HLC-144 Psycho Halloween Killers...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club for October 17, 2017, it’s the Psycho Halloween Killers edition of the show – number 144 – with your hosts, Todd Feinburg, Hartford radio guy and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist and today with special guest star, host of Michael in the Morning, the inimitable Michael Graham! MG will join us, as will big cheese Rob Long, at the upcoming Ricochet meetup in Burlington, MA (just outside of Boston) on November 11, from 7-10 pm. Today he joins us to talk about the meetup and also to discuss why the left is choosing to lurch even farther left. And, in a related topic what gives when a poor Soda Pop and Pet Store owner (not kidding here) joins Donald Trump for a signing of an executive order that will help his 100+ employees get affordable health insurance only to find, when he returns to his home in central Massachusetts (yes, *that* Massachusetts) that his name is dog poo-poo? Michael will help us analyze. And, the title piece of the show is our topic on Halloween…it ain’t just for kids anymore. In fact, it ain’t for kids at all. It’s for college administrators. And the fun is now officially gone. It takes Todd and I a while to get to the heart of the matter. But here’s the question: in twenty years will we look back on these days and blanch at how thoughtless we were not grasping the horror of Halloween costumes that appropriate cultural identities? or will we look back on these pathologically sensitive times as an aberration that is best forgotten? (or something in between?). We will analyze. Our shower thoughts – of course. (A meditation on lost things). And our hidden gem is...

HLC-143 Bannon’s War...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for October 11, 2017 it’s the Bannon’s War edition of the podcast with your hosts: Hartford CT talk show host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, we follow the erstwhile White House advisor and once and future Breitbart warrior in his quest to deconstruct the administrative state. God. That phrase still makes my heart skip a beat. Taking the fight to America, taking the fight to Hannity, where did the populist revolution begin? Was it all on account of Andrew Breitbart? Where did Stephen Miller get into the act? Will 35% of the Republican Party be calling the shots for all of America after 2018? We can only hope. And then, Meghan McCain debuts on The View with unprepared left wing co-hosts. She seems not content to play the token conservative on the panel. She seems to want to jolt the whole show over to the righteous right. You go girl!!! We will have,  of course, our shower thoughts. We will have our hidden gem. This week it is Keith Jarrett’s encore from the K ö ln concert. Great piece!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-142 Take Their Guns (Already)...

Welcome to the HLC podcast for October 3, 2017, it’s the Take Their Guns (Already) edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford Connecticut drive hour radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist (and recent Ricochet Podcast guest) Mike Stopa. This week we try to bring you a not-too-cynical but not-too-lugubrious slant on the massacre in Las Vegas. Should we start placing greater restrictions about the purchase of guns in America? We already make arbitrary distinctions between guns we can have (9 mm handgun) and guns we can’t have (bazookas). Why can’t we simply be more restrictive in our laws regarding background checks and regulations? Why not have the type of security check that’s needed for a security clearance if you want to own, say, a semi-automatic weapon. We can hire the personnelle, we can spend the money. What slippery slope are you talking about? Next, we will discuss the Trump genius at work again in the Puerto Rico hurricane cleanup. Honestly, a podunk mayor of San Juan wants to go up against the Donald? Maybe she’s smarter than we think. Maybe she’s on the cover of Time next week! We will have our omnipresent shower thoughts and this week, alas, Tom Petty has met his maker (or has he?). In any event, we will have his “The Waiting” as our hidden gem.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-141 Trump and the SOBs...

Welcome the to the HLC podcast for September 26, 2017 it’s the Trump and the SOBs edition of the podcast with your hosts, Hartford radio talk show host Todd Feinburg and Boston nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we will discuss the NFL protest of, um, of, oppression of African Americans in our society. Right? That’s what it is all about, right? That’s what Colin Kaepernick said at the beginning of all this…*right*? So here’s the deal. Trump is at a rally. He is meandering as is his wont. He says that he doesn’t like those NFL prima donnas kneeling and disrespecting the National Anthem and he thinks the NFL owners should fire the SOBs who do. He say what tens of millions of Americans in homes and bars across America have said in exactly the language in which they have said it. And the media – per usual – goes ballistic. Because, they didn’t know that millions and millions of Americans think just that? Or they thought that here is another chance to slap down the idiots who hold the popular sentiment on this matter? Who knows? Next, we will talk about income inequality. Is this really the problem with America? Does it not make sense that the Left should focus on income inequality as the primary evil in current American society? We will discuss. We will have our ever-present shower thoughts and this week our hidden gem is an honest beauty by The Pogues: Dirty Old Town.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-140 #AmnestyDon Does DACA...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 19, 2017 it’s the #AmnestyDon does DACA edition of the show with your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston/Hartford axis radio talk show host and Mike Stopa, nanophysicist. This week on the show we discuss amnesty – amnesty for “Dreamers” – those poor kids who, through no fault of their own were dragged to America as children and who have known no other country but America. It would be cruel, wouldn’t it, to take out their parents’ sins on the kids? Really, we’re going to just put them on a bus or a plane and send them back to a country they hardly even know? Really? Yes, you know. This is the new Trump ideology. This is Rick Perry’s heart and Jeb Bush’s love. This is exactly what caused a major section of the Republican Party and otherwise conservative folks to abandon the GOPe. This is giving sympathy to the law breakers and forgetting the once forgotten then briefly remembered and then forgotten again American people who have borne the brunt of the illegal onslaught and who don’t feel an ounce of that sympathy. This is the kind of thing that leads to burning MAGA hats. Note: we expect gloating from the #NeverTrumpers. We can deal with it. All I can say is that our eyes were always open. We will then, just to get to a more fun place, talk about “click-bate” ads. What on earth is going on with that? Who are they targeting? How do they make money? Do you ever click through? Our shower thoughts, of course. Then our hidden gem is the Theme from Once Upon a Time in the West by Ennio Morricone. This one is...

HLC-139 You Gotta Be Blind...

  Welcome the the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 13, 2017, it’s the You Gotta Be Blind edition of the podcast with your hosts Todd Feinburg, Boston/Hartford radio guy and Mike Stopa, a.k.a. Mr. All-Things-Nano. This week we analyze the transmogrification of the Republican Party. Obviously there’s a big food fight going on. How did the once radical, Ayn Randist acolyte and Eddie Munster look-alike (I just threw that in) find himself all of a sudden as the face of the GOP establishment. Mitch McConnell we understand. He was made for the role. But Ryan’s self-image (surely) is as the rowdy, uncontrollable disrupter plugging Tooheys and moochers faster than you can say where is John Galt. Who exactly is the establishment? Why are they at war with Trump (aside for personality factors)? We will discuss. And then, Stevie Wonder takes about thirty seconds to transform a charity fundraiser for victims of the two recent hurricanes into a political platform. Stevie! Not you!?!? We thought he had more gravitas than that. Beyonce, on the other hand, thinks that earthquakes are caused by climate change. What one thing does Hollywood – whose denizens have everything man or woman could want –  lust for that they just can’t seem to find? We will reveal. Our shower thoughts? Mais bien sur. And  as September settles in our hidden gem this week is from the Fantasticks: Try to Remember.   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...