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To Drive – Ep. 201

TRANSCRIPT (by speechpad) Hi. This is Jaime Escuder and welcome to another episode of None Sense. I like to drive. I've always been kind of fascinated with mechanical things, and engines in particular are really fascinating. I just love the idea of having sort of a powerful thing like an engine under my control. And just the whole sensation of kind of moving through space quickly like that and, again, having that sort of power at one's command is just a lot of fun. I remember (my mother...


V for Vulnerable – Ep. 107

"Novotna produced one of the defining sporting moments of the 1990s when she stumbled in sight of victory against Steffi Graf, and then dampened the Duchess of Kent’s shoulder with her tears." Related: "I told her we were both just very ill and needed to let other people help us sometimes."


Grief Without God – Ep. 1.6

In this episode, I discuss how I, as a none, contend with grief. MICHIKO DEAD Día de los Muertos a log wind-blown plywood Nevermore.


Enough – Ep. 1.5

This episode was inspired by an article I read about the race to develop artificial intelligence. It reminded me of a story that I heard about Jospeh Heller, which got me thinking about the concept of enough. References Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent Vonnegut on Heller on Enough 6,200 Pairs of Shoes A $248,000 Tree House 30,000,000 to 8,000 as peanuts are served today 4,000,000 to 0 by accident 0 to 4,000 600 times more powerful than paper clips to end the world...


Hamilton’s Warning – Ep. 1.4

In this episode, I explain why I believe that packing the courts with conservative jurists, as Trump and McConnell plan to do, will cause us to lose our rights. I also talk about John Rawls and Alexander Hamilton. What do they have in common? They both think that you shouldn't make rules for other people without expecting them to apply to yourself. Also, they both liked rap. (Actually, I'm not so sure about that rap thing.) ReferencesSuicide by Elevator 5th Cir.: Dirty Mexicans Are...


Happiness Is a Mailed Letter – Ep. 1.3

My solution to the gun violence problem. (It's not what you think.) CORRECTION: In this episode, I claim that the population density of Cook County, Illinois is 9,000 people per square mile. This is incorrect. It's about 5,500 per square mile. My claim that Brewster County's population density is 1.3 people per square mile was closer. It's actually 1.5. Transcript (by Hi. This is Jaime Escuder. Welcome to another episode of None Sense. Let's talk about guns. You know, I don't...


Thank You, Tom Petty – Ep. 1.2

This is my tribute to Tom Petty, who was great. Transcript: Hi, this is Jaime Escuder and welcome to None Sense. Tom Petty has died. When I heard that, I, of course, was sad because I liked Tom Petty. He seemed like a really, you know, honestly, a really cool guy. Like an original guy who was kind of uncompromising and just was who he was, and put out the music that he wanted to put out, and said what he wanted to say, and just seemed like the sort of guy who would just be a cool friend. And...


The Illusion of Institutions – Ep. 1.1

In this second episode of None Sense, I respond to the following statement by Michelle Goldberg: It’s a source of constant astonishment to me that the country has handed over the means to destroy civilization on this planet to an unhinged lunatic who lost the popular vote and was installed with the aid of a hostile foreign power. It’s such an epic institutional failure that it calls everything we thought we knew about this country’s stability into question. What's explained at length in the...


Welcome to None Sense! – Ep. 0

Hi! In this inaugural episode, I introduce myself and explain what I'm doing with this podcast. To summarize, I'm a non-religious liberal who loves America. Or the idea of it, anyway. I explain more in the show, so give it a listen. Welcome! TRANSCRIPT Hi, I'm Jaime Escuder and welcome to this inaugural episode of None Sense. What is a "none"? (I'm actually not that kind of nun that you're thinking about. Quite the opposite.) None, N-O-N-E, is someone who is secular or unaffiliated with any...