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- 11 / 02 / 21 -
The show once again starts in Kyle's 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit, the car starts, it's Halloween where the show is being recorded but Election Day where it's airing, describing a visit to the Hoh rain forest, how bomb cyclones were happening at around the same time in both Washington and New York, Kyle explains why the rain forest shouldn't be confused with a zoo, Emmanuel tries to describe the scenery, the challenge Kyle faced while driving in severe conditions, why it's good to experience rainy conditions while in Seattle, arrival at a farmstand, Kyle describes the agricultural presence in the area, knucklehead pumpkins, recent possibilities of seeing the aurora borealis, asking for suggestions on places for Kyle and Emmanuel to stop at while driving back to New York, next week's show will only be 15 minutes long, wondering why drive-up espresso shacks aren't big in New York, Kyle describes some of the local coffee culture, some info on the Great Wall Shopping Mall, attacks on a local coffeeshop with Black Lives Matter ties, commenting on the drive while on the highway, how there seems to be significantly more public expressions of social justice in Seattle, verification of vaccination status is now required when entering shops in the area, how this isn't a big deal, the two times that Emmanuel was reminded to wear a mask, Kyle's car has no power steering, arrival at a coffeeshop in Renton, resuming from a park by Lake Washington, Kyle's childhood memory of almost drowning here, how this park is mostly inhabited by local people and not tourists, Emmanuel's concern over the upcoming election, how blame seems to always land on the Democrats, wondering how it's possible for Republicans to win any races, the lies that are being spread about school syllabuses that are designed to anger parents, the distinct possibility of minority rule, why the Democrats need to change the narrative, "all elections matter," another call for suggestions on where to stop on the drive back to New York, trying to perfect an ending, Finn's advice on voting.
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- 11 / 09 / 21 -
Kyle and Emmanuel are about to start a cross-country drive, this is only a 15 minute long show, going through some of the suggestions on places to visit, thoughts on visiting Utah, lots of arid places are being suggested, finding a use for the badlands, trying to avoid mainstream attractions, a Danish town in California, buried Cadillacs in Texas, a musical road, the appeal of doing short shows.
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- 11 / 16 / 21 -
Kyle and Emmanuel are back, how the cross country travel was uniquely focused on smaller places, how the various anxieties before the trip were never realized, concluding that the problem is not with the people, the lack of pro-Trump signs, the prevalence of AM hate radio, recalling Kyle's conversation about cars with a bartender in Kentucky, how there seem to be more angry drivers locally than in other places throughout the country, encouraging people to be nice while driving, encouraging people to pledge to WUSB, how the last two lost audio releases were actually video excerpts from WUSB in 1990, Emmanuel offers a matching fund, Kyle makes a pledge to force Emmanuel's hand, an excerpt from early in the trip in Oregon, the first stop was in Hermiston, reading from an historical sign, what corduroy roads are, what it's like to drive a minivan, the various electronic devices that monitor driving, visiting a huge plain known as Dry Falls the previous evening, a stop in Snoqualmie and the "Twin Peaks" diner, a visit to the Roslyn Cafe which was seen in the TV show "Northern Exposure," a strange corporate village, visiting Moses Lake, the Taqueria El Rinconsito Mexican chain, Kyle is trying to finish a joint before entering Idaho, the many rules and restrictions surrounding marijuana even where it's legal, hail begins to fall, hoping to see stars in Utah, testing a theory that the minivan's sliding door will stay unlocked as long as the keyholder is nearby, thoughts on staging a robbery, questioning the wisdom of this default setting, a fake flat tire, dealing with higher elevations, Kyle and Emmanuel react to the recording, asking people to pledge to WUSB, finding good radio stations while traveling, comments on the ongoing Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the unfair way this trial has played out which has virtually guaranteed a not guilty verdict, analyzing the thinking of his defenders, the value of NPR stations in the middle of the country, why having high power AM stations might be a good idea for NPR, some thoughts on the election and the message it sends.
