Someone is arguing at a ticket counter.
We hear the words:
"Do you know who I am?"

The agent picks up the microphone,
addressing the room:
"Help needed at the frontdesk.
We someone with amnesia,
he doesn't know who he is."

Cautionary Tales on Monopoly, by Tim Harford.

The game's origin story, about the discredited people that created Monopoly, and how canonical and parody gameplay switches places.

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I wasn't sure what to expect. Was Marc going to colour in his political views on-air? Was he going to attack cancel culture? Or defend it?

I was quickly pleased to realise it's neither. 'Twas rather a refreshing depolarizing chat about what stuff means, what's changed, and what hasn't changed throughout the 1900s and late 1800s. History matters. Not to justify actions today, but to understand what worked, what didn't, what got better, and what hasn't (yet).

"Last Christmas", I heard it far too often and didn't think much of it, just another cheesy-engineered pop hit. Or is it?

In this episode, composer Chilly Gonzales treats us to a musical guide through the famous song.

I now believe it's more akin to an opera piece, following the structure of a rap song, with experimental jazz influences. Wicked, right?


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