What's That Smell?

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Once Upon an Unprecedented Collective

October 19, 2021

Performance anxiety for all! This week, hosts of the MandCave podcast on TruStory FM, Mandy Kaplan and Mandy Fabian, join us to talk about nerves, shakes, and gastrointestinal distress that comes with being a professional performer.

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The Episodes of Season Six

Once Upon an Unprecedented Collective

Oct 19, 2021

Performance anxiety for all! This week, hosts of the MandCave podcast on TruStory FM, Mandy Kaplan and Mandy Fabian, join us to talk about nerves, shakes, and gastrointestinal distress that comes with being a professional performer.


Once Upon a Framework Inflammation

Oct 12, 2021

The smell of fear, addressing meat on bones, the underground town down under, and the brand new What’s That Smell? Patent-pending IN-FLAMMO-XIETY this week on the show!


Once Upon a Heavy Gullet

Oct 5, 2021

Nicknames. Please use responsibly. Also, Tom talks swallowing and Pete helps a listener with a special kind of heaviness.


Bonus Episode! Once Upon a REDACTEDSauce Rebroadcast

Sep 28, 2021

No one asked for it… except the sauces. This week on the show, Pete and Tom deign to dip.


Once Upon a Doodle Crash

Sep 21, 2021

This week on the show, we finally have our playlist act together. Plus, a listener submission emoji emergency, sugar lows, and the once and possibly future Russo-Pepsi sea force.


Once Upon a Buoyant Voyager

Sep 14, 2021

Pete gives the crypto-creep update, Tom plays the pilot in Catch Him If You Can, and we take on a listener submission that might just have us bouncing around the waves for days.


Once Upon an Integer Bequethal

Sep 7, 2021

Nose spray for social anxiety? Get ready for it. Also, we’re taking on the anxieties we leave for our descendants and the number 13.


Once Upon a Proficient Assistance

Aug 30, 2021

Pete asks how YOU funny, Tom fears his lost handiness, and a dear listener has a lesson for us on trauma and restaurant service.


Welcome to First Citiwide Bank of Anxiety

Aug 17, 2021

At First Citiwide Bank of Anxiety, we live… where you live

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WTS: Season 5

Tommy and Pete lean into the delicious metaphorical anxiety sauce that drenches their lives, and some literal sauces, too.

In season 5, Pete and Tommy face bugs, eat stuff, and are generally sorry about all of it, even the stuff you send in to the show.

The Episodes of Season Five

The What’s That Smell? Special Episode #3: The Shakey’s Solution

Jun 5, 2021

Most of this episode is about restaurants that have damaged us in some way. Some of the episode is about Broadway, high school, and cave panic.


The What’s That Smell? Special Episode #2: We’re Still Doing This?

May 11, 2021

Tommy revels in our upcycled food future … especially the bugs! Plus, masks make you invisible (no, they don’t), injection panic, and big doors.


The Riddle of the What’s That Smell? Saucetacular! • Member Episode

Apr 6, 2021

No one asked for it… except the sauces. This week on the show, Pete and Tom deign to dip.


The Riddle of the Chronic Gnasher

Mar 2, 2021

AI lookin’ out for us. Pete helps a listener feel free in the chair while Tommy is on the hunt for Dr. Puff-n-stuff.


The Riddle of the Microbial Seizure

Feb 23, 2021

Clean your glasses. Watch out for the ghouls under your bed. Stay out of the metropolitan water delivery business


The Riddle of the Lookalike Disposition

Feb 16, 2021

Kickstart your back-ups, Sheriff Woody is loose. Tommy’s terrified of Little Tommy 2 while Pete should just give up and stop wearing pants to meetings.


The Riddle of the Jilted Rejoinder

Feb 9, 2021

Don’t drive while listening to this episode. Also, Tommy helps a listener get back … at everyone … at once. And Pete just hopes this will never, ever, ever end.


The Riddle of the Scanned Encumberance

Feb 2, 2021

Introducing Shocktato. Also, Tommy struggles with tube time overload and Pete finds solace in escape.


The Riddle of the Earmark Fixation

Jan 26, 2021

Pete uses his big brain to think again… and again and again while Tommy fights for the right to recline.


The Riddle of the Rueful Stratagem

Jan 19, 2021

Pete helps a listener find a friend in time while Tommy is generally sorry.


The Riddle of the House-trained Gambol

Jan 12, 2021

Pete expounds on the long-running perils of railroad tie tag while Tommy and Foster come to a pandemic impasse.


The Riddle of the Fellowship Mainframe

Jan 5, 2021

Pete chronicles the perils of feeling anything at all while Tommy exercises his inner Lawnmower Man daemons.


The Riddle of the Magpie Dissertation

Dec 29, 2020

Bumble snoozes, the pen leads to the darkest nights of the soul, and exercises in poor storage.


