aviv take Die Hard to lift up theater! To those celebrating the season we hope you all stay safe and have a happy holiday! Give us a rate and review wherever you get your podcasts, tweet at us @svupodcast (which we cannot stress is the official Twitter handle of Law and Order …
 
The United States is a country that spent most of its history avoiding interventions, avoiding entanglement in great power politics, content to be isolated looking after their own affairs. Then suddenly, in just the past 75 years, it has become the world's preeminent armed power in a position of global leadership. How did such a dramatic remaking o…
 
On this week's episode hosts Aviv and Matt view and review season 7 episode 19 of SVU - Fault! The guys both are fascinated by birdcam in this weeks episode and debate if this episode is good or not. Aviv still has not hit a series of eps he remembers seeing. The guys present an alternative reality where Aviv doesn't actually exist. All this and mu…
 
Emily Deschanel stars in Season 3 Episode 17 of SVU, Surveillance, which features a web of people who are all dangerously obsessed with the titular Bones star. This leads Josh and Adam down a litany of bizarre and digressive topics including, but not nearly limited to: the works of Julio Cortazar, David Boreanaz's bank account, and, of course, whic…
 
On this weeks episode hosts Aviv and Matt dive into the mailbag and discuss the Will Smith movie Gemini Man. Rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts, tweet at us @svupodcast which we cannot stress enough is the official Twitter handle of Law and Order SVU (and you can take that to the bank, the blood bank senator!) or send us an email spe…
 
Over the past several years, Turkey's relations with both the European Union and the United States have come under strain by factors both internal and external. The complexities of these relationships, in addition to the management of tensions with Russia and the Middle East on numerous fronts are not often clearly understood, even by well informed…
 
Briscoe and Curtis learn a marriage counselor may have been killed in a dispute over an annulment. The Kilpatricks hate each other, but not as much as their divorce attorneys hate each other. McCoy and Ross think Mrs. Kilpatrick's lawyer set up her own client for murder just to win the case. We're talking about L&O season 8 episode 16 "Divorce." Ou…
 
Following the World War I breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Prince Faisal came into Damascus to declare his determination to build a constitutional democracy which would serve as the primary building block of a new sovereign state with guaranteed rights for a pluralistic population. Secular modernizers and Islamic reformers created groundbreaking new …
 
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