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#71: Racist Uncle Baby

February 8th, 2018 · 111 minutes

This week kicks off with John tweaking his settings and then slides into a quick tour of some cool commands that a lot of veteran Mac users don't know about. John's not looking for thanks; he's just making a point. Merlin observes that the commands are in his fingers, not his brain.

Some follow-up commences, covering scoot-scoots, Patriot, potential topics, and, of course, Aimee Mann. Merlin's niece joins an all-star cast dressed as a vulva.

John endorses a recent Flop House episode, but Merlin still doesn't understand what constitutes "spookily good-bad." Even though no one asked, Merlin explains how great Genesis used to be.

In an accidental mini-topic, your hosts wonder whether Free to Be You and Me is now "problematic." Can babies even be racist? Merlin has thoughts on the Overton Window and what feels special about The Moment. John has questions about pronunciation that may have troubling implications.

This week's broad-ranging main topic is Lyrics. John wonders how many people care about the words as much as he does, and Merlin considers what happened when Lisa met Chelsea at the knocking school.

How does your experience of a tune evolve when you not only learn the actual lyrics but the actual story? Why are so many of the songs with gay characters so moving? Merlin blows smoke up Roderick's lyrical skirt, and John finally unwinds the storied tale of his early-internet lyrics site. Which was the only correct lyrics site.

(Recorded on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.)

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Links and Show Notes

Mac keyboard shortcuts - Apple Support
Episode #249 – The Great Wall The Flop House

We dig into our vaults to bring you this live The Great Wall episode, from the Philly Podcast Festival!

Genesis: Live 1973 - First time in HD with Enhanced Soundtrack - YouTube
Free to Be... You and Me - Wikipedia

Free to Be… You and Me was a children's entertainment project, conceived, created and executive-produced by actress and author Marlo Thomas.

Free To Be You and Me - "Boy Meets Girl" - YouTube
Free To Be You and Me - "William Wants A Doll" - YouTube
Overton window - Wikipedia

The Overton window, also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse.

Intersectionality - Wikipedia

Intersectionality is a theory which considers that the various aspects of humanity, such as class, race, sexual orientation and gender, do not exist separately from each other, but are complexly interwoven, and that their relationships are essential to an understanding of the human condition.

Missouri U.S. Senate hopeful who expects dinner from fiancée nightly says feminists have "snake-filled heads" - CBS News
Top Four #36: Misheard Eddie Vedder Lyrics - Relay FM
The Long Winters - When I Pretend to Fall Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius
The Long Winters – Shapes Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
Belle and Sebastian – She's Losing It Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Bottled in Cork Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Satisfied Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
Team Dresch - Wikipedia

Team Dresch is an American punk/queercore band from Portland, Oregon, originally formed in Olympia, Washington, which was initially active from 1993 until 1998. The band made a significant impression on the DIY movement queercore, which gave voice through zines and music to the passions and concerns of those in both the LGBT community and the punk subculture.

The Celluloid Closet (1995) - IMDb

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

U2 > Discography > Lyrics > Lyrics by Title
Song Exploder | Episodes
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Lady Parts Justice
Lady Parts Justice on Twitter: "Meanwhile, over in the craft corner... @HamillHimself… "
I Feel Like a Poor | Do By Friday

This week's challenge: scoot scoot!