In this week’s episode of A Very Serious Conversation, you’ll find Phil much more subdued than he was in last week’s podcast. His changed attitude could be a result of the sound beating he received from me once we finished recording last week, but it’s more likely because he’s beaten me so many consecutive times at Scrabble lately that he pities me enough to taper back the verbal assaults.
Along with Phil’s apologies to me, the first third or so of the podcast contains us brainstorming ways to outsource AVSC to another country, a description of the new high-tech microphone we plan to get (if you, the listener, does your duty) and discussion of President Obama’s drug policy plans such as doing away with disparities in sentencing for crack-related vs. powder cocaine-related crimes (see my review of WhiteHouse.gov for the specifics). The remainder of the episode is structured around weighing the pros and cons of some of the most commonly-used drugs: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy and heroin.
Of course, other related and unrelated topics come up, including the legalization of marijuana, Obama traveling backwards in time to impeach Bush, scary drugs that we’re not even sure exist (like the drug called “ice” that Captain America fought against in the 1980s) and drug use by Presidents/Founding Fathers. Of particular note is the moment near the end of the podcast when Phil confesses that his grandfather was an amphetamine dealer.
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