SFR 405: In the Dark

–President Trump’s travel ban has been shot down, we think rightly, but it may be only a matter of time before it is either rewritten as a new executive order, or ends up before the Supreme Court.
SFR_Eye–Anti-abortion protests have sprung up at Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation, and new counterprotests are in motion. This is what free speech looks like. So let’s examine both sides of the arguments and see who makes more sense.
–We briefly discuss a bit about religion, including the power, or rather the lack thereof, of prayer. We also touch on religious education and what, if anything, can be demonstrated by a believer that a nonbeliever could not also demonstrate.
–Royal Commission survey reveals the extent of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Australia, and the numbers are staggering.  But we don’t believe the story gets the attention it deserves.  Imagine that, instead of a religious institution, there were decades worth of abuse and coverups at Starbucks.
–We get off the heavy stuff for a minute, and only a minute, as Bobby takes a big fat dump on a proposed segment involving the return of Jay and Silent Bob by writer/director Kevin Smith.
–Occasionally, we will get questions about our non-belief in ghosts, and what, if anything, would make us believe again. Since we love this kind of stuff, we are happy to discuss it again. The first step is defining what a ghost is supposed to be.

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SFR 404: Not Found

–Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Education by the Senate, and people are angry. Why? Bobby explains why he is very much against this Trump nominee, and discusses his fears about the future of public education.
–Kellyanne Conway references a non-existent terrorist attack called the Bowling Green Massacre in defense of Trump’s travel ban. While she later admitted her error, it turns out that this reference wasn’t a one time thing.
stranger-things-season-2-monster–Jason’s cousin Rex asks: When farting in public, should you admit it, or is it best to remain silent?
–A teaser for Stranger Things season two airs during the Super Bowl, and fans are picking it apart shot by shot looking for clues.
–Jason has received a summons for jury duty and, should he make it to trial, promises to reveal the details of his case following its conclusion.

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SFR 403: One Sick Minisode

–Because Bobby was sick this past Sunday, we are recording this Minisode late Wednesday night. But now Jason is sick too!
—-Trump announces his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, and it is the well-respected and conservative Neil Gorsuch. Should the Democrats stand against his appointment, or are they afraid they will die upon that hill?
–So, what do you think of the Trump presidency so far? Has it been the worst first week ever?
–Acting Attorney General Sally Yates issues statement that says, in her opinion, the executive order travel ban is illegal, and thus she has ordered the Department of Justice not to defend it. Trump fires Yates shortly thereafter.
–AJ asks us to weigh in on a very important debate: Cheetos vs Cheese Puffs. Bobby is a cheese puff guy through and through, but Jason, who is actively campaigning for Trump to appoint him as Secretary of Snacks, prefers Cheetos. We also wonder aloud whether Cheetos can be considered a “chip.”
–The election bet with Canada Matt has been paid off. Instead of sending us a picture of him dressed as Hillary Clinton, Bobby instead accepted a box of Big Turk candy bars, and boy there were way more than he expected! Thanks, Matt!
–Bobby has a new job now, and tries once again to explain exactly what it is he does. Jason, meanwhile, just wants to know how many “big load” jokes his co-workers tell each day.

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SFR 402: And The Band Played On

–Bobby has another stinky cheese for us to sample and review. After our previous reactions to the very stinky limburger, and the much more pleasant aged cheddar, how will our palates appreciate Jasper Hill Farms’ harbison cheese?
–Donald Trump is officially President of the United States. We have lots of thoughts about the inauguration, the protests, the riots, the Women’s March, and more. This is going to be a wild four years.
presidentelect–Hacker group Anonymous has threatened Trump, saying that he will “regret” these next four years. But this same group “declared war” on Trump just about a year ago, threatening to dismantle his campaign, and now he is president. So, really, what good are they?
–In one of his last acts in office, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army intelligence analyst convicted of violations under the Espionage Act. Manning is now set to be released in May, after serving 7 of the 35 year sentence.
–Wikileaks founder Julian Assange once vowed he would accept extradition to the United States if Manning’s sentence was commuted. Now that it has happened, there is lot of conflicting information about whether or not he will live up to that promise.
–Jason shares a quick story about confronting misinformation in a chain letter he received.
–Before we sign off, we alert people who may not be aware that a genealogy site called Family Tree Now could have access to their personal information. We will give you the information you need to get it removed.

