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        Friday, December 29th, 2023

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[Music clip: Haydn's Derbyshire March No. 2, organ version]

01 — Intro.     And Radio Derb is on the air! Greetings, listeners, from your perseveringly genial host John Derbyshire, this last weekend of 2023.

I have been somewhat incapacitated for most of this month, and particularly this past couple of weeks. In particular, I haven't been able to give Radio Derb the concentrated attention it requires.

In lieu thereof, this week's podcast has an unusual structure. In place of farm-fresh material, I am going to dig into the archives and give you segments from past end-of-year Radio Derbs. These are all short segments, most from the closing miscellany.

That will keep this podcast's length down to something manageable. It will also keep it a bit lighter than usual, as it's in the closing miscellany that I put less-serious items.

So: Some year-end Radio Derbs, 2004 to 2022. Off we go.

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02 — 2004: Frosty the candidate.     2004 was of course an election year and at year end the result was in. I gloated.

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03 — 2005: Fences, neighbors.     December 2005 there was a proposal in the air to build a proper wall along our southern border. I passed comment.

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04 — 2006: Illegal labor.     In 2006 ICE was still raiding employers who used illegal-alien labor. I wondered if perhaps we could enlist trial lawyers to help.

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05 — 2007: Eternal vigilance.     Congressional treason on the border fence.

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06 — 2008: Riots in Sweden.     By unruly … youths.

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07 — 2009: Get a government job!.     I keep telling you.

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08 — 2010: Obama's biggest disappointment.     He couldn't reward scofflaws as much as he wanted to.

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09 — 2011: The War on Christmas.     A skirmish.

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10 — 2012: Shakespeare too male.     And too white.

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11 — 2013: Dumb kids, smart kids.     Things we've known for ever.

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12 — 2015: Star Wars, nah.     Low-grade space opera.

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13 — 2016: Shop till you drop.     Hazards of shopping.

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14 — 2017: Strategic deportation.     A modest proposal.

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15 — 2018: Are there any transgender opera singers?.     If not, why not?

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16 — 2019: Sixteen years for bad thoughts.     A hate-crime atrocity.

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17 — 2020: Elephant story.     Nature imitates art.

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18 — 2021: Around the world in 80 woke clichés.     They're messing with Jules Verne!

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19 — 2022: Sinking of the Derbyshire.     An unfathomable mystery fathomed.

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20 — Signoff.     As always, ladies and gents, thank you for listening, for your emails and your kind donations. In regards to the last two items there, I am far behind in responding so please bear with me.

Here is Peter Dawson to sing us out. Happy New Year!

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[Music clip: Peter Dawson, "Auld Lang Syne."]