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- 11 / 23 / 21 -
Correcting a Mick Jones ID, this week will be a three hour journey through America, Kyle and Emmanuel are at the bottom of the Capulin Volcano in New Mexico, how they came to arrive here, disagreement on where the last excerpt was recorded, what was good about Boise, how there are virtually no masks being worn in Idaho, describing what Utah was like, the frustration with trying to book places to stay while driving, an experience at a coffeeshop in Ogden as the only people wearing masks, a visit to Mexican Hat, what such a stark and quiet place was like, the challenge of finding a place to stay in the middle of nowhere, how a place called Farmington in New Mexico saved the day, attempts to find coffee in Farmington the next day, the story on dispensaries in New Mexico, a visit to Durango in Colorado, the narrow gauge railroad, remembering a visit to the Aztec Ruins back in New Mexico, surprise at the amount of wind at the bottom of the volcano, the difficulty breathing at high altitudes, how there are no federal roads on Long Island, a place called Trinidad in Colorado, Kyle describes a theater in that town, heading to a Kansas town called Liberal, back live in the studios, a little-known fact about Trinidad, how this method of traveling across America proved to be extremely rewarding, finding Route 66 unintentionally, thanks to the people who pledged last week, how people can pledge now, the listener suggestions that helped determine the route that Kyle and Emmanuel took across the country, an excerpt from the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo in Texas, some of the history of this strange art exhibit, describing the quirky scene, trying to recollect the various places that were visited over the past couple of days, a wild ride near the border of New Mexico and Oklahoma, what the pot laws are like in Oklahoma, what the scene in Liberal was like upon arrival, Kyle describes the pork and beef factories in the area, the connection to "The Wizard of Oz," some of the weird town names, an ICE raid at meat processing plants in Cactus, how many things in the area are on the verge of being phased out, how to keep people in the area from being left behind, the domination of right wing talking points on AM radio, thoughts on the ongoing Kyle Rittenhouse trial, an example of the biased reporting on AM talk radio, how individual people seem more rational than many elected officials, some info on Dumas, flies have infested the car during this stop, Kyle and Emmanuel are now in Central Time, wondering how a nearby truck trailer tipped over, how Liberal got its name, back live in the substitute studios, a Springsteen song called "Cadillac Ranch," describing how spray paint ties into the Cadillac Ranch, how Kyle and Emmanuel spray down hotel rooms when entering, how a station called KDDD led to a song about Dumas, the next excerpt is from a college town called Carbondale in Illinois, how this trip has evolved into a tour of smaller places, plans to stay in Kentucky next, how Kyle and Emmanuel stopped at a small barbecue place in Amarillo, how a city in Oklahoma called Henryetta led to a couple of native communities, describing Muskogee and Okmulgee, how randomly tuning into a PBS station in Tacoma led to the discovery of an indigenous television network known as FNX, discovering that this network is actually being broadcast on a low power station called WNDT in New York City, the history of those call letters, Kyle describes the many medical dispensaries that exist in Oklahoma, more complaints about the minivan, driving through Missouri, a cool radio station in St. Louis, what a dispensary in Illinois was like, why marijuana opponents should listen in to the conversations that take place inside dispensaries, an Amtrak Midwest train arrives in Carbondale, how every place Kyle and Emmanuel have stayed has had a refrigerator and microwave, trying to find food last night in Carbondale with mixed results, how Emmanuel used a jukebox app to clear out a crowd, how the vegetarian and vegan options when traveling make you feel better, finding a cool radio station called WDBX in Carbondale, what it was like to visit the station, getting ready to cross into Eastern Time, back live, Kyle comments on a bike accident that they came across after leaving Carbondale, learning about "Reservation Dogs" that was filmed in one of the places visited, a vow to get First Nations Experience carried by local cable systems, how to pledge to the station, the final excerpt is on the drive through Pennsylvania headed back to New York, Emmanuel struggles with the name of Elizabethtown in Kentucky, the pleasant surprise of finding a decent coffeeshop in Elizabethtown, places where people have tended to take the virus more seriously, trying not to make people feel uncomfortable, remembering a place called Owensboro in Kentucky, its negative history, a college town in West Virginia called Morgantown which had a very unique transit system on campus, getting the name of the university right, what a Personal Rapid Transit system is and how it works, details of an accident, the annual PRT Cram, West Virginia's first medical marijuana dispensary just opened in Morgantown, Kyle and Emmanuel have just crossed into New Jersey, the surprisingly good food that was found throughout the trip in smaller places, final thoughts on the trip, a challenge lies ahead in paying a toll in the rental car, a warning about cats at a motel in Elizabethtown, back in the studio, the toll was paid successfully, there is a major film called "Elizabethtown," some facts about Owensboro, encouraging people to pledge to WUSB, concluding thoughts on the entire trip.
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- 11 / 30 / 21 -
Two 15 minute "showlets" are in the near future, fighting back against the Republican talking point that Biden somehow made Thanksgiving more expensive, how gas prices aren't nearly as bad as they're being portrayed, why fossil fuels shouldn't be cheap in the first place, how Biden is getting blamed for everything, Republicans who voted for infrastructure are being targeted by the Republican mainstream and treated as traitors, trains are passing by in the background via a Connecticut railcam, Kyle and Emmanuel are both using WUSB mugs, the importance of supporting WUSB, the Omicron variant, learning the Greek alphabet, how the extra hurricanes this year wouldn't have used Greek alphabet names, listing the letters of the Greek alphabet, why the Omicron variant isn't a cause for panic, how the numbers in the early days of the vaccine were much better than they are now, Kyle and Emmanuel get booster shots, why nobody should be surprised about the need for boosters, how all conversations Emmanuel had with doctors reached similar conclusions, why Emmanuel was upset by the latest "Simpsons" episode which told the story of Homer's mother and seemed to rewrite the history, there was a mysterious explosion on a place called Fox Island, a shelter-in-place order is issued by Suffolk County Police without any follow-up, the Proud Boys hold a march in Rockville Centre, how this is very different from old Klan marches that were met with widespread opposition, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there's a Proud Boys office in St. James, how people need to react whenever they encounter Proud Boys material, Representative Ilhan Omar is referred to as being a suicide bomber by another member of Congress, a review of "The Lives of Others" from 2006, the issue of spying on citizens in East Germany, the mood of paranoia that existed in this society, a particularly touching ending, a review of "The Departed" from 2006, Emmanuel's multiple issues with this film, Kyle draws a parallel between the two films, a technically impossible scene, the release of the Peter Jackson documentary on The Beatles and how it changed the story of their last days together, a Beatles song that makes fun of white supremacists.
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