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.
Minicast D4: John Brisker, NBA Star Turned Ugandan Mercenary
In the late Sixties through the Seventies, John Brisker was widely known as the meanest, toughest man in professional basketball. After winning ABA titles in Pittsburgh and punching his way through a few tumultuous seasons with the Supersonics of the NBA, John Brisker visited Africa, came back to the US, told his friends he was off to Africa again, and disappeared without a trace. Theories of what happened to him abound. One involves Idi Amin.
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Jen Howard (Clutter)
Guest: Jen Howard (@JenHoward) author of Clutter: an Untidy History. She looks at the social, economic, and political causes of our addiction to Stuff, and our talk ranges from Marie Kondo to the Container Store to the Montgomery Ward Outlet.
The cocktail of the month isn't a cocktail, it's a short dive into Triple Sec (not literally).
A truncated mailbag without Question Cathy
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Minicast D3: Free Cars
What if I told you that right now you can get a new car very nearly for free? Sounds like a scam, right? Well thanks to Hydrogen Fuel Cells, the Technology of the Future of 2002, you can. With some caveats.
Crazy, right? Now what if I also told you this isn't the first time Americans have had the opportunity to get a brand new car for free? That part of the story takes to a place called ... Kragujevac.
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Minicast D2: Agatha Christie Disappears! Sort of!
Agatha Christie's two most popular characters - Poirot and Marple - can only exist and make sense in a universe in which the police simply cannot solve crimes. If they could, why would they need a weird Belgian private detective or a random old lady to do it for them?
To understand why this was so plausible to Christie and to her contemporary readers, the story of Christie's own "disappearance" in 1926 emphasizes just how inept the police really were in her day.
031 - The 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Fiasco (David Parsons of Nostalgia Trap)
Guest: David Parsons (@davidlparsons) joins me to discuss Gerald Ford's disastrous rollout of a nationwide vaccination program in 1976 to combat a swine flu pandemic that didn't materialize. Vaccine recipients developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is sometimes fatal, at a rate 8.8 times higher than the unvaccinated. But a closer look reveals that those numbers may not be what they seem.
The cocktail of the month is the Typhoid Mary.
Question Cathy returns with the mailbag
Minicast D1: The Poet Laureate of Kiribati
In 1996 a loutish young Briton got drunk and, on a lark, asked a tiny island nation if he could be their poet laureate. Mind you, the nation has no poet laureate and doesn't really do European-style poetry. That's ok, he doesn't know how to write poetry.
So the government of Kiribati said yes, and then, his bluff called, the young man said yes. Hilarity ensued.
Inspired by America's recent fascination with former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.
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