Episode #113 -- Wayne Gretzky trade Friday, August 22, 2008. The feature article in Sports Illustrated twenty years ago today (the cover of the magazine is pictured here) was all about a history-making trade of a history-making player, Wayne Gretzky.  I talk about the trade, Gretzky's career, and how his being traded to the Los Angeles Kings influenced the development of the National Hockey League in the years after.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_113_082208.mp3
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Episode #112 -- Cesar Chavez Ends Fast Thursday, August 21, 2008.  Twenty years ago today, farm labor leader Cesar Chavez ended a water-only fast after 36 days.  I take a look at Chavez, his fast, and his legacy, as well as several issues that were part of his life's work -- the plight of farm workers and the ongoing controversy over immigration.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_112_082108.mp3
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Twenty years ago today, a cease-fire began which ended the Iran-Iraq War.  I take a look at some of the effects of a war that lasted nearly eight years, but is still having a direct effect on us, twenty years after it ended.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_111_082008.mp3
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Episode #110 -- Minoxidil Approved by FDA Monday, August 18, 2008. Twenty years ago today, the drug minoxidil was approved by the FDA as a treatment for male pattern baldness.  It is still sold today, most often under the brand name Rogaine.  I talk about minoxidil and male pattern baldness -- an issue which is every bit as important to those who have to deal with it today as it was twenty years ago.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_110_081808.mp3
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Episode #109 -- Rhyme Pays For November 11, 2007.  It was twenty years ago that the major label debut of rap artist Ice-T, 'Rhyme Pays,' was released.  There's no explicit lyrics in this podcast, but I do talk about the record and its influence on the genre.  I also offer some thoughts on the nature of soul, art, and pop culture.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_109_071208_111007.mp3
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Episode #108 -- Robert Bork For October 23, 2007. Twenty years ago on this day, the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court was rejected by the U.S. Senate. I talk about the Bork nomination, how I listened to the hearings, and offer my interpretation of some of the catchphrases that fly around whenever there's a Supreme Court nomination on the table.

This is the first of a number of "backlog" episodes which I'll be posting along with current date ones. 

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.

Direct download: 20yearsago_108_060908_102307.mp3
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Episode #107 -- James Frey's First DUI Sunday, June 8, 2008. Twenty years ago today, a young man named James Frey was arrested for drunk driving.  This would have been an event of little import except for the fact that Frey wrote about it fifteen years later, in a book that purported to be a memoir but turned out to have little to do with reality.  I take a look at the story of 'A Million Little Pieces,' and also compare the sort of memoirs which were on the bestseller list twenty years ago and today.

The full version of James Frey's June 8, 1998 mugshot, and much of the information about the lies in 'A Million Little Pieces,' can be found at The Smoking Gun website.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.
Direct download: 20yearsago_107_060808.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT
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Episode #106 -- Poe's Tamerlane Saturday, June 7, 2008. Twenty years ago today, a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's 'Tamerlane and Other Poems' sold at auction for $198,000.  I talk about the book and the circumstances of its sale, my own fondness for books, and why I probably won't become a rare book collector, as much as I would like to!

The image of the 'Tamerlane' cover pictured here, as well as much of the information about the 1988 sale, comes from the website of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.  Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.


Direct download: 20yearsago_106_060708.mp3
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Episode #105 -- Robert A. Heinlein Thursday, May 8, 2008. Twenty years ago today, Robert A. Heinlein died at the age of eighty.  I share my thoughts on the work of the man who even today is considered the dean of science fiction.  I also offer my excuses for why I haven't read more of his work, and why I now intend to change that.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.

Direct download: 20yearsago_105_050808.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:52am EDT
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Episode #104 -- Winning Colors Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Twenty years ago today, Winning Colors became the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby, and the last filly to date.  I talk a little bit about her, as well as the story of Eight Belles, who very nearly became the next filly to win the Derby this year -- but sadly, did not leave the track alive.

Our theme music is composed and performed by Marc Rose.

Direct download: 20yearsago_104_050708.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT
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