Lethal Christmas

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Die Hard? NO! Die Hard is over; done; played-out! The definitive 80s-action-cum-Christmas-movie is now and will forever be Lethal Weapon (1987). Join Paul and Sean on a holly, jolly tour through the be-mulleted, cocaine-fueled, wet, glistening 1980s, with Danny Glover and pre-cancellation Mel Gibson as your guides. Come for the riffs about men’s poor skin care in the Reagan era; stay to find out if this is or is not a real Christmas movie!

How to Fix It

This week, Paul and Sean accidentally stumble into a long-planned discussion of institutional and electoral reforms that might reinject life into the shambling body of US politics, from ranked-choice voting and packing the House to reapportioning Senate seats by population and instituting term limits for SCOTUS.  

Our Super Spreader President

Look, it’s not really that hard to figure out what this episode is about from the title, but listen in and you’ll also find out the secret for why Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion can’t win the Great British Baking Show and suss out the difference between Prodigal Son George W. Bush and Fail Son _______ [insert various and sundry Trumps].

(Re)Action(ary) Park

Paul and Sean check in on school reopenings and Jerry Falwell Jr. Both are faring poorly. They then cast their eyes upon the bleak landscapes of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, consider the mounting carnage of both police and paramilitary violence, and close by reflecting on the ideology of theme parks – a topic inspired by the HBO documentary Class Action Park about notorious New Jersey pleasure palace Action Park.

Long Live Elena Ferrante, RIP Bernard Bailyn

Sean and Paul discuss a little pandemic reading, including Elena Ferrante’s novels about post-WW2 Italy and the work of the recently deceased historian of American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn. That leads into a discussion of whether Bailyn’s liberal legacy will endure new/old challenges from the New York Times’s 1619 Project and other more radical histories. Oh, and the two rhapsodize about how great SimCity is and whether it is the most or least neo-liberal video game ever created.