Episode 110 – Wacky and Obsolete Laws

Wow, it feels sooooo good to be released from the clutches of daily Trumpian dumpster fires. Suddenly there seems to be an expanse of mental space with room to wander. So, weirdo laws – why not?!

Where can you legally take road kill home for dinner? When do cotton blend underpants affect your experience in the afterlife? Monkeys can’t smoke cigarettes in some states, but in other states it’s perfectly acceptable. What about the marijuana? What would PETA think?

And then the not-so-funny ones. Interracial marriage was a federal crime until 1968. Gay marriage until 2015. Has society unraveled into a wicked state of Gomorrah because folks with different skin tones or congruent genders now have legal civil unions? No, of course not. Have we dodged the dictator bullet because radicalized right-wing extremists with nonexistent critical thinking skills, soiled ethics and haphazard morality are too stupid to execute an insurrection? Yes. Will there consequences? We’ll see.

It’s time for better laws, and more importantly, enforcing the the ones that really matter. Gonna make supper from rancid road kill? Maybe education is more appropriate than a law. Gonna preach conspiracy theories and incite violence that leaves 5 people dead because your fragile ego can’t handle loosing? Well, it seems to me that’s the kind of shit laws are made for.

Yes, the GD motherfucker crept in to that lovely open space. You can sweep all the corners after a dust storm, but the broom is still dirty.

Thanks to Quinn and Doug and Cass and Ziggy and Vespa and me and you and good laws – and the bad ones because they remind us what’s worth fighting for, and what isn’t.

Just leave the road kill alone, K? Call Fish and Game then have some Top Ramen and watch Netflix. No need to render armadillos for dinner.

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We Have a Podcast Named CURIO, Bitches!

Because we’re curious bitches, that’s why.

This week we talk about curiosity. What are the benefits of curiosity? How does it shape our identity? What part does American culture play in fostering curiosity? How does curiosity create unity and connection?

We started this podcast because we wanted to share conversation and ideas. We wanted to engage in meaningful discourse and share it, imperfections and an all. To me, Curio is a safe place where curiosity and ideas can roam free, where opinions can be shared and challenged and even changed. How else can we evolve and learn? Every episode is evidence of our journey, not only as friends, but as citizens and humans. There is no perfection here, no easy answers; just the desire to learn – fearlessly, together.

Gratitudes to Quinn and Altadena Hotel / Lon Lon for the musical offering. For Doug, who with great care manages the mics and studio, for Cass, my dear friend and accomplice who edits and thinks big thoughts, and reminded me tonight to thank myself, which is a challenge at best – and our listeners – thank you.

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Episode 108 – Democracy is Great

We’re back! We haven’t seen each other for quite a while, so this one is a good old fashioned, arm chair chit chat.

Cass and Doug got the COVID before Christmas. They’ve mostly recovered but it was a scary few weeks. Now we’re in process of digesting the failed coup attempt at the capitol last week and trying to unravel the sequence of events while wondering what’s to come. The anxiety monkeys are rapid firing poo pellets left and right; it’s hard to deflect them all, but we’re trying.

It was a bit of sweet relief to be back in the studio, with beloved friends and little frisky dogs. It was safe and normal, familiar and comforting; a reminder of the “before times“ and a glimpse into what matters most – the people we love, their health, safety, and connection.

As these times dictate, please be careful. Wear a mask, socially distance, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Be smart and courageous – and review your disaster preparedness plan, just in case.

Gratitudes for Quinn’s musical offerings, Doug’s mic skills and atmospheric juju, Cass’s editing skills eclipsed only by her big heart and brain, and all of our listeners. Remember, Curio Podcast loves you.

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I’ll Take Fun for $100, Alex

Tonight we pay tribute to Alex Trebek and play Celebrity Jeopardy with our host Douglas Trebek. The categories are: The Grateful Dead, J is for Genius, Potpourri, and Ninnywagon.

Thanks to Doug for being such a good sport and doing his best to decipher Kim’s terrible handwriting and flying blind without the questions to our answers.

Thanks to everyone for the love and support!

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Presidenting is a Verb

We unpack the election with Nanny our Buddhist mentor and try to organize our feelings and temper them with compassion. No small feat. We touch on the psychology of MAGAs and antitrumpers along with our own reactions to the aftermath of the election. This episode is a a hopeful journey within and a logical perspective of the outside; which as Nanny reminds us, reflects what we put into the world – from within.

