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The Empty Bowl

61 EpisodesProduced by Justin McElroyWebsite

A meditative podcast about cereal from cereal eater Justin McElroy and Cerealously creator Dan Goubert.

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Sixty-One

December 3rd, 2021

46:11

This is the sixty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Cereal Time's Gabe Fonseca subs in for Justin!

Sixty

November 4th, 2021

42:02

This is the sixtieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which it's up to you to decide whether Justin or Dan deserves to be cereal's God Emperor.

Fifty-Nine

October 14th, 2021

35:01

This is the fifty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Krispy Kreme puts swirls on swirls, we ideate the ideal "apple pie toast," and deeply personal sogginess preferences come to light.

Fifty-Eight

September 24th, 2021

33:01

This is the fifty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we praise Chexian geometry, identify ivory entertainment paste, and test Justin's cereal trivia expertise.

Fifty-Seven

September 9th, 2021

33:31

This is the fifty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Peppa meets Pop, Dan guzzles a candle, and Justin transcends dairy.

Fifty-Six

August 19th, 2021

33:01

This is the fifty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Pebbles are beautiful, Bowl Buddies are bountiful, and Dan relives a classroom cereal …

Fifty-Five

August 6th, 2021

34:01

This is the fifty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we greet Halloween's Five Horsemen, get jealous of a Mexico-exclusive cereal, and answer your most outlandish breakfast inquiries.

Fifty-Four

July 15th, 2021

36:49

This is the fifty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which the Addams Family switches teams, Fingos forgoes milk, and purple is the color of our …

Fifty-Three

July 1st, 2021

35:36

This is the fifty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which the Monster Cereals meet Scooby-Doo, Cap'n Crunch respects his chests, and Justin tries an impossibly pink cereal.

Fifty-Two

June 10th, 2021

37:14

This is the fifty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a half-forgotten candy bar materializes, Heroes Embrace Breakfast, and we show John Oliver the meaning of cereal innovation.

Fifty-One

May 21st, 2021

39:23

This is the fifty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Cap'n Crunch crosses the border, we evaluate two potential cereals of the year, and back-of-the-box fun is had by all.

Fifty

April 29th, 2021

33:06

This is the fiftieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Justin scrutinizes the cereal aisle's treat-ification fixation, Dan goes down a Crunchies …

Forty-Nine

April 15th, 2021

42:23

This is the forty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a rightfully discontinued cereal makes a baffling return, Kroger makes a super surprising …

Forty-Eight

March 25th, 2021

36:41

This is the forty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we welcome a marshmallow messiah, peruse pouched cereals, and throwback to Pop-Tarts' greatest goof.

Forty-Seven

March 11th, 2021

31:11

This is the forty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which basketballs get crispy, buttery sheens abound, and Dan visits a new cereal cafe.

Forty-Six

February 12th, 2021

34:05

This is the forty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which an obscure Pop-Tart resurfaces, Dunkaroos flunks out, and we investigate the mystery of a certain lasagna-loving cat's long-lost '80s cereal.

Forty-Five

January 27th, 2021

30:06

This is the forty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we are, all of us, made of stardust and Fruity Pebbles.

Forty-Four

January 2nd, 2021

37:18

This is the forty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we toast 2020's best cereals—and roast its worst.

Forty-Three

December 15th, 2020

36:46

This is the forty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we anticipate a quintuple monster creature feature, reunite with Waffle Crisp, and kick off a divisive new segment.

Forty-Two

November 27th, 2020

26:04

This is the forty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we celebrate Pebbles-giving, explore two cereal trinities, and share what we're thankful …

Forty-One

November 7th, 2020

38:57

This is the forty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which endmilk gets bottled, beignets get dusted, and Cap'n Crunch's sweater gets ugly.

Forty

October 16th, 2020

30:50

This is the fortieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which elves are shelved & syruped, Cocoa Puffs deflate, and Monster Cereals get scary. Real scary.

Thirty-Nine

September 30th, 2020

34:41

This is the thirty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we air our OCP OMGs, go back in time with Golden Grahams, and challenge you to further …

Thirty-Eight

September 3rd, 2020

32:10

This is the thirty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we put cinnamon on cinnamon, dig into two surprisingly good new releases, and give you a heads up on autumn's reigning cereal champs.

Thirty-Seven

August 18th, 2020

36:58

This is the thirty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we run a granulated gauntlet of chocolate, coffee, and cheese.

Thirty-Six

July 29th, 2020

36:54

This is the thirty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we mind our kindness, unseal Chaka's menacing magic, and entertain your least-hinged cereal imaginings. 

Thirty-Five

July 8th, 2020

31:08

This is the thirty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a trilogy of great news saves us from Worse Froot Loops, brings us a Toast Crunch crusher, and regales us with a 16-year-strong tale of savory cereal …

Thirty-Four

June 18th, 2020

29:06

This is the thirty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we lament the loss of both a cartoon kangaroo and a heap of oat flour, before following …

Thirty-Three

May 28th, 2020

36:49

This is the thirty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we learn too much about Minions cologne, drink hot cereal bean juice, and scrutinize …

Thirty-Two

May 14th, 2020

35:51

This is the thirty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we investigate inconsistent cereal ownership, elaborate on cinnamon intricacies, and strain the outer limits of a Pop-Tarts pouch.

