This is the last episode of Season 12 (that is, for the year of 2015). I'll be taking some time off at the start of the new year, and come back with new episodes in season 13, probably ramping back up in February 2016.
In case you missed it, listen to the special episode from 2007 about how Kelli and I met at a TMBG concert.
This episode features a clip from Sam Harris’ always interesting Waking Up podcast where he expresses astonishment at the silence from the media in response to the remarkably unethical views on abortion that many of the GOP presidential candidates express. Also, a few “Musician Jokes” from Prairie Home Companion’s Pretty Good Jokes album.
This episode features clips from the 2014 documentary R.E.M. by MTV. I wanted to include clips from Episode 124: Longbox of the podcast 99% Invisible about how the packaging for R.E.M.'s album Out of Time changed American politics, but I couldn't find a short enough soundbite for this already over-long episode. So just go listen to the whole thing if you haven't—it's great!
This episode features a clip from one of the last few episode's of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart during which Jon discusses how the GOP's self-diagnosed previous electoral failings are perfectly embodied by their current front-runner in the polls (meaningless early-stage) Republican Primary for the 2016 Presidential Election.
This episode features a clip from the monologue on this past week's Real Time with Bill Maher, where Bill recaps the heaps of incredibly big news in America: SCOTUS Rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, upholding the Affordable Care Act, and the removal of the racist symbol of the Old South, the Confederate Flag.
This episode features a clip of Chilly Gonzales' Pop Music Master Class series where he deconstructs Daft Punk's "Get Lucky", and also a short clip from the beginning of an incredibly bad Nellie McKay interview.
This episode features clips about equality for gays which for some reason is still an issue. First a clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's coverage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Then a clip from this past weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner where President Obama cracked wise around issues of gay rights.
This episode features a clip from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where Jon is responding to the right-wing media's reaction to news that he will be stepping down as host of the show sometime this year. I only put on a minute of it, but the whole segment is glorious. Don't miss the 50-lies in 6 seconds vine they put together.
In recognition of Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary, this episode features a couple of my favorite old SNL commercial parodies, which have been impossible to watch until recently, including Wilson Countersink Flanges, and Bad Idea Jeans. And it's not on the show, but who could forget the awesome classic Leevi's Three Legged Jeans?!