From Point Conception to the Mexican Border...
Nathan Callahan’s slyly subversive audio essays offer a lively deconstruction of contemporary culture at its most profoundly absurd. The rich and powerful, the sexually challenged, the religiously restricted, the famous and infamous all come to life as Callahan encourages listeners to peer into the center of the Southern California dream and snicker.

Cynic Pride
Living with Negative Optimism
Attacks against cynicism are on the rise. Surprisingly, even household names like Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, and Barack Obama have voiced their distain for cynics …more

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First Broadcast June 27, 2014

Playing by the Rules
Presidents Obama and Johnson at UCI
While it’s true that injustice, poverty, and ignorance are the manacles of humanity, political speechifiers often do nothing to unlock their grip. …more

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First Broadcast June 13, 2014

Congratulations on Us
Liberal Human Rights Perspectives
We liberals fixed marriage and weed. That didn’t seem possible a few decades ago. Now, it’s time to apply our magical liberal powers to homelessness. …more

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First Broadcast May 9, 2014

A Curse on Time Warner
Why the Dodgers Will Lose
Without the cheering of the less fortunate — without the grace to share with every citizen of Los Angeles — the Dodgers are a commodity that future generations may choose to disconnect. .…more

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First Broadcast March 21, 2014

The Best Reward is No Award
An Acceptance Speech
When people are creative, we often call them artistic. But I can’t even tell you what art is. No one can. And I think that’s the point. There are beautiful things that people do that defy description.…more

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First Broadcast February 7, 2014

The Enlightened Phlebotomist
Ways of Seeing a Blood Test
Every year, my personal physician wants to drain blood out of me for testing. I oblige and the results, so far, have been excellent. On the other hand, my visit to the phlebotomist — the one who draws my blood — makes me ill at ease…more

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First Broadcast January 17, 2014

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