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SFR 401: Stay Gold

–Continuing the stinky cheese series, this week we take a whiff of cheddar. But not just any cheddar: this stuff is ten years old! How stinky was it? How delicious? Could it top the limburger from last week? Find out!
–Meryl Streep used her Golden Globes moment to trash Donald Trump, all without using his name. Trump reacted characteristically: by saying she was a Hillary flunkie and an overrated actress! Ha! We’ll weigh in with our thoughts on the speech, and discuss the reactions it elicited from differing sides of the political spectrum.
SFR_Eye–Speaking of Mr. President-elect, he has allegedly asked a vaccine conspiracy theorist, Robert Kennedy Jr., to chair a committee on autism and/or vaccine safety. Kennedys and conspiracies just don’t mix, because this is a bad, bad, bad, bad idea.
–Buzzfeed publishes a “secret dossier” of information Russia uses to blackmail Trump into doing their bidding. Allegations of Trump’s sexual proclivities involving “golden showers” are funny, but unproven, and the dossier is unverified. Is the real victim here journalism?
–Ohio man who previously got in trouble with a zombie Nativity scene is back in trouble after he helps stage a prank involving zombie bodies in a local pond.
–12yo Katelyn Davis commits suicide by hanging, all while livestreaming it on the internet. While most reports have focused on her allegations of being a victim of sexual abuse, there’s another part of the story that has gone largely unreported – her romantic feelings for a Creepypasta meme.
–Fox executive reports that the network is “very close” to continuing The X-Files into an 11th season with new episodes.
–This is our last episode of Strange Frequencies Radio that will see President Obama in office. We spend a few minutes talking about some of his failures, but mostly we speak about how we appreciated him and what we will miss as he leaves the White House.
–Bobby closes the show talking about losing yet another friend to heroin, and implores those with loved ones in a similar state to seek help.

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SFR 400: An Unexpected Journey

–It’s our 400th episode of SFR, and we kick off the show with a new series in which we sample and review various stinky cheeses. First up: limburger.  We are surprised by its odor.
pigandwolfSFR–Four black suspects are being charged with a hate crime after binding and restraining a white mentally disabled young man, beating and cutting him, yelling racial insults, and streaming it all live on Facebook.
–Can (or should we?) separate art from the artist who creates it? For instance, is it okay to enjoy the Cosby Show, even though Bill Cosby is probably a rapist? Does Casey Affleck deserve Oscar consideration despite settling a sexual harassment lawsuit?
–Popular YA novelist SE Hinton has come under fire for not having black or gay characters in her books, with “regressive leftist” types saying she is racist and homophobic, and Hinton now feeling as if she is under attack for being heterosexual.
–The cable news landscape shifts a bit as former Fox News personalities Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren have left for NBC and MSNBC, respectively.  Tucker Carlson will be moving his show to fill Kelly’s timeslot.
–We look back at the beginnings of Strange Frequencies Radio, and talk about the 8 year journey we have taken to get to where we are. Also, a few thoughts on where the show will go from here.

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SFR 399: Killing Baby Hitler: The Minisode!

–We are back with another SFR Minisode before resuming regularly scheduled programming this coming Sunday, and again we play the theme song over Skype from Jason’s computer miles away from Bobby’s home studio.  We figure the crappy quality will signal that it’s another Minisode.
photo–Did everyone have a good New Year celebration? A few people in pop culture most certainly did not. Mariah Carey had a disastrous lip-syncing mishap, Ohio State laid an egg in the College Football Playoff, and Don Lemon got drunk and had his ear pierced on live television.
–Julian Assange is interviewed by Sean Hannity of Fox News, and Bobby doesn’t even need to watch to know he really dislikes the Wikileaks founder for his smugness. Jason finds it curious that, while Assange accused President Obama of using “lawyerly” tactics in his comments about Russian hacking and Wikileaks, Assange himself used a bit of the same careful wordplay to conceal his source.
–House Republicans vote to severely weaken the ethics committee’s independence, then reverse course the next day. Did a tweet from PEOTUS Trump have something to do with that? Perhaps so, but it’s a good move regardless.
–Bobby is very excited to present a list of ethical conundrums to Jason, and Jason has no idea at all what is coming. Listen for yourself and decide what you would do when you have a chance to kill 3 year old Hitler, save one of your children to your other children from dying, as well as taking part in the execution of a loved one to save the lives of innocent strangers. All those, and a few more, are discussed at the end of this special Minisode!

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