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French Girls members Cody Page, Charlie Foltz, Kalan Gillespie and Randy O'shea hang out with friends and talk about everything from music to comedy. We will be bringing guests from both our local art world as well as our good friends. Check out our music and check for show dates at www.frenchgirlsmusic.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
 
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One of the few things that Donald Trump and Joe Biden agree on is their shared hatred of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives ISPs and website operators legal immunity from most user-generated content. Donald Trump vetoed the defense spending bill in December because the legislation didn't include language "terminating" Sectio…
 
Jon Daly (Kroll Show, Abracadabralifornia) returns to talk music, sandwiches, and Jersey Mike's. Plus, our guest and the 'boys give up treats they hold dear in the debut of My Snackrifice. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?sort=most_funded&seed=2678973&page=1 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2870708/reviews?re…
 
These are the times that try libertarians' souls. (And everyone else's, too.) So in the waning hours of Donald Trump's presidency, Reason Roundtable podcasters Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie debate the questions ripping through Washington and the rest of the country: Should Trump be impeached, removed, persuade…
 
Monica Ruiz (The Bold and the Beautiful, The Rookie) and Chris O'Malley (Watermans) join the 'boys for a revisit of Panera Bread. Plus, another edition of Can I Take Your Order? Sources for this week's intro: https://www.anheuser-busch.com/about/heritage.html https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/company/our-history.html https://www.thrillist.com/eat/n…
 
Before his death from prostate cancer in 1993, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Frank Zappa spent time in jail for making an obscene recording requested by undercover cops, released 60 records in every genre imaginable, became one of the first modern musical artists to start his own company, testified before Congress that labeling music due to lyric…
 
While the Internet was exploding Sunday over the leak of President Donald Trump's shameful, lawyer-laden phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensberger, a more orderly yet still significant transfer of power was taking place: Iraq vet and supermarket heir Peter Meijer (R–Mich.) was sworn into office, replacing five-term Republican-tur…
 
Charles Wininger has been a psychotherapist and "psychonaut"—a user of psychoactive substances ranging from LSD to marijuana to psilocybin—for decades. In his new memoir and practical guide, Listening To Ecstasy: The Transformative Power of MDMA, the 71-year-old New Yorker comes out of the "chemical closet" to talk about how MDMA has helped to revi…
 
So what did Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie learn about over these godawful last 12 months? Among the lessons confessed on today's Reason Roundtable podcast: that there's nothing noble about a "noble lie," that "personal responsibility" has more meanings than are evident upon first glance, that we have given tea…
 
Why did prescription opioids bring so much misery, addiction, and death to the small towns of post-industrial America? The media's standard narrative focuses on the role played by OxyContin, a powerful painkiller supposedly foisted on helpless rubes and naive doctors by cynical profiteers at Purdue Pharma, whose executives have already pleaded guil…
 
"I like to say very bluntly: Our mission is to redistribute wealth," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday while announcing the removal of entrance standards at public schools. "A lot of people bristle at that phrase; that is in fact the phrase we need to use." It's rare to hear Karl Marx translated so faithfully by a 21st century American poli…
 
Evan Susser (Fist Fight, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) returns to review steaks and shakes with the 'boys in this very special episode. Plus, another edition of Season's Eatings. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.mysanantonio.com/sa-inc/article/Has-San-Antonio-s-Sardar-Biglari-lost-his-touch-15393824.php https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/fina…
 
Do immigrants bring with them the worst attributes of the countries and societies they are fleeing? That fear motivates anti-immigrant sentiments from populists and nationalists such as President Donald Trump, who famously declared at the start of his campaign for the presidency that "when Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best." I…
 
As in the movie Groundhog Day, a member of the Trump administration this morning woke up early, put on his work clothes, and started yammering about the "fraudulent election" and how some cock-eyed new scheme was going pull victory from the jaws of defeat. Alas for Stephen Miller—and Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas), and the House Freedom Caucus, and at lea…
 
Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times, CBS News) joins the 'boys to talk Forrest Gump, cereal, classic candy and Domino's. Plus, the debut of the new Flank Check segment. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.pagat.com/domino/history.html https://www.dominorules.com/chickenfoot http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/domino-s-inc-histoy/ …
 
In August 2019,* The New York Times published The 1619 Project, an immensely ambitious, influential, and controversial reframing of American history. The project's creator, Nikole Hannah-Jones, won a Pulitzer Prize for her work while arguing that the nation's founding was based on a "racist ideology," and that the U.S. Constitution was a "decidedly…
 
