How convenient it is that our usual Thursday recording slot was given a boost by coincidentally falling on the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’s first ever gig as the Marquee club in London. Hence the amazing intro music !
Charley and I talk a little about the Stones, our favourite songs, and the incredible factoid (courtesy of Justin) that Justin, Martin Scorsese has used Gimme Shelter in three of his iconic movies:Casino, Good Fellas and The Departed.
From the Rolling Stones to the immovable object — yes, of course, we’re talking about Congress. Today we bring you the not so surprising news that since the healthcare bill was signed into law, the House (dominated by Republicans since 2010) has passed over 30 bills , what we can only assume are symbolic acts, to repeal the law.
To add a light-hearted note to frankly terrifying partisanship, we recall some of the amazing names given to these bill. and indeed talk about the art-form of the Congressional acronym in general. Here is our absolute favourite: The USA PATRIOT ACT, standing for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act. Obviously. Tune in to hear more beauties !
Finally, we move onto #Waywire, Cory Booker’s new media startup aimed at millenials. Charley thinks about how it might be The Atlantic of this time. Of course, when The Atlantic was founded, the galvanizing issue was slavery. So, the question we have is what is this generation’s issue? Is there just one? Tune in to hear what we think and as ever, tell us what you think!
- Notes to Self: Week of May 14 (article-3.com)
- The Empty Chamber (newyorker.com)
- The Opportunity Gap (nytimes.com)