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An unholy amalgam of politics, historical anecdotes, cocktail recipes, performances by talented people, and interviews with people who are doing interesting things with their lives.

Mass for Shut-ins: The Gin and Tacos Podcast Mass for Shut-ins

    • Politics

An unholy amalgam of politics, historical anecdotes, cocktail recipes, performances by talented people, and interviews with people who are doing interesting things with their lives.

    022 - Iran (with Adam Johnson of Citations Needed)

    022 - Iran (with Adam Johnson of Citations Needed)

    Guest: Adam Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) is the cohost of Citations Needed. He joins me to talk about the unfolding situation in Iran and how it rekindles some of the biggest problems with media coverage of the Iraq War run-up, like the exclusion of anti-war voices in "debates" that boil down to both sides agreeing that war is awesome and disagreeing on the details. 

    Please support Mass for Shut-ins, an independent and ad-free podcast, via Patreon.

    • 47 min
    021 - Mailbag Episode II

    021 - Mailbag Episode II

    The 2nd annual All-Mailbag Episode. Question Cathy and I tackle ranked-choice voting & instant runoff voting, whether the primaries are too nasty, how to put your time to the best use in the election, climate change, Brexit, and whether the hot dog counts as a sandwich (hint: it does, and I'm sorry).

    Please support Mass for Shut-ins, an independent and ad-free podcast, via Patreon. Contact me via Facebook, Twitter (@edburmila), or the venerable website Gin and Tacos.

    • 37 min
    Minicast B11: Lewis & Clark's Heavy Metal Diarrhea

    Minicast B11: Lewis & Clark's Heavy Metal Diarrhea

    If you need more encouragement to listen to a story about the Lewis & Clark expedition shitting poisonous heavy metals all over the continent and how science has exploited that to generate useful historical data, I don't know what to tell you. 

    Minicasts are short stories for fans of quick, to-the-point podcasts and as a nice change of pace from the longer full episodes of Mass for Shut-ins. Get full episodes on Stitcher, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.

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    • 7 min
    Minicast B10: Harry Beck's London Tube Map

    Minicast B10: Harry Beck's London Tube Map

    An underemployed draftsman named Harry Beck looked at the original London Underground map, realized it was crap, and set himself the task of creating a better one. By ignoring one of the cardinal rules of mapmaking he showed how to make transit maps better and easier to use. 

    Minicasts are short stories for fans of quick, to-the-point podcasts and as a nice change of pace from the longer full episodes of Mass for Shut-ins. Get full episodes on Stitcher, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.

    • 5 min
    020 - The Tanganyika Groundnut Scheme (Tanzania)

    020 - The Tanganyika Groundnut Scheme (Tanzania)

    Post-war Britain tries to solve four very different problems at once: a labor surplus of returning military, a shortage of key foods, the need to make colonies economically independent, and a dignified way to draw down the Empire. The scheme they came up with is ... incredible. That is to say, you will not find it credible.

    Please support Mass for Shut-ins, an independent and ad-free podcast, via Patreon. Contact me via Facebook, Twitter (@gin_and_tacos), or the venerable website Gin and Tacos. 

    • 56 min
    Minicast B9: The Mass Trespass

    Minicast B9: The Mass Trespass

    Walking around the countryside ("rambling") is very important to the British

    The so-called Right to Roam, even on privately owned land, is the direct result of ... direct action.

    An inspiring story of collective action and the public good. 

    Minicasts are short stories for fans of quick, to-the-point podcasts and as a nice change of pace from the longer full episodes of Mass for Shut-ins. Get full episodes on Stitcher, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.

    • 9 min

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I listen to a ton of political podcasts and this is my favorite. Ed had the best 3-4 minute explanation of why third party candidates can’t get a foothold in US politics that I’ve ever heard, and I’ve used it myself to look smart (without attribution!). Honestly I was thinking of restarting from the beginning, it’s that good.

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Best for people who like learning while being entertained

Terrific show by a very knowledgeable guy. Seems perfect for a bigger network like How Things Work, which I listen to a lot of. But I feel fortunate that this guy is available to us through his own goodwill. Excellent educator. Excellent story teller. Knows a lot of arcane and obscure things. But can make them all relatable. Highly recommended!

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