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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.

    030 - Mike Konczal, Freedom from the Market (2021)

    030 - Mike Konczal, Freedom from the Market (2021)

    Guest: Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) returns with his new book, Freedom from the Market. We take a look at all the great things government used to do a pretty good job of providing for Americans but no longer does because we've turned them over to The Free Market, which isn't well-suited to provide them at all. It's a great blueprint for a better world, and we talk about where the political will to do it might come from.

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    • 55 min
    Minicast C10: The Hidden Politics of "The Night Before Christmas"

    Minicast C10: The Hidden Politics of "The Night Before Christmas"

    "A Visit from St. Nicholas" standardized many parts of the Santa Claus story, but one key element of the story bridged a gap between Protestants and Catholics - as well as opening the door for the cultural, secular embrace of Christmas in the U.S.

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    • 3 min
    Minicast C9: I Beg Your (Presidential) Pardon (Power)

    Minicast C9: I Beg Your (Presidential) Pardon (Power)

    I never promised you a Rose Garden, but I can give you a short primer on the how, what, and why of pardons before delving into the murky waters of what Trump does and does not have the power to do for himself and his felonious hangers-on.

    Can he pardon himself? Can he pardon people for crimes they haven't even been charged with yet? Why does the pardon power exist at all? 10 minutes of your time will answer all.

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    • 10 min
    029 - Post-Election All-Mailbag Episode 2020

    029 - Post-Election All-Mailbag Episode 2020

    Question Cathy joins me for the post-election tradition of an all-mailbag episode devoted to listener-submitted questions. A bonus mailbag will follow on Patreon, because there were just so many questions. A partial list of topics covered here: Electoral College reform, rogue state legislatures, the census / redistricting, Trumpian antics, and more

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    • 51 min
    Minicast C8: Brazil Begs and Barters into the 1932 Olympics

    Minicast C8: Brazil Begs and Barters into the 1932 Olympics

    At the peak of the Great Depression, one nation sent its athletes to the 1932 Olympics on a coffee freighter with instructions to barter and beg their way to Los Angeles. Even though coffee was a worthless commodity in 1932.

    Fuel? Canal tolls? Immigration fees? Money for food and lodging? No, they didn't have any of that. What they did have was coffee - AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT. This is their story. 

    Bonus: a Hungarian water polo referee is senselessly beaten.

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    • 10 min
    Minicast C7: Harold Hering asks, what if the president tries to launch nukes while out of his mind?

    Minicast C7: Harold Hering asks, what if the president tries to launch nukes while out of his mind?

    In 1973 a low-ranking US Air Force officer training to work in a Minuteman missile silo asks, "How do I know that the launch order I receive comes from a president who is sane?"

    Good question, Harold Hering! The Air Force had no good answer, and Hering's career came to a screeching halt.

    I take a deep dive into what exactly presidents can and can't do with nuclear weapons and why I, in a rare moment of optimism, ultimately believe an unbalanced Trump could not start firing off nukes in a fit of anger.

    • 17 min

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