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July 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Eat the Chips

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner was recorded before the attacks in Paris, so that will have to wait for next week. In the mean time, Sam is joined by new guest cohost Amber for a different kind of show. Very little politics or tech this week. Instead we talk driver’s licenses and coverage of science in the media as our main topics, followed by a lightning round where we touch on the use and development of language, the red Starbucks cups, and yeah, Sam does sneak in a couple minutes on the last Republican debate.

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Recorded 2015-11-12

Length this week – 1:41:27

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:00-0:21:13) But First
    • Disclaimer: Recorded before Paris
    • Introducing Amber
    • Agenda
    • Sam Foot Update
    • Working from Home
  • (0:21:55-0:53:41) Driver’s Licenses
    • Teens Getting Licenses
    • Ding Etiquette
    • Stupid Written Tests
    • Retesting Drivers?
    • New Air Travel Rules
    • Flying with no ID
    • Reactions to Changes
  • (0:54:42-1:19:10) Popular Coverage of Science
    • What should science coverage be like?
    • Communicating uncertainty
    • Confirmation Bias
    • Difficulties with Replication
    • Publication Process Changes?
    • False Balance
    • Following Health Recommendations?
    • Individual Differences
    • Cost Benefit Tradeoffs
  • (1:19:49-1:41:07) Lightning Round
    • Why brands become generic
    • Movie: Princess and the Frog
    • Language Consolidation?
    • Republican Debate
    • Partisans moderating debates
    • Starbucks Seasonal Cups

Napping on a Shark

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner…

Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Ivan’s Wireless Woes
  • Balloon Boy
  • Afghanistan

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