Pen Pals with Daniel & Rory

40 EpisodesProduced by Starburns Audio, Daniel Van Kirk, Rory Scovel

Every week, your pen pals Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk respond to the letters you send them on topics ranging from free will to freeway etiquette, from mental health to manatees. Seek advice. Tell a story. Vent. Send a letter. It's your podcast, we just talk about it.

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RE: Tuxas Redux & Romanticizing Endings

March 20th, 2019

1:05:54
Dear Pennies and Pallers,

This week, we take a moment to reflex on the magical time we spent during the Weekend of Tuxas. Then we discuss our tendencies as humans to romanticize the endings of things.

Sincerely,
Your Pen …

RE: 19-Going-On-20 Advice & Theme Parties

March 13th, 2019

49:30
Dear Pennies and Pallers,

This week we field a letter from 19-going-on-20 listener seeking advice, and a then a letter all about themed parties!

Sincerely,
Your Pen Pals Daniel & Rory

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RE: Fetishes & An Affair - Live from Tuxas!

March 6th, 2019

1:47:31
Dear Pennies and Pallers,

It happened. We went to Galveston, Texas to attend the Local Billionaire's ball. Usher may have even talked to Daniel. We were Junior Grand Marshals in the Mardi Gras Parade. And we performed …

RE: The Pigeon Mystery & The Loss of a Coworker

February 27th, 2019

1:02:46
Dear Pennies and Pallers, 

The first letter we read this week recounts a mystery involving dead pigeons, and we try to get to the bottom of it. 

Then …

RE: Having Kids & National Days

February 20th, 2019

58:32
Dear Pennies and Pallers,

This week, Letter 1 brings us questions from Ryan, who is nervous about bringing children into this crazy world of ours.

In …

RE: Mystery in Manhattan & Dumb Things

February 13th, 2019

1:01:05
Dear Pennies and Pallers, 

In response to this week's Letter 1, we try to help a listener solve a weird Airbnb mystery! 

Then for Letter 2, we hear a …

RE: Coffee Shops & Board Game Traditions

February 6th, 2019

45:18
Dear Pallers,

In Letter 1, a listener tells us about a Back to the Future-themed coffee shop, which opens up a larger coffee shop discussion.

In Letter 2, a listener asks about board game traditions. Plus, we learn a new …

RE: A Random Roomie & A Talk with the Boss

January 30th, 2019

53:33
Dear Pallers, 

We start the show off with a big announcement! 

Then in Letter 1, we hear the tale of an uncomfortable roomie situation on a boat in New Zealand. 

For Letter 2, a listener needs some advice on how to talk to …

RE: Grandma & A Big Chunk of Change

January 23rd, 2019

49:18
Dear Pallers,

In Letter 1, a listener tells us about all about their badass Grandma, and also passes along a wedding invite!

For Letter 2, a listener wants to know how to best deal with some newfound wealth.

Sincerely,
Your …

RE: The Weekend of Tuxas & A Graduation Speech

January 16th, 2019

1:02:54
Dear Pallers,

In Letter 1, a listener fulfills one of our wildest dreams by inviting us to hypothetically be in a Mardi Gras parade and attend a black …

RE: Cannibal Questions & The Hydration Challenge

January 9th, 2019

56:59
Dear Pallers,

This week we discuss the August Birthday Curse and read some reviews before diving headfirst into Letter 1, in which a mom tells the tale of her child's cannibal-related queries. 

In Letter 2, a simple …

RE: A Karaoke Proposal & Talking Politics with Dad

January 2nd, 2019

51:24
Dear Pallers,

Happy New Year!

This week, we open with a letter asking for advice about a potential karaoke wedding proposal.

Letter 2 asks for advice …

RE: Ruining Christmas & Dissecting Humor

December 26th, 2018

1:04:35
Dear Pallers,

Happy Holidays!

In Letter 1, a listener wants to know if she is being too dramatic about her sister not visiting for the holidays. Plus, …

RE: Ghost Crisis & Psychedelic Drugs

December 19th, 2018

58:55
Dear Pallers,

This week, we start off with both a Rory Rant Moment and a Rad Rory Moment

In Letter 1, a listener writes in about a series of disturbing, possibly ghostly experiences at camp, and she doesn't know what to …

RE: Calling Dibs & Rushing Ten Yards

December 12th, 2018

54:11
Dear Pallers,

This week, we address a letter about calling dibs on your parking spot during the winter.

Then, in response to Letter 2, we discuss whether we have what it takes to rush ten yards against an NFL team.

RE: Going F2F with Mom & High School Expectations

December 5th, 2018

48:25
Dear Pallers,

In this week's first letter, a listener doesn't know whether to go F2F with her mother, who has a history of being hurtful.

The second …

RE: Balding & Committal

November 28th, 2018

59:53
Dear Pallers,

This week we read a letter from a friend who is balding and isn't sure how to deal with it.

