ALLOpod Episode VIII – The REAL First Episode of the Year of the Dog
Genre-defiant musician _AA_ rings in the Chinese New Year with a song called Gee, which he says reminds him of, “Dangermouse and Bananaman.”
One very interesting current event is that Dick Cheney shot a 78 year old lawyer in the face while they were out poaching. We have a brief discussion on how the situation is being handled and how the whole thing sets a dangerous
president precedent for other people who are poaching (or shooting lawyers in the face).
As it turns out, we were wrong about the previous episode being the first episode of the year of the dog. The Chinese New Year was on 29 January, so it actually happened after the previous podcast was posted. Oops.
We also made a change to the way our single-episode sponsorship works. Last month we said that $25 would get you one minute, unless you sponsored the show during the months of February, March, and April. We have changed this such that now, if you’re one of the first three single-episode sponsors, regardless of which month you sponsor, $25 will get you four minutes of time to say whatever you want.
Also, the John Cage song I mentioned in the show is actually called 4’33”, not 2’37” as I thought. At least I was right about it being by John Cage (although, it’s kind of hard to get that part wrong).
In last month’s episode, we announced that we would have a contest and this month the contest was announced! Entering is easy, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out how!
If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you probably know about the trouble that some U.S. companies are getting into over in China. Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Cisco, and several other companies are feeling the heat from U.S. citizens as well as the U.S. government because they’re censoring content at the behest of the Chinese government. Turns out that not only are Chinese and U.S. citizens bummed about that, but so is the U.S. government; so bummed, in fact, that they created a task force to combat internet censorship. Which is ironic, since other facets of this same government are trying to censor those parts of the internet with which they disagree.
For Valentine’s day, Andrew Burton wrote us a special technology haiku:
“you need an ipod”
(special valentine’s day edition)
like the heart, or love
music completes the creature
you need an ipod
We transitioned to our interview with Stu Evey by listening to Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King as performed by _AA_. It was… Interesting, to say the least.
Also interesting (in a slightly different way) was our interview with ESPN co-founder, Stu Evey. He talked to us about the founding of ESPN, as well as the state of Spokane, WA (the city where we live). Unfortunately, we had some problems with our equipment that caused us to lose some of his answers. About halfway through the interview, I figured out what the problem was (and hopefully it will never happen again). If you hear some weird edits or if any of the transitions seem odd to you, that’s probably the reason why.
One really interesting question and answer that we lost was, “What was the first thing that aired on ESPN?” Stu’s answer was, “Canadian girl’s slow-pitch softball, because that’s all we could get the right to.” Classic. -)
Next month’s interview will be with the creative force behind the new sketch comedy show, Throbosho! You can download the pilot episode from their website (see infra for the link). We’re taking your questions, but we’ll be interviewing them in early March, so get those questions in ASAP!
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Wikipedia: John Cage [del.icio.us]
XM Snags Oprah [del.icio.us]
Google vs. Google China in an image search for “tiananmen” [del.icio.us]
ESPN: The No-Holds-Barred Story… [del.icio.us]
Andrew Burton [del.icio.us]