Monday, February 20, 2017

Episode 73: Gobbledygook

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(This episode is part of the series The Powell Movement.)

Soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr. was very explicit: "One finds almost no attractive, well-written paperbacks or pamphlets on 'our side.' It will be difficult to compete … for reader attention, but unless the effort is made — on a large enough scale and with appropriate imagination to assure some success — this opportunity for educating the public will be irretrievably lost…." Which explains the abundance of books that support the right of the political spectrum, doesn't it?

In this Episode 73: Gobbledygook, I rehash a book review I wrote years ago for my neighbor's magazine and take a deepish dive into one such book and explore the history behind the word I chose to use to define it and others of that category.

In this episode, you hear D. L. Myers reading from The Memo Itself. I read from the Maverick Family's objection to John McCain's appropriation of their family name as a campaign slogan, and from Governor Mike Huckabee's 2014 book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. Yup. Mike. Huckabee.

I play four tunes from Podington Bear: "Bumble," "Dog and Pony Show," "Transmogrify," and "Conveyor Belt." I open the show with KMFDM backing Henry Giroux once again, and close with Mistle Thrush's "It's All Like Today."

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