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

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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.

    Bunion Derbies

    Bunion Derbies

    Guest: Steve Mang, college professor and amateur ultra-long-distance runner, joins us to talk about CC Pyle's Bunion Derbies, the informal name of two LA-to-NYC footraces held in 1928 and 1929. Amateur runners, some lacking basic equipment or running experience, ran an average of 50 miles per day for at least 84 consecutive days. Steve gives non-runners like me some insight into the, let's call them "challenges" the human body experiences under those conditions.
    For the cocktail of the month we RUN with the theme: the London Marathon
    QC joins us for the mailbag.
    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. 
    Thanks: Steve Mang, the bands that contribute music (Waxeater, IfIHadAHiFi, The Sump Pumps, Oscar Bait), Zachary Sielaff, Question Cathy, and all Patreon supporters, subscribers, and listeners.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Cantaloupe that Changed the World

    The Cantaloupe that Changed the World

    Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928 had little immediate impact on the world because it took over 15 years to crack the secret of how to mass-produce the it. Until that happened, penicillin existed more as an idea than as a medical intervention. The code to producing it in big batches was finally cracked in, of all places, Peoria, Illinois thanks to the timely intervention of a cantaloupe.
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    • 11 min
    Minicast D7: The Giant Ruby Affair

    Minicast D7: The Giant Ruby Affair

    Will the US mint a trillion-dollar coin? Probably not, but in 2001 the tiny island nation (I know, I know) of Vanuatu created $300 million overnight by quadrupling its sovereign debt using as its stated collateral a 182-pound ruby that may or may not actually have existed.
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    • 11 min
    Minicast D6: New Vietnam Theme Park

    Minicast D6: New Vietnam Theme Park

    In 1975 a right-wing loon purchased 300 acres of swampland outside Cape Canaveral with the dream of building a theme park recreating the experience of a US Special Forces barracks in a rural Vietnamese hamlet at the height of the war. Visitors could take turns firing a machine gun at real Vietnamese refugees play-acting as Viet Cong, while replica thatched huts dispensed souvenirs and snacks. Oh, and there were punji stakes. Real punji stakes. And a lot of barbed wire.
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    • 6 min
    Minicast D5: The Grandfathered Spitballers

    Minicast D5: The Grandfathered Spitballers

    After a player died from being hit by a pitch in 1920, Major League Baseball banned the "spitball." But it allowed 17 players whose careers were determined to be dependent on it to continue throwing it. A century later, baseball is still dealing with what it now calls the "foreign substances" issue. 
    The physics and history of baseball's dirtiest pitch, plus a guy named Urban Shocker.
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    • 10 min
    Minicast D4: John Brisker, NBA Star Turned Ugandan Mercenary

    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. The most widely accepted involves Idi Amin.
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    • 11 min

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