Then, a letter from someone who is unsure about committing to marrying her boyfriend, especially considering her …

RE: Long Distance Love & Addiction

November 21st, 2018

56:25
Dear Pallers,

This week we start things off with a letter from someone who isn't sure what path to take RE their long distance relationship.

Next, a listener is concerned about their friend's drinking, and wants to know …

RE: The Groom's Perspective & Conspiracy Theories

November 14th, 2018

54:47
Dear Pallers,

This week, we start a new tradition by responding to some quick questions that were left in the iTunes reviews! #growtheshow

Then we dive back into the controversial case of the Co-Best Man, but this time …

RE: Millennials & Falling For A Friend

November 7th, 2018

54:39
Dear Pallers,

So much in store for you this week. Before we get to the letters, Rory tells a spooky post-Halloween story about a haunted giraffe figurine.

In Letter 1, a pen pal wonders if the millennials in his workplace …

RE: Ruining A Wedding & Having A Trash-Mouth

October 31st, 2018

52:29
Dearest Pallers,

This week we respond to a pen pal who wants to be the best man at his friend's wedding, and is considering starting some drama at the altar. 

Our second letter is from a boss who's worrying about how he …

RE: Fears & Adult Friending

October 24th, 2018

57:29
Dear Pallers,

This week, we field a letter from a friend about fear. Then after reading the second letter, we chat about how to make friends during …

RE: Communication & Ghosts

October 17th, 2018

56:51
Dear Pallers,

This week Daniel and Rory talk about how to communicate with the people most important to you -- and answer a very important pie question.

Then, since it is almost Halloween after all: a discussion of …

RE: Dating Dad's Drummer & Is She Cheating?

October 10th, 2018

48:00
Dear Pen Pals,

This week, Daniel and Rory jump into a tricky dating situation between a woman and the drummer in her dad's band. Should she tell her …

RE: Sleep Paralysis & Universal Basic Income

October 3rd, 2018

54:25
Dear Pallers,

This week Daniel and Rory talk about their experiences with sleep paralysis in response to Letter 1.  It's a scary phenomenon, but you …

RE: Concerts, Being Stuck, & Worrying - with Reggie Watts

September 26th, 2018

1:01:32
Dear Pen Pals, Big news! For the first time ever, this week we are joined in the studio by our Pen Pal, musican/comedian/actor Reggie Watts!  Rory, Daniel (Vaniel Kaniel), and Reggie respond to letters about their …

RE: Cults & Agoraphobia

September 19th, 2018

46:20
Dear Pallers, This week Daniel and Rory field a letter asking how they would form their own personal cults. Then they respond to a Paller who feels …

RE: Acting Your Age & Family Traditions

September 12th, 2018

48:55

RE: Time Travel & Friendship

September 5th, 2018

49:21
Rory and Daniel catch up on their Twitter polls before jumping into Letter 1, which seeks an answer to the question of time travel. Letter 2 …

RE: Favorites & Comments

August 29th, 2018

49:19
In response to Letter 1, Daniel and Rory answer a question about their favorite things, while laughing all the way to the Cracker Barrel store. In …

RE: Eating & Finding a Partner

August 22nd, 2018

51:44
In Letter 1, Daniel and Rory address questions about what order to eat a meal in, and whether college is supposed to be the best years of your life. …

RE: Cohabitating & Wedding Planning

August 15th, 2018

50:32

RE: Staying Informed & Toxic Relationships

August 8th, 2018

50:40
It's tough out there, but Daniel & Rory are here to talk you through it. This week brings a letter from a friend who says that keeping up with the news is hurting him. Then we have another letter from someone who's …

RE: Golf & Best-Ratio Foods

August 1st, 2018

47:19
This week Rory shares some expert golf advice in response to Letter 1. Here's a hint: start with your putting. Then in Letter 2, Daniel and Rory have …

RE: Dog Poop & Karmic Crustaceans

July 25th, 2018

47:41
Letter 1 brings us a housetraining dilemma, and Rory drops some breaking news about his family dog. In Letter 2, Daniel and Rory wade into a …

RE: Chasing Your Dreams & Choosing Your Cookies

July 18th, 2018

43:37
Daniel and Rory start off Episode 2 with a letter from Jennifer, a former Californian and current owner of an indeterminate quantity of ducks, who is seeking guidance in the pursuit of her comedy dreams as she nears her …

RE: An Unsolved Bank Robbery & Free Will

July 11th, 2018

49:33
For Episode 1 of Pen Pals, Daniel and Rory delve into  the mysterious unsolved case of the Hole in the Ground Gang. Who were they? How did they do …

Teaser 3 - RE: A Nipple Conundrum

July 4th, 2018

14:00

Teaser 2 - RE: Taking Time to Work on Yourself

June 27th, 2018

18:44
Daniel and Rory respond to a letter from a writer named Junior who's facing a difficult choice: hold the status quo with a great job and girlfriend …

Teaser 1 - RE: Self Love

June 18th, 2018

16:25
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