Too Much Information

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'Too Much Information' is a new iHeartRadio podcast that gives you the secret history, behind-the-scenes details and little-known fascinating facts about your favorite movies, music, TV shows and more. The series is brought to you by two trivia titans with too much free time. Jordan Runtagh and Alex Heigl are big-time pop culture nerds and longtime listicle writers who've worked at Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, VH1, and Page Six. Now they're let off the leash and ready to dive deep into a different beloved entertainment classic three times a week. Get ready for everything you never knew about 'Rugrats,' 'Hook,' "Dancing Queen," Sonic the Hedgehog, 'Jeopardy,' 'Top Gun,' 'Jagged Little Pill'...The list goes on, and so will these guys. But in a good way. Promise. 

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Jerry Maguire
With 'Top Gun' Fever in the air, Jordan and Alex take a look at a different kind of Tom Cruise classic. They talk about how Cuba Gooding Jr got naked during his audition, the true origin of the phrase "Show me the money," and why Cameron Crowe went through way more humiliation than anyone should endure in order to make this film. They'll also explore how adorable Ray grew up to become an MMA fighter and discuss whether the human head really does weigh eight pounds.  See for privacy information.
May 23, 2022
Air Force One
Jordan and Alex get Presidential with their look at the ‘90s aero-thriller. They’ll uncover how Harrison Ford sweet-talked Bill Clinton into giving him a tour of the real Air Force One, how the prop plane nearly caused a scary real-life military incident, and how the movie delayed the release of James Cameron’s ‘Titanic.’ They’ll also dive into Donald Trump’s ardent passion for this film, the rejected score from Randy Newman (yes, the ‘Toy Story’ guy), and Harrison Ford's numerous piloting mishaps — including the time he caused mayhem on the runway of a major airport. Finally, they’ll explain all the ways this terrifying scenario could never happen in real life.  See for privacy information.
May 20, 2022
Blue's Clues
Jordan and Alex settle into their Thinking Chairs to delve into the beloved ‘90s children’s TV classic. They’ll discuss the time Steve crashed a toddler’s ‘Blue’s Clues’-themed birthday party accompanied by a swimsuit model, why the program got props from Malcolm Gladwell, and the show’s weird connection to both Ray Charles and the Flaming Lips. They’ll also explore how show inadvertently gave rise to a generation of smelly, Ralph Lauren-wearing children, and trace the origin of the 'Steve Is Dead' urban legend.  See for privacy information.
May 18, 2022
"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
Alex and Jordan take on the classic rock monolith, sorting through all the Satanism myths and supernatural lore. They’ll delve into the battle to record the famous solo, how it got its premiere in the middle of a war zone, and the drama behind the ‘Wayne’s World’ joke. They’ll also explain why Jimmy Page’s stinginess resulted in “Stairway” being recorded in a dilapidated haunted mansion, how Robert Plant paid a radio station thousands of dollars to stop playing it, and determine whether Phil Collins was to blame for their disastrous performance at Live Aid. See for privacy information.
May 16, 2022
The Osbournes
Alex and Jordan turn their eyes to the pioneering First Family of reality TV. You’ll learn the truth behind the famous flying ham incident, discover all the ways the Osbournes tried to dodge the camera crew when they didn’t want to be filmed, and find out whether it’s medically possible for Ozzy to snort a line of ants. They’ll also explore the family feud with the sister who didn’t want to end up on camera and unpack the drama between Kelly and Christina Aguilera —who later bought the Osbourne family home and turned her old bedroom into a shoe closet. Jordan also shares his weirdly plausible theory of how Jay Leno could have fronted Black Sabbath….(really). See for privacy information.
May 13, 2022
The Spice Girls’ Spice
Jordan and Alex are here to spice up your life by giving you all the behind-the-scenes details about the Spice Girls’ debut. You’ll find out how Mel B stole toilet paper from Nelson Mandela, Emma Bunton nearly died during the “Say You’ll Be There” video shoot, and Geri Halliwell made her iconic Union Jack dress from a dish towel. (Oh yeah, and the time she asked Prince Charles if he had a Prince Albert…) They’ll also dive into Margaret Thatcher’s surprising influence on “Girl Power,” the mystery of The Lost Spice Girl, and the true meaning of “zig-a-zig-ah.” See for privacy information.
May 11, 2022
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Jordan and Alex explore the surprisingly emotional backstory of the iconic ‘90s spy-spoof franchise and run down the extensive list of influences Mike Myers pulled from — ranging from Bond and the Beatles to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. They’ll also describe how Dr. Evil caused a rift between Myers and his ‘Wayne’s World’ costar Dana Carvey, explain which beloved scenes were completely improvised, and outline how the series impacted the future of 007. The tragic story of Random Task actor Joe Son is (almost) offset by the touching fan letter Myers received from George Harrison — the last note the Beatle ever wrote before his death in 2001. Buckle up because these guys are going deep — it’s their favorite movie, baby!  See for privacy information.
May 09, 2022
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On
Alex and Jordan delve into the creation of Marvin Gaye’s magnum opus. Though recently crowned “The Greatest Album of All Time” by Rolling Stone, Motown chief Berry Gordy called it the worst thing he’d ever heard in his life and wanted to toss it on the scrap heap. They’ll explain how Stevie Wonder saved the day, why Gaye nearly abandoned his music career in favor of joining the NFL, and how the song’s iconic sax line came about as a total accident. They’ll also get into Gaye’s unorthodox pre-singing rituals — so take note, vocalists! (On second thought, maybe don’t…)  See for privacy information.
