Saturday, December 23, 2006.  There were two great homecomings twenty years ago today.  The experimental aircraft Voyager completed a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world; and Andrei Sakharov was allowed to return home to Moscow after seven years of internal exile.

Today's episode music is "Splat the Rat," by Father Rock.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




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Friday, December 22, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, an ordinance took effect in Platte City, Missouri, banning pit bull dogs.  I take a look at that ordinance, and the efforts to pass ones like it elsewhere in the country.

Today's episode music is from "The Warlock," by Scott Shannon.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Just a brief announcement to let folks know that "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" is going on a short hiatus.  My day job has been downright brutal (60+ hour work weeks) for the past several weeks, and looks to continue that way for quite some time (with, if all goes well, a short vacation between Christmas and New Years).  Taking a break from the podcast now will allow me to get some more shows written and recorded in advance, which will allow me to post new episodes consistently after the break.

Look for the next new episode to appear on Thursday, December 21.

Thanks so much for your understanding and support.
--Jamie


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Saturday, December 9, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, I turned twenty years old.  I talk about the age I was then, the age I am now, and the attitudes of the younger generations toward the older ones.  Some things haven't changed in twenty years, really.

Ironically, this is also my 40th podcast!  I didn't plan it this way, really.

Today's episode music is from "Celestial Voices," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Friday, December 8, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka gave his Nobel lecture, a call to action against the apartheid regime in South Africa.  I discuss Soyinka, his speech, as well as the efforts to change the situation in South Africa.  Those efforts included a famous protest song organized by Steven Van Zandt, "Sun City."

Podcast theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, the annual William Lowell Putnam mathematics competition was held.  See the questions for the 1986 competition.  (Link is to a PDF.)  I tell a little bit about the competition, and my relationship to math over the years.

Today's episode music is from "Confusion," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Monday, December 4, 2006.  The Chicago Tribune announced the winners of its first annual Holiday Cookie Contest twenty years ago today.  I share the names of the winning recipes, and talk a little about my memories of cooking and baking.

This podcast is guaranteed to be non-fattening!

Episode music is from "Overnighter," by Jeremiah Fleming.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

Edit December 5, 2006:  I've reposted this episode with the correct audio file, this time!  No more Gotti, it's really time for cookies!




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Sunday, December 3, 2006.  A key witness in the RICO trial of mob boss John Gotti began his testimony twenty years ago today.  I look at Gotti's history and how he went from being the Teflon Don in 1986 to the Velcro Don in 1992.

Today's episode music is "The Wood Between the Worlds," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #35 -- Shenmue Wednesday, November 29, 2006.  The story of the video game Shenmue opens twenty years ago today.  I look at that game, and the state of video console gaming in the time Shenmue is set.

Official site -- Shenmue.com
Shenmue Dojo on GameSpy

Episode music is from the Shenmue game.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Episode #34 -- William S. Burroughs Tuesday, November 28, 2006.  Twenty years ago today is the date of "Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1986" by William S. Burroughs.  The video clip of Burroughs reading the poem, directed by Gus Van Sant, can be found here.

Today's episode music is "El Coradobes," by Gringo Motel.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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