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82 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Episode 137 - Clifford
We open with our mixed feelings about the new Dave Chappelle special and related issues. Then we dive into your questions for the remainder. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
68 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 136 - All is Clouded by Desire
Tom introduces Don to the book "All is Clouded by Desire" by Alan Block and Clarence Weaver, which discusses transnational crime networks and financial flows. We discuss how crime often seems to dwarf the traditional economy in importance and how it can overwhelm surface political institutions. We also get into some of the operators who seem to facilitate these enormous flows. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
72 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Episode 135 - Watching Stuff ft. AgileTablet
Beloved third mic AgileTablet joins us to talk about Squid Game and Midnight Mass. We also discuss recent movies like The Green Knight, No Time to Die, The Card Counter and several comic ones. Just a fun laid-back episode. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
72 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Episode 134 - Gamestop Money ft Big Keven
Our friend Big Keven returns to tell us how he became fabulously wealthy through stock trading. Along the way we learn about how life is in Alaska, the struggles of bald men, and the joys of acting. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
94 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Episode 133 - Normal ft. Cyd and AgileTablet
We're joined by our friend Cyd and beloved third mic AgileTablet to joke about various topics, including Cyd's life in Los Angeles and suicide. Intro music by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
66 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Episode 132 - September Q&A
Tom and Don answer your questions and chat about topics like the vaccine rollout, pornography, Maoism and more. Intro music by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
75 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Episode 131 - Big Dave Knocked Down the Towers ft. Big Dave
Our wonderful friend Big Dave drops by to talk about Nine Eleven, hate crimes and India. We get a nice discussion about contentment in between the more controversial points. Apologies for the bootleg audio. Mentioned: Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade Book by Anthony Kaldellis. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
90 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 13 - Taliban Takeover ft. Ibrahim
Our friend Ibrahim returns to discuss the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan from his well-informed perspective. We talk about the relative speed of the recent offensive, the diplomatic challenges facing the Taliban and the balance of internal forces - among other topics. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
80 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Episode 129 - Marx, Morality and Car Talk
We talk about driving tests, the pros and cons of car ownership and public transportation, the future of car use, and then transition into a discussion of Marx and his conception of morality. We also get into some of your questions about vaccine passports, Islamic biker gangs and rolling around town blaring YCW.
66 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 128 - Living in China ft. Niko
Our friend Niko joins us from Nanjing to discuss living through the pandemic in China and the contrast in responses worldwide. We also get into learning the language and managing cultural divides, from the funny to the bureaucratic. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
73 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Episode 127 - No Justice, Peace Q&A
It's the August Q and A episode, where we culled your anonymous questions and work through them for your pleasure and edification. From the Dao De Jing to heroin, from the 12th Imam to the IWW, we give quick answers to a bunch of your topics. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
93 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Episode 126 - EdTV ft. Ed Buck
Seinfeld voice: "What's the deal with television?" Beloved curmudgeon 'Ed Buck' returns to talk about his TV-watching experiment and the prestige TV boom. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
94 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Episode 125 - Three Great Spices ft. AgileTablet
Our beloved third mic AgileTablet returns to answer your questions about food and life. We talk about Central Asian cooking, personal goals and even our favourite spices. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
79 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 125 - Fort Hood Murder Mysteries ft. Goatstein
Our pal Goatstein returns to discuss language learning as a hobby before we get back to our common disgust at the US military. We talk about a recent Vanity Fair article about murders at Fort Hood in Texas and the conspiracy of silence around the Troops. Article: “The Only Thing I Knew How to Do Was Kill People”: Inside the Rash of Unexplained Deaths at Fort Hood. (Vanity Fair: July 6, 2021) Link: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/06/inside-the-rash-of-unexplained-deaths-at-fort-hood Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
77 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Episode 123 - The Problem of Evil ft. Freddy
Our pal Freddy returns to discuss the classic theological and philosophical problem of evil. Often used as a knockdown argument against belief in God, we talk about the contours of the debate and how thinking about the problem helps us think through our concept of God. Intro music by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
89 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
Episode 122 - Hajj ft. Akh
Our friend Akh joins us to talk about his journey to Mecca to participate in the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. We work through the basics of what's expected of the millions of people who travel there in a typical year, from the heat to the religious fellowship. We also discuss a bit about the city of Medina and other aspects of Saudi life. Intro music by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
79 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Episode 121 - Summer Poddin' Had Me a Blast
Tom and Don chat about the news - the life of John McAfee, the release of Bill Cosby, rising prices and the recovery, the heat wave, and Donald Rumsfeld. Then some questions about Islamic crypto, the future and struggling with faith. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
83 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 120 - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Increasing freedom is the official reason for almost every policy offered by both the right and the left. We tend to agree that more choice is better, but that's not always enough. We discuss how this rhetoric can be pretty flimsy as a way to make social decisions. This takes us into topics like socialist planning and the decision of some Catholic Bishops to possibly deny Joe Biden communion. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
72 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Episode 118 - June Q&A
Tom catches us up with his move and then we get into your questions. We get into lapsed Catholics, the corrupting influence of power, superstitions, regrets, time travel, professional comedians, Palestinian health care and a few more. Intro by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
79 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 118 - UNLOCKED - Palestine - Israel
We had a slew of technical and health problems this weekend so we are uploading a bonus to keep the content flowing. Apologies. We open with Tom's (limited) experience in Palestine and his personal impressions of the people there, from how the occupation works to the uniqueness of Jerusalem. Then we move into a broader discussion of current events and Israeli politics - using the somewhat silly example of Gal Gadot to describe contemporary liberal Zionism. Intro music by auntie004. Outro by reiyashi.
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