Episode 41: The Pecan Waffle At The End Of The World

What if you could go back in time. One week. What would you do differently?  What would you say differently on your podcast, for example? Some of us are about to find that out as this episode goes up one week after it was recorded. (Sorry, Tim en em. Things happen.  When we set up a Patreon or something, we’ll crank these out faster.)

Segment 1 (approximately 1 hour)

ANYWAY, how was your Thanksgiving? Ours was great/shitty/phony.  And then we watched the Republican tax bill destroy the world as we know it.   Now that the GOP has everything they want, do they even need Trump anymore?  Tim seems to think he’ll be forced out sooner than we do.

What do we do next?  Do we take to the streets? Do we take a nap on the job? Do we figure out ways to take down the political establishment? How do we cook the waffle before it cooks us?

In local politics, the election is over but Seth Bloom is still a douchebag and LaToya wants to Airbnb the hell out of everybody. Which bridge will Jeff have to live under?

SOSO (approximately 1 hour)

Lance listens to a bunch of podcasts and sees Primus at the Civic.

Alli visits the High Museum in Atlanta, goes to the Cook-Off For The Coast in Violet, and see the Discovery Of Voyager show at the Music Box

Jeff decides to talk about the upcoming stretch drive for the Saints season. This was recorded the night before the home game against Carolina but the commentary is still pretty ok.  

Recipe Minute

From the book, Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking, Alli makes something called “Herring Under A Fur Coat”

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Incidental music by Tommy Keene, Blato Zlato, um? the Rolling Stones too, we guess. The Hunkderdowncast intro/outro theme, as always is Campers by Testaverde.

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Episode 40: Nothing Stops A Job Like A Bullet

Today the role of Rev. Lance “Varg” Vargas will be played by Kaitlin Marone.  See if you can spot the continuity gaps. Also please drive carefully.

Segment 1

Kaitlin dreamed up and organized the DSA “Gimme a Brake Light” clinics sprouting up all across America so we make her talk about that a little bit.  The next clinic will? have already happened by the time this is uploaded.

Let’s talk Election 2017!

Is Seth Bloom going to win the key Midwestern Grandma demographic? Can we believe anything LaToya or Desi say? Why are the New Orleans elections not like the national progressive wave in local elections elsewhere? How can that change in the next round?

Segment 2

Kaitlin tells us about fighting Nazis at the Model U.N. Attorney General Jeff Landry tells us about fighting drug addiction with.. um.. drop off boxes or something. Alli tells us about some weird kids’ videos on YouTube that are probably definitely evil. Or possibly good.

SOSO

Kaitlin talks about a recent performance of her comedy troop’s “Fake News” show at the New Movement Theater. We discuss sewerage.

Alli decides to make this a sports segment and talk specifically about “how good Notre Dame is this year,” which, in retrospect was probably a bad idea. She also has some things to say about “Number one ranked Georgia” which, in retrospect, was also probably a bad idea.  It did yield Jeff making a wrong prediction, though. Also we learn that people who play football probably hate football.  Also, too, Alli got a tour of the Lake Borgne surge barrier.

Jeff has all kinds of personal problems.

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Special Report: Is LaToya Cantrell stealing Katrina valor from a diner?

It’s October 27. Happy Varg Gras (Literally “fat Varg”)

In this special report Varg speaks with Jackson Square artist Katie Leese who has launched a personal investigation into the facts behind a recent LaToya Cantrell for Mayor campaign ad.  This sounds like the first of a two part series. We look forward to Katie’s follow up report/brunch review.

 

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Episode 39: Curfew Carnival or Strange BedMayors

Check out @iSnapThereforeIam on Instagram.  That’s about it. Goodnight everybody!  Oh wait also Varg wants your money.  Oh and also here is a show. It’s HUGE.  Look, we’re sorry it’s two hours. But our friend, patron and show dad Ira Wray (@wemetintheair) drove all the way down from Baton Rouge just to sit in with us and there was a lot to talk about.  Here’s some notes to help you find your way through all this great #Content

Hour One

We’re all fresh off from actual compulsory hunkering during Hurricane Nate. We recap the that experience from Tactical Mitch to canned bread. Jeff hunkers down at Tujague’s. Our newest correspondent Jim Catchastory covers the hurricane.  Everybody has hurricane fatigue or fatigue fatigue or something like that.

There is a late breaking scandal in the mayor’s race. Varg has the scoop on that. Also the mayoral race is bad. We talk with Ira about the election and media strategy and do a little handicapping.

Musical performance by Engineer Pat and the Engineer Pat-ettes in a grudging tribute to Tom Petty

Hour Two

In sports, the Saints traded Adrian Peterson, Jacksonville is kind of a shithole, Ira and Varg talk fantasy football. Also Bo Knows Falconry.

Ira updates us on the Baton Rouge political scene and Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome’s troubles with the B.R.A.V.E. anti-crime initiative

Obligatory Tom Petty talk. Here are two articles of note this week about Tom Petty.

