City of Heavy – Crappie Filets

America has spoken, so Heavy has his own episode this week to talk about crappie filets, documentaries, and what ever else suits him.  He’s always maintained that he is America’s favorite and the one and only.  So it only made sense to give loyal listeners and future generations a special episode dedicated to Heavy.

crappie filets

To get the ball rolling, Heavy shares with you his favorite way to prepare Crappie filets.  Get out those index cards to write down this info so that you can pass it on down to your grandkids.  Then Heavy engages in some international diplomacy with our Australian and Ecuadoran listeners.  Find out what Heavy knows about Australia and Mel Gibson’s ranting.

Heavy has recently watched a movie based on the life of British Colonel Percival Fawcett called the Lost City of Z, so he shares his thoughts on it and the role of historical timeline proximity and how it shapes generational perceptions of events.

Having rewatched the Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary and as he currently watches the Vietnam series, Heavy has thoughts about documentaries and the work of Ken Burns.  He ponders the narrative challenge to stay neutral in telling of historical events.  Then he turns his attention to a recent TED Talk he watched regarding America being founded on the principal of genocide.  He discusses the plight of the Native American’s, Depression era lynchings, the American Indian Movement’s occupation of both Alcatraz and Wounded Knee as well as the 24 hour news cycle.  And once again William F. Buckley is referenced in regard to the Huey Newton episode of Firing Line.

 

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William F. Buckley Jr.

Episode 39 of the Can You Hear Me Podcast finds the boys talking about William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.  Their televised debates during the 1968 presidential election conventions on ABC are the subject of the superb documentary “Best of Enemies”, which at this time can be found on Netflix.

William F. Buckley Jr. was a paragon of conservatism during the second half of the 20th century, so it was only natural that Gore Vidal, the liberal writer and political hopeful would set his sights on him.  The crew discuss the documentary, Buckley’s overall impact on the political landscape of the time and his long running television series “Firing Line” where Buckley engaged conservatives and liberals in thoughtful and often times lively debates.

But Gore Vidal was out for blood in the convention debates against Buckley and made things personal instead of philosophical.  Buckley fought back, but he was not suited for such tactics and Vidal goaded him to the point that Buckley lost his cool and snapped on live network television.

gore vidal and william f. buckley during the 1968 democratic national convention debate

Buckley at His Breaking Point

The guys discuss the long term impact both of the televised debates between Vidal and Buckley as well as the impact on the two great thinkers.  These debates were the direct ancestor of the political punditry that we are now inundated with.

But for the fans of the tried and true jocularity of Can You Hear Me, the train goes off the tracks and straight into the ditch by the end of the conversation.  We can only stay highbrow for so long before we ruin everything.  As always, we would love to hear your feedback and thoughts about Buckley, Vidal, or any other topics you want to throw into the ring.  You can email us at canyouhearmepod@gmail.com or find us on Twitter at @realgustav @tywebb3000 @longmireheavy or @canyouhearmepod