#113 War on the Banana Skin

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 Article from  The New York Times , February 9, 1896.

Article from The New York Times, February 9, 1896.

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Bob and Ben sit down to talk about the current events and historical questions that have been on their mind lately. They cover the GI bill delays that student veterans are currently facing, the one war that Teddy Roosevelt didn’t win, the tragedy of the 1970s and why Ronald Reagan is the Godfather of punk rock. They also talk about all the times they’ve seen J. Mascis.

For more on the GI Bill delays, check out this piece by WPLN’s Sergio Martinez-Beltran on how missed payments are affecting students at Ben’s home university, MTSU. Bob and Ben encourage you to contact your elected officials and ask that they do what it takes to ensure that those who have served our country get the education they’ve earned.  

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This episode was edited by Gary Fletcher.



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 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cities were filthy. The streets were not paved, and when it rained, the mud mixed with horse manure to create a big mess. A banana peel on a sidewalk could be difficult to see, and when placed on top of the slippery mud/manure mix, it could cause a lot of trouble to an unsuspecting pedestrian.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cities were filthy. The streets were not paved, and when it rained, the mud mixed with horse manure to create a big mess. A banana peel on a sidewalk could be difficult to see, and when placed on top of the slippery mud/manure mix, it could cause a lot of trouble to an unsuspecting pedestrian.

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