The Riddle of the Acceleration Gig

Dec 22, 2020

Are there are more villainous creepies than hornets? Pete fights the purge while Tom winces at the wheel.


The Riddle of the Volition Faux Pas

Dec 15, 2020

Surprising no one, we have pandemic body issues. Plus, social anxiety… and a little dose of a listener’s struggles to choose… or do we?


Welcome to Anxiemart • The What’s That Smell? Season 5 Trailer

Nov 23, 2020

Pandemic. Politics. WAP. Just when we thought we were out of anxieties to unpack, 2020 happened.

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WTS: Season 4

Tommy and Pete dive into the bureaucracy that underpins the anxiety industrial complex.

In season 4, Pete and Tommy invent new words, ditch dining out, and once again face the down-there fears that plague them ... and their listeners.

The Episodes of Season Four

The Dilly-Dally Podcast Report

Jan 13, 2020

Pete and Tom help a listener approach the long, dark path of apathy, and then cut open their inner podcaster.


The Toppling Trainwreck Report

Jan 6, 2020

Tommy finds joy hidden in the joy disguised as joy masquerading as trauma while Pete helps a listener with gravity … again.


The Transcendental Tip Report

Dec 30, 2019

Pete embraces the long-cut while Tommy helps a listener keep the silver cord tight.


The Staggering Stockade Report

Dec 23, 2019

Tommy channels an otter prison while Pete helps a listener with gravity.


The Schooner Tycoon Report

Dec 16, 2019

Pete faces an industrialist nightmare while Tommy helps a listener move beyond buoyant butterflies.


The Skittering Deuce Report

Dec 9, 2019

Tommy comes face to face with a new nemesis and responds appropriately, while Pete helps a listener feel better about feeling dirty.


The Galactic Adhesive Report

Dec 2, 2019

Pete finally moves aside and frees a new generation to experience out of this world anxiety while Tommy picks, and picks, and picks.


The Depository Examination Report

Nov 25, 2019

Tommy has prepared a list of places in which it is appropriate to ‘oil oneself up’ while Pete helps a listener to stand face-to-face with their inner Scarecrow.


The Guzzling Endowment Report

Nov 18, 2019

Pete devours an anxiety that should be a test for itself while Tommy helps a listener to see that the grass, sometimes, isn’t always greener.


The Curly Chamber Report

Nov 11, 2019

Tommy is on a hunt for fear and isolation and finds it in northern California while Pete helps a listener to maybe not see so much after all.


The Forsaken Dumbwaiter Report

Nov 4, 2019

Pete tries to hug the darkness while Tommy helps a listener find peace in verticality.


The Disrespectful Reconciliation Report

Oct 28, 2019

Tommy yells at people who yell at clouds while Pete helps a listener who has already helped herself. It’s a real gas. Welcome to season four, everybody.

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WTS: Season 3

Tommy and Pete face down the legends of their darkest anxieties... and yours, too.

In season 3, Pete and Tommy unveil the dark truth about their podcasting endeavor, and answer the question of what goes pee in the night.

The Episodes of Season Three

301: The Legend of the Whispering Goaltender

Mar 18, 2019

Tommy explores what his life might have looked like had he fully exercized his mad skillz while Pete hits the dark web and gets blitzed on slime.


302: The Legend of the Invoice Incursion

Mar 25, 2019

Pete explores options for general home protection while Tommy brings lessons in restaurant etiquette on behalf of those cursed as recipients of grand gestures.


303: The Legend of the Zesty Shebang

Apr 1, 2019

Tommy is really in the mood to frolic with no outlet and Pete brings a listener submission that celebrates flamboyance with a cherry on top.


304: The Legend of the Infraction Trap

Apr 8, 2019

Pete’s stuck in the stocks while Tommy hits the city of Los Angeles straight in the selfie.


305: The Legend of the Shadow Trance

Apr 15, 2019

Tommy avoids swinging clocks while Pete helps a young listener own the night.


306: The Legend of the Mealtime Ticker

Apr 22, 2019

Pete goes deep into the anxiety diorama while Tommy helps a listener find a mealtime tribe.


307: The Legend of the Analytical Crater

Apr 29, 2019

Tommy takes to the couch while Pete helps a listener to stay aloft.


The What’s That Smell? Escape Room Anxiety Bonus!

May 2, 2019

Remember that time Pete did the escape room? Tommy did one, and his was a horror-filled nightmarescape. This is his report.


308: The Legend of the Precision Fixation

May 6, 2019

Pete is stuck in the meta-cognitive gap while Tommy saves a listener from sweet, sweet perfection.


309: The Legend of the Modulated Anticipation

May 13, 2019

Tommy attempts peace with his future overlords while Pete helps a listener see peace in ghosting the e-anxiety.


310: The Legend of the Obfuscated Riposte

May 20, 2019

Pete is here to remind you that if you’re not feeling good about the world, you’re feeling bad about it, while Tommy has plans to strip silence from your future conversations.


