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The Political Orphanage

May 31, 2019

Comedian Jaron Myers rejoins Heaton to sort out the week’s more obscure headlines, from Venezuelan criminals running out of bullets to Russian communists demanding that HBO redo the "Game of Thrones" finale.

May 30, 2019

What if dropping bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki isn’t what corked off World War II? How tactically useful are nukes, and how many times have we almost accidentally obliterated ourselves with them? Ward Wilson is the author of “Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons,” and joins Heaton to discuss the stuff about...

May 29, 2019

Denver just became the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms, and Oakland, CA, is eyeballing a similar measure. Heaton brings on psilocybin and drug policy expert Mike Riggs of Reason to talk about the concerns of legalizing psychotropic drugs. 

May 28, 2019

A lone Republican congressman is calling for Trump’s impeachment. Podcaster and magician Brian Brushwood joins Heaton to investigate the case and to make an unrelated call for George Takei to run for Congress.

May 24, 2019

From human composting to poop-stained checks; from a comedian disbanding the Ukrainian Parliament to a restaurant where you have to bring your own table, the Friday Release Valve brings you the silliest news of the week. Joined by comedian Turner Sparks, Heaton explores the latest headlines.