796: Over the Rainbow, Rock Hudson, & Quantum Leap


Show Notes

We start with a rummage through the old mail bag with some feedback from listeners about recent episodes. Yikes. We hear why some people think Over the Rainbow was plagiarized, but others think it’s similarities are a coincidence. We discuss some famous musical thefts and how all the songs have been written. We learn about the old Hollywood star, Rock Hudson, his life in the closet, death from AIDS, and the controversial love scene he filmed after his infection. Susie describes why telephones were seen at “feminine” in the early 20th century, women were pressured to have good voices and perfect diction and men who spoke to clearly were seen as too womanly. We talk about the 1980s precursor to Amazon’s Alexa, Butler in a Box, how it worked without the internet, and why it got a bad deal in culture. Susie is rewatching Quantum Leap and wants Sarah to join in, but might get revenge for Susie’s shunning of Interstellar. And we learn about a tree in Germany that many think has “magical” powers to bring love to people, and why we agree.

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