Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Show - Curse of the Drunkards pt 2

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Oh no, we weren't done with Bryan and Adam from Keglines.  We talk about more beer, of course, but also talk about Bryan's new career as a homeowner as well as his foray into the wide world of Roller Derby.  We find out that Adam makes a bad gay, but you probably already knew that.  There's no porn like 70's porn.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Show - Curse of the Drunkards pt 1

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Adam and Bryan from Keglines are back and we get so into the frolicking that we ended up doing two hours worth of show. Part one is this week and the thrilling conclusion will be up next. It's the first time we've talked to them after Rock The Rickets so we have a lot of catching up to do. We sample some great beer from Wolaver, Sierra Nevada, Rohrbach's, and Goose Island. Adam screws up little kids, while Bryan doesn't interact with humans. Dave's not an internet predator, honest. Bryan's and Adam's love affair takes an ugly turn. We welcome the appearance of Corner Boy! We discuss blumpkins and Bryan's porn habit.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book Review - Free For All by Janet Poppendieck

I wanted to review Free For All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck because in my non-podcast life, I’m working with a bunch of other community-minded folks to start a school.  Don’t worry, it’s not a for-profit, scummy charter school.  Also, being interested in what I eat as well as what kids eat, I thought this would be a great read for the podcast.  Turns out I was right.  For the lazy, just go to the last chapter, the conclusion.  Poppendieck calls for all school lunches to be free for all.  Now before you start screaming “socialism!” you’ll have to read the rest of the book.  Poppendieck takes us through how we ended up serving food in school, how free and reduced lunch programs started followed by breakfast in school.  She also spells out the problems with all of these programs.  While good intentioned, the way they are is a waste of money, a waste of food and a waste of time.  Here are the problems:

Breakfast and lunch programs are a waste of food.  Kids don’t eat most of them as the food tends to be pre-made, re-heated stuff (with the emphasis on “stuff”), that while it may meet certain nutritional standards, isn’t really good for you and is not appetizing.  Then there’s the problem of getting families that qualify to participate.  There’s the embarrassment factor of getting a “free lunch” as well as the intrusion of having to provide financial information.  From the administrative perspective, it costs a lot of time and money to run these programs – which are doomed to fail anyway because of the ala carte options in most school lunchrooms that entice kids with junk food. 

Poppendieck shows that kids will eat food that is good for them if given the opportunity, but you’ll have to get rid of the junky options.  By moving toward local, healthy food it would help the school, the kids, the economy and more.  It’s really a win – win situation.  Children who eat better (or eat at all) do better in school.  Making all meals free for everyone would free school staff from the costly and time consuming administration that is necessary to make sure everyone is on the free & reduced program who should be. 

The book itself is generally an easy read.  The sections that use anecdotes to illustrate the situation and prove her points are interesting and her conclusions are well thought-out.  It does get a bit dry while she presents statistical evidence, but in this reader’s opinion, it’s pretty tough to make stats that aren’t connected to baseball seem interesting. 

A good read.  If you have kids, are connected to schools in some way and/or are interested in a better way of making our society work, give Free For All a read and them make your friends read it.  I am.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Show - Ace Frehley Death Watch

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Dave has come across a lot of things on the internet, including the Bible. Melyssa gives fashion tips in a time machine; thank god for yearbooks. A shout out for the Breast Cancer Coalition pf Rochester! OK, Ace Frehley probably didn't die, but wouldn't it be creepy if he had? What are YOUR Thanksgiving plans?


Sunday, November 7, 2010

New Show - Gay Protest Vote

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Melyssa and Dave dissect the recent election and the fallout. Keith Olbermann, we hardly knew ye. The new voting machines were OK, hopefully every vote was counted. Someone decides to protest a lack of gay rights by not voting. Kind of like protesting rape by cutting off your dick. We also reference the crazy-awesome Tim Wise essay on the elections...check it out.


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