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Gratitudes to all walking the path with us, trying to be better, kinder and wilder. To Cass and Nanny, Doug and Quinn for their talent, skills, and time.

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Emoluments Clause, Screw You.

GOD SAVE AMERICA FROM THE ATROCITIES OF DONALD TRUMP.

We are one week away from the election and tension is in the air. Trump is emboldened and loosing, which multiplied by reckless desperation, equals vengeful retreat. The mess he leaves in his wake is atrocious. So, the Curios work out some collective anxiety tonight and talk about the disaster the shit gibbon Trump has made and how the hell we’re going to clean it up.

With maniacal fearlessness, strength and a big can of compassionate whoop ass, that’s how bitches. ‘Cause this country was built on the idea of freedom and we will not relinquish it to trump and his corrupt micro penis militia. Fuck that.

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The Chipmunk Handmaid

Tonight we chat about Amy Covid Bryant, Amy Chonies Barknet and Amy Coney Barrett. Who IS she? Why does she get to decide what rights we have and is she going to be a Supreme Court Justice or Americas’s Handmaid? Why a chinchilla and not a cat? Who paid for her nomination?

We talk about all kinds of stuff tonight, from narcissists to seeds, Neanderthals to time travelers – it’s a total gab session with a lovely vodka cocktail a la Cass, chipmunks and a couple of the cutest pups you’ve ever seen.

Oh, and the Spaghetti Monster, which is totally real by the way.

Thanks to all the wonderful people, all the awesome Curio studio folks and our elusive friend hope caught in an eternal battle with anxiety, grandmaster asshole of the universe. Hope always wins, though. Always

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Episode: 69 Nanoseconds

It’s been a week since the debate and all kinds of crazy shit has hit the fan; most notably Trump got the COVID. The details are predictably murky; where and when he contracted it, who else has been exposed and how sick he actually is. Trump announced last Friday on twitter that he and Melania tested positive. Since then it’s been a cascade of cabinet members, advisors and journalists.

Initially folks thought he was lying – it seemed too convenient. He could bail out of the remaining debates, deflect attention from his taxes, the recording of Melania talking shit about refugees and Christmas and what ever else noxious bullshit is waiting in the wings to embellish the portrait of our treasonous failure of a con-man-as-president.

So, a Bad Lib with Beck and Abi, crystal ball psychedelics, some chit chat and a song. A beautiful song, a cappella a la Abi. Damn, that girl can sing. Hope is lurking in the shadows.

Big Gratitudes to the usual cast of characters, especially Cass who throws down some serious editing skills and time for this podcast!!

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Debate Hell

Well, that was a nightmare. How embarrassing that the president of the United States can’t keep his mouth shut for two solid minutes during a debate, can’t resist name calling or bullying. Can’t convey a well thought out idea, can’t display even an ounce of self control. Can’t and won’t denounce white supremacy or a peaceful transition of office. What a disgusting display of white entitlement. What a shit show.

Biden did his level best to stay the course, and deliver what most Americans should expect in a presidential debate. Wallace also showed dignity and focus but Trump, Trump proved himself to be a basic bully – deflecting his failures and talking over both Biden and Wallace in an attempt to capture the attention of the audience while never actually addressing them.

We watched the debate tonight with wine and bingo cards expecting the usual gaffes and blunders but no amount of wine or attempts at fun could dampen Trump’s display of lunacy, racism and cowardly bullying. Most notably his dog whistle to Proud Boys to “Stand back and stand by”.  

The president of the United States has the support of a racist militia and he told them to stand back and stand by. Let that sink in.

“He would see his country burn to the ground if he could be king of the ashes” – Varys, GOT 

Episode coming soon.

Episode 100 – Optical Delusions

Lots to talk about this week. The wheels are falling off the cart of American democracy. I know we keep saying that – like all the time, over and over, so many times, just like Chicken Littles. As we approach the election it feels like the stakes are higher each day, and the prospect of Trump refusing to leave if he loses is a very real concern. His poll numbers are down, his public appearances are becoming more and more awkward. He’s trying desperately to maintain his base by spreading propaganda and aligning himself with white supremacy groups while the corona virus and civil unrest infect our country. He’s scrambling to stack the deck in his favor and succeeding. Join us while we chat about the current debauchery and the conventions.

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