This week, Tim and Tom discuss Pope Francis’ remarks to the joint session of Congress, and how it might make some on the right uncomfortable (it certainly seems to have rattled John Boehner’s cage). In arts, we talk about sex with robots (seriously). And in history, we observe the anniversary of the founding of the Jesuit Order.
In this special edition of the show, Tom and Tim spend the whole hour talking about the Star Wars franchise. We begin by looking at the state of affairs in America prior to the first film’s release, then discuss the impact it had on our generation. Finally, we look ahead to the premiere of the next film, and discuss how the franchise has changed opinions about science and religion around the world.
Another theme show this week, as Tim and Tom spend all three segments talking about demagogues.
In the news, we talk about a recent editorial by physicist Lawrence Krauss in which he lambasts religion in the name of science.
In history, we talk about the anniversary of the HUAC hearings that ultimately created the Hollywood Blacklist.
And in the arts, we talk about the magnum opus of Novelist Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, and how that novel plays out in modern American politics.
In the story from this week’s news, Tim and Tom discuss the recent announcement by Marissa Mayer of Yahoo regarding her choice for her upcoming maternity leave. In the arts segment, they discuss the science fiction film Ex Machina. And in history, they discuss the anniversary in 1882 of Thomas Edison turning on electric power in New York City for the very first time.
You can read the article Tim references about the Baby Bust in America here.