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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
    • 4.9, 260 Ratings

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 C4: Little Blue Books

    Minicast C4: Little Blue Books

    In 1918 Emmanuel Haldeman-Julius and his wife Marcet, pursued their populist vision to bring education to the working classes in the form of cheap, widely available, high quality reading material. The result was the Little Blue Books that took the US by storm in the 1920s, a series of almost 2000 titles on a grab-bag of topics, everything from classic literature, academic debates, philosophy, religion, and how-to.

    • 14 min
    026 - Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute

    026 - Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute

    Guest: Financial policy guru Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) explains what should be happening in response to the economic crisis, what is happening, and why those two are different. We cover unemployment, policy coming out of Congress, what decision-makers just aren't getting about this crisis, and how we both had childhood vacations in Florida that turned out to be nightmares.

    Question Cathy returns with the mailbag.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Minicast C3: William Walker, Filibustero

    Minicast C3: William Walker, Filibustero

    Between 1850 and 1900 it was all the rage for Americans to form private armies and attempt to invade and conquer countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. These men were called "Filibusteros" and the most prolific was William Walker, who led invasions of three different countries in an effort to add new slave-holding territories to the U.S. and alter the balance of power toward the South.

    • 12 min
    Minicast C2: The Worst Possible Song

    Minicast C2: The Worst Possible Song

    A pair of artists use a large market research survey to find out what people say they like least in music and, with their neuroscientist friend, set out to create the worst possible song. Featuring an opera soprano rapping about Wittgenstein, and a chorus of children singing about Yom Kippur at Walmart. 

    Did they succeed in making the worst song? Let's put it this way: It isn't good.

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    • 8 min
    025 - Boss Hogg Tries to Buy the Pitcairn Islands

    025 - Boss Hogg Tries to Buy the Pitcairn Islands

    In 1982 an eccentric, paranoid coal baron from Frog Level, VA wants to run away to a remote island to get away from Communists, taxes, and Freudian psychoanalysts. He chooses one of the Pitcairn Islands (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) and proceeds to try to buy it from the UK, of which it is a colony.

    And here's the thing: they almost said yes. They wanted to say yes. 

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    • 20 min
    024 - Shelter in Place (Voskhod 1 / Dr. Samantha Montano)

    024 - Shelter in Place (Voskhod 1 / Dr. Samantha Montano)

    Story: Three Men in a Can - Voskhod 1. The USSR beats the USA to the feat of sending a three-person crew into space by pointing at its one-man spacecraft and telling three guys "Get in there."

    Guest: Dr. Samantha Montano, who discusses the responses to COVID-19 in the US.She offers some great insights about the nature of preparedness and...well, why we weren't prepared

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    • 59 min

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4.9 out of 5
260 Ratings

260 Ratings

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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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