Episode #832: Bolts
First Broadcast: 6/24/19
President Trump announced to a crowd in Orlando on June 18 that he is running for re-election in 2020, even though he officially declared to the FEC that he was running for re-election on the day he was inaugurated in 2017, and even though the Orlando Sentinel newspaper published an editorial endorsing "Not Donald Trump" next year. In his interview with George Stephanopolous of ABC News, Trump said he would accept information from a foreign government about a rival candidate, an admission which prompted the current chair of the FEC to clarify that doing such a thing is "illegal," and "Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation." Trump also repeatedly demonstrated that he still doesn't understand how tariffs work, which makes me wonder about worker's rights in China, which makes me think about the importance of regulation in business, which brings up examples of why self-regulation doesn't always work, which segues into how social media platforms like YouTube have allowed white supremacists to proliferate, and what's the best way to stop their hatred from spreading online anyway? Questions and more questions in the audio style!
Episode #833: Referring to Something
First Broadcast: 7/8/19
First we speculated on what President Trump's military-themed Fourth of July event would look like (and it turned out to look a lot more like a rained-out insane company picnic than one of the Soviet military parades of yore), then we mentioned Vice President Pence's abrupt U-turn when he was mysteriously recalled back to the White House for some still unknown reason, then we discussed the Toy Story movies, and whether the trend of larger and larger apocalypses appearing in movies (especially superhero movies) represents a more overarching trend in American movies since the events of 9/11 that I might not have noticed until now. An episode filled with fascinations from the audio dimension!