Author: Ted Asregadoo

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “The Trumpet! The Trumpet!”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE You what song I can’t get out of my mind? “Mambo No. 5.” And really it’s only the part...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Conservative Thought?”

I was reading Stanley Fish’s opinion piece in the New York Times about the University of Colorado’s plan to create a Chair of...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Wedding Songs”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE It’s almost June, and time for people to completely lose it when it comes to locking in all the elements...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “A Big Tent Built on Resentment”

I’ve been reading The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz, and it covers historical ground that most historians...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Musical DNA”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE My copy of Paste magazine came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, and if you don’t know about Paste, they...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Top 5 News Stories to Decrease Your Happiness”

I don’t know if bad news has reached critical mass this past week, but it seems that the last few days of newspaper reading has...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”

In the realm of public speaking, it’s tough for anyone (even accomplished speakers) not to make mistakes. In my current line of work...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Rush Through Time, 1974-2008”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Rush is probably a band I’ve seen perform live more than any other band. They’ve lasted this long as...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Four Years Ago?”

Ronald Reagan asked that question when he was running against Jimmy Carter in 1980. It’s a question that goes to the heart of what...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Film Pop”

Download the full mix HERE “Theme From Shaft,” Isaac Hayes MGM was behind this film, it made a ton of money at the box office,...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “The Freak Show”

We’re at a point in the presidential election when reporters, news directors, anchors, and all the other media powers who help frame...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Stars Who Sing!”

DOWNLOAD HERE If there’s a theme to this mix, it comes from the movie title The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The vanity projects of...

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Books, Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Deadly Election”

History-altering events produce consequences that are sometimes unintended. In our post-9/11 age, the political landscape has quickly...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “KISS It!”

DOWNLOAD HERE I’ve been watching Gene Simmons Family Jewels on and off since the series began, and for some reason, there was a bit...

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Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Ship of State”

Elections are about priorities. What kind of world do we want to live in? What kinds of things are important for our government to spend...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Random Sample”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Bonjour amis, bloggy! Lately, I’ve been feeling a little too structured in my mixes, so I just ventured...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Girls! Girls! Girls!”

DOWNLOAD “Girls! Girls! Girls!” HERE I have to thank Melissa at work for this mix. The two of us were talking about songs...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “The Following Message …”

In an election year, candidates often want to talk about “the issues,” but more often than not, campaigns will ditch the boring...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “It’s Disco, Bitches!”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE As Prince said, “I think I wanna dance!” Sometimes in the weekly Mix Six shuffle it’s easy to...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Self and Other”

A friend of mine from grad school came to town for an academic conference in San Francisco this week. It was the annual meeting of the...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Cover Me”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Cheers to you, you scurvy knaves! That’s my belated St. Patty’s Day toast to you — and...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Action/Reaction”

As presidential campaigns become longer, the media’s appetite grows for comments by anyone who has a connection — no matter how...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Gals With That Country Sound”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Life is full of contradictions, isn’t it? For example, I’m not a fan of country music, yet I like...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Between Liberty and Equality”

If you’ve been reading the papers for political stories that aren’t about the presidential campaign, you might have noticed a...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “B Sides”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Sorry for the long delay between mixes, kids. Some real-life issues took over for the past few weeks and I had...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Communing with The Forms”

It seems every four years Ralph Nader surfaces as a presidential candidate to remind progressives, and even some libertarians, why our...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Arty-Farty”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Looking through my soon-to-be-a-dead-format CD collection, I noticed a few discs that could be labeled...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “We Demand!”

I would venture to guess that most of the Popdose audience wasn’t even born when the radicalism of the 1960s bubbled up — yet...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Going the Distance”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Bonjour mes amis! This week’s mix is brought to you by the letter “L” — which is the...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Priorities”

Years ago, I used to teach political science to students whose level of interest ran the range from apathetic to enthusiastic — with...