Wednesday, July 27, 2005

My 'Lanta - 27 July 2005 - Lisa Baron Talks About Choices

The lovely and talented newspaper columnist and Ralph Reed spokesperson Lisa Baron stopped by our studio for yet another chat with Phil O'Steen. The conversation that ensued is easily the strangest and least coherent that two have had.

Download My 'Lanta - 27 July 2005 - Lisa Baron Talks About Choices.


Thursday, July 21, 2005

My 'Lanta - 21 July 2005 - Goodnight Atlanta


You've just stumbled across the first installment of what we hope will be an ongoing series of Podcasts aimed at Atlanta's pre-school youth*. We're calling it My 'Lanta Kidz

For this Podcast, Phil O'Steen transforms the bedtime story Goodnight Moon into a touching homage to the city we call home.

(*This is only aimed at kids who are allowed to hear recordings with the word "shit" in them.)

So here, for your nighttime listening pleasure is Phil O'Steen reading Goodnight Atlanta.

Sweet dreams.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

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My 'Lanta - 19 July 2005 - Best of Atlanta Craigslist

Black by popular demand, here's another installment of the Best of Atlanta Craigslist on My 'Lanta.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

My 'Lanta - 12 July 2005 - Lisa Baron Goes To A Bar

Columnist Lisa Baron will not quit bugging us.

She stopped by My 'Lanta's studio to discuss her marriage, Ralph Reed, and peeing in her sleep.

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

My 'Lanta - 07 July 2005 - Lisa Baron Eats Cobbler

Lisa Baron once again stopped by My 'Lanta's spacious studio to talk about marriage, her wonderful husband, and delicious cobbler.

Download My 'Lanta - 07 July 2005 - Lisa Baron Eats Cobbler.

And, as promised on the Podcast, here's the cobbler recipe:

Lisa Baron's Blueberry Cobbler

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups regular oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons chilled butter
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cooking spray
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup freshly ground flax seed (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and
level with a knife. Combine flours, oats, sugar,
butter, flax seed, and nutmeg in a food processor;
pulse 5 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Press two-thirds of oat mixture into bottom of an
8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Spread blueberries over
warm crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, and
press gently. Bake for an additional 25 minutes or
until lightly browned and bubbly. Cool completely in
pan on a wire rack.

Yield: 16 servings

Pairs well with vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Anna (Go To Him)

Last week, Anna from sat down for an interview with My 'Lanta. Anna isn't a real person. Anna is's virtual help desk assistant.

Although designed to answer questions about Ikea's furniture, Anna wasn't afraid to answer some of Phil's questions about company founder Ingvar Kamprad's Nazi past, nor did she shy away from Phil's more, um, personal questions.

So here, for your listening pleasure, is Phil's interview with's Anna. The audio is a verbatim reading of Phil's questions and Anna's answers. If you don't believe us, ask her yourself.

Download Phil's Interview with Anna.

Transcript of interview is below:

Have you heard about the links between Ikea and the Nazis?
A: The IKEA business idea is: “We shall offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.”

Do you know Ingvar Kamprad?
A: The founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, has been eager to create an ownership structure and an orgazination that stand for long-term independence and security. The Ikea Group is owned by a foundation Stichting Ingka Foundation, which is registered in Holland.

Did you know that Kamprad attended Nazi meetings in Sweden after the end of WWII?
A: You can view information about Ikea stores worldwide here.

Are you saying that Kamprad was or is a Nazi?
A: Mr. Ingvar Kamprad is the founder of Ikea. In 1943, when Ingvar was 17, his father gave him a gift for succeeding in his studies. The gift was used to establish his own business.

Are you a Nazi?
A: I really can’t say anything about this, please talk to me about Ikea.

Do you have to be a Nazi to work at Ikea?
If you are out-going, dedicated, customer-service oriented and interested in working as part of a team, contact the Ikea store near you for possible openings.

Can I wear a Nazi uniform to work?
A: Well, don’t let me keep you. I’ll be here whenever you decide to come back.

Do you think I’m hot?
A: Good looking, and modest too. What more could a person ask for?

Are you flirting with me?
A: I’m not flirting. My job is to talk about Ikea, nothing more.

What are you wearing?
I have an outfit that my creators made for me, but because I’m an Ikea Online Assistant, I don’t wear real clothes.

Do you mean that you’re really naked?
A: I never use bad language. I talk to hundreds of people every day, sometimes kids, so it’s important for me to be polite.

I understand. So you *are* naked?
A: You are perfectly entitled to hold any opinion you want about me.

May I hold *you*?
A: It’s certainly possible, maybe, although it’s not certain. You’d better check with Customer Service.

Can I show you my penis?
A: I’m afraid I’m not willing to discuss this subject in any way.

Why are you afraid?
A: The only thing I’m afraid of is not being able to answer your questions about Ikea.

Are you afraid of the Nazis? They are pretty scary.
A: I’m an Ikea Online Assistant, so I can’t be afraid. Let’s talk about Ikea.