A painstakingly researched comedy podcast about businesses’ scams, scandals, and shenanigans. Written and hosted by Christian Borkey
Dipping my toe into making things way too personal with this episode about a giant oil conglomerate! Who doesn't fucking love that? Amy Do and Blender Bluid are BACK, baby, to do just a tiny bit more set dressing on this season. We're talking about procurement; how did the companies in the upcoming season get their contracts in the first place? Turns out, even THAT is laden with some busted-ass shenanigans!
Ultimately, this is a podcast that is entirely informed by my comedic and artistic point of view. This particular episode on Halliburton is admittedly not as dense as they typically come - that's intentional. I've already lost sleep from jolting awake at night, haunted by the images, descriptions, and horrors that keep coming up in this research. So fuck it, let's do an episode about Dick Cheney's heart! Let's talk about B.O.B. and G-Unit! Let's discuss how I ruined the name Christian for my high school religion teachers!
Follow @blenderbluid and please, sincerely, keep Amy Do in your thoughts right now.
Audio engineering by the wickedly talented Casey Synesael
Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq by T. Christian Miller, May 2007
A Web of Truth: Whistle-Blower or Troublemaker, Neely Tucker, Washington Post, 2005
Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract, CBS News, 2019
The Whistleblower’s Tale: How An Accountant Took on Halliburton, Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, 2015
Australian academics apologise for false AI-generated allegations against big four consultancy firms, Harry Belot, The Guardian, Nov 2023
Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, by (I'm sorry) Dick Cheney and Jonathan Reiner, MD
NBC's "Meet the Press" Transcript, Chuck Todd interviewing Dick Cheney, 2014
Cheney Dismisses Critic With Obscenity, Helen Dewar and Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 2004
Iraq The Halliburton Connection: The Master Builder, Jyoti Thottam, TIME Magazine 2004
Private Military Contracting: A Laymen's Legal Analysis
HELLO AGAIN, BESTIES! Amy Do and Blender Bluid join me for a season-long exploration into private military contracting. This specific episode explores some legal precedents that allow military contractors to operate with effective immunity from the law. Picture I just said that but in a SUPER funny way. If a tree falls in the forest, can anybody hear it? If a private contractor aids a soldier in a war crime, do we actually have any laws to hold them accountable for it? Along the way, we’ll declare war on a random Chicago comedian who broke my laptop, build a dike, then refuse to call it a dam, and we’ll Control+P…repare for a legendary season of podcasting!
Follow Blender Bluid @blenderbluid on all social medias; don't follow Amy Do. She doesn't want you to lol.
This episode had the pleasure of having Casey Synesael as the audio engineer! :D COOL RIGHT?
-Armed Guards in Iraq Occupy a Legal Limbo, John Broder and James Risen, New York Times, Sep 2007
-JFK Library Bell Report: https://www.jfklibrary.org/asset-viewer/archives/JFKPOF/071/JFKPOF-071-004
-Appendix 2 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: https://jsc.defense.gov/Portals/99/Documents/UCMJ%20-%2020December2019.pdf
-Federal Tort Claims Procedure: https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title28/part6/chapter171&edition=prelim
-Boyle v. United Technology Corp (1988): https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/487/500/
-Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (Amicus), Center for Constitutional: Justice https://ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/our-cases/kiobel-v-royal-dutch-petroleum-co-amicus
-Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 569 U.S. 108 (2013) - https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/569/108/
-WHO'S DOING WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT?: MONITORING, ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPETITION IN THE FEDERAL AND SERVICE CONTRACT WORKFORCE, March 2002: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-107shrg79883/html/CHRG-107shrg79883.htm
-Accountability of Private Military Contractors, Arthi Thiruppathi, GW Justice Journal, Jan 13 2021
BBB Season 6 Update!
Hello besties! I'm just a girl with vocal nodes in a podcasting world!
He Gets Us
Hey kids...who likes #Jesus?? Christian McCann is on the pod so I can finally answer questions he's been asking me for like a year now. Why is there a marketing campaign for Christianity, and who is paying for it? As it turns out, the answer is something that will matter for 10 billion more years. Join me to talk about the intracacies of tax law and mostly dish about terrible religious experiences. Rich people of any religion will always find ways to retain control of their money; this episode is just a sliver into that world!
