Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 27, 2018, number 164! It’s the Double Trump edition of the how with your humble hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. Today, Donald Trump announced at last what we’ve all been waiting for – that he is running for re-election! Well, you say, isn’t that a ways off? Didn’t he just, like, start being president a while ago? How often do they have to run, anyway? Is it two years or four now???
Well yeah. It’s four. But why wait? Donald Trump breaks the mold again. No one for a minute thinks that he *won’t* run for president in 2020. What, really, is the point of being coy about it? We will discuss.
And then, we discuss some of the aftermath of the Florida shooting. It deserves a few words. Todd points out that the statistics say that worrying about kids being murdered in school as compared to being killed in, say, a car crash is irrational. Mike counters that yes it is irrational, but that people are not rational. And there is a reason why fear of sudden violence is – against all reason – greater than fear of driving drunk. You tell us what is right here.
Please weigh in in the comments and vote on whose shower thought you like better. Mike has some deep ponderings about critical moments in life that cast our fate either one way or another as exemplified by the 1988 epic battle between Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Brian Orser. Todd has a movie he wants to recommend. Please let us know which *you* think is more compelling.
Our hidden gem this week is from Manhattan Transfer: The Offbeat of the Avenues. Enjoy!
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