1st Quarter 2020
Episode 848, 849

Note: The first episode shown during the First Quarter 2020 was a rerun of #843 on December 30, 2019.

Episode #848: Misnomer
First Broadcast: 1/6/20
Happy New Year! A new quarter, a new year, and a new decade all unfold before us in this episode--and yet, I can't shake the feeling that it's still the same shit on a different day. And that's all it took before we wandered into Prohibition, "Button Up Your Overcoat," the Great Depression, the backlash to the New Deal in 1938, the success of the managed economy of the U.S. during World War II, the myth of "clean coal," the dangers of a lake oversaturated with CO2 (in a volcano crater, not a meteor crater--sorry!), and the various lies of Donald Trump--all via audio, keeping the video to a minimum! Will this last throughout the rest of the year? Who can say?

Episode #849: This Most Recent Crisis
First Broadcast: 1/13/20
How did we get to the current state of affairs between the U.S. and Iran, whose latest conflict seemed to unfold within a handful of days, barely a week into 2020? Well, if you start with this timeline in 1953, and then shift to this timeline in 2018, and read the transcript of this batshit speech--which doesn't adequately capture all the weirdness of its delivery--then you might get to where we were when we recorded this episode a few days ago, breathing a sigh of relief that World War III still hasn't quite started yet. Is this just a hint of even more crises to come? Is this just Trump's attempt to distract from his inevitable impeachment trial? Will we still be talking about this a week from now? I'm not even sure what I'm talking about right now...

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