For September 13, 2007. Twenty years ago today, the Tifton City Hall and Myon Complex was dedicated in the town of Tifton, Georgia.  It wasn't a new building, but a renovation and restoration of a famous old one. I talk about the re-development of the Myon, as well as my own fascination with old buildings.

McMenamins has an extensive set of websites, which include pictures of many of their historic properties.  Well worth a look -- and a visit, if you're in the neighborhood!

Today's episode music is from 'Fallen Angel,' by DJ Topshelf.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_89_122007_091307.mp3
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Episode #88 -- Richard Raymond Valley For September 7, 2007. This episode is a highly personal one for me, marking 20 years since the death of my grandfather, Richard Raymond Valley.  I share several memories of my grampa, and I hope I can convey to you what made him such a special person.

If you can't remember, or never saw, the video for 'Saved By Zero,' you can see it here, on YouTube.

Today's episode music is from 'October,' by the Scottish Guitar Quartet.  Our theme music was composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_88_121907_090707.mp3
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Episode #87 -- Richard Marquand For September 4, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, film director Richard Marquand died at the age of 49.  He will probably best be remembered as the director of 'Return of the Jedi' in 1983.  I talk about the state of 'Star Wars,' how it's changed over the past twenty years, and what I think about the Special Editions and prequel movies.

Today's episode music is from 'Duel Key Dreamer,' by Father Rock.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_87_121407_090407.mp3
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Friday, December 7, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, PSA Flight 1771 crashed, killing everyone aboard, in what was not an accident but one of the worst incidents of workplace homicide in American history.  I share some details of the crash and how it happened, along with a discussion of the origins of a phrase which didn't yet exist in 1987 but is now commonly used to describe such incidents.

Today's episode music is 'Terraform,' by Aged Machine.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_86_120707.mp3
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Episode #85 -- Perestroika November 23, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, 'Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World' was reviewed in the New York Times.  I talk about several reviews of Mikhail Gorbachev's book, as well as my own impressions of it, and a little about the effects of the reforms Gorbachev described in the book.

Today's episode music is from 'Inspiration,' by Victor Stellar.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_85_112307.mp3
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Episode #84 -- The Great Potato Caper For August 29, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, minor-league baseball catcher Dave Bresnahan lost his job in the fallout of a stunt ever after known as 'The Great Potato Caper.'  I describe one of the funniest plays in baseball history, and the reaction from all quarters over the years.

An article written about six weeks after The Great Potato Caper, one of my principal sources for this podcast, can be found here.  You can see an image of (reportedly) the actual potato used here.

Episode music is from "Splat the Rat" by Father Rock.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_84_112207_082907.mp3
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Episode #83 -- Rudolf Hess For August 17, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, Rudolf Hess, the last surviving member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle and sole inmate of Spandau Prison for twenty years, died at the age of 93.  I talk a little about Hess' life, times and death; and how my interest in history began with a little book called 'The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler.'

Today's episode music is from 'House of the Dead,' by Scott Shannon.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_83_112007_081707.mp3
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For August 5, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the FCC enacted new regulations which spelled the end of the Fairness Doctrine as it had existed for almost 40 years.  I discuss the reasoning behind the Fairness Doctrine, the reasoning behind why it was killed, and my perceptions of the effect this has had on both broadcasting and public life in the United States.

Today's episode music is from "Fallen Angel," by DJ Topshelf.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_82_111607_080507.mp3
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Episode #81 -- The Living Daylights

For July 31, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the film 'The Living Daylights' was released in the United States.  I talk about the state of the James Bond film series in 1987, as well as my own fondness for Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent.

It turns out that the James Bond 007 role-playing game actually ceased publication in 1987, when the publisher lost the license from the James Bond copyright holders.  The Wikipedia entry linked here has some interesting facts about the game and links to other resources on the Web.

After the show there's a promo from the Icebox Radio Theater podcast -- bringing you great new and original audio theater from the Frozen North!


Today's episode music is from "Sunrise," by Torchomatic.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_81_111407_073107.mp3
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For June 19, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case Edwards v. Aguillard.  This case is one of many court cases in the contentious issue of what explanation for the origins of life and human beings should be taught in schools.  I take a look at the Edwards case, the influence of religious conservatives on American political life, and creationism versus evolution.

Today's music is from "Reasontanker," by Father Rock.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_80_111207_061907.mp3
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