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Wipersnappers and Fireworks

Season 9, Ep. 12
The Insomnia Project: Lawns, Whippersnappers, and Fireworks, Oh My!

Can the rhythmic whir of a lawnmower and childhood memories of sparklers lull you to sleep? Join Marco Timpano and Amanda Barker as their conversation takes an unexpected turn from yard work (and yes, even a "whippersnapper" reference!) to a dazzling discussion about the best fireworks displays they've ever seen.

This episode, like all episodes of The Insomnia Project, is designed to be both calming and engaging, the perfect companion as you drift off to sleep.

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