Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ricochet Podcast #1: The Comandante is Annoyed

 

As much of the English speaking world knows, yesterday we released the 300th episode of the Ricochet Podcast. In celebration of that milestone, we thought it might be fun to go back into the archives (and by archives, we mean a USB drive sitting on a shelf in a closet) and dig out Ricochet Podcast #1, enigmatically titled “The Comandante is Annoyed,” recorded on January 29th, 2010. We had a slightly different host line up in those halcyon days, but we think you’ll recognize him.

So return with us a now to a more innocent time, when Donald Trump was just a guy with a silly TV show and a catchphrase, iPads were the new big thing, Betty White was enjoying a renaissance, and Avatar ruled the box office, Obama was in the White House and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. You know, the good old days. 

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  1. James Lileks Contributor

    I’ve never forgiven Ricochet for firing Mark Steyn.

    (KIDDING)

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    • April 16, 2016, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  2. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Non-existent commercial break between segments? Worst. Segue. Ever.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  3. Yeah...ok. Inactive

    Steyn is what brought me to Rico.

    Can we reprise episode 51 as well?

    • #3
    • April 16, 2016, at 12:01 PM PDT
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  4. LC Member
    LCJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Yeah…ok.:Steyn is what brought me to Rico.

    Same here.

    The first several podcasts were fun. I still remember Peter telling that Nixon story.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 12:09 PM PDT
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  5. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    Why do I have a player at the bottom of my browser now?

    • #5
    • April 16, 2016, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  6. Yuma93 Inactive

    Lidens Cheng:The first several podcasts were fun. I still remember Peter telling that Nixon story.

    Agree completely – Steyn was a big draw for me.

    In any event, this one has Peter Nixon (!) at 8:45.

    If anyone happens to have a pointer to this Nixon commenting on Milton Friedman and electability, I’d appreciate it.

    • #6
    • April 16, 2016, at 12:50 PM PDT
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  7. Stad Coolidge

    Episode 1 of the flagship podcast? It must be like . . . Genesis . . .

    • #7
    • April 16, 2016, at 12:54 PM PDT
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  8. Lucy Pevensie Inactive

    Is this really Episode 1? It starts off as though there have already been episodes.

    • #8
    • April 16, 2016, at 12:57 PM PDT
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  9. Yeah...ok. Inactive

    “The lack of justification is the justification.”

    That will be my new “go-to” argument explaining my support for a Trump presidency.

    Thanks for this podcast guys, it holds up well.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 12:58 PM PDT
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  10. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti

    Lucy Pevensie:Is this really Episode 1? It starts off as though there have already been episodes.

    We did one test show before this that is, alas, lost to the sands of time. This was the first podcast released to the public.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  11. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Blue Yeti: We did one test show before this that is, alas, lost to the sands of time

    It was on a USB drive left in an airport. The guy who found it, realizing what he had, offered it to the Museum of Podcasting History for an outrageous amount of money. We won’t be blackmailed and will jealously guard our intellectual property rights.

    Until he realizes that he’ll never get more than a mug out of us, “Ricochet: The Pilot” will remain as elusive as Super Bowl I.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  12. ParisParamus Member
    ParisParamusJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m not sure I have the courage to listen to this one again. I’m sure it contains more political optimism than is possible now. On the other hand, I prefer podcasts (and radio) that aren’t as polished as possible. The Flagship podcast was better when it wasn’t as polished as it is now. Also, when it’s more conversational than it has become. As I mentioned in the #300 thread, #300 is so good because it’s more conversational What’s the opposite of conversational? I suppose it’s experts on a subject just offering their expertise and/or opinions; it’s the back and forth that makes for good pod.

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    • April 16, 2016, at 6:37 PM PDT
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  13. Casey Inactive

    EJHill:

    Blue Yeti: We did one test show before this that is, alas, lost to the sands of time

    It was on a USB drive left in an airport. The guy who found it, realizing what he had, offered it to the Museum of Podcasting History for an outrageous amount of money. We won’t be blackmailed and will jealously guard our intellectual property rights.

    Until he realizes that he’ll never get more than a mug out of us, “Ricochet: The Pilot” will remain as elusive as Super Bowl I.

    Or Game 7 of the 1960 World Series… which turned up in Bing Crosby’s… hey, wait a minute!

    • #13
    • April 16, 2016, at 8:21 PM PDT
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  14. DialMforMurder Inactive

    Yeah I also joined for Steyn. There was a special regular podcast he was going to cohost that was for paid members only. So I joined. It only ran for one episode.

    Im feeling quite ripped off. Anyway I’m still here. Five years on…

    • #14
    • April 16, 2016, at 10:51 PM PDT
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  15. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DialMforMurder:Yeah I also joined for Steyn. There was a special regular podcast he was going to cohost that was for paid members only. So I joined. It only ran for one episode.

    Then Lileks fast on the pod-cast bloom’d.

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    • April 17, 2016, at 5:02 AM PDT
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  16. Big Ern Inactive

    According to the podcast, Rob Long‘s original vision for Ricochet:

    “Ricochet.com: It’s gonna be a fast, lively fast-moving, fun conversation on the web and on your mobile device. The whole point is to knit together thirty-five or forty interesting, prominent, funny, thoughtful, scintillating Americans who are prominent in whatever industry they’re in: Hollywood, sports, music, politics, media, and gather them on the web, and they can have a conversation on the web and chime in. Nothing heavy, nothing big, we’re not looking for position papers, no 200-, 500-word essays, but more like thoughtful, interesting photographs and snippets of the day and we hope you will join us.”

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    • April 17, 2016, at 8:24 PM PDT
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  17. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Big Ern: According to the podcast, Rob Long‘s original vision for Ricochet:

    How’s that working out for you?

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    • April 17, 2016, at 10:05 PM PDT
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  18. Casey Inactive

    And then Rob started getting free razor samples and he said “You know… maybe 10,000…”

    • #18
    • April 18, 2016, at 4:02 AM PDT
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  19. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama ToadJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ricochet needs more Steyn. More Steyn. More Steyn.

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    • April 18, 2016, at 8:06 AM PDT
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  20. LC Member
    LCJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DialMforMurder:Yeah I also joined for Steyn. There was a special regular podcast he was going to cohost that was for paid members only. So I joined. It only ran for one episode.

    It’s the Steyn, Goldberg and Long Roundtable. You can still find them on stitcher.

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    • April 18, 2016, at 8:27 AM PDT
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