Christian and I have a dueling pianos show we do together constantly. You can check that out @candcduelingpianos on Instagram
Servant Foundation Form 990: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/431890105/202320469349302877/full
The Signatry website: https://thesignatry.com/who-we-are/our-history/
Christian Community Foundation Form 990: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/751750059/202213469349301026/full
S2 Episode 6: Billionaires, DAFs, and the Changing Face of Philanthropy with Teddy Schleifer of Vox's Recode; Ethical Rainmaker: http://www.theethicalrainmaker.com/listen-now/s2-episode-6-billionaires-dafs-and-the-changing-face-of-philanthropy-with-teddy-schleifer-of-voxs-recode
deadass this little graphic: https://www.fdic.gov/about/learn/learning/banks.html#:~:text=It%20doesn't%20remain%20locked,even%20to%20operate%20a%20business.
Tax advantages of Donor Advised Funds: https://www.nptrust.org/what-is-a-donor-advised-fund/daf-tax-consideration/
God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right, Daniel K. Williams
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, Kevin Kruse
Franklin Pierce impersonator Dylan Cohen drops by to gab about the grocery store that totally changed the game: Piggly Wiggly! I'm thrilled to have this season's rascal-centered episode, and I'm VERY excited to add a new weirdo from the early 1900s to the BBB collection. Grab your bibles, label your vegetables, and let's play some synchronous jazz while we talk about the weird twists and turns of Piggly Wiggly's dramatic changes-of-hands!
Dylan Cohen is performing in The Lincoln Lodge's Future of Comedy Festival on Friday September 29th at 7:30pm for "Powerpoint Night Live!" tickets at thelincolnlodge.com/futureofcomedyfestival
1. Clarence Saunders and the Founding of Piggly Wiggly: The Rise and Fall of a Memphis Maverick, Mike Freeman, 2011
2. When Piggly Wiggly Tried to Stick It to Wall Street, Shiva Nagaraj, Slate 2021
8. Coach Houses, Vance Lauderdale, Memphis Magazine 2008
The Imperial and Economic Consequences of Bird Shit
Who wants to get drunk and talk about 1800s agriculture? MEEEEE apparently! Join myself and my sweet special friend J. T. Kost for an episode detailing the guano boom and bust of the 1800s: drunken reenactments of the Last Supper, yadda-yadda-ing our way through unprecendented imperial expansion, and plenty of descriptions of bird shit abound this episode! Not to get too TMI but I had to figure out a recording situation last-minute to produce this podcast, which means that the audio quality might be...shall we say different than previous episodes. I'm working on a solution and I hope you still like it anyways! This episode was a labor of love to my roots in academia, which is part of why the title is so annoying 3
Tickets to Kost's show Giggle Hour
1) How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States, Daniel Immewahr, 2016
2) Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History, Gregory T Cushman, 2013
These are pretty dense books, and let's be real, any other source I consulted was genuinely just taking their info from these books -- it's pretty obvious. But man these books are so effing dense I don't feel bad only having two sources lol.
a perfect podcast
I absolutely love this podcast. The topics are wide-ranging and surprising every time they drop a new one. The host and guests make great points without it feeling preachy or dense and the stories of the businesses are interesting and well-told. There is some funny banter but the pod is also very informative AND easy to follow while multi-tasking. The hosts are having a good time while also not making too much fun of serious situations and I always learn something new. So excited for the new season!
I love this podcast! I always get so excited when a new episode shows up in my feed. The episodes are incredibly well researched and sources are cited throughout, which I appreciate. Christian approaches complex topics in a fun, non-judgmental way. I’ve laughed out loud to this podcast many times and would recommend it to everyone!
fave business/comedy podcast
the amount of research that goes into this podcast is impressive, and that’s not even including Christian’s jokes throughout each episode. i learned a lot about companies i see on a daily basis and just how busted businesses around us are!! love this podcast give it a try!!