Before we talk about the delicious/delirious content on the latest Reason Roundtable podcast, a quick reminder: It's the penultimate day of our annual Webathon. Challenge grants are afoot. We take still more listener questions in the pod below, but before you click the clicky… WON'T YOU PLEASE DONATE TO REASON RIGHT ABOUT THE HELL NOW? OK, long sto…
 
How does Katherine Mangu-Ward deal with all the damn statists surrounding her at work? How does Peter Suderman imagine persuading people that more government control of health insurance is not the way to better outcomes? Why do none of Nick Gillespie's cultural references post-date 1965? WTF is going on with Matt Welch's hair? These questions and m…
 
Chelsea Peretti (Big Mouth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Phosphorescent Panic, Foam and Flotsam) makes her Doughboys debut and reviews Peet's Coffee. Plus, another edition of Treat or Skeet. Sources for this week's intro: Dutch East India Company | Facts, History, & Significance | Britannica The Dutch East India Company and the Rise of Intra-Asian Commerce …
 
How much does President Donald Trump hate Section 230, the controversial law that gives internet service providers, website operators, and social media platforms broad immunity from legal responsibility for user-generated content? He's threatened to veto funding for the military unless Congress "completely terminates" the law, which also allows soc…
 
Following the tragic death of their teenage daughter, Amy 'Dolly' Everett in January 2018, following extensive bullying, Kate and Tick Everett founded Dolly's Dream to create positive change and a legacy to their daughter. Their advocacy has resulted in governments taking childhood bullying and its devastating impacts more seriously.…
 
As of today, the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County can no longer legally congregate with people outside of their immediate family, unless it's for the purposes of outdoor protest or religious gathering. Playgrounds—you know, those places in California's abundantly pleasant outdoors where children, who are disproportionately unlikely to con…
 
No journalist is more relentlessly iconoclastic than Glenn Greenwald, who shared a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Edward Snowden revelations. Though unapologetically progressive, the 53-year-old former lawyer never shrinks from fighting with the left. A week before the 2020 election, he quit The Intercept, the online news organization…
 
Over the past 50-plus years, Charles Koch grew his family business, Koch Industries, into one of the largest privately held companies in America. At the same time, he played a leading role in creating or supporting the modern libertarian movement and some of its major institutions. Among them: The Cato Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, t…
 
Ronni Kahn is a social entrepreneur and founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest. Ronni is a passionate advocate and activist renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. She appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government and is a sought after keynote speaker.…
 
It's been a bad few days for Donald Trump's lawyers, court cases, and political party. But has it been bad for the rest of us as well? That's the question dominating the second half of this week's Reason Roundtable. The first 30 minutes are all about this year's COVID-tainted Thanksgiving—recipes, serving strategies, tips for sidestepping political…
 
Michael Cassady & Paul Rust (Don't Stop or We'll Die, SONG-A-WEEK) join the 'boys for an episode free of all silliness and a revisit of Burger King. Plus, another edition of Jingle All The Whey. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.smh.com.au/national/jack-not-so-hungry-for-burger-king-20020425-gdf84v.html https://www.smh.com.au/business/burg…
 
"From the moment we're born, we're surrounded by textiles," says Virginia Postrel, author of the new book The Fabric of Civilization. "It's not just our clothes, it's our blankets, it's our curtains. It's our bandages. It's our duct tape! There are more textiles than you can ever think about surrounding us. And we don't think about them very much."…
 
So voters repudiate President Donald Trump yet refuse to embrace the Democratic Party, while also passing some freedom-friendly ballot initiatives. Meanwhile, the noisy center of American politics these past five years characteristically refuses to concede, and concocts increasingly implausible conspiracy theories attempting to explain away his los…
 
Dewayne Perkins (The Break with Michelle Wolf, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Amber Ruffin Show) joins the 'boys to talk Chicago, Thanksgiving, theme park eats and Boston Market. Plus, the debut of A Single Item Must Be Banished. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.qsrmagazine.com/finance/boston-market-acquired-rohan-group-companies https://www.nrn…
 
Before George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, there was Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Brown's death inspired the fledgling Black Lives Matter movement, and "Hands Up. Don't Shoot," a line derived from accounts of Brown's final words, has been a rallying cry at prot…
 
Which weekend op-ed headline team are you on? "Libertarians Spoil the Election: Jo Jorgensen exceeds Biden's margin in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia," by Walter Block? Or "One Group Is Unreservedly Happy About the Election Results: Libertarians are pleased to have likely dodged the bullet of one-party government control," by Liz Mair? (…
 
In this episode Bernie speaks to, Russell Kerr. Who, as a response to many years witnessing struggling students, or those with different learning styles, written off prematurely and not given the opportunity to realize their potential, developed the Hands on Learning program. Armed with the philosophy that a school has a responsibility to provide a…
 
