We differ in tone and content from the original League of Reason Show, now cunningly disguised and creeping up behind the anti-science brigade as The Magic Sandwich Show over on YouTube, the most obvious aspect being that we are producing a podcast and not a live call-in show (not that we won't take calls!).
Our aim is to bring our diverse and versatile members together with a new level of interaction and participation. Along with our main topic of discussion, we also give members (yes, any of them) the opportunity to abuse us with shameless self-promotion by submitting content* (this could be - but by no means limited to - an essay on a particular topic for our hosts to discuss, an episode-themed parody song, or a poem you're proud of and want to share with the world). You could be an interviewee or perhaps even host a show! We won't be sticking to any rigid segments outside of the main discussion, so paraphrasing someone funnier than I, the world is our mollusc!
Of course, if none of that is your bag (yeah, I typed that. Sorry), you can still contribute over at the forum by posting episode themes you'd like us to tackle or give us suggestions and links (and criticism, of course) for consideration. Think of it as a sort of digital Woodstock... or don't because there are far to many problems with that analogy.
What follows are links related to the discussion and further reading on this episode's theme, members' contributions, and attributions. We hope you enjoy the show and if you're not a member, we welcome you to go get stuck in!
Dandelion and Burdock - the drink of champions.
Winter Solstice - The shortest day of the year.
Hannukah - Another winter holiday.
Kwanzaa - Some American thing.
Jesus' birthday - Is it celebrated at the right time?
Christmas trees - Otherwise known as holiday trees.
The war on Christmas - Guns at the ready!
Commercialisation yay! - I'm all for the commercialisation of Christmas.
Commercialisation nay! - What exactly is wrong with the commercialisation of Christmas.
Hosts for this episode were Improbable Joe, Hytegia, and Inferno, with special guests Lemonsnickers1 and Tylzen. Other contributors were nasher168, Noth, Lallapalalable, theyounghistorian77, Australopithecus, and Prolescum.
We're hoping to release the next episode of The League of Reason Presents... in January, so if you want to comment or contribute to the show*, come to the forum or follow us on your favourite social media platform.
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