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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 Congrats to the Wray family, BTW.  

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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Episode 34: The State Of Our City Is Woke plus Wheel Of Mayors

Happy Birthday, America, and also to anyone else whose birthday it might be soon. We’ll save you a bowl of mammoth ramen or whatever.  We are releasing this episode during the holiday because unlike those who might be #ClosedForEssence, we are in fact woke as.. well, at least as woke as  as Wal Mart. We’ll never be quite as woke as Mitch Landrieu, though. At least that’s what his major award says.

 

Hour One: State Of The City

In anticipation of the mayor’s twice postponed State Of The City address, we pull together a quick discussion of themes we expect he will touch on.

In crime, Lee Zurik pulls the invoices on a private security firm Mitch hired, John Georges’s friend had a column in John Georges’s paper for some reason. Also Mitch may or may not actually care about crime but this does not mean he isn’t woke about it.

In resilience, it turns out the city and environs are sinking 50% faster than last predicted. Maintaining a proper state of wokeness about this problem strains one’s capacity for cognitive dissonance.

In housing,  Airbnb is already violating their agreement. Also, in other cities, such as Barcelona, they know how to play hardball.  But, The New Orleans inferiority complex seems to get in our way.

The state of the city is? yikes? but also woke.

 

Hour Two: Wheel Of Mayors

Behold the results of our first “official” Hunkerdowncast Twitter Poll of the mayoral race. Behold also the debut of everybody’s new favorite segment, “Wheel Of Mayors.” Let’s spin the wheel and see who we should talk about.

Karen Carter Peterson iIs being encouraged to run by many many friends but probably not by her friend LaToya.

LaToya Cantrell was quite recently the inevitability candidate. She’s in the news all the time. Recently, she changed her mind about electing a police chief because “we are in a crisis” Also, LaToya’s father in law is a defendant in the “debtor’s prison” lawsuit.

Michael Bagneris

Has a plan to to rebuild the police force by bringin in the Expendables. Also he will help us make nuts and bolts

Desiree Charbonnet

Has money, muscle, and ministers. But what secret plan is she working on down in the basement?

Frank Scurlock

Scurlock was arrested and nobody can deal with it. Also he is tired of things that are “sinceless”.

SOSO

Varg is forced to watch baseball and enjoys(?) an agonizing victory.Jeff goes on another podcast to talk about 30 year old football gamesAlli participates in a fundraising event for S.O.U.L. and plants some trees.

 Recipe Minute: 7 hour ramen

Open call to all mayoral candidates to appear on the show. Which one will be first to spin the wheel?

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Episode 33: So Much Socialism or How The British Destroyed The World

We’re back at the Deurty Boys gallery (901 Chartres St.) in the heart of New Orleans’ World Famous French Quarter to talk to you about? Chris Rose?  Playboy Buddy Rose?  Something? Oh actually the UK General election which happened the day before we recorded this. Alli is especially fired up. Varg is maybe a little skeptical not only of socialism but of British people in general.  

 Segment One (about 45 minutes)

 Recapping the UK Elections and the political implications going forward. Is there a lesson for American politics or is everybody just fine?  Interrupted only by some bead-wearing tourists barging into the gallery after hours oh and then by Menckles who just wants to go have a drink.

 Segment 2 (about 30 minutes)

 There are secret recordings of Varg talking to himself drunk and we are going to find them. Anyway, this part is all about the most recent spike in violent crime across the city, Mitch Landrieu’s neoliberal response and Leon Cannizzaro’s quasi-fascist response to said crime. Turns out the answer is it all comes down to socialism.  Also we play an occupation-based names game. Menckles sneaks in a word or two. Cannizzaro writes to the editor in a Donald Duck voice.

 Twitter Questions (Answer key)

 British people fucked up the world

Alli has never seen The Sopranos

 SOSO

 Varg likes it when Jeff and/or Portland are/is miserable. Alli goes to Portland and does all the Northwest outdoorsy things. Also there were homeless people.

 Alli and Jeff see another Dean’s List Fake News Show where they learn about Candy the Chimpanzee. Jeff shouldn’t be allowed in public.

 Is Phil Collins ok? Do Bridges Ice before roads? Varg goes down the bayou to a place in Gibson called Chester’s Cypress Inn and eats frog legs three days in a row. Also there is a new tattoo to be revealed.

 Predictions

 Billy Nungesser gets serious

The Legislature fails again

Ronal Serpas will do? something

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