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#109 – The Election Is Now Over…So Let The Next Election Begin

December 7, 2022

Our host this week checks in from his public access studio. It’s crazy that another election is already on the corner. We got some great news…the price of gas is coming down! However, great news never lasts long. Inflation continues to rise. The World Cup is here. The US team has been eliminated, as if they ever had a chance of actually winning. Lewis wraps up his tour in Florida this weekend. After that, our host has a nice break from the road. Even though Lewis is off the road, he doesn’t want you to stop sending in your rants! Please keep them coming. As always, please remember to take care of each other. It’s the most important thing we can do for one another. 

This week’s live rants come from the Warner Theater in Torrington, Connecticut and the Borgata’s Music Box Theater in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

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#108 – Guns and Butter

November 30, 2022

Our host checks in with us from home again this week as he returned from his vacation in Vermont. While in Vermont, Lewis ate at an absolutely terrific restaurant called the Reluctant Panther. All compliments go to the chef, Segal Rockland. It was a spectacular Thanksgiving meal. It really feels like Christmas up there. 

When are we going to realize that our current gun laws don’t work? It’s astounding how after the recent slate of mass shootings nothing will still get done. It’s all just senseless, senseless violence. The topic of gun laws is just a never ending argument that just goes in circles. It’s never going to change. 63% of the American people live paycheck to paycheck. How is that possible? This is the richest country on Earth and over half the country is struggling to get by. And yeah, yeah, we know about inflation. Here’s an idea, and this one helps with leviating the cost of living in this country. Free healthcare. Canada, and a lot of countries in Europe, already provide the citizens free healthcare. We should be able to do it too. Adding on to this week’s bad news, 2,700 people were from a furniture factory in Mississippi. 2,700 people. Every single one of those workers are going to have a really difficult time recovering from that. And that’s just not right. As we are about 25 days out from Christmas, our host reminds you to take care of another. It’s the most important thing we can do for each other. Especially during the Holiday season. 

This week’s live rants come from the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine and the Paramount Theater – Rutland, Vermont

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#107 – Twitter is in the Sh**ter

November 23, 2022

Our host checks in with us home from his humble abode as Elon Musk nearly destroys Twitter, winter comes to New York in full force and Buffalo gets an unbelievable amount of snow. Oh my! This year, fall didn’t happen. It went from summer right into winter. There wasn’t even a chance to feel a slight chill in the air. You probably didn’t even have a chance to grab your fall jacket. No. It went right into freezing cold weather. How about that crazy amount of snow Buffalo got? Unreal. There’s some people in this country who have psychotic amounts of money and just love to play around with it. Elon Musk is one of them. How are you going to take over a company and not know what to do with it? Firing the staff, bringing them back and throwing them in the deep end? Having a vote to decide if the former leader should be allowed on the platform or not? Speaking of the former leader, he decided to announce he’s going to be running again. Politicians are already asking people to donate to their campaign again. Really? Give people a break. We just got done with that. Atleast give us until after Thanksgiving. Lewis takes some much needed time off this week and is going on vacation. He’s heading up to Vermont this week (instead of traveling internationally) with his friend, Neil. Vermont really is beautiful this time of year. Also, Lewis recently went to a benefit in Bethesda, Maryland for a cystic fibrosis run by his friend Rich. Rich has even started a new organization called the “Luvu Project.” The “Luvu Project” does extraordinary work when it comes to mental health in the workplace. The link is below to check out the project. Also, if you’re interested, a link is below to the kickstarter for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. This kickstarter helps fun programs at the library such as their youth writing program, Sophie’s Banned Book Club, Social Justice Writing Workshop Series, as well as increasing access to its education programs to learners from all over the world. Lewis wishes you all a lovely Thanksgiving. And as always, take care of each other. It’s the most important thing we can do for one another. 

The Luvu Project: https://theluvuproject.org/ 

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sh5/core-of-the-american-experience-kurt-vonnegut-and-education 

The live rants this week come from the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey and the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey. 

00:00 – Start

1:32 – Intro

1:39 – Intro Rant

24:43 – Ad Read 2 

26:34 – New Brunswick, NJLive Rant

40:13 – Englewood, NJ Live Rant 

52:59 – Outro

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#106 – Ten Billion Dollars…For Nothing

November 16, 2022

Our host checks in with us this week from home and he’s pissed off because so much money was wasted on this year’s elections. It’s ludicrous how nothing gets done and nothing new gets said every election cycle. Here’s an idea…if you have a political ad on TV, and you don’t bring up one new point or say something of note, that’s it you’re out. You’re done. Ten billion dollars spent..on nothing! The Washington Commanders are currently being sold for around five billion. This year’s election cycle makes that seem like a bargain. Also, climate change is in full swing. Lewis went to bed Saturday night and it was 70 degrees. He woke up Sunday morning and it was 40 degrees outside. We’re going to hell in a hand basket and nothing is going to change. How come no one wants to work a public service job anymore? When our host was a kid, there were so many people who wanted a public service job. Lewis just got home from shows in Ohio and North Carolina. Marietta, Ohio is a really nice small town. Durham, North Carolina has really changed a lot (for the better) since our host used to spend time there in his younger days. Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill are really great food towns. All the shows from this past weekend were truly amazing. Our host thanks you for all the support over the years as the world becomes more psychotic and we all continue to struggle with it. As always, the most important thing we can do for one another is to take care of each other. 

The live rants this week come from the Peoples Bank Theater in Marietta, Ohio and the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina. 