311: The Legend of the Claptrap Capitulation

May 27, 2019

Tommy faces the challenge of words falling from his face while Pete stares gently into the fog of the unknown.


312: The Legend of the Hat Tap

Jun 3, 2019

This week, Pete and Tommy bring you the round-robin, rapid fire anxiety draft you didn’t know you’ve been waiting for all your life.

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WTS: Season 2

Tommy and Pete take on the greatest mysteries of the universe

In season 2, the crew takes on new anxieties and welcomes submissions from voices of the world in this follow-up to their "hit" first season.

The Episodes of Season Two

201: The Case of the 😜 💳 💵

Sep 3, 2018

Tommy looks inside himself and finds his inner 😻 while Pete reminisces about false hope at the bottom of an empty 💰.


202: The Case of the Out-of-Work Virus

Sep 10, 2018

Tommy takes to the trolls while Pete brings a listener challenge and advice for the espionage-minded.


203: The Case of the Cardiac Doodler

Sep 17, 2018

Tommy helps a listener through pesky pen pessimism while Pete builds a strong case for the end of all medical science.


204: The Case of the Derma-Trolley

Sep 24, 2018

Pete’s looking for grime in the dark places while Tommy is in a most perilous race against his own cheeks.


205: The Case of the Jester’s Chops

Oct 1, 2018

Tommy helps a listener navigate pavement in clever new ways while Pete confronts a dark confusion in face of tools for joy.


206: The Case of the Fangspace

Oct 8, 2018

Pete helps a listener (in no way whatsoever) to overcome a personal pestilence while Tommy mourns (in no way whatsoever) the loss of an esteem-maker.


207: The Case of the Manchurian Mathematician

Oct 15, 2018

Tommy helps a listener find the secrets in plain sight while Pete struggles at the blackboard.


208: The Case of the Audited Moniker

Oct 22, 2018

Pete helps a listener with the find peace under the giant thumb of a byzantine system while Tommy struggles to gift the long arm of history with anything more than a list of nouns.


209: The Case of the Elder Contri-BOO-tions!!!

Oct 29, 2018

Tommy digs deep to help a listener distressed with specter-spook while Pete seeks the solution to the generation gap.


210: The Case of the Apocalyptic Valise

Nov 5, 2018

Pete helps a listener tilt into the winds of change while Tommy faces the black depths of his toiletry kit.


211: The Case of Calamity U.

Nov 12, 2018

Tommy helps a listener through a disturbing case of Neesonitis while Pete struggles to hide from academics bearing heavy books.


212: The Case of the Inedible Venetian

Nov 19, 2018

In this final episode of season 2, Pete seeks safety in the arms of the FDA while Tommy struggles for freedom from the mighty grasp of a waterlogged Italian city.

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What's That Smell?

A sometimes-funny podcast about humans and their anxieties

In our inaugural season, Pete and Tommy explore their anxieties and learn to laugh along the way.

The Episodes of Season One

102: Unwarranted Distress & Administrophobia

Mar 19, 2018

Pete takes an uncomfortable journey inward and Tommy faces the paper monster while on the injured list.


103: Deafening Silence, Buried Deep

Mar 26, 2018

Tommy talks to hush the sound of judgment and Pete prepares for the long rest, prematurely.


104: Imposter, #2

Apr 2, 2018

Pete battles his urge to hide everything he creates. Ironically, so does Tommy. 


105: Pam and the Fashion Police

Apr 9, 2018

Tommy conjures demons of the deep and Pete goes all-in on hemp.


106: They, Robot

Apr 16, 2018

Pete strives to relate to a brave new world. Tommy worries that in that world, we’re all just meat targets. 


107: Whompf! (There Eat Is)

Apr 23, 2018

Tommy visits the darkness and in the process finds Shyamalan while Pete beats his inner child to the Twinkies.


108: Ruff Procedures

Apr 30, 2018

Pete sees someone else’s life flash before his eyes, and Tommy dodges daggers doggedly. 


109: Paula Ticks as Usual

May 7, 2018

Pete pokes the dragon of our own making while Tommy feels the pangs of embarrassment decades in the making.



110: High Jump, No Landing

May 14, 2018

Pete laments the sad shortage of railings in the world, and Tommy’s just sitting there watching the clock… and waiting…


111: Eat Prey Run

May 21, 2018

At long last, Tommy unleashes the swarm while Pete fights to flaunt his … ummm … outer strength?​​​​​​​


112: Your mother says we’re her favorite: A What’s That Smell Retrospective

May 28, 2018

Pete struggles with neuronal navigation, and delightful mother Metz gives us some fantastic updates on a young Tommy’s childhood pee habits.


113: Just in case you forgot us: Best of Season 1

Aug 1, 2018

The dynamic shifts when robots take over the show.