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KSL Newsradio's Jeff Caplan offers his own unique spin on the fun, quirky things that happen alongside the news.

My Minute of News with Jeff Capla‪n‬ Jeff Caplan, KSL Newsradio

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KSL Newsradio's Jeff Caplan offers his own unique spin on the fun, quirky things that happen alongside the news.

    Dr. Seuss and the Free Market

    Dr. Seuss and the Free Market

    A lot of people are angry Dr. Suess Enterprises.   The company has stopped publishing six Dr. Suess books because of their racial insensitivity… and there’s a lot of grumbling that this is cancel culture at work.  That children are being denied the fine books that first opened your eyes to the joy of reading.

    I have two things to point out.  And I’m gonna call them thing one… and thing two.

    Thing One:  You’ve probably never heard of these Dr Suess books being removed from publication.  This is not green eggs and ham.  The Cat in the Hat will be around for a long time to come.   Truth is … there are six .. maybe 10 doctor Suess books that have stood the test of time and mremain famous.   The titles going away include "McElligot’s Pool and “On Beyond Zebra”  They’re not the ones that were building blocks of your childhood.

    Now Thing Two:  While some see yet another case of cancel culture  This is could be seen a case of free-market capitalism hard at work.

    Dr Suess Enterprises is owned  a private company that  decided to stop selling six of their products.  It’s their right.  The result of the decision… is that they’re making a ton of money.    Go check Amazon’s Best Seller list.   At this moment …the top selling book in America is The Cat in the Hat.  9 of the top 10 books on the list …are by Dr Suess.  That’s never happened  Green Eggs… One Fish Two Fish.  Fox in Socks.  The old favorites are all there.

    Even if you will not read them in your house.
    and will not read them with a mouse.

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    The Coronaversary

    The Coronaversary

    It’s March and that means we’ve gone once around the sun with Covid casting it's shadow.  Prepare yourself.  In days ahead we’ll observe a full year since the shocking night Rudy Gobert tested positive.   This month we’ll mark 12 full months since the physical shock from the earth beneath us.

    Brace yourself again.  Because ironic as it may seem… the anniversary means we’re going to relive one of the worst months of our lives.  You’re going to see endless looks back… beginning this week…  as we mark a year since the first case of Coronavirus in Utah.

    That was Marc Jorgensen….

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    Fuss?   His family was threatened on social media.  After she was done with quarantine his wife was banned from the gym.

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    And now we DO understand what the panic was about.  Anniversary gives us an opportunity to relive the nightmare… knowing all the things we didn’t know then… and it gives us the chance to see how far we’ve come.

    And then we can focus on how far we’ll go.  Will we go back to hugging?  Will people work from work. By next month… we’ll all be looking forward to whatever’s next…. as we begin to write post-pandemic history.

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    Froot Loops Pizza

    Froot Loops Pizza

    If you take I -80 straight to the east … and go 15 hours…  you’ll arrive  t=ao Des Moines, Iowa.  you gotta make a right from the 2nd Aveoff-ramp… and a few blocks later… you’ll arrive at Fong’s.   A storefront amid the 3 story brick buildings. And it’s the home of America’s newest Culinary abomination.

    Well… let me pause here.  If you were going to add breakfast cereal to a cheese pizza… which would you pick?   Corn flakes for some crunch?  Rice Krispies for some snap crackle pop?

    Think about your favorite… as I inform you that Fong’s has lit up the internet in pure disgust… with the

    with Fruit Loops Pizza.  

    It’s a 16-inch thin crust cheese pie… smothered in mozarella… and topped with a healthy handfdul…. unhealthy handful of fruit loops.  Multicolored sugary circles …that leach dye into the mozarella… making this pizza something close to a steaming rainbow.

    And before you consider what it tastes like … I have to let you know the fruit loops absorb the pizza grease…. so they’re actually wet warm and soggy.

    So if your dinner tonight turns out a little disappointing… just remember… it could be worse.

    For the privilege of eating this revolting combination of fruit loops mozarella and tomato sauce … Fong’s will charge you $20 a pie.  

