2PP120 – 19 May 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400Back to political stuff this episode—though we start with just chatting.

When the political talk begins, we start with talk about how the Donald might win in November. Then we go on to talk about Bernie and his supporters. Arthur is increasingly annoyed with some of Bernie’s most ardent fans. We have a few other complaints. We have a go at Drumpf and the Republicans, too, of course. We even talk about illegal immigration, both the hypocrisy of those who claim to want to fight it, and what would happen if they actually did.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
”Most “Pro-Life” Americans Unsure About Trump’s Abortion Views” – Gallup
”How Would Americans React to a President Trump’s First 100 Days?” – Gallup
”Who are Trump’s potential Supreme Court picks?” – MSNBC
”The smug style in American liberalism” – The Vox piece we mentioned
”An Historic Night at Nationals’ Park — Max Scherzer Strikes out 20” Jason’s blog post on the game we mentioned at the very end
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP119 – 26 April 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400This is a different sort of episode for us—not unusual, but not common: This is one of those “& other stuff” episodes we mention on our website and album art. This meant that Arthur didn’t rush to edit it, then he got sick. Sigh. Anyway, we’ve already recorded another episode, and will be posted soon.

We begin by talking about technical, um, challenges. We have had a few! This led to a discussion of some American things not available in New Zealand. We also talked about baseball—well, Jason did. And, we talk about spotting famous people—and that leads on to famous people dying, some people’s reaction to those deaths and the reactions of people to those reactions. And then we end up NOT talking about comments. The trials and tribulations took their toll!

A newer (already recorded) episode will be posted soon (meaning, as soon as Arthur finishes editing it…).

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Bryce Harper’s Instagram photo that we talked about
Arthur’s 2008 blog post on his brush with a famous person he talked about (second item)
“After Prince died” The blog post Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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The Lost Episodes

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400When we recorded Episode 118, we thought something was off about the numbering. Then Arthur posted it and found out we were right: Two episodes were missing! What to do?

So, Arthur climbed the rickety ladder leading up to the attic space above the 2Political Podcast Studios and started looking around. He saw an old steamer trunk off toward the back, which was kind of odd, since he had no idea where it had come from or who put it there. Even so, he went over and had a look.

Behind the truck were some things that had apparently slid off the top. Behind a “Goldwater–Miller” campaign poster, and next to a snowglobe of a rosebud, he found a Zip Disk that said, “Process” on the label.

Intrigued, Arthur returned to the 2Political Podcast Studios, but they were far too modern for a Zip Disk. Arthur scrounged around in his personal archives (that is, boxes packed away…) and found his old Zip Drive. He located a SCSI to USB converter, then managed to find software to make his Mac see the drive (provided by a guy named Boris Badenov who promised the monthly payments will stop in only 20 years, something, something, moose and squirrel…), and voila! The Lost Episodes were found.

We’ve already posted episode 118, of course, so here are the lost episodes 116 and 117. Depending on your browser and settings, if you click on a link below, it should open-and play-in a new window. Or, you can right-click to download them to listen to later. Or, not.

But at least now there are no more Lost Episodes-this year…

2PP116 – 28 January 2016
2PP117 – 17 February 2016

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2PP118 – 22 April 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400We were a bit confused about the episode number for this one, and when posting it, Arthur noticed why. He will investigate further.

This episode had some sound issues. Arthur had a slow Internet connection which affected our Skype connection.

We talk about the New York primary, Drumpf’s delegate and party problem, some trivia, how the media should have been doing a better job of explaining how primaries and delegate selection works, and we even talk about sports (yes, really…), and Jason watching Jeopardy! being recorded—this is a very eclectic episode.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
The transcript of the April 6 Rachel Maddow Show where they talked about Rule 16c
Real Clear Politics list of delegates/dates
”A Couple of Funny Signs” – his post about signs Jason mentioned
”Harper Hits Home Run 100 — A Grand Slam!!!” – Jason’s blog post on the home run he mentioned
”Emanuel defends $1.2 billion Lucas Museum plan as ‘investment in the future’” Chicago Tribune
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP115 – 13 January 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400Arthur finally found time to edit this episode! The Powerball lottery drawing in the USA hadn’t happened yet when we recorded, so we begin today talking about that first. Then we turn to the deaths of Natalie Cole and David Bowie. Arthur wonders: Should Bowie have told his fans he was terminally ill?

