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Audio 05.01.2020 1 hour 23 minutes

The American Mind Roundtable: The Roundtable Ep. #15

Governor Gavin Newsom gives beachgoers in California the dad look of disappointment. Our editors consider the cringe state of affairs that is celebrities in quarantine. Plus: Oxford lecturer Dr. Emily Cousens fears a British coronavirus vaccine because it might make her country look good.

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Daddy Newsom and the Death of Celebrity| The Roundtable Ep. 15

Governor Gavin Newsom gives beachgoers in California the dad look of disappointment. Our editors consider the cringe state of affairs that is celebrities in quarantine. Plus: Oxford lecturer Dr. Emily Cousens fears a British coronavirus vaccine because it might make her country look good.

Weve Been Punked | Segment 1

Ryan rails against the withering of manliness, the overlong lockdown, and Justin Amash. It looks like the death count is beginning to rise from this extended quarantine rather than from the CCP Virus. Then: behold his hair. Behold his smile. Quail before his dad threats. Gavin Newsom scolds Orange County for keeping its beaches open. Timestamp: 0:39

Celebrities: Is There Life After Epstein? | Segment 2

You don’t have to go full Pizzagate to notice something sad and weird is happening to celebrities in the quarantine era. Our editors discuss the shift from the old to the new form of celebrity and how the new form doesn’t protect the dark puppeteers that have historically held power. Timestamp: 31:04

Fear and National Self-Loathing | Segment 3

Dr. Emily Cousens fears that Oxford will develop the best vaccine, thus stoking bad, BAD, British patriotism and exceptionalism. She is appropriately savaged by Britons. Timestamp: 50:22

See show notes here.