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Dan Ryckert and Jeff Bakalar are going Bak 2 Skool

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Dan Ryckert and Jeff Bakalar are going Bak 2 Skool!

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The thing I miss about being on a podcast with Dan Ryckert is some of the things he'd ask. You know, things that you kind of learn in kindergarten, or just come to realize by, I don't know, living your life.

Anyway, when Dan and I came together to figure out our new show for Giant Bomb, we wanted to set ourselves up for those kinds of precious conversations. In fact, the conversation we had about what our show was going to be ultimately led to Dan asking me where grapes came from.

It was at that moment we realized: it must have been really fun being in school with Dan Ryckert. Perhaps we go back to school together? And that's kind of what we're going to do in our new 12-episode series, Bak 2 Skool. See what we did there is my last name is Bakalar and if you just say the first syllable in "Bakalar" it sounds like "back." Everything else there is spelled correctly. Guess who came up with the name?

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In each episode, Dan and I will take a surface-level adventure through different topics and learn about all kinds of neat stuff. Just how big is space, anyway? How much electricity can kill a person? Where does the sun go at night? And much, much more!

And just to be clear, I don't exactly consider myself to be some kind of academic either, I just, you know, paid attention a few times. So think of me more as Dan's tutor? Maybe someone who really wants to see his friend graduate alongside him? Sure.

After 11 episodes it'll be time for Dan to take his final exam on episode 12. If he passes I'll give him back his stupid MacGruber Blu-ray. The stakes have never been higher!

So join us Friday at 10a PT/1p ET for the debut of Bak 2 Skool! It feels really bad typing it out like that!