Lesley Tsina (Community, ThunderCats Roar, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs, Restart Me Up) joins the 'boys to talk cats, childhood eats, and Paris Baguette. Plus, the debut of Can I Take Your Order? Sources for this week's intro: https://www.latimes.com/world/la-xpm-2012-dec-19-la-fg-south-korea-park-20121220-story.html https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/09/wor…
 
In four years as president, Republican Donald Trump has overseen massive spending increases. His Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, has laid out a spending plan that would add $11 trillion in new spending and institute the largest tax hike since the end of World War II. Is this any way to run a country? Brian Riedl, a senior fe…
 
Though 100 million of you have already cast your ballots, and there never really were many undecided voters to begin with this time around, let us not look this gift horse('s ass) of an election in the mouth. Today's Reason Roundtable podcast provides some last-minute shopping analysis of the two main candidates in our national elderly man contest.…
 
Michael "Mookie" Blaiklock (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Right Now Kapow, YOU ARE WORTHY with LilMookieB) joins the 'boys for the conclusion of Rockaroundtheclockdoughberfest and a revisit of Dunkin'. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2005-dec-28-me-vale28-story.html http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SH…
 
Very little will likely be decided on Election Day, says Stanford and Hoover Institution political scientist Morris P. Fiorina, and that's not simply because a historically high percentage of mail-in ballots means the final tally might not be known for weeks or even months. Fiorina says we are in an extended age of what he calls "unstable majoritie…
 
Did you notice at last week's final presidential debate that the candidates actually talked about concrete coronavirus-related policies for more than a half-minute there? The discussion was not without its head-scratchers, but at least the most pressing issue facing 2020 America got chewed on a bit. Though it didn't quite answer the question: What …
 
Jason Woliner (Eagle Heart, The Last Man on Earth) joins the 'boys to talk ice cream, on-set eats, and 7-Eleven, the world's largest convenience store chain. Plus, the debut of Reel Meal. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/omar-knedlik/16909 https://kansaspublicradio.org/kpr-news/remembering-omar-knedlick-kansas-man-who-…
 
After her husband Peter died of cancer in 2008, Vicki Jellie found his plans for a local cancer fundraiser. His dream had been to bring radiotherapy services to the South West of Victoria. Peter’s dream became Vicki’s passion. In 2009, Vicki initiated “Peter's Project” – a community group dedicated to fighting for improved cancer services. Listen n…
 
Forty years ago, PBS (of all networks) gave the libertarian economist Milton Friedman hours in prime time for Free To Choose, an unapologetic defense of why capitalism was both morally and pragmatically superior to socialism. Over the course of 10 hourlong episodes, the Nobel Prize winner laid out the pitfalls of protectionism. espoused the virtues…
 
"Once social media sites take on the responsibility of policing speech," David Harsanyi wrote at Reason in 2018, "they are transforming themselves into adjudicators of what ideas are tolerable on purportedly open platforms. "That's a precarious position moving forward." Boy howdy is it. On today's Reason Roundtable podcast. Nick Gillespie, Peter Su…
 
Shaun Diston (We Have To Stop Talkin' TMNT On CBB) joins the 'boys to talk puzzles, Star Wars, scary movies and Denny's. Plus, a Pizza Hut vs. Domino's edition of Jingle All The Weigh. Sources for this week's intro: https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/aaron-hank https://www.biography.com/athlete/hank-aaron https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/70…
 
In 1977, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) went to court to defend the rights of American Nazis to march through the streets of Skokie, Illinois, home to many Holocaust survivors. The ACLU defended the Nazis' right to march and won the case on First Amendment grounds, but at a high cost: 30,000 members quit the organization in protest. The …
 
Maddie Diamond is the founder of Trash Gather, a youth-led community group that meets every month to pick up rubbish in public areas across Canberra. She is a 22-year-old sustainability advocate and was a nominee for the Young Australian of the Year award. At the award show she sent a message to Australians everywhere by painting “Climate Justice” …
 
Last week featured a surprisingly taciturn Vice Presidential debate that was notable more for what the candidates didn't say than what they did. But make no mistake: Health care, the federal budget, infrastructure and energy are all going to be subjects of intense legislative wrangling over the next four years, no matter who wins in November. Democ…
 
Sierra Katow (Last Comic Standing, Earth To Ned) joins the 'boys to talk late-night eats, Toomgis and convenience store chain ampm. Plus, another edition of Fake Chews. Sources for this week's intro: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/the700level/philadelphia-flyers-introduce-new-mascot-gritty https://cargocollective.com/StephenChow/ampm-Toomgi…
 
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