We get some drinking talk out of the way and quickly move onto our newsmaker of the week: FHRITP! Somebody yelled it at a local reporter, police laid charges, and everybody has gone mad about it. We give our thoughts and get the straight facts out. That takes up the first half of the show, then we look at the Richard Gillett hunger strike and a fisherman trying to haul a door off. MUN is asking students to stop banging on campus, but we think it’s a lost cause. A restaurant says they got a bunch of fake reservations, but it turns out to be not a big deal and we wonder if it’s worthy of being in the news. Nobody can have babies in Gander, we talk about new schools, the old schools we went to, and how things got too out of hand at school dances.
Nick is drinking to celebrate the end of exams, so he talks a lot. He tells us about trying to make plans to go downtown with his class, then we wonder if downtown is becoming worse or if we’re just getting too old. There’s a new no-frills airline coming, so we talk about flying and what frills exist already. Joel is concerned about the safety of planes if we’re getting such cheap tickets. Nick had a run-in with the electronics recycling rip-off fee so we hear a bit about that and why it’s just another scam. We look over spending plans for St. John’s this year, including (wasting?) more money on bike lanes and other studies. We get an update on the Richmond Cottage heritage property and Joel explains why he hopes it gets bulldozed. Whitbourne is angry over a potential composting facility, people in Corner Brook are using their garden hoses to melt snow, and Nick accurately predicted a Signal Hill attempted murder. A victim of theft posted a funny classifieds ad, and we wrap up talking about the fish protests and hunger strike.
We start off talking about how messed up Joel was after the budget podcast last week. There was a budget BBQ and they had too many hot dog buns, foam cups, and ketchup for the number of people that showed up. We talk about the pros and cons of not owning a vehicle. Some fish people got really angry and we wonder if it’s justified or not. We side track and discuss not knowing your way around the city and the “east end” and then get back to talking about shrimp. St. John’s in the 60s looks a lot cleaner and nicer than now, although we have the same buses on the road. We talk about the oldie days and wonder what downtown was like back then. Moving on, the Belvedere Orphanage building burned down and we’re suspicious of the cause. Gander is in the news for the billionth week in a row so we look at that. Wildlife officers shot a polar bear and Joel was mad at first, but then changes sides, and we think of some creative ways on how they could have resolved the situation peacefully. Nobody knows how to use recycle bins, and we think of some ideas to help us improve. Somebody thought of a creative way to sneak drugs into jail, except it didn’t work. The Telegram was sold again and we talk about media in the future and explain why you should be listening to podcasts like ours. A landlord got screwed over big time, two dudes got into a scrap while hiking on Signal Hill, and somebody who isn’t a dude or a woman is not happy with our birth certificate gender options. We start a prize-less contest and talk about the long Easter weekend and what to eat on Good Friday.
It’s our provincial budget day podcast. We saw the local news doing “live and local” coverage and decided we should do “live and loaded.” Nick said that if we’re advertising loaded, we need to deliver on our promise, and forces Joel to drink a lot. We go over the boring budget and discuss how we’re all being screwed. Marble Mountain is at the center of some controversy about whether or not it should remain open longer this season, and we try to figure out what the hell is going on. The show wouldn’t be complete without talk about weather or Gander, so we get two birds stoned at once and look at the record-setting snowfall out there. Before moving on from winter topics, we talk about polar bear sightings, debate if it’s dangerous to be hopping on ice pans, and go over the false alarm missing person this week. Getting into the good stuff, we laugh at city councilor Jonathan Galgay who is facing backlash for suggesting the next RNC Chief needs to be a female. This turns into a short-lived discussion on feminism and why most women want nothing to do with that word anymore. We also show off our embarrassing lack of politics knowledge. We talk about what the senior’s discount age should be. Joel thinks it should start going higher. We share our love for Debbie Cooper of CBC news, how deserving she is of an award, and Joel tells about how starstruck he was when he saw her once. Joel wonders why the CBC posts so many articles about immigrants. We look at a creepy hidden camera story and wonder whether the guy is a creep or not. We have a mechanical bull downtown again so we talk about that, then realize how drunk Joel is and how long we’ve been on, so we leave.
“Our next finance minister needs to be a man.”
“There are too many female teachers.”
“Only men should be firefighters.”
None of those things would be “politically correct” or “socially acceptable” to say, so why is it acceptable for a city councilor to openly suggest that a female candidate be selected for a position?
We have storm beers but there’s not much of a storm yet. Joel explains why a rogue air freshener made the house smell gross and tells a story of seeing two guys fight in the mall food court. We talk about the RNC’s problems and how their chief is retiring now, then move on to look at a silly plan to bribe people to live in Newfoundland, and the new provincial budget coming next week. We question whether there should be a stigma around using hard drugs, talk about a downtown bar that’s for sale and wonder if we should buy it, and then Joel ends the show telling a crazy story about his first time at a strip club.
We’ve lost count of the recent business closures in St. John’s, particularly the downtown area, largely due to a downturn in the economy. Templeton’s, Ballistic, Healy’s Deli, Biped Sports, and a myriad of restaurants have all shut their doors over the last year.
At this point, one would expect that the city would be doing anything possible to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurs and new businesses. Not the case.
Kevin O’Leary was in town wearing a sealskin jacket, and we think he said one thing that lost him support from much of NL. We check out a study showing that NL has a very high rate of heavy drinking, but we think the criteria for “heavy drinker” is too low. Maybe that’s the problem here! Next, we check out another hilariously poor decision from St. John’s council who reject a 1-person business operation due to parking issues. There was a big radio shakeup when VOCM surprisingly and silently removed the open-line show Backtalk with Pete Soucy. Joel gives some insight on why this stuff happens in radio and why we’ll never get an answer. After a bit of talk about how VOCM has become terrible, we move onto the story of a runaway Corner Brook woman who went to live with Natureboy but is now coming home. We watch a video of dangerous snowmobilers, there’s a 90s concert coming to town, and we look at a new kindergarten class for adults.
Newfoundland had a crazy wind storm so we talk about the weather records, damages, and power outages. Nick tells a story about how great he felt seeing a dumb driver go off the road. Gander wants a movie theater. This leads to talking about how boring NL is and how any type of leisure business that opens is successful. Even a new boring store that opened has been blocked. We look at the success of the Brier and then move on to the guy facing charges under the medical act, and it’s weirder than anybody could have guessed. We look at some investigative journalism into a fake twitter account, a new tool library, and strikers who are going too far. We wrap up talking about St. Patrick’s festivities this weekend.
Nick is on “vacation” so naturally, we are on the beer. We start off talking about a local beer retailer and a bad experience at the NLC, and move on to an odd awkward text from mom. There’s a misleading non-story in the news about the crowd at the Brier, and we discuss how Newfoundlanders aren’t familiar with curling etiquette. Joel says to stop buying stuff from the HMV sale and we hear news that we are not getting the Sunrise records store. There’s a news about a fake doctor bagpiper. Joel celebrates women’s day, we talk about the new Salmon Fest lineup, and laugh at Gander for trying to ban Christmas. We look at a new drunk driving law and Nick doesn’t like it. There’s a guy who keeps winning big betting on sports, and a loser who we hope goes to jail for bad driving. There are millions of dollars going to Metrobus to finally make it great again. The drunk talk really comes out and we end the show talking about friendships.