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- 01 / 07 / 20 -
An early start since there's so much to talk about, the precipice of real conflict as American troops surround Iran, Trump assassinates a leading Iranian general, phone alerts, the bullying tactics of the United States, the hypocrisy of the United States' position, a brief history of Iran's relationship with the United States, how people tend to forget any of the history prior to 1979, the role of Mike Pompeo, trying to recall the name of the assassinated general, how his name was almost never mentioned by anyone claiming he was a wanted terrorist, the need for reaction against injustices, wondering what will happen next, why Iran is justified in reacting, the danger of getting away with these actions, the lack of people crowding the streets in protest in the United States, the difference between the Pentagon Papers and the Panama Papers, how Iranian-Americans are being harassed by border agents, how our leaders no longer seem to care about the law, the inevitability of this getting worse, a review of "The Sound of Music" from 1965, parallels to today, the high quality of filming, some interesting facts about this film and the related music, a song that was taken out of the film.
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- 01 / 14 / 20 -
Emmanuel's issue with the temperature outside, discussion of "The Man in the High Castle" and its musical intro, the reason intros are important, the annoyance of Netflix and its autoplay defaults, how this ruins the dramatic effect, an interesting Julie Andrews fact, similarities between musicals, speculating on films that could have been musicals, potential logistical issues involved when singing songs, a review of "The Shop on Main Street" from 1965, the Aryanization program that was illustrated in this Slovak film, the growth of a character, the Czechoslovakian portrayal of the Holocaust, a review of "A Man for All Seasons" from 1966, the story of King Henry VIII, who Thomas More was, similarities to current events, some interesting legal strategies portrayed in the film, how travel by boat worked back then, a review of "A Man and a Woman" from 1966, Kyle explains what was boring about this film, some things portrayed that are no longer allowed, the story behind the change in film stock, an update on the potential for war with Iran, the shooting down of an airliner by Iran right after its bombing of U.S. bases in Iraq, how Trump seems to have escaped any blame for triggering these events, the reaction of the Iranian people, how the will of the people isn't reflected in the results of American elections, there's another debate tonight with only six Democratic candidates, thoughts on Michael Bloomberg.
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- 01 / 21 / 20 -
A show recorded the day before the impeachment trial which means Kyle and Emmanuel won't be talking about it, heading north to escape the New York winters, riding on The Adirondack to Montreal, there was a major blizzard in Newfoundland, hoping for some really cold temperatures on this trip, a funny announcement at Penn Station that's made every morning for this train, describing how this train is laid out, a weird question about cannabis on the customs form for Canada, how Canadians appreciate winter weather so much more, the old architecture found in upstate New York, why it's good not to be talking about the impeachment trial, approaching Fort Edward, an update after crossing the border, describing the experience, noticing the tiny telegraph lines that still show up next to train tracks, Kyle describes the old open wire systems, trying to make predictions for the beginning of the impeachment trial, an update from the streets of Montreal, a difficult landing, the story of how Emmanuel lost his credit card while on the train, the scariness of snow plows in Montreal, lots of snow and cold temperatures, the challenges ahead if Emmanuel's credit card isn't found, arriving at Montreal's Notre Dame cathedral, Montreal architecture, how radio stations are found on cable systems with descriptions, how buildings in this country seem to be sturdier than in the States, a statue of someone holding a poodle, running to keep warm, a call for ideas on what to do in Quebec.
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- 01 / 28 / 20 -
The first time Kyle has introduced the show, Kyle and Emmanuel are driving east in Quebec, an update on the search for Emmanuel's credit card, how a replacement card was issued in record time, what it was like to hang out in Montreal, taking VIA Rail to Quebec from Montreal, the inadequacy of signage in Montreal for people who don't already know where everything is, comparing what it costs to take a train to Montreal from New York, the magic of Quebec, the abundance of phone booths in Canada, getting lost while driving, explaining what Kyle and Emmanuel are doing in Canada, plans to take a First Nations train for 13 hours from Sept-Iles to Schefferville, there is not one town in between these two points, some history of the unique train route, preparing to take a free ferry over a fjord, the extreme difficulty of buying a ticket for this train, an update from the train, Kyle describes what was involved getting onto the train early in the morning, trying to follow unfamiliar rules, describing the scene on the train, the challenge involved in getting tickets, a mystery $10 charge, confusing signs, why this is going to be a very short stay in Schefferville, the large amount of kids riding on this train, how kids are treated differently in native communities, the train is passing through Labrador, all of the traveling that lies ahead, why this is the most important train in North America, an Inuu band called Kashtin.
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