2PP103 – 10 April 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe thought we’d try something a little different for this episode: Talking about things we don’t like about President Obama. Before we actually get into that, we have a bit of banter about—something. We actually have joked like this all our lives, but Arthur was a little punchy. Arthur then talks about one thing he doesn’t like about President Obama, then Jason mentions one of his, and we’re off! Along the way, we also talk about quite a few topical issues.

Next time, a “normal” episode. Well, we hope so, anyway…

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

Links for this episode:
JEOPARDY! plus 180 months – One of Roger Green’s posts Arthur mentioned
Or, just check out Roger’s blog—Arthur highly recommends it!
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP102 – 3 April 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe’re back to politics! We recorded this a few days ago because we wanted to talk about the stupid Indiana RFRA law. But Arthur was busy, and before he had a chance to edit the episode, Indiana passed a “fix”. Things sure do change quickly! Nevertheless, we decided to post it anyway because, well, why not?

We have a special one-topic discussion planned for the next episode.

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

Links for this episode:
What Makes Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Law Different?The Atlantic
Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked Their ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Is Seen As Anti-GayHuffington Post
Gov. Pence defends religious freedom bill amid continued criticismWashington Post
Mike Pence Dodges Questions On Anti-Gay Discrimination In IndianaHuffington Post
At the National Kite Festival – Jason’s blog post that he mentioned
Fudge at the Fudgery – Jason’s blog post that we talked about at the end

Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP101 – 30 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe are ALL over the map in this episode! And none of it’s political this episode—just the sorts of things we’ve always talked about. After reminiscing about a cigarette commercial (it’s relevant, actually), which Arthur later found, we move on to two things that Jason thinks are different and interesting. That leads us to talk about artists using sites like Kickstarter to fund their projects—including a New Zealand-made comedy that used crowdsourcing to fund distribution in the USA.

Jason talked about a service where listeners “pay what they want” to buy music of emerging artists. That, in turn, leads to talk about listening to music. We don’t use our phone for music. Oddly enough, there are some things that Arthur doesn’t do on electronic devices, like his phone.

A little discussion of tricks to remember things leads us to veer into nostalgia and even urban legends. We ARE all over the place this episode.

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

Links for this episode:
What We Do In The Shadows – the New Zealand comedy film Arthur mentioned—and highly recommends!
NoiseTrade – The music service Jason’s used.
Ray Rayner – Arthur mentioned him, and the Wikipedia entry at the link talks about everything that we talked about.
Cuddly Dudley – The Ray Rayner-related toy that Arthur had.
Odd Ogg – The toy that Jason mentioned. Somebody made a video of how it worked.
Click Clacks – Jason mentioned this toy, too.
Urban legends about snakes in things – Snopes
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP100 – 23 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWE MADE IT TO EPISODE 100! And now, with New Improved Sound!

We talk about that first. When we get to real topics, it’s THAT letter first. We’re not impressed. As Jason said, “it’s sooooo Republican”. We also talked about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Arthur’s not impressed with it. Even Obama Derangement Syndrome gets a discussion, among so much more.

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

Links for this episode:
War with Iran is probably our best option – the utterly bizarre opion piece published in the Washington Post
It’s Our Future – New Zealand opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Arthur says it has good explanations of, and reasons for, opposition to the proposed agreement.
The Senate’s 47 percent – the Washingnton Post article Jason quoted from
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP099 – 16 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe talk about all sorts of things—movies and movie going. That leads us to talking about Internet-related things. That, then, leads us on to how the Internet deals with groups like Isis. We’re not impressed with the response so far, and Arthur is particularly angry at the New Zealand Prime Minister sending NZ defence force personnel as “non combat” personnel there as “trainers”.

After we recorded, Arthur looked it up and Gold Class Cinema tickets in Auckland are about $25 each (around US$18.50), which makes it a little more than double the cost of a normal ticket. Food and beverages are extra.

Special Note: We’re about to have a major upgrade in our audio quality!

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

Links for this episode:
What ISIS Really Wants by Graeme Wood – the article from The Atlantic that Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP098 – 10 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThis episode was delayed a bit because Arthur was swamped with work and didn’t have tome to edit it. Still, better than in the past! We talked a bit about cricket and baseball first (well, for a little while…) before we switch to talking about the goofballs in the Republican caucus in the US Congress.

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

Links for this episode:
“Can’t Govern Themselves Out of a Paper Bag” – Jason’s blog post that he mentioned.
“American democracy is doomed” the Vox article by Matthew Yglesias that Arthur talked about.
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.


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2PP097 – 2 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgToday we talked a bit about the New Zealand elections, which Arthur mentioned back in Episode 95. He talks in more detail about the nuts and bolts of how election campaigns are done in New Zealand, sharing some things he hasn’t really talked about on his blog or his AmeriNZ Podcast, either. That leads to a discussion about voter turnout, and how low turnout affects the result.

Jason’s cat even has a few things to say!

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

Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP096 – 23 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgYes, we’re back again—we told you so! Today we start out talking about the Alabama circus and the larger issues involved in the tired rightwing talking points about marriage equality, defiance of Supreme Court rulings, and so on. Arthur mashed two different religious references together—did you catch it? Trust us, he knows his mountains—including the one the radical right needs to get over.

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

Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP095 – 17 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe’re back!! Today we start out with a quick episode to—let’s be honest here—remember how to do this. Clearly Arthur needs a refresher, and that’s up first. Then it’s a little talk about what we’ll be doing, before we chat about a few other things. We even do a little skit. That’s it—we’re just getting warmed up!

A new, full episode is coming later this week.

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

Links for this episode:
Arthur’s blog posts on the 2014 New Zealand elections
AmeriNZ 305 – Third and AmeriNZ 306 – Solstice – The podcast episodes where Arthur talked about the NZ elections (in part)
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.


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2Political: The return

Yes, it’s true: 2Political Podcast is returning! In a few days, Jason and Arthur will record a new episode, once again sharing their conversations about politics, the news, and whatever else they think of. Naturally, in that first new episode in over a year they’ll also talk about where they’ve been all this time, as well as current topics.

Talk with you soon!

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