4th Quarter 2018
Episode 808, 809, 810, 811

Note: The first episode shown during the Fourth Quarter 2018 was a rerun of #802 on September 17, 2018.

Episode #808: Exhausted With This Administration
First Broadcast: 9/24/18
Specifically, we discuss how much of a struggle it's been to keep up with all the news about Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh (and that doesn't even include the latest bombshells--EESH!). Have we learned anything since Anita Hill testified at Clarence Thomas's hearing? (Maybe not.) After that, we briefly mention how BlacKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians were two of the highlights of this year's summer movies, and isn't it notable how the two movies this year that show non-white people enjoying themselves the most--Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther--both specifically take place outside the United States? Plenty to think about!

Episode #809: Enervating
First Broadcast: 10/01/18
This week, we taped our episode the night before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her recollections of being abused by Brett Kavanaugh, followed by his subsequent crying meltdown in front of the same Committee when it was his turn to respond. We could only speculate on which allegations would be addressed, and how the Committee would vote, although we didn't anticipate the Senator Jeff Flake's last-minute request to delay the final Senate vote until after an additional FBI investigation is complete--a request that may have been prompted by the outrage voiced by Maria Gallagher, a woman from Queens who confronted Senator Flake in an elevator while he was on his way to the Committee vote. That small reprieve may have provided all the time needed to further prove why a man who lied several times under oath should never be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Then again, who knows how many Republican Senators are willing to ditch all their purported principles of decency just so they can stack the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade? I hope the answers we get are good ones.

Episode #810: Mélange
First Broadcast: 10/15/18
After I spend a few moments trying to remember why "Camille Was No Lady," we delve into the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida panhandle, and, by one measurement, the third-strongest hurricane to hit the United States ever. Is this the latest sign that anthropogenic climate change is making conditions more favorable for stronger hurricanes, and more of them? Is this what we have to look forward to when the climate becomes irreversibly changed 12 years from now, if the latest U.N. forecasts are accurate? Will I eventually become a climate refugee within my own state? Will Trump or the Republicans do anything to prevent this catastrophe? Can the Democrats flip the House and the Senate this November so that they can finally put a stop to at least some of Trump's egregious behavior? "It's a possibility!"

Episode #811: Like Clockwork
First Broadcast: 10/22/18
Is Trump's Presidency the ultimate culmination of the "Southern Strategy" the Republicans have been perpetrating since the 1960's? Are the Republicans interested in anything other than undoing all the progress of the past century, and power for the sake of remaining in power? Will Trump do anything to punish Saudi Arabia for murdering Jamal Khashoggi? Will the removal of Roseanne Barr from the sitcom now known as "The Conners" help debunk the myth that "economic anxiety" was the main reason why many people supported Trump? I'm sure the answers are out there somewhere...

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