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    Coca Cola Diversity Training Rumor

    Coca Cola Diversity Training Rumor

    Some Utahns are looking nervously at their diet cokes… wondering if they’re supposed to boycott the bubbly brown liquid that keeps them going.

    What’s GOT them going is a social media rumor… that claims Coca Cola is instructing employees to “try and be less white”  

    It’s all because of a screenshot… is supposedly from Coca Cola Diversity training.  But Coca Cola sayhs… wait a minute.  That’s not us.  What you’re seeing online is not from our diversity training.

    The “try and be less white” lesson comes from a Linked-In video posted by the company that run Coke’s diversity progra  That video explains that “try to be less white” means to be less arrogant… less defensive…  more humble.   

    No matter how offensive you think”try to be less white” might be  …  Coke says… the offending slide making the rounds  is *not* a part of the company’s diversity curriculum.   

    But if your in Coke's online diversity training… there are links you can click for more information … and you can end up making your way to that “try to be less white” screen.  But  Coca Cola employees are not “required” to “try and be less white.” 

    So is it okay to slurp a Diet Coke?  

    Having done my research, I would.  Except I hate diet soda.

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    Word of Mouth Works!

    Word of Mouth Works!

    Have you seen that AT&T Commercial… where the guy calls his mom to tell her about the deal?

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    So true.  And proof that word of mouth works… comes fromNew York City… where people have been whispering about a fella who makes the best pizza in New York.   But you can’t buy it.  At any price.  According to the word of mouth… this guy makes the pizza in his apartment with imported flour from italy.  He leavens for 72 hours for the perfect crust and he tops it with fresh burrata cheese and organic produce.   It costs him 25-bucks to make a pie … and legend has it he only makes three pies a week in his tiny kitchen. 

    The chef has a webpage where you put in your email address.  When he makes a pie… he might contact you.  And if he does… you have to trade… and give him fresh food.  Donuts … cookies …whatever.  No money.  Here he is on the street like a drug dealer… trading one of his coveted pies with a woman who has homemade jam.


    Yesterday… the NY Post outed 30-year old Gabriele Lamonoco ... as the creator of the best pizza in New York.   

    What began with Word of mouth is now an explosion of publicity and .  Undoubtedly … somebody with deep pockets is going to back him …and Gabriele’s…. will open its doors … before you can say Grazie  

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    Wanna go into Space?

    Wanna go into Space?

    Did the Mars Landing get you all excited about space again?

    Well here’s your chance to go into space…  thanks to a guy named Jared  

    Yeah.  Jared Isaacman.   He's a 37-year old tech billionaire… from Pennsylvaniawho paid Spacex to give him all the seats on one of their upcoming trip to orbit.

    See there’s no pilot on this flight.  Computers will do the work.   Leaving room for Isaacman to buy four.


    He bought four seats.  Doesn’t say how much he paid.  One seat’s for him.  He’s the commander.  One seat goes to a health care worker for free.   One seat  will be raffled off … with the proceeds going to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.   And the fourth seat can be yours if you’re lucky.

    You go to this website.  Inspiration4.com  That’s the number 4.  You can make a donation to St Jude’s.  Every 10 dollars you donate counts as one ticket in the raffle.  So you could spend 10-bucks… and get a 55-million dollar ticket to space.  

    While supporting a great cause.  This is a win win.   It’s hoped the raffle will raise up to 200-million dollars for St. Judes.

    There’s gonna be a lottery for the third seat.  Only for customers of Isaacman’s business==

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Customer Reviews

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I met Jeff at a remote once and told him this program needs to be syndicated. He told me they have actually pitched it to the networks and they are not interested. What a shame! The world deserves this. The word smithing and the production are brilliant. I believe it’s on a par with Paul Harvey news. Great job Jeff! Keep up the excellent work

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Best minute of the day

Jeff’s so entertaining—my day can’t go on without his minute of news.

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Super entertaining!

Quick and fun news of the day. One of my favorite podcasts!

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