Friday, November 30

Ep 156 The Professional Left Podcast

And here's the Murphy Brown clip Driftglass mentions:

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  1. Hey - I figured out how to grab a small bit of code and embed the show on my blog. Yay Mike. I guess even a blind hog roots up an acorn now and then.

    Another good show, btw. I especially liked the bit about how history is likely to view this period. Good to remind us once in a while that we're smack in the middle of whatever's happening, and whether we like it or not, we're part of it.

  2. Love your laugh at 6:26, very Krauthammer-worthy!

  3. Thanks for sharing this clip, BG.

    Wallace Shawn: Better as a playwright or as an actor? Wearing the latter hat, he tends to go over the top (as if he were on stage rather than on video or film). But he's usually cast in roles where that's appropriate.

    Exception? "My Dinner with André"? Shawn was very good. Film directed by Louis Malle, who had been married not long before (I think) to Candace Bergen. Several degrees of separation fewer than 6!

    Fast forward…

    This show must have been shot not long before or after Malle died of cancer. "Murphy Brown" was a strong, gutsy woman; and so is Candace Bergen. Try to imagine what this must have required of her.

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    Sorry. Please forgive my trip down “Memory Lane.” :-(

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    This clip dates from more than a decade and a half ago. But it's still totally relevant — and the phenomenon it centers on is arguably even more dangerous now than it was then.

    It's like staying fit, keeping weight in check (for those of us who have to deal with that), coping with depression… These are not issues one resolves and then moves on from. These are matters of lifelong discipline and commitment.

    Same with battling (and I use the word advisedly) the stuff this episode deals with. The Devil never sleeps (although fallen, he's still an angel, right?); he often quotes scripture; and he manifests himself in many guises: priest, televangelist, hate-talk radio host, lobbyist or "bundler," TV host, Super PAC manager, etc. One must never relax vigilance!


    I use the masculine pronoun in referring to the Devil as a tip-of-the hat to Dante and Milton. Personally I don't believe in a "Devil" or in angels or in demons etc. I think our problems lie within our own selves and with our fellow human beings — formed by nature, by nurture, by Fox News, etc.

    I often quote Walt Kelley's Pogo the Possum': "We have met the enemy, and he is us." I didn't look it up, so I'm not sure the original quote contained a comma. But I am sure Pogo's observation was wise for the time, and remains so in the present.

  4. Driftglass said "freaking out." Was that the secret word?

  5. Blue Gal just said it at 16 or so! Must be!

  6. Anonymous7:27 PM

    A brilliant return of a brilliant TV episode. It was brave then, and it's equally brave of you to post it now.

    And the podcast surpasses even this. Heart-felt kudos to you both.


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