May 06, 2022
Jordan and Alex discuss the Olympics of Trivia on this extra-special “Jeop-isode” of TMI! You’ll find out how Lucille Ball helped get Alex Trebek the hosting gig (and how hash brownies nearly put him out of commission), how the theme tune was written on a Hollywood icon’s piano, and how the writers come up with clues in the first place. The duo will also lift the lid on the show’s finely-honed production process, offer tips on the insane, PTSD-inducing preparation that prospective contestants go through, and reveal whether or not Trebek ever met his SNL Celebrity Jeopardy nemesis Sean Connery in real life. See for privacy information.
May 04, 2022
Beauty and the Beast
Jordan and Alex invite you to be their guest as they revisit the crown jewel of the ‘90s Disney Renaissance. They’ll dive into the original non-musical incarnation before getting into the gut-wrenching backstory behind the legendary songs. They’ll also explain why the animators drew 20 different versions of Gaston’s chest-hair; the strange connection between the Beast, Luke Skywalker and Regis Philbin; and how Disney drew inspiration from The Wizard of Oz for the character of Belle. And, at long last, you’ll learn the truth about the Beast’s rainbow butt.  See for privacy information.
May 02, 2022
Neil Young's Harvest
Alex and Jordan are taking on the gold standard of the '70s singer-songwriter era. You’ll find out how Neil's busted back impacted the sound of the record, which ‘70s icons had secret singing cameos, and how Neil crushed his father’s spirit by divulging the true meaning of the track “Old Man.” They'll also explain how some of the songs created a bit of tension with Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the London Symphony Orchestra. And, of course, they'll explore the true love story at the heart of this record: Neil Young and his barn.  See for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2022
The Royal Tenenbaums
Jordan and Alex dive into everyone’s favorite family of gifted misfits. They’ll talk about the time Anjelica Huston’s hair caught on fire, Mordecai the falcon was held for ransom by a random New Jersey resident, Gwyneth Paltrow’s bowling date with Paul McCartney, and also how Bill Murray had to protect Wes Anderson from being bullied by Gene Hackman. They’ll also take a close look at the fashion, music and typefaces of Anderson’s 2001 classic. See for privacy information.
Apr 27, 2022
Full House
Have MUR-SAY! Jordan and Alex pay tribute to the late great Bob Saget with their deep dive into this classic of the TGIF television lineup — which turns 35 this year! Get ready to learn about John Stamos’ over-the-top Disney collection, the Olsen twins’ experience with baby dentures, and Uncle Joey’s famous flatulence. They’ll also talk about the time the cast filmed a scene pants-less and did '"whippets" on the set. Plus find out why the show’s creator owns one of the most notorious crime-scenes in Hollywood history. And rest assured, there’s lots of stuff about the Beach Boys, too. See for privacy information.
Apr 25, 2022
Lady Marmalade
Alex and Jordan are voulez-vousing their way through the hit that lit up countless dance floors and taught countless dudes the one line of French they'd take with them their entire lives. They'll delve into Patti LaBelle's iconic original, plus the assembly (and feuds) of the pop supergroup that recorded the Aughts version for Baz Luhrmann's epic, 'Moulin Rouge.'  See for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2022
Ocean's 11
Jordan and Alex go deep on Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the classic 1960 Rat Pack heist film. Listen and learn why Brad Pitt ate 40 shrimp, Don Cheadle refused to be credited, and why the original Rat Packers hated this movie. You’ll also learn how the most famous scene was improvised, The Royal Tenenbaums’s made casting a nightmare, and all the ways George Clooney pranked just about everybody.  See for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2022
"Dancing Queen" by Abba
In their ongoing effort to explain why the Swedes are so good at making pop, Alex and Jordan dive into the creation of “Dancing Queen.” (Spoiler: It might involve working their recording engineers to the brink of exhaustion.) They also touch on the lengthy writing process for the song, its long-lost verse, its debut before Scandinavian royalty, why it was banned in New York City, and how it inspired everyone from Blondie and Elvis Costello to Nirvana and MGMT.  See for privacy information.
Apr 18, 2022
The TMI trivia titans turn their sights towards the classic Nick Toon, explaining how the character of Chuckie Finster was inspired by a New Wave rock icon, how the voice of Tommy Pickles recorded an episode between contractions while giving birth, and how the show has ties to the biggest animated show in history: The Simpsons. They’ll also delve into messy legal squabbles that divided the show’s creators for decades — and what finally brought them back together. Get ready for everything you never knew about Rugrats.  See for privacy information.
Apr 18, 2022
Jordan and Alex serve up everything you didn’t know about Steven Spielberg’s beloved sequel to Peter Pan, diving deep into the saga of the on-set pirate wranglers, Dustin Hoffman’s disgusting daily breakfast, and a host of hidden celebrity cameos. They’ll also delve into all the ways that the kid who played Rufio was a real-life badass and all the ways that Robin Williams was (predictably) the best. You’ll find out why Julia Roberts had a miserable time, Michael Jackson placed a curse on the legendary director and Phil Collins got uptight. Most importantly, you’ll discover the true meaning of “bangarang.”  See for privacy information.
Apr 18, 2022
Introducing: Too Much Information
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Apr 08, 2022