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From low life hit men to haute couture fisticuffs, this week our not-so-merry band of journeymen killers-for-hire bounce from frying pan to fire as they find a way to turn even the acts of sleeping and buying a new shirt into high stakes emotional battles of life, death and of course...FASHION. hon hon hon.
AOA is a medical honors society that's supposed to separate top-tier medical students from the rest of the pack. It helps determine which doctors get the top jobs in the most competitive fields. The problem? There's implicit racism in the way it chooses members, and fixing it may be a massive challenge.
Black people all across the US are receiving the world's weirdest form of reparations: Venmo payments from white people. Producer Emmanuel Dzotsi investigates. [more inside]
In today's episode, we inexplicably relitigate the film Titanic, which is a million years old, and come up with a way cooler ending where the ship doesn't break and the cool guy gets the treasure and everyone gets married. (Feat. Special Guestpert, Dr. James Bufeè!)Suggested talking points: Half-Virile Knight, Poster Prank, Having Fun While Shopping at Sears, A Hearty Bod Jam, We Fix Titanic Again, Home Summer Vibes, The Big PumpkinSupport the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness here: http://ffbww.org/More resources on anti-racism and fighting police violence: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
The blast from the past continues as our would be assassins delve into the sultry Suggestions District, on the lookout for an infamous bugbear femme fatale and her terrible secret about the Emperor. From outré vice to the inner circles of Payola's aristocracy, the mission to end the Emperor blunders ahead, but what illicit ears listen from the city's dark shadows?
How much money would it cost to get celebrity Dave Bautista to come to your neighbor's house and absolutely kick it the hell apart? Less than you might think!Suggested talking points: McElroy Masterclass, Cameo Conundrum, Looking a Gift Lawn Mower in the Mouth, Modern Castles, Burgerchip, Haunted Fishin' Hole. Support the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. More resources on anti-racism and fighting police violence.
The Thundermen's time with the centaurs has come to a close. While Fitzroy recovers from his recent cursing, a new and present danger threatens the team.While Fitzroy buys some time, Argo takes a swing and the Firbolg changes. Maybe it could be said that everyone changes, but only time will tell.We're donating the ad revenue from TAZ this week to the Nina Pop & Tony McDade Mental Health Funds, organized by The Okra Project, and would encourage you to consider donating as well if you can. https://www.theokraproject.com/
Any outrageous idea exists on one side or the other of a line drawn through history. On the near side is where most fall. However potent the seed, it dies on the vine thanks to the infertile soil of common sense, the harsh encumbrance of daily life, and the long drought, which leaves young thoughts unnourished and immature. But eventually, when the drought has lasted so long as to become dry fire, when the routines of the day become so heavy as to ruin the ground as we carry them across the dirt, outrageous ideas take on new character. When we say that a notion is 'so crazy that it might just work' what we are really intimating is that only the outrageous holds opportunity. This experiment of ours is one such opportunity. [more inside]
If you received the typical, white-centric education, you probably associate the Black Panthers only with violence and political protest. This week on Sawbones, we talk about their work in medical research advocacy and creating public health programs that sought to make life better for all black and oppressed people.
This week on Sawbones, we examine how Black Americans have received substandard care and fewer opportunities within the American medical system. Also, some guidance on how to protest as safely as possible in the face of COVID-19.
Fitzroy is not doing well. The curse is consuming him from the inside out. Argo does his best to comfort him. The Firbolg is on the hunt.Chaos rears its head and all hell is about to break loose.
Fear that the government and doctors were allied in a grand conspiracy to oppress the populace was at a fever pitch. The people took to the streets to prove that they would not abide by quarantine, that they would defy the powers that be and go on about their daily lives.The year is 1831. The disease is cholera.
QI elves James, Anna, Andy & Dan discuss dizzy monks, soggy cheese and slimy sausages. [more inside]
It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall has just come down. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. A heavy metal band from West Germany, the Scorpions, releases a power ballad, “Wind of Change.” The song becomes the soundtrack to the peaceful revolution sweeping Europe — and one of the biggest rock singles ever. According to some fans, it’s the song that ended the Cold War. [more inside]
While the original Rude Tales gang waits out quarantine in Stirfry’s pocket (no food), here's a tale from Cordelia's mysterious past: COME AT THE KING, a miniseries set 500 years before the events of Rude Tales!
"Regarding that principle, the Buddha often said to the bhikùus, “You should know that the Dharma which I speak is like a raft. The raft is used to cross the sea of suffering — birth and death. Before you have ended birth and death, you use the raft in cultivation. Once you have ended birth and death, you should put the raft aside. If you do not put the raft aside you have an attachment." -The Diamond Sutra
Chickens come home to roost as our heroes juggle obligations old and new. Backs are stabbed. Deals are made. Loyalty is pledged. The long arm of the law doesn't bend, and destiny (or destruction?) tightens its grip. Meanwhile....the mountaintop awaits.
The Thundermen work with the Centaurs to find a solution to the apple issue. They encounter a spirit and make a bad first impression. Also, they eat some road snacks.A question gets resolved. The Firbolg makes a sacrifice. Nobody trusts the wizard. It's a pretty solid day of adventuring! That is, right up until the end...
After a stunning victory in Orzen, the Society of Banners and Bright Returns must now face the cold light of day. Bodies wounded, hollows damaged, and reputations scarred, Broun, Thisbe, and Valence recuperate as best they can. [more inside]
Two doctors made headlines this week by trying to construct the narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic has been overblown by the hospital system in pursuit of more profits. This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why their numbers don't add up, and how you can combat this narrative if it, depressingly, sticks around.Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers