Ep: 58 Season Finale! Creating Another World in Apocalypse

Dave discusses plans for Hispanic Heritage month, which reminds Bob to ask Dave about his journey to major in Spanish in college and then how that has played into Dave becoming a teacher.  Within that story Dave brings up the interesting question of whether to wear an embroidered shirt (tune it as writing makes it seem mundane!).

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Dave asks Bob about the 60 Songs That Explain the 90s podcast. With 19 songs left, Bob and Dave chat about some possibilities for them. 

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The main topic of the episode is concluding the season on its last episode. After naming the episodes and the brother’s lists, the Crew synthesizes 3 themes from the season: 

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  1. Unplug from the dominant culture
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  3. Connect with the deeper consciousness in nature, art, radical education, or direction action
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  5. Give and receive from the community (think mutual aid and solidarity).
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They go on to discuss how to do the work of building another world in really rough times, (e.g. in a pandemic, with capitalism killing the earth, with a rising authoritarianism.  And why do this work? It gives us life, change can come quickly, and another world is for everyone. 

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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nDeep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

Ep 57: Revisiting Occupy Wall Street, 10 Years Later

The brothers catch up and start with Dave’s first week of school.  Dave says he has been trying to integrate quietness, stillness, and reduce anxiety (a la Brene Brown).  He led a birthday line-up ice-breaker with 50 4th graders, which you had to see to believe.  Bob is still in summer mode but also thinking about returning to a UCSC campus that is not really prepared for the Delta variant.

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The Crew wants to host their valiant editor to the show and take your questions for Nadir.  Please contact us with them or put them on this google doc!

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The main topic of the show is learning from the Occupy movement 10 years later (Occupy Wall Street started September 17, 2011).  The brothers give the background on Occupy and then delve into some lessons learned in terms of another world being possible.  

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Start of book club Having and Being Had by Eula Biss this week Sept. 6.  Join us!

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Wearing a facemask is an act of love poster: https://community.amplifier.org/art/act-of-love/

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Aviva Romm: https://avivaromm.com/ 

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Quick Fix

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How should Dave turn off the UV light for his class’ bearded dragon? Answer: see if there’s a custodial or other employee that can join in on the mutual aid! (And ask a vet exactly how much light they need.)

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

Ep56: Reform or Revolution? Putting the Credit Card Hack to the Test

The Crew addresses the long delay between recording.  Don’t worry everyone, we still love Thriving.  The summer has been busy indeed, and the brothers discuss the places on earth where marriage proposals seem to happen.  They discuss the new Cleveland baseball team nickname.  And end the chit-chat on Dave’s move into his new co-housing.

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The main topic of the week is around the question of whether it is possible to hack capitalism.  In other words, can capitalist tools be used to undo capitalism?  The Crew starts this question by laying out what capitalism is and what it does to people and the world, and whether capitalism can be reformed or is revolution needed.  The brothers believe revolutionary change is needed, however what revolution looks like for the majority of people in the world has led to more complex thinking.  This leads to the concept of revolutionary reforms which the brothers develop.

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Dave presents the “credit card hack (scam).”  Dave discusses how to use the deals that credit card companies give people to gain the benefits and then get out.  The Crew discusses where this falls on the revolution vs. reform discussion.

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References:

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Revolution or Reform

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Reformist Reforms vs. Abolitionist Reforms

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Quick Fix

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How can I watch the Olympics without a TV?  Use friend’s log-in to Xfiniti. 

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep55: We are All Artists: Unlocking the Power of Art (To Take Down Daddy Beyz)

The brothers are joined by Bob’s new cat, Teddy Bear.  They discuss introducing kittens to a new home (with Teddy mewing in the background).  Dave theorizes that we do things for 4 reasons: to make money, because we love it, for others, and to do something new; and then asks Bob why he does the podcast.  Lastly, they let listeners know that they are working on a new podcast with friend Dan C that will take sports on in a critical way.

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The topic for the week is what is art’s role in building another world?  Bob draws on his research on artivism, which Chela Sandoval describes as art in the service of changing the world.  He makes the point that we can all be artists because art is more of a way of approaching the world than an elite skill. 

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This reminds Dave of when the brothers started a collective called Artist for Justice within the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center many years ago.  Dave loves the idea of art as creation and reflects where he feels creativity.  

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Beehive Collective

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Opera by Eric Oh

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Quick Fix

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How can we spend less time scrolling on our telephone?  Put your cellphone in a drawer and leave it there.  Do that for an hour a day.

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep54: A True Wide World of Sports is Possible

The brothers are blessed to have friend Dan, the Lynx of the Rocky Mountains, on the show.  They start by discussing the intersection of basketball, culture, soccer, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and gender relations. 

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The main topic is whether another world of sports is possible?  What kind of sports world do we want?  The Crew shares their perspectives on what can be done to confront the cisheteropatriarchal dynamics in sports. 

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Box score from Seattle Supersonics @ Los Angeles Lakers on Nov 27, 2007, a month after the first episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians aired.  In this game rookie Kevin Durant played against Khloe Kardashian ex-partner Lamar Odom.

