This week we're lucky enough to have two guests we're confident have never appeared in the same sentence, much less the same show: Harry Shearer and Victor Davis Hanson. Harry talks about The Big Uneasy, his documentary on the flooding of New Orleans, his war with NPR, and of course his long and storied career in show business. Then, the great Victor Davis Hanson talks to Peter Robinson about the unfolding events in the Middle East and answers questions from Ricochet members. All that, and Super Bowl picks too.
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- The phrase "in July" that James and Harry banter about, is a reference to a legendary recording of filmmaker Orson Welles arguing with a sound engineer as they create the voice over to a commercial for frozen peas. Welles has a problem with the wording of the copy and, well, just listen for yourself. The clip is so well known that it has it's own Wikipedia page. Update: Meta-tastically, James blogs about this moment here.
- As a child actor, Harry was a member of the cast of The Jack Benny Show for eight years. We couldn't find any clips of him on the show, but here's a recent clip of Harry discussing the experience with David Letterman (at the 1:40 mark).
- You may not be familiar with the name Frank Nelson, but you know his voice.
- On Leave It To Beaver, Eddie Haskell was Wally Cleaver's obsequious friend (played in the series by Ken Osmond) who was always seen sucking up to Mrs. Cleaver. In the same interview with Letterman linked above, you can see Harry playing Eddie in the pilot, shot in 1957 (4:17 mark).
- Harry's documentary The Big Uneasy, will be shown in various cities around the country this spring. Check your local listings. Here's the trailer.
- You really want to see the clip of Dan Rather obsessing about his trench coat, don't you? Luckily, you're in the hands of professionals. We found it.
- Al Jazeera is consistently providing the best coverage from Cairo. Their live feed is here.
- Far more disturbing than images of the violence in the Middle East is this clip from last night's Piers Morgan show titled "Probing Barbara Walters' Love Life."
- Peter Maas's piece in the The New Yorker "The Toppling," is a fascinating account of how the media inflated a minor moment in the Iraq War into an iconic image.
- Got some time to spare? NPR's Ombudsman blog has plenty of reading material for you.
- The Bohemian Grove is a 2,700 acre campground belonging to a private San Francisco-based men's art club known as the Bohemian Club. In mid-July each year, Bohemian Grove hosts a two-week encampment of some of the most powerful men in the world. The membership list has included every Republican U.S. president since 1923 (as well as some Democrats), many cabinet officials, directors and CEOs of large corporations including major financial institutions. Major military contractors, oil companies, banks (including the Federal Reserve), utilities (including nuclear power) and national media (broadcast and print) have high-ranking officials as club members or guests That said, in the Watergate tapes, Richard Nixon famously described it as "the most faggy goddamn thing you could ever imagine, that San Francisco crowd that goes in there; it's just terrible! I mean I won't shake hands with anybody from San Francisco."
- Le Show, Harry's weekly satirical take on the news, may be podcast here. Joe Frank's show is here.
- If you've never seen the seminal fake documentary Spinal Tap, you need to get out more. The zucchini scene featuring Harry's character Derek Smalls, pre-sages a TSA pat down by 25 years.
- The web is bursting with Simpsons clips. You're on you're own.
- Ernest Angley's website is here. He does kind of remind us of Reverend Lovejoy.
- If you're not familiar with Victor Davis Hanson, take a moment and read his bio. Now you know why we have him on whenever possible.
- Ricochet Member Daniel Frank gets the coveted Ricochet Podcast Mention of The Week for his post Liberty vs. Democracy. Rob's "Them v. Them" post is here.
- The City Journal piece Rob mentions is titled “Nobody Gets Married Any More, Mister” and can be read here.
- Geeks only: we had to look up the phrase "Yancy Street Gang" but given who said it, we were not surprised to learn it is a fictional street gang featured in The Fantastic Four comic book series. Evidently, they persistently terrorize The Thing. We can relate.
- We read James Lileks' indispensable blog The Bleat every day and listen to his podcast The Diner every week. You should too. That's an order.
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The Ricochet Podcast is sponsored by Encounter Books. Our featured title this week is Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown by Roger L. Simon. Available on February 8th at EncounterBooks.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.