Categorical Oracle

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Categorical Oracle is a comedy podcast that pits three brave librarians against the rampant disorder of the modern world. Every other week your hosts apply the combined might of their organizational skills to a new topic in their never-ending quest to make things make sense. Join them as they unpack… read more

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Hills We Will Die On

August 19th, 2019


The Oracles love a good debate and understand that in many situations
compromise is essential to success…but not all. Join us as we try to bring
a bit of order to weird things we feel are worth fighting for in “Hills We

Oh the Places You'll Go

August 5th, 2019


Stuck in a dead-end gig? Looking for your first real job? Feeling

Don’t fret friends, we’ve all been there, Oracles included! Join us on our
latest episode as we examine and categorize some high, and low …

GOOP Products

July 22nd, 2019


Beat the heat with the Oracles as they take a look at some classic ice
cream truck treats

Hot Takes on Cool Treats: Ice Cream Truck Edition

July 8th, 2019


Beat the heat with the Oracles as they take a look at some classic ice
cream truck treats

Pure Moods pt. 2

June 24th, 2019


The epic journey concludes on Pure Moods, part 2

Pure Moods pt. 1

June 10th, 2019


Sail away with us on the first half of a journey through the soundtrack to 90s suburban relaxation, Pure Moods

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CO Archives: Subversive Summer Reading

May 27th, 2019


Welcome summer with a CO Classic, Subversive Summer Reading

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Potluck of Potlucks

May 13th, 2019


Join the Oracles as they explore the first generation of Beanie Babies and
engage in some Presidentially themed animal marketing

The First 10 Beanie Babies

April 29th, 2019


Join the Oracles as they explore the first generation of Beanie Babies and
engage in some Presidentially themed animal marketing

CO Archive: Great Lakes Tourist Traps

April 15th, 2019


2 out of 3 Oracles are currently on vacation, so in the spirit of getting away from it all we figured we’d revisit one of our favorite eps, Great Lakes Tourist Traps

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Real Monuments to Fictional Characters

April 1st, 2019


History is full of great figures who’ve made an impact on the lives of
people, and public parks are full of statues made to honor them.

While some of …

Power Rangers Knock Offs

March 18th, 2019


Once in a lifetime something truly original is made by combining existing
clips from a Japanese TV show with new footage of attractive people doing

Second Sight

March 4th, 2019


Categorical Oracle is entering its dirty thirties and to celebrate the
Oracles are flipping the formula and taking a look back at what could’ve
been …

ep 29: Romance Novel Covers

February 18th, 2019


The Oracle’s are back from their holiday hiatus! if that doesn’t get you
excited then maybe these spicy romance novel covers will (wink wink)

ep 28: B-List Christmas Specials

December 24th, 2018


You know Frosty, and Rudolph, and A Claymation Christmas. The Miser Bros,
Charlie Brown, and of the Grinch’s plan that was vicious. But do you

ep 27: Must Have Holiday Toys

December 11th, 2018


Holiday episode season continues as the Oracles sort out the must have
holiday toys of Andrew’s childhood

ep 26: Weird Celebrity Diets

November 26th, 2018


Did you go a little hard on the turkey and potatoes this Thanksgiving?
Looking to shed some of that holiday weight and willing to take all of the
joy …

ep 25: Thanksgiving Potluck II - The Unthankful

November 12th, 2018


Holiday traditions are important, so pull up a seat at the table and join
the Oracles for our second annual Thanksgiving Potluck. This year’s theme,

ep 24: Haunted Objects

October 29th, 2018


Hey, are you thinking about taking a picture of that creepy doll in the
corner? BIG MISTAKE! instead of throwing your life away, how about you
settle …

ep 23: Conspiracy Theories

October 15th, 2018


Bust out those tin-foil hats sheeple, in honor of this, the spookiest month, the Oracles are taking on one of their most terrifying topics yet, Conspiracy Theories.

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ep 22: Fictional Kellys

September 30th, 2018

What do Mindy Kaling, Jaclyn Smith, and Liam Kyle Sullivan all have in common? Basically nothing, beyond leaving an indelible mark on pop culture by …

ep 21: Mythical Lake Monsters of North America

September 16th, 2018


The Oracles might just need a bigger boat this time around as they tour some of North America’s most dangerous lakes and discuss the savage creatures that inhabit them.

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ep 20: Great Lakes Tourist Traps

September 3rd, 2018

The Oracles are back from their summer vacation and are ready to show off their crustaches and opinions of the best tourist traps the midwest has to offer

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ep 19: Subversive Summer Reading

June 18th, 2018


This week the Oracles are adding “overachievers” to their many titles and accolades by knocking out their summer reading lists early. However don’t …

ep 17: Summer Jams 2

May 21st, 2018


Summer is finally upon us and to celebrate we're letting loose a previously unreleased follow-up to that CO classic Summer Jams, aptly titled Summer …

ep 16: Misused Quotes

May 7th, 2018


"Hand down one of the best — and classiest — episodes of the show to date. You won't want to miss it. Ya Boob"

     - Captain Hook

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ep 15: Modern Greek Choruses

April 24th, 2018


Don't you hate it when you're watching a movie and don't know how to feel? Lucky for you, the ancient greeks felt the same way and came up with a …

ep: 14 Fictional Places to Get a Cup of Coffee

April 8th, 2018


Feeling sluggish, do you long for the company of good friends? Well pull up a chair at the Oracles' table and wrap your hand around a warm mug as we …

ep 13: illegitimate Children of Zeus

March 25th, 2018


On our latest episode, the Oracles bravely laugh in the face of the fates by taking a look at children of one of mythology's greatest cads, Zeus. …

ep 12: Go to Products in Supermarket Sweep

March 11th, 2018


Is this one of your fantasies? You see a big beautiful supermarket and they say "go ahead, do what you've always wanted to do! Make terrible …

ep 11: Awkward Oscar Moments

February 26th, 2018


What a night folks! Hollywood’s greatest stars, both human and cardboard, are out and breathlessly awaiting the arrival of this week’s episode — and …

ep 10: Retired Conversation Heart Quotes

February 12th, 2018


Remember being in elementary school and shifting through an impeccably decorated shoebox only to find impersonal Valentines your classmate gave you …

ep 9: Summer Jams

January 28th, 2018


Winter bringing you down? Throw off your snowshoes. pop on your sandals, and join the Oracles as they take a look back at the most popular summer …

ep 8: Cults

January 15th, 2018


On this weeks episode, the Oracles have turned their eyes on some of America's most notorious cults and encourage all CO listeners to have a happy, …

ep 6: Pop X-Mas Songs

December 10th, 2017


Hello-ho-ho faithful listeners and welcome to the first annual Categorical Oracle holiday episode. This week, we three oracles have traveled far to …

ep 4: Fan Theories

November 13th, 2017


This week Kelly has trawled the depths of fan theory message boards and has delivered a net full of flimsy connections, shaky reasoning, and soggy …

ep 3: Halloween Candy

October 30th, 2017


Sit back boys and ghouls and sate your sweet tooth (fang) as Mary, Kelly,
and Andrew take you on a sugar-soaked odyssey through everyone's favorite

ep 2: 90s Sitcom Intros

October 30th, 2017


We’re shamelessly cashing in on the Buzzfeed-laced nostalgia craze and
digging into classic 90s sitcom intros. These multimedia “handshakes” take
us …

ep 1: U.S. State Flags

October 30th, 2017


 Mary, Kelly and, Andrew are bashing sacrificial bottles of champagne over
the bow of the SS Categorical Oracle and launching into the choppy seas of

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