It is a rejuvenated Goldbrener who joins us tonight in the Twilight Lounge, thanks to an exhilarating trip to the San Diego Supercomputer Center, where he did 24 petaflops, returning as a self-described “new man” who schools Rosen about blaming technology for the demise of journalism. In response, Rosen recounts a tale of selfie-taking millennials at the gym before trying, and failing, to convince Goldbrener that he’d missed a visit by Gwyneth Paltrow to the Twilight Lounge and then moving onto this week’s topic, suggested by Listener Mike:
Should Jews be concerned about Steve Bannon?
This began as a Facebook discussion with Rosen dismissing Mike’s concerns, but upon further examination (which includes the word “salient” and multiple mentions of Wired Magazine contributing editor Fred Vogelstein) and an attempt to deconstruct the goals of racist behavior (including a story about a joke told in an old school bar in Santa Ana) it turns out Bannon is occasion for concern.
Sit down and enjoy a Mazel Tov Cocktail with Eric, Larry and a family of mice in the calming setting of the Twilight Lounge. Tonight we break somewhat with format because whether or not something is good for the Jews (Ian Kinsler’s gold glove, anyone?) is not what’s at the forefront of people’s minds.
Sure, Rosen emerged a better man after sitting next to a Canadian wellness expert on a plane, and yes, autocorrect is frustrating, but mostly we want to take apart the causes and impacts of this week’s U.S. presidential election. If you’re freaking out, this may be the place for you. If you’re doubling down on tossing hate-filled spears at the “basket of undesirables” in the hope that they’ll somehow change their minds or go away, it may not be.
The one, and perhaps only thing, that we know today is that the mouse in Goldbrener’s wall has had babies. .
Against the subtle hum of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, the boys convene in the Twilight Lounge to shout “Jew-S-A! Jew-S-A!” and ruminate on topics ranging from urban skunks to Rosen’s confusion over the intent of stickers reading “Free Gaza!” Anti-semitism is again on the slate, as the gap between the quality of Mel Gibson’s newly-released movie and his personality leaves our hosts unable to reach consensus. Later, Rosen tries in vain to mine the question:
Is there any way Anthony Weiner can be good for the Jews?
In vain because the short answer is — no. Instead, Goldbrener wants to talk about “the emails,” the nature of running for political office, the actual substance of segments of Donald Trump’s political platform and, ultimately, to deliver the podcast equivalent of a mic drop, but not until after Rosen asks if “it doesn’t get any worse than that” when discussing the antics of Ted Kennedy.