The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 191: Question Time!

Guests: None!
Nov 21, 2013
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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Best jobs, worst failure, who’s funnier, Republican three-legged stools (not a euphemism), and of course, Star Trek.  Thanks for playing, everyone!

Music from this week’s episode: 

96 Tears by ? & The Mysterians

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

He’s dead, EJHill

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  1. Frank Soto
    C

    Brilliant EJ.  Brilliant.

  2. Tennessee Patriot

    Can’t Mr. Robinson take off his darn sweater for one minute? We get it! You are Ivy League! :-)

  3. Joseph Stanko

    Watch it EJ, you nearly made me spit coffee on my keyboard with the sweater-over-jumpsuit look.

    If I have to replace my keyboard I’m sending you the bill!

  4. David Clark
    Frank Soto: Brilliant EJ.  Brilliant. · 2 minutes ago

    A triumph.

    And a great episode to boot. Feels like the old days (even classic intro music).

    And Rob, Cheers is well known and beloved by us in the early 30′s crowd, if that helps calibrate your who’s-clued-in-to-what-o-meter.

  5. Israel P.

    Peter, Reagan could not be elected governor of California, but the greater significance is that he would therefore have no platform from which to run for president.

  6. I. raptus

    Also, hate to break it to Mr. Robinson, but I’m in Northern California too (San Jose, to be exact, very close to Palo Alto).  It is almost always short-sleeves and/or shorts weather.  Only a few months a year is a sweater actually warranted.

    I have immediate data on hand to back this up:  Up until the rainy weather we’ve just been getting starting just yesterday (which warms things up a little), it’s been really cold here lately — meaning lows around 50.  Brrr!  Get those sweaters out (for a month or two)!

  7. Hammurabi

    I hope Rob and James have had a chance to patch up. James seemed a bit peeved at Rob cutting his Star Trek disquisition short, and Rob gave a rather curt and perfunctory answer to James’s question. 

    The kids don’t like it when the parents fight, guys! 

  8. Paul Dougherty

    You guys should stick to politics and having political figures as guests!

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

  9. David Clark
    Hammurabi: James seemed a bit peeved at Rob cutting his Star Trek disquisition short · 15 minutes ago

    I am still on the edge of me seat to hear the rest of James’ take on each series and best episodes. Genuinely, no sarcasm from me.

  10. Bishop Wash

    Not sure if this was out before the episode taped, but a great coincidence with Rob’s description of Obama as a freshman college student returning home to explain everything he’s learned in college at the Thanksgiving meal. Great timing.

  11. Majestyk

    I really want to hear James’ unvarnished opinion about DS9, which was simultaneously irritating and fascinating because of its uneven tone, wavering between the ultra-serious and completely unimportant.  I mean, Sisko’s kid wants to be a JOURNALIST?  His Dad is the Commander of a space station, and that’s so mundane in the future (sort of like being a regional manager for paper product sales) that his kid wants to go back to Earth and write about baseball or something.  It’s almost as bad as being a ship’s counselor…

    I’m also curious about his assessment of Voyager, (Sort of terrible all around) and Enterprise which was just hitting its stride when it was unceremoniously whacked by the guys on the other end of Rob Long’s phone.

    Paul Dougherty: You guys should stick to politics and having political figures as guests!

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist) · 22 minutes ago

    Talk about low-hanging fruit… but, yeah!  I tuned in for red meat!  Where’s my pound of wriggling, quivering flesh, gnawed from the flabby, recently-exposed, fish-white underbelly of liberalism?

  12. Hammurabi

    I think you should do a podcast where everyone swaps roles. Rob will have to come up with tortured segues and make Star Trek references. Peter will have to be the squish with the self-deprecating humor and mildly interesting stories strewn with lots of “you knows” and “sort ofs”. And James can jump in to the middle of everyone else’s questions and dominate the interview with lots of not-sure-where-I’m-going-with-this, long-winded set-ups. It would be a hoot!

  13. JimGoneWild

    Have Ron Paul on the next Ricochet podcast.

  14. Paul Dougherty
    Majestyk: I really want to hear James’ unvarnished opinion aboutDS9, which was simultaneously irritating and fascinating because of its uneven tone, wavering between the ultra-serious and completely unimportant.  I mean, Sisko’s kid wants to be a JOURNALIST?  His Dad is the Commander of a space station, and that’s so mundane in the future (sort of like being a regional manager for paper product sales) that his kid wants to go back to Earth and write about baseball or something.  It’s almost as bad as being a ship’s counselor…

    I looked forward to this show but for the characters of Garak (Andrew Robinson) and Odo (Rene Auberjonois). I liked how the Tailor is a person they all hate until they need a job done that conflicts with their superior futuristic moral (liberal) code.

  15. Charles O

    I wanna hear the rest of the Star Trek sociological breakdown!

  16. GLDIII

    Let see here… Red shirt, away team…. Robinson is toast. Sweater or not.

  17. EJHill

    Sitting on a three hour delay on my trip to SF. Always happy when the art work hits the right note.

  18. Eric Wallace

    Boo on interrupting Lileks’ Star Trek insight!! Maybe he could make it a post? I’m a Star Wars kid so I’ve always been interested in Star Trek as an outsider looking in.

  19. Crow
    Majestyk: I really want to hear James’ unvarnished opinion aboutDS9, which was simultaneously irritating and fascinating because of its uneven tone, wavering between the ultra-serious and completely unimportant. 

    Indeed.

    DS9 does offer one of the more complex and morally challenging episodes ever written in the Star Trek universe: In the Pale Moonlight.

  20. Paul Dougherty
    Crow’s Nest

    Majestyk: I really want to hear James’ unvarnished opinion aboutDS9, which was simultaneously irritating and fascinating because of its uneven tone, wavering between the ultra-serious and completely unimportant. 

    Indeed.

    DS9 does offer one of the more complex and morally challenging episodes ever written in the Star Trek universe: In the Pale Moonlight. · 19 minutes ago

    Edited 6 minutes ago

    Exactly, if Sisko didn’t want Garak’s help, he shouldn’t have asked.

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