Thirty-One

April 30th, 2020

36:52

This is the thirty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Golden Grahams get toasted, Sea Berry Pop-Tarts are unmasked, and your help is sought to …

Thirty

April 15th, 2020

39:54

This is the thirtieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Tony's weak point is exposed, Chex Quest baffles the world, and we host the banana cereal debate to end all banana cereal debates.

Twenty-Nine

April 2nd, 2020

37:21

This is the twenty-ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which a dearly departed friend is spotted south of the border, Dan reveals what cereal has grown on him, and Kellogg's bizarrely toasted history reheats itself.

Twenty-Eight

March 20th, 2020

32:10

This is the twenty-eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which IHOP pops off, Japanese donuts go nuts, and we ideate the best cereal mixes for …

Twenty-Seven

February 27th, 2020

36:34

This is the twenty-seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we stockpile gummy burgers in high volume, explore the surface of Neptune, and …

Twenty-Six

February 12th, 2020

35:45

This is the twenty-sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we defuse risky cereal situations, critique Cinnamon Toast Crunch in varying viscosities, and balance the perfect breakfast.

Twenty-Five

January 30th, 2020

36:18

This is the twenty-fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Dan seizes a 1 in 100 chance, Justin "Toops" McElroy shares the scoop, and we ask you about your secret cereal.

Twenty-Four

January 8th, 2020

45:40

This is the twenty-fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we assess a smörgåsbord of 2020 releases, recap 2019's best, and perform a live smell test of the new decade's most potently aromatic cereal.

Twenty-Three

December 4th, 2019

31:36

This is the twenty-third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we discuss a surreally named fast food development, Dan's biggest 2019 disappointment, and the ideal Scooby-Doo cereal.

Twenty-Two

November 20th, 2019

25:50

This is the twenty-second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we cover a rapid-fire barrage of doughnutty news and flapjackular reviews.

Twenty-One

October 23rd, 2019

31:01

This is the twenty-first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we ocularly evaluate Twinkies Cereal and explore the potion-colored history of Spooky …

Twenty

October 9th, 2019

34:36

This is the twentieth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we say many things about blueberries and consider eating cereal in the monastic tradition.

Nineteen

September 11th, 2019

28:59

This is the nineteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we drool over Golden Grahams Bites and review a cereal that really bites.

Eighteen

August 28th, 2019

33:48

This is the eighteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we call Eggo's bluff and make sacrifices to the strangest cereal mascot ever sculpted.

Seventeen

August 14th, 2019

34:18

This is the seventeenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Lucky saves Rice Krispies Treats and secret cereal recipes are released from the archives. 

Sixteen

July 24th, 2019

34:32

This is the sixteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we eat snickerdoodles out of season and make a possible contribution to cereal history.

Fifteen

July 3rd, 2019

35:26

This is the fifteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we lambast Spider-Man's ridiculous request and see which Mermaid Cereal is the better half.

Fourteen

June 19th, 2019

36:35

This is the fourteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Dan gets duped by an avocado cereal and we weep for the worst thing to happen to cereal in recent memory.

Thirteen

June 5th, 2019

32:16

This is the thirteenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we spotlight our favorite cereal media memories and discuss pillows. So. Many. Pillows.

Twelve

May 22nd, 2019

36:14

This is the twelfth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we demystify Magic Spoon Cereal and compliment Pac-Man's gym shorts.

Eleven

April 10th, 2019

23:31

This is the eleventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Bob Ross comes to breakfast and an underrated gem flies north for the summer.

Ten

March 20th, 2019

28:17

This is the tenth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we reveal the newest Cheerios flavor and conquer King Vitaman's Court of Riddles.

Nine

February 20th, 2019

26:39

This is the ninth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we discuss cereals both meaty and cryptozoological.

Eight

February 6th, 2019

29:51

This is the eighth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we announce an early cereal of the year contender and try to track down a mythical '80s cereal, too.

Seven

January 9th, 2019

22:54

This is the seventh episode of The Empty Bowl, in which things quickly turn sour and we get to the bottom of the whole "bottom of the bag" issue.

Six

December 19th, 2018

24:15

This is the sixth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we tailor our Yuletide offerings to Mr. Clause and yawn over the year's potentially most boring …

Five

November 21st, 2018

29:24

This is the fifth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we taste test redundant Cocoa Puffs and contemplate the ethics of caffeinated cereal.

Four

November 7th, 2018

25:55

This is the fourth episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we consider Pop-Tart peripherals and try some of South Africa's strangest cereal flavors.

Three

October 22nd, 2018

27:17

This is the third episode of The Empty Bowl, in which Justin reveals his hottest Trix take and milk alternatives hit the main stage.

Two

October 3rd, 2018

25:17

This is the second episode of The Empty Bowl, in which pastries return to the breakfast bowl and Dan draws too much attention at Buffalo Wild Wings.

One

September 12th, 2018

23:41

This is the first episode of The Empty Bowl, in which we introduce the world to a meditative podcast about cereal.

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