Stalin’s Daughter, Mystery Flights, and Dog Beer
Kathleen opens the show drinking a Fifty-One Pale Ale from Fairhope Brewing Company and providing her own commentary on the activities surrounding Prince Phillip’s funeral, including the aftermath that she hopes will continue to impact Megan and Harry.
UPDATE ON KATHLEEN’S QUEEN’S COURT: In an update on her Queens, Kathleen advises that the Court has been relatively quiet again this week HOWEVER Kathleen has finally received her Dolly Parton comic book. She feels as though Dolly’s Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream from Jeni’s is probably a more worthwhile way to spend your money if you can get your hands on the flavor that crashed Jeni’s website twice and eventually sold out.
BUSCH DOG BREW CONTEST: Kathleen comes from a long line of Anheuser Busch product lovers, and is thrilled to read a news release that Busch is looking for an official “Chief Tasting Officer” for its popular Dog Brew “beer.” Contest details have been published, and Kathleen urges all Termites with a cool fur pal to enter for a chance at the $20K prize money, free Dog Brew, and pet insurance.
“GOOD BAD FOOD”: In her quest for new and delicious not-so-nutritious junk food AND in continuing her search for the best Ranch, Kathleen samples Simply Ranch from Hidden Valley (one of her favorites so far), and Newman’s Own Ranch Dressing, which she thinks is way too tangy for her liking but she absolutely appreciates that sales from all of Newman’s products go to charity. Kathleen finishes the tasting menu with Fruit Loop flavored Pop-Tarts.
THE IRISH DOLPHIN RETURNS: As a follow up to Episode 3, Kathleen is thrilled to let listeners know that Fungie the dolphin has been spotted off the Irish coast six months after vanishing from the Dingle Peninsula.
“LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE” VIDEO SOLD AS NFT: Kathleen continues her new obsession with the non-fungible token industry reading an article disclosing that Chris Crocker sold his 2007 viral video “Leave Britney Alone” as an NFT in order to help fund his transition from a male to female. The video ended up being sold to an anonymous buyer for 18.69 ether, or around $41,000.
MYSTERY FLIGHTS: Kathleen reads an article out of Australia where Qantas Airlines has announced plans to operate three domestic mystery flights that explore the country while international borders remain closed.
The three dedicated Boeing 737 mystery experiences will include not only a ticket for the flight but also an entire day of activities in a mystery destination, all of which are outside major capital cities.
OUTDATED TV’S: Kathleen recently attempted to download an app on her smart tv so that she can stream the Masters golf tournament with her friend Ron White and found out that her tv was too old to access the necessary app. In shopping for a new television in common stores like Target and Walmart, she discovered through discussion with sales associates in those stores that the majority of TVs for sale are 2-3 years old. With the help of a Gen Z’er at Best Buy, Kathleen was finally able to purchase the appropriate television, download the app, and she and Ron had a wonderful weekend watching the Masters, which she concludes with her Master’s joke from her “In Other Words” album.
STALIN’S DAUGHTER: Kathleen loves history, and can’t wait to tell her Termites about the documentary “Stalin’s Daughter,” based on the interview “Svetlana About Svetlana.” The film tells the fascinating and complex life story of Svetlana Stalin, who defected to Wisconsin during the Cold War.
THE DEATH OF BERNIE MADOFF: Kathleen reads an update announcing the death of fraudster Bernie Madoff while serving a 150-year federal prison sentence. Madoff ripped off $65 billion in a Ponzi scheme involving celebrities, billionaires, charities, and retirees, and was arrested in 2008. Kathleen reads an update as to the current whereabouts of his widow, Ruth Madoff, who is living in a $3.8M waterfront home in Connecticut.
PAT ROBERTSON DEFINES “THE FINEST” POLICE: Kathleen is amused when describing a recent video where 91-year-old 700 Club host and televangelist Pat Robertson, who is usually police-friendly, denounces the “personality quality” of former Minneapolis officers Derek Chauven and Kim Potter, who have been arrested for crimes involving police brutality. Kathleen laughs out loud when Robertson declares that police forces should be paid a higher salary in order to attract higher-quality candidates, which is a sentiment that her dad has been repeating for decades. If THAT isn’t enough to invest 5 mins to watch the video, Robertson moves on to demonstrate the use of a police taser and then a Glock, which is indescribable.
HUNTER BIDEN’S BOOK BUSTS: Kathleen isn’t shocked to read an article advising that Hunter Biden’s confessional book “Beautiful Things” is a complete sales bust.
DIGITIZING THE LOUVRE: Kathleen is an avid painter and has a deep appreciation of art, and one of her favorite museums in the world is The Louvre in Paris. She’s been to the museum numerous times and loves to wander the halls scouting out new pieces and also the more famous classics such as The Mona Lisa. Kathleen is thrilled to read that The Louvre is digitizing its entire collection so that the entire global population with access to a computer can experience the joy of the over 482,000 pieces of art, which she intends to take full advantage of.
COINBASE APP PUBLIC OFFERING: Kathleen cannot state enough that she is NOT REMOTELY qualified to be a financial advisor, but her obsession with cryptocurrency led her to become a frequent user of the Coinbase app. She’s thrilled to read an article announcing that Coinbase has conducted a successful IPO, which she feels further validates the app’s exchange platform as well as cryptocurrency’s future.
ROMAN STATUE FOUND IN BELGIUM: Kathleen reads an article from Italy where off-duty police recovered a stolen Roman statue after noticing it in a Belgian antique shop almost a decade after it was looted from an archeological site.
The headless marble statue of a “Togatus,” from the 1st century BC, was stolen by unknown robbers about 10 years ago. Kathleen shares with the Termites that one of her top dream jobs would be an Art police officer, and although she would rock the history exams she’s almost certain that she would fail the math and science tests.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Kathleen recommends watching the series “The Serpent” on Netflix, the documentary “Stalin’s Daughter” on Amazon Prime, and “This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist” on Netflix.