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep 53: Two Lists to Help You Make Another World a Reality

The show starts with Dave sharing that he recently had to sell his chicken which brought some unexpected thoughts.  Bob reflects on the last week of his school year teaching at Zoom U.

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For the show today, the Crew takes from the movie High Fidelity and the book Read and Riot by Nadya Tolokonnokova (of Pussy Riot) to make their Top 3 list with the category: Making Another World Possible.

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Dave’s list:

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  1. Unplug (from the world)
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  3. Connect (to the earth)
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  5. Give to the community in some way, any way.
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Bob’s list

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    1. Find a radical documentary and watch it.  Even better, watch it with friends.
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    3. If you don’t have kids, support parents and help with childcare.
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  • Go to a demonstration.
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Quick Fix

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If you hear faint dripping in your walls after doing dishes, what should you do?  Call your supe or plumber!

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep52: The Zapatistas as Living Proof of Another World Being Possible

Bob sings the show in with one of Dave’s favorite songs from 1998.  Then, a Thriving first: Dave makes a big announcement about one of our friends.   Dave reflects on celebrating our mom’s birthday with a killer bike ride.  After this, Dave tells a perfect Seinfeld story that just happened to him.  Bob describes his first vacation in 17 months, a trip to Mendocino, in the Green Triangle.  

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The topic of the week is the Zapatistas, the revolutionaries in Chiapas who live the praxis of “another is possible.”  They start the episode asking the question, “how did it come to be that Dave found himself living in Chiapas for 6 months in 2018-19?”  The Crew gives a background on the Zapatistas over the last 30 year. They then discuss their trip to Oventic, the 6th Zapatista Caracol.

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Wobblies and Zapatistas

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Quick Fix

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How can we have better mornings? Answer: Think more about the night before and the day after. Have a bed time routine and some structure the next day.

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep51: Another Podcast Is Possible

Another Podcast Is Possible

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New season! The Crew reviews all the Gut Checks from season 6.  Great picks!

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Dave is done with his school year and will have Peachtree Pizza with his kiddos.  His students did so well with their reading progress!

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The theme of the new season is “another world is possible.”  Bob thinks that expanding on this simple thought is key to social change (including police abolition).  The brothers first came across this phrase volunteering at Lefthand Books, the one-time socialist bookstore in Boulder.  Bob asks Dave, what does the “world” mean in this question.  Dave expands on the obscene wealth inequality in the world.

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The episode ends with the Crew wanting to explore why the idealist is so smeared in our society.  Connected with this is their desire to explore utopias and utopian thinking this season.  

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Quick Fix

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You are making pork chops for dinner, and you have the bread crumbs, the flour, but you don’t have eggs.  What do you do?….Mayonnaise!

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep50: Picking Up and Leaving Off Bags in the Pandemic

Dave reflects on the end of the school year for him and his kiddos.  Bringing the reading-level up gives him good energy.  Bob reflects on the podcast turning 1 year old!  

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The final episode of season 6 on baggage!  The topic of the day is what baggage has been picked up or left off during the pandemic?  Bob starts and discusses picking up baseball uber-fandom during the pandemic.  It’s an escapism, not a terrible one, but one that feels to Bob like he should do something with it.

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Dave brings up moving to a new community during the pandemic, and then feeling a lack of connection to the greater Ft. Collins and Colorado community.  Bob brings in Patrick Hamilton’s advice that in the pandemic: there is pandemic forgiveness, in which friends don’t have to come up with excuses about not connecting with each other.  

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Gut Check

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Thriving in Dystopia will still exist in a year, May 2022.  (Bob gives it a 8; Dave says 7).

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Stay by Valerie June is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.

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Ep49: Taking a Page from “Wonderful”

Dave sings the show in with what Bob thought was a Divinyls song, but in actuality, is Lovefool by the Cardigans, a song famously featured on The Office on season 3, episode 5 (and not Austin Powers — that was Carnival). Dave was looking for the lyric, “I can’t care ‘bout anything but you.” 

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The Crew structures this episode based on “Wonderful,” by Griffin and Rachel McElroy. 

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Dave’s small wonder is the chocolate-salted caramel.  Bob’s is quiz-mastering.

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Dave’s big wonder is boardgames. Note: The gallbladder stores bile, not insulin. 

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Bob’s big wonder is direct action.

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Gut Check

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By 2030 there will be a 51st U.S. state (Bob gives it a 7; Dave gives it a 10).

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Contact info

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Email – davepeachtree@gmail.com

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Twitter – @BMaze19

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IG – Thriving_In_Dystopia

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Website – https://thrivingindystopia.com/

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TikTok – @davepeachtree

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Deep appreciation to In Heaven by Drake Stafford for our intro song, Stay by Valerie June is the new outro, the prolific and enigmatic Joe Shine for the thumbnail art.   Big thank you to Nadir Čajić for editing this week’s show.   Finally, we are indebted to the wonderful Chris Sawyer for funding and creating our new website.  Thank you, Mix.