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#105 – Stuck Inside of Memphis with the Mobile Blues Again

November 9, 2022

Our host Lewis checks in this week from the Home of the Blues, Memphis, Tennessee! We’re recording this week’s episode in the parking lot of Sun Studios. Sun Studios has produced some legendary, great music. Countless hits. Midterm elections were this week and all the news coverage of it has been people standing in line. Even though people are standing in line to vote, our host reminds you that you need to give people a reason to vote! One political party comes up with solutions they can’t explain. The other political party wants to keep their good ideas a secret. It’s important to vote. It matters. Lewis is sick of people saying that George Carlin didn’t vote. How do you know that to be true? He could just be saying that because he’s George and he is a comedian! But then again, voting probably did genuinely bother him a lot. Lewis had an extra day to spend some time in Memphis. If he’s being honest, he ordered enough BBQ to feed a family of six. Also, if you’re ever in Memphis, you need to visit the civil rights museum. It will be one of the most extraordinary experiences you can ever have. It’s crazy that they don’t want to teach about civil rights history in school. Kids need to learn about this. 

Our host’s next stops in his tour are in Georgia and North Carolina. As always, our host reminds us that we take care of each other. It’s the most important thing we can do for one another. 

This week’s live rants were filmed at Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. 

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#104 – Candy Corn Still Sucks

November 2, 2022

Lewis checks in this week from the pacific northwest as he had shows in Oregon and Washington. Our host wants to thank all of you for the outpouring of love and support after the passing of his mother, Jeannette. 

As Lewis heads into the final leg of this year’s tour, he looks forward to some time off he has coming up. During his time off from the road, our host plans to do some fixer upper work around the house. Maybe he can even get his toilet working again! Lewis wants the rants from Eugene, Oregon to be used in this week’s episode, but his crackerjack technical staff says otherwise. Also, our host leaves us this week with a very important reminder (the same way he ends every live show)…take care of each other. It’s the most important thing we can do for one another. 

The live rants come from shows at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon and McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington. 

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#103 – For Jeannette Black

October 20, 2022

Jeannette Black. September 8, 1918 – October 10, 2022. 

The live rants come from this past weekend’s shows in McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA and the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA. 

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#102 – Really, Herschel? REALLY???

October 12, 2022

Lewis checks in this week from sunny California! As Lewis heads up to San Francisco for a show, he has one question for Georgia Senate Republican candidate Hershel Walker…really? Herschel, REALLY? It’s come out in the news recently that the former pro football player has paid for an abortion for a woman he was having a relationship with. Even though he’s representing a party that is anti-abortion, does this recent revelation make him pro-abortion? Oh, and by the way, don’t elect someone who can’t contribute anything. That’s no way to run a Senate. Anyway…moving on from that…if you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by Albertson’s in Paso Robles, California. They have absolutely terrific wine at great prices. Unfortunately, our host didn’t get to make a stop there this trip, but he highly recommends it if you’re ever in the area and looking for phenomenal wine. Also on this trip, Lewis got to stay at one of his favorite places in the country, the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. At the Mission Inn, there are two beautiful parrots, a red feathered female Macaw and a striking blue feather male Macaw. After his shows in California this weekend, Lewis has a little time off and is heading back to the Palm Desert (where he was at the start of the week) to meet up with some friends and maybe even play some golf again. Last time Lewis played golf out there, it was so hot and just felt like the sun was right above your head. Hopefully for the next round of golf it won’t be so hot and our host can focus on his game. 

The live rants come from this past weekend’s shows at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA and the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, CA. 

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#101 – Between A Rock And A Hard Place…From An Asteroid To Ian

October 5, 2022

Lewis checks in this week from the west coast for the 101st episode of The Rantcast. Our host discusses Hurricane Ian that ravaged through Florida last week. As Lewis watches the news, he realizes that the only thing to distract us from the usual news stories that are covered constantly in the news (court cases, politics, etc) is some kind of major catastrophe and/or natural disaster. One story Lewis watched on the news was about how homes in Florida are going to be rebuilt after the latest hurricane. Well maybe, at this point in time, it might be best for everyone in Florida to live underground covered by concrete. 7 feet of concrete, atleast. How come everyone is wearing plaid on TV? Our host was never a fan of plaid. He tries to dress up, which is why he deserves to be on a top 10 “hey, he tried” list for best dressed. Our host also explains just how much you can learn from fantasy football. For example, the hatred you can have for an individual you don’t even know! Apologies to the fans in Tucson, Arizona for the iPad not having enough juice to read all the rants that you submitted live and in person. Don’t worry! Our host read the rest of them here, on the Rantcast. 

The live rants come from this past weekend’s shows at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM and the Fox Theater in Tucson, AZ. 

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#100 – Episode 100

September 28, 2022

Lewis checks in this week from the Midwest as The Rantcast reaches its 100th episode! Triple digits! A huge THANK YOU to all the fans and ranters for all the support, and of course the rants, as we hit our centennial episode. One of Lewis’s stops in the Midwest this week was in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in Indianapolis, Lewis stops by one of his favorite places, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. While this may be the 100th episode, Lewis will be celebrating Kurt Vonnegut’s 100th birthday on November 11th! One thing our host wants to showcase is the free expression graffiti wall, located just outside the museum and library. Lewis is sure that’s something the famed writer would have loved to see. 

 

“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political

connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” -Kurt Vonnegut 

 

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Packard Music Hall in Warren, OH and the Victoria Theatre in Dayton, OH. 

 

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