4th Quarter 2020
Episode 872, 873, 874, 875

Note: The first episodes shown during the Fourth Quarter 2020 were reruns of #864 on September 21, 2020, and #210 on September 28, 2020.

Episode #872: Shut Up, Man
First Broadcast: 10/5/20
In between the end of the first (and last?) debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden of 2020, and the admission by President Trump that he had tested positive for COVID-19, we here at Free New York shared our reactions about how irritating, annoying, and downright abusive Trump was at the debate, interrupting Biden at almost every opportunity, giving a shout-out to white supremacists (much to their delight), and trying to gaslight anyone watching into thinking he was the victim who couldn't get a word in, somehow. We speculated on what measures the Commission on Presidential Debates might take to keep Trump in line in the future (Kim prefers the "isolation booth" approach), but now that the status of all future debates between Trump and Biden is in limbo, who knows what the outcome will be? Never a dull moment in 2020, is there?

Episode #873: The Facts Are Out There
First Broadcast: 10/12/20
We recorded this episode immediately after the end of the one and only debate between Vice Presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Mike Pence (and one stray fly), and our exasperation shows. Senator Harris didn't exactly win us over with her emphasis on how Presidential candidate Joe Biden isn't in favor of the Green New Deal, and doesn't support a ban on fracking, but that wasn't nearly as offensive as Vice President Pence coolly lying about his & Trump's record whenever he wasn't just dodging the moderator's questions entirely. In case anyone needs reminding: Obama gave Iran its own money back; The richest people in America benefited the most from Trump's tax cuts; Trump allegedly "reveres" the military, but got five deferments to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War; the Department of Justice concluded that the FBI did not spy on Trump's presidential campaign; and the Trump White House disbanded the pandemic response team that Obama established at the NSC, reduced the number of CDC personnel who were monitoring virus activity in China, and ignored the pandemic response manual that the Obama White House created just in case something like a new strain of coronavirus threatened the United States--three things that, if Trump hadn't done, might have prevented the deaths of over 210,000 Americans from COVID-19. Regardless, the debate only further added to the multitude of reasons why people should vote for Biden for President instead of Trump, and anyone still on Trump's side at this point needs to ask themselves why they're comfortable with a sociopathic racist criminal running the country for another four years. If you can, VOTE NOW! More to come, I'm sure.

Episode #874: No Reason
First Broadcast: 10/19/20
We had to submit this episode before the dueling town halls of Joe Biden and Donald Trump took place, so we couldn't comment on anything that was going to happen in those. Instead, we talked about the electoral college; the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact; how socialist Bernie Sanders is compared to other socialists; the third debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, where they were located in different cities from each other; the dangers of COVID-19 transmission in restaurants (and at "sweet sixteen" parties); and the grim economic state of restaurants in New York City during the pandemic. Did Dr. Fauci provide us all with the best excuse to avoid Thanksgiving this year? Remember to VOTE!

Episode #875: Third Wave
First Broadcast: 10/26/20
We recorded this episode before the last debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, so we couldn't really comment on that (sensing a theme). Instead, we discussed the latest number of states from which travelers to New York will need to quarantine when they arrive (43), and how that number would also include New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania if circumstances were different. We also talk about coronavirus cases increasing in almost every state in the union; how badly the U.S. botched its response to COVID-19; how this has all led up to a "third wave" of COVID infections in this country; how New Zealand did such a good job in contrast; whether the "Goldwater rule" should still be respected when a malignant narcissist is President; how 2020 feels so damn exhausting; and Morticia Addams! What? You can't expect us to be serious all the time...

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