In the News
In the News
NOW WE KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO ANGELS PITCHER TYLER SKAGGS Of course, our listeners pretty much knew the outcome of the Skaggs autopsy in an episode all the way back on July 18, 2019. And remember when a Santa Monica publication was blasted by Texas police and even the Angels themselves? They received so many threats for publishing a column rightly speculating that Skaggs did himself in with drugs, they scrubbed the column from their website! Tom wades right in!
What do you think about the death of Tyler Skaggs? Tell Tom now: email@example.com.
SHOULD WE "INVEST" IN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S TEAM SPORTS? That's the opinion of professional women's soccer players and some sports columnists. Is the reason we don't care about women's team sports because we're a nation of misogynists? Or, because private companies such as ESPN aren't being politically correct by doing their part to promote women's team sports?
Here are the actual attendance figures for the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). (Bring your microscope!)
What do you think? Tell Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MASS SHOOTING CARNAGE CONTINUES Three major mass shootings in a week. Two within a 24-hour period. 32 dead. Scores injured. Why does this keep happening? Will it ever end? Tom lays it all out.
Don't read it if you don't want to! The godawful "manifesto" from the alleged El Paso shooter.
What's your take on all these mass shootings? Tom wants to know: email@example.com.
THE RESULTS OF GILLETTE"S CAMPAIGN AGAINST MEN ARE IN Actions have consequences! As we discussed in early 2019, Gillette, a division of one of the world's largest conglomerates, Procter & Gamble, took what many called a bold step, taking aim at the very people who buy their products. And how did America's men react? Well, according to the latest financial results, the reaction was "the best a man can get".
What do you think? Write Tom and tell him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACTS ABOUT THE "OPIOID CRISIS" CONTINUE TO POUR OUT The Washington Post is doing fine work exposing who is behind the explosion of available opioid pills in this country. Trillions spent. Millions in prison. Tens of thousands dead every year. What can we do about this? And, more importantly, what should we do about this?
Little-known makers of generic drugs played central role in opioid crisis, records show -- The Washington Post
Ending the War on Drugs: By the Numbers -- The Center for American Progress
Tell Tom what you think: email@example.com.
DEADBEAT NATION: FIRST EPISODE Creeping deadbeatism has become such a national phenomenon, it deserves its own segment. In this episode, a Pennsylvania school district causes an uproar when it demands overdue payment of more than $22,000 for student breakfasts and lunches that were eaten, yet the parents never paid. The district is threatening to put the kids of deadbeat families into foster care and to feed them nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if they don't pay up. They're calling it "lunch shaming". Can you imagine? Offering taxpayer-subsidized low-cost hot meals on credit to deadbeat parents and then actually expecting them to pay for what their kids have eaten? The nerve!
Should parents have to pay their deliquent school meal bills? Tell Tom: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DEATH OF TYLER SKAGGS It's so sad when an apparently healthy 27-year-old in the prime of his life dies all alone in a faraway hotel room. But now that all the tributes and the combined no-hitter and the numerical coincidences are through, Tom takes a look at the possibilities which no one seems to want to consider.
Agree or disagree? Be heard: email@example.com.
FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS AND THEIR FANS WANT THEM TO GET "EQUAL PAY" US women won the 2019 World Cup. Men did not. And now women across America are demanding that women players get paid commensurate with what men get. Do they deserve it? Tom gets away from all the emotional screeching and sorts out the numbers.
Here are some of the materials Tom read to prepare for this episode:
- The Twitter thread that started it all
- Revenue Disparity Explains Pay Disparity Between Soccer World Cup's Men And Women
- There Should be ‘Equal Pay’ For the World Cup: That Means Paying Men MORE
- Feminists claim that women's soccer has higher TV ratings than any other sport. Here are the real TV ratings showing that women's soccer wouldn't make the top 50 sports broadcasts.
- Actual WNBA attendance figures ESPN and other news organizations hide
Should male or female athletes be paid more? Tom wants to know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOULD TAXPAYERS PAY FOR COLLEGE OR PAY OFF OUR COLLEGE LOANS? Every Democratic Presidential candidate has an opinion about this controversial issue. And so does Tom!
Here are the articles Tom used to prepare for this episode:
- Senator Pushes ‘Debt-Free’ as Solution for College Costs
- Where the 2020 candidates stand on student debt and college affordability
How do you feel about this issue? Tell Tom now: email@example.com.
DID TWITTER FOUNDER JACK DORSEY BUY HIS 23-YEAR-OLD MODEL GIRLFRIEND A HOUSE? Looks that way! Is it good for you to be buying things or paying bills for fuck buddies or girlfriends or wives? Many of you sent this story to Tom wondering what he would think. You were right to wonder.
Do you believe in buying things like houses or cars for your girl? How about paying for her rent, her groceries or her mobile phone? Tell Tom why: firstname.lastname@example.org.