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Mass for Shut-ins: The Gin and Tacos Podcast

May 22, 2018

Story: THE STAMP THAT MAILED A CANAL - How a 10-centavo Nicaraguan postage stamp turned the Nicaragua Canal into the Panama Canal in 1902. The tale combines all of your favorites: Gilded Age corrupt-af US congressional politics, comic-tragic Frenchmen, the Suez Canal, and hydrological engineering!

Guest: Dr....


Apr 26, 2018

Story: THE ROGUE TYPESETTER who terrorized Victorian London. The mystery of the Harcourt Interpolation. Easily the most exciting moment in the history of type compositing. 

Guest: SSgt. Katie Schmid, US Army (@SchmidCathrine), plaintiff challenging the Trump transgender military ban. Read more about Katie's story


Mar 30, 2018

Story: DEATH BY UMBRELLA: The Georgi Markov story. A tale of intrigue and covert operations from the late Cold War that John Le Carre couldn't have scripted any better. 

Guest: Mike Konczal (@rortybomb), Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and contributor to Vox, The Nation, Dissent, and other fine publications. Mike and...


Feb 28, 2018

Guest: 12-time Jeopardy! Champion Seth Wilson

Topic: How you, yes YOU, can boost voter turnout

Story: How to have a picnic in the Korean DMZ (and why it's at the 38th Parallel) 

Cocktail of the Month: 24th Street Spritz

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Jan 29, 2018

Episode 001

Topic: A history of impeachment and why it matters now

Story: US Postal Service Missile Mail

Cocktail: Corpse Reviver #2

Performance: Author Andrew Bentley reads "Erosion!"

Guest: Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, joins us to discuss the future of the planet, China, and why the British refuse to put...