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July 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Trial and Error

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again do an all lightning round show. They talk about allergies, the McCabe report, Hannity’s real estate deals, the “incel” movement, Barbara Bush’s passing, the Korean summit, and much much more! What is “more”, do you ask? Well, the Bill Cosby verdict, a review of a book Sam read, the end of the Ronny Jackson nomination, the SESTA/FOSTA law, more on Cohen, the incident with the black men arrested in the Philadelphia Starbucks, and a bit about a nice video of Comet 67P. Is that enough? No? OK then… Sam’s son Alex also gives his own, uh, unique, description of a shooting at a waffle house, just not the one that actually happened. So, all in all, a jam-packed show!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2018-04-27
Length this week – 1:36:34

  • (0:00:35-0:14:17) Intro
    • Allergies
    • Agenda
    • Alex: Waffle House Shooting
  • (0:14:55-0:48:15) Lightning One
    • Ivan: Cosby and other MeToo
    • Sam: Book: The Man from Berlin (2013)
    • Ivan: Dr. Ronny Jackson
    • Sam: SESTA/FOSTA
  • (0:49:00-1:11:40) Lightning Two
    • Ivan: Cohen taking the 5th
    • Sam: McCabe
    • Ivan: Hannity Real Estate
    • Sam: Starbucks black guy arrests
  • (1:12:56-1:36:14) Lightning Three
    • Ivan: Incel
    • Sam: Barbara Bush
    • Ivan: Korean Summit
    • Sam: Comet 67P Video


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Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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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