We also talk a bit about the whole “Is Ted Cruz really eligible to run for president?” thing. There actually are legitimate questions, but we talk mostly about the broader implications of those questions. That leads to more general talk about the primaries and polling.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
”Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president” – Mary Brigid McManamon in The Washington Post
”Harvard law professor: Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president is ‘murky and unsettled’”The Guardian (via Raw Story)
”Yes, Ted Cruz is a ‘natural born citizen’” – Jonathan H. Adler in The Washington Post
”It is absolutely scandalous and ridiculous that American immigrants can’t become president”Vox
”The Republican Party Has Only Itself to Blame for Donald Trump” – By Kevin Drum on Mother Jones
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP114 – 30 December 2015

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2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe decided to do a special episode that wasn’t tied to the particular time it was recorded so that we’d have something to post during the holidays. We’d hoped to have it a little bit earlier, but, hey—it IS the holidays!

So today we talk about the state of public discourse, especially as shown by the comments people leave online. Jason has some actual examples of the sorts of things we’re talking about. Arthur shares some of his own experiences with the trolling behaviour of other commentators.

Finally, there’s even a little talk about New Zealand’s flag referendum and summer holidays.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
All Arthur’s blog posts on the NZ flag referenda
All Jason’s blog posts on the Photo Ark Exhibit
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP113 – 16 December 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe decided to do a shorter episode this time, and I took Arthur only five days to get it edited. Progress.

We start out talking about the state of the election campaign. Among other things, we don’t understand why the newsmedia fails so miserably at understanding why Trump continues to do well. Maybe journalists and pundits don’t understand the base of the Republican Party, and that’s why they don’t understand his appeal to that base? The early contests—especially Iowa—make matters worse, since they’re all completely unrepresentative of the USA generally (and Iowa Republican politics is domoinated by fundamentalist Christian political activists).

As we start to wrap up, we talk a bit about Arthur’s summer off from work, which leads us to talk about going to the movies, since we were both about to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the time we recorded. What’s better—assigned seats or general seating? We have different views on that.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Our usual links:
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP112 – 9 December 2015

We start today talking about a couple of Jason’s pet peeves—the news media’s poor performance on reporting on terrorism. We talk about why that might be the case. Arthur talks about the people who are real threats, and how we have no idea why they do what they do. We also talk about how the media is used, and how so often they don’t really report anything at all useful. We still think that the whole Daesh mess is an Arab problem, and sending in troops is nuts.

Next, we talk about a letter Jason received telling him the guy who mugged him is up for parole. Jason shares his reaction.

Arthur says his dogs apologise for barking while we recorded this episode. They said they had no idea they needed to be quiet.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
“Kiwi Jihadi brides on the rise” – from Stuff
“‘The worse the attack the more excited they are’ – Kiwi women leave to be jihadi brides” [Video] – ONE News – Has the comments by John Key that Arthur mentioned
“An Unwelcome Blast from the Past” – Jason’s post on his letter about his mugger’s parole
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP111 – 23 September 2015

This episode was delayed, again because Arthur didn’t have time to edit it. We start today by talking about Jason’s to New York to see the final performance of Mamma Mia. After that, we talk about people liking what they like, one of Arthur’s recurring themes. That leads us to talk about meanspiritedness on the Internet—why do people say such horrible things about other people?

We talk a bit about “pharma bro” and his fake capitalism—or, his anti-capitalism, to be more accurate. Scott Walker dropped out. Good riddance! Other Republicans come in for their share of criticism, too, of course.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
“Mamma Mia There I Go Again One Last Time on Broadway” – Jason’s Post that we talked about
“Like what you like” – Arthur’s posts that Jason mentioned
“Scott Walker could have stayed in the presidential race. But he wasn’t willing to fight” – from Vox
“Carly Fiorina Lies to Fox, Has a Bri-Wi Problem”Huffington Post
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP110 – 18 August 2015

IMG_66282PP_Album_art 1400x1400We start today by talking about some fun things, like Jason’s recent visit to the National Building Museum (which Arthur didn’t know existed) and their “The Beach” exhibit.

Our first topic today is “The Hair Donald”. Arthur thinks that pundits still don’t get how much Trump speaks to the base of the Republican Party. Jason points out how much of the conventional wisdom about the race is wrong. The Republican Party created all its own problems—and it has a lot of problems.

And, we managed to make this episode shorter!

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
National Building Museum
At the Beach at the National Building Museum – All Jason’s posts on the exhibit
“Charles Koch scolds the 1 percent: The plutocrat’s surprising moment of clarity” – from Salon
“The missing clown” Arthur’s blog post on the 17th Republican Clown Candidate
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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