Nathan Callahan’s subversive and thought-provoking essays offer a lively deconstruction of contemporary culture at its most profoundly absurd. The rich and powerful, the sexually challenged, the religiously restricted, dogs, dopes, dreamers, the famous and infamous all come to life as Callahan encourages listeners, from a distinctly Southern California perspective, to peer into the center of the dream and snicker.
The Curse of Time Warner Revisited
It’s a messed-up game. Boston had the Curse of the Bambino. Chicago had the Curse of the Billy Goat. Los Angeles has the Curse of Time Warner. Here’s to a good long run for the game.
LSD and the Flaw in the Fabric
Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics at Zurich University recently discovered that LSD changes a person’s sense of meaning. Under the spell of Lysergic acid diethylamide, significance can be involuntarily added to events. This change in meaning takes place due to the stimulation of certain serotonin receptors not only during an acid trip, but after — in-other-words, with LSD, personal change may be permanent.
Shut Up, Vin Scully
Life was complete for the golly-gee-whiz Reagan-loving Hall of Fame broadcaster except for one thing: Scully forgot how to use his voice.
Vin Scully Day
Before Vin Scully retires, the Dodgers need to designate a series of special days — one every homestand — when Scully’s voice can to be heard at the stadium for an entire game again.
It Is What It Is
On Election Day 2004, when exit polls showed incumbent President George W. Bush losing to Democratic challenger John Kerry, Bush assessed his situation to Time magazine. “It is what it is,” he said. One month later, with Bush cheerleading the White House for another four years, “It is what it is” was declared America’s #1 Sports cliché by USA Today. While Bush rode a FUBAR invasion and a crashing economy to political victory, “It is what it is” was trending.
Are you violently happy, sad, irritable, restless, ecstatic, horny, hyperactive or just not sure? Of course, you are. We live on a bipolar planet and on June 21st it will be at maximum bipolarity. What’s been called the Summer Solstice, should be known as Serotonin Day.
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Witty and enlightening. I'm quite a fan of this podcast (as well as Nathan Callhan's body of work) and look forward to many more episodes in the future!