From the archives, this week's contestant is Dan Larkin, from Windsor, California. The hidden song should be very easy to guess, I think, and probably pretty early on. There were three composers I thought it might be in the style of. I had one in mind, but changed -- and it was the contestant's guess, as well, but it wasn't that. It also wasn't one of the other two. So, I was wrong. But I should have gotten it. And I think others have a good chance of getting it.
On this week’s Al Franken podcast, the guest is Michael Lewis (author of Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Liar’s Poker). In his most-recent book, The Fifth Risk, Franken notes that that “Lewis portrayed Donald Trump as a man totally ignorant of and disinterested in the actually functioning of the federal government. The book’s title refers to the potential catastrophe that an administration fails to plan for and prevent. Today, he talks about how Trump’s handling of COVID-19 “has proven his book tragically prophetic. This is a follow-up, of sorts to his earlier interview with Franken when the book was released, and the two had a fascinating conversation.
This will probably be too late for most people, but I only just came across it myself and don't want it to slip through the cracks in case anyone sees this in time and is interested.
To fans of Bob Gibson, Steve Goodman, John Prine and Bonnie Koloc -- four folk music legends in Chicago -- radio station WFMT is having a tribute to them NOW (Saturday night) on their The Midnight Special program. It's on until midnight in Chicago at 98.7 FM -- or 10 PM in Los Angeles. To anyone not in Chicago, the station and show streams online at here.
They're using regular recordings, but also material they have in their own archive. It's wonderful.
This week’s edition of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! may not be perhaps the quintessential “social distancing” episode of a game show – or pretty much anything – you are likely to hear, but the guest contestant for the “Not My Job” segment can talk about that – and how to survive in the same place for a long time -- better than almost anyone. It’s Astronaut Christina Koch who holds the record for the longest time a woman has been in orbit (328 days) and took part in the first three all-women space. Her timing may not be great, though, since she most-recently returned to earth this past February. Her conversation with host Peter Sagal about her experiences away from her husband for two years (including training) and now then being sequestered with him 24/7. But her stories about (without giving anything away) “looking for things” whether in space or on earth are a total hoot.
My kind of town...
From yesterday's press conference, here is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot commenting on Trump's tweet that morning threatening violence by the government toward looters.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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