SOSO

Jeff appeared on the Dean’s List Fake News show.

Alli went to Comedy Fuck Yeah and had dinner at Bao and Noodle.

Ira has a newborn child named after a famous murder ballad.

Lance laid around watching movies.

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Episode 38: A Demonym for Tim en ’em

It’s election time in New Orleans. Do you know what district are you in?  One parish over, Mike Yenni is extremely weird but Lance thinks that’s ok.  The US and N. Korea went to DEFCON something or other over a tree one time.

We look at the latest mayoral poll numbers and talk about  what they might mean. Also here is   The ballad of Frank Scurlock.  Also, too, Sidney Torres’s farcical debate and its possible ramifications.   

Finally, in sports, LSU college football misery. #LesWouldaWon  NFL anthem antics, and, yeah, the back half of this episode has audio problems. Maybe ditch the headphones once the weird buzz kicks in.  We’ll get it right one of these days.

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Episode 37-B: Total Eclipse of the Varg

This is Varg’s epic journey to Paducah, Kentucky to see the solar eclipse last month. The story ran pretty long so we cut it out and released it as a “B side” to Episode 37. Varg’s trip takes him through the wilds of Mississippi to Jackson (America’s most radical city) on to Memphis and then across the great convergence of rivers at Cairo, Ill before finally arriving at the Eclipse Zone where something spiritual happens (maybe.) And then the whole thing kind of devolves into a backyard philosophy debate but with not enough weed.

Also Jeff promised to add notes concerning Marlin Gusman’s chargees sometimes running loose on Bourbon Street, as well as this article by Sam Kriss about the virtues of staring into the sun.

Incidental music samples: “Someone Like You” by  Adele, “True and Natural Man” by Kristin Diable, and “Distance Equals Rate Times Time” by The Pixies. Also the unofficial but pretty much official Hunkerdowncast theme is “Campers” by Testaverde.

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Episode 37-A: Just SOSO

Please enjoy some highlights of Matthew Hill and Johnese Smith’s performances at the Urban Conservancy’s mayoral debate on Flood Risk and Environmental Change this month. Full video here.  

Meanwhile, how have we been?  This episode is one big Steppin’ On Steppin Out (SOSO) segment, you know, just to catch everybody up on us.

Among the topics: Lance goes to see a “Wildcat” wrestling event in Metairie. Jeff and Alli go to the LSU/BYU season opener in the Superdome. Somehow this segues into a talk about the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. There’s the obligatory LSU/Notre Dame/Florida college football roundup. Alli goes to DC and  communes with the Juggalo March and observes the counterprogrammed “CHUD” rally.  Jeff and Lance do something called Seersucker Monday.  

There’s actually more but it ran long so we’re saving it for a bonus episode coming out later this week.

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Episode 36: Drainsplainin’

Back from rumspringa in The North and in Houston just in time for the flood.  Let’s splain everything as best we can.

Segment One: Let’s talk about the flood. Topics include S&WB’s unique power generation issues. (Described in detail here in 2011) Landrieu’s reorganization of the board’s structure. Cedric Grant buying furniture and  “showing leadership.” A potential privatization scheme could go very badly.  This stuff matters because someone will have to oversee implementation of the new water management plan.

At a about the 45 minute mark, we transition into preseason football mostly so that we can take stock of the growing number of Bronze Toms in the universe.

Segement Two: Jeff celebrates his birthday at the Bayou Brief launch party. Later, Jeff and Lance confirm the Shock Pole myth.  Lance road trips to Houston for “White Denim Night” and then up to Crosby, Mississippi for a writer’s retreat. Alli drove and camped her way all the way up to Michigan and back with a stop off in Chicago for the DSA National Convention.

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Incidental music: Quasi, Gary Brown

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We Know Nothing About This Show: GoT quick recap

Lance and Jeff watch Game of Thrones for whatever reason. Probably because there’s little else to do this time of year in the dead of the New Orleans summer. So Lance thought it would be a good idea to record a quick 10 minute recap of the Season 7 premiere. If it goes over well enough we might do more of these.

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Episode 35: Beet the clock

And now for something completely different. Really. We thought we’d change the format up a bit this time in order to 1) get the show down under an hour for once in our goddamn lives and 2).. Uh that’s about it.

Anyway, instead of the usual bits this time we just go around the table throwing out topics which we can only discuss for exactly two minutes or else Pat comes and hits us with an electrified pole he found somewhere in the French Quarter.  Since we surprised each other with the topics, we’ll let you discover by listening. Although.. here are a few news items referenced in discussion which may provide some hints.

NOLA.com: Have you seen a streetcar get into an accident?

Advocate: “Beet-red angry man” pulling out gun

NOLA.com: New Orleans road work could raise lead levels, officials warn

WWLTV: Torres “still processing” mayoral campaign

NOLA.com: Kristin Palmer to challenge Nadine Ramsey for New Orleans City Council

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